Friday, December 31, 2004

It's About the Tragedy ...

Kudos to John Podhoretz. From today's NY Post ...


THE political and ideological exploitation of perhaps the worst natural disaster in all our lifetimes is almost beyond belief — were it not for the fact that nothing these days is beyond belief.

Even as tears spring into the most hard-hearted person's eyes at both the unimaginable scope of the tragedy and at the wrenching individual stories of loss, opinion leaders just can't help themselves.

They are using this cataclysm as little more than cheap debate fodder about the nature and character of the United States, its president and its citizens.

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Why It's Tough to be a "Liberal"

No matter how much I admire the resolve of George Bush in overcoming the global threat of Islamic Fundamentalists, it's hard to find much else embrace in the Republican Party's agenda. But it's even more difficult to associate myself with the label of "liberal," regardless of how many issues I support from the left. If you find that hard to understand, just read this Boston Globe column by Jeff Jacoby ... "Hate Speech from the Left"

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Thursday, December 30, 2004

NBC's "The Right Wing"

I'd like to see the expression on Martin Sheen's face when he reads some of the scripts to "The West Wing," since many of the story lines and dialogue seem to be taken out of a Karl Rove playbook.

From preemptive strikes to the assassination of a foreign leader based on evidence he's planning a terrorist attack on the US to statements like "they'll like us when we win" in response to the Islamic communities sentiments about the United States. There's the conviction of the bright, articulate and optimistic Deputy White House Counsel, Republican Ainsley Hayes. And how can we forget Toby Zeigler's stifling of inappropriate comments of the progressive White House Poet Laureate and his Ann Coulter-like pronouncements in the UN speech he wrote in the "Night Five" episode which include:

"The world will be free when we have freedom of speech for every nation. The world will be free when there is freedom to worship for everyone. The world will be free when we finally shake off the rusted chains of tyranny. Whether in the guise of facist dictatorship or economic slavery, or ethnic hostility or the crushing yoke of Islamic fanaticism."

In defending his position, Toby concluded "there's a lot of reasons why they hate us. You know when they're gonna like us? When we win." Wow, Donald Rumsfield couldn't have said it any better. And if he did, he'd be crucified by the left for saying it.

Clearly, these aren't easy choices to make in this day and age, which is really brought home in the "Isaac and Ishmael" episode. It's a delicate balance between ensuring civil liberties and at the same time, protecting our very existance from those who want to kill us for who we are.

In case you haven't figured it out yet, I'm a HUGE fan of the show. I watch it every Wednesday evening, as well as reruns every night on Bravo. And believe it or not, it was a big influence on my support for George Bush in this year's elections. Just to give you a sense of perspective, I'm pro-choice, support gay unions and I had voted for Gore in 2000 - believing Bush Jr. was a "f*cking moron" up until 9/11.

While the Bartlet adminstration is comprised of Liberal Democrats, their actions frequently run counter to much of the typical rhetoric of their political base. The show helped me to gain great respect for the office of the President and the strength of character it takes to lead this nation, particularly in such challenging times. Not to mention the strong sense of civic duty exhibited by those working in the admistration. And the Democrat's rehtoric, combined with the petty attacks of Michael Moore, George Soros, etc. just pushed me further and further away from their party's candidates.

That said, I find it amusing how many Republicans claim the don't watch it. I had made reference to the show when speaking with Delegates at the Republican National Convention this summer and not one person admitted to watching it. It's also surpising considering that Bush exhibits the kind of decisive leadership that many admire in fictious President Bartlet, but that liberal Democrats can't seem to find in their own party.

That reminds me of one of my favorite quotes from Toby Zeigler, "if you think demonizing people who are trying to govern responsibly is the way to protect our liberal base, then speaking as a liberal, go to bed, would you please?"

Finally, this blog wouldn't be any fun without at least one shot on Michael Moore ... Contrary to what the bloated bloviator may think, Sam Seaborn put it best when he said "Not only do terrorists always fail at what they're after, they pretty much always succeed in strengthening whatever it is they're against".

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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Nation Building is wrong ... sometimes?

A plea to take action to save the life of an Iranian woman from stoning recently caught my attention. It was posted on one of those boards that ignore reality and set my blood on boil -- The kind that think the ACLU can protect America from terrorism better than the Department of Homeland Security. (When they're not busy defending the rights of NAMBLA, of course.) This is the same board that attacks America for stepping foot on Iraqi soil to help stop the brutality of the Baathist regime, but now we MUST take action against the abominations of the Sharia laws and the force of the supreme court of the Islamic Republic of Iran. So, what are they suggesting here? Do they really think this kind of thing can be changed with a petition? And based on their feelings here, you would think they'd be supportive of the US efforts to bring humanity back to Iraqa. Well, you'd be mistaken.
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Moore for Victims

Well, I just can't want to see the check that Michael Moore is writing to help the Tsunami victims. Based on his post today on his website, I would imagine it's going to be big.

In case you don't have the stomach to read his anti-American rants, the "Must Read" on his site today has the text "$40 Million for Inauguration. $35 Million for Tsunami". Well, since there's no accompanying story that I "must read," then I guess I'm just left to speculate as to what he means.

I'm imaging his point is "how can America spend so much on the inauguration (basically, alot of parties) when we're giving such a paltry amount to the victims?" I guess there's no text because then he'd have to explain that the funding of the inaugural events are raised from private donors and not provided by the government, as opposed to the $35 million - which by the way, happens to the subtantially more than any other country is providing (though Japan comes close with almost $30 million.) The others range from $3.9 million from Canada (about 10% of what we're providing) to $1.3 million from Germany.

The money for the inaugurations is provided by private citizens, the bulk of which came before this weekend's natural disaster, of course. And we're all free to spend our money however we choose. If that means buying a table at an inaugural party that's one choice. Others may choose to go out and buy "Farenheit 9/11", Michael Moore's deceptive account of President Bush's response to the terrorist events of September 11th, which has grossed over $200 million worldwide.

That brings me to the point of this post -- if Michael Moore is so critical of how other American's choose to donate their money, let's see if he puts his money where his mouth is this time. (Of course, he'd probably have to remove his oversized foot first.) However, since as Michael Moore believes "the dumbest Canadian smarter than the smartest American", he'd probably tend to follow their lead as opposed to that of the US in being the most generous.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Che Sera, Sera

Next up, the romanticizing of a brutal executioner who inprisoned dissidents, gays and people with AIDs -- from Liberals, beleive it or not!
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Sunday, December 26, 2004

Kwanzaa's "Stamp" of Approval

In a day in age where people actually believe there is a law separating church and state, and that schools and towns are being harassed for the mere mention of Christmas at, well Christmas time, we've taken our PC to a new extreme -- which was driven home when I went to the Post Office the other day and saw the Kwanzaa stamp being prominiently featured in the lobby right next to the Christmas stamps.

With the exception of Bing Crosby's wishes, I don't remember Christmas being a white holiday. But in 1966, Ron Karenga invented the celebration of Kwanzaa with the intention of "de-whitinizing" Christmas, as Rev. Al Sharpton put it several years later. Karenga was quite the inventor back then, having also established himself the leader of United Slaves, a violent black nationalist cult group that wanted a separate black state. (He changed those nationalist views several years later, becoming a Marxist.)

Karenga was is also a convicted felon, having served time in a California prison for brutally torturing two black women who were members of US. Just how brutal? Well, the following day, Karenga told the women that "Vietnamese torture is nothing compared to what I know. " The women had detergent put in their mouths and a water hose turned on their faces full force, while Karenga threatened to shoot them with a gun he was holding. Both victims were whipped with an electrical cord after being ordered to remove their clothes, and one had a hot soldering iron placed in her mouth.

But back to the holiday of Kwanzaa itself. So right now, you may be thinking "so there really is no such celebration in Africa?" Nope, think about it. A celebration of the "first harvest" in December? In an interview inthe Washington Post several years ago, Karenga had this to say about Kwanaza ... "people think it's African, but it's not. I came up with Kwanzaa because Black people wouldn't celebrate if they new it was American. Also, I put it around Christmas because I knew that's when a lot of Bloods are partying."

I certainly don't think African Americans should be denied the opportunity to celebrate their heritage, but the nationally celebrated holiday is a farce and an affront to most black Christians I know who also believe Christmas is their holiday too.

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