quasi in rem

Friday, August 20, 2004

Michelle Malkin AMBUSH JOURNALISM...OR MY EVENING WITH CAVEMAN CHRIS MATTHEWS

Matthews, as usual was boorish and partisan during this interview complained about by Michelle, but I wmust take issue with her chastisement of him on one point.

Here's Michelle:

"As I am seated at the table with Matthews who I am meeting for the first time he cracks a joke--and not in a well-meaning way--about how I look. There are quite a few people who are hung up on this.Are you sure you are old enough to be on the show What are you 28? I grit my teeth. He badgers me again with the same question. I politely answer his question and supply my age."

Now, men are stupid. And we rarely listen. But we often attempt to complement women on their appearance and, speaking for all men, it occurs to us that saying a woman looks rather yong is often the tact we take (we also use: "Have you lost weight?", "Nice hair.")

Why? Well it could be that women in this country spend about $ 500 billion a year on makeup clothes and surgery in order to make them look younger. Hours upon hours are spent in the mornings and evenings working on their face, hair, and appearance in general. Women lie about their age constantly. Getting a woman to reveal her age is tantamount to getting President Bush to admit he has made a mistake in office.

We are trained you see at this point, to say "My how young you look!" as an attempt to ingratiate ourselves to you.

So don;t blame Chris Matthews for this gaffe, dear Michelle, you should blame generations upon generations of women who have beaten it into our heads that younger is better, and we had better notice.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

You probably should turn down your speakers before you go

here.

He was supposed to be on the "No-Drive" list.

Clerical error puts Kennedy on "no fly" list
CAPITOL HILL The Senate Judiciary Committee has heard this morning from one of its own about some of the problems with airline "no fly" watch lists.

Massachusetts Democrat Ted Kennedy says he had a close encounter with the lists when trying to take the U-S Airways shuttle out of Washington to Boston.

The ticket agent wouldnt let him on the plane. His name was on the list -- in error. After a flurry of phone calls, Kennedy was able to fly home, but then the same thing happened coming back to Washington.

Kennedy says it took three calls to Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to get his name stricken from the list. The process took several weeks, in all.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

More evidence that "Cambodia" is the stage name of a Vietnamese lady of the night...

(from my new favorite website)

"John Kerry turned me on to the tape of the play Miss Saigon. We both liked it a lot."

Reliving old memories?

Let's hope he dd not catch another rash.

John Kerry Scrapbook: "In the beginning we had pet names. He was Michael and I was Katherine. This idea was to keep our friendship private. I forgot something at his place that I needed. He left it for me at the Senate office in this envelope before he left for Washington. Eventually pet names didn't work. Too many people knew"

This lady is a trip.

Kerry's Cambodian Adventure Explained!!!!

Upon further examination of the Kerry record, I now firmly believe that Kerry was in 'Cambodia' on Christmas 1968.

I don't know why I didn't piece it together until now.

A night of partying.

Drunk South Vietnamese party goers.

A secret mission.

And now add these bits of evidence from his medical file:

"A skin rash and a minor urinary tract infection."

It all makes sense now. The missing element of the story still is exactly how much Kerry's little 'Cambodian' adventure cost him on that night. I wonder if 'Cambodia', or whatever her name really was, is available for comment.

AP Joins the Photojounalism fun...

And hits the exacta!

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Photojournalism?

Has Reuters hit an all time low?

Wow. Wow. I am in deep trouble now. This is seriously wrong. Oops.

A day of atonement for men.

Yes it's that time of your life again. If you are a married man, or have a girlfriend of any length of time, it's payback time.
Remember those hours and hours of Toronto/Tampa baseball game highlights that you forced her to sit through to see if Carl Crawford got a stolen base, for the 3 hours you made her watch the Hula Bowl to gauge NFL draft picks that she will never get back, for every six year old WWF replay on TNT that you paused on for those 30 extra seconds during commercial break surfing that made her miss a few seconds of Everybody Loves Raymond.

Today the bill becomes due.

You will have to watch female gymnastics.

And you will have to sit there and shut up and not get within 10 feet of the remote. And most importantly, you will have to like it.

But do not despair. With these little bits of information, you will be able to make it through the night while resisting the urge to reach through your television set and grabbing whatever passes for Bob Costas's spine through his throat and pulling it out of his mouth. I need to point out at this time, that I do not understand female gymnastics as a sporting event. It is phenomenaol what these women can do and the mind does tend to wnader into innappropriate areas (more on that later) but the judging of the event remains a complete mystery. As far as I can tell, the judges are supposed to focus only on whether the competitors stick the final landing and stay in bounds. Exactly what transpires in between does not seem to matter that much, especially if the competitor keeps their legs together. Please do not give give me any further insight into this. I am fine wallowing in my ignorance.


The good news is that the new "do or die" format is sure to cause some serious cracking in these tiny little prima donnas. Unlike past Olympics, the women's team event will feature each team sending up three women to each apparatus for a do or die performance. Every score counts and so the liklihood of little princess breakdown is immense. Not to wish misfortune on any competitor mind you, but, much like the car crashes in a NASCAR event, there is nothing wrong with watching the makeup crack and the full body shivers of a tiny distraught gymnast.

As far as the American team goes, know this now, you simply have to root for them or else. That is not negotiable with your wife. There can be no objectvity or sincere appraisal of ther performance. Every 9.5 should be a 9.7. Every bobble should be ignored. And if, god forbid any of them accidently step out of bounds on the floor exercise, you must rail against the stupdity of the rule that forces the judges to detract points for stepping 2 inches away from where they should have. They will probably not win, they should medal, but know that anything less than first means they have been robbed. (Extra super bonus points from the wife if you can somehow blame Bush for this.)

You will not be able recognize any of the American female gymnasts, so don't even try. There are about a dozen Courtney's, 8 Carly's and three Brittney's. If you can distinguish betwixt them then you are a better man than I. If you desperately feel the need to drop some knowledge on the spouse for points, one gymnast who can be spotted is Mohini Bhardwaj, who has an Indian parent. On the plus side, it is fun to chant Mohini! Mohini! Mohini!

The biggest threats to the tiny American queens of the gym are the Russian, Romanian and Chinese teams. The Russian chick to watch is Svetlana Khorkina. She is in her mid twenties, is in her 13th olympic games and aspires to be Paris Hilton. She has been in the games so long that in every one of her routines she performs at least one move that is named after her. Point this out to the wife while watching. Trust me. Then later, after the broadcast, you can ask your wife if you two can try out a "Khorkina" or two. It should be a grab bag of fun. Most interesting about Khorkina, however, is what she has going on in her pelvic region. This is probably a point best kept to yourself while watching. Now I don't pretend to be an expert at the technology of the the women's gymanstics leotard, but I am fairly certain that it should leave a little something to the imagination. Not so with Khorkina, who may have gotten some sort of promotional deal from a waxer in Moscow to sport her skin tight ensemble.

The Romania Team is simply fascinating. Somehow the Romanians have mastered malnutrition and genetics to create a master race of tiny little women who are immune to effects of puberty. One of them is 35 if she is a day, but because of the Arnold Drummond/Webster gene she is only 4'2', and 75 pounds. When puberty does eventually hit her it will be with the force of a freight train roaring through her loins.

Keep your eye on the Chinese team. First and foremost don't be distracted by how much fun it seems they are having. Whatever you do don't get sucked in by their genuine smiles and vivacious demeanor. Or the fact that, unlike every other team, they actually look their age. It is all a communist conspiracy to win hearts and minds of soft Americans. Also, I am pretty sure that only two of these girls are actually competing in the events. After each exercise they all hug and mix together and surreptiously exchange numbers then the same chick comes out to do another routine.

The bad news is that this event will be stretched over 8 hours tonight mixed in with about a thousand commercials for feminine hygiene products. The worse news is that in two days you will have to sit through the whole thing all over again for the women's all around and the individual disciplines.

There is a silver lining, however, if you survive the event, you will have bought yourself a two year reprieve until the women's figure skating in the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Monday, August 16, 2004

Vice Chairman?: "John Kerry is an Experienced Leader in the Intelligence Field - John Kerry served on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for 8 years and is the former Vice Chairman of the Committee"

This blog is negative e raised to the power pi *i:
In definite news you can use, Temple Math Professor John Allen Paulos ruminates on the mysterious lack of the value "e" in modern fiction:

"Reflecting on the use of these numbers in fiction, I wondered how a number that doesn't get as much attention as phi or pi might serve as a plot element in a mystery. The number does not have a Greek name, but must make do with a simple moniker — e. The base of the natural logarithm and truly one of the most important numbers in all of mathematics, e is approximately 2.71828182845904 … (approximately because its decimal expansion continues without repetition)."

23% of Kerry Contributors may have ties to AL Qaeda!

According to Open Secrets dot com.

At least that is what my "best efforts" to determine their background has established!

Friday, August 13, 2004

Background on McGreevey's corruption problems...

Take the word gay out of everything that McGreevey says and he still should have resigned long ago.

This was a man who had serious ethical issues.

Faster than the speed of Capitalism!

This is friggin quick.

Faster than the speed of Capitalism!

This is friggin quick.

Thursday, August 12, 2004

MSNBC - Altercation: "Kerry: Wrong on the war, Wrong on the Constitution, Wrong on the Politics"

I cannot believe I agree with Eric Alterman.

Background on the McGreevey story...


Here is a 21 point list of the many corruptions of the McGreevey administration.

The Golan Cipel issue is number 8.

Here the background on Cipel:

Cipel, 33, an Israeli citizen, was originally hired as McGreevey's lead security adviser in February. He resigned in March after questions about his background, but was kept on the government payroll at $110,000 a year....McGreevey has said he met Cipel on a trip to Israel in 2000 and decided to bring him to the United States....

Corruption in New Jersey politics!!!!! No Way!: "McGreevey, a former prosecutor, came into office vowing to end corruption, but in recent months a number of his political aides and fundraisers have been accused of corruption ranging from alleged payoffs to hiring a prostitute."

Kerry's qualifications for the presidency: "Kerry spent less than a year and a half on sea duty, much less than that in the combat zone. Most of the rest of his service obligation was spent in school. His service to his country is commendable, and his decorations attest to the quality of that service and to his bravery. To make this service the centerpiece of his presidential campaign 35 years later, however, is ludicrous."

And this comes from someone who did indeed serve on the same boat as John Kerry.

This entry destroys mine...

The Mudville Gazette's has announced its First Annual John Kerry Fan Fiction Contest!

Here is my entry:


As the swift boat gently glided through the afternoon Cambodia swampland, Lieutenant Kerry and his crew began to notice just how accutely quiet it had become in the surrounding river delta.

Granted it was better than the alternative. For aan American soldier in Vietnam, trapped miles inside Cambodia, the only thing creepier than the silence of a river delta was all the Christmas carols.

South Vietnam, also known as the Land of Christmas, had long celebrated the important holiday. Traditionally South Vietnamese would drink large quantities of spiked egg nog, wander into Cambodia, and fire off their guns as an homage to St Nguyick. It was a tradition as old as Christmas itself.

Earlier in the morning the crew had been pelted with chorus after chorus of "Deck the Halls" echoing through the swampland from unseen voices. At this point, they would sooner go to their graves than have to hear one more chorus of "Fa la la la la, la la, la la." Especially since the southest Asians were not always consistent in their pronounciation of l's.

But still the silence was chilling. Thankfully the two CIA frogmen who were getting a free ride into Cambodia, broke the tension and approached Kerry with a Christmas present they smuggled on board just for him.

The gift was wrapped in palm leaves and bailing wire, but since he wasn't expecting anything from his rag tag band of brothers, it was the prettiest gift he had ever seen. He tore through the wrapping as his crew looked on in anticipation.

It was a hat.

"That's the official secret CIA symbol there." noted CIA Agent Stuart Townsend of the red dot inside two concentric red circles featured prominently on the brow of the cap.

"It's on the back too." noted his CIA compatriot, Henry Jones. "You make sure you wear that everyday."

Kerry noticed that neither of the two CIA operatives was wearing a similar hat, prefering a full camo hat with a wide brim. Jones and Townsend immediately saw the look.

"Umm, we don't get to wear the hat until we've been in country for at least 90 days. That is the super secret special agent hat there." Jones explained.

With an uderstanding grin, Kerry took the hat and placed it on his elogated skull. Kerry wanted to record the moment for posteriety.

"Do you guys mind if I take a picture?"

Not at all they responded and Kery quickly began to organize the shot. He called out his long time gaffer, Hehn Lo, who had been best boy at his Ahn Tre shoot earlier in the year, to clear the deck of the extra equipment and get a light reading. His cinematographer, Dat Nguyen, had come down with scurvy earlier in the week and so he had to make do with his brother Tran for the camera work. Tran was fine, he had shot all of the cool background scenes in his "Welcome to Vietnam" montage earlier in the year, but he just did not have the artistic flair of Dat.

Fortunately, Hehn Lo had figured out how to draw power off the boat's battery to rig up a truly exceptional backgroud lighting display to create a real 'golden hour' feel to the shoot.

"Now just act normal, "Kerry directed as Lo turned on the lights, "But keep ducking every few seconds as if we are under constant fire. About thirty seconds into the shot, one of you fall off the boat and I will jump in and rescue you .... ready with the scene marker Mr. Lo!... Action!"

Tran carefully filmed the two men regiving Kerry the hat as they ducked from invisible incoming sniper fire, Kerry stood steadfast and motionless at the prow of the boat. Like Washington crossing the Delaware. All of a sudden Johnson fell of the side into the waist deep canal and Kerry jumped in after him and quickly flipped him back on deck.

"And cut! That's going into the archives for sure!" Kerry exalted. "Mr. Lo, check the gate and set up the craft sevices table! It's a wrap."

Kerry recants his Cambodian adventure

Weel it happened. A Kerry campaign spokesman has come clean on Kerry's Cambodian adventure. If you ignore all of the text and just look at the quotes here is the story:

On the Senate floor on March 27, 1986 (Congressional Record, page S3594), Sen. Kerry said:
Mr. President, I remember Christmas of 1968 sitting on a gunboat in Cambodia. I remember what it was like to be shot at by Vietnamese and Khmer Rouge and Cambodians, and have the President of the United States telling the American people that I was not there; the troops were not in Cambodia.

I have that memory which is seared-seared-in me, that says to me, before we send another generation into harm's way we have a responsibility in the U.S. Senate to go the last step, to make the best effort possible in order to avoid that kind of conflict.

The above linked article also notes that in an October 14, 1979, letter to the Boston Herald, Sen. Kerry wrote of his vivid memories of his Christmas Eve spent in Cambodia (quoted in Unfit for Command, page 46):
I remember spending Christmas Eve of 1968 five miles across the Cambodian border being shot at by our South Vietnamese allies who were drunk and celebrating Christmas. The absurdity of almost being killed by our own allies in a country in which President Nixon claimed there were no American troops was very real.


But now here is the real story:

JOHNSON: John Kerry has said on the record that he had a mistaken recollection earlier. He talked about a combat situation on Christmas Eve 1968 which at one point he said occurred in Cambodia. He has since corrected the recorded to say it was some place on a river near Cambodia and he is certain that at some point subsequent to that he was in Cambodia. My understanding is that he is not certain about that date.

KILMEADE: I think the term was he had a searing memory of spending Christmas - back in 1986 in the senate floor in Cambodia.

JOHNSON: I believe he has corrected the record to say it was some place near Cambodia he is not certain whether it was in Cambodia but he is certain there was some point subsequent to that that he was in Cambodia.


I am not sure which record he is talking about. I cannot find it on a lexis search in the Congressional record.

I don't know what to make of this whole episode. Does it mean that Kerry will fight a less effective war on terror? No. Does it mean his tax policies are wrong? No. Is it possible that John Kerry is willing to exagerate his military service for political gain? Yes. Guess what, its possible that our current President is in that same swift boat.

But I do think that it demonstrates that it was a mistake for John Kerry to make his Vietnam service a central plank of his entire campaign. "Reporting for duty"? Give me a break.

Some leakage into the press on Kerry in Cambodia issue...

The story still is not seared seared into the mainstream media.

BakuTODAY.net

The Senate goes to Azerbaijan!

I hear its like the wild west out there with oil and guns and craziness.

The best analogy I heard about Azerbaijan, was comparing it to the HBO show Deadwood.

Imagine you aree watching Deadwood and all of a sudden an F-16 lands on main street and couple of guys jump out with business suits and cell phones. It would seem completely incongruous and unrealistic. weel, that's daily life in Azerbaijan.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

"Authorities estimate she had been on the couch anywhere from two to five years.":

I have read that sentence and the story about a dozen times and i still don't believe it.

John Kerry: A Man of the People .......'s Republic of China



From the site:

"Boston Capital & Technology (BCT) recently held the first U.S. trade mission to the People's Republic of China organized and sponsored by a private corporation that was led by a U.S. Senator. To close the Mission, BCT hosted a banquet in Beijing's legendary Great Hall of the People.

Through this Mission and dozens of other on the ground initiatives undertaken by BCT every year, BCT is able to advance their manufacturing projects in China, the projects of their partners and clients, and the position of dozens of other associated U.S. companies establishing positions throughout mainland China."

Is John Kerry a Benedict Arnold?

Fights on the campaign trail....

Here is the Updated RNC Convention Blogger List

A good, if noticeably one sided list.

They should absolutely invite Mickey Kaus, if he would come.

I like Roger L. Simon's comment after being invited:"Did they know you are pro-gay marriage, pro-choice, anti-Drug War and think conventions are boring infomercials?"

Probably so. But he has a heck of a blog. And a nice hat.

Reason # 4325 why government workers should not vote...

Hundreds and hundreds of them are leaving their jobs to campaign for Kerry.

If your government services are impacted in the next few weeks, you can blame John Kerry.

When your taxes go up next year, you will know why.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Ohhh, that liberal media!

Nothing is secret on the web!

What you write on the internet will stay with you for the rest of your days!

FOXNews.com picks up on the story of Kerry's Cambodia claims

Will other networks follow?

Need a job in D.C.?

U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander is hiring:

"Six staff members of Alexander's office, including Chief of Staff Brian Smoot, resigned Monday, Smoot said."

The Clash of the Cockle Pickers!

(Don't worry, the story has a happy ending:"All the cocklers are now accounted for and everybody is safe and well, but you wonder if this is the dry run for something more sinister later this year. ")

It does sound like a dirty limerick:

There once was a fine group of Scots
Who picked their cockles in lots
On the gangmasters say
They got into a fray
And their cockling ended in naught!



Najaf assault via IRAQ THE MODEL

The author says the US Military seems to have popular support.

I wonder how that will play in the media.

An electoral Tie?

Call me crazy but I would not be surpised if Scott elliot's map here showing the current polling projections of the states to be ver close to the final outcome in November.

Save for one state...Florida.

If Florida and its 27 EV's swing over to the Bush camp this would result in a 269 to 269 tie.

Then its up to the House and Senate baby!

Reporting for Duty?

John Kerry's introduction to Democratic Convention speech may turn out to be his "Mission Accomplished" of the campaign season. Preceeded by declarations of support from a crew of his swift boat veteran supporters and an enlivened speech by Max Cleland, john Kerry accepted his party's nomination as a man with one important detail on his resume.

He served honorably and bravely in Vietnam.

But what happens if that plank of his platform is eroded by controversy?

Well the waves of tumult are fast approaching the candidates campaign platform.

Today a slew of stories in the mainstream media is picking up where the blogosphere began, asking questions no one on the Kerry campaign thought to ask:

Did Kerry deserve all three of his purple hearts?

Was one of his wounds self inflicted?

Did Kerry himself draft his own recomendation for his purple heart after his commander had disapproved?

If he did not deserve all three purple hearts did he deserve an early discharge after four months?

Did he ever even go into Cambodia on Christmas in 1968 like he claimed he did on the Senate floor?

While these questions may seem untoward especially since Kerry volunteered to go to Vietnam, it seems entirely appropriate to ask them when Kerry has made his Vietnam service such an integral plank of his campaign speech. If all the references to Vietnam were taken out of the conventions final nights programming:

His biographical movie would have been about 1 minute long.

His only introductory speech would have been given by his daughters and the only thing that would have been mentioned as being saved by Kerry would have been a hamster.

His speech would have come in at around a svelt 40 minutes as opposed to a rushed 55.

And most importantly, when he approached the podium he never would have said "Reporting for Duty".

Here are the links:

Tech Central Station - Swift Justice anice round up of the blogosphere.

John O'Sullivan writes in the Chicago Sun Times: Truth bound to come out on Kerry's military duty

Newsday.com has a column by James Pinkerton noting that War makes for divergent recollections

The New York Post Online Edition reviews the variety of charges made about John's service. and the specific charge about Cambodia.

The Washington Times has this report on Kerry's 'Christmas in Cambodia'

NewsMax.com, as always, chimes in for more. As does the U.K.'s Telegraph which has an op/ed titled: Nuanced? Kerry's story just doesn't add up

Of course there could be a simple explanation for his secret Cambodian adventure...it was a secret Cambodian adventure!

To this day John Kerry still carries with him a hat given to him by a CIA operative.
As reported in the Washington Post last year, Kerry says it is: "'My good luck hat,' Kerry said, happy to see it. 'Given to me by a CIA guy as we went in for a special mission in Cambodia.' "

Monday, August 09, 2004

Swift Boat Veterans for Truth - "Any Questions?" cover letter for TV station managers

This is one rugged letter.

I think if Kerry had simply ignored the allegations he would have done himself a service.

Saturday, August 07, 2004

John Kerry's Cambodian Adventure....: "To top it off, Kerry said, he had gone several miles inside Cambodia, which theoretically was off limits, prompting Kerry to send a sarcastic message to his superiors that he was writing from the Navy's 'most inland' unit. "

Did John Kerry ever really go into Cambodia?

Larry Walker Traded

I guess he must have cleared waivers. By the way, from what I understand, a waiver is generally described as clearance for a MLB team to either assign a player to the minor leagues or trade a player, granted only after all other clubs have been given the opportunity to claim the player and have not done so. Players generally with 3 years of experience (or fewer who have run out of options) must clear waivers before any of this can happen.

The trade deadline complicates this somewhat. After the July 31 trade deadline, players must “clear waivers” in order to be traded, sent to the minors, etc. A player will clear waivers if he has not been claimed by another team after three business days following the date waivers were requested. Teams, especially non-contenders, sometimes put their entire roster on the waiver wire.

the process invloves sending MLB a list of the players you are requesting to put on waivers. At this point every MLB team has a shot of "claiming" him. If nobody claims the player he clears waivers.

If a player does get claimed, that does not mean that he will change teams. If a team cliams a player it means they will assume his contract without renegotiation. however if a waiver claim is made the offering club can simply retract the waiver request as if it never existed. So if a player does not clear waivers, that means another team has claimed him. But if a player clears waivers, that means that every other team took a pass on the player and his contract.

Players like Larry Walker, old and with a high paying 3 year deal will almost always clear waivers. That way a trade can take place like it did today, where the trading team, the Rockies, assumes some of the Salary burden for the next three years.

You will notice that St Louis traded three minor leaguers in the deal. Those players did not have to clear waivers.

Sometimes teams get really screwed on their waiver wire activity. For example in 1998 the San Diego Padres claimed reliever randy Myers off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays so that the Giants or Dodgers could not trade for him. He was old with a huge contract and he succcckkkkkked. Plus with Trevor Hoffman they did not really need him to close, but they just wanted to prevent other teams from acquiring him. Turns out they just should have passed.

Ohhhhhh, that liberal media!

Friday, August 06, 2004

Michelle Malkin: The Malkin Media Diversity Test

I scored a 60.

(Maybe its because I actually deducted 5 points when this question:"19. I cry when I hear "Proud To Be an American" by Lee Greenwood." actually made me laugh)

Kashgar: China Travel Information

Ever hear of Kashgar?

Me neither.

Friday Kitten Blogging....cloned version...

Friday Kitten Blogging....cloned version...

Friday Kitten Blogging....cloned version...

Friday Kitten Blogging....cloned version...

Friday Kitten Blogging....cloned version...

Ohhhh, that liberal media.....

OTM's on the rise across Mexican border...: "The report last week from the small Tombstone Tumbleweed newspaper is jarring. A "flood of middle-eastern males" has been caught entering the country illegally east of Douglas, Arizona, according to the paper, and this recent 'flood' is actually part of an increasing trend of 'OTMs' ('other than Mexicans') entering the country illegally somewhere east of the Chiricahua Mountains."

That is a scary story. But even more alarming is this one:

"Furthermore, Simcox points out, “Of those 5,510 [foreign nationals apprehended] Adame admits they have caught 5 men from Middle Eastern countries,” proving that people from the Middle East “are getting into Mexico and are coming across our border.” Putting this number into context, “So far, this year Border Patrol has caught over 400,000 people in Arizona; 8,300 were previously convicted felons and spent time in our prisons before being deported--they returned for another go round.” He adds, “Based on the ratio of apprehensions to those who get through, it does not look good.”"

Border Patrol has arrested 400,000 people so far this year? That is around 2000 per day in Arizona alone. That is shocking.

2000 people per day being arrested in Arizona alone.

Even assuming a 90% catch rate (which I think might be ludicrous) that would mena that 200 people are successfully entering this country illegally through Arizona every day.

Lets say the catch rate is even a more reasonable 50%. That would mean 2000 succesful illegal border crossing per day.

If that is the case we don't really even have a border with Mexico. Calling it a sieve might even be too generous as even sieve's stop alot of material.

John Kerry, Frozen with Fear.

If John Kerry chides George W. Bush for sitting for seven minutes after the attack, I just can't wait to see what he would say about a Senator who sat for 40 minutes after the attack and did nothing.

And who was that Senator......

Well, in his interview on Larry King (transcript here.) Senator John Kerry describes what he did on the morning of September 11th.

Kerry: "...And as I came in , Barbara Boxer and Harry Reid were standing there, and we watched the second plane come in to the building. And we shortly thereafter sat down at the table and then we just realized nobody could think, and then boom, right behind us, we saw the cloud of explosion at the Pentagon..."

The time between the second plane hitting the tower and the plane hitting the pentagon was 40 minutes. Sitting down and not thinking or acting or doing anything for forty minutes! Wow! Without even a good book like My Pet Goat to read! That is paralyzation.

Of course Kerry says he would have done something now..
"Had I been reading to children and had my top aide whispered in my ear, 'America is under attack,' I would have told those kids very politely and nicely that the president of the United States had something that he needed to attend to -- and I would have attended to it," Kerry told the Unity conference of minority journalists in response to a question about what he would done"

I believe him. Well not exactly.

I believe the thirty years ago version of Kerry who seemed to be a pretty decisive guy. Going to war, charging the enemy, coming home, throwing his medals over the fence, speaking truth to Congress. The one the Democratice conventioneers seemed to like. Yeah. I would vote for the 1969 era Kerry too. To bad he isn't running.

Because we are stuck with the 2001 version of the guy who just sits down for forty minutes not thinking in the Capitol Building and does nothing. For 40 minutes. Nothing. Frozen. Not even thinking. Does not get his staff out of the Capitol. Or himself. Nobody. He perhaps called his wife. Perhaps.

Now, in Kerry's defense he has no real political executive experience so maybe he just did not know what to do in that type of situation. How to react. What steps to take when terrorism strikes at home.

But why, after seeing those two planes did he not leave? Especialy since he claims to have known it was terrorism.

KERRY: I knew instantaneously with the first. I'm a pilot, and I looked at the weather, and it's what we call in pilot lingo CAVU, ceiling and visibility unlimited. And I knew that that plane did not fly into that building accidentally, as people were speculating. It just doesn't happen, could not, under those circumstances. So I knew it was deliberate, whether it was suicide, whether it was something -- I couldn't tell. When the second plane hit, it was obvious to the world.

So he knew the country was under attack from terrorists. But he did not even think that there might be other targets. Especially not the Capitol. He did not react. He did not even think to leave the Capitol building.
Granted, he did not have the power to order up the National Guard, or call in air strikes, but come on man, 40 minutes?! And he did nothing?! He is a United States Senator. Get your staff out of the building man!

It is a good thing that the White House was at least somewhat on the game as opposed to the Senator though:

"KERRY con't.: .... And then word came from the White House, they were evacuating, and we were to evacuate, and so we immediately began the evacuation."

Once again showing that when the White House lead, Kerry followed. The White house could have saved Kerry's life that day if the plane in Pennsylvania hadn't been brought down. Kerry would have been frozen in place in the Capitol. And maybe he would have been a victim of his own inability to act in a crisis situation. Unsure of what to do, he did nothing.

For forty minutes.

Nothing.

Talk about a deal breaker.

Thursday, August 05, 2004

Is Bush seeking the Amish vote?

And if so is that a good or bad sign for our country?

Granted we all could have a little more Amish in us. Personal responsibility, faith and family are all good things. But so is going to the moon, curing disease and Halo 2 for the X-Box.

What does it say if a candidate is courting a bloc of voters like the Amish?

Is Univision biased?: "The biggest known donor so far among pro-Bush groups is Jerry Perenchio, chief executive of the Spanish-language media company Univision, who gave $1 million in June to the Progress for America Voter Fund."

I rarely watch it, except for Sabado Gigante, which is quite clearly one of the best shows on television, but I have yet to detect any bias.

Any thoughts?

Here is a nice immigrant story....

Oh wait....

nevermind.

Dirksen Federal Building a target?

Scary thoughts in Chicago. The building is home to a number of dear and lovely people and also Judge Frank Easterbrook.

Gale Willam Mettles sounds more like an Oklahoma City Style terrorist than a 9/11 type terrorist though.

Thank god he was caught.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Thisis interesting...