Thursday, November 30, 2006
“There is a danger that increasingly we are so afraid to speak to each other about our differences that nobody can say what they mean and nobody can hear what is meant. The opening up of the debate is the most potent defence against bigotry; prejudice is a worm that thrives in the dark and shrivels in the daylight.”
“Eh, bonjour. Qu’est-ce qui se passe?”
“Bonjour, je suis Anglais, je suis ici en vacances. C’est très belle ici, les couleurs, les bois, très belle.”
( inhaling ) “Tu est un travesti?”
“Oui, je suis un travesti, mais pas un travesti typical. Je suis un travesti executive... Un travesti d’action!”
I guess most people don't know why that's funny.
Thanks to Andrew for reminding me.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Everytime I catch Drake doing something that he suspects is wrong, he hides his face and becomes very still. He does it when I spot him before I address him in any way.
It started out that he would just use his hands to cover his eyes like peekaboo. After a few times, it occurred to him that I could still see him. Now he plays possum.
It is so funny. I'm not always sure what he's covering up but if he's "hiding" from me I start looking for something bad. I always find it. What cracks me up is that, at 22 months, he is 100% aware that he's done something wrong and he's already learned to cover his ass.
Monday, November 27, 2006
Today is a rather tragic day. For my family, it is the 5th anniversary of my father's death.
For my blog family, today is the 1st anniversary of Steven Malcolm Anderson's death.
Can everyone do me a favor and not drop dead today? This day is full enough to suit me.
It's hard to believe you've been gone for 5 years. It seems like yesterday we were at your house in Hillsdale celebrating our last Thanksgiving meal as a family. I think about you every day and I miss you even more. Every time I look at my daughter, I see YOU. It breaks my heart knowing that she'll never meet her 'nother Papa'. She calls Mom, her 'nother Gramma'. Thanks for helping me find that green cable puller thingy. Because of that I was able to get the house re-arranged before Tifany and Alayna got home. Thank you for being a great Dad.
I Love You and I Miss You.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Everyone has heard the phrases, "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" and likewise "the friend of my enemy is also my enemy."
I think the application of that philosophy has negatively influenced our nation's policy makers for the better part of 100 years. We sided with Sadaam against Iran. We sided with the Taliban against the Soviets. We trained Noriega and supported him simply because he was not a communist. To take this a step further, I believe there a many people who support and defend President Bush simply because of his outspoken (and often obnoxious) critics. A good friend of mine who declares himself a political independent told me he supports and defends Bush because Sean Penn, Alec Baldwin, and Barbra Streisand are on the other side.
Crazy philosophy huh? What got me thinking about this was a friend's bitter divorce recently (I swear I had nothing to do with THAT!!). Anyway, I was talking to his now ex-wife in the hallway at work and he walked by. Later he told me he was pissed at me because I was talking to her. He scolded me, "you're my friend. You can't be friendly towards her." He was truly offended.
What's up with that?
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Despite some financial bumps in the road, I have a lot to be thankful for. I have a great family, great friends (in real life as well as here in the blogosphere) and I live in a free country.
I'm thankful for our military, our system of government, the Democrats, the Republicans, the Independants, the Far Left, the Far Right, Ann Coulter and Michael Moore.
I'm thankful that I can say that I'm thankful for something.
Have a great day! I hope all of you are so blessed that you have something to be thankful for as well.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
I've always believed that forced apologies were mostly worthless. We all remember the John Kerry feeding frenzy. I enjoyed it as much as any rabid Right Winger would but I have a few things that I would like to say about it. Personally, I never believed that he intended to insult our troops and I also believe that once the frenzy began and he finally realized that some troops may really have been offended, he was sincerely sorry for that. The problem he had was that since he knew he didn't mean it the way it sounded, he got indignant before he was repentant. His apology was carefully worded because politics is such a rabid game that he had to be careful. I believe 100% that he didn't mean to hurt the troops and so does everyone else. His forced apology was mostly crap that was meant to deflate the frenzy.
There are rare times when an apology that seems forced is sincere and most of us can recognize when it is. So what is the purpose of demanding apologies? Is it just to make the other party aware that they stepped in it? Is it to make the "victim" feel better? I just don't get it.
If I have to force someone to apologize to me, then I am certainly aware that they don't mean it. Why would I make the demand? Is it just to make them cry uncle? Is it a victory when they give in? What is the point? Do forced apologies have any real value?
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
His fatal shooting will certainly heighten the political tension in Lebanon, where the leading Muslim Shiite party Hezbollah has threatened to topple the government if it does not get a bigger say in Cabinet decision making.
Christian critic of Hezbollah assassinated. I'm shocked. Are you shocked?
[Note: I moved this up because a good discussion is brewing]
Ron posted an interesting set of circumstances and asked us which was worse. I'm sure many of you still read Dean's World, though, some are unable to comment there. I want to discuss this question here.
Which of these is the worst, or the least, morally objectionable:
(A) The person who does something morally wrong — and in all these hypotheticals, we are all agreeing that his act is objectively morally wrong, regardless of whether anyone else is affected, whether it is a crime, or any other factor — and knows it is wrong, and admits it is wrong to himself but keeps his wrong secret. He does this precisely because he believes his act was wrong and that an admission of his transgression would send a bad moral statement about the rightness or wrongness of his act to people for whom his conduct matters; or
(B) The person who does something morally wrong, and knows it is wrong, and nonetheless does not keep his wrong act secret. He does this because he believes hypocrisy to be a worse moral transgression than the wrong he did; or
(C) The person who does something morally wrong (remember, in our hypothetical it is wrong), but does not acknowledge it is wrong, and therefore does not keep his wrong act secret?
You can use any means you like to help you decide. Personally, I chose to use marital infidelity as the "morally wrong" act. Since this hypothetical is about morals and not law try and refrain from confusing the issue. This is a straight up moral wrong not an illegal act.
Who do you think is worse?
Monday, November 20, 2006
NEW YORK — News Corp., the parent company of book publisher HarperCollins and the FOX network, has canceled publication of the O.J. Simpson book and television special "If I Did It."
"I and senior management agree with the American public that this was an ill-considered project," said Rupert Murdoch, News Corp. chairman. "We are sorry for any pain that this has caused the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson."
Good on Rupert!
He's at it again. He wants to reinstate the draft. I think he just like saying it. Kinda like "The Fonz" used to put up his thumb and say "aaaaaaaaaaay". It's his schtick.
I'm curious why he wants all men and women between the ages of 18 and 42 to be eligible. 42 seems to be an odd number. Why not 45? Why not 50? Could it be perhaps that he doesn't want to leave anyone in Congress' child behind except perhaps his own? He's a Korean War vet and born in 1930. He went to Congress in 1970, when he was 40. How much you wanna bet his youngest is at least 43?
I did some searching but I found nothing concrete. I would guess that he had both of his kids no later than 1964.
A US government regulator on Friday approved the sale of silicon breast implants for cosmetic use, overturning a 14-year ban imposed due to safety concerns.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the implants' use for breast augmentation in women 22 and older, but said that safety tests would continue.
Allergan Inc and Mentor Corp are the two companies that make the gel-based product, which supposedly has a more natural feel than saline-filled implants that had not been subjected to a ban.
Until Friday, silicon implants' use had been limited to reconstructive surgery and clinical trials.
"The extensive body of scientific evidence provides reasonable assurance of the benefits and risks of these devices," Daniel Schultz, director of the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health said in a statement.
"The silicone breast implant is one of the most extensively studied medical devices," Shultz said, adding that it was now up to "women and their physicians to make informed decisions."
Analysts said the sale of breast implants may double in the next few years as a result of the ruling, according to Bloomberg News.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
The Sudanese army and government-backed militias are committing acts of "inexplicable terror" against civilians, including children, in Darfur, the U.N.'s top humanitarian official said Saturday.
Spiraling violence in the conflict-wracked region of western Sudan is reaching its worst level since fighting erupted more than three years ago, Jan Egeland, the U.N. undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs said.
"The government and its militias are conducting inexplicable terror against civilians," he said in an Associated Press interview just after returning from his final trip to the area before his term as U.N. humanitarian chief ends in December.
In other news, the Earth is round.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
They have elected former House Majority Leader and Whip Boehner and Blunt as the not so new Minority Leader and Whip.
Why? Did they do such a bang up job when they had the majority? I think if the answer is yes they wouldn't now be THE MINORITY. Dolts.
by Jerry K.
Wow. Sad News. A day before the biggest College Football rivalry has it's greatest clash, one of the living legends passes on. Bo Schembechler died this morning at Providence Hospital in Southfield. He was 77.
Hail to the Ultimate Victor: Rest in Peace Bo Schembechler.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Funny how there haven't been any lawsuits, screams of foul play, voter intimidation or stolen elections this time.
Democrats... If they win, it's all fine but heaven help us all when they lose. Can't wait for 2008.
Maybe but I believe that OJ is just an ass that got away with murder. Simpson has written a book called, "If I Did It''.
Please, spare me the IF. You did it, you piece of shit. You did it, you got away with it and you convinced your much suffered children that you were innocent. What about your kids now, OJ? They are 12 years older and I'm guessing that they can all read. First you practically decapitate their mother, then you go on trial and use the Chewbacca defense to get off. Those poor kids needed everything to cling to the hope that maybe just maybe your weren't the piece of shit killer that you are. Now you do this. Well, I hope you get the celebrity you are obviously after. Who cares that your kids will probably spend the rest of their lives in therapy because of you.
Eat shit and die.
Michael Moore has written a pledge for us Conservatives and Republicans. I appreciate the effort but I really hope they don't do all that. Some of those promises make my stomach ache.
To: Conservatives and Republicans
I, and my fellow signatories, hereby make these promises to you:
1. We will always respect you for your conservative beliefs. We will never, ever, call you "unpatriotic" simply because you disagree with us. In fact, we encourage you to dissent and disagree with us.
2. We will let you marry whomever you want, even when some of us consider your behavior to be "different" or "immoral." Who you marry is none of our business. Love and be in love — it's a wonderful gift.
3. We will not spend your grandchildren's money on our personal whims or to enrich our friends. It's your checkbook, too, and we will balance it for you.
4. When we soon bring our sons and daughters home from Iraq, we will bring your sons and daughters home, too. They deserve to live. We promise never to send your kids off to war based on either a mistake or a lie.
5. When we make America the last Western democracy to have universal health coverage, and all Americans are able to get help when they fall ill, we promise that you, too, will be able to see a doctor, regardless of your ability to pay. And when stem cell research delivers treatments and cures for diseases that affect you and your loved ones, we'll make sure those advances are available to you and your family, too.
6. Even though you have opposed environmental regulation, when we clean up our air and water, we, the Democratic majority, will let you, too, breathe the cleaner air and drink the purer water.
7. Should a mass murderer ever kill 3,000 people on our soil, we will devote every single resource to tracking him down and bringing him to justice. Immediately. We will protect you.
8. We will never stick our nose in your bedroom or your womb. What you do there as consenting adults is your business. We will continue to count your age from the moment you were born, not the moment you were conceived.
9. We will not take away your hunting guns. If you need an automatic weapon or a handgun to kill a bird or a deer, then you really aren't much of a hunter and you should, perhaps, pick up another sport. We will make our streets and schools as free as we can from these weapons and we will protect your children just as we would protect ours.
10. When we raise the minimum wage, we will pay you — and your employees — that new wage, too. When women are finally paid what men make, we will pay conservative women that wage, too.
11. We will respect your religious beliefs, even when you don't put those beliefs into practice. In fact, we will actively seek to promote your most radical religious beliefs ("Blessed are the poor," "Blessed are the peacemakers," "Love your enemies," "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God," and "Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."). We will let people in other countries know that God doesn't just bless America, he blesses everyone. We will discourage religious intolerance and fanaticism — starting with the fanaticism here at home, thus setting a good example for the rest of the world.
12. We will not tolerate politicians who are corrupt and who are bought and paid for by the rich. We will go after any elected leader who puts him or herself ahead of the people. And we promise you we will go after the corrupt politicians on our side FIRST. If we fail to do this, we need you to call us on it. Simply because we are in power does not give us the right to turn our heads the other way when our party goes astray. Please perform this important duty as the loyal opposition.
I promise all of the above to you because this is your country, too. You are every bit as American as we are. We are all in this together. We sink or swim as one. Thank you for your years of service to this country and for giving us the opportunity to see if we can make things a bit better for our 300 million fellow Americans — and for the rest of the world.
Please, I beg you, don't do us any favors.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Michael Kinsley wants to know why we bother having non-elected people on Commissions deciding what our leaders should do about a particular problem.
If I told you that there was something in Washington called the Baker commission but didn't tell you what it was about, you still could probably name many of its members. If you are of a certain age, you might wonder, "Jim or Howard?" And you might have a quibble or two.
Where is Dick Holbrooke? Does Sandra Day O'Connor's new availability mean that Madeleine Albright is out of luck from now on? Are they sure that Larry Eagleburger is still alive? But Vernon Jordan is there, along with Ed Meese and Alan Simpson and Lee Hamilton. This is one torch that has not been passed to a new generation, although former Virginia senator and presidential son-in-law Charles Robb (age 67) is a fresh face in the pool of Washington Wise Men. Welcome, Chuck.
The Baker commission — that's James Baker, of course — was appointed by Congress to look into the situation in Iraq. It is expected to report early next month, and it is duly bouncing around and staffing up and holding hearings and all the things that prestigious commissions do.
Ordinarily a commission such as this has two possible purposes: action or inaction. Sometimes a problem is referred to a prestigious commission so that the commission can recommend doing things that everybody knows must be done but that nobody has the nerve to propose — at least nobody who has to run for office. The commission can ram this policy down the politicians' allegedly unwilling throats. If it is bipartisan — and what fun is a commission that isn't bipartisan? — the commission also protects both parties against a stab in the back by the other. This is how Social Security was reformed and saved the last time, when the chairman of the commission was Alan Greenspan, and undoubtedly this is how it will be reformed and saved again. Hey, Greenspan's available again. Come to think of it, why isn't he on this one? He is no expert on Iraq — but neither is Leon Panetta, another recent initiate into the Pantheon.
On the other hand, sometimes a problem is referred to a commission simply to get it off the table. Action is widely perceived as necessary, and the creation of a commission can be made to look like action.
So which is the Baker commission? It's got elements of both. Part of the idea, certainly, was to get the politicians over the hump of the election and give them something to say in the meantime. ("We desperately need new ideas and fresh thinking about Iraq and, indeed, the entire Middle East. I look forward to the recommendations of the Baker commission and urge them to interpret their mandate widely and boldly.") And part of the idea is to legitimize some impalatable solution. But the Baker commission may be nearly unique in that there is no obvious solution waiting to be imposed. People actually hope that it will come up with something that no one has thought of.
I grew up thinking that Congress and the Senate were elected to do just what all these stupid "non-partisan" commissions keep doing. Isn't solving our nations problems the job of our elected representatives?
So our elected officials build these commissions to solve or not solve any particular problem. Then our "elected" reps can watch the polls, see how we the people respond and act. That's just the thing though, isn't it? Didn't we elect people that are often more educated then the masses to actually represent us? We pick representatives so we don't have to think about it. I don't want my representative to get his advice from Chuckie, the Burger King drive thru guy, do you? That is the whole point of an elected government. I wish our dear leaders would just LEAD, do what they said they would do and not wait for the unwashed masses to be polled.
Chrikey, it's almost like they care more about getting re-elected than they do about legislating.
Dean scored some Red Wings tickets last Friday. Neither of us could go, so we offered them to my brother. He jumped at the chance and offered to take Jacob. I was really excited and so was Jake. He's 9 and for his very first hockey game he had better seats then I EVER did. Lucky brat. So, here are a couple pictures for your viewing pleasure.
The game was Nashville @ Detroit. The final score was 3-0, so my little man not only saw his/our team win and a brawl on the ice but it was a shutout too! It just doesn't get any better than this.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Nah, of course not. People can't stop speculating that Joe might switch. It's utterly ridiculous. The guy has been a lifelong Democrat and votes fairly liberal most of the time. Just because his comrades decided it would be politically advantageous to support Lamont doesn't mean he'll switch out of spite. Anger is one thing, beliefs are quite another. He's really not a DINO, to me, he's just a Democrat that puts country and ideals above partisanship. Most of the time, anyway.
So, do I think Lieberman will switch? No more than I think people choose to be gay.
"Does Nancy Pelosi ever wear a fake flower on her lapel that shoots acid? Because that would really be a surprise for Batman when he's hauling her to Commissioner Gordon's office."
More at Mother May I Sleep With Treacher.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Friday, November 10, 2006
A little ditty from 1964, long before I was born...
The election day is over,
The talking is done.
My party lost,
Your party won.
So let us be friends,
Let arguments past.
I'll hug my elephant,
You kiss your ass.
Dean doesn't like him. Doesn't find him funny, at all. Makes his liberal armor wince and cringe. I have no such problems. Everytime I see Kazakhstan's representative "Borat" on television I laugh my ass off. He's so ridiculous, he's Generation X's Benny Hill. Yes, I loved Benny Hill too.
By the way, anyone that listens to him and has any knowledge of language or other cultures can tell it's a mish mash. He usually opens his dialog by saying' Jak się masz?", which is Polish not Russian or Kazakh for "how are you?".
Anyone seen the movie yet? I want to go but I'm pretty sure Dean won't and I'm not sure I should corrupt or confuse Jake by taking him...
Thursday, November 9, 2006
I voted to restore the ban on hunting mourning doves. I just don't get it and that's too bad for all you dove hunters.
What is the purpose of shooting a dove? They aren't over populated and you'd have to shoot six of them just to get six McNuggets.
I think that shooting little singing birds is just pointless. If a hunter wants to hunt then he should hunt food, if he wants target practice them he should shoot skeet.
Of course, the real reason I hate the idea of hunting is personal. I don't eat cute food. I can't do it.
I'll eat it if it's stupid and/or ugly but not cute, hell, I'd eat it if were smart and ugly too. Ugly is a prerequisite for my frying pan.
Wednesday, November 8, 2006
Losing Republican Senators and Congressmen all over gasp over the suspicious timing...
The Dems took the House but now it looks like the Senate is going their way too. Hell, I'm not even sure that the Dems saw that one coming?
Well Democrats kicked some ass didn't they?
So, how long of a grace period should we give them before we start calling everything they say or do either lies or incompetence? A week or two? Hey it's only fair, it's all they've done to us for the last 6 years....
Tuesday, November 7, 2006
PROPOSAL 1 (Trust Fund): This measure would provide constitutional protection to 13 conservation and recreation funds that get their money from licenses and permits for hunting, fishing and boating. The measure would stop the governor and state legislators from diverting the money—which pays for everything from state parks to marinas—for other uses.
Voting "yes" would ban the money from being diverted.
Voting "no" would keep the funds from getting constitutional protection.
PROPOSAL 2 (Affirmative Action): This proposal was prompted by a 2003 U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld a general affirmative action policy at the University of Michigan’s law school but struck down the undergraduate admission formula as too rigid because it awarded points based on race.
Jennifer Gratz, a white student from suburban Detroit, says she was turned away from the university in 1995. The high school honor student says if she had been black, American Indian or Hispanic, she would have gotten in. She’s now leading the effort to pass the ballot proposal.
Voting "yes" would ban the use of race and gender preferences in public university admissions as well as in government hiring and contracting.
Voting "no" would allow affirmative action to continue at those public institutions. Private businesses would not be affected if the constitutional amendment passes.
PROPOSAL 3 (Dove Hunting): The state’s ban on dove hunting stood for nearly a century until the Legislature and Gov. Jennifer Granholm lifted it in 2004. The proposal to ban dove hunting is a referendum on that law, which was suspended once the measure got on the ballot.
Voting "yes" would let mourning doves be hunted during a hunting season.
Voting "no" would restore the ban on dove hunting.
PROPOSAL 4 (Eminent Domain): This proposal would prevent governments from claiming eminent domain to seize private property for economic development projects. The practice already is prohibited by a 2004 Michigan Supreme Court ruling, but this measure would enact the ban in the state constitution.
It also would require property owners to get 125 percent of their property’s fair market value if it is seized for a public use like a highway or railroad.
Supporters say it would keep government from unfairly seizing property to assist private developers. But opponents say it could keep local governments from being able to clean up dilapidated areas or allow holdouts to delay projects or force local governments to cough up more money.
Voting "yes" would put the eminent domain ban in the state constitution, where it would be very difficult to change.
Voting "no" would keep the tighter restrictions from being added to the constitution, although some already are essentially in force because of the state court decision.
PROPOSAL 5 (Education Funding): After years of seeing promised school funding increases not arrive, K-12 advocates teamed up with those worried that years of cuts had hurt Michigan’s universities and community colleges to put this measure on the ballot.
The proposed law would boost education spending by at least $565 million, but that money might have to come from the general fund, which could leave less for other areas such as prisons, child protection or grants to local governments.
Voting "yes" would automatically increase funding for public K-12 schools, community colleges and universities each year by at least the annual inflation rate. It also would cap the amount local schools pay for teachers’ retirement and shift responsibility for an additional retirement costs to the state.
Voting "no" would keep the status quo, with state lawmakers and the governor increasing or decreasing school funding levels depending on their priorities and the money available.
I voted, in order, No, Yes, No, Yes, NO.
Stabenow [D] will keep her seat in Michigan.
Talent [R] wins in Missouri
Tester [D] will take Montana
Everything else is pretty much solid Dem or GOP territory. NO real surprises.
Monday, November 6, 2006
I am going against conventional wisdom and predicting that while the GOP will lose some seats tomorrow, they will neither lose control of the U.S. House nor the Senate.
I will give more race by race predictions later today.
What say you?
You know I'm not exactly into the geek shit the way Dean is sometimes, but I studied physics and I have to admit this guy from Flint is obviously pretty damned smart:
Shit, shouldn't some archeologist or something give him a call? Looks like he's figured stuff out that no one else has managed to figure out in hundreds of years!
(Hat Tip: Dean.)
Sunday, November 5, 2006
Friday, November 3, 2006
Thursday, November 2, 2006
I think we have a star in our midst. I just saw the preview for next week's Grey's Anatomy and I fell off my barstool. I swear I just saw the lovely Alex in that preview. It was only a few seconds but I have a knack for facial recognition.
Tell me true, Alex! Is that you? Are you going to be on next week's Grey's Anatomy?
CT: Joe Lieberman beats Ned Lamont like a red-headed stepchild.
TN: Corker edges out the super cute Harold Ford Jr.
VA: George Allen in a squeaker.
PA: Robert Casey shreds Rick Santorum rectum and takes his seat.
OH: DeWine edges Brown just barely. Democrats cry foul and demand recounts till January. Which is only fair since we know the Rethuglicans cheated.
NJ: Tom Kean beats the scandalized Sen. Bob Menendez.
MD: Michael Steele beats Ben Cardin in a photo finish.
More predictions later...
Ben Stein used to be a speechwriter for President Nixon. He's tapped into that frame of mind and written a speech that he thinks Bush should deliver.
Times are very tough in Iraq and if I was still a speechwriter for the President, like I was for Mr. Nixon and Mr. Ford, this is what I would suggest he say:
My fellow Americans, I have some sobering news. It is my duty, above all, to protect the nation. I sincerely believed I was doing that when I ordered the invasion of Iraq. I still believe Saddam Hussein was the most dangerous man in the world. But it is clear to me now that things are not working out well in Iraq. Despite the incredible confidence, bravery and sacrifice of our men and women on the ground there, Iraq is still a violent, largely out of control nation. We may be making more terrorists than we destroy. "Quagmire" comes sadly to mind. It is clear that change must be made. Therefore, I have this morning accepted Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's resignation with sincere thanks for his service to the nation. He will be replaced by a truly heroic American, Senator John McCain of Arizona.
Despite my best intentions, I made mistakes in Iraq and mine is the responsibility. Good men and women died and hard-earned tax money was lost. Fine young men and women are crippled and disabled, which is a tragedy. It is time for a change. Therefore, I am convening an official, national, bi-partisan, blue ribbon commission composed of Democrats, Independents and Republicans, civilian and military, to start meeting at once and give me a recommendation in one month as to what our Iraq policy should be. All options are on the table. All.
I want to close with this thought. I am just a man. I have no miraculous powers. I have no special pipeline to God. Like all presidents from Jefferson and Lincoln onwards — and believe me, I know I'm not in their league — I make mistakes and sometimes good people die because of them. I am deeply sorry. As we re-examine our policy, I would ask that you all pray for us to make the right decision. May God continue to bless us all. Thank you.
I like it. Bring back Stein!
HT: One of my favorite sistas in evilness, Venomous Kate
Wednesday, November 1, 2006
HT: Ted in the comments via The Freepers
John Kerry said he was sorry he blew his joke. I wish he was sorry that he insulted the troops but what do you expect from a guy that got four Ds his freshman year at Yale — in geology, two history courses and political science.
"You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. And if you don't, you get stuck in Iraq."
Those are his remarks. Kerry said it was a botched joke. Well, if it was meant to be a joke, it damn well was botched. This is what happens when you give a "C-"
Harvard Yale graduate a microphone. [I can't believe I forgot it was Yale]
If you don't study hard and make an effort to be smart, you end up looking like an asshole that can't tell a joke.
Here's the thing, if Kerry had just apologized for the unintended insult as well as explained that it was a botched joke. This story would have died. But he didn't. He got defensive and indignant. Now everybody has a comment about it.
"This is deja vu all over again," said retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Burton Moore, calling Kerry's remarks typical of the "liberal elitist attitude towards our men and women who are serving, many of whom are college graduates."
"If you recall back in the Vietnam War how he likened the troops to raping and pillaging across Vietnam like Genghis Khan. I think it must be something that must be within his own psyche and only he can answer that, but it angers all of us out here to hear it," Moore said.
Elected Republican military veterans also made clear they were not appreciative of the Kerry's comments regardless of his intentions.
"The Armed Forces of 2006 are made up of the brightest, most dedicated young men and women to ever serve our nation. They understand that terrorism has to be fought, not appeased. These comments are beneath Senator Kerry," added Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who is still an Air Force Reserves attorney.
"Some (U.S. troops) have high school diplomas, some have graduate degrees, but they are all serving. I am grateful for them, and to somehow suggest that only those lacking academic credentials are the ones who serving is an insult to every one of those young people, young and old, in what I believe is a noble cause," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told FOX News. McCain, a decorated Vietnam veteran, is a potential rival to Kerry should both decide to run for president in 2008.
"We're not talking about fellow politicians. I can take anything that's thrown at me, I am a tough guy," McCain said, adding he would accept an apology if Kerry made one. "This particular comment is so harmful to these brave young people. ... They are the very best of America, let's never forget that."
Kerry fired back at McCain earlier in the day, telling the former Vietnam prisoner of war that he "ought to ask for an apology from (Defense Secretary) Donald Rumsfeld for making the mistakes he's made. John McCain ought to ask for an apology from this administration for not sending enough troops."
Botched joke? Maybe. I'll even say probably. Listen up though, even if it isn't a botched joke and even if what he said was 80% accurate. It's still an insult and he should apologize for it.
If I saw a fat women walking down the street eating a donut and she overheard me or perhaps you make a snide remark about her girth. Would you feel compelled to apologize for hurting her feelings? Even if you are right and the fat chick should lay off the donuts? I certainly would.
Being right doesn't absolve anyone of hurting someone's feelings anymore than being stupid does.