April 28, 2004
If I have kids, they’re so going there.
‘Message to Republicans: Don’t get cocky. Kerry can’t possibly do this badly for the entire campaign.’
But your most disgraceful case was in Somalia; where- after vigorous propaganda about the power of the USA and its post cold war leadership of the new world order- you moved tens of thousands of international force, including twenty eight thousands American solders into Somalia. However, when tens of your solders were killed in minor battles and one American Pilot was dragged in the streets of Mogadishu you left the area carrying disappointment, humiliation, defeat and your dead with you. Clinton appeared in front of the whole world threatening and promising revenge , but these threats were merely a preparation for withdrawal. You have been disgraced by Allah and you withdrew; the extent of your impotence and weaknesses became very clear. It was a pleasure for the “heart” of every Muslim and a remedy to the “chests” of believing nations to see you defeated in the three Islamic cities of Beirut , Aden and Mogadishu.
-From Osama bin Laden’s Fatwa.
April 27, 2004
Today is Israeli Independence Day. 56 years old, baaaaaaby.
Lileks: ‘Oh GOD said my daughter, not yet four. “What did you say?” She got the uh-oh look, and now I was in the thick of it again. How to explain that God is a bad word. If you know what I mean. “We don’t say that when we’re mad, sweetheart. We say it in church, or when we’re praying, but not when we’re mad, because God doesn’t like that.”’
John Kerry: ‘When the segment was over, Kerry turned to two aides and complained, ”God, they’re doing the bidding of the Republican National Committee.”‘
Living in New York, where Schumer is expected to have a landslide of truly robust proportions in November, the skew toward Democrats can get depressing. Looking at some results from the 2002 Senate race, I am reminded that while it does get worse for Republicans in Senate races elsewhere, some Senate races are even bigger disasters for Democrats like in Alaska and Kansas.
Can you tell that I’m supposed to be researching something else entirely?
What an outrage. Turns out, the families of female suicide bombers only get half of what families of their male counterparts receive. It’s that damn glass ceiling keeping women down.
I thought it was funny when Kerry pulled out last month’s issue of Bush’s National Guard service when his medals flap broke. And, of course, the DNC PR Team, I mean the NY Times, dutifully covered it on page 1.
Via Protein Wisdom.
If the Jennifer Lopez/Ben Affleck fiasco taught us anything we should have known already, it’s that a girl from the Bronx and a boy from Boston is a recipe for disaster. Oh, wait. Not that. It’s that the public will start to hate and hope for the demise of anyone that is constantly in their collective faces.
I’ve written before on how I feel the US is waaaaay too overexposed in Europe’s media. I would be sick of us too. Of course, just like J-Lo and Ben could do little to deflect their media attention, the US is also powerless to stop the barrage of news about us. I never thought about how bad Israel must have it. This tiny country, the size of some of our smaller states, is covered as if it was a behemoth. Read the piece (that I found via Allahpundit) on the overreporting of Israel and check out this map. The only thing I’m surprised about is that Canada gets more attention than most of the rest of the world. Really? Canada? That’s like wall to wall coverage of Ellen Barkin or somehow equally uninteresting. Sorry, was I being arrogant?
Toomey’s low cash reserves have been buttressed by spending from an independent group, the Club for Growth, which has listed Specter as RINO — Republican in Name Only, for years, and would love nothing better than to knock off a Senator they consider to be insufficiently conservative (he supports abortion rights).
Actually, the Club for Growth takes absolutely no social positions so it’s neither here nor there whether Specter is pro-choice or pro-life. Their purpose is to elect tax-cutting candidates who support limited government. I think this kind of error does a disservice to the Club for Growth as I know many people who support the Club specifically because it stays away from social issues. ABC should issue a correction.
I’ve written before about springtime music. My favorite summer band are the Stone Roses. Listening to ‘I wanna be adored’, ‘Made of Stone’ or other classic Stone Roses songs make me want to get in a car (which I don’t have), take the top down (hey, if we’re imagining it may as well be a convertible), turn the music up and run away.
Alas. No car. A ton of homework still remaining before I graduate on the 11th. It’ll have to be Stone Roses played through my laptop while I procrastinate on doing my work and blog instead. That’s not the worst either.
From the Note:
The AP covered Senator Joe Lieberman’s speech at Brookings yesterday where he called for an end to partisan bickering over the Iraq war since both sides essentially agree and all it does is demoralize soldiers and encourage the enemy. Two words for our friend Joe: election year.
Right Moment has a good summing up of Kerry’s various ‘I didn’t inhale the SUV’ positions. It’s worse than I had previously thought.
I am a huge Pat Toomey fan. But, I’ve got to admit, I was going wobbly for the last few days. I guess I felt like Howard Dean supporters must’ve felt: can this guy win? The answer is yes he can. Pennsylvania has another conservative senator in Rick Santorum and there is no reason that Toomey is unelectable in the state. Also, as I pointed out to Dawn when she was gleeful that Toomey may win the nomination (as she thinks he will be destroyed in the general): I know there is a Democrat running but I don’t know his name. And this is after seeing plenty of ads for him on the liberal sites. Is it Hoeffel? Hoffler? I could be wrong completely.
Anyway, if you live in Pennsylvania and you want to have a Republican senator who votes with the Republicans when it actually matters, go vote for Pat Toomey today.
Update: If you live outside of PA, the Toomey Blog provides ways you can help.
April 26, 2004
Kerry’s website altered the response to the medal flap to remove the words ‘John Kerry is proud of the work he did to end the Vietnam War, and he has been consistent about the facts and the symbolism of the medal-returning ceremony’ from their statement.
Via Blogs for Bush.
UPDATE: Apparently, there was an even earlier explanation that actually distinguishes between medals and ribbons. Kerry now says there is no difference between medals and ribbons and the words are used interchangeably.
I said to Dawn Summers today ‘I’m not interested at all in the Kerry medals story’ but then the campaign had to go and entice me with some of the worst PR moves of all time. This is exactly the kind of stuff we’re taught not to do in my Public Relations & Media Management class.
I have a huge crush on Jeff Goldstein’s writing.