All you need to know about that Overstock.com ad.
Monday, February 28, 2005
Michael Ledeen writes in the Corner:
I wonder why there hasn't been more talk here...about this Cedar Revolution in Lebanon. This event is another in a series of revolutionary uprisings against tyrants that have characterized the past few months: Ukraine, Iraq, now Lebanon, along with cracks in the edifices in Saudi Arabia and Egypt. There is no ambiguity about the inspiration for the revolutionaries: it is us. And there is also no ambiguity about the importance of maintaining the revolutionary tempo. Ten, one hundred, one thousand Beiruts. Today Beirut, tomorrow Damascus, Riyadh and Tehran. And then we will see what is left of the terror network.
War is waged in many ways, and we possess the most lethal weapon in the world: the desire for freedom. President Bush ha--uniquely among world leaders--understood the nature of this moment and given it voice. We should be celebrating the fall of the Lebanese puppet regime, and we should be demanding referenda and free elections in Lebanon, Syria, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
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Sunday, February 27, 2005
Saturday, February 26, 2005
Here's a picture of Jenna's hand. Notice the cut across it. I accidently did it to her the other night. Although I feel bad about it, I did discover a new weapon, The Kroger Tortilla Chip of Death! (patent pending) The weird thing is that it actually did cut her. That'll teach her to go for the dip the same time as me!
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We were supposed to get the kid's pictures taken today. Declan will be two, and Reagan will be one next month. As you can see, Declan is feeling under the weather and is taking a nap in our bed with all of his buddies.
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Friday, February 25, 2005
10. You never could throw your full support behind John Kerry once you found out his first name is found in the Bible, of all places.
9. One of the few reasons you couldn't bring yourself to assasinate the president is you'd have to actually buy a gun.
8. Your opinions and values carry more weight than those that oppose you, because you care.
7. To save money you bought an effigy of Bush made of asbestos. You later returned it when you realized 'the bush burned with fire, but the bush was not consumed.' is ALSO found in the Bible.
6. You believe the death penalty should be abolished...after it's applied to those that support it.
5. You believe that any news service that doesn't keep 'Bush is EV1L Incarnate' as its lead story is undeniably linked to a Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.
4. Four years later and you are STILL protesting outside the Broward County Courthouse for Gore-Lieberman 2000.
3. You have made a sign which you carry to every protest that just says 'NO!'. It's written in your own blood from when you carved 'I'm Sorry, World' on your forehead.
2. You acknowlege the 'Vast Right Wing Conspiracy' exists and is inherently evil but often lose sleep at night worrying there are smaller 'Widespread Right Wing Conspiracies' that need to be stamped out too and aren't getting the attention they deserve.
And the number one Indicator You May Be Left of Liberal....
1. You strongly believe cannibalism is wrong. Not because it takes a human life but because it's...meat.
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Thursday, February 24, 2005
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
If you notice above, I've added the +Yahoo button. If you use yahoo as a start page or a news feed, you can add Lapeer Living and get up to date postings right on your Yahoo! page.
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Mount Surbachi 60 years ago today - 5 Marines and a Navy corpsman raised the American flag on Iwo Jima. 7000 Marines were killed and another 20000 injured in the battle to secure the island to use as a bomber base in WWII.
The guys at Powerline have a post with links to get more info.
Update: Mac Owens has more.
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Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Mark Steyn in the Daily Telegraph on trans-Atlantic relations:
But, in the broader sense vis-�-vis Europe, the administration is changing the tone precisely because it understands there can be no substance. And, if there's no substance that can be changed, what's to quarrel about? International relations are like ex-girlfriends: if you're still deluding yourself you can get her back, every encounter will perforce be fraught and turbulent; once you realise that's never gonna happen, you can meet for a quick decaf latte every six � make that 10 � months and do the whole hey-isn't-it-terrific-the-way-we're-able-to-be-such-great-friends routine because you couldn't care less. You can even make a few pleasant noises about her new romance (the so-called European Constitution) secure in the knowledge he's a total loser.
Steyn is nearly always spot on. He's one of the few columnists I consider a must read.
Posted by Critical Matt at 11:17 PM
Monday, February 21, 2005
Mickey Kaus on the leaked presidential recordings:
The treachery is that Doug Wead waited until after the election:
"I don't want some little kid doing what I tried ...."
"The Bible is pretty good about keeping your ego in check. ... "
"I think it is bad for Republicans to be kicking gays. ... "
[When told that a supporter was saying he'd promised to not hire gays] "No what I said was I wouldn't fire gays. ... "
"I am going to tell the truth and do the right thing, dammit, without fear or favor, with malice toward none and charity toward all--and if my political advisers tell me that will cost me power and fame, so be it!"
OK, that last one was made up. But another round of explosive front-page revelations from secretly recorded phone conversations like today's and Bush's approval will hit 70 percent.
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I didn't know a denial needed to be made because I didn't know anyone said he was captured.
Drudge is reporting that the Iranians are denying they have bin Laden in custody.
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Sunday, February 20, 2005
Some Jenna Elfman fans were startled by what the star had to say in a recent issue of Scientology�s magazine Celebrity.
The former star of �Dharma and Greg� is a devotee of the controversial religion, whose members also include Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
�I intend to make Scientology as accessible to as many people as I can. And that is my goal,� Elfman said. To do this, she says, it is my �duty to clear the planet.� By �clearing� she means to rid the world of �body thetans� � aliens who Scientologists believe inhabit the earth from a nuclear explosion 75 million years ago. She continued that �the more successful I became, the more suppression I bumped into � especially in the entertainment industry, which really is home to rabid suppression.�
�Her comments seem to reflect an increasingly almost paranoid view of the world around her in which she appears to have cleared house of all the suppressive people,� Rick Ross, who runs Cultnews.com, tells The Scoop. �Which to Scientologists would include all the people who are critical of Scientology.�
Picture Beavis and Butthead laughing. Call me Beavis.
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Saturday, February 19, 2005
Arthur Herman marks the 60th anniversary of Iwo Jima in an article in the WSJ:
Sixty years ago today, more than 110,000 Americans and 880 ships began their assault on a small volcanic island in the Pacific, in the climactic battle of the last year of World War II. For the next 36 days Iwo Jima would become the most populous 7 1/2 square miles on the planet, as U.S. Marines and Japanese soldiers fought a battle that would test American resolve even more than D-Day or the Battle of the Bulge had, and that still symbolizes a free society's willingness to make the sacrifice necessary to prevail over evil--a sacrifice as relevant today as it was 60 years ago.
Click on the link to read it all.
Posted by Critical Matt at 8:14 AM
The Lapeer County Republican Party is planning to commence a �support the troops� fundraiser in mid March.
The goal will be to collect AT&T Calling Cards or cash for the purchase of cards in support of the Michigan National Guard Family Fund headquartered in Lansing. The calling cards will be distributed to Guard troops overseas and their families in Michigan.
The goal is to place collection cannisters throughout the area. If you have questions, please post in the comments section or email me directly. I will put you in touch with Bill Hanigan, who is coordinating the collection sites.
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Friday, February 18, 2005
My sister in law writes for a local paper and was thinking about writing a story about Lapeer which got me to thinking. The downtown area is tailor made for restaurants and bars. There is ample parking. There is space for sidewalk dining. In other words, downtown Lapeer already has the elements to have a vibrant (read -income producing) area. Other communities would die to have the space we have. There is plenty of parking. The street speeds are already locked at 25mph. It could really be a great place to be.
So, what do we have? One bar, a few restaurants, and a slew of businesses that I can't name, because none of them are interesting enough to get me to stop in.
The nightlife in Lapeer, and you can take your pick, is - drumroll....Meijer or Walmart. Wow. Outstanding. When we first moved to the city, we couldn't understand why teens in the area were hanging out at Meijer. Well, I can tell you there isn't anything else to do. Downtown Lapeer in the summer after 6pm is a ghost town, even on the weekends.
We could really have a great downtown that would be envied and that would bring people (and money) into Lapeer. I'm going to take some photos and show what a neat space we have and post them here.
Posted by Critical Matt at 11:59 PM
This seems a rather pointless exercise. Surely the Republican Congress is not going to support legislation aimed at winning more votes for Democrats, which would be the effect of these proposals. Declaring a federal holiday would simply mean federal employees, who tend to lean toward the Dems, would be more likely to go to the polls, and felons are generally thought to be far more Democratic than the general public. ('Ex-felons' is a misnomer; presumably the AP means felons who've served their sentences.)"
Posted by Critical Matt at 11:37 PM
President Bush on Black History Month:
We've made progress, and our work is not yet done. At the start of this new century, we will continue to teach habits of respect to each generation. We will continue to enforce laws against racial discrimination in education and housing and public accommodations. We'll continue working to spread hope and opportunity to African Americans with no inheritance but their character -- by giving them greater access to capital and education, and the chance to own and build and dream for the future. In this way, African Americans can pass on a better life and a better nation to their children and their grandchildren, and that's what we want in America.GWB made some inroads with the African American community. He needs to keep hammering on school vouchers. This is a key issue in the urban areas, and one that is a winner all around.
Posted by Critical Matt at 11:10 PM
Thursday, February 17, 2005
WHEN 35 Greenpeace protesters stormed the International Petroleum Exchange (IPE) yesterday they had planned the operation in great detail. What they were not prepared for was the post-prandial aggression of oil traders who kicked and punched them back on to the pavement.
�We bit off more than we could chew. They were just Cockney barrow boy spivs. Total thugs,� one protester said, rubbing his bruised skull. �I�ve never seen anyone less amenable to listening to our point of view.�
Another said: �I took on a Texan Swat team at Esso last year and they were angels compared with this lot.� Behind him, on the balcony of the pub opposite the IPE, a bleary-eyed trader, pint in hand, yelled: �Sod off, Swampy.�
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Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Last chance for hockey?
The league bumped its salary-cap proposal from $40 million to $42.5 million and gave the union until 11 a.m. Wednesday to accept. If it is rejected, the season would be canceled two hours later, according to a letter sent by commissioner Gary Bettman to players' association executive director Bob Goodenow.
'This offer is not an invitation to begin negotiations -- it's too late for that,' Bettman said in the letter obtained by The Associated Press. 'This is our last effort to make a deal that's fair to the players and one that the clubs (hopefully) can afford. We have no more flexibility and there is no time for further negotiation.'
The NHL made a take-it-or-leave-it pitch of a $42.5 million cap to the players' association Tuesday night, just hours before hockey was set to be canceled altogether. But the union responded with a counteroffer of a $49 million salary cap that was rejected by the league.Even if they can get an agreement, the regular season will only be 28 games long with a full playoff setup. The intensity will be amazing. /crosses fingers.
Update: See you next year...maybe.
Posted by Critical Matt at 10:00 PM
We joined Netflix on Friday night (around 10pm) and ordered our first 3 movies. They arrived in the mail today. We watched Shark Tale with the kids. Declan loves anything with fishes. He has taken to calling every fish either Nemo or Bob.
After they went to sleep, we popped in Jenna's choice, The Notebook. It was predictable, but well acted. I actually enjoyed it.
I just tucked Jenna in and I popped in my choice, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. I heard it's an interesting movie visually and looks pretty good so far. I'm a sucker for special effects, so I'll probably enjoy it (although special effects, monsters, and machine guns couldn't save Alien Vs. Predator).
Update: Sky Captain, meet the Alien and the Predator...
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Hmm, and he was voted most likely to suceed...
SWARTHMORE, Pa. - A man who shot a sleeping student to death during a rampage in a Swarthmore College dormitory in 1955 says he plans to attend his 50-year class reunion in June.Is anyone shocked he's a psych prof?
Robert Bechtel was acquitted by reason of insanity for the slaying. He spent five years in a psychiatric hospital before he was judged well enough to return to the community, and went on to become a psychology professor at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
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Monday, February 14, 2005
Apparently, the actual Grammy show was even more boring that the pre-shows.
After two years on an upswing, Grammy ratings sunk to their lowest level since 1995, according to Nielsen Media Research. It may be an ominous sign for the granddaddy of awards shows, the Academy Awards, Feb. 27 on ABC.
We watched a few minutes of the show. I was hoping Kanye West would lose and go berserk again.
Posted by Critical Matt at 11:53 PM
I know what the son was packing. What the heck was the dad packing?
HOUSTON -- A 16-year-old boy was charged with shooting his father in their southwest Harris County home Friday, Local 2 reported. The shooting was originally reported as a case of domestic abuse, but deputies said the boy apparently witnessed a sexual act between his parents and thought the father was abusing the mother.
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Sunday, February 13, 2005
It's the Grammys and the longer than Super Bowl preshows.
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We had a ball in Frankenmuth last night. We started off at the Main Street Tavern. We were only going to toss back a few beers and head to Zehnder's for dinner, but we decided to cheap it and filled up with some bar food. I highly recommend the Tavern Bread. It's a pizza dough cheese bread served with a side of pizza sauce for dipping. It really hit the spot.
After the tavern we headed over to the Frankenmuth Brewery for several pitchers of their excellent Hefeweizen.
Once we discovered the pitchers were $12 a piece, we decided to head back to the Tavern for a nightcap. Jenna and Lori danced themselves sore while Gary and I watched Sportscenter and checked out the rubes.
We tried ordering pizza once we arrived back at the hotel, but everything closes down by midnight. It was probably for the best anyway, swimsuit season is upon us and I'm watching my svelte figure...
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Saturday, February 12, 2005
By the way...
Lapeer Living is finally getting Google hits. I need to take some time to play around with the HTML and get some additional feeds set up to the site. Between the kids, work, and the arm long list of things I want to do around the house, there isn't much time to futz around with the website other than posting.
Posted by Critical Matt at 1:22 PM
Heading up to Frankenmuth for the night.
We're getting away from kids for the evening. We'll be meeting my brother and his wife and hitting the local watering holes for an adult night out for the first time in ages.
I'll be back tomorrow sometime.
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Friday, February 11, 2005
"...this sudden resignation means Mr. Jordan�s superiors had a chance to review the World Economic Forum video and realized (especially after Rathergate) that their position was untenable, and that further stonewalling could be disastrous."
Posted by Critical Matt at 9:30 PM
I just finished this new book out by W.E.B Griffen. I hate to say it, but it's the first book of his I've read. I guess I'll have to start on the rest of his catalogue now.
I really enjoyed the book. I'd rate it about a 7 out of 10 on the Fenn scale. Once I develop the scale, that'll make more sense. Anyway, it was entertaining enough to finish it in 4 days.
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"On Wednesday, Condoleezza Rice arrived in Brussels to visit NATO headquarters. She also had a meeting with the European Commission, with Belgian prime minister Guy Verhofstadt and minister of foreign affairs Karel De Gucht.
Around 11:15 am, while Air Force Two (a modified Boeing 757) was taxiing on the tarmac and officials were preparing to welcome the Secretary of State, Secret Service personnel and Belgian protocol officials were quarrelling about how close reporters could approach the plane. "
Click on the link to see the photos.
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Thursday, February 10, 2005
"Democratic civilization," the philosopher Jean-Fran�ois Revel once observed, "is the first in history to blame itself because another power is trying to destroy it."
I thought of Revel's comment when reading The Daily Telegraph's story about the the 35-year-old Algerian member of al Qaeda who had been been released from prison because he was depressed. Yes, you read that correctly: "G.," as the chap is identified--real names are changed to protect the guilty--"had been released on house arrest after suffering a mental breakdown in custody." Well, you know how these Algerian terrorists are: they don't like to remain cooped-up at home. It makes them nervous."
Click on the link to read it all.
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Wednesday, February 09, 2005
"The latest top al Qaeda operative to fall is Zarqawi's military advisor, Adnan Muhamed Hamed Alqeisi. Haider Ajani sends us this translation of an article that appeared today in the Iraqi Arabic newspaper �Nahrein�:
Iraqi security forces arrested Adnan Muhamed Hamed Alqeisi also known as Abu Walied, during surprise operation in southern Baghdad. Abu Walied, and Iraqi of 41 years of age, was a facilitator for the terrorist group led by Alzarqawy who is tied to Alqaida. He was also in contact with Abu Omar, Hassan and Abu Seif who Zarqawy named commander of Baghdad; those were arrested earlier last month.
The Iraqi vice president Dr. Berhem Saleh said that Abu Walied was working as a military advisor to the top leaders in Zarqawy�s terror group, and he also supplied terrorist activities in Baghdad. The vice president also said that Zarqawy is loosing his battle against the Iraqi people and his organization of terrorists and criminals is loosing its main leaders over the last few weeks. This is to the credit of the Iraqi security forces and tips from the population.
A few weeks ago there was speculation that Zarqawi himself may have been captured--not, of course, for the first time. But the continued roll-up of the gang members closest to him suggests that either he has been captured and is giving up his colleagues, or, more likely, the net is steadily closing on him."
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Tuesday, February 08, 2005
"SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday proclaimed a formal end to violence against Israel after more than four years of fighting.
'We have agreed with (Israeli) Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to cease all acts of violence against the Israelis and the Palestinians wherever they are,' Abbas said in a statement at the completion of a landmark summit with Sharon in Egypt... "
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Monday, February 07, 2005
"THE DEMOCRATS' WORST WEEK AND a half since Black Tuesday (November 2, 2004, when the U.S. election returns came in) began on January 18, when Barbara Boxer took on Condi Rice in the Senate, and ended on Black Sunday (January 30, 2005, when Iraq held its first free election). In one comparatively short window of time, the Democrats managed to exhibit all of the class, grace, wisdom, presence, good sense, and strategic and tactical brilliance that had allowed them to move from absolute parity after the 2000 election to the loss of the House, Senate, and White House in the 2004 election, and left them apparently poised to lose even more. You too can turn yourself into a loser if you study and follow their recent behavior, and the cases to look at are these:"
Click on the link to read it all.
Posted by Critical Matt at 11:14 PM
Jim Geraghty weighs in on 24:
"(Don't read this if you haven't watched Fox's 24 yet, and you intend to!)
Well, no more Heritage Foundation references this week, and they identified the kidnapper who attended that Heritage dinner event, so I doubt we'll be hearing more about the think tank.
This week also lacked any indication that our terrorist cell is Turkish.
However, in the previews for next week, it did indicate that the show will have one of its typically gutsy, 24-style twists: it looks like one of the nuclear power plants actually has a meltdown. (It reminds me of the episode that turned me into a 24 fan: Early in Season Two, when a terrorist cell managed to blow up the headquarters of the CTU. On any other show, the good guys would have managed to defuse the bomb in time. On 24, they only managed to evacuate about half the staff, and the heroes had to spend the rest of the day � er, season � working in a building that was falling apart.)
The show's willingness to portray the unthinkable does raise questions about what happens in the world of 24 when we're not watching. For example, the most dramatic moment of Season Two was the detonation of a nuclear weapon on U.S. soil. The following season, President Palmer was running for reelection. Just how did those ads go?
I'm President David Palmer. Over the last four years, we've only had one nuclear weapon go off in this country, making only a small portion of the Mojave Desert radioactive and uninhabitable. Plus, I have only had to fake my death once, and almost half my cabinet was not involved in a vast conspiracy to stage a coup and have the Vice President take over after the bomb went off. This is a record all Americans can be proud of. This Election Day, vote Palmer!"
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Sunday, February 06, 2005
With the Super Bowl over, I started thinking about hockey - NHL hockey. I've played organized hockey in one form or another 28 of my 32 years. My brother, and best friend, has played a like amount of time. I live in Hockeytown. I skated on a pond last weekend. I've been to the Hall of Fame in Toronto, where I took photos of a plaque of Rocket Richard (and my wife thought I was nutty). In grade school I had my stick busted by Alex Delvecchio in an oldtimers' game. When I was in high school, I dated the girl who went on to score the winning goal for the womens' U.S. Olmpic team to win the gold medal in Nagano. I know hockey. I love hockey.
I don't miss hockey.
It's odd. I can't fully explain it. I suppose around June, I'll be praying for Stanley Cup playoffs. The problem with the NHL is that the season means nothing, so no one misses it. Too many teams make the playoffs. Scheduling is awful. The Red Wings, one of the Original Six, play only one other original six team more than twice in a year (Chicago). I think the Wings play Nashville 28 times.
The NHL has also lost is mythic aura. Changing the conference and division names to the NBA-like east and west was a mistake. Does anyone under the age of 35 even remember the Norris division?
The instigator rule (an automatic extra penalty and 10 minute misconduct for a player who starts a fight) prevents teams from protecting star players. Ever wonder why Wayne Gretzky was hardly ever run when he played for the Oilers? Meet Dave Semenko. Take a cheap shot at Steve Yzerman and Bob Probert or Joe Kocur would track you down and pummel you. Now we have guys on 10 day contracts taking hits at the Lemieuxs and Kariyas.
Hopefully they will get the labor problem fixed and be able to play this year. They've got a huge hole to dig out of.
Come to think of it, maybe I do miss hockey...
Posted by Critical Matt at 10:56 PM
" A celebration scheduled for this weekend at Montgomery County�s new hotel and conference center, marking the 26th anniversary of the Islamic revolution in Iran, was canceled after the hotel�s operator learned that it would violate federal law.
The Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, which opened in December, was to play host to 1,000 guests at a reception thrown by Ali Jazini, director of the Interests Section of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
John Wolf, a Marriott spokesman, said yesterday that the hotel canceled the event after realizing it is illegal to do business with Iran. He said Marriott officials will �be taking steps� to prevent similar bookings in the future."
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Saturday, February 05, 2005
Friday, February 04, 2005
"Citizens of Al Mudhiryiah (a small town in the 'death triangle') were subjected to an attack by several militants today who were trying to punish the residents of this small town for voting in the election last Sunday.
The citizens responded and managed to stop the attack, kill 5 of the attackers, wounded 8 and burned their cars. 3 citizens were injured during the fire exchange. The Shiekh of the tribe to whom the 3 wounded citizens belong demanded more efforts from the government to stop who he described as 'Salafis'. "
Looks like the tide is beginning to turn in Iraq. Click on the link for the whole story.
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Thursday, February 03, 2005
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Wednesday, February 02, 2005
Great finish for GWB.
"As Franklin Roosevelt once reminded Americans, 'each age is a dream that is dying, or one that is coming to birth.' And we live in the country where the biggest dreams are born. The abolition of slavery was only a dream - until it was fulfilled. The liberation of Europe from fascism was only a dream - until it was achieved. The fall of imperial communism was only a dream - until, one day, it was accomplished. Our generation has dreams of its own, and we also go forward with confidence. The road of Providence is uneven and unpredictable - yet we know where it leads: It leads to freedom."
Posted by Critical Matt at 10:57 PM
Newsweek decided to put terrorists on its front cover this week. Never mind the Iraqi people and the election. According to Newsweek, people voting under threat of beheadings and having their families killed - sorta interesting. Terrorists - really cool. Must be the scarves.
Update: Doesn't the guy on the far left of the photo look like the one who they only let carry the groceries? He doesn't look like malnourished desert fox type.
Posted by Critical Matt at 4:56 PM
"Amid all the jeers and laughter yesterday surrounding the �capture� of a children�s action figure, a funny thing happened:
We won the War on Terror."
Read it all.
Posted by Critical Matt at 4:11 PM
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
An American contractor working in Iraq has reportedly been kidnapped by terrorists. Tentatively identified as H.J. Simpson, he is on loan from the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, and is in Iraq helping rebuild infrastructure. The terrorists' demands are not known at this time.
Posted by Critical Matt at 6:31 PM
Terrorists reduced to taking toys hostage.
Update: Backcountry Conservative is all over this story.
Posted by Critical Matt at 4:57 PM
""Eastern Ukraine is heavily ethnic Russian. The main industry is coal. The miners are rough, tough, and hate Yushchenko for wanting to take Ukraine away from Russia and toward the West," writes Wheeler. "It was arranged for more than a thousand of them to be taken from Donetsk, the capital of the coal-mining region, by bus and train to Kiev, where, armed with clubs and blunt tools, they would physically beat up the Orange Revolutionaries. Such mass violence was not only to disperse the demonstrators but serve as an excuse for the government to declare martial law, suspending the Ukrainian Parliament (the Rada) and elections indefinitely."
Now comes the secret weapon: vodka.
"When the miners got on their buses and trains, they found to their joy case after case of vodka � just for them. When they arrived in Kiev, trucks awaited them filled with more cases of vodka � all free provided by 'friends' of the Donetsk coal miners. Completely soused, they never made it to Independence Square. Too hammered blind to cause any violence at all, they had a merry time, passed out and were shipped back to Donetsk."
Available only to subscribers of To the Point, Wheeler's column goes on to explain who provided the liquor: teams of Porter Goss' CIA working with their counterparts in British MI6 intelligence."
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