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Nobel Committee Jumps the Shark

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Yasser Arafat was bad enough, but this is just silly.

Barack Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

One is tempted to ask “for what?” but that too is silly. I mean, he was evidently nominated two weeks after being inaugurated, so it’s clear he hadn’t yet done anything. That’s part and parcel of the man’s career to date: nothing substantive, just basically getting full marks for showing up with a sharpened #2, no need to actually take the test.

Of course, the real reason Obama got the most cheapened award going? He isn’t George W. Bush. Heh, that man is going to bedevil their little lefty psyches for a long time.

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October 9, 2009 at 3:01 pm

In Case Anyone Forgets

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Obama isn’t president yet.


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November 18, 2008 at 12:19 am

Feeling Silly on 9/11 + 6

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I spent most of today high up in Boston’s Prudential Tower, and I felt a strange foreboding. Odd, since I haven’t felt that on any other post 9/11/01 anniversary, but perhaps my cousin’s recent death is a contributing factor.

It’s not that I really thought anything would happen — I don’t believe the terrorists will successfully hijack planes in the west again — but I couldn’t shake the gloom today.

However, thanks to George W. Bush, we’ve had no more attacks on our soil. Unless we’re smart enough to elect someone like Condi Rice, or perhaps Rudy Guiliani, in 2008, I’m not sure we’ll be able to keep on saying that.

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September 11, 2007 at 8:07 pm

Can the Liberals Explain This?

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Can those on the left explain this? And will John Kerry denounce it?

via Instapundit among others …


None of the readers here have seen fit to answer the question, but Junkyard Blog takes liberals to task on this.  I cannot ever remember anything like this being published in the National Review or the Weekly Standard on Clinton’s watch. 

So why do you hate the guy? Is it just because he’s proving how useless your politicies are, and how useless your hero Wild Bill was against terrorism? What is it? And why do you people feel the need to ratchet up the hate minute by minute?

You’re taking yourselves and our country down a very dangerous road.

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June 29, 2004 at 10:33 pm

Bush Is Losing the War

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The big one.  No, the BIG one.

Not the ground war, not the conflicts in Iraq or Afghanistan, although both of them could be improved in various ways.  No, Bush is losing the media war, and that will lead to losing the real war – the one that counts.

I’m no fan of the media.  I think they tilt viciously left, are hypocritical, self-righteous do-nothings with a hugely inflated view of their importance in the grand scheme of things.  After all, are they not self-dubbed “the Fourth Estate?” In my estimation, politicians, ambulance chasers, journalists, used car salesmen – no difference worth mentioning.  And yet, they do have influence.  And they cannot be ignored.

By and large, the media are not fans of George W. Bush.  Start with the fact that if the surveys are correct, some 90% of them voted for Gore.  Then there is the fact that Bush is not very forthcoming with them.  While some call this secrecy, others have said that Bush has calculated that he doesn’t need the media.  I think both premises are mistaken.  The media will never roll over for Bush, but they must be taken into account.

The mainstream media – ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and MSNBC in the States; the BBC and Reuters primarily abroad – are all but campaigning for Kerry.  I have many liberal friends who insist to me that the media is conservative, and I can only conclude that they are far more leftist than I realize or they don’t actually pay attention to the news.  If the real story of Iraq, the economy on a rebound, and Abu Ghraib cannot be properly reported, how much less the heinous partisanship of a Democratic party that would rather see the defeat of Bush than the defeat of bin Laden.  We do get endless stories about American abuse of detainees, torture innuendo, the Patriot Act, and anything anti-Bush that can be found.  Yet the media maintains a stoic silence on issues such as obstruction of judicial nominees, minority sandbagging of Congressional committees, and false, preemptive accusations on the part of Kerry and other Democrats.  Let’s be clear: no Republican has ever questioned the man’s patriotism, but he uses that false charge to inoculate himself against legitimate criticism of his record.  And the media lets him get away with it every time.

And so does Bush.  Maybe the vaunted Rove machine that the Democrats are always touting is just keeping its powder dry, but I’m beginning to have doubts.  Do they realize how much the Democrats hate George Bush?  Do they realize that the most important thing to them is his defeat?  Nothing – nothing – else matters to them.  And the media are their faithful lapdogs in this fight.

It is probable that Bush cannot do much to sway the media, but he can use the bully pulpit.  He can ignore the carpers on the one side who always want to talk a Fallujah away when guns are the answer, and then he can defend that action in public.  Trust in the common sense of the American people – a sense rarely seen in the media.  For that is the problem.  The President should not make his case to the media but to the people.  Trust them and let them judge.  I believe Americans are fair and open-minded and that Bush possesses a trump card the media does not – trust.  But that trust is being eroded by the media in daily, haranguing, vicious, partisan sniping.  And it seems to be having an effect.  The Administration speaks not, but Bush cannot afford to have these charges go unanswered.  In the vacuum of silence, the carping media sets the agenda and shapes the perceptions. Yet it almost seems that the Administration is unwilling to bet the pot on the American people.  That’s wrong and too cautious by half.

A lot is at stake.  This much everyone agrees on.  But I believe that John Kerry is unfit for the office of the presidency.  I’ve been watching him for years.  He is a vacillating, opportunistic, empty suit.  He has married for money twice, has spent his life pretending he is better than his fellow man.  His record in the Senate is distinguished only by his lack of accomplishment and his pattern of voting against the interests of his country especially on defense matters.  He’s defended by liberals only because they’re stuck with him – not one of them marked him as their first choice.  He is a droning, pedantic, bore who makes Gore look interesting.  And if it were 1996, none of that would matter. 

But it’s 2004.  The stakes are high.  Terrorists still target the US, and they want the big strike.  Nothing less than exceeding 9/11 will do.  Kerry, who will seek the approval of our ‘allies” – France and Germany – before he’s willing to defend his own country, will talk his way into doing precisely nothing.  And a dirty nuclear bomb will go off in a major American city.  Perhaps Boston, which is my home as it is his.  I’m not afraid for myself – but I will be damned before I sacrifice my son on the altar of John Kerry’s presidential ambitions.

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June 22, 2004 at 11:20 pm

Straw, Grasp

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The Kerry campaign remains mired in the past.  Apart from a fixation of Vietnam which is almost fetishistic, now we have Watergate. It almost beggars belief, but here it is at the DNC:

The DNC is now putting the Watergate cabinet to a more symbolically useful task. At a press conference today, DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe said that that cabinet would be used to house documents on what he called Bush’s “Dirty Dozen”–the 12 investigations currently underway involving Bush’s administration. These investigations range from Halliburton no-bid contracts to finding out who outed CIA operative Valeris [sic] Plame.

So the very cabinet targeted by the Plumbers is now holding ‘dirt’ on Bush.  Dirty tricks, get it? A fairly lame attempt at symbolism, but hey, one can’t expect much better from folks whose ideas calcified somewhere around three decades ago.

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June 19, 2004 at 5:15 pm

What I Learned in Summer School

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Living in Boston, I have a few ideas on the impending Democratic National Convention.  But though we conservatives here are few, it also turns out we have no idea how to welcome conventioneers to our city.  I mean, most of us are planning to leave town to avoid the whole thing.

But not these folks.  They’re more concerned that everyone get the welcome mat out in just the right way: 

Before GOP convention begins Aug. 30, veteran activists will train protesters in street tactics, legal issues, public relations and first aid in an effort they say is the largest of its kind. The aim: to create a force of well-schooled demonstrators who will carry out safe and organized protests instead of riots that obscure their message.

Yeah, riots would be bad.  People might misunderstand and think you’re “loopy.”

So instead, it’s important to get the basics down, and start at the beginning:

The four-hour class begins with protest history, from the Boston Tea Party …

and keep the really important things in mind like:

… treetop protests against logging.

It’s also important to know how to handle the “inevitable:”

Lawyers, law students and volunteers are teaching protesters about their rights and the legal process before, during and after a typical protest arrest. They learn, for instance, that they don’t have to answer questions.

That’s good for the answers would no doubt be embarrassing as people learn that protest groups seek American defeat in Iraq, support dictators and terrorists, would have the nation unilaterally disarm, and would give terrorists free run of the country.  No, better to keep quiet on that one.

Protesters-in-training also take medical classes, and learn how to treat activists who are injured or dehydrated.

Among the tips: carry cloth soaked in apple cider vinegar to help soothe eyes and skin stinging from pepper spray; don’t wear contact lenses, which can trap chemical spray; wear goggles to protect against rubber bullets.

Because Lord knows we don’t want the people holding the convention to:

have images coming out of New York City that make them [the Republicans] look like the reasonable ones, like they’re about responsibility and law and order and creating a safe society, and that the left was unreasonable and violent

No, nothing unreasonable about planning to stymie democracy and a city at the same time.

In seriousness, I have to wonder, what’s the point?  Kerry will be nominated in Boston in July, and Bush in New York in August.  Neither my leaving town, nor the aging professional protesters will alter that one whit.  The real protest comes in November – at the ballot box.  That’s what the Boston Tea Party was about – the right of a free people to vote and have a say in their own destiny.  The would-be protesters in NYC want to take that right away from people with whom they disagree.  Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t see these protests as an expression of free speech – I see them as infantile acting out.  And the protesters appear to agree:

And, of course, adult diapers can provide relief during a long sit-in or jailing.

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June 15, 2004 at 3:36 pm

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