Tuesday, October 31, 2006
During the 2004 campaign, Senator Kerry had to explain several lines. We all remember the famous one about "voting for something before he voted against it."
What motivated John Kerry to say something so stupid about US soldiers? He said that it was a botched joke about Pres. Bush. A bad joke?
The Power Line has the best explanation for this "botched joke". Like everything about modern liberals, it's all Vietnam.
See Why Did He Do It?:
"It was an article of faith among liberals (and many others) at that time that the Army consisted largely of the poor--kids who couldn't get into college and thereby obtain a deferment.
It was also an article of faith that non-white Americans died in disproportionate numbers in Vietnam.
That turned out not to be true, and I confess that I was astonished to learn, only within recent years, that there was no such ethnic disproportion in the Vietnam dead.
The stereotype of the poor, dumb soldier is firmly entrenched among liberals of the Vietnam era.
We often see it repeated by younger liberals today, even though the stereotype has no application whatever to our current volunteer army, which is demonstrably equal, at least, to the civilian population in talent and accomplishment.
Why are liberals so determined to hang on to these discredited stereotypes of the past?
I suspect it is because the young men and women who serve in the armed forces are a constant reproach to liberals' facile, politically-motivated pronouncements on foreign policy.
Iraq is a disaster (never mind that I voted for it)!
But the young men and women who are stationed there don't think so.
They re-enlist in remarkable numbers; a large majority believe in their mission; and they are working hard, risking their lives, and making considerable progress on many fronts.
So it's helpful for liberals to think: what do they know? They're only soldiers--they must be dumb!"
Since the start of the war, I have personally spoken with several Iraq War veterans, as well as many who were going back. They tell you two things about this war:
1) We are proud of what we are doing; and
2) The media is not telling the truth about Iraq.
What bothers Kerry, and so many other liberals, is that these young people are willing to stand up for something.
Unlike Kerry and his liberal friends, they are not reading polls and taking positions . Instead, they are talking from the heart!
Kerry does not know what he stands for. The young people serving in Iraq do.
What a great picture!
See Reagan's Golden Anchors:
"The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) shows off her freshly painted gold anchors after being awarded the retention award for fiscal year 2005.
Reagan is currently conducting carrier qualifications off the coast of southern California.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sarah Foster."
Karl Rove does not need to pull rabbits out of his hat. All he has to do is put the Dems' DVD in the player and sit back.
Kerry's remarks are disgraceful:
"You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”
We can disagree about the war. Do we have to trash our soldiers?
See the video
On Thursday morning, I will be attending a funeral for a young man killed in Iraq. Nathan Aguirre skipped Texas A&M so that he can join the Army and serve the country.
Like many Democrats, Kerry is bitter about defeat. They do not understand why they have lost 7 of the last 10 presidential elections. They should listen to their speeches.
Most terrorists remember Madrid 2004 quite well. I remember that too. The conservatives had a small lead in most polls. The trains blew up. The socialists blamed it on The Iraq War and won a very close election.
For the record, the Spanish police found more bombs a week later. Furthermore, they found more bombs after the Spanish troops had been removed from Iraq.
Moral of the story: Spanish troops left Iraq. The terrorists are still in Spain. See Spain's 3-11, one year later!
Why has October been so violent? The answer is fairly obvious. They want to influence our elections.
VP Cheney is right on target on his FOX News interview:
"Cheney said the terrorists, who are sophisticated in their use of the Internet and know how to manipulate public opinion, are trying to win the War on Terror by demoralizing the U.S. public.
"They know that the way they win is if they can, in fact, force America to withdraw on the basis that we aren't going to stay and finish the job, their basic proposition that they can break the will of the American people. That's what they believe. And that's what they're trying to do," he said."
That's exactly right. This is the moment to stand firm. See They'd be selling insurance if we had not invaded Iraq!
Monday, October 30, 2006
Last week, I posted a comment about CNN and the sniper video. It was horrible journalism. It was even worse when I learned from a military mom that her son had been killed in Iraq by a sniper.
Lynne Cheney is a wonderful lady. She is the VP's wife, a mother, grandmother, an author and one heck of a good interview.
I feel sorry for Wolf Blitzer because Mrs. Cheney nailed him on everything.
Watch this video because she hit it out of the park.
Let me say this. First, I am not an expert on Mexico. Second, I can smell a leftist rebellion, specially when the leaders put Che Guevarra's face on their movement. Che is about many things but labor unions and workers' rights are not among them. After all, Castro and Che closed down labor unions in Cuba and replaced them with the Communist Party.
Someone has to stand up and defend Mexican democracy, and specially the Mexican people who did such a wonderful job voting and running an election.
Someone has to stand up and see what this is all about. Like the "Informe fiasco" on September 1st, Oaxaca is an assault on Mexico's young democracy. Oaxaca is about creating chaos and disorder. This is not about teachers' salaries.
Go for it, Pres. Fox. Don't worry about leftist newspapers.
Pres. Fox must make it clear to the Oaxaca mob that they have a right to disagree but do not have the right to burn cars and intimidate citizens.
Trust me. Fidel is very ill. He may even do "The Macarena" on a video. This is Raul's government now. My guess is that Raul will soon regret that he outlived his brother.
Cubans Begin to Just Say No: There's trouble ahead for the dictator in waiting. BY MARY ANASTASIA O'GRADY is worth reading:
"At this time the military seems to be loyal to Raul. Nevertheless, the dictator in waiting has at least two reasons to be worried. The first is Hugo Chávez, who pours an estimated $2 billion into the Cuban economy annually and seems to believe that he is the rightful revolutionary successor to Fidel. Rumor has it that attitude is not going down too well with Raul or his men."
Worse than that, Cubans are starting to stand up to the regime:
"While conventional wisdom discounts the movement as weak, disorganized and easily infiltrated, every action of the government suggests that popular resistance to the regime is spreading, even after a brutal wave of repression was unleashed more than a year ago."
Since '59, many brave Cubans have stood up to Castro. Most were executed. Others were thrown in political prisons.
Today, there are many Cubans who are doing the same at great personal risk. See the story of Jorge Luis Antúnez.
Raul Castro is worried about Antunez and lots of others who are willing to risk their lives to say no.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Why so much Obama-mania? I have not seen so much excitement since Mario Coumo teased us with running for president.
Obama looks great. He is articulate and serious.
Can Senator Obama get 270 electoral votes? I don't think so. Why? See Obama is overrated by John Fortier:
"It is truly remarkable that a previously unknown figure can serve less than two years as senator and grace the cover of major national magazines, write best-selling books and make journalists drool over his every word. Obama is an overnight rock star, but that status is hard to live up to."
Sooner or later, Obama will need to give us an opinion about something more controversial than motherhood.
What about Social Security? Medicare? We are running out of time on those two entitlements because we keep punting on the issues.
What about The War on Terror? Does Obama have the stomach to defend the nation?
President Obama? I don't see it in 2008. What about VP Obama on Hillary Clinton's ticket? Why would Obama turn over his political life to the Clintons? Ask Al Gore!
Last but not least. I like this one. See Enjoy, Senator, it'll get worse by Clarence Page because it's interesting:
"Memo to Sen. Barack Obama: That giant swooshing sound that you hear is the roar of a media wave, urgently pushing you to run for president. Don't let it go to your head. What the media giveth, we can take away and usually we do, shortly after the candidate announces."
This is a good cartoon. The message is clear: Why don't you protect yourselves this century? Sounds good to me! No more liberations of Paris by US troops!
See France's Permanent Intifada:
"The way out for France is two-fold.
Firstly to reform its welfare state and allow the Muslim dominated slums to integrate into French society.
The second is to send a signal to the French Muslim community that France doesn't buckle under threats, that it sees itself as part of the West, allied with America, Israel, and the Free World.
On a domestic level, that means employing Mayor Giuliani-style "zero-tolerance" policing in the suburbs.
On a national level, France would do well to send troops to fight the Islamists in Iraq and prove themselves to be true members in the coalition in the war on terror.
As it is, France is learning the profound truth of which President Bush has begun speaking in respect of Iraq — if we retreat, the enemy will follow us home."
Some of us warned France about all of this a few years ago! Unfortunately, the French were just too deep in Saddam's Oil for Food corruption and now must face the consequences of sleeping with the enemy.
Here is the bottom line: These young people hate France as much as they hate Pres. Bush. In 2009, Bush will return to Texas but these young people will still be in Paris!
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Halloween is upon us. This is the scary season. Yet, do you want to get really scared? Check out Want a scary read? Try report on border security:
"Aside from confirming that heavily armed Mexican drug cartels with military-grade ordnance control all to the south of our borders and have direct control over every single illegal person, weapon or narcotic that enters our nation, the report also affirms something much more sinister: Terrorists from Islamic organizations have and continue to enter our country through our southern flank."
Terrorists are on the US-Mexico border. We need to keep an eye on them. Furthermore:
"Let's pause a moment here to take in that little newsflash. Members of Hezbollah have already infiltrated the United States. And finally, the report stresses that U.S. military and intelligence officials believe that Venezuela is emerging as a potential hub of terrorism in the Western Hemisphere."
Border security is not a partisan or anti-Mexican issue. The US-Mexico border chaos invites criminal, as well as terrorist elements.
A few days ago, I was on Univision to debate the border wall. Enjoy it!
Mira este video ahora:Debate sobre el muro fronterizo en Univision 23http://www.univision.com/content/content/content.jhtml?cid=1000882
Friday, October 27, 2006
Michael Steele is the African-American Republican running for the US Senate in Maryland.
Steele was wrongly accused by Michael Fox.
So Steele shot back and I love how he did it!
"Here is Steele's devastating response, in his own ad:
STEELE: I'm Michael Steele, and I approve this message.
TURNER: I'm Dr. Monica Turner.
Congressman Ben Cardin is attacking Michael Steele with deceptive, tasteless ads. He is using the victim of a terrible disease to frighten people all for his own political gain.
Mr. Cardin should be ashamed.
There's something you should know about Michael Steele.
He does support stem cell research, and he cares deeply for those who suffer from disease.
How do I know? I'm Michael Steele's little sister.
I have MS, and I know he cares about me."
See this video because it will go down as one of the greatest political home runs of all time!
Steele is still a long shot because Maryland's Democrat machine will work hard against him. Yet, he is an attractive candidate who is in the game and may pull off one of the big upsets of 2006.
The Democrats in Maryland are scared and will get very irrational over the next 10 days!
Go Michael Steele.
See Paradise and check out the brutality of the Cuban regime:
"On October 10, in the province of Villa Clara, fascist mobs, organized, paid and directed by the Castro regime, attacked Orestes Suárez and his wife Nancy González García when they were on their way to a meeting of Cuba's Independent Librarians."
Bitácora Cubana has more information.
StrategyPage gives you rapid access to military news. See Cuba's New Attitude:
"Most Cubans know that Castro's "revolution" is a failure, and that there's a better world out there. Raul wants to lead the way to a better future, before that future puts him in front of a firing squad of angry Cubans."
Rush Limbaugh drives the liberal media crazy. Why? How about these two reasons:
1) Rush has the largest radio audience in the US. I believe that he reaches 20 million people. His ratings keep getting better. At the same time, we can not say that about the financial condition of The NY Times, MSNBC and others.
2) Rush won't take it. He won't sit back and allow the liberal media to misrepresent what he said.
At the end of the day, Rush reaches more people than they do.
From day one, I have argued about the words in Michael's ad. He clearly confused the issue.
We live in a crazy world.
We had a tradition in this country that issues related to disease and cures were kept out of the political arena. This is why First Ladies have spearheaded efforts about mental health and other issues.
In other words, this stuff should be out of the partisan debate.
It would be nice to see Michael Fox and others make PSA's about this.
It was not a good idea for Fox, a very partisan liberal, to inject his bias into something that should be free of politics. It did not help Fox to lie about Republican candidates in Missouri and Maryland.
Again, let me quote Rush because he is right on target:
"They're not defending Michael J. Fox. Make no mistake about this.
They are not defending Michael J. Fox.
They are defending abortion, they are defending embryonic stem cell research; they are defending their right to distort issues in a campaign without being challenged.
If they really cared about Michael J. Fox as they pretend, to they would be denouncing the manner in which he has been used and exploited for their purposes.
They would be attacking the manner in which scientific research is now being politicized.
There's been a tradition in this country of bipartisan approaches to the cure and research into diseases.
That has now been turned upside down when it comes to Parkinson's disease or close to it on Alzheimer's and with spinal paralysis."
This is a crazy world. Alzheimer, spinal analysis are hurricanes are now political.
P.S. By the way, who said this:
"If I were a conservative, I understand why I would feel suspicious that I was not going to get a fair break at the end of an election. We've got to make sure we do better so conservatives don't have to be concerned about that. It's just, it's not fair."
Rush did not say it. This is not an old Spiro Agnew quote either. The author is Mark Halperin, the political director of ABC News.
Halperin warns the liberal media of this:
"And as an economic model, if you want to thrive like Fox News Channel, you want to have a future, you better make sure conservatives find your product appealing if you're going to do the right thing. You got to do it."
Makes a lot of sense to me! No viewers, no ratings. No readers, no advertising revenue.
Last week, I wrote about Nathan Aguirre, the young man from our church killed in Iraq. This is from the obituary:
"Spc. Aguirre, 21, died Sunday in Baghdad from injuries suffered when his patrol encountered enemy forces. He was an Army medic assigned to the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division based at Fort Hood.
Spc. Aguirre blogged about his experiences in Iraq on his MySpage page. Since his death, his page on the social networking Web site has turned into an online memorial where friends and others have posted messages about him.
Spc. Aguirre was born in Dec. 11, 1984, in San Antonio. His family later moved to Carrollton, where Spc. Aguirre met his best friend, Joseph Posenecker, at a church gathering. Mr. Posenecker described Spc. Aguirre as a leader and a responsible person."
Nathan was a great young man. Please express your condolences to the Aguirre family.
Nathan's death reminds us that we live in a dangerous world. We are grateful that young men like Nathan are willing to serve their country.
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Thursday, October 26, 2006
First, how about something funny....Did you know that Republican policies killed Superman. Check this video.
On a more serious note, watch this video.
It was good to see this
Patricia Heaton, Sports Stars Rebut Michael J. Fox on Missouri Stem Cell Ad :
"Pro-life advocates in Missouri have prepared a response ad to one that actor Michael J. Fox has made in numerous states that contains misleading information about pro-life candidates and their views on stem cell research. The new ads feature St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jeff Suppan and stars Jim Caviezel of "The Passion of Christ."
Michael Fox confused the issue for partisan reasons:
"Though the ad makes it appear Talent opposes all kinds of stem cell research, he has voted in favor of spending millions in federal funds for adult stem cell research, the only kind of research that has ever cured a single patient. What Talent has opposed is forcing taxpayers to pay for studies using embryonic stem cells, which can only be obtained by destroying human life."
See Spin City: Michael J. Fox isn't telling the whole truth about stem cells in those ads. by Ryan T. Anderson:
"These ads are repulsive. They play on the hopes and fears of million of Americans who are suffering from debilitating diseases, are caring for loved ones, and yearn for something, anything, to hold onto. They manipulate the public's emotions in the worst imaginable ways, promising them cures that are, in fact, quite uncertain, and pressuring them to forgo their own ethical convictions."
Yes, Michael Fox has a right to make ads for liberal Democrats who are committed to keeping abortion legal. At the same time, we have the right to fight back and say that abortion and cloning are wrong.
Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh got into a controversy over Michael Fox's political TV ad.
Michael Fox is a good actor. I am sorry that he's suffering from this terrible illness. I also regret that Michael has allowed himself to be used in a purely political campaign ad.
Neil Boortz has the best summary of this. See MICHAEL J. FOX'S STEM CELL ADS:
"Hollywood celebrities recording campaign commercials endorsing one candidate or another are nothing new. It happens all the time.
But in this case Fox, the popular actor currently suffering from the effects of Parkinson's disease, has produced ads that are deceptive.
The issue is federal funding embryonic stem cell research....and Michael J. Fox is the new stooge in the Democratic Party's campaign of deception.
Like a lot of Republicans, Talent is opposed to federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.
Aided by the mainstream media, Democrats have been advancing the lie for several years now that if you're opposed to the federal funding of something...then that means you want to ban it.
Not so...in fact, what administration has provided more federal funding for stem cell research than another other?
Your answer: the current Bush Administration."
What's going on in Missouri? See Cloning is a women’s issue By Kathryn Jean Lopez:
"A ballot initiative is the reason for the ad wars. Amendment 2 would write a constitutional right to human cloning into the state constitution, putting the complicated issue above the reach of the elected legislature."
Read her article and you will see why Michael Fox is wrong in every way.
See The Unconscionable Claims of Michael J. Fox
By Mary Davenport, an obstetrician and gynecologist, and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology:
"Mr. Fox and his ads' sponsors are guilty of conflating embryonic stem cell research, which the GOP candidates and many Americans oppose for destroying a human life in the name of curing other people's diseases, with stem cell research in general, which includes adult stem cell research and umbilical cord blood stem cell research."
At the end of the day, Rush is right on:
"I'm not going to fall for the trick of letting liberals get away with lying and misrepresenting things, despite their technique of putting forth people to do this who they think should be immune from such criticism. When anybody enters the political arena, they are subject to criticism, reaction and response. Nobody is immune. Nobody."
Val Prieto has a wonderful post at The Babalu Blog called "The Home Stretch".
I think that many of us can relate to what Val is writing:
"I dont know exactly how I will feel when the news is made official, but I do know that my first thoughts will be of my grandparents, E.P.D., who as the family's patriarchs led the rest of us into this unknown world called the United States and who instilled in me Cubanidad without knowing it, simply by being themselves and raising and caring for their family as they did.
On that day, I will place a white rose at their graves and thank them for their foresight and courage.
I will honor my parents, both of whom at the age that I am now, were subjected to horrors unimaginable to me and whose determination to save their children from a life of hatred and indoctrination made them begin life anew in a new country with a new language and a new culture.
They arrived here naked and toiled the rest of their lives to clothe me and my sister with freedom.
I will go to their home that day, the home where I was raised here in exile, and I will shed more than a few tears.
I know that they will perhaps never return to Cuba but I will promise them that I will one day see the home where I was born.
I will one day lay flowers on the graves of lost loved ones in Cuba.
I will one day see what caused them so much pain to leave."
Yes, I agree with that.
For years, people made bets on Mao and Franco dying. They finally did.
Let me say this: Castro is very ill or dead.
How else can you explain the total silence from Cuba?
Funeral for a Tyrant: A morally disorienting gathering in Havana. By Otto J. Reich prepares us for the post-Castro Cuba coming soon:
"This time the rumors are real: Castro is dying of stomach cancer. He may have already died, even before the funeral preparations were finished, so the news is not out."
It's coming soon.
First, the Castro funeral will bring leaders from North Korea, Iran and Venezuela. They will come to express their appreciation to the dead tyrant. Afterwards, the new Cuban government will have to deal with the reality that Castro avoided.
I'm always optimistic. I believe in the Cuban people. Unfortunately, I do not believe in Raul Castro or the corrupt clan that supports him.
Let's hope that Pres. Bush and other democratically leaders will put pressure on Raul Castro for a positive change in Cuba.
Pres. Bush should make the following announcement. First, we will lift the embargo. Second, we will provide loans for infrastructure development in the island. In other words, Pres. Bush should stand for change and demand elections as soon as possible.
Last but not least, use baseball as a vehicle to connect with the Cuban people. Bring MLB games to Cuba. Couldn't Havana host an All Star game in the near future?
What will happen to Raul Castro? He can't survive an election. This is why they haven't had one in 47 years!
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Yesterday, I heard something about cell phones and fertility.
See Men who use mobile phones face increased risk of infertility:
"Those who made calls on a mobile phone for more than four hours a day had the worst sperm counts and the poorest quality sperm, according to results released yest at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual meeting in New Orleans.
Doctors believe the damage could be caused by the electromagnetic radiation emitted by handsets or the heat they generate."
Is it true? I don't know. However, you may want to turn off your cell phone from time to time. I think that people are on their cell phones way too much.
Over the weekend, I watched a great movie: Flag of our Fathers. This is a good movie and it shows the cruelty of war as well as the bond among soldiers.
The movie also shows how desperate we were in 1945. The nation was out of money. There were references to this "war taking too long".
Thankfully, our media was more responsible. It did not leak secrets about the bomb or how we listened to the enemy.
I found Oliver North's War Stories even more interesting:
"More than 50 years after the Battle of Iwo Jima, questions still remain and controversies still rage. The battleground is where six men bravely planted the American flag after a fierce and bloody fight. The picture is frozen in the mind of many Americans and it inspired the Marine Memorial in Washington D.C. But where are those six men? What are their stories?
One of the brave Marines captured in the photo carried a picture of his girlfriend inside the webbing of his helmet. Did he make it back alive to see her again? How was the flag-raising picture taken? Was it staged? Find out the whole story. And hear what it was like to fight a war in a place the Marines say was “hell with the fire out.”
You can see a video here from The History Channel. There is a second video as well.
Thank God that George Washington's patriots did not have to worry about leaks.
Harold C. Hutchison wrote Another Reason Why al Qaeda Loves the New York Times:
"Surveillance of communications is often used as a means of gathering.
How this is done is not talked about often.
This is because the information that is acquired is often very good.
Surveillance of enemy communications was one of the biggest factors in the American victory at Midway in 1942, and many other operations since.
In 1943 Ten months later, a similar surveillance led to the mission in which Tom Lanphier shot down the plane carrying Isoroku Yamamoto.
Communications intelligence also played a major part in defeating the U-boats in the Atlantic as well.
A lot of the methods used to gather intelligence in World War II (particularly codebreaking) were kept classified for decades after the Japanese surrender ended the war in 1945.
Similarly, the Venona project stayed secret in the 1950s, even when information from that project could have defused controversies over the prosecution of the Rosenbergs or Alger Hiss."
This is about defending the homeland. The war on terror is different because our enemy does not wear a uniform and represents a state. He is a terrorist who uses civilians and violates every law of warfare. We must listen to them and watch their money flows. In this war, political correctness is a suicide pact.
Unfortunately, some people don't see it that way.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
As a kid, I had many favorite TV moms. For example:
1) Mrs. Cleaver, the Beaver's mom;
2) Jane Wyatt, the mom in "Father knows Best"; and
3) "The Lost in Space" mom.
How can you go wrong with one of these moms?
Jane Wyatt, the wonderful mom of "Father Knows Best" died yesterday. This show dealt with real family issues and we learned something every week. It was certainly superior to much of the trash on today's prime time programming.
We grew up with these people. I loved Beaver, his parents and Wally, his brother. I loved them because they were so much like my family.
We loved these moms because they were so much like our moms.
A few days, the despicable CNN was running a video showing how American GI's were killed by terrorists.
Many were angry with CNN. See Lawmaker Faults CNN for Sniper Video:
"Does CNN want America to win this thing?" Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., asked in an interview Monday on the network. In past wars, he said, the press was more pro-American. "You can't be on both sides of the war," Hunter said.
CNN issued a statement saying the decision to air the insurgents' video was "a difficult one, but for a news organization, the right one. Our responsibility is to report the news."
Report the news by giving terrorists free worldwide publicity?
See CNN Sniper Video Lies About Terrorist Targets by Michael Medved:
"There is no justification for the outrageous decision by CNN to air terrorist propaganda video of deadly snipers in action. If their own cameramen and technical crews had secured such footage, the network might argue more credibly about the newsworthy aspects of the images, but since the video of terrorist “operations” was prepared and provided by the insurgents themselves, CNN is clearly, unequivocally cooperating with disinformation efforts to sway US public opinion some two weeks before a crucial election."
See This is CNN:
"This sort of forced logic does a poor job of masking CNN's and its defenders' real motives. Their goal here is to undermine the war effort, even if that means being a mouthpiece for terrorist propaganda."
Today, I got the news that my friend's son was killed in Iraq by a sniper. He was 21 and a local kid. His parents are good church friends.
Free press is a wonderful thing. Irresponsible journalism that undermines the war and exposes our soldiers to greater harm is unforgivable.
Monday, October 23, 2006
Last night, Kenny Rogers was great but the fans froze to death.
It's time for MLB to consider a few options:
1) Start the first round of playoffs on the last weekend of September. This will require cutting back to the old 154 game schedule or starting the season in late March.
2) Play afternoon baseball in October. There is a huge difference between a night and afternoon game.
It's stupid to play a post-season game in these temperatures. Did you see the fans?
In recent years, The NY Times has become the mouthpiece of the angry left in the US and the BBC is about as anti-Israel as anyone can be.
Patterico has this post on his wonderful blog:
"Today, Byron Calame, the public editor of the New York Times, admits today that the paper made a mistake when it decided to run the Swift terrorist finance tracking story.
Calame says that two factors ultimately persuaded him that running the story was a mistake: the apparent legality of the program in the United States, and the absence of any evidence that anyone's private data had actually been misused."
No laws were broken. No one's privacy was compromised. In other words, Pres. Bush was telling the truth.
Is The NY Times going to apologize to the Bush administration or to the mothers of the soldiers killed in Iraq?
Irresponsible journalism has consequences. In this case, irresponsible journalism exposes our soldiers to death.
Like the NSA leak, these stories help the enemy of the US. After all, the enemy is at war with the US and that includes the liberals who read The NY Times.
The anti-war movement does not get it. They believe that our enemy hates Bush. In fact, they hate the US and would not hesitate to blow up The NY Times' offices if they had a chance.
Over in London, the BBC needs to be fumigated and restocked with journalists rather than anti-Israel mouthpieces. See Our enemy the BBC:
"It was the day that a host of BBC executives and star presenters admitted what critics have been telling them for years: the BBC is dominated by trendy, Left-leaning liberals who are biased against Christianity and in favour of multiculturalism."
Have you heard the BBC lately? I used to listen to the BBC on my little short wave radio. However, the BBC is a disgrace.
Yesterday, we took a small step forward. Someone at The NY Times admitted that it was a mistake to publish a story based on leaks and the BBC is being investigated for its anti-Israel bias.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Has the Mexican government lost control of the northern border? See Border Turning Into a War Zone:
"The breakdown in law and order in Mexican border towns is creating a warlike atmosphere, as gunmen openly move about, and open fire in the streets. Some border governors are demanding help from the army, to man checkpoints and help control the movements of heavily armed groups of drug gang members. The army already supplies troops to accompany federal agents making arrests or conducting raids."
Unfortunately, the border violence spills over to Texas, New Mexico and California.
Also, border disorder is an invitation to terrorists. See Back door to terror By Oliver North:
"Titled "A Line in the Sand: Confronting the Threat at the Southwest Border," the just-released report confirms what many have long suspected: Our border is a sieve, not a barrier, for radical Islamic terrorists transiting into the United States. The Investigations Subcommittee charges that from Sept. 11, 2001, to the present, hundreds of illegal aliens from countries "such as Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Pakistan and Afghanistan" were apprehended crossing into the United States."
Question: Why wouldn't terrorists try to cross the border?
We need to get over political correctness and see border disorder as an opening for terrorists.
Also, Mexico is not immune from these terrorists either. Let's remember that terrorists look for soft spots and a Mexican city on the border may be an ideal target for a WMD.
Texas is booming. See Jobless rate dips slightly in September:
"Texas added 15,200 jobs in September and 226,200 jobs over the past 12 months, a 2.3 percent growth rate over the year.
The decline in the statewide unemployment rate combined with continued job growth speaks very well for the health of the Texas labor market," said Texas Workforce Commission Chairwoman Diane Rath. "Job growth continues to outstrip U.S. job growth, and the unemployment rate of 4.8 percent has not been seen in the last five years."
Hiring remained strong in manufacturing, which had its second month-to-month increase since July by adding 3,400 jobs."
Why is Texas booming? Low taxes and a state government with a pro-business attitude.
The bottom line is this: Texas is doing very well!
Economic Hypochondria is absolutely great. Check this out:
"Democrats would lead us to believe that the economy of the United States is terrible, and that we need a big dose of “Demonomics” to fix it.
The Demonomics prescription, of course, would increase taxes and government regulations, add protectionism for American jobs and workers, institute national health care, and increase government bureaucracy.
Why does our economy need such demonic intervention?"
What else can you say?
Want more details on the US economy? See Economy Talk: News For The Week Of October 16, 2006.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
It was a strange week.
Over in Wall Street, the Dow hit 12,000. (I remember that the Dow was 3,000 in '95)
Over at The New York Times, the news was rather depressing. See SULZBERGER SLAMMED AS PROFITS DROP 39% :
"The New York Times Co. reeled yesterday from a 39 percent drop in profits as it came under a surprise attack from liberal politicians for gutting and damaging its sister Boston Globe. Wall Street was surprised by the Times' plunge in ad revenue, the first drop in sales in 18 quarters, that sent its stock sliding nearly 2.6 percent to $22.65, off 60 cents."
Lots of good news from Wall Street and bad news from The NY Times.
The Democrats' electoral strategy is apparently this: We won't be liberals if you vote for us. See Democrats pledge moderation by Andrew Taylor OF The Associated Press:
"They're mostly a liberal bunch. Yet the would-be chairmen in a House under Democratic control promise to rule from the center. They'd have little choice, given the likely balance of power they would confront if elected.
The dynamics ensure that despite the overwhelmingly liberal cast of the chairmen-to-be -- as measured by liberal interest groups such as Americans for Democratic Action -- the early agenda would consist of bills that could garner Republican support."
How is that going over in liberal land?
At the same, there are more and more Democrats who don't want Nancy Pelosi as Speaker. See Pelosi no shoo-in for job as speaker By Charles Hurt:
"Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's prospects for becoming the nation's first female House speaker depend not only on a Democratic victory in November but also on her ability to prevent any Democrats from voting against her -- primarily centrists opposed to her liberal stances."
I wonder how many Democrats are calling on Nancy Pelosi to campaign with them? I know that she has not been invited to Texas. My guess is that she has not been invited to campaign in most competitive districts.
What does this mean? The liberals, specially the angry left, is going to be very disappointed with a Democrat Congress.
The House is up for grabs:
Trust me on this. This election is not over. In fact, the election campaign is starting as Republicans spend $100 million on TV and radio. See Election Projection's
"Yes, we're probably slightly behind right now, but we're not getting creamed. I'd say we're down by a touchdown going into the fourth quarter and we've got the ball. There is still plenty of time left to pull it out. As the headline above reads, the outcome truly is in our hands. Neither side can or should let up going down the home stretch, from despair nor over-confidence. This game is far from over - the side who finishes strongest will win."
Congressional Quarterly Inc has the House at 209-209 with 17 too close to call seats. In other words, it can go either way.
Listen to Hugh Hewitt:
"There is simply no data to support the idea of significant if any turnout diminishment. There is grousing. There is posing. There is much struggle to claim Spenglerian cred. But the idea of widespread discontent and a desire to punish the party for the misdeeds of a soaring economy, a 12,000 dow, two Supreme Court justices and a border fence isn't there."
Take a look at Carried Away by Talk of a 'Wave' By Tom Bevan:
"But right now the chances of Republicans maintaining control of the House and Senate seem equally as good as (if not slightly better than) the predictions of some that Democrats will rack up gains of forty plus seats in the House. As I said, a lot can still change over the next eighteen days when Americans finally go out and conduct the only poll that matters."
See The GOP victory?:
"Our analysis -- based on a race-by-race examination of campaign-finance data -- suggests that the GOP will hang on to both chambers, at least nominally. We expect the Republican majority in the House to fall by eight seats, to 224 of the chamber's 435. At the very worst, our analysis suggests, the party's loss could be as large as 14 seats, leaving a one-seat majority. But that is still a far cry from the 20-seat loss some are predicting. In the Senate, with 100 seats, we see the GOP winding up with 52, down three"
What should we do? Turn off the news and just vote.
Also, you can volunteer (as I already did) at gop.com. We need everyone on the phone and knocking on doors. This is the famous 72 hour task force.
There are many ways to help.
Last but not least, the new Republican video is great!:
"The ad highlights the high stakes America faces in the global War on Terror by using the words of the terrorists themselves as they describe their intention towards the United States. “The Stakes” will be emailed to millions of Republican supporters, grassroots activists, and all state parties. The web ad is available for viewing now on www.gop.com."
Like 2000, 2002 and 2004, this is about turnout rather than polls.
Detroit and St. Louis are great baseball towns. How about this:
"Detroit is Berry Gordy Jr. St. Louis is Chuck Berry.
Detroit is Ty Cobb. St. Louis is Stan "The Man" Musial.
Detroit is the birthplace of Charles Lindbergh. St. Louis is the runway for Charles Lindbergh."
They have a long history of baseball games and heroes.
The 1968 Tigers-Cards series is still one of my favorites. See Pitching starred in epic '68 World Series:
"In one clubhouse, you had Pepsi-guzzling Denny McLain, a 31-game winner for the American League champion Tigers that 1968 season. And across the playing field, there was Bullet Bob Gibson, the Cardinals' ace right-hander who dominated National League hitters so much in '68 that every pitching mound in the big leagues eventually was lowered to give hitters more of chance against him -- and other power-pitchers."
There won't be a Gibson-McClain rematch in '06. However, these two teams will give us an exciting series.
Detroit will win because everything has gone their way in '06.
Friday, October 20, 2006
On this subject, I have personal experience. We have a family member in Cuba with limited access to the Internet. We can use the e-mail to send messages about family and baseball. However, we can't discuss politics (for his protection) or send him attachments.
Of course, he is lucky. Most Cubans are not so lucky.
See Reporters Without Borders publishes a report on how the authorities control the Internet in Cuba:
"An investigation carried out by Reporters Without Borders revealed that the Cuban government uses several mechanisms to ensure that the Internet is not used in a “counter-revolutionary” fashion.
Firstly, the government has more or less banned private Internet connections. To visit websites or check their e-mail, Cubans have to use public access points such as Internet cafes, universities and “Youth computing centers” where it is easier to monitor their activity.
Then, the Cuban police has installed software on all computers in Internet cafes and big hotels that triggers an alert message when “subversive” key-words are noticed.
The regime also ensures that there is no Internet access for its political opponents and independent journalists, for whom reaching news media abroad is an ordeal. The government also counts on self-censorship.
In Cuba, you can get a 20-year prison sentence for writing a few “counter-revolutionary” articles for foreign websites, and a five-year one just for connecting with the Internet in an illegal manner.
Few people dare to defy the state censorship and take such a risk."
Read on and send this one to your favorite lefty, specially the one who defends 47 years of a communist dictatorship because Cubans have "free health care".
UN Ambassador John Bolton had a great week. Hugo Chavez did not. See BOLTON CORRALS EL LOCO:
"Bolton this week neatly organized a majority coalition to block Hugo Chavez's Venezuela from getting the Latin American seat on the Security Council.
A nation needs two-thirds of the 192-member General Assembly to win a two-year term on the council. After a near-record 22 rounds of voting Monday and Tuesday, U.S.-backed Guatemala ended with 102 votes, while Venezuela was way back with 77. Speculation grew that both countries will eventually withdraw in favor of a consensus candidate, such as Chile.
Make no mistake, though; the rejection of Venezuela is a victory for the United States - and for Bolton."
It's too early to say that Chavez is finished. He has oil revenues and will buy support with them. However, Chavez has suffered a defeat. Also, he is facing problems at home.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
I am not starting any crazy rumors but.....has anybody seen Fidel?
See No news in Havana by Luis M Garcia:
"Surely it must be time for Havana to produce some new photographs of Fidel Castro …It’s been a month since Cubans were shown carefully staged photographs of the ailing 80 year old dictator supposedly recovering from surgery."
He has a great blog called Child of the Revolution: Growing up in Castro's Cuba!
If life was fair, and it is not, then the US public would give Democrats an electoral butt kick in a few weeks. Why? Because Democrats have been irresponsible and shameless on Iraq, as well as every other issue, specially Social Security.
There won't be any nominees for "Profiles in Courage" from this bunch. What we will have is lots of candidates for "Profiles in Opportunism" and "Poll reading".
See Dems Trying to Have It Both Ways on Iraq By Ruben Navarrette:
"What's unclear is where they intend to go from here if they get the chance to lead the country.
Many opponents of the war take it as a given that if the Democrats take the White House, an immediate pullout of U.S. troops would commence.
How can anyone be certain what would happen under a Democratic regime when Democrats themselves don't seem to know from day to day? This is a party that has, since the war began, tried to have it both ways."
If life was fair then the US voters would punch Democrats between the eyes. The voters would say: Give us a plan rather than a convenient sound bite based on the last poll you read.
How irresponsible are Democrats? See Liberals Gone Wild! By Victor Davis Hanson:
"The Democrats have not elected congressional majorities in 12 years, and they've occupied the White House in only eight of the last 26 years.
The left's current unruliness seems a way of scapegoating others for a more elemental frustration - that they can't gain a national majority based on their core beliefs.
More entitlements, higher taxes to pay for them, gay marriage, de facto quotas in affirmative action, open borders, abortion on demand, and radical secularism - these liberal issues don't tend to resonate with most Americans."
The Democrats' campaign is based on simple doom and gloom about the economy. What about all of those speeches about deficits? See Prosperity Amid the Gloom By George Will:
"President Bush's tax cuts were supposed to cause a cataract of red ink.
In fiscal 2006, however, federal revenues as a share of GDP were 18.4 percent, slightly above the post-1962 average of 18.2.
And the federal budget deficit was $247.7 billion, just 1.9 percent of the $13.1 trillion GDP.
That is below the average for the 1970s (2.1), 1980s (3.0) and 1990s (2.2)."
The Democrats continue to repeat lies and lies.
Professor VD Hanson has a word for the Democrats:
"But now shouting leftists have lowered the bar. The danger, of course, is that by emulating the rhetoric of a Cindy Sheehan or Michael Moore, the feral Democrats - when they come back into power again as tamed leaders who must govern - will have created Frankensteins. And, as we know, such monsters always turn on their creators."
That's exactly right. Cindy, Michael et al will turn on Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and it won't be pretty, unless you think that Chicago '68 was something worth remembering.
How confident are liberals about winning? I think that a lot of smart Democrats are worried that this bunch is better at Bush bashing than governing. See Could the Democrats Lose? By John Heilemann:
"What happens if the party is restored to power after running a campaign where the essence of its appeal was, Bush and his enablers blow?"