Thursday, January 20, 2005

Follow Me!

Why do so many people run for political office, only to sit at their desks and seek polls to determine a course of action? If I had to guess, I would imagine that the problem of re-election creeps into their minds and they worry about pleasing as many people as possible.

I want to see a leader take to the podium and say, "I know who I am. Follow me!"

I want a leader that has a vision and clear plan to achieve that vision. I may agree or disagree, but I will respect that leader. I want a leader to stand up for principles and not cower at the first sign of dissent.

Reagan was that kind of leader. Bush is that kind of leader. Where are the rest?

When it is my turn, you will know. You will hear, "I know who I am. Follow me!"

Michael Newdow, the Athiest Phony

Newdow doesn't want to hear a prayer at President Bush's inauguration. It seems a prayer would force him to accept a religion. Thankfully, Newdow has been shut down everywhere he turns, but I have yet to hear anyone ask a very important question:

Why does the prayer at the 2nd inauguration have special powers to change Newdow?

What about the 1st inauguration? What about every inauguration this guy has heard all his life? What about the State of the Union speeches, press conferences, and national addresses when the President ends by saying, "God bless America?"

It's obvious that Newdow is a fraud. A fake. A phony. He clearly hates Bush and wants to give Bush any black eye possible. Give it up, Newdow. Become an adult and learn to live within the country as a productive citizen. It's Bush's day. Bush and his supporters (and many of his opponents) want the prayer.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Teddy's Slip Up: Liquid Lunch or Senility?

During Senator Kennedy's rant yesterday afternoon, a reporter asked him why Barak Obama did so well and many other democrats did poorly. Kennedy's response was priceless.

Why don't we just ask Osama bin Laden...Osama Obama...Obama since he won by such a big amount?

Talk about a slip of the tongue! One too many at lunch? Getting a little too old? Perhaps something else on his mind?

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Wading into Political Waters

Today, I spoke with Molly, a pro-GOP friend and asked if she is interested in politics more than just as a casual observer. Her reply was interesting:

I guess I just get so frustrated at all the BS going on around it, that I just don't want to get involved.

Well, the more you get involved, the more you realize there isn't a lot of seems that way from a distance, but things are usually clearcut when you get close. There are obvious differences between political parties. Sure, there are those who cannot make up their minds without taking a poll (read: moderates), but most politicians are like night and day.

The lesson: come on in - the water is fine! If you have a desire to see things changed for the better, get involved. There are lots of political offices that go unfilled. There are lots of politicians that go unchallenged. Make a difference by being the difference. If you don't want to run for office, find a politician that you like and help him/her continue winning and pushing a conservative agenda.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Journalists and Marines in the Desert

Rush always says that comedy must have an element of truth to it for it to be truly funny.

I got this from Michael, a fellow Jeeper and blogger:

Anchors Dan Rather, Peter Jennings, and Cokie Roberts and a U.S. Marine were hiking through the desert one day when they were captured by Iraqis. They were tied up, led to the village and brought before the leader.

The leader said, "I am familiar with your western custom of granting the condemned a last wish. Before we kill you, do you have any last requests?"

Dan Rather said, "Well, I'm a Texan; so I'd like one last bowl full of hot, spicy chili." The leader nodded to an underling who left and returned with the chili. Rather ate it all and said, "Now I can die content."

Peter Jennings said "I am Canadian; so I'd like to hear the English National Anthem one last time." The leader returned with some rag-tag musicians and played the music. Jennings sighed and declared he could now die peacefully.

Cokie Roberts said, "I'm a reporter to the end. I want to take out my tape recorder and describe the scene here and what's about to happen. Maybe some day someone will hear it and know that I was on the job till the end." The leader directed an aide to hand over the tape recorder and Roberts dictated some comments. She then said, "Now I can die happy."

The leader turned and said, "And now, Mr. U.S. Marine, what is your final wish?"

"Kick me hard in the butt," said the Marine. "What?" asked the leader. "No, I'm not kidding. I want you to kick me in the behind," insisted the Marine. So the leader shoved him into the open, and kicked him in the hindparts. The Marine went sprawling, but rolled to his knees, pulled a 9mm pistol from inside his cammies, and shot the leader dead. In the resulting confusion, he leapt to his knapsack, pulled out his M4 carbine, and sprayed the Iraqis with gunfire. In a flash, the Iraqis were dead or fleeing for their lives.

As the Marine was untying Rather, Jennings, and Roberts, they asked him, "Why didn't you just shoot them? Why did you ask them to kick you?"!

"What!?" said the Marine, "And have you three jerks call ME the aggressor?"

Monday, January 10, 2005

Just Another Reason why the Old Media is Dying

The CBS report on the fake Bush National Guard memos is out. Four execs, including Mary Mapes got the axe. Dan Rather escaped further humiliation.

This is more proof the death rattle of the old media is sounding. Rather should have been shown the door for his part of the scandal. The report gives the impression that he was just a mere pawn. Are you telling me that Rather has no power to approve or decline a story?

The AP report only lists Rather as a narrator. Interesting. We have been told for a long time that he's a go-getter news hound. If all he does is read, then maybe it is time to go.

Friday, January 07, 2005

Twisting the Definition of Torture

Ever notice that when a celebrity or politician dies, it is called a tragedy? No, 150,000 killed by a tsunami is a tragedy. A famous person dying is a death. We tend to overuse and twist words during our day-to-day life. Ever notice a year or two ago that everything out of the ordinary was "extreme"??

As the hearing to confirm Alberto Gonzales as the next Attourney General continues, the Dems and the media are drooling all over themselves to revisit the "torture" at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay.

The Liberals want everything that is uncomfortable to be labeled as torture. That thinking only emboldens our enemies and endangers our troops. If terrorists hear that our troops must always play nice, what fear is there of being captured? Sit in a cell in Cuba for a year or two, then get sent back to your country. Big deal!

Here's my limitation of torture (with help from Jim Quinn): doing whatever it takes to get quality information. To me, the definition of torture is doing one step beyond that. There is no need to cause lasting physical harm to get info. Violent action against prisoners only generates useless info. If you are tortured, you will give up any info, true or not.

Making prisoners uncomfortable will eventually break them. This is practiced everyday at police interrogation rooms. Keep the room cool, fill the suspect full of coffee or pop, and eventually the discomfort sets in. The suspect eventually spills the beans. Playing loud heavy metal music in prison won't ruin the terrorist's life. Making them stand in place for hours won't kill them. Putting underwear on the heads of prisoners is far less threatening than sawing off the head of a innocent civilian.

On a side note, why is Ted Kennedy lambasting Gonzales about the practice of water boarding? This is when you simulate drowning causing the prisoner to panic and give up information. If anyone needs a lecture about drowning people, it's Mr. Kennedy.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Wacky Reasons for Tsunamis

Here are some of the top wacko thoughts (in no particular order) about why this tsunami was especially huge:

- Global warming (of course) caused by America's love affair with SUVs
- Allah did it because he hates the USA (even though Muslims were targeted)
- Allah did it because he hates the bad Muslims living in SE Asia
- Cutting into the Earth's crust to build highways has weakened it
- The "shock and awe" campaign in Iraq caused the Earth's crust to react
- Nuclear testing by the USA and Israel caused the Earth's crust to react

No mention from the wackos about how tsunamis have always been around since the dawn of time. Of course, saying that would mean that they aren't wacky.

I could wax poetic about how messed up this thinking is...but everyone already knows.

Weird Internet Tests

Jeff Stark, over at StarkTruth pointed me toward one of those goofy Internet test sites to rate my intelligence type. After answering several questions (some poorly written), here's what it told me:

Your Dominant Intelligence is Linguistic Intelligence

You are excellent with words and language. You explain yourself well.
An elegant speaker, you can converse well with anyone on the fly.
You are also good at remembering information and convicing someone of your point of view.
A master of creative phrasing and unique words, you enjoy expanding your vocabulary.

You would make a fantastic poet, journalist, writer, teacher, lawyer, politician, or translator.

No wonder I thought that some questions were poorly written. After all, I do write for a living. A poet? Been there, done that...well, at least as far as writing poetry to pick up girls in high school. A teacher? I currently teach a college class at Penn State Shenago.

A politician? More on that in about 6 weeks. ;)

Monday, January 03, 2005

Politics Requires Fortitude

Chris Portman (R-Mercer, PA), one of the youngest mayors in the US, and likely the youngest in PA, resigned his post three years into his four-year term.

It takes some guts, determination, and stamina to stay the course as a politician. Portmanhad the first two and hit the ground running at the tender age of 19. It took him a Mercer Minute to realize that he was the wrong guy in the wrong job at the wrong time.

Mercer has a weak-mayor system. The mayor has no voting power. The primary job description is to oversee the police department. Portman had vision and moxie, but he was better suited for council. He did have good charisma and visibility, and those traits (in addition to his age) brought positive attention to Mercer.

Unfortunately, Portman lacked stamina. If his lack of knowledge of the system put him into an unwanted position, he should have worked as hard as possible within the system. He got into arguments with council, typically over petty things. His mother even embarassingly came to a council meeting to demand that council stop picking on her son.

Portman pulled away from the job, missing most of the 2004 council meetings. Eventually, the young politico who surprised the town, county, state, and nation, surprised no one by walking away.

Perhaps he is through with politics. He should be. He packed up and left the state for other opportunities, failing to complete a single term. He has requested the media respect his privacy, even though he is - well, was - a public figure.

Portman wants to be left alone. That's fine. Best wishes to him. Now Mercer needs to find someone who seriously wants to be mayor.