Saturday, September 20, 2003


Andrew Sullivan links to the already mounting criticism of Gemeral Dimwit from Democrats:

From ABCNEWS.com : The Note:

"Suffice to say, the message is a work in progress. Some of the other Democrats are amazed at the manner in which Clark is taking and (apparently) untaking positions.

Speaking of positions, the Miami Herald 's Wallsten and Bolstad interviewed Clark, with The General offering this on the death penalty: LINK

'At one point in the interview, Clark endorsed a moratorium on the death penalty, saying there has been ''a lot of discrimination and a lot of injustice'' and saying cases should be reviewed with DNA evidence. Asked if he would back a halt to executions, Clark sat up straight.'

''Stop. Stop,' he said. 'I promised I wasn't going to take a strong position.'''

We'll be sure to look at Clark's Cuba comments, too.

Writes one Democrat with national political experience:

'I have read the accounts of the Clark interviews and my reaction is despair and anger. Why did my party's best operatives think it would be a good idea to subject their neophyte candidate to the country's savviest reporters for over an hour? Why have my party's elders rallied around a candidate who is so shockingly uninformed about core issues and his own positions? I am not a Dean supporter - but I am angry that our party's leaders have anointed an alternative to him who seems even more ignorant and unprepared - and that this supposed 'anti-war' candidate turns out to have been in favor of both the war resolution and Richard Nixon!! And let's not even talk about the Clintons. Today I am embarrassed to be a Democrat.'"

Go Wesley!


Instapundit alerts us to an article by Michael Barone(9/22/03) who points out the historically unrealistic standard that the Bush Administration is being held to in post-war Iraq. The French, sophisticates all, somehow believe that a society that where the infrastructure has been neglected for thirty years, was never an industrial power and has never experienced a democracy should be self-governing six months after the war when it took Germany five years to hold elections after WWII. But then again, when was following French advice on how to run a country NOT a recipe for disaster.

Too bad we also have to fight the news media at home as well as al-Jazeera in the Middle East. Where are stories like this one here, and uh this one, and excuse me, the one here showing up in the American mainstream press? How successful would we have been in rebuilding Europe and Japan after WW II and halting the Soviet advance if Truman had also been the victim of a propaganda campaign at home from this country's media?

Christianne Amanpour and the other big media anti-American mouthpieces ought to report on something outside of Baghdad. For that matter, how can anyone take CNN's reporting (or other major organizations) seriously anymore after we've learned that they were in bed with the Iraqi government and suppressing the regime's atrocities. All this was done with the full knowledge that it would weaken the case for the invasion of Iraq. And it was done with the intention to do just that.

We don't get reporting on the warm welcome that our troops get from most Iraqi's or any of the success stories in Iraq because that would lessen the pressure on the Bush Administration to remove the troops. No sensible person can believe any longer that this is unintentional.

One would think that the Democrat Party would at least be thankful about Saddam's removal and take a keen interest in the liberalisation and democratisation of Iraq. This seems to me to be undeniably in the interest of the United States regardless of whether you agree with how the Bush Administration performed politically in the run-up to the war. But no, you'd be wrong. CNN.com - Teddy Kennedy, taking a break from a drinking binge and a little skirt chasing, thinks that the rational for the war was "made up in Texas, announced in January to the Republican leadership that war was going to take place and was going to be good politically. This whole thing was a fraud."

So you can add the name of Teddy K., to Dr. Dumbshit (Dean), John Kerry, and Wesley (General Dimwit) Clark on the list of Dumbocrats who indorse the following statement: "Bush is illegitmate; Saddam should still rule Iraq". Nice work guys. You call yourself "leaders" what a joke.

Friday, September 19, 2003


"The United States spends more public and private money on education than other major countries, but its performance doesn't measure up in areas ranging from high-school graduation rates to test scores in math, reading and science, a new report shows.

There are countries which don't get the bang for the bucks, and the U.S. is one of them,' said Barry McGaw, education director for the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which produced the annual review of industrialized nations.

The United States spent $10,240 per student from elementary school through college in 2000, according to the report. The average was $6,361 among more than 25 nations."

But the the cries for more money for THE CHILDREN never stop.
Democrats.org documents Kennedy's whining about the Bush education budget which proposed "only" a 2.8% increase. That increase represents 1.4 billion dollars. My lord, what will ever happen to THE CHILDREN?

The way Teddy screams you'd think he was being forced to give up jelly donuts.

Thanks to John Hawkins for direction to the AJC.com article.


Clark tries to straddlethe fence:

"The retired Army general, an opponent of the conflict, surprised supporters when he indicated in an interview with reporters Thursday that he likely would have supported the resolution. On Friday, Clark sought to clarify his comments in an interview with The Associated Press.

``Let's make one thing real clear, I would never have voted for this war,'' Clark said before a speech at the University of Iowa. ``I've gotten a very consistent record on this. There was no imminent threat. This was not a case of pre-emptive war. I would have voted for the right kind of leverage to get a diplomatic solution, an international solution to the challenge of Saddam Hussein.'' "

Translation: "Let's make one thing real clear, I wholeheartedly supported policies that would have left Saddam Hussein in power."

Thanks for clearing that up for us General Dimwit.


I hadn't seen it put this way before:

"Yet sophistication is not morality. Neither is nihilism. More people, remember, fried in France this August while its social utopians snoozed at the beach than all those lost in Kabul and Baghdad together. I think an American pilot who flew over the peaks of Afghanistan or a Marine colonel now patrolling in Iraq was far more likely to ensure that his aged mother back home lives under humane conditions than was a Frenchman this summer on his month-long vacation on the Mediterranean coast. So remember, this August Americans lost 100 brave soldiers fighting selflessly for the liberty of others while thousands of Frenchmen perished through their children's neglect and self-absorption."

Ouch! Take that froggies!


The Texas Senate has voted to lift the $57,000 in fines that the eleven Democrat state senators racked up while hiding out in New Mexico to avoid having to vote on a redistricting measure that they knew they would lose. The Senate also restored parking perks and expense reimbursement which had been suspended during the walkout. But the eleven senators were put on probation until January of 2005.

This seems reasonable to me. I'd like to be treated with that same leniency if I were to get caught say not paying my taxes. Somehow I doubt I'd get this kind of kid glove treatment. To Democrats, however, this is evidence of RACISM.

Senator Leticia Van de Putte whined, "We are not second-class senators and we don't represent second class citizens. This is a slap in the face to Hispanic and African-American Texans." Senator Frank Madla complained, "The last time I was treated the way we were today on the Senate floor was when I was about 8 years old and came to first grade. I was a little Mexican boy who had the first taste of what white supremacy was like."

RACISM! You see, it's everywhere...all around you in the air. You can't see it or smell it or taste it or hear it but it's there! It's drives the government to designate hurricanes with "lilly white" names, it's secretly the motivation behind requiring aptitude test scores for college admissions - pure Republican evil, that's what it is.

Can you actually believe what you hear coming out of their mouths? "White supremacy"?

Currently Texas has a congressional delegation of 17 Democrats and 15 Republicans despite the fact that there is not a single Democrat state-wide officeholder and the state voted at about a 55% rate for Republicans in the last election cycle. If the delegation reflected that percentage it would be 18 Republicans and 14 Democrats. The reason that it doesn't reflect that percentage is that the Democrats have taken the last two redistricting attempts (1991 and 2001) to court claiming that they violated "civil rights" and got liberal Democrats in the federal judiciary to redraw the maps to their liking. Apparently, minority rights are violated if less Democrats are elected even if more of the representatives are minority rather than white.

So, in a valiant attempt to remedy this "injustice" the eleven Dumbocrats fled the state rather than take their fight to the floor of the senate where they could exercise their votes but knew they would lose. Now you tell me who is subverting the democratic process.

quotes from today's edition of The Dallas Morning News

Thursday, September 18, 2003

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Stephen Hayes has an extremely good article debunking the propoganda that the Bush Administration overemphasized Saddam's al Qaeda Connection.

America got hit in the face with a sledgehammer on 9/11/2001 and the Democrats, save a precious few like Lieberman, still didn't wake up. I don't think they will get serious until an even greater disaster happens. That's the irony - the better job Bush does in avoiding catastrophy the more he will be slandered by the asshats like Dean, Clark and Kerry to score a few cheap points with the pacifist base of the Democratic Party.

I defy anyone to suggest that if Germans had tried to assassinate Truman during the mid-fifties that Eisenhower would have lobbed a few bombs into German military operations headquarters but left the political leadership of the country intact. The attempted assassination of Bush 41 alone was sufficient justification for the removal of Hussein by force - and it should have happened in 1994. Instead Clinton allowed Hussein to defy us and kick the inspectors out in 1998.

Lileks summed up the attitudes of the Dems perfectly today:

Every day I read a piece like the Strib edit. They all have an inescapable conclusion: Saddam should have been left in power. No, they don’t say that. Yes, the writers would surely insist that Saddam was a wretched tyrant, and the world is better off without him in power, BUT, Baghdad’s electricity service is now undependable. No, but. Yes, but. Perhaps, however. Perfection has not been achieved; the depredations of a three-decade nightmare have not been banished in six months, and that really is the issue, isn’t it. Sorry, what was your question again?

Saddam should have been left in power. Left free to rape, torture and murder. Left free to starve his own people while building himself temples off of the UN Oil-for-Food program and free to buy weapons technology from German and French smugglers. Free to fund Palestinian homocide bombers with a tidy $25,000 stipend for each family. Free to deepen his ties with al-Qaida and provide them with a new home after Afghanistan.

But of course if the tinfoil hat crowd had its way, we wouldn't have attacked Afghanistan either. The Taliban would still be holding public executions in the local soccer stadium and women would still be prohibited from going to school.

So read past the rhetoric boys and girls. Look at what the consequences of the policies endorsed by General Dimwit and Dr. Dumbshit would have been - Saddam still in power. They don't want to put it that way but that's what it means.


Striking a mighty blow for the civil rights of the oppressed minority, Representative Jackson-Lee (why the hyphen?) rails against the "lilly white" names given to hurricanes. Gotta snoop out that RACISM! wherever we find it Sheila!

Not one to be satisfied with imposing "affirmative action" on hurricane naming, J-Lee is now smooching up to the collective French arse. In yet another courageous fight against the oppression of the MAN, she's calling for the "french" to be put back in front of "fries". Somehow she believes that this could be a symbolic first step in winning French support for our Iraqi reconstruction program. I hope she didn't hurt herself thinking up that one.

J-Lee, of course, along with fellow representatives John Conyers, Dennis Kucinich, Jesse Jackson Jr., Jim "Baghdad" McDermott and Jose Serrano, sued the president and the Secretary of Defense in February claiming that Bush's decision to go to war was unconstitutional. Lesson: Don't let a little thing like democracy stand in your way - if you lose a vote on the House floor try to subvert the will of the people through the court system!

Hey, Sheila here is a novel idea: how about spending some time doing your JOB helping to govern the country?

Thanks to Adelle at Deep Thoughts for the "Hurricane Shaniqua" post.

Wednesday, September 17, 2003


That's the question that comes to mind after seeing his interview with Tim Russert and reading this: An Interview With Paul Krugman.

Got to get back to work now. My preliminary vote is for insanity - I think Krugman actually believes in the existence of a "vast right-wing conspiracy" to subvert democracy. Guess he'd better see the guys over at Democratic Underground for a tin-foil hat!


While traveling to Boston, I had opportunity to read the March/April edition of The American Spectator. Of particular interest was an article by Tom Bethell, Why the Teachers Can't Be Trusted.

Bethell was at a Hoover Institute symposium where he reports that Secretary of Education Rod Paige startled the group by saying, We’ve had nineteen people arrested, several convicted. Five arrested for stealing, using funds to buy a red Corvette, and billing us. Two million dollars stolen from Impact Aid, $450 million missing! We recovered 95% of those problems. We found credit cards all across the organization, with spending limits of up to $300,000. We shut them down completely. We’ve cut it down to $2,500, for a few people only. And Ernst & Young for the first time said, “This organization deserves a clean audit.” When Bethell called the Department of Education, Paige’s assistant forwarded a two week old press release which stated: ”One million dollars in false overtime had been charged to the department” and also mentioned that ”A theft ring inside the department used hundreds of thousands of taxpayer’s dollars to buy and then steal all manner of electronic equipment”. It further alleged that money earmarked for South Dakota schools had been diverted to buy real estate, a Lincoln Navigator, and a Cadillac Escalade.” And finally it reported that ”the former department employee and acknowledged ring leader of this group of nineteen people is scheduled to be sentenced on March 28, along with her husband – an employee of EPA- son, and two others”.

I follow the national news quite closely; I don’t remember this being reported upon at all. The results of a google search for “department of education scandal corvette escalade” and “us department of education scandal” turned up nothing from the major news media outlets. During the spring of 2003, the press was perhaps too interested in the build-up to the war to take notice, but theft of government funds by bureaucrats seems like a story that should have garnered some attention nationally.

Every hand that your tax dollar passes through on the way to helping educate a child is one more opportunity for, at the best, dilution (bureaucrats have to be paid to manage the money) and, at worst, theft. The other problem with the route money takes from my pocket to the schools (via Washington) is that the farther it travels , the more it is likely to be influenced by the teacher’s union (NEA).

The more Washington tries to “fix” public schools, the worse the problem is going to become. And of course the NEA is right there to thwart any test program, like school vouchers, that might improve the situation. Teachers should be open to new ideas about how to improve the system, but instead they fight even test trials of innovative programs for fear that their success would result in higher pay for good teachers, less pay for average teachers and the dismissal of poor teachers. It’s all about the money, not about the kids.

Is it any wonder that conservatives want to abolish the Department of Education? How has the Department improved US public school education since its creation in 1980? Not much it appears.

According to its website:

The Department's 4,800 employees and $54.4 billion budget are dedicated to:
• Establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, and distributing as well as monitoring those funds.
• Collecting data on America's schools and disseminating that research.
• Focusing national attention on the educational issues it prioritizes.
• Prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education.

Disbursing cash, collecting data, focusing attention and prohibiting discrimination – that’s what you get for $54 billion dollars a year. And Teddy Kennedy thinks we don’t spend enough.

Maybe if Teddy and Johnny Kerry and Reg Weaver would worry more about the end result and less about the total number of dollars flooding through their grubby little hands we could do the job without throwing more money at the problem. It’s worth a try in my book anyway – we can hardly do a worse job of educating the inner city kids of this nation than we do now.

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