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Thursday, October 21, 2004

The Boston Red Sox won four games in a row--it's never been done(!)--and are now the American League champions. Wow! Good for them. What has to make this extra special is that they did it against their most hated rivals, the New York Yankees.

Now if they can just finish the job and win the World Series then this would be the most fantastic sports story ever. They will face either the Houston Astros or the St. Louis Cardinals in the series. No matter who they play they'll have their work cut out for them.

Bill Clinton wants to be the United Nations Secretary-General when Kofi Annan's term ends in 2006.

I wonder how Clinton would use the position. Would he genuinely try to help the world or would he use that stage to score cheap political points for the Democratic party?

I honestly hope we never find out.

I am reading Instapundit when I came across this unbelievable piece of information:
Someone in the blogosphere recently pointed out that 750 American troops died in a training accident during preparations for D-Day. Can you imagine that? Today such an occurrence would have an almost apocalyptic impact in this country, if you consider the way it would be conveyed to the public through television. (Bear in mind that I'm part of the MSM, so I think I speak with a modicum of authority here.
Emphasis mine.

Can you imagine how the left would react to this news if we were in the middle of World War II right now? I dare say they'd be going absolutely beserk; foaming at the mouth, demanding the impeachment and conviction of President Bush for war crimes, demanding that we pull out of the Allied effort and for the U.S. to sign a separate peace with Hitler.

I don't think that's inaccurate at all. Afterall, I imagine they'd say, Hitler didn't attack us on December 7, 1941 just as Saddam did not (as far as the evidence shows now) attack us or play any role on September 11, 2001.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Is Iraq Better Off? Let's see what the Iraqis say:
The vast majority of Iraqis — 72% — see the same benefits in democracy as Americans do: the hope for peace, stability and a better life. Most polls show that 75% of Iraqis want to vote for their leaders rather than have clerics appoint them.

Nearly 55% of Iraqis say that toppling Hussein was worth the price of the current difficulties. These figures are easy to understand when you look at another set of numbers. In an Op-Ed article circulated this year among the more than 200 independent newspapers now published in Iraq, an Iraqi democratic activist observed that Hussein tortured and killed as many as 750,000 of his own people. Iraqis don't understand the debate about whether Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. To them, Hussein was a weapon of mass destruction.

UNICEF, hardly an apologist for the Bush administration, estimates that 5,000 Iraqi children a month died of starvation and malnutrition while Hussein siphoned funds from the U.N.'s oil-for-food program to build his palaces and enrich French politicians.

Americans are only now learning of the extent of Hussein's corruption of this humanitarian program; the Iraqis have known about it for quite some time. When asked to rate their confidence in the U.N., Iraqis gave the organization a 2.9 on a scale of 1 to 4, with a 4 meaning absolutely no confidence. In contrast, more than 60% of Iraqis tell pollsters that the Iraqi government has done a good job since the June 28 hand-over.

Though difficulties abound, the cooperation rate is usually more than 80% — much higher than in the U.S. Iraqis are amazed that, for the first time, somebody cares about their political opinion, and they frequently want interviewers to interview cousins and friends.
The history will not be kind to the left.

Long story short, The Guardian got hold of the voter rolls from Clark County, Ohio in an attempt to influence the U.S. presidential election by asking readers to send emails to those Clark county undecideds and tell them to vote for John Kerry blah blah blah. Mark Steyn in The Telegraph:
Guardian reader Richard Dawkins, Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. Dawkins begins his missive to the Clark County swing voter with a little light Bushophobia: "An idiot he may be, but he is also sly, mendacious and vindictive... thuggish ideologues. pariah state. brazenly lying. cynical mendacity" yada-yada.

But then he goes on: "Now that all other justifications for the war are known to be lies, the warmongers are thrown back on one, endlessly repeated: the world is a better place without Saddam. No doubt it is. But that's the Tony Martin school of foreign policy."

At this point, the Guardian's editors intervene with an explanatory parenthesis: "[Martin was a householder who shot dead a burglar who had broken into his house in 1999]." And then Dawkins continues: "It's not how civilised countries, who follow the rule of law, behave. The world would be a better place without George Bush, but that doesn't justify an assassination attempt."

You just blew it big-time in Clark County, prof. Voters may be divided on Bush and on the Iraq war but, in the American heartland, they're generally agreed on a homeowner's right to take out a burglar. Insofar as the name "Tony Martin" is known to Americans – and to older ones it means Cyd Charisse's husband, who sang More Than You Know very nicely in the 1955 MGM version of Hit The Deck...
The British have made it a crime to defend your home and your possession and I don't think they have a clue how much Americans disagree with that idiocy. That was not the winning argument the professor thought it was.

Wow. The Boston Red Sox have come from three games down to even the American League Championship Series at three games apiece. Game seven is tonight. I may even try to watch it.

I don't think any team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a LCS. I'm just sorry I haven't been paying attention. The Yankees easily won the first three games and I thought it was all over. Shows how much I know.