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Thursday, August 05, 2004

Hehehe. I can't help it. I like Teresa Heinz Kerry:
According to the witness, Licorice was "breathing normally" when Kerry pounced on the hamster and administered "unnecessarily forceful CPR" in an over-the-top bid to appear heroic, breaking several of the hamster's ribs and puncturing its left lung.

Speaking at a campaign stop in Flint, Michigan, Kerry defended his daughter's version of events and was joined onstage by several veterans of the boating trip during which Licorice fell overboard, a group Mr. Kerry called his "band of brothers."

But perhaps the most vehement defense came from wife Teresa Heinz Kerry, who told the gathering, "The Licorice story is true, and if you don't believe it, you can shove a live hamster in a secure, undisclosed location."
That woman's got moxie. I like her, but I still wouldn't vote for her husband under any circumstances.

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

I've read this at a couple of different sites so I'm thinking it may well be true:
The photo-op didn't go smoothly. Kerry went over to say hi to some marines, who turned out to be Bush supporters and resented the interruption to their lunch. More telling was Teresa Heinz Kerry. She pointed to the picture of the bowl of chilli above the clerk's head: "What's that?" she asked. He explained that it was something called "chilli" and she said she'd like to try a bowl. The Senator also ordered a Frosty, a chocolate dessert. They toyed with them after a fashion, and then got back on the bus.

It then emerged that Wendy's had just been an appetiser. The campaign advance team had ordered 19 five-star lunches from the Newburgh Yacht Club for Kerry, Edwards, Affleck and co to be served back on the bus: shrimp vindaloo, grilled diver sea scallops, prosciutto, wrapped stuffed chicken, etc.
Wendy's isn't good enough for the Kerry's?

If it was revealed that a Republican candidate for the presidency had faked a lunch at a popular fast food restaurant and then gone back to the bus and enjoyed a five-star lunch from the Newburgh Yacht Club what do you think the media and leftwing celebrities would have made of it? They would have howled and laughed for a month.

Don't lie. You know they would have. But since it was Democrats who did this then that's okay with the media and idiot celebrities.

Monday, August 02, 2004

Lefties say: Evil imperialistic Americans threatening world peace. I say: Cool:
SEVEN American aircraft- car rier strike groups are plying the world's seven seas right now in one of the biggest military exercises since the end of the Cold War.

Officially, it's the first test of the Navy's new strategy, the Fleet Response Plan (FRP). Unofficially, it puts America's potential foes on notice: The U.S. Army may be stretched pretty thin at the moment — but the U.S. Navy isn't.

It's a bold statement of U.S. power reminisent of one President Teddy Roosevelt sent in 1907 — the two-year global circumnavigation by the Great White Fleet.

Each carrier strike group (CSG) includes one carrier with 75 aircraft, 4 combat ships, a submarine, cruise missiles and 6,500 sailors. No other nation can put to sea — anywhere on earth — such an incredible display of military might.

With China holding its yearly war games off Taiwan, Iran cracking open U.N.-sealed nuclear facilities and North Korea's continued belligerent nuclear blustering, the exercise, Summer Pulse '04, couldn't come at a more important time.

This exercise is extraordinary. Rarely does the U.S. have more than two of its 12 carriers at sea at any one time. That's because American carriers operate on a two-year cycle — six months at sea, followed by 18 months in the shipyards in overhaul and in training for its next deployment.

Under the Navy's new strategy, the smaller, more responsive CSG has replaced the vaunted, behemoth aircraft-carrier battle group (which consisted of one carrier, 10 to 15 ships and subs and 10,000 sailors) as the Navy's core carrier unit.

The Pentagon wants to be able to send six CSGs anywhere in the world in less than 30 days. Moreover, it plans to have two more CSGs ready within another 90 days to reinforce the first six carriers or relieve two of them.
Yea. Cool.

Arthur Chrenkoff's "Good News From Iraq" has been promoted to the big leagues.

His latest (as well as his previous) column is available at The Wall Street Journal's Opinion Journal.

It must be said that none of this would be happening if the left had successfully stopped us from toppling Saddam.

Oh man. It could get very ugly for the Democrats in November. First, as I noted yesterday, John Kerry gets no bounce from the convention and may in fact have given President Bush a bounce which is unheard of. Now, we get news that the manufacturing sector of the US economy is expanding greatly:
The Institute for Supply Management purchasing managers' index (PMI), based on a survey of supply executives, rose 0.9 point from June to 62.0 in July, in line with private economists' forecasts.

It was the 14th consecutive reading above 50 points, which indicates an expansion in activity.

"The manufacturing sector continues to grow at a rapid rate as the PMI has now been above 60 percent for nine consecutive months," survey chief Norbert Ore said in a statement.

"This is the longest period of growth above 60 percent since the 12-month period of July 1972 through June 1973," he said.

Key findings in the report showed:

-- New orders sped up, with the index rising 4.7 points from June to 64.7 in July.

-- Production accelerated, with the index up 2.9 to 66.1.

-- Employment grew, albeit at a slower rate, with the index easing 2.4 to 57.3.

-- Input prices rose at slower pace, with the index falling 4.0 points to 77.0.

"Today's ISM report provides further verification of the strong state of US manufacturing," said Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI president and chief executive Thomas Duesterberg.

"Overall economic growth in the second half of 2004 will be fueled by strong business equipment investment, purchases of high technology durable goods, and robust exports," he said.

"Leadership is now passing from the consumer and the government to the industrial economy, which bodes well for continued strength in manufacturing jobs and productivity."

The report added to signs that Corporate America is taking over the economic leadership from consumers, who buckled in June under high fuel prices, rising interest rates and the waning impact of tax cuts.

A government report Friday showed the economy slowed sharply in the second quarter to a 3.0-percent annual growth pace from 4.5 percent in the first quarter as consumer spending rose just 1.0 percent.

In the same period, business investment jumped 8.9 percent in the second quarter, up from 4.2 percent in the first. Spending on equipment and software rose 10 percent, up from eight percent.
I believe the economy is the only thing that could have caused President Bush to lose reelection and it looks as if that has been removed as a threat to his chances.

Sunday, August 01, 2004

President Bush gave a speech the other day in Springfield, Missouri.

I saw a portion of the speech and I want to excerpt the parts of his speech that has convinced me to support him:
He (Saddam) was defying the world. He was firing weapons at American pilots enforcing the world's sanctions. He had pursued and used weapons of mass destruction against his own people. He'd harbored terrorists, invaded his neighbors. He subsidized the families of suicide bombers. He had murdered tens of thousands of his own citizens. He was a source of great instability in the world's most volatile region. I took those threats seriously. After September the 11th, we had to look at the threats in a new light. One of the lessons of September the 11th is we must deal with threats before they fully materialize.
We looked at the intelligence and we saw a threat. Members of the United States Congress from both political parties, including my opponent, looked at the intelligence and they saw a threat. (applause) We went to the United Nations which unanimously demanded a full accounting of Saddam Hussein's weapons programs or "face serious consequences." After twelve years of defiance, he refused to comply with the demands of the free world. When he continued to deceive the weapons inspectors, I had a decision to make -- to hope for the best and to trust the word of a madman and a tyrant, or remember the lessons of September the 11th and defend our country. Given that choice, I will defend America every time!
And finally:
See, you can't talk to the terrorists. You can't hope for the best. You can't negotiate with them. We'll engage the enemies around the world so we do not have to face them here at home. (Cheers -- cut) We will continue to lead the world with confidence and moral clarity. We put together a strong coalition to help us defeat the terrorists threats. Over 40 nations involved in Afghanistan. Some 30 nations are involved in Iraq. Over the next four years, I will continue to work with our friends and build alliances, but I will never turn over America's national security decisions to leaders of other countries
That's it. The Democrats don't believe any of this. The delegates in Boston were overwhelmingly opposed to these ideas and didn't actually believe or agree with a word of what Kerry said would be his Iraq policy. They simply want to win and if that means hiding who they are and what they believe then that's what they'll do.

The Democrats want us out of Iraq and Afghanistan and if they have to lie about that to get their man in office then that's what they'll do. They have to figure that once he's in office they can spin the decision to get us out as "supporting the troops."

I can only hope and pray that the American people see that the Democrats agree with Michael Moore. If the people see that, then this will be a blowout by the Republicans. If the Democrats can hide that fact then they have an excellent chance of winning the election in November.

I'm not sure I really believe this:
The Democratic National Convention boosted voters' perceptions of John Kerry's leadership on critical issues, a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll finds. But it failed to give him the expected bump in the head-to-head race against President Bush.

In the survey, taken Friday and Saturday, the Democratic ticket of Kerry and John Edwards trailed the Republican ticket of Bush and Dick Cheney 50% to 46% among likely voters, with independent candidate Ralph Nader at 2%.

Before the convention, the two were essentially tied, with Kerry at 47%, Bush at 46%.
The USA Today article is saying that BUSH got a bounce from the Democratic convention! There poll went from a one point Kerry lead to a 4 point Bush lead. A change of 5 points. In favor of the Republicans.

I wouldn't have guessed that in a hundred years. I thought Kerry would get at least three points. Actually a Newsweek poll does show that Kerry got a four point bounce, but this USA Today article has to be deeply troubling for the Democrats.

I don't trust polls. The only poll that really counts is the actual vote in November.