Real Country Dark
Got back home earlier today after a couple of nights in Very Red Texas with my aunt. Spent the whole time chatting with her about the family and scanning in old photographs. An amazing privilege. Pictures of my old man when he was a very young boy and countless other amazing things besides.
My aunt (my Daddy's older sister) lives about ten minutes north of the President's ranch in the little town of Valley Mills. My family's been there since just after the Civil War and it's where I myself spent many of my formative years. Always a lot of memories for me there and impresssions of what was. No ghosts, but an abiding sense of rootedness and familiarity that is stronger in those few square miles than what exists for me anywhere else on Earth.
And when night falls, it is incredibly dark. You forget that, living in the city. A pitch black sky and full of stars.
Richardson Is Full of Crap
New Mexico governor Bill Richardson is full of crap. He was on a while ago claiming that certain Indians in rural counties and the Hispanics in Las Cruces still have 30,000 votes out there and that "it's not over yet." And then he said it again a couple of other ways. Hmmm. That sounds like a lot more than just spin to me.
Well, I was wrong about Arlen Specter, who is a turd, and also wrong about Bush winning Minnesota. Looks like he's getting his clock cleaned there pretty good, in fact. Still holding out hope for Wisconsin, though.
But I think Ohio is still very possible for the President.
Sentient Clothing Mood:
I don't know about you, but that chick from Wonkette makes my pants talk. Ana Marie Cox? Mmmmm...
Which reminds me, somehow, of a story from my time in Athens back in 1995. By the time I got there on my little walkabout, my clothes were starting to get gamey. I was splitting a room in a hostel with a couple of guys, including a really great Japanese guy named Aioki. I was joking about how bad my clothes were getting, and remarked that I was worried that my shirts were starting to talk to me.
Well, at that, Aioki fell into the space I presume exists among the multilingual between doubting one's command of another language and the uncomfortable belief that the person one is talking to is a complete nutjob. Heh, heh. A priceless reaction (and a quick, sanity-affirming explanation). I guess my sense of humor doesn't translate.
But we did both agree that Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 17 is our favorite of all Mozart's concerti.
It's good to be alive, even if I can't sit still for two minutes together just now.
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Does Crow Taste Anything Like Chicken?
I'm getting a bad vibe from my usual sources. Jesus. Are the French really going to win this thing?
Oh, well. Better to have hated and lost than never hated at all.
Giving It the Old Electoral College Try
Forget the spin: according to a much more thorough translation of Osama's recent address provided by MEMRI (see my blogroll), we have again been threatened by the traitor Michael Moore's proud new convert. (The emphases are mine.)
The tape of Osama bin Laden that was aired on Al-Jazeera on Friday, October 29th included a specific threat to "each U.S. state," designed to influence the outcome of the upcoming election against George W. Bush. The U.S. media in general mistranslated the words "ay wilaya" (which means "each U.S. state") to mean a "country" or "nation" other than the U.S., while in fact the threat was directed specifically at each individual U.S. state. This suggests some knowledge by bin Laden of the U.S. electoral college system. In a section of his speech in which he harshly criticized George W. Bush, bin Laden stated: "Any U.S. state that does not toy with our security automatically guarantees its own security."
The Islamist website Al-Qal'a explained what this sentence meant: "This message was a warning to every U.S. state separately. When he [Osama Bin Laden] said, 'Every state will be determining its own security, and will be responsible for its choice,' it means that any U.S. state that will choose to vote for the white thug Bush as president has chosen to fight us, and we will consider it our enemy, and any state that will vote against Bush has chosen to make peace with us, and we will not characterize it as an enemy. By this characterization, Sheikh Osama wants to drive a wedge in the American body, to weaken it, and he wants to divide the American people itself between enemies of Islam and the Muslims, and those who fight for us, so that he doesn't treat all American people as if they're the same. This letter will have great implications inside the American society, part of which are connected to the American elections, and part of which are connected to what will come after the elections."
Now, the important thing to remember is that this more accurate translation of Osama's message was completely fucking buried by Big Media because that's how al-Jazeera wanted it.
Am I wrong? I couldn't care less. That's how it effectively went down.
They knew. They all knew that Osama made a specific threat against certain states.
Cowards and manipulators. Cover for our enemies. It's the [American] Way.
There he was, OBL, all tan and rested and on videotape (hey, did you get the feeling that he had a bootleg of my movie? Are there DVD players in those caves in Afghanistan?)
That's right, friends. The traitor Michael Moore is boasting to the President that a mass murderer of innocent Americans is a devotee of his fucking garbage. It's moral insanity.
I've seen a lot of interviews lately among the usual pundits and politicians and not one of them will acknowledge the obvious truth that, if Osama bin Laden were permitted to vote in tomorrow's election, he would vote for John Kerry. Why will no one admit that?
Because the truth hurts.
A vote for John Kerry is a vote for those who hate America.
Here's a little something from the New York Post:
This campaign is ending just in time before someone gets hurt. John Kerry's stepson, Chris Heinz, 31, displayed his mother Teresa's famous lack of rhetorical restraint at a recent campaign event with a group of Wharton students. Philadelphia magazine reports: "Heinz accused Kerry's opponents - 'our enemies' - of making the race dirty. 'We didn't start out with negative ads calling George Bush a cokehead,' he said, before adding, 'I'll do it now.' Asked later about it, Heinz said, 'I have no evidence. He never sold me anything.'" Heinz also reminded writer Sasha Issenberg of Pat Buchanan by saying, "One of the things I've noticed is the Israel lobby - the treatment of Israel as the 51st state, sort of a swing state." Buchanan was blasted as an anti-Semite years ago when he cited Israel's "amen corner" in Congress.
This is outrageous. But do you really think it will get much play? Of course not. Nothing that the Kerrion say will cost their man a single vote because their hatreds run more deeply than their principles.
Any Jew who votes for the crypto-Jew/pseudo-Irish Kerry ought to have his head examined.
No Mas! No Mas!
The Bush-haters say that the new OBL tape hurts the President because it reminds people that OBL is still on the loose. Maybe. But I am inclined to believe that it will also piss off a lot of Americans because they see it is an attempt to influence our elections next Tuesday.
And, then, some of the best minds online, like Wretchard at the Belmont Club and Donald Sensing, see OBL's message as a pathetic bid for a truce. Sensing makes a very detailed case for this interpretation, including this:
I think it's telling that al Jazeera only broadcast a very short excerpt of the whole tape and only summarized what it didn't broadcast. One US newscast said that al Jazeera explained its snip of a broadcast by saying that it didn't want inadvertently to broadcast secret codewords for terrorist attacks in the tape, a concern that seems never to have bothered the network before. Evidently al Jazeera is no longer awed by the great and mighty Osama bin Laden anymore; maybe it is even trying now to hedge its bets. Or maybe the arabist network was just too embarrassed by bin Laden's new humility to show it all.
There've been some weird stirrings among the al-Qaedists lately, with Zarqawi's profession of fealty to Osama and this crap from "Azzam the American." It's like they're all jockeying for position on the final lap coming into the homestretch (i.e., the Great Satan's elections next week). But to what end? They're not going to surrender because the only thing they've got that we want is their own bodies, preferably blown to pieces.
But, after all is considered, I agree with Sensing: OBL is in justification mode, trying to shore up his defenses while calling off the dogs. To him, John Kerry's election would be the biggest dogs calling-off he could hope for. That's because Kerry is an appeaser who wants to work with "allies" and circle-jerk it at the UN.
Let's have none of that. If Osama is showing us an olive branch, I'd say it's time to snatch it from his hands and beat his ass with it.
Indicative This is what David Brooks has to say in today's New York Times:
Back in December 2001, when bin Laden was apparently hiding in Tora Bora, Kerry supported the strategy of using Afghans to hunt him down. He told Larry King that our strategy "is having its impact, and it is the best way to protect our troops and sort of minimalize the proximity, if you will. I think we have been doing this pretty effectively, and we should continue to do it that way."
But then the political wind shifted, and Kerry recalculated. Now Kerry calls the strategy he supported "outsourcing." When we rely on allies everywhere else around the world, that's multilateral cooperation, but when Bush does it in Afghanistan, it's "outsourcing." In Iraq, Kerry supports using local troops to chase insurgents, but in Afghanistan he is in post hoc opposition.
This is why Lurch cannot be trusted. He is a liar and a hypocrite. He is also Osama bin Laden's choice for the White House.
Is our country so decadent and blind that we would allow this murderous son of a bitch to influence our elections like the al-Qaedists did in Spain? Kerry's election would be a disaster. Muslim terrorists the world over would be dancing in the streets. At last, they'd cry, one of ours is in power again.
Kerry Must Be Stopped
You'll need to read British historian Paul Johnson's essay on how crucial it is that John Kerry be defeated.
The moment of truth is at hand, friends. Don't wake up next Wednesday morning to the sight on your TV of Palestinians, Frenchmen, and other sorts of terrorists and backstabbers dancing in the streets like they did in the aftermath of the atrocities of 11 September 2001. Because the simple truth is that America's enemies want John Kerry to win. Osama does. You know Zarqawi does.
The Word on Natch
Being a native and lifelong Texan, I never quite understood it when, as a kid, I would be reading some Marvel comic book (was never much of a DC man, frankly) and one of my favorite characters would say "Natch." Usually it was Ben Grimm, who was full of slangy, yankee goodness. He was always saying some crazy shizznit.
Anyhow, it's only been recently that I caught on to it as a diminutive form of "naturally." Sorta interesting. Maybe.
The Pain of Recognition
They won't admit it, but the Dhimmicrats have had about a day now to recognize that their nominee ---and they themselves--- are saying the exact same shit about this President that Osama bin Laden did in his Spanish opening yesterday. Doesn't it embarrass them in some way? Don't they stand indicted by that? I certainly think so.
Of all the assholish nonsense to issue out of their nests, maybe Bush's Infamous Seven-Minutes of Inaction is the most chickenshit of all the Dhimmicrats' complaints. Ask one of them why he or she thinks that Bush's conduct upon hearing of the second plane hitting the WTC was so awful. No one who has spent time with children thinks so. No one who has any common sense and really thinks about what effective difference could have been made by leaping up from his chair and losing it thinks so. Face it, Moore-ons: you're chickenshits. That's a mathematical fact.
Instead, let History record that the very first thing George W. Bush did when he knew that war had been declared on the United States was to remain calm and be strong for a classroom full of our children. It is only a mind diseased with hatred for him as a person that could take from his reaction anything less than the very essence of human virtue and strength. President Bush did not falter, waver, or fail; he summoned up his fortitude and went to work.
What would you have done with those seven extra minutes? Something desperate, probably. Something that stinks and stains your place in the order of things.
(Hat tip to Charles Johnson, natch.)
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Friday, 29 October 2004
A Losing Argument
John Podhoretz says that Kerry's political instincts are the Bush campaign's secret weapon.
The other day, Kerry said: "After being warned about the danger of major stockpiles of explosives in Iraq, this administration failed to guard those stockpiles -- where nearly 380 tons of highly explosive weapons were kept. Today we learned that these explosives are missing, unaccounted for and could be in the hands of terrorists."
Kerry has just bollixed up his own storyline about the war in Iraq. He is concluding his campaign by drawing an explicit association between Saddam Hussein, dangerous weaponry and international terrorists.
That's Bush's argument. Not Kerry's.
Kerry's account of the past 18 months is that Saddam's weaponry wasn't sufficient grounds for invasion and overthrow. After all, he said in the first presidential debate, "35 to 40 countries in the world had a greater capability of making weapons [of mass destruction] at the moment the president invaded than Saddam."
But in thundering about the vast danger posed by 380 tons of high explosive, Kerry is sure making it sound like Saddam possessed uniquely dangerous weapons.
And, once again, Lurch won't come within a mile of a reporter with the stones enough to ask him why he's obsessing over a few hundred tons of explosives thats status is unknowable when the entire country of Iraq remains one gargantuan ammo dump where hundreds of thousands of tons of explosives have been secured and destroyed by our soldiers. Is Kerry saying that those particular explosives are especially dangerous? Why? Because some of them ---HDX/RDX--- have nuclear applicability? Hmmm. If those aren't weapons of mass destruction, they certainly qualify as hyperactive cousins.
So why are such dangerous materials still around? Because Blix and el-Baradei didn't want to deprive Saddam of his sovereign right to own explosives that he might have needed for mining or whatever the excuse was. And these are the people John Kerry trusts more than his own government or military. Pathetic.
I Was Wrong
I was wrong. I thought Osama was dead, killed in the mountains of Tora Bora back in 2002. But, if this tape al-Jazeera released today is deemed authentic, it's one of the greatest games of possum ever played.
President Bush and his Administration were wise not to have suggested that he was dead. They have always publicly assumed, whether they believed it or not, that Osama was still alive and on the run. Pervez Musharraf has long believed that, but I figured that Osama would have had plenty of opportunities by now to wag his finger in our faces.
The message was clearly released now in attempt to influence our elections, but I don't know how that will play out. It can't be too comfortable a feeling for the Kerrion to know that Osama could have been speaking straight from one of their press releases. And, of course, Osama appears to be a fan of the America-hater Michael Moore. Will the Moore-ons pretend it's not so? No. They're probably proud to be validated in this way. That's because people who believe in the message of Fahrenheit 9/11 are ill-informed stooges for Islamofascism.
"It never occurred to us that the commander in chief of the country (Bush) would leave 50,000 citizens in the two towers to face those horrors alone ... because he thought listening to a child discussing her goats was more important."
And you know this is a damning criticism from a man whose culture prizes the sexual qualities of goats more than those of actual women.
Let's see how Kerry responds to this endorsement from Osama. He should probably tread lightly, lest his words be seen as an acceptance of that support.