Friday, October 08, 2004

Jobs, etc.

"U.S. businesses added 96,000 jobs to payrolls in September, the government reported on Friday, a weaker-than-expected total. "

...and...

"Labor also said that, according to preliminary estimates, the economy added about 236,000 more jobs than previously thought in the year ended March 2004."

Look, I know this isn't "light-a-cigar-wrapped-in-a-hundred-dollar-bill" fantastic, but it's not "the worst economy since the Hoover administration" either. As I've said before, the GDP has expanded EVERY quarter since the minor dip in March 2001...business have added jobs EVERY month since August 2003. Considering what this country has been through since 9/11 (most recently, the hurricanes that reportedly affected the recent job numbers), it's not all that bad.

Unemployment remains at a historically low 5.4%. The GDP is expected to grow by close to 5% this year. We've now added over 2 million jobs to the payroll since August of last year. We have not been attacked in this country since September 2001.

Edwards says we'll get "more of the same" if we re-elect Bush. To which, I say, "yes, please."

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Kerry Haters For Kerry

This is pretty funny...

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Thursday, October 07, 2004

The rest of the story

What you won't read about the Duelfer report in the MSM...

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Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Mobile WMD lab?

World Net Daily thinks so...

(Hat tip: Powerline)

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Bush at his finest

It simply doesn't get any better than this, folks...

"My opponent agrees with [my position on Iraq and the war on terrorism] -- except when he doesn't. Last week in our debate, he once again came down firmly on every side of the Iraq war. He stated that Saddam Hussein was a threat and that America had no business removing that threat. Senator Kerry said our soldiers and Marines are not fighting for a mistake -- but also called the liberation of Iraq a "colossal error." He said we need to do more to train Iraqis, but he also said we shouldn't be spending so much money over there. He said he wants to hold a summit meeting, so he can invite other countries to join what he calls "the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time." He said terrorists are pouring across the Iraqi border, but also said that fighting those terrorists is a diversion from the war on terror. You hear all that and you can understand why somebody would make a face."

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Is this for real?!?!?

Editor to reporter: "Make sure to keep the editorializing in the lead graph, Buster!"

From AP...

WASHINGTON - Contradicting the main argument for a war that has cost more than 1,000 American lives, the top U.S. arms inspector reported Wednesday that he found no evidence that Iraq (news - web sites) produced any weapons of mass destruction after 1991.

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Say what?

Les Moonves, the co-president of CBS parent company Viacom, told an analyst meeting that the review of the CBS "60 Minutes II" report being done by former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh and retired Associated Press chief Louis Boccardi had no timetable for completion. But he said he did not want it to interfere with the Nov. 2 election.

"Obviously, it should be done probably after the election is over so that it doesn't affect what's going on," he told a Goldman Sachs media conference in New York.

A CBS spokeswoman had no immediate comment on the statement. But she pointed out that when CBS News President Andrew Heyward named Boccardi and Thornburgh to conduct the investigation of the Sept. 8 report, he said he hoped it would be completed in weeks rather than months.

Me: So, they're not afraid to run a slanderous, malicious report based on counterfeit and forged documents in order to affect the outcome of an election, but they are afraid to have the truth come out in investigation, in case that might help the other side clear its good name?

Sheesh!

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Disgusting

Instapundit has a disturbing litany of incidents of violence at Repubilican committee headquarters across the country. It seems as though this is a coordinated effort.

Further disgusting is how the peaceniks are reacting to the news:

http://www.infoshop.org/inews/stories.php?story=04/10/05/1332616

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"A little tough talk over the course of a 90-minute debate"

So, my debate prediction was way off. What do I know? In fact, I suspect just the opposite of my prediction was true. I suspect Edwards did fine in the eyes of his base, and Cheney shined for his side. I further suspect that undecideds, if any are to be swayed by the triviality of a vice-presidential debate, came to the conclusion that Cheney had a better command of the facts, the issues, and ultimately the debate.

IMHO, huge win for Cheney!

Surprisingly, CBS's polling information shows a landslide for Edwards. ABC's poll showed it the other way, but was quick to point out that more Republicans watched the debate than Democrats.

Harumph!

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Tuesday, October 05, 2004

The other half

...and some of the "insurgents" in Samarra were Iranians!

What was that Michael Moore was saying about these militiamen of Iraq, rising up, casting out the occupation, a la our founding/fighting fathers? They are not terrorists, quothe he, but rather, heros who shall die for the glory of an unoccupied Iraq.

Poppycock.

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And then there's bad news at Drudge

Half of insurgents at Samarra were reportedly Africans...

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You out yo minds!

ABC News Nightline (Bob Woodruff) played a clip of John Edwards saying, "I'd say if you live in the United States of America and you vote for George Bush, you've lost your mind."

Very vice-presidential.

Hat tip: Drudge

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Pistoffski

Part II, Electric Bugaloo, of Kerry's foreign policy in practice (from Drudge)...

Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski has slammed Dem president hopeful John Kerry for not recognizing Poland's contributions and sacrifice to the war in Iraq.

"It is sad that a senator with 20 years of experience does not recognize Polish contribution. This is immoral," Kwasniewski told FACTS in an interview commenting on the US Presidential Debate.

"It is sad that a senator with 20 years of experience underestimates Polish sacrifice, this is sad."

The Polish President added however that one should consider this was a part of the ongoing electoral campaign.

"I do not think this was out of ignorance," the president emphasized on the TVN Facts.

"There is one thing which should be stated clearly: this coalition is not just the United States, Great Britain, Australia alone; it also involves participation of Polish, Ukrainian, Bulgarian and Spanish soldiers who have died. It is immoral not to recognize the involvement we contributed based on our conviction that there should be unity in fighting terrorism, that there was a need to display international solidarity and that Saddam Hussein was a dangerous individual of this world."

"President Bush acted like a real Texan gentleman, he made sure to show appreciation for other countries' involvement in the coalition," Kwasniewski pointed out.

(Full disclosure: I stole this post from BabyFinster.)

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Drudge up a liberal

It's a veritable orgy of juciy tidbits over at Drudge right now. Specific posts to follow...

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Can you say "Snubski"

Heh.

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Funny Powerline Quote

From Powerline...

Kerry: American Foreign Policy Must Satisfy Extra-terrestrials

I don't know, the only thing I can suggest is that maybe this is a typo or something. CNN reports on how John Kerry tried to defend himself today against the charge that his "global test" would weaken American security:

Kerry: "[I]f they were honest enough to give America the full quote, which America heard, they would know that I'm never going to allow America's security to be outsourced. That's the job of the president.

"But I can do a better job of protecting America's security because the test that I was talking about was a test of legitimacy, not just in the globe, but elsewhere."

"Not just in the globe, but elsewhere"? It was bad enough when Kerry was deferring to the French. Now he's saying that we have to get the green light from space aliens before we can defend ourselves. Or maybe Kerry has no idea what the hell he's saying, most of the time.

Sheesh!

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Unscientific Debate Prediction


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My gut feeling on tonight is that Edwards will disappoint his liberal loyalists, while Cheney will disappoint his conservative cronies. Call it a hunch. I just have this sense that everyone's been waiting so long for this debate — a veep debate that doesn't really matter much — that it's bound to pale to expectations...kinda like Christmas morning at about 11:00 a.m. I think it will be spirited at times, but I just don't think it will be as juicy as everyone hopes.

Reasons?

1.) I think the Kerry campaign is a bit self-satisfied at present and doesn't feel as hard-pressed to take chances.

2.) Cheney is always a bit mellow, especially in comparison to his counterpart, Lionel Hutz.

3.) I'm currently on Vioxx.

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ABC/Washington Post Poll

I guess George Snuffle-upagus's beaming and Kerry-gushing couldn't even do much to affect his company's own poll:

Bush Has 5-Point Lead in New Poll

Tuesday, October 5, 2004; Page A06

President Bush continues to lead Sen. John F. Kerry among likely voters despite surging enthusiasm for Kerry among Democrats and new doubts about whether the president has a clear plan to deal with terrorism and the situation in Iraq, according to a Washington Post tracking poll.

In the aftermath of last week's debate, Bush leads Kerry 51 percent to 46 percent among those most likely to vote, according to polling conducted Friday through Sunday.

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Monday, October 04, 2004

Delusions, part deux

Powerline (and others) reports:

Military support Bush 73% to 18% for Kerry.

Kerry, during the debate: "This president just -- I don't know if he sees what's really happened over there. But it's getting worse by the day."

Who do you think has the best grasp on the reality of the situation in Iraq?

a.) the troops who are actually there
b.) John Kerry
c.) the Commander-in-Chief
d.) Dan Rather

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October Surprise?

Iraq, al Qaeda, WMDs, OH MY!

This is gaining a little traction in the blogosphere.

Colore me jaded, but I'll wait until more comes out on this before razor-blading the W'04 sticker off my Granada.

(Also, call me Ray Jay Johnson.)

Intriguing, nonetheless...

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'Nuther must-read by Jonah Goldberg

As usual, great article by JG at NRO.

The piece's weakest, but most entertaining, point: "When the rebels attacked the Death Star in Star Wars, there was a reason they attacked at the battle station's weakest point. Iraq was the Axis of Evil's weakest point."

The piece's best point, IMHO:

"So here's why we should all be ashamed we haven't paid more attention to this situation: The only way Iranian regime change will ever come about is if we — Americans, Europeans, the West — want it to. By ignoring the story, the press is in effect lending its support to the corrupt theocrats ruling Iran. One can't help but think this story is particularly inconvenient to those who think no good could ever come, even as a partial result, of the president's foreign policy."

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My thoughts EXACTLY

Must read article here (both humorous and pointed):

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Q2 GDP was 3.3%

Hardly noticed this in the news, eh? The second quarter numbers were revised upwardly last weekend. Nary a peep from the MSM!

Polipundit rightly points out that, during Bill Clinton’s eight full years in office, the U.S. economic growth come in at a lower rate than last quarter’s 3.3 percent expansion in 14 separate quarters.

Just in time for the next debate, I'd say...

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Who's delusional, Bush or Kerry?

Hat tip: Instapundit...

"Under the Taliban, you used to be awakened just before dawn by the howling of wild dogs. Today it's the racket of bulldozers. Kabul is undergoing a building boom, and in a city mostly composed of single-storey, flat-roof buildings it really shows.

"Three years after the Taliban were chased out, Kabul has returned to the real world. The streets are jammed with cars, the shops are full of goods. Last year Afghanistan's economy grew by 30 per cent. The weirdest thing about Kabul under the Taliban used to be its unnatural silence. Now it's as noisy as anywhere on earth."

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Cheater cheater pumpkin eater!

Have you seen some people all in a tizzy suggesting Kerry cheated at the debate and used notes against debate rules?

I don't care much either way, but it's fun to watch this video to figure out if he pulled out notes from his jacket pocket, or a pen, as his campaign is claiming.

Video at link:

[UPDATE: Not a big deal, but that ain't no pen like I never seen! What I find only slightly interesting is that, if they're claiming it's a pen, which it clearly is not, what are they trying to hide?]

After watching the video at the Link below, you can go here for the stills that show it ain't no ink pen!:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1234124/posts?q=1&&page=551#554 (scroll down to the huge photo)

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Deconstructing Kerry's debate claims

Great debunking:

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Kerry's foreign policy

...already isn't working:

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran on Sunday rebuffed a proposal by U.S. presidential candidate John Kerry who has suggested supplying the Islamic state with nuclear fuel for power reactors if Tehran agrees to give up its own fuel-making capability.

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Keeping Track


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Ain't this about right?

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My liberal wife

Over the weekend, TFS snapped at me that I was throwing "Karl Rove's talking points" at her when I claimed that Clinton's own policy was regime change in Iraq.

For my own self-satisfaction, I submit here:

The Iraq Liberation Act

October 31, 1998

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

October 31, 1998

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

Today I am signing into law H.R. 4655, the "Iraq Liberation Act of 1998." This Act makes clear that it is the sense of the Congress that the United States should support those elements of the Iraqi opposition that advocate a very different future for Iraq than the bitter reality of internal repression and external aggression that the current regime in Baghdad now offers.

There's more here:

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More newsitorials

You can almost hear the sing-songy, snarky tone of the "reporter" from Reuters who wrote this "story:"

"WASHINGTON - Just in time for the election, President Bush is going to one of the most contested states to sign his fourth tax cut in four years."

Just in time for the election, eh? Should Bush WAIT to "Extend the broader 10 percent tax bracket for six years, helping cut taxes for virtually all taxpayers," or help "an estimated 94 million Americans will be affected by the tax relief, which keeps three middle-class tax breaks from expiring Jan. 1 and revives other tax incentives for businesses," as the article says?

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