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Western, though not necessarily American, reporters ask Russian president Vladimir Putin on Monday why he hasn’t invited Chechen rebels to the Kremlin for a meeting on their disputes with Russia in the wake of the massacre last week. Putin’s answer was perfect.
“Why don’t you have a meeting with bin Laden? Invite him to the White House? Can you imagine if people who shoot children in the head ever came to power anywhere in the world?”
The question was such a classic example of liberal ignorance. We negotiated with al Sadr, and now we’re fighting him again.
When will stop relearning this lesson? How many innocents have to die before we stop negotiating with evil and start elminating it?
Update: I see Dean’s World caught this, too. I did not realize that some fellow conservatives are upset with Putin’s response. I think they are likely just against Putin in general. Too bad. He’s got the righ attitude.
Take that title to mean what you will, no one writes of politics more beautifully than does Peggy Noonan. She is is difficult to read, like some poets. Her writing makes me want to meet her. Her view of the world a beautiful one, even when she’s describing horribly, ugly things she sees.
I feel guilty when I read her columns. Of all the stimulae she could focus on, she focuses on the best things all the time. Perhaps that’s why she’s not more famous, more loved, more treasured than she is: some writers make us think, “I wish I’d said that,” but Ms. Noonan makes us think, “I wish I’d felt that.”
Ms. Noonas has taken a 3 month break from column writing in order to help the Republican Party. Her reasons for doing so, though a month old, are worth reading.
If his irrational rants hadn’t been bad enough, now Kerry wishes to bring deadly weapons to his debates with George Bush. Imagine the liberal outcry were a conservative to say this:
In West Virginia, Cecil Roberts, president of the United Mine Workers of America, gave Kerry a rifle as a gift. Kerry, a self-described gun-owner and hunter, quipped: “I thank you for the gift, but I can’t take it to the debate with me.”
The National Review Online has this excellent, anonymous piece by a self-described disgruntled Democrat who attempts to explain why Zell Miller is so angry. It’s great reading, because I remember my dad, a lifelong Democrat, becoming angry in 1972 and voting for Nixon. He went back (I think) the Democrats in 1976, but four years of Jimmy Carter has made him a permament Republican.
Bottom line is this: Democrats will sell out their country to win an election. Their liberal base considers selling out America a moral necessity.
In 16 months of war, 1,000 brave Americans have given their lives so that filthy, vile creatures could travel to New York to spit, bleed, and deficate on Republicans. During that same period it is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and other organizations, that
1,250 college-age men and women between 18 and 24 years of age died by suicide.
53,000 Americans were killed in highway accidents.
About 700 of 250,000 service men and women would have died during the same period without the war. (Soldiering is a dangerous business.)
Not one act of radical Islamic terrorism has been successfully conducted on American soil.
Not one building in America has been destroyed by terrorists
Those 1,000 men and women who, we are told, are learning that Heaven’s streets are guarded by United States Marines, are heroes. I have no doubt that they are met personally by Lincoln, Washington, the Roosevelts (Franklin and Theodore–not Eleanore), and, of course, Reagan who may well have been their commander-in-chief when they first took the oath.
One thousand families cry out to themselves in silent anguish, showing the world only the image of their hero’s resolve and stoic determination to see the fight through.
One thousand lives cut short that others might live long.
One thousand reasons why Memorial Day should be about people, not furniture.
One thousand faces that will live, now, only in photographs and memories.
One thousand flags, neatly folded and ceremoniously delivered to the next of kin on behalf of a grateful nation.
One thousand more reasons to see this battle’s final victory, just in case freedom, justice, and peace weren’t enough.
Tonight, one thousand prayers of thanks. God bless them all.
With the American military death toll since the beginning of the war in Iraq at 999, expectant news agencies have launched the “Million for A Thousand” reward program. CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, AP, Reuters and the BBC are jointly sponsoring the program, which will pay $1,000,000 (US) to the Iraqi or foreign terrorist who kills the 1,000th American.
“This will be such a windfall for both news circulation [or viewership] and for the Kerry campaign that we all thought the person who delivers the story, so to speak, should share in the reward,” said a CNN spokesman on condition of anonymity. “We’re hoping that the 1,000th death comes before Kerry slips any further in the polls, or it may not help.”
The White House said that plans are in place to take out the last of the insurgents before another American is killed.
“The only way to describe Americans who pay to have American soldiers killed is ‘traitors,’” said Vice President Cheney campaigning in Ohio.
Turns out the President was a pretty good pilot, particularly in the classroom. This is from MSNBC:
The records also indicate that Bush made good grades, scoring an 88 on total airmanship and earning perfect 100s for flying without navigational instruments, operating a T-38 System and studying applied aerodynamics. Other scores ranged from 89 in flight planning to 98 in aviation physiology.
The new records are consistent with the President’s long-standing assertion that he trained regularly until 1972 when transfered to Alabama to work on a Senate campaign. If Michael Moore cared about accuracy, he’d have to swallow some crow.
Then again, Michael Moore, I’m sure, would be more than happy to swallow crow, pheasant, albatross, or anything else that once flew.
CNN, which downplayed polls by both Newsweek and Time, has announced THE OFFICIAL GEORGE W. BUSH CONVENTION BOUNCE . . . .
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, George Bush’s convention earned him a smaller bounce than Kerry’s.
Interestingly, the 2 point bounce, according to the article on CNN.com, puts Bush at 52% to 45% for Kerry–a seven point lead for Bush. I watch these polls, people, I can tell you that going into the convention, no on had Bush at 50%. That’s why the other two post-convention polls claimed a 12-13 point jump for Bush.
Perhaps CNN did have a poll that put the president up over Kerry 50-47, as they claim. They sat on it. Now, they’re using the awful news (for them) that Bush really does have a lead between seven and eleven points, to make it sound like Bush got a crappy bounce from the convention.
This will come back to haunt them. What goes up, must come down, the Democrats reminded us this week. Responding to news of an 11-point lead and 13-point bounce for Bush, Dem insiders said, “Well, we expect that. But bounces work both ways. He’ll come back down.”
If, however, there was a pre-convention trend toward the president (and there was), Bush’s growing lead–or Kerry’s collapse–is not going to change directions naturally. Something will have to happen, and Kerry throwing hissy fits at midnight won’t do it.
Again, the major media are manipulating the news to help Kerry and to hurt Bush. If that’s what you think the new media should do, you’ll be fine with that. Frankly, I think it’s criminal.
Time and Newsweek polls released yesterday both show President Bush with an 11 point lead over challenger John Kerry. I know this because of www.drudgeport.com. I would never have known it looking at the major media websites.
CNN: Buried on politics page
MSNBC: Buried on politics page
Why do I single out these two? Because CNN and Time own a joint website, as do MSNBC and Newsweek. Basically, CNN and NBC refuse to report the results of their own polls because, like spoiled, petulant children, the polls don’t show what they want them to show.
The editors of these organizations are afraid that reporting Bush’s lead with as much fervor as they announced Kerry’s 2-point lead in July, Bush’s lead will harden. They don’t want this, though, as the men and women who run CNN and MSNBC are Democrats and liberals. They personally hate George Bush and despise the people who vote for him. And they are angry that there are so many of us.
The news of Bush’s lead, though, won’t be secret for long. The blogs will see to that.