Wednesday, June 30, 2004

A Clinton tells the Truth? Go figure!

This cracks me up:

"Headlining an appearance with other Democratic women senators on behalf of Sen. Barbara Boxer, who is up for re-election this year, Hillary Clinton told several hundred supporters -- some of whom had ponied up as much as $10,000 to attend -- to expect to lose some of the tax cuts passed by President Bush if Democrats win the White House and control of Congress. "

"Many of you are well enough off that ... the tax cuts may have helped you," Sen. Clinton said. "We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."

So what exactly about 5.6% unemployment and 4% GDP growth is off track?
I bet many Democrat operatives are screaming" DON"T say that, the Average Common person does not need to know that we plan on taking more of their money. Besides they WE KNOW BEST HOW TO SPEND THE PEOPLE'S MONEY ANYWAY!"

Monday, June 28, 2004

This story by the Financial Times is very interesting!

The money quote:

"Illicit sales of uranium from Niger were being negotiated with five states including Iraq at least three years before the US-led invasion, senior European intelligence officials have told the Financial Times.

Intelligence officers learned between 1999 and 2001 that uranium smugglers planned to sell illicitly
mined Nigerien uranium ore, or refined ore called yellow cake, to Iran, Libya, China, North Korea and Iraq.

These claims support the assertion made in the British government dossier on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program in September 2002 that Iraq had sought to buy uranium from an African country, confirmed later as Niger. George W. Bush, US president, referred to the issue in his State of the Union address in January 2003"

I suppose that this explains the Iraqi yellow cake found in Europe.

I Demand an apology from all those who said the administration lied about yellow cake. (I won't hold my breath)

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

I am Very impressed with Michelle Malkin's blog . Her Columnthisweek is very good also. This is a great quote: "Box-office patriotism is dead. And so I ask: If Hollywood refuses to support America, why should we support Hollywood?"
I love it when people slam Hollywood.

Tuesday, June 15, 2004


Traitor Time should have their White House press pass revoked for a year because of this!
Not to be vindictive or anything, but someone should post the author's home address and phone number online! Then the post should claim that since they are "Public" people, the general population has a "right" to know where they live! Lets se how they like it!

Saturday, June 12, 2004

Farewell President Reagan

O Captain! My Captain!


O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:
But O heart! heart! heart! 5
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.


O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills; 10
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding;
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head;
It is some dream that on the deck, 15
You’ve fallen cold and dead.


My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won; 20
Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!
But I, with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

--Walt Whitman

Friday, June 11, 2004


Much of the discussion over the past week about President Reagan has revolved around broad and general aspects of his presidency such as his influence on the end of the cold war and the impact his policies had on creating the longest economic boom in this nation's history. These things can be debated endlessly and most likely will for the next century, but what can't be debated is President Reagan's influence on me. I have put off posting my feeling on the death of President Reagan not because of ambiguity, but because I had not yet formed the words that best articulate how a man whom I never met, who was 65 years my elder had impacted my life.

I have always been a person who has followed the news religiously. I remember the first space Shuttle flight, I remember the general feeling of discount during the Carter administration, I remember when Walter Cronkite retired( not a sad day) and I remember when Ronald Wilson Reagan was elected President
I remember, even as a very young boy, how the election had changed the general feeling of those who surrounded me. The nation was uplifted under the leadership of this man.

Through all the congressional battles and media bias against Reagan, one event forever solidified Reagan's place in my heart, the Challenger disaster. I was one of the young school children who followed that mission closely. Our class wrote to Christa McAuliffe(the school teacher) and the whole event had peaked our curiosity of the space program. When the disaster occurred we were devastated. It was these words by President Reagan that comforted us:

"And I want to say something to the school children of America who were watching the live coverage of the shuttle's takeoff. I know it is hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this happen. It's all part of the process of exploration and discovery. It's all part of taking a chance and expanding man's horizons. The future doesn't belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we'll continue to follow them.

I've always had great faith in and respect for our space program, and what happened today does nothing to diminish it. We don't hide our space program. We don't keep secrets and cover things up. We do it all up front and in public. That's the way freedom is, and we wouldn't change it for a minute. We'll continue our quest in space. There will be more shuttle flights and more shuttle crews and yes, more volunteers, more civilians, more teachers in space. Nothing ends here; our hopes and our journeys continue. "

These words were important because he was comforting me while teaching a valuable lesson in life. He concluded with words that left a lasting mark on me for the rest of my life:

"We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved good-bye and "slipped the surly bonds of earth" to "touch the face of God."

Even in disaster, President Reagan was the champion of freedom and the fundamental principles that tie all Americans together. His commitment to Freedom and defiance in a time a tragedy would influence me for years to come.

I have never been a supporter of President Nixon's Ultra-Realists policies nor do I find the republicans of the early 20th century, with the exception of Teddy Roosevelt, particularly compelling. Be it my affinity for the writings John Locke or Thomas Hobbs or my belief in free market solutions to problems, President Reagan shaped my ideological beliefs even before I knew what ideological beliefs were. If you ever find yourself saying "A rising tide lifts all ships" while not knowing where it comes from, you can identify.

President Reagan fought valiantly for the beliefs he held dear. He influenced a Generation of people with his political philosophy that was rooted in that of the Founding Fathers and taught the nation that America was Great and, despite our flaws, we represent all that the world should aspire to achieve. I was not alive during the Vietnam War, nor was I alive for Watergate so my political beliefs are not rooted in the cynicism of the 60's and 70's but rather the optimism of the 80's, the optimism Reagan brought back to this country. The values that Reagan instilled in people like myself created a generation of people who believe that freedom is a right bestowed upon us by our creator and that when freedom exists, conflict can be avoided, but the nation should never deny its status as a "shining city on a hill" and avoid conflict especially when Freedom and democracy is challenged.

Through all the cultural shifts that have occurred in the past 20 years, if half of my generation was influenced by President Reagan's message as I was, it will continue to be morning in America for generations to come.

"In the beauty of the lilies, Christ was born across the sea; With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me; As He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free; While God is marching on"
-Battle Hymn of the Republic

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Life Imitating Satire

Dan Rather recently told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the coverage of Reagan's life was journalistic overkill saying "Even though everybody is respectful and wants to pay homage to the president, life does go on," he groused. "There is other news, like the reality of Iraq. It got very short shrift this weekend."

I suppose all the time given by the Media to JFK Jr. was overkill also! How about the Media's infatuation with Abu Ghraib, a story, which by the way, was presented by the US army in January and the Media, ignored until the Military had already begun prosecutions. The Media is still beating the Abu Ghraib horse longer after the matter was handled giving the impression that each new picture the emerges is a new scandal when in fact they all revolve the same incident. Why would the Media do this, to Hurt the President of Course!

Vice President Cheney's Remarks about President Reagan at The Capitol Rotunda

Mrs. Reagan, members of the president's family, colleagues, distinguished guests, members of the diplomatic corps, fellow citizens, knowing that this moment would come has not made it any easier to see the honor guard and flag draped before us and to begin America's farewell to President Ronald Reagan.

He said goodbye to us in a letter that showed his great courage and love for America. Yet for his friends and his country, the parting comes only now. And in this national vigil of mourning, we show how much America loved this good man and how greatly we will miss him.

A harsh winter morning in 1985 brought the inaugural ceremony inside of this Rotunda. And standing in this place for the 50th presidential inauguration, Ronald Reagan spoke of a nation that was hopeful, big hearted, idealistic, daring, decent and fair.

That was how he saw America, and that was how America came to know him.

There was a kindness, simplicity and goodness of character that marked all of the years of his life.

When you mourn a man of 93, no one is left who remembers him as a child in his mother's arm. Ronald Wilson Reagan's life began in a time and a place so different from our own in a quiet town on the prairie on the 6th of February, 1911.

Nell and Jack Reagan would live long enough to see the kind of man they had raised, but they could never know all that destiny had in store for the boy they called Dutch.

And if they could witness this funeral in 2004, their son, taken to his rest with the full honors of the United States, they would be so proud of all he had done with the life they gave him and the things they taught him.

President Reagan once said, "I learned from my father the value of hard work and ambition and maybe a little something about telling a story."

That was the Ronald Reagan who confidently set out on his own from Dixon, Illinois, during the Great Depression, a man who would one day speak before families and crowds with such ease and self-command.

"From my mother," said President Reagan, "I learned the value of prayer. My mother told me that everything in life happened for a purpose. She said all things were part of God's plan, even the most disheartening setbacks. And, in the end, everything worked out for the best."

This was the Ronald Reagan who had faith, not just in his own gifts and his own future, but in the possibilities of every life. The cheerful spirit that carried him forward was more than a disposition; it was the optimism of a faithful soul who trusted in God's purposes and knew those purposes to be right and true.

He once said, "There's no question I am an idealist," which is another way of saying, "I am an American."

We usually associate that quality with youth, and yet one of the most idealistic men ever to become president was also the oldest. He excelled in professions that have left many others jaded and self-satisfied, and yet somehow remained untouched by the worst influences of fame or power.

If Ronald Reagan ever uttered a cynical or a cruel or a selfish word, the moment went unrecorded. Those who knew him in his youth and those who knew him a lifetime later all remember his largeness of spirit, his gentle instincts and a quiet rectitude that drew others to him.

Seen now at a distance, his strengths as a man and as a leader are only more impressive. It's the nature of the city of Washington that men and women arrive, leave their mark and go their way. Some figures who seemed quite large and important in their day are sometimes forgotten or remembered with ambivalence.

Yet nearly a generation after the often impatient debates of the Reagan years, what lingers from that time is almost all good. And this is because of the calm and kind man who stood at the center of events.

We think back with appreciation for the decency of our 40th president and respect for all that he achieved. After so much turmoil in the '60s and '70s, our nation had begun to lose confidence. And some were heard to say that the presidency might even be too big for one man. That phrase did not survive the 1980s.

For decades, American had waged a Cold War and few believed it could possibly end in our own lifetimes. The president was one of those few. And it was the vision and the will of Ronald Reagan that gave hope to the oppressed, shamed the oppressors and ended an evil empire.

More than any other influence, the Cold War was ended by the perseverance and courage of one man who answered falsehood with truth and overcame evil with good.

Ronald Reagan was more than a historic figure. He was a providential man who came along just when our nation and the world most needed him.

And believing as he did that there is a plan at work in each life, he accepted not only the great duties that came to him, but also the great trials that came near the end.

When he learned of his illness, his first thoughts were of Nancy.

And who else but Ronald Reagan could face his own decline and death with a final message of hope to his country, telling us that for America, there is always a bright dawn ahead?

Fellow Americans, here lies a graceful and a gallant man.

Nancy, none of us can take away the sadness you are feeling. I hope it is a comfort to know how much he means to us and how much you mean to us as well.

We honor your grace, your own courage and, above all, the great love that you gave to your husband.

When these days of ceremony are completed, the nation returns him to you for the final journey to the West.

And when he is laid to rest under the Pacific sky, we will be thinking of you as we commend to the Almighty the soul of his faithful servant, Ronald Wilson Reagan

Sunday, June 06, 2004

"Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have."- Ronald Reagan

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. "
-Ronald Reagan

"Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his. "-- (During 1980 presidential campaign)

"A Hippie is someone who walks like Tarzan, looks like Jane and smells like Cheetah."
-- (Second book of Insults, 1981, ed. Nancy McPhee)

"My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes. "-Ronald Reagan, Said during a radio microphone test, 1984

"Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first."- Ronald Reagan

"Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. "-Ronald Reagan

"I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself."-Ronald Reagan

"In Israel, free men and women are every day demonstrating the power of courage and faith. Back in 1948 when Israel was founded, pundits claimed the new country could never survive. Today, no one questions that. Israel is a land of stability and democracy in a region of tryanny and unrest."-Ronald Reagan

"Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the democrats believe every day is April 15."-Ronald Reagan

"The taxpayer - that's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination. "-Ronald Reagan

"We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions."-Ronald Reagan

"General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"
- June 12, 1987

“Whatever else history may say about me when I’m gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts. My dream is that you will travel the road ahead with liberty’s lamp guiding your steps and opportunity’s arm steadying your way.” Ronald Reagan

God speed Mr. President and God bless to the Reagan family!

Thursday, June 03, 2004

Today President Bush gave a fantastic speech at the Air Force Academy graduation ceremony. Here is a telling excerpt:

Like the Second World War, our present conflict began with a ruthless, surprise attack on the United States. We will not forget that treachery, and we will accept nothing less than victory over the enemy.

Like the murderous ideologies of the 20th century, the ideology of terrorism reaches across borders, and seeks recruits in every country. So we’re fighting these enemies wherever they hide across the earth.
Like other totalitarian movements, the terrorists seek to impose a grim vision in which dissent is crushed, and every man and woman must think and live in colorless conformity. So to the oppressed peoples everywhere, we are offering the great alternative of human liberty.

Like enemies of the past, the terrorists underestimate the strength of free peoples. The terrorists believe that free societies are essentially corrupt and decadent, and with a few hard blows will collapse in weakness and in panic. The enemy has learned that America is strong and determined, because of the steady resolve of our citizens, and because of the skill and strength of the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and the United States Air Force.

And like the aggressive ideologies that rose up in the early 1900s, our enemies have clearly and proudly stated their intentions: Here are the words of al Qaeda’s self-described military spokesman in Europe, on a tape claiming responsibility for the Madrid bombings. He said, “We choose death, while you choose life. If you do not stop your injustices, more and more blood will flow and these attacks will seem very small compared to what can occur in what you call terrorism.”

Here are the words of another al Qaeda spokesman, Suleiman Abu Gheith. Last year, in an article published on an al Qaeda website, he said, “We have the right to kill four million Americans — two million of them children — and to exile twice as many and wound and cripple hundreds of thousands. Furthermore, it is our right to fight them with chemical and biological weapons.”

In all these threats, we hear the echoes of other enemies in other times — that same swagger and demented logic of the fanatic. Like their kind in the past, these murderers have left scars and suffering. And like their kind in the past, they will flame and fail and suffer defeat by free men and women.

I personally like the fact that the president has been consistently stating that we are fighting an ideology. The War on Terror is a fight against one ideology that ties all the terror organizations together. Their ideology is one of totalitarianism, a rejection of freedom, and oppression. I only wish the President would draw comparisons between the political philosophies of our current enemy and those we faced in the 20th century. I would suspect that the enemies we face today have more in common (on an ideological level) with fascist Italy and Germany, than they do with any other enemy we have faced in the past.