Archive for October 2003

HOWARD DEAN: METROSEXUAL

Dean declared himself a “metrosexual,” the buzz phrase for straight men in touch with their feminine sides, as he touted his accomplishments in “equal justice” for gay and lesbian couples.

Denver Post

CLARK IN MAXIM

An interview with Gen. Wesley Clark appears in the November issue of Maxim Magazine. A couple of his answers caught my attention.

Any skeletons in your closet?
No, no, I did not inhale.

Is he aware that “not inhaling” was in fact one of the skeletons in Clinton’s closet? I was pretty young then but even I remember the uproar when Clinton weasled out of the drug question by saying he didn’t inhale. I doubt he’s actually saying that he tried pot but didn’t inhale, he’s probably just trying to be cute, but it’s a kinda boneheaded way to be cute.

Any revolutionary ideas? A $2 gas tax? Privatize Social Security? Buy Canada?
In the 19th century, we were motivated by manifest destiny. In the 20th century, it was the idea that it was our duty to contain the spread of Communism and keep open the door for freedom. Today there is no substantial challenge to American ideals. The question is this: Where can we, with all our wealth and capabilities, lead mankind?

Let me repeat one of those sentences for you… “Today there is no substantial challenge to American ideals.” Ok, one more time just so we’re all on the same page: “Today there is no substantial challenge to American ideals.”
No substantial challenge to American ideals? Is he serious?! 2 years ago 3,000+ people died because religious fanatics didn’t like our ideals. Terrorists blew up more than 30 people in a single day this week because they don’t like our ideals. Countries are trying to develop weapons of mass destruction because the don’t like our ideals. Call me crazy but I call that a pretty bleepin’ substantial challenge to our American ideals.
People are trying to kill Americans and those who share our ideals every single day. Every day is a battle in the war between our ideals theirs. They would destroy everything that opposes their brand of Islam and because we hold ideals that say you can live free and believe whatever you want to believe they challenge us. The same freedom that allows groups of wackos to protest on the Mall in Washington is why they challenge us.
Our ideals are challenged every minute of every day one of the top candidates for the Democrat nomination for President says “Today there is no substantial challenge to American ideals.” Like hell there isn’t. And just think, this is the guy the Dems are hoping will bring them credibility on national security.

D.C. PROTESTS

Belligerent Bunny has some good pics and commentary on the recent protests in Washington.

AND NOW FROM THE LAND OF THE TOTALLY ANECDOTAL…

In the past 8 days I’ve received 4 times as many responses to my resume as I’d received in the 5 months before. Could bode well for job growth. Could be total coincidence.

OH GOODY

The US is being equated with the Nazis now. Well, that’s Ted Rall for ya.

QUICK THOUGHTS ON NAPSTER

Downloaded the new Napster 2.0 and I have to say I much prefer the interface of iTunes. Napster’s new interface just seems unnecessarily complicated and muddled and just overall confusing.

IT’S GOOD TO KNOW THE DEMOCRATIC OPPOSITION TAKE TERRORISM AND NATIONAL SECURITY SO SERIOUSLY

Arresting people doing illegal things is now terrorism according to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said on Friday police raids on dozens of U.S. Wal-Mart stores in the search for illegal immigrants this week amounted to “terrorizing” workers.
“It instills a great deal of fear in people who are only trying to earn a living and put food on the table for their family,” Pelosi, a California Democrat, told reporters …
“We think there might be a better way to go about this because the fact is that it is against the law for the employer to hire these people so there should be more focus on the employer and less in these terrorizing raids,” Pelosi said.

Pelosi said the Wal-Mart raids showed the need to legalize undocumented workers in parts of the economy other than just the agricultural sector.
Forbes.com

Or maybe it shows the need to crack down on the ability of people to cross our borders at will.

GOLDBERG ON FRANCE… AGAIN

[L]ast month, Friedman wrote in The New York Times, ‘It’s time we Americans came to terms with something: France is not just our annoying ally. It is not just our jealous rival. France is becoming our enemy.’
Friedman was right then, which means he’s still right now. One U.N. vote – which, by the way, was accompanied by a swift French promise that they’d do nothing to help with the reconstruction – hardly signals a fundamental change in France’s desire to hamstring America.
What is astounding is how much of a free pass this one-time ally is getting here in America. Because the war was unpopular with many liberals, it’s assumed that France’s actions are informed by the same principles as, say, Howard Dean’s. I think Dean’s positions on the war are scandalously dim-witted and ill-advised. But he still wants what is best for America and even Iraq. It is impossible to say the same thing about France.

Townhall.com

LIKE YOU NEEDED REMINDING OF JUST HOW EVIL THESE PEOPLE ARE

They’re attacking the Red Cross now.

WASHINGTON POST ON ONLINE MUSIC SERVICES

More than five years after people got their first easy way to download music off the Internet, they’re finally getting a reasonable opportunity to pay for it.
That it’s taken this long for an otherwise functional capitalist system to go after this market is an embarrassment.
Washington Post