"It is simply a fact that Democrats like Murtha are encouraging the Iraqi insurgents when they say the war is going badly and it's time to bring the troops home. Whether or not there is any merit to the idea, calling for a troop withdrawal � or 'redeployment,' as liberals pointlessly distinguish � will delay our inevitable victory and cost more American lives.
Anti-war protests in the U.S. during the Vietnam War were a major source of moral support to the enemy. We know that not only from simple common sense, but from the statements of former North Vietnamese military leaders who evidently didn't get the memo telling them not to say so. In an Aug. 3, 1995, interview in The Wall Street Journal, Bui Tin, a former colonel in the North Vietnamese army, called the American peace movement 'essential' to the North Vietnamese victory. "
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Friday, November 11, 2005
Sad but true: If ANWR doesn't get out of the Congress, the GOP will have to do some housecleaning. There's national security and there's jduges. Everything else is a distant third issue. Those are the defining issues of our time, and they define the GOP.
There's got to be an edge to the big tent.
I want to anticipate one thing: If ANWR exploration does make it out of the Congress, I don't care if some GOPers voted against it. Realists understand the concept of a 'free vote,' and don't resent the party leadership managing to a majority.
But if it fails, it would be a very good thing to see some ANWR opponents tossed out in the primaries of '06, or even the general. "
Doesn't this sound a bit like the John and Ken effort to defeat David Drier as a "Human Sacrifice" to make a point about illegal immigration?
Hugh, we hardly knew ye.
Thursday, November 10, 2005
"There's an old story about a person who has two beasts living inside him and they war against each other.
Q. Which beast wins?
A: The beast that gets fed the most because that's the beast that's strongest. The other beast will be malnourished and weak.
The moral: Right now, I'm not betting on France being strong enough to re-establish Western values in their country."
Kudos to GOP and the City for this very funny post:
"I have previously exposed the blatant conservative right-wing bias of the Wall Street Journal's stipple-artists. First they attacked a presidential candidate (who served in Vietnam), now they're going after Howard Dean on their Opinion Journal site."
This was my favorite moment of the first days of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I thought it condensed the attitude and spirit of the Marine Corps into one perfect line:
News Reporter: "'Whats your strategy?'
Anonymous Marine: 'Get to Baghdad before the Army does.'
I remember seeing it, I think it was on Fox News, but I have not been able to find any reference to it except for this comment at Jedi Wisdom - www.ezboard.com
"Warren Beatty has been all over the news as the leader of the anti-Schwarzenegger forces in California. He has emerged, and good for him. He's been making heavily covered speeches and shadowing GOP rallies along with his wife, Annette Bening, a truly great actress. But Wednesday Beatty told reporters, 'I don't want to run for governor.' Which left me scratching my head. This is politics, not showbiz. It has nothing to do with what you want. If you're serious you move forward, whether you're in the mood or not. You really don't want it? Then get out of the way! Get off the stage, let someone else stand there. The Democrats of California need a leader, not a handsome fly buzzing 'round their heads."
Um... Peggy? Come back to us, babe.
I respectfully disagree with Vodkapundit's assessment.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
An embarrasing post from Atomizer at Fraters Libertas. He has the gall to protest Bartolo Colon's well-deserved Cy Young award and makes his case for Johan Santana:
Santana 238 (1st in the American League)
Colon 157 (8th in the American League)
Hits Allowed Per 9 Innings
Santana 6.99 (1st)
Colon 8.69 (13th)
Strikeouts Per 9 Innings
Santana 9.25 (1st)
Colon 6.35 (16th)
Opponent Batting Average
Santana .210 (1st)
Colon .254 (13th)
On Base Against Average
Santana .250 (1st)
Colon .291 (2nd)
Slugging Percentage Allowed
Santana .346 (1st)
Colon .407 (15th)
Walks + Hits Per Inning Pitched
Santana .970 (1st)
Colon 1.16 (3rd)
Earned Run Average
Santana 2.87 (2nd)
Colon 3.48 (8th)
Santana 5.17 (2nd)
Colon 3.65 (6th)
Colon 21 (1st)
Santana 16 (5th)
The Elder's now infamous prediction that the 2004 addition of Colon 'might help the Angels' was incredibly prescient at the time, but it is just a bit backwards in this instance. Their phenomenal production of 6.02 runs per game when Colon was on the mound attests to the fact that the Angels probably helped Colon just a bit more than he helped them."
First of all, I had no idea that the Cy Young is sub-titled "Best random statistics for a pitcher in a season award". I can understand how desperate one becomes as a Twins fan and Satana being considered for a Cy Young is pretty much the closest thing to a victory a Twins fan can approach, but let's get real. I can understand Yankee fans griping about Mariano Rivera not winning, but this is pathetic.
Many of the Angels' runs that Atomizer's referring to occurred in the late innings of games in which Colon pitched AFTER he had dominated the opponent and put the game firmly in the win column. Also, there was a stretch in July and August where the Angels were just not scoring ANY runs and Colon, Lackey and Santana held things together and kept them in the race. Colon ended up being the anchor of the rotation and always pitched a huge game when the Halos needed it.
One last thing... only losers claim wins aren't important.
"Like an instant replay review that will never end, apologists for CBS News, Dan Rather, Mary Mapes and the mainstream media in general insist on reconstructing the history of 'RatherGate,' the scandal that exploded more than a year ago when 60 Minutes II used obviously forged documents to attack George W. Bush and, perhaps, alter the course of the 2004 presidential election. "
"This will backfire for these terrorists.� The people of Jordan will protest this, most likely in the capital.� Pictures of Zarqawi will burn.
I wrote that an attack in Jordan is imminent quite a while back.� Sadly, my nightmare has come true."
Let's hope this is the tipping point for the citizens of Jordan. They have benefitted from relatively sane governance in the past, this is an opportunity to join the right side of the GWOT.
And from Don Surber
At some point the Western world will have to stop being anti-Semitic and anti-American long enough to join this effort to rid the world of terrorism. We either pull together or get bombed separately.
Here's Michelle's excerpt from Neil Boortz: :
"require that every resident of San Francisco who owns a handgun to turn it in to the government by April 1st. April 1st, by the way, is more commonly known as 'April Fool's Day.' Even voters in San Francisco should be bright enough to figure out that law-abiding citizens will be the ones to turn over their guns, while the lawless, the criminal element, will not. The number of guns in the hands of law abiding citizens will go down. The number of guns in the hands of criminals will not."
"Only in 1993 were the New Jersey and Virginia races a precursor of major change.
In 1997 and 2001 the parties that lost the two governorships went on to make gains in the following year's midterm elections. The only pattern we can see here is that in every election for the past 20 years, the president's party has lost both the New Jersey and Virginia governorships.
At the risk of being frightfully boring, our prediction is that the 2006 election, like the 2005 election, is likely to be a reaffirmation of the status quo. As we've argued, in the Senate the trend has been toward alignment with a state's presidential preferences in 2000 and 2004--but this trend is self-limiting.
In 2002 Democrats made big gains in Democratic states and Republicans made smaller gains in Republican ones, which means both parties' targets of opportunity are limited this time around."
As usual, the highlight of his post is found in the headline: "Yes, Santa Claus, there is a Virginia." - Brilliant!
Nobody knows California politics like Hugh Hewitt. The Governor would do will to heed his sage advice: (Read the entire post)
"As Nixon often remarked: You can't win with just the conservatives, but you cannot win without them.
Your team told you that if you put enough bait on the hook, you'd get the troops to marching. While they no doubt dutifully voted for your four initiatives --and Prop 73, which would have required notice to parents when their teen daughter sought an abortion-- they most certainly did not march.
And they aren't even that upset this morning. They didn't lose a thing --you lost. Perhaps you will spend the next couple of weeks figuring out that you have exactly zero high profile GOP conservatives close to you, and that there are a whole bunch of lefties running around your offices busy advancing agendas with which the right cannot agree.
Name the conservative icon upon whom you depend and to whom you go for solid advice? There isn't one."
"Democrats won races in New Jersey and Virginia, so what? They are races that the Democrats were already favored to win anyway. Corzine's lead in New Jersey was well over the 10 points he eventually won by. Someone will have to help me with Virginia politics, since I don't care who the governor of Virginia is regardless of party. Personally, I'm just glad that I don't have to see another negative attack ad from New Jersey.Over the next few days months, the media will drone on about 'Bush-factors' and 'shifting tides' in these two elections. I will even bet $25 that I get an email from John Kerry claiming a huge victory, a blow to Bush and his cabal crony conservatives, and a beg for money."
It really isn't a shocking development that a millionaire, Democrat, US Senator won the NJ Governor race. Why is this such a harbinger? NJ hasn't gone Red State in over a decade.
Also, check-in on Don Surber today as he has an open post for multitudes of reactions and "blogpinions" on the election.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Hat tip to Michelle Malkin for linking up to the latest horror in Asia::
"Poso (AsiaNews) Two men armed with pistols shot point blank at two female students in Poso, central Sulawesi, wounding them in the head at 7:45 pm local time (11:45 GMT am)
The new act of violence took place in the same town where three young Christian students were decapitated on October 29. A fourth student was seriously injured in the same attack.
The two 17-year-old victims, Yuli Siti Nuraini and Ivone, are in critical conditions, according to Nurhayati, a paramedic. Ivone was hit in the left jaw, whilst Yuli was wounded in the neck. They were operated at the Poso Hospital where they were taken by police, the paramedic said.
For the moment, local and regional police have not released any statement about the event.
A few hours before Central Sulawesi police Chief Oegroseno had reported that police had not yet identified the killers of Ida Yarni Sambue (15), Theresia Morangke (15), and Alfita Poliwo (19), the three Christian girls decapitated on October 29.
The fourth girl who was wounded in the attack is recovering under tight police security since she is a material witness to the crime.
From 1998 to 2001 the Sulawesi Islands were the scene of sectarian clashes between Muslims and Christians.
Many now fear that the new acts of violence might signal renewed inter-religious violence.
Local Muslim and Christian leaders have said that outsiders are responsible for the recent crimes, not local Muslims. They believe that the culprits acted on order by some group bent on reigniting sectarian hatred in the area."
Dog Pundit has more.
And yet with 50% of precincts reporting, the Union Dues protection act is winning by 4.5 points and the Teacher Tenure measure is too close to call. This is astounding as the polls for the past few months have shown "No" winning by double digits.
Even more remarkable is the Parental Notification measure winning by a slight margin. California is supposed to be one of the most liberal states in the US and yet a parental notification measure has a chance of winning? What's really interesting is the map of the state and how this one represents the divide between No. Cal and So. Cal (with the obnoxious exception of LA County).
Monday, November 07, 2005
Give it a read and comment accordingly. The sacrifice and commitment our Americans in uniform make for us demands respect and attention whenever possible. God Speed Phil.
"The 'anti' arguments are effective. Conservatives have to spend half their time explaining that they are not bad people before they can be heard. But the Left has paid a great price. Because they have come to rely so heavily on one-word dismissals of their opponents, they have few arguments. "
Thank you, Dennis, for once again saying what I only think and have not been able to say myself.
"Oh, dear. Who's not 'being serious' here? In Normandy, it's not just the cheese that's soft and runny. Granted that France's over-regulated sclerotic economy profoundly obstructs the social mobility of immigrants, even Mr Debris - whoops, sorry - even Mr Debre' cannot be so out of touch as to think 'seriously' that the rioters are rioting for 'a fairer, more fraternal society'. But maybe he does. The political class and the media seem to serve as mutual reinforcers of their obsolete illusions. Or as the Washington Post's headline put it: 'Rage of French youth is a fight for recognition'.
Actually, they're very easy to 'recognise': just look out the window, they're the ones torching your Renault 5. I'd wager the 'French' 'youth' find that headline as hilarious as the Jets in West Side Story half a century ago, when they taunted Officer Krupke with 'society's' attempts to 'understand' them: we're depraved on account of we're deprived. Perhaps some enterprising Paris impresario will mount a production of West Eid Story with choreographed gangs of North African Muslims sashaying through the Place de la Republique, incinerating as they go."
Of course, to really appreciate Steyn's use of the language, you have to read the above in your very best British accent.
His skin was pale and his eye was odd"
Hat tip to James Taranto at Opinion Journal for posting a link to this article on the Court TV web page detailing the true facts of the Sweeney Todd story.
OC Chronicle is on the road in San Diego this week and we wasted a great hour reading this after the kids and Mrs. OC went to sleep.
We always thought the Sweeney story was mostly legend, but according to this account, the details are true and remarkably similar to our favorite musical.
The term "Must Read" is bandied about the blogosphere a little too loosely these days... but today's post from Michelle Malkin defines the term. She is thorough, brilliantly sourced, has extensive links and strikes just the right note of indignation and fury. She has so quickly become the "Lord of the Blogs".
Sunday, November 06, 2005
Hat tip to Anna at The Right Place for quoting extensively from Peter Schweizer's new book: "Do As I Say (Not As I Do)"
"The year that Moore claimed in 'Stupid White Men' that he didn't own any stock, he told the IRS that a foundation totally controlled by Moore and his wife had more than $280,000 in corporate stock and nearly $100,000 in corporate bonds.
Over the past five years, Moore's holdings have 'included such evil pharmaceutical and medical companies as Pfizer, Merck, Genzyme, Elan PLC, Eli Lilly, Becton Dickinson and Boston Scientific,' writes Schweizer, whose earlier works include 'The Bushes' and 'Reagan's War.'
'Moore's supposedly nonexistent portfolio also includes big bad energy giants like Sunoco, Noble Energy, Schlumberger, Williams Companies, Transocean Sedco Forex and Anadarko, all firms that 'deplete irreplaceable fossil fuels in the name of profit' as he put it in 'Dude, Where's My Country?'
'And in perhaps the ultimate irony, he also has owned shares in Halliburton. According to IRS filings, Moore sold Halliburton for a 15 percent profit and bought shares in Noble, Ford, General Electric (another defense contractor), AOL Time Warner (evil corporate media) and McDonald's."
As Dennis Prager often points out: "Being Liberal means never having to say your sorry". As a conservative (especially a religious type) one takes moral stands. One sticks one's neck (and some times other parts of the anatomy) out and clearly states a position and passes judgement on others. The biggest petard the Liberals try to hoist us upon is that we are "hypocrites" whenever we are found to have a normal human failing.
Therefore, William Bennet's brilliance is irrelevant because he gambles. Rush Limbaugh's logic and persuasive abilities are discounted due to a pain-killer addiction, The entire Bush Administration is a "Crime Family" because Scooter Libby has been indicted for perjury. And on and on...
The beauty of being a liberal is that since they never seem to make any moral condemnation or judgement upon other's behaviours, they are free of the dreaded hypocrite label and seem to exist in an "above the fray" legitimacy in the popular media.
Yet now Mr. Schweizer has exposed the sanctimonious Michael Moore (finally) and thus the hypocrite shoe can be on the other foot now. If Moore had not been such a blowhard and claimed such moral superiority he could have avoided this situation, but he made the mistake of claiming a position of ethical grandeur and now he must pay.
I have to say I'm a little surprised by this as it is a bit sloppy and stupid. I mean...Haliburton? That seems a bit obvious, doesn't it? Of course, I'm not surprised he owns stock in MacDonald's... it looks like he's making fine use of his dividends by re-investing them at the drive-thru via a #2 combo with extra fries.
Guess who registered Jesus Juice as a trademark during Jackson's criminal proceedings? Guess who is about to market a Jesus Juice wine? Guess whose wife is helping him market Jesus Juice?"
Saturday, November 05, 2005
various fantasy leagues.
To refresh your memories, we are operating the following leagues:
3 scrimmage squads operating through Yahoo Sports.
- Team 1 "AskMeAboutMelaleuca"
3-5 record, 7th place. (Interestingly, this is the league where we had the first pick in the draft and the draft robot automatically gave us Peyton Manning. NEVER draft a QB in the first round...NEVER!)
- Team 2 Red Stater in OC 6-2 record, 1st Place, 'Nuff Said.
- Team 3 OCChronicle.blogspot 5-3 record, 3rd Place (A true achievement as this team started out in the toilet and we've really battled back. Despite our team name, we have not been able to generate much traffic to the blog from here, apparently the FFL managers aren't blog readers.)
2 amateur teams on AOL Sports.
- Team 1 Shock and Awe 3-5 record, 3rd place in division (VERY disapointed in this team, I had high hopes, tough luck with injuries and such... could still pull it out in 2nd half.)
- Team 2 Ask Me About Melaleuca 5-3 record, 3rd place in division. (Despite drawing Peyton Manning, this team is doing OK)
1 minor league team on ESPN.com
- OC Shock and Awe 5-3 record, tied for 2nd in division (RBs have carried this team. Really enjoy the moments of banter between team owners in this team)
1 semi-pro team on NFL.com
- Shock and Awe 6-2 record, 1st place in division, 2nd best record in league. (My most talented team by far. Shaun Alexander, Julius Jones, Eli Manning, Marvin Harrison, Hines Ward - Fred Taylor and Stephen Davis ride the pines!)
A pro team ready to win it all on CBS.Sportsline.com owned by brother DOC
- Jayaco Football League, DOC - Probably password protected as this is a private league 6-2 record, 1st place in division, best record in league. (This is the team we spend most of our time on and are proudest of. We've been perennial losers in this league and this year, we're finally hitting our stride.)
I'm guessing your main observtion at this point is that we need to get more creative with our names... we know. But we really do kind of like "Shock and Awe" as the name for a football team. Feel free to submit your own favorites here.
Friday, November 04, 2005
The Alliance is speculating that Glen Reynolds is poised to take over Broadway with a new show. This seems bit incongruous as Broadway is the epitome of OLD media... Like Ancient Greek old. That being said, we here at OC Chronicle are perfectly positioned to report on this given our "Inside Broadway" status.
The Instapundit show will be: Glengarry Glen Reynolds. A gritty, sometimes obscene drama about the lives of desperate bloggers trying to post the perfect entry and get a hit on Michelle Malkin or Hugh Hewitt or (gasp) LGF! While sitting in pajamas in a dark family room with the NBA playing on the TV with the sound down, our hero feverishly checks his page visits and his Google Ads click-throughs.
Michelle Malkin has photos of the "Anti-Free Trade" protests in Argentina today. First pic is of Diego Maradona, "Futbal" super star most famous for CHEATING in the World Cup!
To para-phrase Laura Ingraham: SHUT UP AND KICK!
Now we need to be lectured by an athelete who a) doesn't even play a real sport (metric football?) and b) is a smarmy little cheater who robbed the Brits of the World Cup!
Kind of makes us here at the OC Chronicle expect A.J. Pierzynski to be talking politics years from now.
Sweeney Todd | BroadwayThe revival of Sweeney Todd opened last night to rave reviews. This has always been a favorite show for us here at OC Chronicle and we count it as an American Musical Masterpiece (That's right, an AMM!) I'm a little skeptical of the concept of this staging since they are not using a full chorus. Nothing beats the overwhelming sound of the original Broadway cast singing the Ballad of Sweeney Todd in seven part harmony! Buy the CD, it's a seminal work from demi-God Sondheim. Also, after browsing the web page, I just get the feeling that the whole thing is a little to "Brechtian" in feel. It shouldn't look quite so Berlin circa 1928, I think.
One of OC Chronicle's inside Broadway sources has reported that the daily wrap today is not as large as the rave reviews should suggest, so if you are in New York, see this one before January as it might not make it past the holiday season.
First, please understand that there is no excuse or rationalization for the kind of mindless violence gripping Paris over the past week. And I pray for any innocent victims of this hateful behavior.
But come on! How fun is it to see PM de Villepin struggling with this crisi and attempting to resolve the issues by initiating a dialogue with the "youths" engaged in these hateful riots? The smug, superior attitude the French Government has exerted over the rest of the world (especially the Yanks and the Brits) has set them up for ridicule ad justifiable disdain. They should ask Rudy Guiliani for help.
Read this blog for on the scene updates... pardon their French.
iNo Pasaran!"A bus was vandalised and fired on with real bullets in Sarcelles (which is, like, my fave place in the whole world). A supermarket was attacked in Montmagny and an underground parking torched in Persan. In Foug�res, firemen providing first aid in a housing project were trapped in an apartment and pelted with rocks. Their attackers then proceeded to torch the ambulance meant to evacuate the injured party.
In the Paris area other incidents are reported in Aulnay-sous-Bois, Clichy-sous-Bois and Saint-Denis, and in the north of France cars are being burned in Lille.
How's that dialogue thing going Mr. Vilepine? Getting anywhere with that?"
UPDATE: It has been brought to our attention that if it were not for the efforts of the American Military, Schadenfreude would, in fact, be French for Schadenfreude!