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Archive for January 2005

Chris Muir Has Been on a Roll …

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… lately zinging the Iraqi elections, the UN, and other targets of opportunity. His cartoon can be found at the bottom of this page and here on his.


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January 31, 2005 at 8:50 am

Posted in General

Cats, Cats Everywhere

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Carnival of the Cats #45 is up at Watermark, and appropriately leads off with some Iraqi catblogging.

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January 31, 2005 at 8:46 am

Posted in Catblogging, Iraq

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Iraq’s Turn

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As with Afghanistan, the handwringing nattering nabobs of negativity were wrong.

With the polls closed, it looks like the Iraqi turnout was about 72% easily beating the US turnout of just over 60% last November.

All around the country, Iraqis defied threats of violence and cast their votes. An initial estimate of turnout from the Independent Electoral Commission indicated that 72 percent of eligible Iraqi voters had turned out to cast their ballots.

The US can’t boast turnout approaching that for any election in a generation – and we don’t do it under guns and bombs of fanatic savages.

But the day was not without bloodshed. Eight homicide bombings and mortar strikes at polling stations killed at least 36 people. A Web site statement purportedly from insurgency leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s group claimed responsibility for the election-day attacks.

And yet, for all the hype and fear-mongering of the MSM and the likes of Ted Kennedy, this is all the savages were able to do. To be sure it was a tragically bloody month in Iraq, but no one expected any less from the desperate terrorists. The foreign terrorists surely know a legitemate Iraqi government will have huge incentive to eradicate their pestilential presence and the Baathists can expect naught but a speedy trial followed by a last cigarette. The vast majority of Iraqis have spoken and they’ve rejected tyranny and terror.

No word on whether Ted Kennedy thinks that’s a good thing or not.

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January 30, 2005 at 10:35 am

Posted in GWOT, Iraq

Chloe Is Warm

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It’s been cold here in Massachusetts and while we get good heat in Villa MartiniPundit we’ve been trying to avoid turning it up too high. Daphne and Chloe are not thrilled with this decision, but neither can they reach the thermostat. So we’ve seen some altered behavior, new sleeping spots nearer to heating elements, and then this:

First Chloe discovered the blanket and then Daphne discovered that she could siphon off Chloe’s body heat. Shamelessly clever.

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January 28, 2005 at 6:15 pm

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Al Gore Call Your Office

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The Brits are certainly getting cheeky, stealing Al Gore’s invention:

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web, has been named Greatest Briton 2004. Sir Tim, whose invention changed the world forever, was named overall Greatest Briton at the ceremony at the Royal Courts of Justice in central London.

Honestly, will Gore never get the recognition he deserves? First Love Story, then his coronation, and now this. It’s almost enough to make one lose one’s balance …

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January 28, 2005 at 9:05 am

The Damaged San Francisco

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The Navy has released pictures of the damage the USS San Francisco sustained when colliding with that undersea ‘mountain.’ Here’s one:

God Bless watertight bulkheads.

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January 27, 2005 at 5:00 pm

Posted in Ships

Rice Confirmed

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For all the blather, Condi Rice has been confirmed as the next Secretary of State 85-13.

Here are the senators voting against:

  • Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia
  • Jack Reed of Rhode Island
  • Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts
  • Mark Dayton of Minnesota
  • Barbara Boxer of California
  • John Kerry of Massachusetts
  • Carl Levin of Michigan
  • Tom Harkin of Iowa
  • Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey
  • Evan Bayh of Indiana
  • Daniel Akaka of Hawaii
  • Richard Durbin of Illinois
  • Jim Jeffords of Vermont

Democrats all save for Jeffords the ‘independent.’ The only real surprise is Evan Bayh who’s often portrayed as less extreme than the others on the list. It’s also instructive that Hillary Clinton – nobody’s fool – voted to confirm.

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January 26, 2005 at 1:58 pm

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