Saturday, October 09, 2004

Rambling around the Blogosphere

**Got this link from Michelle Malkin. Bill Whittle of Eject!Eject!Eject! wrote a long, but very good article that is well worth the read.

**Want to help the children of Beslan, Russia? Here's a link.

**From Jonah Goldberg. Another must read.

**Tell the truth: who would you prefer to be First Lady? Remember, the word is "lady". Link thanks to the Talkmaster Neal Boortz.

**A few bloggers have been talking about bumper-sticker madness. That's where cars displaying Bush bumper-stickers are being keyed. Beth at She Who Will Be Obeyed! told of her own experience. I don't display any stickers on my car. If I do have one, it's taped so that I can remove it without leaving sticky, gooey residue. Bumper-sticker madness is just one of the reasons. And it pains me that I feel I can't display my support without fear of someone retaliating against me. It's so juvenile. Is this the mind-set of our country today? I don't like your opinion so I'll show you by keying your car, or cutting you off in traffic or flipping you off or something else. I wrote a day or so ago about groups of people storming Bush campaign offices. It's just another form of bumper-sticker madness. Yes, it's worse than being cut off in traffic, but both acts inspire fear. It's a bullying tactic. And shame on those who behave that way. I have a hard time believing that rational, adult, logical thinking people are behind these acts.

Oh...wait...they're probably Democrats. Well, that 'splains it all.

** This is what my ballot will look like. Think anyone will have problems with it?

I didn't watch the debate, but I will be going over the transcript. If you didn't see it, but want to know what was said instead of depending on what other people say was said, you can find it here.
The Debate

I didn't watch the debate last week or last night and I don't intend to watch them next week. Well, I can't. I have a class that night. Hopefully, it will be the beginning of a new career; we'll see about that. But, I digress.

Part of the problem is that I have a short attention span for political rhetoric. Neither are saying anything they haven't said before, and won't say again. Well, maybe Kerry will. He will probably come before a crowd who wants to hear him say something...and he'll oblige by saying whatever he thinks they want to hear.

Both parties are guilty of exaggeration and hyperbole. Both parties downplay what they don't want the voter to think about. Both parties keep pounding on points that we are well aware of. I hate hearing "my opponent will...." and it's something negative. I'm a positive person. I don't want to hear negatives. I also don't want to hear what Kerry has to say about anything.

Who won the debate? As I said, I didn't see it. Who cares who won? The people who watched for the most part already know who they will vote for. People who watch debates are interested in this sort of thing.

I am much more interested in what the candidate has done for the last few years. In Bush's case, what he's done in the last four years; in Kerry's, what he's done for the last 20 years.

Bush came into the White House with a recession inherited from the previous administration and nine months later was handed the worse attack on American soil ever. It crippled the aviation industry and all industries attached to it. I heard something in the vicinity of one million jobs were lost. The economy suffered greatly. Wall Street was closed for a week or so. We, as a nation, were in bad shape.

Tax cuts were instituted to put money into the economy. I don't know about you, but when I have extra money, I don't bury it in a mason jar in the backyard. I don't put it under the mattress. It either goes into the bank or I spend it. The bank doesn't put a sticky note on it that says it can't be used until I come and redeem it. It goes out to other people. If I spend that money instead of putting it in the bank, it goes into the economy. This is a good thing! In either case, it goes into the economy.

Mr Bush spent a lot of time in the weeks after 9/11 in New York. The people of NY needed to see him. When we are hurting, we look to someone to make the hurt go away. Children look to their parents. Spouses look to each other. Citizens of a country look to their leaders. The president took us into Afghanistan, and today, three years later this nation is free of the Taliban. Today, three years later they are voting on who will be their leader. Men, women, children are free to live their lives, to prosper as they want. We went into Iraq 18 months ago. Today, the Iraqi people are free. More people have electricity and running water than under Saddam. After coalition forces took Baghdad, people opened businesses. They want to run their own lives. They will be having elections in just a few months. They went from a dictatorship to freedom to voting in less than 24 months.

No one ever really wants to go to war. I know that I abhor war. But sometimes you have to do what's right, whether you want to or not. Whether it's popular or not.

Mr. Kerry served in Vietnam. He told people that one day he wanted to be the POTUS. He won medals and ribbons while in Vietnam. All well and good. I will not denegrate his service. He left the Navy and spend some time protesting against the war. I will not denegrate these actions. He had the right to express his opinion. He then spent time as a prosecuting attorney and then as Lt. Governor of Massachusettes. He spent the last 20 years as the junior senator from Massachusettes. Here is where he should have made his mark. He should have introduced legislation that would make his name. What legislation did he introduce? Co-sponsor? I know that he voted at least 98 times (some say it's more like 350 times) to increase taxes and to cut spending on the military. I know that he missed a lot of Senate votes in just the last few years. He didn't attend something like 75% of the Intelligence committe meetings. It's been said that he attended the closed door meetings. It can't be proven because attendance at closed door meetings isn't tracked. I work in an environment that says if it isn't documented, it didn't happen. So, as far as I'm concerned, he didn't attend these meetings because there is no proof he was there. I didn't even know who Kerry was until the primaries started because he had no name recognition for me. If there's no name recognition, you must not have done anything to be recognized.

Kerry wants to bring our "allies" together to solve problems. That's problem solving by committee. What committee could he be thinking of? My guess is the UN. And when have they ever solved anything except how to line their own pockets? Remember the Oil for Food program? We'll be hearing more about this, unless Kerry wins. Then it will be buried and we'll never hear of it again.

Bush isn't perfect, not by a long shot. But he's proven to me that he's the better candidate. He sees a problem, finds a answer, and deals with the problem. As far as I can see, Kerry sees the problem, talks about it, talks about it some more, and lets someone else deal with it.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

The Draft

The Democrats have been screaming that if re-elected, the Bush Administration will re-institute the draft. Not only that, but that is it already happening.

1. Do you personally know anyone who has received anything resembling a draft notice? I'm not talking about reservists who are supposedly being retained in the Reserve past their commitment period. I'm talking draft of young people currently not in the military.

2. The White House, the Pentagon, and the Selective Service all state there is no draft, and no intention of starting it.

3. The only people talking about starting a draft are Democrats. A bill has been introduced into Congress by Charles Rangle of NY and Fritz Hollings of South Carolina, who are both (gasp!).....Democrats! The Democrats are also saying that the Senate is scared to act on it. It was voted on in the House on Tuesday - defeated 402-2. I think we can put this one to rest.

It's a scare tactic, people. It's being put out there by the Democrats to scare votes away from Bush to Kerry. And I think it's deplorable. It ranks right up there with the reports of groups storming Bush campaign offices and terrorizing (yes, I use that word intentionally and specifically) the campaign workers. Not only terrorizing them, but in at least one case causing injury. People, that injury amounts to assault and battery. The act of storming the campaign offices amounts to assault because it caused the people in the offices to be in fear.

Definition: Terrorize: to fill with terror or anxiety

Definition: Assault: a threat or attempt to inflict offensive physical contact or bodily harm on a person (as by lifting a fist in a threatening manner) that puts the person in immediate danger of or in apprehension of such harm or contact.

Battery: an offensive touching or use of force on a person without the person's consent.

If it were me or mine injured, and the thug (and I use that word intentionally and specifically as well), who caused the injury could be identified, I'd press charges both criminally and civilly. And not only against the thug, but all the other thugs involved, up to and including any union and Democratic party members who can be identified as being a part of the assault.

Definition: thug: a brutal ruffian or assassin.

I challenge local, state, and Federal authorities to investigate and charge everyone involved. State and Federal authorities need to look into election and civil rights violations and local authorites should be investigating the assault and battery, along with any other crimes that were committed.

Shame on whoever is spreading these vile lies. And shame on those who were involved with the storming of campaign headquarters. I don't have the words to describe just how vile and despicable such an act is. It makes no difference who the candidate was, wrong is wrong. This shows an extreme lack of character.

And once again, it is about character.

Says it all

That's why I like Bush. He doesn't over-think it. He wakes up every morning, jumps out of bed, lands on his two feet, scratches his balls, and says, "Let's kill some f@#@$ing terrorists!" -

Dennis Miller

My sidebar is back! I noticed on Saturday, after I had posted something or another, that my sidebar wasn't completely loading. I thought maybe I had done something when I had updated the sidebar. So, I re-loaded the sidebar from a copy I have saved, but it didn't make a difference. Okay, I thought maybe something was wrong with my browser, computer, something!

On Sunday, I had the same problem, so I sent an email to Blogger about it. No answer except that they had received my question and I should check the FAQ's etc. Big help. So on Monday, I checked from work to see if it was a problem with the browser or computer (didn't think so, but wanted to cover as many bases as I could with my limited knowledge of the technical end of computing). Nope. wouldn't load the page there either. By this time I was totally frustrated and began looking for another place to blog. Found one, may or may not move over. More problems like this and I'll be looking for a new Corner for sure. I did move some of my sidebar over so that I can at least visit my favorite blogs and such when I have these problems.

Anyway. My sidebar is back for whatever reason. All is well in My Little Corner of the World.

UPDATE: It's gone, it's back, it's gone, it's back! I'm so confused ::wimper::
Okay...(deep breath) I think I'm okay now.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Wicktory Wednesday

This is the day set aside by the Blogs for Bush universe to ask you to join us in supporting President Bush for re-election.

I don't agree with everything President Bush has done over the last four years, but I can't find anything that Senator Kerry will do any better.

Nearly all aspects of the economy are up to pre-September 11 levels. The tax cuts put more money into your wallets and then into the economy. Inflation, interest rates, and inflation are all low. Home ownership is up. Retail is up, construction is up and not just because of the hurricanes in Florida.

The United States freed over 25 million people in Iraq and Afghanistan. Are things better there? Some say no. I say yes: they are free to live their lives as human beings, own businesses, send their sons and daughters to school, and speak out without fear. Women can walk the streets without fear of being kidnapped and raped. Men no longer have to fear being put into shredding machines or having their tongues cut out for saying no to Saddam or his sons. More people have electricity and running water than when Saddam was in power.The UN gave Saddam over twelve years to prove he had destroyed his WMD's. He refused. UN resolutions did no good because the UN didn't want to take action. Don't forget the Oil for Food program and the recent revelations about who was getting payoffs and who in the UN might have profited.

We did not go into this war on terror on a whim. Remember September 11? The war was brought to us. We did not go into this war alone. We have Britain, Australia, Poland and a number of other countries with us.

President Bush is a man of honor, integrity, and faith. He has a moral clarity and does what he thinks is right. He doesn't need polls or permission of the rest of the world to do what is right. He sees it and does it.

Because of election laws, you can't donate money, but you can donate your time.

And, most importantly, don't forget to vote!