Thursday, September 30, 2004

Hugh Hewitt

Hugh has a couple articles worth reading today.

The first comes from called "End Game". Hugh points out the Senate races that are heating up for November. Wictory Wednesday is also focusing on these candidates.

Hugh's second offering is about how the old media is going to be on trial at the debate just as much as John Kerry is.

Spaceballs Episode II

Remember that great Star Wars spoof from 1987 called Spaceballs? Mel Brooks is planning on making a sequel. This newest installment will take on George Lucas' SW Prequels. Brooks hopes to have Spaceballs II out next year when Star Wars Episode III- The Revenge of the Sith comes out.

Cool. Two Star Wars spoofs to choose from at the box office.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Wictory Wednesday

It's Wictory Wednesday once again. This week we turn our attention to the tight race in Alaska between encumbant Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski and former Democratic Governor Tony Knowles. Knowles is running as a "moderate", which means raising your taxes, cutting defense spending, and blocking President Bush's judicial nominations.

Don't let another useless Democratic "moderate" get into the Senate. Donate to Senator Murkowsi's campaign today to make sure she is re-elected.

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CBS is Spinning Again Already

I thought they would have let Rathergate blow over before they starting "creating" the news again. Power Line has a post about how CBS used discredited documents to attack President Bush last night. This time it is "the Draft": (whose site is down now) and Little Green Footballs detail how CBS News last night used discredited documents to attack President Bush:

In a story that was a textbook example of slipshod reporting, CBS reporter Richard Schlesinger used debunked internet hoax emails and an unlabeled interest group member to scare viewers into believing that the U.S. government is poised to resume the draft. At the center of Schlesinger’s piece was a woman named Beverly Cocco, a Philadelphia woman who is 'sick to my stomach' that her two sons might be drafted. In his report, Schlesinger claimed that Cocco was a Republican and portrayed her as an apolitical (even Republican) mom worried about the future. Schlesinger did not disclose that Cocco is a chapter president of an advocacy group called People Against the Draft (PAD) which, in addition to opposing any federal conscription, seeks to establish a 'peaceful, rational foreign policy' by bringing all U.S. troops out of Iraq. Like Schlesinger’s Cocco, the group portrays itself as 'nonpartisan' although its leadership seems to be entirely bereft of any Republicans. The group’s domain is registered to a man named Jacob Levich, a left-wing activist who in a 2001 essay compared the Bush Administration to the totalitarian government portrayed in George Orwell’s 1984. CBS News also reported that there are two bills in Congress to reinstate the draft, but failed to mention that they were both introduced by Democrats.

HINDROCKET adds: The Selective Service System has added this statement to its website:

Notwithstanding recent stories in the news media and on the Internet, Selective Service is not getting ready to conduct a draft for the U.S. Armed Forces -- either with a special skills or regular draft. Rather, the Agency remains prepared to manage a draft if and when the President and the Congress so direct. This responsibility has been ongoing since 1980 and is nothing new. Further, both the President and the Secretary of Defense have stated on more than one occasion that there is no need for a draft for the War on Terrorism or any likely contingency, such as Iraq. Additionally, the Congress has not acted on any proposed legislation to reinstate a draft. Therefore, Selective Service continues to refine its plans to be prepared as is required by law, and to register young men who are ages 18 through 25.

UPDATE: Here is a "mirror" of the original piece by Ratherbiased.

Chris Heinz, Teresa Heinz-Kerry's son, was here at the University of Maine trying to sell the same "draft" line:

Tuition increases, war and the possibility that the draft will be reinstated are issues that directly affect younger voters who have a history of not turning out to the polls on Election Day, Heinz said.

Apparently everyone over at the Heinz-Kerry house has drunk the Kennedy Kool-Aid.

Cool Tech

I saw a video on Honda’s ASIMO robot on the local news this morning. Ultra cool, but yet kind of creepy. This humanoid robot can walk up and down stairs, has fully articulated hands, and can mimic a human’s movements. Videos and info on ASIMO is available here and here.

High Noon at the Kerry Spot

From NRO’s Kerry Spot:


The good news is John Kerry did an interview on Good Morning America, and he was asked about his "I voted for it before I voted against it" comment.

Kerry responded, "No, it wasn’t classic at all. It just was a very inarticulate way of saying something, and I had one of those inarticulate moments late in the evening when I was dead tired in the primaries and I didn't say something very clearly."

Hey, it happens! No big deal. Everybody has made a comment that doesn't make sense late at night... except...

“‘I actually did vote for his $87 billion, before I voted against it,’ he told a group of veterans at a noontime appearance at Marshall University. He went on to explain that he preliminarily backed the request, so long as it was financed not by deficit spending but with a tax surcharge on the wealthy that Bush opposed.”

As Bush spokesman Steve Schmidt suggested, maybe his watch was on Paris time

He said this because he was “tired”. Yeah, right. Duplicity is more like it.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Kerry’s Defeatism

Larry Kudlow over at on how Kerry is the siren of defeatism:

Defeatism is the hallmark of the Kerry policy, so you won't hear the candidate mention any of this. Instead, he'll whine about internationalizing the war, while neglecting to mention that U.N. Resolution 1546, which passed in June, endorsed the Iraqi interim government and pledged support for the upcoming elections. The G-8, the European Union and NATO have also issued formal statements of support.

Problems in Iraq? Absolutely. A quagmire? Absolutely not. Allawi a strong ally? Definitely. "But a puppet of the United States, (where) you can almost see the hand underneath the shirt today moving the lips," as top Kerry advisor Joe Lockhart put it? Nonsense. Pure partisan political pap. And the solutions Kerry is putting forward -- training Iraqi security forces, rebuilding Iraq's infrastructure, holding elections in January, bringing in more allies -- are already being undertaken by the Bush administration.

This is World War IV, as Norman Podhoretz recently put it. Bush understands this. Kerry does not. In essence, it's a vision thing -- a key difference that will surface in Thursday's debate. Bush's vision is to use American power to promote democracy and freedom in a vital part of the world that has become unimaginably dangerous. Bush's vision is also one of optimism, of America's ability to succeed in carrying out a humanitarian operation that will make the world a better place and leave America more safe and secure.

Kerry has no such vision. He's a pessimist and a defeatist, whose campaign is doomed to failure.

It’s all about vision. A vision John Kerry doesn’t have. George Bush does.

Rather’s Ratings in a Downward Spiral

This is what happens when you stake your claims on forged documents and wait almost 2 weeks to repent: your ratings fall, drastically. (Via Instapundit)

Non-existent credibility and a major ratings decline means only one thing:

Bye, Dan.

The Kerry-Kennedy Line

Daniel McKivergan over at the Weekly Standard on how John Kerry and Ted Kennedy were wrong about Saddam Hussein in 1991 and how they are wrong now.

Monday, September 27, 2004

Kerry Demoralizes our Troops

NRO’s Jed Babbin on how John Kerry is sending a message of defeatism to our troops:

The problem with Kerry's speeches is not that he's sending mixed signals on Iraq. Of course he is, and by now most of us have lost count of them. The problem is in his sole point of constancy: Kerry says, over and over, that we need to make the Iraq war someone else's problem, and begin pulling out. Nothing in his formulation requires that the war be won — and Iraq and Afghanistan be stable and free — before we leave. That one unshakeable position is sending a precise, consistent, and damaging message to the troops.

You might be surprised to hear how well-informed and thoughtful the grunts are. From the army private standing guard to the Marine lance corporal riding a Humvee on patrol, these men and women probably follow the news more closely than the average civilian voter. They read whatever they can get their hands on, listen to American broadcasts on the Armed Forces Radio Network, and thousands see television news broadcasts on a regular basis. They get letters from home and talk to the reporters who pass through their units. And they talk among themselves, all the time. Not just about what they're doing, their families, and their comrades who have been wounded and killed: They discuss what's going on at home, and how it will affect them. When they hear Kerry talking — as he did earlier this week — they hear defeatism.

The troops believe in President Bush as their commander in chief. They support him and they support what they are doing in Iraq. The lives that have been sacrificed so far have not been in vain. Not yet at least. Should Kerry become president their sacrifice will mean nothing. He will leave Iraq and Afghanistan not caring about those that have given the ultimate sacrifice or about the people of these countries that we have liberated.

Babbin continues by talking about his pal, a Navy Seal, and the “soldiers creed”, which Babbin points out is Spend my life if you have to, but don't waste it.

As McClellan sees it, it's different now. "I can go over there [to Iraq or Afghanistan] with a bunch of 22-year-old kids or 40-year-old men, and we'd go with a smile, because there's a reason to be there. And we're not leaving until the job is done. That means everything to the men who fight, and the families of the men who die there." But from what Senator Kerry has said again and again, it apparently doesn't mean much to him.

As it was in Somalia, so it is now in Iraq and Afghanistan. So it will be wherever else we have to fight against terrorists and the regimes that create and support them. To say, as Kerry does, that we should begin withdrawing our troops in six months and — with the help of the phantom allies he will get to take over in Iraq — be out altogether in four years, says nothing about finishing the job. Kerry makes no commitment to ensure that Iraq doesn't revert to chaos after we leave. He says nothing about ending the threats to America and Iraq emanating from Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and the other nations whose terrorists have been pouring into Iraq since at least September 2002. (Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is known to have been there since then.)

Kerry will bug out rather than finish the job that our soldiers and their current commander in chief have started. The military wants to finish it and make sure that not only the people of Iraq and Afghanistan are free and secure, but our country also. President Bush will stay the course and finish the task that he and the military have started.

Spend my life if you have to, but don't waste it.

Ted Kennedy Rips Bush and U.S. Troops

Ted Kennedy, the Godfather of Liberals, is going to use a speech today at George Washington University to attack President Bush. Here are some of his quotes:

"The greatest danger we face in the days and weeks and months ahead is a nuclear 9/11, and we hope and pray that it is not already too late to prevent," he says. "The war in Iraq has made the mushroom cloud more likely, not less likely."

Yeah, I hear Iran is planning on making some nukes, again defying a U.N. order. What is John Kerry going to do to stop that? Close his eyes and hope that the can’t get a bomb to Massachusetts. Teddy is apparently giving them the green light to nuke us.

"I thank God that President Bush was not our president at the time of the Cuban missile crisis," Mr. Kennedy will tell the students. "Even after 9/11, it is wrong for this president or any president to shoot first and ask questions later."

I thought the terrorists shot first. Hence the planes going into the Twin Towers, killing thousands of innocent Americans. According to Ted, I guess we were wrong.

And U.S. Troops aren’t free from blame either:

Mr. Kennedy praises American troops for their execution of the war, but, at another point in his speech, he says their errant bombs are sparking the insurgency. The speech also insinuates that Mr. Bush is keeping American troops from doing the hardest job of going after insurgents in remaining pockets, postponing it until after the Nov. 2 presidential election.

"Whole cities are considered 'no-go' zones for our troop — presumably to avoid even greater casualties until after the election," he says. "We continue to use so-called 'precision' bombing in Iraq, even though the bombs can't tell whether it's terrorists or innocent families inside the buildings they hit."

U.S. Troops’ errant bombs are to blame for the insurgents. I thought it had something to do with Islamic Radicals whose business is hate, fear, and cowardice.

Remember, Chapaquitic Ted has proof. 110 proof. And he’s John Kerry’s mentor to boot. Everything Kerry has learned, he learned from Ted. A very scary thought.

Three Strikes

Doug Gamble on the chances that the debates will be Kerry’s final undoing.

Friday, September 24, 2004

VDH on Rather

Victor Davis Hanson delivers another great article. This time it is on the fall of Dan Rather and CBS:

Worse than being duped, worse than cobbling together a highly politicized hit-piece during a war and in the waning days of an election, worse than the shady nature of the "unimpeachable" sources and the likely sordid origins of the story, and worse even than the pathetic nature of CBS's "expert" witnesses — worse than all that was Rather's ten-day denial of reality, culminating in the surreal half-admission that the phony documents could not be verified as accurate. That's the equivalent of saying that a corpse cannot be proven to be alive.

Commentators have envisioned Rather's fall as symbolic of a "paradigm shift" and the "end of the era" — an event that has crystallized the much larger and ongoing demise of the old establishment media. Allegories from the French Revolution and the emperor without any clothes to the curtain scene in The Wizard of Oz have been evoked to illustrate Rather's dilemma and the hypocrisy of all that went before. We have come a long way since the 1960s: The once-revolutionary pigs taking over the manor are now bloated and strutting on two legs as they feast on silver inside the farmhouse.

First CBS went into denial; then it tried to smear its critics; next it emulated the Nixonian two-step; and finally it stonewalled altogether, hoping that the 24-hour news buzz would fade before it ultimately did. Meanwhile, more and more Americans yawn and have already switched the channel to cable news. We keep waiting for Mike Wallace on Sunday's 60 Minutes to stare down Dan Rather on the set of Tuesday's 60 Minutes, sticking his mike in Dan's face, springing on him a long list of his previously unknown sins, capped off with the zoom shot on a fidgety, sweating Rather, as the tick, tick, tick fades into a primetime commercial.

Make sure you read the whole thing here.

Dateline Illustration

Byron York on how CBS should clean up its memo mess. It’s been done before by NBC's Dateline in 1993 when it falsely reported the tendency of GM trucks to catch on fire in side collisions.

True to TV-news-magazine form, Dateline wanted some dramatic video to illustrate the problem. So producers set up a test in which a car would slam into the side of one of the trucks, leading — hopefully — to a spectacular, caught-on-tape explosion.

But what if the truck didn't blow up? Would the Dateline team have to get another one and try again? That could get expensive.

So to ensure a positive result, the Dateline producers placed small incendiary devices in the truck. And sure enough, it blew up very nicely.

The people at General Motors thought there was something suspicious about the report. A few months later, having done an extraordinarily detailed study of the matter, they filed a defamation suit against NBC.

Michael Gartner stood firm. While he admitted that NBC had used what he called "sparking devices" in the demonstration, he claimed that GM's accusation was a distraction from the real story. "GM sought to divert attention from the central issue," Gartner said, "namely that there appear to be fundamental problems with the safety of its trucks."

"We remain convinced that, taken in its entirety and in its detail, the segment that was broadcast on 'Dateline NBC' was fair and accurate."

The short version of that is that Gartner was arguing that the Dateline demonstration was fake but true. But that tough stance didn't last long.

Numerous people were fired, including the then president of NBC News, Michael Gartner, and the lawsuit was settled within a day. The scenario sounds familiar doesn’t it?

York’s solution:

Later, CBS News announced the "independent investigation" of the matter to be run by former attorney general Richard Thornburgh and former Associated Press chief Louis Boccardi. So far, however, CBS News executives seem more interested in setting up Mary Mapes, the producer of the segment in question, as the fall-person.

Of course Mapes should go, but remember the lessons of Dateline. If that example were followed, then the 60 Minutes Wednesday producer, senior producer, and executive producer would all have to go. And then the president of CBS News. And then — well, then the on-air reporter.

Sounds like an excellent solution to me. If most of us had made a colossal blunder such as Rather and CBS News has, we would be out looking for a new job. The Dateline example should be used here as well. So long, Dan…

Presidential Visit

As I briefly mentioned last night, I had the honor of seeing President Bush speak here in Bangor, Maine. And it was truly an amazing experience.

A Bangor Daily News estimate put the crowd at about 4000, but it seems to me that the crowd was more in the 7,000 to 10,000 range. Alfond Arena, where the Maine Black Bears play hockey, holds a little under 6,000, and the were way more people at the rally than a packed house during the Hockey East finals. Our local paper also estimated that there were several hundred protestors near the rally. Unless they were hiding somewhere, this number was inflated. There was only a handful (5-10) near the exit to the rally, and maybe 75 to 100 on Union Street, a major thoroughfare in Bangor.

With the number game aside, the rally was awesome. The President’s speech was great, touching on the major campaign issues as well as some local groups and issues.

Bangor International Airport is the first stop for troops returning from overseas. President Bush praised the efforts of 82-year old Bill Knight, who organizes troop greeters and makes sure that there is always someone at the airport to greet troops at all times of the day and night.

The president also addressed the local lobstermen, sportsmen, and talked about tax relief for small businesses here in Maine. There is a great entrepreneurial spirit here in this state, but since we are so heavily taxed, small businesses don’t flourish here like they should.

After the rally, the President took time to greet a troop transport flight headed to Middle East. This was a complete surprise to the troops.

Sgt. 1st Class Maxie Tolar of North Carolina said he was excited to go to Iraq and that the trip had "just been made even better by seeing the president." Tolar also would have been happy just to get a picture of Air Force One.

"But right now this is Air Force One," Tolar said.

This is from Sgt. 1st Class Keith Hopper who was about the troop transport:

Sgt. 1st Class Keith Hopper had hoped for a glimpse of Air Force One. Instead, he got to look his boss right in the eye when President Bush made a surprise inspection aboard an Iraq-bound troop transport plane Thursday at the Maine Air National Guard base. "This is pretty exciting," said Hopper. "I've even got my absentee ballot with me, but I already knew who I was voting for."

President Bush’s stop here in Bangor was awesome. The rally was well worth the security, the blazing sun, and the long wait. I am still awestruck that I was some 100 or so feet from the leader of the free world and got to hear him speak in person. It was great that the troops heading overseas got to see their commander-and-chief in person before heading to Kuwait and Iraq to fight for and spread democracy and freedom.

And the crowd chanted “4 more years”…

We the people of the United States, and particularly Maine, need to make this a reality, not only for our country but also for the world.

Update: The Portland Press Herald puts the rally numbers around 9,000. More quality reporting from the Bangor Daily News.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

President Bush Makes a Stop in Bangor, Maine

I got to see the President of the United States in my humble little metropolis today. What an amazing experience. But I'll elaborate more tomorrow. It is late, and I am sunburned from spending too many hours standing on the tarmac at BIA awaiting the arrival of Air Force One. It was well worth the wait though. We need to make sure George W. Bush is elected to a second term.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Wictory Wednesday

It's Wictory Wednesday once again.

We are now focusing on some other races taking place this November. Last week WW focused its attention on John Thune, who is running against Tom Daschle.

This week's race is in Florida. Mel Martinez is trying to fill a Senate seat left vacant by a retiring Democrat, Bob Graham. Mr. Martinez is a Cuban-American immigrant success story who will help the president attract a larger share of the Hispanic vote. He would be replacing a currently held Democratic seat. His election would keep the Dems from controlling the Senate and further obstructing the President. But you have to donate to make sure Mel Martinez is elected.

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A War Referendum

Opinion Journal’s featured editorial points out that John Kerry has finally given the voters a choice on Iraq and Terrorism:

When it comes to the war on terror's grand strategy, readers probably won't be surprised to learn we prefer the Bush version. Limiting the definition of the enemy to bin Laden and his associates makes little sense in an age when terrorists cavort with rogue states and multiply like blades of grass in the despotic soil of the Middle East. Without an Iraq-type plan for changing the region, the U.S. would seem condemned to a century of playing terrorist whack-a-mole. If Mr. Kerry has an alternative root-causes strategy, he has yet to articulate it.

When it comes to Iraq specifically, Mr. Kerry's picture of the country is unrealistically bleak and many of his proposals are already in motion. Iraqi security forces are being trained, after all, and Mr. Bush and Prime Minister Allawi remain committed to the January elections. As for getting other countries to share more of the burden, good luck. Sometimes we think we might enjoy a Kerry victory just for the spectacle of watching a Secretary of State Biden or Holbrooke try to convince the Europeans to accept responsibility for their own security, never mind Iraq's.

Mr. Kerry is offering a minimalist conception of the war on terror, focused on al Qaeda and a rapid exit from Iraq. Mr. Bush spoke to the United Nations yesterday again pushing his democracy-for-the-Middle-East line. No one will be able to say voters weren't offered a clear foreign policy choice come November.

Make sure you read the whole thing.

Memo to the Pajamahadeen

Jim Geraghty on the bloggers struggle to topple the Sauronic Eye of CBS and their media colleagues who should have been appalled at CBS’ reckless partisan reporting.

We must also repeatedly hammer away at the reputations of the Tim Russerts and Tom Brokaws and Wolf Blitzers. Apparently, their standards aren't all that different from Rather's, or else they would have objected quicker, louder, and more publicly. The other networks and major newspapers have generated so far mostly gentle rebukes. No major newspaper has called for Rather's resignation. None calls them out as fools and mendacious mercenaries for having the audacity to call Bill Burkett an "unimpeachable source." In retrospect, all that phrase told us was that CBS had not received the memos from Bill Clinton.

From his comments before and after his "apology" — a thin gruel of legalistic weasel words that stretches the definition of that word — Rather has made clear he believes that those clad in pajamas and typing on computers are in no position to judge him. Our role, in his vision, is to passively imbibe his disinformative propaganda the way geese receive cornmeal to make fois grae. He sits behind his anchor desk, confident that his status is impenetrable and that any attack made by the Pajamahadeen against his position would be a useless gesture, no matter what technical errors we may have proved. He steadfastly believes that CBS television stations remain the ultimate persuasive power in the news universe, and he intends to use it.

But Rather should not be too proud of this technological agitprop dispersal system he's constructed. The power to hype a fake memo is insignificant compared to the power of the blogosphere.

Here is a quote for you:

"The power to destroy a planet is insignificant when compared to the power of the Force."- Darth Vader

Well put.

Partisan Dan

NRO's Tim Graham on Dan Rather’s long time liberal record.

It Figures

I was very excited to get my issue of Time in the mail today, because it was supposed to have an article on the boys from Power Line.

When I got the issue out of the mailbox and excitedly opened the magazine to read the article, I couldn't because there was a printing error and several pages, including the article on Power Line, were folded over and stapled into the spine of the mag. I had to tear out the staples so I could read it.

"Elite" media...go figure.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Famous scientists from around the globe are disappearing, and Chronicle reporter Polly Perkins is bound to get to the bottom of the story. After a mysterious meeting at the Radio City Music Hall with one of the scientists yet to disappear, air raid sirens wail bringing the citizens of New York into the streets. Hundreds of unidentified aircraft are flying over the city. However, are they warplanes? No. They land revealing themselves to be giant robots that attack the city. As Polly finds herself in the middle of the destruction looking for clues to the identity of the attackers, a call for help is broadcast. Enter Sky Captain, here to defend the city from these mechanical monsters!

This movie is a must see, and definitely on the big screen. Don’t wait for the rental. The retro styling and soft focus of this film made me think I was actually watching a movie from the ‘30s. I know this film was mostly CG, but it does not matter. Conran’s visual styling and CG compliments the retro look perfectly. Plus, it’s just plain cool having ‘30s era technology fused with futuristic technology. Flying robots that attack New York. A P-40 fighter plane that is also a submarine. Laser guns. There is a big nod to the Buck Rogers comics of the ‘30s and 40's era.

The acting performances (only real thing in the movie) were good and believable. Jude Law plays Sky Captain, a dashing hero type, and does it well. Giovanni Ribisi plays Dex, the Captain’s eccentric sidekick genius, and he does it perfectly. I’m not a Gwyneth Paltrow fan, but she does a nice job acting in this role. A headstrong reporter that doesn’t listen to anyone and has no regard for others fits her perfectly.

I’ve seen this movie described as unique, and it is. It is like nothing you and I have ever seen before. CGI done right. A movie done right. As Andrea Jackson of the Daily Buzz would say: worth the full price of admission.

Modified Limited Hangout

The Wall Street Journal’s lead editorial puts together the incriminating threads of the CBS memo debacle. Also check out The Washington Post’s “Questions Surround Man Who Provided” and USA Today’s ”CBS Backs Off Guard Story". Via Power Line.

It’s interesting that as soon as the “All Seeing Eye” network released the apology from Rather and the CBS News for supposedly being “misled” by the forged memos that the other big networks jumped on the bandwagon and started reporting that the memos are fakes and that Rather stood by them, knowing he couldn’t authenticate them. I was watching the Today Show on NBC and they had a blurb about Rathergate on their headlines segment. has an article available where you can watch an interview with John “Hindrocket” Hinderaker of Power Line.

Make sure you check out Power Line for a full run down of the latest Rathergate developments and some excellent questions that need to be addressed by CBS.

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Now this is a Truck!

I am in the market for a new truck. Maybe I'll get this fossil fuel guzzling behemoth. 7 miles to the gallon on diesel, room for 5, and can hall 20 tons. Just what I was looking for.

See Ya, Iraq?

Victor Davis Hanson on why it would be a disaster to leave Iraq now.

The Kerry Spot

Jim Geraghty on How the Bloggers can Beat Rather.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Tell Me Why I have to be a Powerslave!

To my surprise, John J. Miller at NRO gives a nod to the 20th anniversary of Iron Maiden’s album Powerslave. My favorite album as well. I still upon occasion crank up “Powerslave” on the old iTunes and play it loud.

More Nostalgia

Another anniversary that will take some of us back to our younger years. Transformers, the “Robots in Disguise”, are celebrating their 20th anniversary.

I picked up a Transformers’ comic called The War Within- The Age of Wrath written by Simon Furman and drawn by Joe Ng. The storytelling is good. The series takes place on Cybertron millions of years before the Transformers came to earth. The art is the real grabber here though. Joe Ng’s robots are awesome. The coloring is a bit dark, but the art makes up for it. I’ll buy this title again. It would be helpful, but not necessary, to read the previous two volumes of The War Within. These volumes are available in a trade paperback.

Now if I could just get a hold of an old Optimus Prime figure, the days of my youth would be complete.

Call in Congress

Hugh Hewitt's pitch for a Congressional hearing on Rathergate.

At Home with the CBS Evening News

NRO’s Duncan Maxwell Anderson on Dan Rather and CBS.

In CBS's comfortable little TV world catering to liberals in their living rooms, a felony has been committed: falsifying government documents. Dan Rather, or someone who works for him, probably knows who committed the forgery. Anyone who impedes the investigation, even after the fact, also becomes an accessory, and could go to jail.

And by the way, even if you're a journalist, the right to forge documents isn't covered by the First Amendment.

If I worked for CBS, the words “felony” and “accessory” would scare me into ponying up the forger.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Wictory Wednesday

Today is Wictory Wednesday. Our attention now turns to some other races this election year. This week we are focusing on John Thune who is running against the obstructionist Senator Tom Daschle. Thune has a small lead over Dashcle, who is outspending him in the campaign. This is a great time to donate to John Thune's campaign and stop Daschle's obstructionism.

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Vietnam Vet Lied about Atrocities

A Vietnam Vet that testified about atrocities committed during the war says that he was coerced by Kerry to lie.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

The Killian Memos: "Rathergate"

The fallout continues from Dan Rather’s stubborn resistance to actually admit that the memos are fake and that CBS has been duped.

Lots of stuff on the Killian memos in the media today.

Johan Goldberg on Dan Rather going the way of the dinosaur.

Jim Geraghty from NRO’s Kerry Spot on Rather’s lame second defense of the memos.

James Taranto’s (Opinion Journal’s Best of the Web) take on Rathergate.

The Washington Post’s Michael Dobbs and Howard Kurtz on how Marcel Mately didn’t authenticate the memos as CBS had cited.

John Podhoretz on CBS' Big Blunder. (Link Courtesy Hugh Hewitt)

And I could go on…

Some entertainment has come out of this fiasco as well.

Check out two new documents that have come to light (funny stuff) here and here.

As always check out Hugh Hewitt, Powerline, Little Green Footballs, and a host of others. Hugh points out some new posts of importance to check out:

New posts of importance on the CBS melt-down at RatherBiased, Betsy'sPage, Aaron's Rantburg, Blackfive, RedState, CommandPost, Powerline, LGF, KerrySpot, Instapundit, and many others.

Monday, September 13, 2004

CBS Forgeries Roundup

Little Green Footballs has compiled a list of all its fake CBS document posts so it is easier to get the information.

Hugh Hewitt has some great comments about bloggers at his site:

As for the CBS meltdown, John Fund has a nice essay on the big blinders CBS is wearing, and kindly credits me as the unofficial historian of the blogosphere, a job no one could really do. It would be like being the historian of the Borg. The cumulative impact of the blogs on CBS/Rather credibility has reduced that fabled news organization to the status of whiner, and it cannot hope to combat the combination of its own shoddy reporting and the multiplying power of citizen journalism --open source journalism.

One example: Not long ago a young man in San Diego began a blog --Stones Cry Out, a nicely designed, solidly reported, center-right Evangelical blog. Here is author Rick Brady's Saturday post on CBS. Now, obviously, Brady isn't going to have the traffic of Powerline, INDC Journal, Instapundit etc, but he will have unique traffic --people going just to his site, because they know him, or found and like his blog, or were referred there by the Fraters gang (which is how I found him), and thus the CBS story spreads beyond its already established audience.

Technorati founder David Sifry explained the importance of this to me at the Democratic Convention in Boston, calling it the "power of the tail." Sure, a few hundred blogs seem to own a large share of the traffic, as N.Z.Bear's rankings by traffic shows. But there are tens of thousands of blogs each racking up unique visitors. If those blogs in the tail pick up a meme --say, "Dan Rather is a doddering fool and CBS is covering up for him"-- its spread across the universe of people using the web for information gathering is huge and almost instantaneous. And irreversible because a friend or colleague of Rick is much more likely to believe his analysis because he knows and trusts Rick than it is some knucklehead from CBS who is attempting to dismiss Rick as a pajama-wearing loon.

More great wisdom from Hugh. I just started my blog in February of this year, so I don’t have a huge number of visits per day, but the visitors that I do have to my blog, whether regulars or first timers, are going to see the info about the CBS forgeries. The news will spread.

And I’m not even wearing my pjs.

"I'd Rather Be Blogging"

John Fund on the role of bloggers in the deconstruction of CBS' forged documents. On Fox News, Jonathan Klein, a former vice executive president who oversaw CBS' "60 Minutes" debated Stephen Hayes of The Weekly Standard on the authenticity of the Bush Documents. Mr. Klein dismissed the bloggers, who have taken a swift and decisive role in challenging CBS, like this:

Mr. Klein dismissed the bloggers who are raising questions about the authenticity of the memos: "You couldn't have a starker contrast between the multiple layers of check and balances [at '60 Minutes'] and a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas writing."

He will regret that snide disparagement of the bloggers, many of whom are skilled lawyers or have backgrounds in military intelligence or typeface design. A growing number of design and document experts say they are certain or almost certain the memos on which CBS relied are forgeries.

Heavies mentioned in Fund's article are Hugh Hewitt, Powerline, and Little Green Footballs. Continue to check these sites out as CBS unravels and the guys in pajamas continue to tenaciously take apart the media elite.

Friday, September 10, 2004

As ugly as it is, it is a fight to the finish and we must fight it that way or we will pay the price.

Here is the latest email from newly promoted Lt. Colonel David Bellon in Fallujah. He comments on the seven Marines and three Iraqi Special Forces soldiers that were killed by a suicide bomber, military action in Fallujah, and points out that we need to continue this fight or pay the consequences.

As heart broke as the Marines of the battalion were, last night they really took it to the insurgents inside of Fallujah. Contrary to what might be in the media, the mission was not "retribution" for the suicide bombing. It was part of a regular operation that was slightly accelerated in light of what happened. We had been watching the city for quite a while and killed many, many terrorists last night. The battle lasted for hours and hours later, we were still getting secondary explosions off of objectives that we destroyed. You must have faith that the Marines are giving much better that we get.

Such action does not lessen the pain for the Marines who lost their buddies but it gives them a chance to fight and that is what they want. I saw the SgtMaj for the battalion that lost the seven Marines the morning after the explosion. He told me "there is still plenty of fight left in them" (the Marines). Sure enough, that night (last night), they delivered. Regardless of what the enemy throws at them, the Marines will always be laying in the tall grass looking to take the fight to them. There is a major effort to "keep the noise level down" and stay out of the news but it does not mean that the Marines are not out there every day performing. I cannot say it enough, they are amazing.

The Iraqi Special Forces soldiers were outraged by the attack and were also full of fight afterwards. They wanted to go into Fallujah that day and attack the muj. Their commander stood in front of them and told them to bide their time. It came soon enough. They participated in last night’s action and did well. In fact, we just took on 200 more recruits and continue to have high expectations for them. These guys are under constant threats. When they go home on leave, it is not uncommon for them to have to move their families around in order to avoid kidnappings or murders of not only themselves but their entire families, children and all. We just spoke to them today about having faith that we will win and to believe that things will get better. In fact, I am much less tolerant of Americans who are losing their stomach to see this through. These Iraqis have never known freedom and have no idea what life could be life if they see it through, yet they put their lives on the lines based on nothing but faith.

Having seen the tragedy in Russia this week we cannot help but shake our heads here and wonder when the rest of the civilized world will wake up and realize that we are in the middle of a struggle for civilization. History will show that the outcome of this struggle will be no less critical to our collective future than WWII. Islamic Fundamentalism inspired terrorism is mutually exclusive to peaceful coexistence with anyone who does not buy into their twisted view of the world. For the masses of appeasers who are still blabbering on about "dialogue" and concessions, I would simply offer that what transpired in Russia is not an aberration. The enemy we face here is the same one that murdered the children in that school, is the same one that flew the airplanes in the towers, and is the same one that bombed the train in Spain.

Perhaps even more sobering is that as horrific as these events are, they pale in comparison to what they aspire to. Believe me, if they could get into a school in Wichita or Sacramento, they would gladly do it and convince themselves along the way that they are doing God's work as they ape for the cameras before killing as many innocent people as they can. The "recruiting videos" that we capture contain graphic scenes of beheadings, tortured confessions and insanely violent rhetoric. Even after what we have seen, it is hard to watch them. The enemy celebrates them.

History will be unkind to those leaders who do not have enough faith in their people to be honest enough with them to clearly state that the free world is now engaged in a war with extremist criminals who have literally been praying for this confrontation for decades. It is not "life as normal." It is beyond imagination how "experts" can get on the news shows and blame Russia for what happened in that school. Russia is no more to blame than the US is to blame for 9/11 or Spain is to blame for what happened this spring. As ugly as it is, it is a fight to the finish and we must fight it that way or we will pay the price.

Wise words from someone who is in the thick of it and knows what the cost of relenting in this effort will bring.

If I haven’t done so yet, I would like to thank the Lt. Colonel’s Dad for keeping the rest of us informed by sharing his son’s emails with us. In addition, many thanks to the members of the Armed Forces that are fighting and sacrificing in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is greatly appreciated.

Wrong, Wrong, Wrong

Andrew McCarthy on why John Kerry is the wrong man at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Three Years of Terrorism since September 11

VDH on the War on Terror. A teaser:

Ask yourself: What do a Russian ten-year-old, a poor black farmer in Darfur, an elderly pensioner in Israel, a stockbroker in New York, and a U.N. aid worker in Afghanistan have in common? In the last three years, they have all died in similar ways: Unarmed and civilian, they were murdered by a common cowardly method fueled by a fascist ideology.

Make sure you read the whole thing. Definitely worth it.

Right Again

Hugh Hewitt is right on the money, as usual.

As the third year of the new century's first war comes to a close, the United States is not anywhere near victory, but is on the offensive and deeply engaged in battles that cannot be avoided in lands just as diverse as Germany and the Phillipines were 60 years ago. The only question is whether American will is sufficient to the task of the many more years of battles ahead, and to the new fronts which seem to be inevitable. We will find out on November 2. A vote for Bush is a vote to continue to wage aggressive war on Islamist fanatics and their nation-allies. A vote for Kerry is a vote to withdraw from that war and hope we don't get hit again.

Pay special attention to the highlighted portion. Make sure you check out Hugh’s site today. Tons of stuff on CBS and the authenticity of the papers on President Bush.

Powerline has some incredible coverage of the CBS Hoax as well so check it out.

Stolen Honor and John Kerry

Kerry is in hot water with another Vietnam Veterans group.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

James Taranto and Best of the Web points out MoveOn.Org’s latest spin piece:, along with an outfit called Win Without War, is sponsoring a series of "candlelight vigils" tonight to "honor" the servicemen who "have given their lives in service to our country." An e-mail announcing the event, from MoveOn's Peter Schuman, contained this statement: "Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld diminished their deaths by calling the toll 'relatively small.' " Here is what Rumsfeld actually said:

If you take all of those patrols, and look at the number of incidents, they're relatively small. If you look at them from our standpoint, a single loss of life is large, and it's a life that's not going to be lived. I don't know how to calculate it or calibrate it for you any better than that.

It truly takes chutzpah for to portray itself as "honoring" the troops when in fact it is using their deaths in an effort to score cheap political points.

There is so much spin going on these days I’m getting dizzy.

More Media Spin

Jed Babbin with more media spin. Today’s spin: the New York Times trying to disenfranchise our troops abroad with an error riddled story that attempts to keep their absentee votes from reaching our shores to be counted. The Times fears that the votes will more than likely be in favor of President Bush, therefore giving him the win in November.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Wictory Wednesday

It's Wictory Wednesday once again and there are less than two months to go to one of the most important elections in this country's history. Who will you choose? A liberal senator that represents the extreme left of his party or President Bush who has proven he will protect this country and has a proven track record.

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Kerry's Lasting Legacy

Despite anything Kerry does, accomplishes, or fails to do in the near future, there is one thing that he must do: apologize to his fellow Vietnam Vets for vilifying them at home. Jed Babbin of NRO on Senator Kerry:

Thirty years later, it still makes their blood boil. When, in April 1971, John Kerry testified to a Senate committee that "...war crimes committed in Southeast Asia [were] not isolated incidents but crimes committed on a day-to-day basis with the full awareness of officers at all levels of command," he said that the average American soldier who fought in Vietnam was a war criminal. Kerry's statement was false, a blood libel that hangs in the air to this day. If John Kerry had apologized, maybe he'd never have had to deal with the little group that calls itself "Vietnam Veterans for Truth."

The article goes on to talk about the various experiences of the Vietnam Veterans for Truth. The group is planning a rally in Washington to protest Kerry’s lies about the veterans and his continued lies for the past 30 years. More from the article:

When Kerry accused Americans of raping, cutting off ears, heads, and limbs, and razing villages in the manner of Genghis Khan, he wasn't talking about some random "other": He was talking about these men. They and their fellow Vietnam veterans were — and are — innocent of the atrocities of which Kerry accused them. They can't forgive Kerry for what he said, or forget what they suffered because of it. They took Kerry's accusation personally. It would have been impossible for them to do otherwise. In Larry Bailey's words, "I never told a lie about John Kerry. He never told the truth about me."

This isn't about politics. Pete Webster told me, "If the GOP were running Hillary Clinton, we'd still be saying, 'Kerry lied.'" The Vietnam Vets for Truth want their reputations restored, and they want Kerry to apologize for more than 30 years of defaming their character. As they see it, Kerry stole their honor from them in 1971. They want it back — and they're coming to get it.

Unlike the veterans from any other conflict, the Vietnam vets did not return to praises and honors. They were shunned and treated like well, criminals. John Kerry is a good part of the reason why.

While searching the Internet, I found an article by Barbara Stock over at that recounts the horror story of one Vietnam Vet’s homecoming:

On the radio last week, one man related that he had unpacked the uniform that he wore home from Vietnam all those years ago. It had not seen the light of day for over thirty years. He showed it to his children and grandchildren and, for the first time, spoke of the day that he returned home from war and was spat on, cursed at, and literally had to run a gauntlet of protesters who threw human waste and rotten fruit on him and his fellow vets. With the words “baby killers” ringing in his ears he was warned by laughing policemen not to retaliate or he would be arrested. So he ran. The able-bodied helped the wounded as they do on any battlefield because those on crutches or in wheelchairs were not spared the profanity and bags full of feces that were thrown at them by the raging anti-war protesters.

You can check out Vietnam Veterans for Truth here, and a Google search will yield many more veteran groups that are against Kerry and his libel.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

The Associated Press: Creating Today's News

Quite a stir was turned up with the AP's fictitious news reporting. While the original release of the "Crowd Booed" story has been erased, it won't be forgotten by the diligent members of the blogosphere. Swimming through the Spin has great coverage of the embellished story by AP writer Tom Hays.

Sharp eyed posters over at Free Republic
spotted this story about the president's reaction (version #1) to news of Bill Clinton's upcoming surgery:

WEST ALLIS, Wis. - President Bush (news - web sites) on Friday wished Bill Clinton (news - web sites) "best wishes for a swift and speedy recovery."
"He's is in our thoughts and prayers," Bush said at a campaign rally.
Bush's audience of thousands in West Allis, Wis., booed. Bush did nothing to stop them.
Bush offered his wishes while campaigning one day after accepting the presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention in New York. Clinton was hospitalized in New York after complaining of mild chest pain and shortness of breath.
Bush recently praised Clinton when the former president went to the White House for the unveiling of his official portrait. He lauded Clinton for his knowledge, compassion and "the forward-looking spirit that Americans like in a president."

Needless to say, there was massive outrage. Many on the thread had listened to the speech live and heard no boos at all and were screaming liberal media bias...and rightfully so. Others e-mailed the AP to express their displeasure. So, minutes later, a new version gets posted to the same yahoo link and another thread pops up on Free Republic:

WEST ALLIS, Wis. - President Bush (news - web sites) on Friday offered former President Bill Clinton (news - web sites), who faces heart bypass surgery, "best wishes for a swift and speedy recovery."
"He's is in our thoughts and prayers," Bush said at a campaign rally.
Bush offered his wishes while campaigning one day after accepting the presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention in New York. Clinton was hospitalized in New York after complaining of mild chest pain and shortness of breath.
Bush recently praised Clinton when the former president went to the White House for the unveiling of his official portrait. He lauded Clinton for his knowledge, compassion and "the forward-looking spirit that Americans like in a president."

Of course, someone with access to the raw wire posted this as well to archive this monumental, and perhaps intentional screw up.

BC-Bush-Clinton, 1st Ld-Writethru,150 Bush offers best wishes for Clinton's recovery
Eds: SUBS lead to include reference to surgery. DELETES 3rd graf previous, Bush's audience, because of uncertainty about crowd reaction.
WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) - President Bush on Friday offered former President Bill Clinton, who faces heart bypass surgery, "best wishes for a swift and speedy recovery."
"He's is in our thoughts and prayers," Bush said at a campaign rally.
Bush offered his wishes while campaigning one day after accepting the presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention in New York. Clinton was hospitalized in New York after complaining of mild chest pain and shortness of breath.
Bush recently praised Clinton when the former president went to the White House for the unveiling of his official portrait. He lauded Clinton for his knowledge, compassion and "the forward-looking spirit that Americans like in a president."

Someone at the Associated Press has some major explaining to do.

Powerline has a great post about this media scandal as well. Make sure you check out Powerline's regular page to see all the stuff on this ongoing story. My buddy Peter over at Slublog has the contact information for the Associated Press:

Kelly Smith Tunney, director, Corporate Communications
Jack Stokes, Media Relations Manager
450 W. 33rd St.
New York, NY 10001

Phone: 1-212-621-1500
Fax: 212-621-1723

Ridiculous. The AP has not just shot itself in the foot, but has blown it off. Their credibility is gone, and Tom Hays should be.

Friday, September 03, 2004

RNC Wrapup

I went to a party for the prez last night. We watched an RNC promo video on John Kerry’s considerable flip-flopping. We watched Retired General Tommy Frank's endorse the president. Zell Miller was a great topic of conversation, not spewing venom like John Edwards claims, but showing righteous indignation at his party’s support of those who represent the extreme left of Democratic party. We also dicussed our local Republican Candidate for U.S. Congress, Brian Hamel. He is running against Mike Michaud (Democrat). I’ll have more on Mr. Hamel in the weeks to come.

The President delivered an excellent speech last night, and the video intro was amazing. Watching the president get rigged up with body armor and then deliver the opening pitch of a Yankees game was classic, and a good reminder of how the tragic events of 9/11 brought us together as Americans, united, not two Americas as some would have us believe. The speech was a good combination of domestic issues (I bought a house during President Bush’s term) and his firm resolve in defending this country and eliminating terror, which face it, has defined his first four years in office. You can get the specifics on the President’s plan for America at

Kerry’s tactless response was a wild-eyed (well, maybe not) rant at a special midnight rally in Ohio. After not having an extended interview with a reporter on camera in over a month, he comes back with this speech?

Hugh Hewitt’s thoughts on Kerry’s response speech:

And the combination of that reliability with the generally repellant qualities of John Kerry may make the NOvember 2 Bush win even larger. Could Kerry have given a more off-key, bitter, and self-destructive speech than the one he delivered last night in Ohio? The collapse in Kerry's standing in his internal polling must be total to have triggered such a melt-down.

I discussed the options available to Kerry on yesterday's program with John Podhoretz and Terry Eastland --very smart guys who have been around presidents and campaigns for dozens of years. We all agreed that Kerry would never embrace the "Michael Moore option" of running on anger and paranoia because it is a recipe for electoral disaster. But that's what Kerry grabbed on to last night, in a speech that may go down in American history as the worst ever delivered by a nominee. It is reason enough, I think, to reject debates with this fellow, whose apparent problems and insecurities about the past are every day becoming more apparent. Wild accusations that every responsible memebr of his party's leaqdership know to be false must be sending shock waves through that group this morning. Can you imagine Joe Lieberman reading Kerry's remarks? Or even Bill Clinton? Kerry's lost it, and that he did so on a night when George Bush reminded America why our enemies fear his leadership.

Even a bad jobs report this morning wouldn't have changed the fundamentals of this election, but a rebounding number and the continued solid expansion of the economy has put Kerry in a box. Kerry could have chosen to lose with dignity, running a Bob Dole race. Instead he has decided on a march through the fever swamps. It will be an ugly 60 days as a result, but perhaps on the other end, the Democratic Party will get the jolt it needs to exile the Moore nuts from its midst. The GOP is in a commanding position, but the country needs two responsible parties, and right now, the Democrats have become unhinged. When Kerry colklapse and takes Daschle, Murray, Boxer annd others with him, perhaps the message will get through that the country will not tolerate this nuttiness in a time of war.

Overall I felt that the GOP convention was a great success. I enjoyed watching all the events and would love to go to the next big one. I am encouraged. And I know that John Kerry can’t become the president of this great country.

On separate note, I just read a great article about Chris Matthew’s by Andrew McCarthy.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

RNC Day 2

Governer Schwarzenegger was awesome last night. Not a grand slam like Guilianni, but definitely a home run. He was on fire. And the "economic girlie men" line was great. He inspired the crowd.

First Lady Laura Bush did a fine job, but should have gone before Arnold. She did what she needed to do though.

Now on to Jenna and Barbara. I actually felt embarrassed for them as I watch them nervously fumble through their speech. Who wrote this stuff and how did it get through the filters?

The big hitters are in the lineup tonight and there should be some fireworks. Democratic Senator Zell Miller and Vice President Dick Chenney.

Tom Brokaw and the Liberal Media: Creating the News

As I watched the NBC Nightly News on Tuesday I became very confused as Brokaw reports that President Bush, in an exclusive interview with Matt Lauer, expressed doubt that the war on terror could be won. There must have been two interviews, because in the interview I watched the President didn't express any doubts about the war on terror. There must be some mistake.

Wait, there was no mistake, the liberal media is once again putting it's spin on the news. By picking out a few choice words from President Bush's comments, Kedwards and the liberal media sources completely took what he said out of context and tried to make a juicy soundbite out of it. Michelle Malkin roots out the media's created headlines and Hindrocket of Powerline breaks it down:

Faux Controversy of the Year

Or maybe of the decade. I mean, of course, the teapot tempest over President Bush's purported sudden defeatism in the war. The idea that Bush may suddenly have changed his mind and decided that the war is a loser is so ludicrous that the current media storm can only be accounted for by panic over the prospect of the Kerry campaign's implosion.

Michelle Malkin tracked down the transcript of the Lauer interview, and the one sentence being denounced by the Dems and repeated in the media is even more absurdly out of context than I had expected. The question from Lauer that started the discussion was, "Do you really think we can win this war on terror in the next four years?” The discussion that followed was obviously about the time horizon in which the war on the Islamofascists can be won. Lauer obviously understood this, and did not think that he had gotten a scoop: the President's surrender in the war on terror.

In fact, if you go on a minute or two after the one sentence the Democrats are braying about, Bush said this:

I know if steadfast, strong and resolute — and I say those words very seriously — it's less likely that your kids are going to live under the threat of al-Qaida for a long period of time. I can't tell you. I don't have any … definite end. But I tell you this, when we succeed in Iraq and Afghanistan, it's the beginning of the end for these extremists. Because freedom is going to have a powerful influence to make sure your kids can grow up in a peaceful world. If we believe, for example, that you can't win, and the alternative is to retreat … I think that would be a disaster for your children.
For the media to promote the idea that Bush seriously suggested that the war on terror can't be won, and is now "recanting," as the Associated Press reported today, is journalistic malpractice of an appalling sort.

John Kerry and the liberal media know that his campaign is imploding and that President Bush is getting a huge boost from the convention. Make sure George W. Bush is re-elected to another term by volunteering or donating to the Bush campaign. If you have a blog and want to participate, go to Blogs for Bush and sign up for their blogroll and then get yourself on the Wictory Wednesday blogroll.