9.3.04 @ 12:01AM
Re: The Washington Prowler’s One Last Smear:
All this liberal blather about Bush and the National Guard is
nonsense. For one thing, since when is it a disgrace to serve in
the National Guard? Service in the Guard certainly is no guarantee
that one will avoid combat. National Guard units now serve in Iraq.
Bush had no control over the Texas Air National Guard, and had it
been ordered to Vietnam he certainly would have deployed with it.
Our political leadership in those days, Democrat Lyndon Johnson and
RINO Robert McNamara, insisted on so micromanaging the war that
North Vietnam with the aid of the Soviet Union had time to
construct the world’s most effective air defense system, one which
resulted in the deaths of large numbers of American airmen, and the
incarceration of more than 500 others in the Hanoi Hilton, where
they were privileged to endure the slimy accusations of such as
John Kerry. If the Texas Air National Guard had gone to Vietnam,
our President might well have been among them.
— John G. Hubbell
Someone might ought to check out just why Mr. Ben Barnes left Texas
politics. At one time he was a BIG shinning Star in Austin. All of
a sudden his “Star Stock Value” dropped to the bottom. His file is
not perfect. At one time he was on track to run for Governor of the
Great State of Texas. Granny Annie should have a good memory of Mr.
— Patty Clark
resident of Texas /Henderson/Longview area.
P.S. What G.W Bush and or John Kerry did before they were dry behind the ears is of little value. What their life has been since they really got grown is where the real picture is. I have raised 3 sons, and none of them had sense to pour liquid pi— out of a boot, without directions on the heel (and you had to tell them where the directions were), until they were past the age of 30.
Should be no surprise that Rather will push the Barnes crap. He’s
never been anything other than the Liberal that Bernie Goldberg
— Fred Edwards
FREE AT LAST
Re: Shawn Macomber’s Jailhouse Reds:
Way to go Shawn! You’re a Made Man!
— Paul Doolittle
Glad to hear he’s out of the klink! But I have to ask, amongst the
beads and channel crystals, how many Republican converts did Shawn
get for us?
— John McGinnis
Is this something we can shout back at the brain-dead shouting ,
“Free Mumia”? Oh wait, Shawn’s out… Still, it’ll be a good reply
to the Mumiaists. Confuse them even more…
— Gene Smith
Contoocook, New Hampshire
(Glad to see my NH Homeboy is out the clutches of The Man!!!)
Re: John Tabin’s Zellotry:
I must admit that, at first, I was a little disappointed in John
Tabin’s commentary on Zell Miller’s incredible oratory performance
at Wednesday night’s RNC. But then again, anyone who heard and saw
the honorable Democrat Senator from Georgia knows that the caning
he administered to his political party, and especially to John
Kerry and Teddy Kennedy, spoke greater volumes than anyone could
possibly muster. Even better than his excellent book “A National
Party No Longer,” Senator Miller’s speech had me cheering at the
top of my lungs in my family room. I do hope that, after President
Bush wins reelection this Fall, he finds a place in his
administration for a distinguished gentleman of the caliber of Zell
Miller. I certainly would.
— Jim Bjaloncik
In the midst of all the brouhaha over Zell Miller’s address before the RNC by his fellow Democrats, there is one fact that I have not heard mentioned, and that is: The reason Zell Miller wound up a Senator from Georgia in the first place is that our Republican Senator, Paul Coverdell, died while in office, and our Democratic Governor, Roy Barnes APPOINTED Miller to the position.
We citizens of Georgia subsequently did elect him to that
position —as well as ousting Democratic “Mad” Max Cleland and
replacing him with Republican Saxby Chambliss — and we also
unseated that Democratic Governor in favor of our first Republican
Governor since Reconstruction, Sonny Perdue. Gosh, I love
— Cathy Thorpe
Re: Reid Collins’s Shock and Awe-Shucks:
I just wanted to let you know about a factual mistake in this article. The South Korean gymnast’s name, Yang Tae Young, was written in the standard Korean style of family name (Yang) and then given name (Tae Young). If the media had followed the “international styling” of “Yang Tae-young,” this would have been obvious.
By the way, I would like to think that the reason Hamm didn’t feel compelled to return the gold was that the videotape also showed that the judges made another scoring mistake in addition to the routine start value. The penalty of 0.2 points could have left Yang worse off than his official final score. (Check out this link.)
In Korea, the media seem to be blaming this issue on Korea’s
weak “sports diplomacy.” I think the truth lies more in the fact
that the Korean gymnastics team leaders didn’t follow the rules and
immediately file a protest on the starting score, the ONLY score
that can be challenged. Incidentally, the only pictures they keep
showing on TV are of Yang’s dismount from the parallel bars and
Hamm’s fall on the vault.
Regarding Paul Hamm’s medal and the whining Koreans. Why is it that they are harping on the “lost tenth” of a point for the difficulty value, but they and the media totally ignore the fact that the Korean would have gained a tenth for difficulty, but lost a tenth because the gymnast stalled 4 times instead of three during his routine. Seems to me that +.10 and - .10 = 0.00, so how does that guy “win”?
I also wonder if the games will keep going if any one country, the U.S. included, became so dominate that it was rare if any other country won.
Yes, I cheer when the USA wins, but it would lose a lot if they
I can’t get too upset with America touting the medal its athletes
earned in Athens. Perhaps the headline was a bit jingoistic but so
what? All winners work hard in their field of endeavor. The
granting of medals in the case of the athletes is simple
recognition of their accomplishments. I notice Mr. Collins’s name
was at the bottom of his essay, as is mine here.
— Jack Meyer
Havelock, North Carolina
WE’RE ALL ARNIES NOW
Re: George Neumayr’s Arnie’s Party:
Without a doubt, the most cogent quotation I have read in the
past several years is Mr. Neumayr’s “Schwarzenegger’s speech was
about a foreigner who dreamed of running America; the Democratic
convention speeches were about Americans who dreamed of foreigners
running America.” In my frustration, I have totally abandoned any
and all efforts to reason with my liberal friends and workplace
associates. The only question I ask them is this one: Can you
briefly and succinctly explain to me how a senator who has voted
against every program of advanced weaponry in the last 20 years,
voted to defund (in part) the CIA, and voted for every increase in
taxation in Congress is going to make a “stronger” America? This
question miraculously discontinues the conversation, sometimes with
hostility, sometimes with resignation on the part of the
— Joseph Baum
Newton Falls, Ohio
Mr. Neumayr’s critique on the devolution of our two major political parties is on point, but if you really want to see the future face of politics in America, you need only look northward to our friends in Canada where the Tory (conservative) Party’s appeal has been reduced to merely being more efficient managers of the socialist state than the Liberal Party.
If you believe as I do that political parties in a democracy is
merely a reflection of the wants and desires of the people to be
governed, then I’m afraid more socialism and government programs
are on the menu, or at least until the baby boom generation becomes
less dominate in our society.
— Jerome J. Brick
You might find Gertrude Himmelfarb’s article on politics and the
culture war of interest. It is in the Spring 04’ Public
Interest (online for free).
— Marc Epstein
Re: John Tabin’s A False Sense of Security:
I commute daily from Bayside, Queens to Linden, NJ, and back via
the Long Island Railroad and New Jersey Transit. Although there is
virtually no police presence on the LIRR, every NJ Transit train
I’ve been on so far this week has been boarded and inspected by NJ
Transit police and NJ state troopers, not only in Newark but in
Secaucus and Penn Station NY. Granted, they do not physically
inspect bags, but they do make sure that every bag has an owner in
close proximity to it.
— Rich Meade
Is anyone else out there on tenterhooks waiting for Attorney
General Spitzer to follow through with his warning and begin
rounding up those Republicans who dare mention 9/11 at their
— Mike Haire
THREE WEEK SQUEAKS
Re: The Washington Prowler’s Kerry Shifts:
It never ceases to amuse me, the spinning of the Kerry camp.
It’s amazing that they haven’t drilled themselves in the ground by
now, but today they say that “Bush has had three good weeks, we had
three good months,” and “our guy wins the comparison” game. Perhaps
they should note that their “three good months” and The President’s
three awful ones earned them a flatfooted tie, while the
President’s “three good weeks” show him pulling ahead rather
strongly. Haven’t they noticed yet that the more Kerry talks, the
more ground he loses?
— Warren Mowry
Uncontrolled appearances by Kerry have become only slightly more
common than sightings of the great auk, he is busy mounting the
heads of his hapless handlers on pikes as a new platoon of campaign
mamelukes report for martyrdom, and his well-meaning supporters in
the streets of New York have made it crystal clear why his party’s
symbol is an ass. Unless Bush declares for cannibalism, it’s
difficult to see how Kerry can recapture momentum (if he ever truly
— David Carter
So, “Pusillanimous” Kerry has hired “Lefty” Lockhart to fight his Swiftboat battles. Like you, I fail to see the tactical brilliance in this one.
If the voters have any recall of who “Lefty” is, it would be of the shabbily dressed, flat-nosed bully who repeatedly lied for his lying boss, Bill Clinton. “Lefty” carried Bill’s water well: He helped to prevent the wheels of justice from turning Bill out office.
“Lefty” has proven he can keep someone in the White House. But can he get someone there?
(And we’ve been told Kerry is the candidate with the nuanced
— Mrs. John B. Jackson III (Janet)
Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan
Speaking of Howdy Doody, where is John Edwards? I thought he was the human face on the Easter Island senator’s presidential campaign? I see occasional references as to his latest appearances, but no mention of what he said.
He must be in training for the office of Vice President. Show up
“somewhere,” shake hands, eat rubber chicken and have his picture
taken with the state representative from East Tunafish. It’s also
possible that he is purposely being kept in the shadows because it
wouldn’t take much to look better than Kerry at this point.
— Jay Ciastko
Re: Jay N. Homnick’s If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fixate:
They maybe obsessive but I don’t know if that is the point.
If I was given the chance to interview both candidates I think I
apply some job interview techniques:
1) What are the significant accomplishments of your last 5 years?
2) Sir, you are qualified, but why do you want this job?
I would suspect Bush may have an answer. Kerry I am afraid may
look like a deer frozen in the headlights.
— John McGinnis
Obsession is a persistent disturbing preoccupation with an often unreasonable idea or feeling.
So, respectfully, perhaps it’s the present unhinged and imbalanced character of the Dems, fueled by their hatred for Mr. Bush and anything associated with or of him-and their self-induced craziness about not being in power and lusting for the return to it-that will wreck their train.
Perhaps, too, it was always unreasonable for them to think they could win. They see that, particularly now that they have only Not Bush and Not Cheney candidates and no articulated vision for America — and this maddens them.
Whatever, is it possible the train jumped the tracks a while ago and the engineer up front doesn’t know it yet?
Or could Mr. Kerry’s dealings with the North Vietnamese in Paris, while he was still a Naval Reserve officer and while the war in Vietnam was ongoing, be the final defect that drives the train over the hill?
Or will that happen when his Congressional career is exposed for
what it is?
— C. Kenna Amos Jr.
Princeton, West Virginia
Re: Brandon Crocker’s Mentally Unfit for Command:
Thank you, Mr. Brandon Crocker, for a very speculative (and very
accurate) analysis of the basis of J “F-ing” K’s maladies. For a
long, long, time, I’ve thought (and agreed with others) that
illiberalism itself is a mental disorder; and that the Democrat
Party is a snake pit of insanity.
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