ARC's 1st Law: As a "progressive" online discussion grows longer, the probability of a nefarious reference to Karl Rove approaches one

Saturday, August 06, 2005


Dateline Left Coast 8:30 AM:

I was just going to get ready to head off for the Strawberry Festival in Watsonville, to be followed by the Scottish Games in Salinas, when I made the mistake of turning on PMSNBC.

They are all so tickled that the President's poll numbers are down.

Well, they have the polls and we have the White House.

When are they going to learn that this president is not poll driven? When are they going to learn that doing what is right is not a popularity contest? When are they going to learn that, unlike some presidents, this one does not wet his finger and hold it up to the wind before doing what needs to be done?

Apparently never.

They do not understand this man at all. They seem just amazed. Morality in their view, judging by their words and demeanor, should change with passing whims.

You can agree or disagree with what we have done in Iraq. There are debatable points there. (I'm a paleo-con on that subject.) But to be so relativist that they expect people to change course based upon polls is really alarming.

As Churchill said, "What sort of people do they think we are?"

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

Man, It's Lonely Out Here...

Dateline Left Coast 8:00 AM PDT:

Having been totally abandoned by Brian and Saint for the last few days, I'll be in therapy for minutes recovering.

Well, it does give me a chance to highlight some of the things I think are really important. To me the troops who have their butts on the line can never have enough said about them. Maybe that is why I kind of liked ole Major Hackett out there in the 2nd CD of Ohio. He has EARNED the right to say whatever he wants, wrongheaded or not.

I was cruising one blog link after another and see there are all sorts of places to find what is going on with the troops. The are blogs for the mothers of Marines, personal blogs of troops, family blogs, you name it. I have mentioned From My Position, which is now the blog of a wounded tank jockey at Walter Reed. Soldiers' Angel is another good one. Holly Aho does podcasts of the work she does for soldiers, does fund raising for things the troops need and want in the field, visits the wounded who have come home and writes eloquently on topics pertinent to the troops.

Each of these blogs has multiple links to other such blogs. Please take a moment and look at some of these very personal stories. These men and women are what the politics we engage in here are all about. These are the men and the women out doing what is needed to effect what our government has decided is essential for our protection. Besides that, Mr. Big himself "suggests" (if you get my meaning) that we all do our part.

Have a great weekend.

And Saint, get back to work!

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

Friday, August 05, 2005

Slow News Day Pt III - How Great Is This?

From The Corner at NRO:

CONVEEENIENTLY [Kathryn Jean Lopez]this it the AP file photo from 2003 of Bob Novak that hit the AP wire when CNN suspended him:

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

Slow News Day - Pt. II - D-day as Reported Today

I trust Saint is done sanitizing the altar and generally dusting up after last night's sacrifices.

As the news is slow, I offer this bit of humor:


Subject: D-day, as reported today

REPORTED BY TODAY'S PRESS:NORMANDY, FRANCE (June 6, 1944)Three hundred French
civilians were killedand thousands more were wounded today in the firsthours of
America's invasion of continental Europe.Casualties were heaviest among women
and children.Most of the French casualties were the result of artillery firefrom
American ships attempting to knock out Germanfortifications prior tothe landing
of hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops.Reports from a makeshift hospital in the
French townof St. Mere Eglise said the carnage was far worse thanthe French had
anticipated, and that reactionagainst the American invasion was running high."We
are dying for no reason,"said a Frenchman speaking on condition of
anonymity."Americans can't even shoot straight.I never thought I'd say this, but
life was better underAdolph Hitler." The invasion also caused
severeenvironmental damage.American troops, tanks, trucks and machinery
destroyedmiles of pristine shoreline and thousands of acres
ofecologically-sensitive wetlands. It was believed that thehabitat of the
spineless French crab was completely wipedout, thus threatening the species with
extinction.A representative of Greenpeace said his organization,which had tried
to stall the invasion for over a year,was appalled at the destruction, but not
surprised."This is just another example of how the militarydestroys the
environment without a second thought,"said Christine Moanmore. "And it's all
aboutcorporate greed." Contacted at his Manhattan condo, amember of the French
government-in-exile who abandonedParis when Hitler invaded, said theinvasion was
based solely on American financial interests."Everyone knows that President
Roosevelt has ties to 'big beer',"said Pierre LeWimp. "Once the German beer
industry is conquered,Roosevelt's beer cronies will controlthe world market and
make a fortune."Administration supporters said America's aggressive actions were
based inpart on the assertions of controversial scientist Albert Einstein, who
senta letter to Roosevelt speculating that the Germans were developing a
secretweapon -- a so-called "atomic bomb." Such a weaponcould produce casualties
on a scale never seen before,and cause environmental damage that could lastfor
thousands of years. Hitler has denied having sucha weapon and international
inspectors were unable to locate suchweapons even after spending two long
weekends in Germany.Shortly after the invasion began, reports surfaced that
German prisonershad been abused by American soldiers. Mistreatment of Jewsby
Germans at their so-called "concentration camps" has been rumored,but so far
this remains unproven. Several thousand Americans diedduring the first hours of
the invasion, and French officials areconcerned that the uncollected corpseswill
pose a public-health risk. "The Americans shouldhave planned for this in
advance," they said. "It's their mess, and we don'tintend to help clean it up."

H/T to my boss, Kevin

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

Slow News Day

Dateline Left Coast 7:30 AM PDT:

Slow news day, thank God. Bolton is in place on the East River. Bob Novak threw a hissy fit on CNN. The Roberts nomination is perking along. There were no mass casualties in Iraq. I have not heard one of those annoying labor paid commercials damning the Governator for a few days. There have been no bombs in London. W is down on the ranch to the usual criticism from the MSM and their partners, the Democrats. In short, not a bad day, but I do miss Jonah over at NRO and his minute by minute blogging on The Corner.

So, this must be the day the New York Times finally said something about Air Americaquiddick, right?

Nope, not a word.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: Monterey John

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Steve Vincent on The Left

Now that Vincent has been taken from us, it might be useful to look back on what he had to say about the Left here in this country.

From In the Red Zone January 2005:

The Left. Hopeless. Shameful. History will record that the U.S. could have saved tremendous loss of life and treasure had we liberated Iraqi with more troops and a proper "after-victory" plan. But the chronicles will also show that America could have saved time, money and--most especially, lives--had the Left contributed its valuable resources to the liberation effort as well. Imagine if feminists, labor leaders, environmentalists, civil rights activists, artists and the media had joined in the struggle instead of sitting on the sidelines--or worse, assisting the fascists? Imagine if the clarion cry of freedom and democracy had arisen from a unified progressive front consisting of conservatives and liberals? Just as we've learned how much succor the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong took from the anti-war protesters of the 1960s, we will someday learn how the parochial, small-minded, narrow-souled opposition to the establishment of democracy in Iraq stiffen the fascist backbone of the "insurgency." But of course, the Michael Moores, Robert Fisks, George Galloways, Ted Kennedys and innumerable Hollywood celebrities and academics of this world will not care--they will always find reporters, voters, fans and tenure committees willing to dull the sting of conscience.

Your Co-Conspirator,

The Ohio Special Election - A Look Back

I was somewhat surprised at some of the commentary about the election yesterday. I listen to Tony Snow in the morning sometimes as a change of pace from Rush, and he was blaming the Republican candidate for the close result. He said she was "squishy" and soft peddled conservatism.

Admittedly what I saw of her was limited. But I have to say my impression was not that of a "squishy" lady. Quite the contrary, she gave the impression of a Nancy Pelosi of the Right. She looked tough enough to me.

To my way of thinking, the election was a unique situation, "perfect storm" as some called it. It was a special election, there are some problems for the Republicans at the state level and the Democrats were fired up and had an attractive candidate. This is a district where the Republicans are overwhelming in their vote, nearly two thirds in normal situation. Apathy on the part of the Republican electorate is to be expected. "Oh heck, she's going to win, I'm going to go to Starbucks for a late' " would be an expected behavior. I think that is what happened. The Democrats turned out their vote and the Republicans did not. So the election was close.

Maybe Snow is right, that the Republican went wobbly, but I think there are more probable explanations for the close result.

And again, a brassy Marine has a certain appeal. We have seen it before when Ollie North laid the Senate low with his conduct during the Iran-Contra hearing back in the 80s. People are drawn to men like Hackett and North.

Whatever the reason, the seat is held and likely safely Republican for a long time to come.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: Monterey John

And the Beat Goes on...Air Americaquiddick

With Saint off scrubbing down the altar at the Conspiracy Headquarters, or whatever, I'll keep beating the drum at least until the Old Gray Lady prints it's first word on the subject. It is still basically a blog story with the exception of the New York Post, The New York Sun and The Washington Times. It is just so deliciously sleazy.

Here is the latest from Powerline:

August 03, 2005
A Deafening Silence on Air
Air America--or Air Scamerica, or Air Enron--is engulfed in scandal.
It now appears clear that the far-left radio network obtained critical funding
by misappropriating money earmarked for poor children and Alzheimer's victims
from the Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club, a nonprofit organization. For the
latest, read Hugh Hewitt's interview of Michelle Malkin on Hugh's show last
night; Radio Blogger (Hugh's
producer, Duane Patterson) has the transcript.
Hugh and Michelle have both
been delving into the scandal. Hugh has tried to contact members of the Gloria
Wise board of directors; all declined to appear on his show, and one said that
all inquiries are being directed to a Manhattan public relations firm. That's
rather curious--where does a nonprofit that is now defunct, having been fleeced
by Air America, get the money to hire an expensive PR firm so its board members
won't have to answer questions? Michelle's new column, which will be out
tomorrow morning and is available
on the web, sums up the facts known so far and wonders why "leaders"
like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have been silent.
Of course, they're not
the only ones. The New York Times has yet to print a single word about the
scandal; when the Times last covered Air America, it was to promote
Al Franken as a Senate candidate
. Normally, one might expect the Times to be
interested in this kind of story. In today's paper, for example, the Times
covers a much
more boring controversy
in which Westchester County's District Attorney is
being pressed to reimburse the county for the expense of after-hours security.
The story is a yawner. The DA has a legitimate argument that she needs 24-hour
security because of her job; there are no falsified reports or conflicting
stories; no one is stealing money from poor children or Alzheimer's victims; and
no one is funding a controversial political and commercial enterprise. Yet the
Times finds the story newsworthy, while ignoring Air Enron, which is also taking
place in its own back yard. Why? Well, maybe because it's because the
Westchester DA is a Republican, Jeanine Pirro, who is interested in higher
office. Or maybe it's because no hard work--like actually carrying out an
investigation--was necessary; all the Times had to do was quote Democratic Party
Or maybe both.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Scrappleface Chimes in on Air Americaquiddick

Air America Hires Dan Rather as Scandal Spokesman
by Scott Ott
(2005-08-03) -- Air
America, the unabashedly liberal radio network plagued by allegations of
high-level fraud
and embezzlement of money meant to benefit children and
Alzheimer's patients, today hired former CBS news anchor Dan Rather as the
public relations 'point man' to serve as a spokesman for the network.
Franken, the former comedian who has become the voice of Air America, said the
veteran CBS newsman brings "the appearance of credibility to an organization
still struggling to establish its own facade of integrity with the
American public."
Mr. Rather said he looks forward to "telling the true
story" about the Air America executive who borrowed $800,000 from a Bronx, New York, agency which
normally helps children and Alzheimer's patients.
"On the surface, I'll grant
you, these charges look bad," said Mr. Rather. "But is there really that much
difference between helping little children and helping the staff of Air America?
And is it really malfeasance to take money intended for people who can't
remember anything, and give it to a liberal radio network?"
Despite his
employment agreement with Air America, Mr. Rather said, "If there has been any
wrongdoing here, I want to break that story."
Network officials said Mr.
Rather's six-figure Air America salary is funded by a loan from a nonprofit
organization that grants wishes to dying children.
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Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: Monterey John

Reuters and the Marine Casualties

From today's Little Green Footballs:
These guys at Reuters are just disgusting... some of the comments over at LGF are right on.

wednesday, august 03, 2005
14 Marines Killed by Roadside Bomb, Reuters is
Bad news from western Iraq, where 14 Marines were killed by a
roadside bomb: Bomb kills 14 U.S.
Marines in Iraq
Reuters takes this opportunity to compliment the
The blast, which highlighted the effectiveness of makeshift bombs
against the most powerful military in the world, was the second major attack
against Marines in the Haditha area in the past three days. On Monday, six
Marines were killed in the town, and a seventh was killed by a car bomb in
nearby Hit.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: Monterey John

Speaking Truth to the French

Ahhh, it seems that some French are tired of the nanny state and the idiocy of French politics.

"The general gloom is based on the idea that nothing can be done and nobody seems to have a solution. In fact our politicians have long played fathers of the nation, protecting their flock and hoping to save we the children from crises. It's praiseworthy and generous. Thank you. But it doesn't prepare us for the harsh realities of life.

"Remember the day after the first petrol shock, when the Dutch took to their bicycles to save petrol while our good president explained to us that we could (and deserved to) set off in our cars for our weekends away.

"Later, when it was necessary, alas, to make redundancies, the compensation was set at 90 per cent, therefore allowing those made redundant to earn yet more without working. Why in that case, make any effort to find a job? In doing this, trying to avoid any difficulties for them, we have turned the French into children.

"The final straw has to be the absurd decision to introduce the 35-hour working week when we were told repeatedly that we could work less and earn more. How on earth in this context can we expect the same French people to accept necessary reforms?"

Mr Lévy concluded that it would take a brave person to introduce the necessary changes, someone who would put his country first. "Is there a politician capable of overcoming their own ambitions in the cause of a certain idea of France?"

In an interview last week at his office on the Champs Elysées, he said his article had received acclaim from across the political spectrum. "I've had a lot of calls from politicians, business leaders, economists and journalists from the Left and Right of the political spectrum who support what I wrote," he said.

"I'm optimistic by nature. One day we will have to wake up, and in the end things will have to change."

I look forward to the day, Maurice... I look forward to the day.

Viva La France!

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Light Blogging for St Wendeler

Note... there will be sporadic blogging from me over the next few days. Have some other committments which are consuming almost every waking moment. Details at 9 (on Sunday)!

However, this is the benefit of a team blog... I'm sure my co-conspirators will be posting their thoughts on the issues of the day.

Speaking of which, the Kossacks are chearing over the loss experienced by Hackett in Ohio. As Monterey John points out, Hackett is the most unlikely democrat, given that he "packs heat," his main ad started off with video of Bush and Hackett saying "I agree with President Bush," and he fails to mention his party affiliation in most or all of his ads. So, yeah... if the Kossacks view this as a victory and an example of how Dems can win, the lesson is that Dems can win by pretending to be pro-gun, pro-military candidates that aren't affiliated with the Democratic party. Hooooah!

I'm sure exit polls and turnout info will provide additional insight... I definitely think that the GOP needs to watch out, but it's unlikely that the Dems will be able to run a campaign similar to Hackett's.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Steven Vincent of In The Red Zone: R.I.P.

Just found out that Steven Vincent, author and blogger, was murdered in Basra..

His last piece was just published on NRO. Be sure to read it and keep Steven's family in your prayers. His courage to travel to Iraq and bring back insight from the front lines in the War On Terror was amazing.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

That was "Interesting" - The Ohio Special Election

The elction tonight in Ohio was close for that district. I understand W carried the district nearly 2-1. The Republican candidate tonight won 52-48.

Before the Dems get all excited, a close look at the election will need to be taken. From my point of view, a veteran who has a softspot for outspoken Marines, the Democrats had a strong candidate. A pro-gun Iraq veteran. Not exactly out of the Nancy Pelosi mold. In a regular election cycle, he would never have survived the primay. The lefties would never have allowed that to happen.

If the Democrats came up with more Hacketts, they might actually stand a chance. Happily, they won't. They are devoted to "the cause" no matter what it costs them. They still believe that all they have to do is convince all those ignorant rubes who keep returning a Republican congress of the error of their ways. It never occurs to them that those voters know exactly what they do.

Thank you Major Hackett for a fun race. While I don't agree with your assesment of the president, or how you said it, I do respect your guts. That sort of candor is refreshing. You had your reasons, and as I said, I have a softspot for outspoken jarheads.

Thank you for your service. Semper Fi!

By the way, please don't run for anything else. One night like this was enough.

***ARC: Brian adds***

Over at dKos there is the following comment:

i hope (none / 0)

i think 2006 might be big, if we run on impeaching george bush and fixing the country at
the same time

by real on Tue Aug 2nd, 2005 at 22:39:52 PDT

I hope too! Oh please! Pretty please?! With sugar on top? With that political campaign plan 2006 will be huge! But for the Republican side of the aisle. Might pick up an additional 5 seats in the Senate.


Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

"quiddick" - NRO appears to have picked up our idea

Well, appears we may have started something here. Cudos to Desert Rat.

From the Corner at NRO this moring.

For everyone rooting against Air America Radio in the delicious story of the finagling of public funds from a children's charity, it's only fair to leave Al Franken out of it. Evan Cohen, the guy who ran the place at the beginning, stiffed Franken for his salary and that of others and was run out of the place on a rail. The whole business is unsavory and sounds like it might have been criminal, but -- as they say in showbiz -- don't blame the talent.

Posted at 12:05 PM

***udpate St Wendeler***
Meanwhile, Oliver Willis posts this insanity:
Wurlitzer In Progress
August 1st, 2005 | 11:35 pm

Why am I never surprised when blogs run by Republican shills pick up the latest nonsense smear set up to hit any institution on the left that might be gaining traction?

He fails to appreciate the irony that he's a paid shill of "media matters" while Glenn Reynolds is a Univ. professor, not a political hack. And also fails to discuss the problems Air America stealing funds from the hands of poor kids and Alzheimer's patients, instead choosing to attack a guy who said "I CONFESS that I haven't paid a lot of attention to the Air America financial scandals. But this roundup of new developments suggests that there may be more to this than I had thought."

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: Monterey John

The Dems: A Serious Political Party (?)

Oh, yeah... [sarcasm] they're a party of ideas alright. [/sarcasm]

The DNC is criticizing Bush for his fitness regimen.

DNC: Bush Should Stop Playing Games with Physical Fitness
Mon Aug 1, 7:21 PM ET
To: National Desk, Education and Political reporter
Contact: Josh Earnest of the Democratic National Committee Staff, 202-863-8148

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The following is a fact sheet released today by the Democratic National Committee:

The White House this weekend announced that President Bush received good news during his annual physical. Doctors pronounced the President to be in "superior" physical condition, which media reports attributed to his rigorous, six day a week exercise routine. While President Bush has made physical fitness a personal priority, his cuts to education funding have forced schools to roll back physical education classes and his Administration's efforts to undermine Title IX sports programs have threatened thousands of women's college sports programs.

"President Bush's has dropped the ball when it comes to fully funding physical education in public schools and women's athletic programs at the college level," said Democratic National Committee spokesman Josh Earnest. "His personal habits indicate that physical fitness is not just fun and games for him. Don't our kids deserve the same opportunities to be physically fit? President Bush should stop running from his responsibility and make sure that all American children have access to physical fitness programs."


Doctors gave President Bush a clean bill of health in his annual checkup this weekend and White House spokesperson Dana Perino proclaimed him to be "in superior health." However, America's youth are not so lucky. While obesity has been declared an epidemic in this country, Bush's education policy is putting children at risk with cuts in physical education and school athletic programs.


Bush Weakened Title IX Rules. The Bush Administration's Education Department quietly issued a new clarification of the regulations interpreting Title IX. The new rules allow colleges to demonstrate that they are satisfying the demand for women's sports with an online survey showing that female students have no unmet sports interests. Even if the non-response rate is high in the survey, non-response is to be interpreted as a lack of interest according to the Education Department. (New York Times, 3/23/05)

NCAA President Says Rules Could "Reverse the Progress Made Over the Last Three Decades." "NCAA President Myles Brand joined in condemning the guidelines, saying they could 'reverse the progress made over the last three decades.' He added his disappointment that officials issued the clarification 'without benefit of public discussion and input.'" (Los Angeles Times, 3/23/05)


The Rate Of Childhood Obesity Has Skyrocketed In Recent Years. The rate of childhood obesity has skyrocketed in recent years, and more than 9 million children over age 6 are now considered overweight. The rapid rise has alarmed public health experts, because overweight children are far more likely to develop health problems. Currently, the U.S. government estimates that 30 percent of the nation's kids are overweight or on their way to being too heavy. Nearly twice as many children and three times as many teens are overweight now compared to two decades ago.

This is the best they have to offer... And this isn't from the wild-eyed Kossacks & DUers... it's the Democratic National Committee. I wonder how much federal aid President Bush receives to go jogging, biking, etc? The problem isn't funding, it's parents willingness to plop their kids down in front of a TV / PS2 so they can do their own thing. Add to this the high-sugar, low-fat crap that we pour down the gullets of our children and you'll quickly find children ballooning left & right.

And with regard to Title IX, if women athletes don't have the desire to respond to a survey about a sport, I think that's a perfect measure for their desire to play that sport.

Michelle Malkin is covering... (as always!)

Also see Protein Wisdom

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

The Internet: It was fun while it lasted

From Drudge:

Mon Aug 01 2005 18:43:18 ET

Washington, D.C.-Senator Norm Coleman today submitted a statement into the Congressional Record denouncing a final report issued by the United Nations' Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) suggesting that the U.N. assume global governance of the Internet. Since its inception and creation in the United States, the U.S. has assumed the historic role of overseeing the Internet's growth and has overseen its development. The U.N. taskforce report suggests that in addition to terminating the U.S.'s leadership role, the authority and functions of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a non-profit organization overseen by the U.S. Department of Commerce, should be transferred as well. Senator Coleman strongly opposes these measures.

Well, I'm sure that the internet under the UN would be just swell. Given the membership of the Council on Human Rights, I wonder who the champions on the Council of the Internet would be. No doubt champions of free speech such as Russia, China, Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Zimbabwe, etc, etc. No doubt sex-ring and pedophilia sites would see significant growth, given the UN's affinity for such activity...

Our friend on the Left are in an unfortunate position on this one... Either they shout for joy as the UN usurps control of the internet from the hyperpower that is the US OR they shriek (hypocritically) in terror at the prospect, recognizing that increased government control over the internet (like increased government control on most human activities) will have drastic consequences. The internet is what it is today because of free market capitalism and the liberty it provides.

See Jeff Goldstein at PW as well

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Monday, August 01, 2005

Mr. Smith was a G-Man

Well, I've contested that the protagonist in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington was an anti-New Dealer, fighting the corrupt political machine that pulled the levers so their contributors could get the big government contracts. Well, it turns out that Jimmy Stewart just happened to be a volunteer for Hoover's G-men, spying on his fellow actors.

From Ace of Spades:

Screen legend JAMES STEWART worked as a secret agent for notorious FBI leader J EDGAR HOOVER, rooting out suspected communists from Hollywood, according to a damning new biography.

Hoover knew the VERTIGO actor was a Right-wing Republican and asked him to work undercover for the FBI in 1947, because Stewart's status as a famous, decorated war hero and officer in the American Army Air Force Reserve Corps made him the perfect choice to help flush out subversives in LA, Stewart's late wife GLORIA HATRICK McLEAN recalled.

And author MICHAEL MUNN's sensational expose, JIMMY STEWART: THE TRUTH BEHIND THE LEGEND claims the star was so keen to assist Hoover, he spied on his closest friends, including CARY GRANT and director FRANK CAPRA, who directed his hit movie IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE.
Best quote:
It's A Wonderful Reference-Riff Update:[...]
- Every time a bell rings, some dirty Commie bastard is getting his kidneys worked over with a telephone book by some thickset FBI guy.

*Sniff*. Brings a tear to the eye, it does.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

And so they fiddled...

After reflecting on a couple of American heroes in my previous two posts, I realized just how angry I am when I see what so many in "the loyal opposition" do while we are at war. While Chuck recovers at Walter Reed and Petty Officer Suh sleeps the eternal sleep, what are people like Senators Durbin, Kennedy et al doing? They are doing everything they can to unhinge the machinery we as a country have put in motion.

My sainted Dad used to say, "On any job, there can be only one boss." In this country we elect that boss. The people spoke over nine months ago. It is way past time for the other pretenders to the job to get onboard and do what they can to help that boss do the job he was elected to do. There will be time enough in the next election cycle for their nonsense.

But that is not what we get. In the middle of putting up the structure the opposition is undermining the foundations. They seem to do this for no better purpose than to pull down the elected leader.

And so, like Nero, while Rome burned, the Democrats fiddle while we fight a war. While Chuck and P.O. Suh put their lives on the line, the Democrats do everything they can to make sure those sacrifices are in vain. And that makes me exceedingly angry.

We have a U.N. ambassador today, no thanks to the Democrats. The president was elected to do a job. He selected a man to help him do what the people elected the president to do. And again the Democrats fiddle. No doubt we will see the same thing at the Supreme Court in coming weeks as the Roberts confirmation goes forward.

And then again, there are men like Chuck and P.O. Suh who just make me burst with pride.

Years ago a fine lawyer asked of Senator McCarthy, "Have you no shame senator? Have you no shame?"

Well, do they? Do they have any shame? It appears not.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

Sometimes you just want to cry... another hero

Will the Left PLEASE just shutup and let these men do their jobs so they can come home, hopefully alive?

The posting below contains some wonderful photgraphs of a very sad occasion. I encourage all to visit this Seals website. This is what it is all about and about just who is "doing the doing."

A Warrior at Rest
I had the privilege to attend the funeral of Petty Officer James E. Suh. As I entered
the gates of Forest Lawn, the LA City Fire Department had positioned a Ladder
Truck on either side of the entrance in order to hang a giant American Flag from
beneath the crossed ladders.When James arrived at LAX from the East Coast two
weeks ago, he was greeted by the LAX Police Honor Guard who carefully placed him
in the waiting hearse. A SEAL Reservist member of the LAXPD arranged this honor
for James, and he told me that the entire airport terminal basically shut down
for an hour while James was reunited with his family. Waiting passengers pressed
their faces against the glass and baggage handlers removed their hats and stood
in silence as this hero was transferred from the aircraft. The LASO and LAPD
SWAT Teams personally escorted the fallen SEAL to the Forest Lawn Mortuary where
he was prepared for burial. LAPD and LAFD officers were well represented at the
funeral itself, and counted at least three Assistant Chiefs of Police in
attendance.The Navy laid on an aircraft for SDV Team ONE members to attend, and
at least 50 Team members made the trip. The Chapel services were very intimate,
and it became immediately apparent that James had a large and very loving
family. James was eulogized by a SEAL Chief, a Petty Officer from SDVT 1, and
his sister Claudia. Claudia demonstrated great courage and warmth as she
recounted her childhood with James and their father. She recalled the moment
when as a big sister she realized her little brother was no longer subject to
her physical domination. She remembered finding herself pinned to the floor with
a large string of spit dangling from a mischievous grin on James’ face. The
Chapel services concluded with a stirring photographic montage set to a
beautiful hymn. The pictorial tribute showed how many lives James had touched,
and in his powerful gaze were a quiet confidence and a charming wry smile.This
was the first funeral with full military honors that I have ever had the
privilege to attend. The gravesite was flanked on each side by the family and
members of the LAPD and LAFD. At James’ head was the Navy Honor Guard and at his
feet SDV Team ONE.Everyone
in uniform saluted as James’ flag draped coffin was carried by six of his
comrades to the grave led by Admiral Maguire and the Chaplain. The Honor Guard
flawlessly performed three volleys of seven rounds from their M-14s as two LAPD
helicopters flew overhead informing everyone within earshot that a hero was
being laid to rest nearby and to take heed.The
flag was carefully folded ensuring that every crease was smoothed and every fold
crisp. It was received by Admiral Maguire who personally presented it to James’
father on behalf of a grateful nation.Just as at the Memorial in Hawaii I was
struck by a truly unique SEAL tradition that I hadn’t expected to see. Upon the
dismissal of the assembly by the funeral director, the men of SDV Team ONE
solemnly formed a single file and approached James’ immaculate wood coffin. One
by one, each man removed his Trident from the breast of his uniform and pounded
it into the gleaming wooden lid of his coffin. Dozens of golden Tridents were
left shimmering in the sun to accompany James on his journey…forever.
Navy HymnEternal Father, strong to save,Whose arm hath bound the
restless wave,Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deepIts own appointed limits keep;Oh,
hear us when we cry to Thee,For those in peril on the sea.Eternal Father,
faithful friend,Be quick to answer those we sendIn brotherhood and urgent
trustOn hidden missions dangerous;Oh, hear us when we cry to TheeFor SEALs in
air on land and sea.

Your Co-Conspirator,

Rather finally admits the problem, only he doesn't see it as a problem...

H/T to the good Captain, Rather has a recent statement on the Memo fiasco and how its really no big deal because they only have an obligation to report something that "smells dangerous":

The press is a watchdog. Not an attack dog. Not a lapdog. A watchdog. Now, a watchdog can't be right all the time. He doesn't bark only when he sees or smells something that's dangerous. A good watchdog barks at things that are suspicious.
Now correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't you get rid of a watchdog that barks when there's nothing in the yard? Might instead turn to a more modern form of alarm?
Oh wait that's what's happening....

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: Brian

Recess Appointments

Despite the hand-wringing by the Left, recess appointments are pretty common. And had the stupid Senate just done their duty and had a friggin' vote, the recess appointment of Bolton wouldn't have happened.

Here's a quick rundown for you:

President / # of Recess Appointments during term
George W Bush / 106 (in 5 years)
Bill Clinton / 140
George HW Bush / 77
Ronald Reagan / 243

DUers prove Godwin's Law yet again, drawing parallels between the Bolton appointment 1934 Germany.... and this guy responds to that post by calling for "armed revolution" over the recess appointment.

Yet another DUer thinks the appointment is to distract from the Rove/Plame investigation.

And the Left wonders why they keep losing elections!

See Wizbang & CQB for more coverage. (CQB's analysis of Kerry's reaction is great.)

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Right now on Current TV

We're watching a guy drive all over the state looking for some special Air Jordan shoes...

Yes, compelling television. I can just imagine the advertisers lining up... It's fun to watch the vjays or whatever the hell they are intro and sum up the clips. You can tell that even THEY can't stand what their channel is broadcasting.

Up Next? a clip about a street artist (aka graffiti guy)

Ok, I want my International TV News back... I enjoyed watching the hellabias of CBC and BBC more than the cr@p that Algore is beaming into my home.


Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

An American Hero

From My Position has been a favorite blog of mine since Chuck shipped over to Iraq. He was wounded and is now at Walter Reed. Here he is with W.

I encourage everyone to visit his site and send him an encouraging word.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

On "Over There"

Must read analysis from Faces from the Front on "Over There."

I haven't been able to watch the show yet (due to other committments that will be ending shortly), but will be tuning in to see just how ridiculous the show is...

Not Really 'Over There'
Monday, 01 August 2005

FX's new drama OVER THERE about an Army unit in Iraq is well produced and visually arresting but takes a sharp left turn from reality.

After watching the Pilot episode of 'Over There,' I conclude that the only thing they got right were the uniforms which, right down to the black socks used to cover goggles, were spot on.

Unfortunately, the costume designer is the only person who seems to have actually studied the war, pictures of the war or video of the war.

As someone who has been over there it was easy to see that if Steven Bochco hired a military consultant, he didn't pay attention to him or, if they did listen to him, that consultant should be fired.

In Bochco's depiction of the war, the tactics are wrong, the dialogue is wrong, the set-ups are wrong and the scenarios are ridiculous.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

From the mouths of babes (and Alzheimer patients)

Well, the Air America scandal has gotten picked up by the NY Sun and the NY Post. It doesn't appear that AA is in the clear yet. It was $800k instead of half a million... I wonder how much of that cash ended up to pay for Al Franken's wonderful insight? (Michelle Malkin is also covering)

Meanwhile, on the airwave of Air America, they're still talking about Rove/Plame, explaining to their listeners how "serious" such a leak is and how someone is "going down." I'm sure they'll get around to their own hypocrisy, since that's the one cardinal sin in the eyes of a Liberal/Progressive/Marxist.

No word yet as to how Rove is involved in defrauding the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls clubs by impersonating Evan Cohen. Of course, I haven't checked DU yet as I write, so that connection probably has already been made by someone with a glut of tinfoil on their hands head.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Sultan of ... Saudi Arabia Dies

Unfortunately, this is unlikely to change the state sponsorship of Wahhabism, since Abdullah has essentially been running the country for quite some time.

I just hope that the leadership in Saudi Arabia decides to join the rest of us in the 21st century.

Saudi Arabia's King Fahd Dies in Riyadh Hospital
Crown Prince Abdullah Appointed New Monarch

Associated Press
August 1, 2005 9:39 a.m.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia's ruler, King Fahd, died early Monday in a Riyadh hospital and his half brother, Crown Prince Abdullah, has been appointed the country's new monarch, the Saudi royal court announced.

"With all sorrow and sadness, the royal court in the name of his highness Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdel Aziz and all members of the family announces the death of the servant of the two shrines, King Fahd bin Abdel Aziz," according to a statement read on state-run Saudi TV by the country's information minister.

Saudi TV, which said the king was 84 years old, broke with regular broadcasting to announce King Fahd's death. Quranic verse recitals followed the announcement by the information minister, Iyad bin Amin Madani, whose voice wavered with emotion as he read the statement.

"He died after suffering an illness," Mr. Madani said in the statement. "God allows the custodian of the two holy mosques, King Fahd, with great mercy and forgiveness to reside in his wide heaven." King Fahd, born in Riyadh in 1923, was proclaimed the fifth king of Saudi Arabia on June 13, 1982.

King Fahd died at approximately 9:30 a.m. local Saudi time, a senior Saudi official in Washington told the Associated Press. President Bush was alerted within minutes of the king's death, the official said on condition of anonymity.

Abdullah, the new king, is a popular leader who has been the kingdom's effective ruler for 10 years and is the main force behind an unprecedented reform drive. He immediately appointed his half brother, Defense Minister Prince Sultan, 77, as his crown prince and designated successor, in keeping with tradition.

Your Co-Conspirator
ARC: St Wendeler

Sunday, July 31, 2005

They're on to us!!!

K-Lo at NRO's Corner provides the text of an email that she received, which highlights the idiocy of the Left these days.

Karl Rove engineered Bill Frist's reversal on stem cells to take the heat off of the John Roberts nomination which was timed to take the heat off of the Valerie Plame investigation which was timed to take the heat off of the John Bolton fight which was timed to take the heat off of the problems in Iraq which was timed to take the heat off of the head hurts.
As Hugh Hewitt argues, the Left (and the MSM) is really having a Lord of the Flies moment over the Rove/Plame/Wilson/Yellowcake issue...

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Dean's too crazy for even some Kossacks...

But unfortunately for the Democratic party and the nation, not most of them....

Glenn highlights a Kossack at dKos taking Howard Dean to task for a recent statement:

The president and his right-wing Supreme Court think it is "okay" to have the government take your house if they feel like putting a hotel where your house is.
In azizhp's own words:
There's simply no way that Dean's comments can be spun to make them even remotely defensible. Dean's tendency to shoot his mouth off was endearing to us Deaniacs as a matter of pride during the campaign, but as DNC chair it's been a constant embarrassment.
Which is exactly what I was saying was going to happen when Dean was appointed DNC chair. Lot's of Republicans were happy to hear that Dean was going to be the mouthpiece of the party. I knew it would provide plenty of stupid and indefensible comments which would illustrate how out of the mainstream the Democratic party was moving.

The best though is that poor azizhp has to fight the other Kossacks who don't understand how anyone could think Dean said something wrong, to those that don't care if he was being deceitful.

Some highlights:
The SCOTUS appointed Quacky president in 2000. IMO, that makes them "Bush's Court". And in general they are pretty right wing. That make's them "Bush's Right-Wing Court".

So, as usual, Howard Dean is Right.

And even if I agreed that your nit-picks made Dean's statement a mis-statement, Dean captured the spirit of the argument correctly.

Dean is one of the few people in this country trying to restore America's freedom and democracy. Why don't you save your venom for the Bad Guys?

true about the lefties BUT (4.00 / 2)

This issue has made people mad. The public does not know who the lefties and righties are. In fact a couple of the "lefties" are Republican appointees who interpret the law isn a supposed liberal way. The ruling also basically left the decision to the elected officials who made the eminent domain call...the legal argument being that if you don't agree with them, then you need to vote them out of office. The federal judicial should not interfere in legislative decisions or so they ruled. Anyway, why shouldn't we pick up on a "activist" court decision and spin it our way? That is what the right does all the time. This decision made the public mad. The local government used eminent domain for a commercial use under an economic development scheme. I think it is wrong on the surface but have not read the case law.


Well, here's the thing (2.61 / 13)

I'm 100% behind it. Why? Because it resonates, and I'm perfectly willing to go for a false statement that illustrates a truth.

The GOP is the party of Big Business. Big Business (business in general) is who benefitted from the Kelo case.

So, frankly, I say it's a great line of attack. Screw accuracy -- remind people that now big business can take their homes away to make a shopping mall, and that's A-okay by the GOP.


Do we have universal heathcare yet? (4.00 / 6)

How about full employment? Are we out of Iraq? Is education fully funded and all our kids graduating with the ability to read well enough to be employed in a car factory?

If not, why are you pissing and moaning about a statement Dean made which seems pretty harmless?


It doesn't matter (4.00 / 4)

It doesn't actually matter which justices voted for Kelo and which voted against. All that matters is that the decision is unpopular and Dean is trying to tie that unpopularity to this administration, which did in fact support the decision.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: Brian