The California Republican

This blog was created in order to report on a streak of conservatism currently taking hold in California. Recent events, and voting records show much of the same here in California, but the trend is one that is certainly in our favor.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

UK: The Muslim Image

Mel brings up some great points in this piece...

I would say that this sentiment and article applies to more places than just the UK.
Full Article

The resolute silence from leading Muslim groups unequivocally condemning Islamic terrorism is deafening, instead the focus is clearly upon creating a siege mentality within their own community. Any criticism of Islamic terrorists is deeply qualified and often twisted towards the topic of Islamophobia, yet the same community is very quick to voice its total condemnation of acts against Muslims.

Sunday, January 23, 2005

The War on Terror, a Handy and Catchy Label... Accurate?

This article will make you think, I promise.

The problem is, there can be no such thing as a war on terror.

In an interview published in the December, 2004 issue of The American Legion Magazine, Dr. Daniel Pipes noted correctly that-

...terror is not an enemy; it's a method. Just as we haven't waged war on sneak attacks or on guerrilla tactics, we are not fighting the method; we are fighting an enemy who is using the method of terrorism.

Link to full article... by Doug Petch

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Iraqi Election Commercials

Link to the full story.

These are some actual commercials being ran in Iraq in order to turn-out the vote.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Why the World is Afraid of Bush

My new article at the Stumping Grounds.

Delivering freedom to places like these are nearly impossible. As we have learned with Iraq, knocking off the tyrannical government is simply not enough. The problem is not with the philosophy, it is with the implementation. A people that has been pounded into submission is often living in extreme security with a strict set of rules to live by; subsequently, they have little to no individual freedom. Living in such a manner becomes habit, and through indoctrination, actually becomes acceptable to them. This is the problem.

How do you teach a people who has been forced into expecting security and dominance to appreciate freedom?

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Pro-Lifers Who Support the Death Penalty... but don't?!? Huh?

My new piece at the Stumping Grounds.

The answer, of course, is morality. If you believe as I do, that God's laws are to be obeyed and that ignorance is no excuse, how can we justify an imperfect system where a mistake inevitably equates to the death of an innocent? I believe that any decision that can lead to an irrevocable outcome must be made in a fashion that preserves the sanctity of life in case a mistake is made. The only time that I feel a death is warranted, be it abortion or the death penalty, is when the situation is one of self-defense. This could be in the forum of a mother choosing her life over her child's, or a homeowner defending his family from a would-be rapist. In both cases, the decision to kill, not murder, was made by someone fit to make such a decision. What makes our system imperfect is that there are several degrees of separation between an act that justifies the death penalty and the jury of peers which ultimately decides his or her fate. Thus, a jury is unfit to sentence a person to their death.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Brilliant Article on Euthanasia

The Right to Die?

Mel from the Stumping Grounds.

This leads us to a moral quandary beyond the legal repercussions, had Brian's wife been able to take her own life, that would have been the end of the matter, but it seems that she was unable to do so, and therefore required the assistance of her husband to slash her wrists. The law in most Western jurisdiction does not make suicide an illegal act, yet it does not allow an individual who is unable to take their own life seek help in order to end it. Is this correct, and can this distinction be justified?


Nice oddity reported on by Doug Petch.

January 17, 2005

File this under What Are The Odds

A dentist found the source of the toothache Patrick Lawler was complaining about on the roof of his mouth: a four-inch nail the construction worker had unknowingly embedded in his skull six days earlier.

It hurts to even think about it....

Monday, January 17, 2005

Popularity or Sovereignty?

My new piece at the stumping grounds.

This is a look at the recent debate between Supreme Court Justices Scalia and Breyer. They debated whether foreign laws should influence U.S. court decisions.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Introducing a New Blog...

Stumping Grounds

This blog is a collaboration of individuals whom I have known for several years. We have spent countless hours debating politics and life in general and have decided to move into the public domain.

Pete, aka the NYC republican, is a moderate republican with an MBA in business.

Plaz is quite the Libertarian with an accomplished IT career and formal training in music.

Doug Petch, as many of you may already know, is the epitome of cunning contrianism and is almost always moderate yet seriously convicted. Doug has a well-established blog up as well. He can be found at Doug Petch.

Dave is also an IT who is looking to move toward writing and politics as a career. We hope this will be a good stepping stone for him. He is a very conservative individual.

London is, well, from London. He is somewhat of a liberal leaning moderate in his country. You will have to stay tuned to determine what that means in America.

I am a network communications tech currently studying in the area of business. I am quite a "self-described-Christian-Fundamentalist-Conservative." I am proud of my "label" as well.

I hope you enjoy.

On a side note, this site will probably take a more "news & linking" role in the future. From now on my op-ed work will be seriously approached and submitted to Stumping Grounds.

The Failings of Ted Kennedy

Senator Ted Kennedy

My new piece on Mr. Kennedy can be found here.

It seems to be a common occurrence these days that, when a person complains about the political atmosphere, someone replies with, "It was worse a long time ago." I have not heard anyone follow up and ask, "Does that make it right?" The answer is no, it does not. Mudslinging is, and probably always will be, part of politics. I think there is plenty of blame to go around in the mudslinging arena; however, no one can throw the mud like Ted Kennedy....

....While I could go on, I will end this with a plea for Mr. Kennedy to stop mucking up the political process with his distortions and sensationalist propaganda. I would remind him of an Abraham Lincoln quote: "A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved -- I do not expect the house to fall -- but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other." We are fighting a war against an "either-or" enemy. Let us be Americans first next time you are on your podium.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Oh Well, Maybe Next Year...

Good season fellas.

I will be right here rooting next year.

Rams get beat down

Moore Rejection

Moore Gets No Love From Old High School

"Would you want him as a role model? Would you want your son or daughter to be like him?" asked Don Hammond, a member of the Hall of Fame selection committee. "I haven't talked to anybody yet who's for him. The word to describe Michael Moore is embarrassing. He embarrasses everybody."

True Dat

Friday, January 14, 2005

Leftists Still Using Junk Science

Annan calls for 'decisive measures' on climate change

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan called Thursday for "decisive measures" to address climate change and said a global early warning system must be set up in the wake of last month's Asian tsunami disaster.

"It is no longer so hard to imagine what might happen from the rising sea levels that the world's top scientists are telling us will accompany global warming," Annan told leaders at a UN conference on small islands here.

"Who can claim that we are doing enough?" he asked.

Does Annan really believe that global warming can cause a world-wide tsunami? Does he still believe that man is responsible for global warming?

I am all for conservation and the reduction of pollution; however, what is global warming?

Earth has been through more than one ice age. Man did not cause them.

An environmentalist, while speaking of the Ice Berg which broke off the Ross Ice Shelf claimed recently, "global warming is a serious threat, this is the first time since 1948 that we've seen icebergs in New Zealand." Ok, what the heck happened in 1948? Man-made global warming?

Another recent quote I heard is, "this is the warmest we have been in 100 years." Ok, what happened 100 years ago? Man made global warming?

We have been recording temperatures for only a couple of centuries. Our first thermometers were wildly inaccurate. The earth's age is in the billions of years.

I have got to side with Dennis Miller on this one... (paraphrased) when I see people running down the street on fire, I'll worry.

Only in California

Eighth-Graders Told Stripping Can Be Rewarding

SAN FRANCISCO — School officials in Palo Alto are reconsidering their use of a popular speaker for an annual career day after he advised middle school students that they could earn a good living as strip dancers.

William Fried (search) told eighth-graders at Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School (search) that stripping and exotic dancing could be lucrative career moves for girls, offering as much as $250,000 or more per year, depending on their bust size.

Why not explain how one can be a multi-millionaire through dedicated and hard work... in the field of selling illegal drugs. Sure, why not? If one puts their mind to it, after 3 months he could be off a street corner and start moving packages. After a year or so, if a success, he could be a mid-level manager in the drug industry. Going on meets and finally getting off the street. Through preserverence, one could be a cartel ring leader by the age of 37, a hundred million dollar a year job.

Sounds good to me.

Personally, however, I am going to bring my children up to be hitmen.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Bloggers Going to the Inauguration

Jordan Golson, a blogger who runs Cheese and Crackers is getting the chance of a lifetime. He is going to the inauguration compliments of Barney Frank.

Find out more here.

For those who may not know, Cheese and Crackers is the blog that provided the community with tsunami vids and is continuing to do so. Through his work and the work of other bloggers, the public was more aware, and more money was rasied for the victims.

Wahhh! Crazy' Teddy Angers Health Advocates

Link to story

The Vermont Teddy Bear Co. (search) is featuring a 15-inch bear in a straitjacket (search). The $69.95 stuffed animal is called the "Crazy for You Bear" and comes with its own commitment papers.

My take, let them whine. The world is too sensitive already. A point I would like to make is with American trends. Right now our student grade point average is declining while our self-esteem is raising. We need more insensitivty.


'Bout Damn Time!

Baseball players, Owners OK Steroid Deal

I've been saying for some time that my goal for this industry is zero tolerance regarding steroids," commissioner Bud Selig said.

A first positive test would result in a penalty of 10 days, a second positive test in a 30-day ban, a third positive in a 60-day penalty, and a fourth positive test in a one-year ban — all without pay. A player who tests positive a fifth time would be subject to discipline determined by the commissioner.

Slowly but surely a sport is emerging from this money-driven game that I cannot help but love.

Death Toll Nears 272,000 - Tsunami

Tsunami Toll to Pass 272,000

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia - An official document posted here says that nearly 210,000 people in Indonesia are dead or missing from the Dec. 26 tsunami, a death toll that appears to be far higher than officials have reported publicly. Rescue workers think even that number may be low.

The larger Indonesia toll would bring the total of dead and missing from the tidal surge across the Indian Ocean to nearly 272,000, ranking the tsunami as the fifth or sixth deadliest natural disaster in about 250 years.

You Tell 'Em Clint!

Link to story (Originally found on The Drudge Report)

"Michael Moore and I actually have a lot in common - we both appreciate living in a country where there's free expression... ...But, Michael, if you ever show up at my front door with a camera - I'll kill you... ...I mean it."

Touring The Al Gore Presidential Library

Doug Petch brings us another great tidbit!

The American Spectator takes us to an alternative universe in which The Al Gore Presidential Library and Museum exists in Boca Raton, Florida...

The Al Gore Presidential Library and Museum, located near N. Federal Highway in Boca Raton, Florida, is open daily (except holidays) from 5 to 4, in observance of the Supreme Court decision that gave George W. Bush the presidency.

Oh my.

Who Cares About These Stupid Caveats?!?

Retail Sales Rise More Than Expected

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. retail sales jumped a more-than-expected 1.2 percent in December, the government said on Thursday, as car dealers, furniture stores and on-line retailers reported strong sales.

Retail sales in all of 2004 jumped 8.0 percent, the biggest gain since 1999, the Commerce Department (news - web sites) said.

Excluding autos, which can swing sharply from month to month, retail sales rose a less-than-expected 0.3 percent. On a twelve-month basis, retail sales excluding autos grew 8.6 percent

Analysts were expecting a 1.0 percent rise in all sales and a 0.4 percent gain excluding autos.

November sales rose 0.1 percent, with sales excluding autos up a revised 0.4 percent, originally reported up 0.5 percent.

How the media reminds the viewers that there is still bad news in this good news.
Reinforcement of the bad news.

Has anyone else figured it out yet?

These "analysts" make their educated guesses as to what to expect, and the whole world waits in anticipation. It is as if the market itself performs based on the similarities between reality and "analyst" predictions.

If we experienced 19% GDP growth next quarter, and some whacko analyst predicted 20%, Dan Rather would be explaining how our economy is crap, and the stock market would probably fall a few points.

Guys, these analysts are nothing more than weathermen with no doppler radar. They are looking at which way the cattle are walking and predicting the storms. When a weatherman calls for rain, do schools close, and homes flood? No! Schools close and homes flood after the rain comes. Why can't we wait for data before we start hedging our bets?

Rant over...

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

More on the California Storms..

As you know, we have been following our storms here in California carefully.

Well, tragedy struck in La Conchita.

Link to story

Also, a hat-tip to Michelle Malkin who hit a home run by taking the tsunami bloggers to task.


Old Dog Learns!

Dan Rather assured his CBS News colleagues on Tuesday that he had read the independent report on his network's ill-fated story about President Bush's military service, "and I shall keep its lessons well in mind."

Does this means that he has learned how to better influence elections without being so blatantly obvious, or does this mean that he has learned to take his bias out of his reporting?

Either way, CBS lost its credibility with this American.

Link to story

A Culture in Shambles & Millions of Degenerates Later... Do Blacks Finally Get It?

When a white person slams rap music for moral reasons they are labeled racist in America. I never knew that descriminating agains music is racism. I guess I hate white people too since I am not a fan of Classical music.

That said, here is an article by blacks...
Sexism in rap sparks black magazine to say, 'Enough!'

Essence, the black women's magazine, has a daring New Year's resolution: It's embarking on a 12-month campaign to challenge the prevalence of misogyny and sexism in hip-hop lyrics and videos.

Thank God. Maybe the words by Bill Cosby helped.

Rap music is not the major problem, but it is very destructive to young impressionable minds who have no decent parents and are unlucky enough to be born into a household void of ambition. This circumstance applies to many more people than blacks I might add.

Rap music should be allowed, for sure. However, vote with your dollar folks, don't support these thugs by buying their music.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

News Flash or Old News?

Iraq Minister Brands Al-Jazeera A Terror Channel

Iraqi Defence Minister Hazem Shaalan branded the popular Arabic-language satellite television Al-Jazeera a "channel of terrorism", in a newspaper interview. That brought a sharp reaction from the broadcaster, which expressed its "utter outrage" at what it said was an "unsubstantiated allegation".

"Al-Jazeera is a channel of terrorism. That is clear and we say openly and without hesitation: Al-Jazeera is a channel of terrorism," Shaalan was quoted by the London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat as saying.

I have two comments to make on this one...

1. I agree that Al Jazeera is and extremely anti-Western news outlet and every story is dripping in terrorist spin.

2. Emerging democracies should be careful about blocking free speech.

Al Jazeera is currently banned in Iraq.

Monday, January 10, 2005

California Storm Updates

Yahoo & Associated Press

now, on a personal note, this is why I have been so busy...

New Tsunami VIdeo... Wow!

Video link is on this yahoo page

Balance in the Cosmos? Check This Out...

Doug Petch - Balance in the Cosmos

"In news that will provide fodder for both The Left and The Right for weeks to come, both Farenheit 9/11 and The Passion of The Christ were winners at last night's Peoples Choice Awards.

Let the fun and games begin."

Saturday, January 08, 2005

And Again, They Are Getting Closer...

This year's team is not the best they have had, but I still have faith in my team.

Go Rams!

Rams beat Seahawks 27-20

New Comments and Trackback Modification

Just so everyone knows comments will still be appreciated, and we now are using trackbacks.

Feel free to use!

Winter Storm Update

4-8 inches so far

Yes guys, the Arctic Express is hammering Northern Cali while the Pinapple is flooding Southern Cali.

Some totals of 24 inches of rain

Armstrong Williams... A Journalist?!?

Since when?

Link to story

Seeking to build support among black families for its education reform law, the Bush administration paid a prominent black pundit $240,000 to promote the law on his nationally syndicated television show and to urge other black journalists to do the same.

Oh, now he is a pundit...

Ok, this is clearly an unethical thing to do. Worse than the tons of propaganda being spewed in our public schools? Probably not, but still wrong; however, he wa sno journalist... Media, quit making this something it isn't.

Friday, January 07, 2005

Joint Missile Defense

Japan, US Try To Boost Construction Of Missile Shield

Japan and the United States signed an agreement Friday to facilitate the building of a ballistic missile defense system for Japan amid growing concern over North Korea... Tokyo and Washington began to study a missile interception shield after North Korea shocked the world in 1998 by firing a long-range Taepodong-1 missile over Japan...

A Historic Day For America?

Well, at least some people think so. While leftists like these claim "today was a historical day in America," I wonder if they take into account the extent to which republicans are leading every branch of national government, and governor seats?

Barbara Boxer, I'm ashamed to say, is one of my U.S. Senators. Today, she teared up as she was the sole senator to oppose Bush's re-election certification.


If the democrats truly cared about counting each vote, then why did they accept Tom Daschle for so long, even as their Senate leader?

I must make clear that not all democrats protested; however, some did. I believe 1 senator, and 31 congressmen objected.

I think it is clear that *some* democrats, and maybe even *some* republicans do not care about counting every vote at all.

Their goal is to recount every vote until they are happy with the results.

This is a very bad precedence in American politics.

Bill Frist Tours Tsunami Damage

Link to story

Another reason why I respect Frist so much. I don't know what his ultimate ambitions are; however, I find him to be a stand-up guy in all regards and I believe he could seek higher office one day.

Weather Update... ITS HERE!

What I'm talking about...

As always, I will post any extraordinary pictures, but the rest of the country should get ready for the storms, they's-a-comin'.

3-5 inches and counting

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Since I'm in a "Hat-Tip" Mood...

My buddy Pete, the NYC Republican had a great idea for a news item. Highlighting photos and photo-blogs from the city he loves.

His post regarding NYC can be found here:Photobloggers

In this tradition, I am in the search of a photoblogging site for two American cities...

St. Louis, MO, and Eureka, CA.

I will post them if I ever find them...

Hilarious Post to Lift Spirits...

Word(s) of the Day by: Doug Petch. Ok, maybe not *by* him, but hat tip to him for the find.

Here is a sampling...

Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly

Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

Tsunami Death Toll Still Rising

Now nearing 160,000 dead...

Please keep up the charity work.

Mercy Corps, USAID, and American Red Cross are all good places...

Also, don't forget you can get Tsunami Videos here: Tsunami Vids

Schwarzenegger's Redistricting Reform Causes Stir

Link to article

A dozen states have done what Schwarzenegger wants to do - take from lawmakers the job of redrawing legislative districts every 10 years and give it to a panel of retired judges. Yet eight times in the past 70 years, California voters have rejected initiatives to reform the process - including proposals similar to the ones linked to Schwarzenegger.

"This is going to be the year that will determine Arnold's legacy," says Mr. Hoffenblum. "He has the popularity, but how much capital will he need to use?"

To Interview or to Score Political Points?

Link to story

Today, Alberto Gonzales, President Bush's Nomination for U.S. Attorney General, faced a trial by fire before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

It was fairly obvious that he would get the nomination when Joe Biden said this, "I don't know anybody who's announced they're against your being the next attorney general. Even those who have doubts about you say you're going to be confirmed."

It was apparent though that the democrats wanted to score some points with their constituency. The main focus of the interrogation was clear right away. Torture.

They did not seek to rip this man apart, but they clearly wanted to use this forum to beat on President Bush.

Instead of truly interviewing him with the intent to determine the wide stances of our next Attorney General, they focused on the issue of torture.

I do not really believe that politicizing such events is in our nation's best interest.

That said, I fully admit that when given the chance, republicans act in the same manner. Let us do what is best for the country, stop trying to score cheap points guys.

Staples Inc: What Changed?

"Staples does not support any political party."

However, in 2004 alone, Staple's Inc. donated $132,949, 61% of which went to republicans.

Something fishy is going on...

France Warns Iran

French President Jacques Chirac stated today:

"Countries which respect their international obligations in terms on non-proliferation and show proof of the peaceful nature of their activities should be able to benefit from technologies that are allowed under international rules... But no weakness can be shown to those who renege on their commitments."

Ok, Mr. Chirac, define weakness.

In a unanimous vote, the U.N. Security Council deemed that Saddam Hussein had renegged in Resolution 1441. As I recall, France led the "weakness-cowardly" crowd there.

Putting the pieces together one by one, I would almost assume that France must not be making tens of billions of dollars off of their relationship with Iran; therefore, they are willing to stand on the side of morality... until Iran ups its offer anyways...

Link to story

Did Your Movie Suck?, Blame Christians...

Director Oliver Stone accepts no responsibility in the poor reviews his move "Alexander" is getting. No, instead he is pointing to the obvious culprit... "a raging fundamentalism in morality."

He claims no one in the South will watch his film because a critic or two said Alexander was portrayed as gay.

Get A Clue - Link

Perhaps the most ironic thing about this is what Oliver himself said...

"I was quite taken aback by the controversy and fierceness of the reviews about a character we don't really know too much about."

Although I don't care if Alexander was gay or not, Mr. Stone is too stubborn to admit that this is an issue that is open to debate. Many of the conclusions reached in his film are baseless in fact and abundant in theory.

Mr. Stone, people just don't want to waste thier money seeing your film, it has nothing to do with "morality."

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Three storms threaten to strike U.S. at once

Link To Story

Moisture-laden storms from the north, west and south are likely to converge on much of America over the next several days in what could be a once-in-a-generation onslaught, meteorologists forecast yesterday.

Democrats: A Role Model To All...

If at first you don't succeed, give up trying, and challenge the official results.

After all, what else can a loser do...

Sorry for all the linking lately, but I am working 60 hour work weeks along with school.

Don't worry, I will make sure to cover the important stuff.

Is Jerry Lee Lewis Worthy Of Awards?

Ok, I like some of his music; however, is an incestial pedophile really someone who should be held up in an industry? Marrying a 13 year old cousin is quite risque, yes?

Maybe I have been giving him an unfair shake; I am just sick and tired of the entertainment industry holding up their most loathsome performers.

Link to story

Wait... I Thought CNN Was Saddam's Channel?!?

Tape Shows Saddam-AlJazeera Link

A videotape found in a pile of documents in Baghdad following the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime shows a former manager of the Al-Jazeera satellite channel thanking one of Saddam's sons for his support and telling him that "Al-Jazeera is your channel," the Asharq al-Awsat newspaper reported Sunday.

Snipers Used In Georgia...

From the article...

On his first day on the job, the new sheriff called 27 employees into his office, stripped them of their badges, fired them, and had rooftop snipers stand guard as they were escorted out the door.
The firings had a racial overtone. Hill was among a spate of black candidates elected last year in the county once dominated by rural whites... ...The fired employees included four of the highest-ranking officers, all of them white. Hill told the newspaper their replacements would be black.
"A lot of people are under the impression that the sheriff's office is under civil service laws," he said. "But my research shows the employees work at the pleasure of the sheriff."

Full CNN Article

Just for the record, this is one of the few cases where I do not have an opinion... yet.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Another Global Warming Update....

Mt. Pratt

Odd Story...

Tribes shooting choppers with bows and arrows.

Either they are fine, and don't want the intrusions.
They are not fine but do not want help.
Are trying to shoot down a chopper.

Anyways, scientists are taking notice....

Click for story

Zarqawi Reportedly Arrested

If true, then we scored huge in the war on terror. In Iraq no less. And the kicker, he was in Iraq before the war started.

Link here

Monday, January 03, 2005

Excellent: Bush, Clinton, & Bush Team Up

As seen on drudge.....

Bush, Clinton, and Bush: Fundraisers

They are building a privately driven fund for tsunami relif. Excellent!

Updates will follow.....

Global Warming, Update #2

Yes, after 24 hours in the snow, I must paologize for being intellectually lazy, and also for my lack of updates. However, as I will continue to do, I will provide more proof of a global warming scandal... (in my own special way).

So, with that I bring you what I have been doing the last two days as well as some pics of a co-worker in Tahoe City...



Tahoe City

Yeah, I know, some more lame post hoc ergo propter hoc arguments on my part...

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Recent "Donations" News Story... A Motive?

$1B Given to Faith-Based Groups in 2003

I wonder if this story would even be covered if not for all the partisan hacking going on regarding our American donations.

I say there is another issue here for the democrats to wage another political battle. These leftists cannot figure it out. The democrats are losing power because they have no issues. Their day-to-day talking points are a litany of complaints without one single democratic issue.

  1. He lied about WMD.
  2. He lied about Social Security.
  3. He did not want a DHS.
  4. He did not want a 9/11 commission.
  5. He did not give enough.
  6. He went to war for oil.
  7. He is only donating so-and-so.
Hey democrats, I love the help you are giving us, but seriously... What would YOU do?

The first proof that this is another political battle is the fact that every pundit issuing statements on this issue offers the following as a preface: (verbatim I might add) "The American people are the most generous in the world..."

Here is a rule of thumb. If anyone starts a sentence off by claiming that "you (meaning the audience) are the best (fill-in-the-blank-demographic) in the world" followed by one of the following things: but, yet, so then why, however, therefore, etc..., then you know the speaker is full of crap, and is trying to score an argumentative point.

With the above in mind, I turned on the news channels this morning to get my dose of spin and sensationalism. Every channel I turned to had the same argument in the same order as follows:

  • Republican: I am proud of what I am seeing...
  • Democrat: I disagree. America's people are the most generous in the world; however, we have a president who will not even issue a statement until three days after the event. Donating a measly $15 million, then $35 million. He only went to $350 million because the entire world realized how stingy we were. He is spending $40 million on the inauguration. Pathetic, we had a good opportunity to....
This is just another page in the new playbook. Another thing to complain about.

All of this leads me to one question that I would love to have a democrat answer honestly.

How high of a death toll does it take to have a united America?

3,000 did it for about 6 days a few years ago. Are we so divided that 150,000 cannot unite us for 6 minutes today? Even though we are clearly going above and beyond in the tsunami relief effert, they would rather Bush look bad, than do the right thing. When will they realize that this petty sniping plays into our enemies hands?

If you want to whine, whine about immigration or something that will actually help our country instead of hurt it.

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Left Wing Humanitarian? You Tell Me...

When America pledged an initial $15 million followed by $20 million more, the leftist bomb-throwers were out in force. They did not even break stride, no remorse for the dead. Every sentence of sorrow was annotated by a political comment blasting Bush.

In one of the most blaring examples to date, I found this on the Daily Kos:

America Is Stingy: "I'm very sorry to be so "insensitive"... but I've got a bone to pick with my government tonight. 100,000 dead bodies are in Southeast Asia. More will be found. And Americans, in their infinate kindness, are giving 35 million dollars in aid to the countries affected. How kind. Oh wait, no. If I were those countries, I'd tell America to go shove it up their ass."

At first, it sounded like these people cared so much about the dead that they wanted to throw money at them to make the problem go away. Typical leftist response; however, the true intent was revealed on a later post and my jaw just dropped.

$350 million and a PR goldmine lost: "While better late than never, we lost a golden opportunity to score a huge PR victory in the world stage, and, with the largest muslim nation in the world (Indonesia)... ...Had we announced $350 million from day one, it would've scored a direct hit -- backing up rhetoric about American generosity. Instead, it looks like we're responding to criticism about American stinginess, rather than acting out of the goodness of our hearts."

It turns out that these people do not care about how best to help the victims of the disaster. Not at all, in fact they see a "golden opportunity" to manipulate the circumstance in order for America to look good. After all, this is not about helping the victims; it is about looking good in front of all the non-victims. (To them...)

Perhaps the best, no funniest I should say, thing about these posts are their responses. Here are a few...

"And why is Bush sending brother Jeb? Why not Neil? He is, you'll recall, familiar with Thailand."

Nevermind the fact that Jeb Bush has many years of experience with natural disasters and the relief of.


A true sophisticant.

"Bush constantly makes me ashamed of our country and its leader."

A true patriot.

"that the number of Americans missing and feared dead is approaching the death total from the WTC...connect that to Bush's slow response...connect that to weak leader. Americans are cynical. You've got to show them; not tell them. This is an opportunity to SHOW them that Bush is a weaker leader than they think."

Let us not help the dead, lets earn political points...

"US$ 350 million is good, and it puts the US in the middle of the pack of decent donor nations. Still behind Spain, the UK, and those incredibly generous Danes, but its at" least credible."

What is this guys smoking?

"when you have a core set of prinicples that allow you to format a response without calling 2 dozen meetings and getting a consensus before you say anything. And when you're not worried about how it will affect the next election, but doing the right thing.

Is he talking about John Kerry?

There is good news though... It took them FIVE days to come up with a good conspiracy... This means us on the right are still at an advantage. Our heads are neither in the sky or the sand...

Big-Bad-Scary Conspiracy

Death Toll Exceeds 150,000

Again, this is horrible. One chilling note is that (probably thousands by some estimates) all the people will never be counted. Many are lost at sea, and some entire friends, families and generations were lost; therefore, no one will be around to ask about them.

Death Toll: 150,000