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Thursday, September 02, 2004

Kerry's Answer?

According to USA Today, John Kerry's answer to the critics is: "For the past week, they attacked my patriotism and my fitness to serve as commander in chief," Kerry said. "We'll, here's my answer. I'm not going to have my commitment to defend this country questioned by those who refused to serve when they could have and by those who have misled the nation into Iraq."

So anyone who served and who didn't mislead the nation can question his patriotism and fitness? Or, is Kerry saying, "I'm not going to answer any of the questions they've raised."

Waiting for Kerry
posted by Red 7:54 PM

Random Stupidity not mine, silly!

A year or so ago, a local television station featured a "story" on a lost tombstone. I don't recall the name on the tombstone right now, but the Norman, Oklahoma, ("Norman Nobody") police department had found a tombstone and had no clue as to where it belonged; so the station ran a feature by Quin Tran, hoping readers could help. It took me less than a minute on Google to find out the tombstone belonged in a cemetery in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, about a half hour's drive northwest of Oklahoma City.

Tonight, they ran another "lost tombstone" feature. The name on the tombstone was "Guin Stowell Cardon" and the date of death was "1973." Thirty seconds on Google. Another two minutes or so to find a living son-in-law in El Paso, Texas. These people must have been working for Hans Blix. I e-mailed the son-in-law and e-mailed the station twice. The second e-mail to the station just went to "news@kfor.com." When it bounced, I was curious to notice the error message. It gave a 550 error from gatekeeper.kfor.nytimes.com. I had forgotten until then that the New York Times owns this station. It adds up, though, when you think about it. They can't seem to find John Kerry's Navy records....
posted by Red 7:11 PM

Medal Update

Now the United States Navy is challenging John Kerry's medals. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, a Navy spokesman said Kerry's website, which claims a Silver Star with a Combat V is "incorrect." The Navy has never issued a Combat V at any time for the Silver Star. Furthermore, Kerry's claim to four bronze campaign stars cannot be justified either. A campaign star is issued for each military "campaign" undertaken in which the individual participated. Kerry's official service record credits him with two campaigns, not four. Judicial Watch, Larry Klayman's watchdog organization, has called for Kerry to remove questionable citations from his website pending a full and formal investigation by the Navy.

General Thomas Wilkerson, USMC, president of the U.S. Naval Institute was more direct: "It is to your best interest to have your record in good order," Wilkerson told the Sun-Times reporter. "If it is wrong, you are accountable. And if you use it to advance your career, it is even more important.”

Waiting on Kerry. Still waiting on Kerry.
posted by Red 3:20 PM

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

What Kerry Requires

John Kerry has said the President was wrong to "go it alone" in Iraq, and that's why he opposed the war. Yet when the first President Bush, George Herbert Walker Bush, sought Congressional approval to go to war against Saddam Hussein, John Kerry voted against that war. That war had almost universal worldwide support. SDI had invaded Kuwait, a sovereign nation, and ignored United Nations' resolutions. So why did John Kerry vote against that war?

He needs to answer that question. He won't. Or he'll answer it one way in Massachusetts and another way everywhere else. Waiting for Kerry.
posted by Red 10:12 PM

Kerry's Positions

John Kerry clarified his position on Iraq today at the American Legion's annual meeting in Nashville. What is his position? Kerry said, "When it comes to Iraq, it's not that I would have done one thing differently, I would have done almost everything differently." Well, that's clear, isn't it.

No mention was made of Kerry's statements in the 1970s: "We will not quickly join those who march on Veterans Day waving small flags, calling to memory those thousands who died for the 'greater glory of the United States.' ... We will not readily join the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars."

Well, it wasn't easy, right?
posted by Red 7:58 PM

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Two Taboos

We all know the two things you're not supposed to talk about in polite company. No, it's not those two things; it's politics and religion. I don't think I have a religion; I have faith. But I do have political views.

I watched portions of the Democrat Party's convention in Boston when I was visiting in Florida at the end of July and I read news reports. I've watched two nights of the Republican Party's convention from New York this week. I have a few observations.

John Edwards speaks of "two Americas" (he means the poor and disadvanted, like many inner-city residents, and the rich and well-off, kind of like, well, trial lawyers). Tonight as I was watching California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (still a strange thing to type), I realized there are two Americas.

One is the America of people like Schwarzennegger, the America of people who believe in the goodness of America and the opportunities freedom in America allows. The other America is apparently the America of a vast majority of the Democrat Party, the America that is always to blame for ills anywhere, at home or abroad. The America of the Schwarzeneggers is an America that provides people who have determination and perseverence (maybe throw in some steroids) the opportunity to realize their dreams. The America of the Teddy Kennedys and modern Democrats says if you don't have your dreams, it's not your fault--it's the fault of America. The system is against you. It's our fault that the terrorists attacked us. It's our fault that the world hates us (after all, we have so much and they have so little). It is an America with little or no personal responsibility (and correspondingly small accomplishments).

Now I move to the second taboo--religion--if only tangentially to illuminate the first point. After King Ahab of Israel had endured the discipline of God for his idolatry with a three-and-a-half-year drought (blogger doesn't allow "en" dashes, which Chicago Manual of Style would require between "half" and "year"), the Prophet Elijah went to confront him. Ahab cried, "Ah, there you are, you troubler of Israel." He disavowed any personal responsibility. Cain answered God, "Am I my brother's keeper?" (the same kind of "I'm-not-responsible" answer).

Human beings will always shirk responsibility if you give them enough opportunity and enough rationalizations. The Democrat Party of today offers people the excuses they want. Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty," Affirmative action, the Civil Rights Act, and all kinds of other federal legislation should have eliminated the blight of poverty. Yet government programs haven't eliminated poverty, have they? They haven't because the government can't do for you what you refuse to do for yourself. People must be responsible for themselves. Alan Keyes (I gratuitously add, for whom I voted in the last Republican primary) has suggested that the federal government has become another form of slavery and the politicans in power in a certain party are the Master.

Are there two Americas? There are, but they exist only in the minds of those who refuse to see and take advantage of the one American dream the Founders had when they penned the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The other America that John Edwards talks about (remember, this is the guy who claims he made a show of ordering his "traditional" anniversary dinner in Wendy's and actually ate a take-out lunch from the Newburgh, New York, Yacht Club) is the America you get when you refuse to see the blessing of liberty and look only at the demands of liberty and shrink back from those demands.
posted by Red 10:58 PM

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