Unfettered Musings

Sunday, October 31, 2004

Do you know where your polling place is?

Here is a nonpartisan site to help you find it.


Hat tip: Betsy's Page

We're almost done, folks!

Light to non-existent blogging today. I'm taking my kids to get the rest of their costumes, then its off to the in-laws to pick up their Halloween goodies, and then an evening of trick or treating.

I just wanted to take a minute to encourage all my fellow "Bushies" to get out the vote in these final two days. Volunteer for Bush's 72 hour program, walk your neighborhood, volunteer to drive elderly voters to the polls, strap an amplifier to the top of your car and drive through your city campaigning for Bush......well, the last one was a joke......sorta. :oP
And most importantly, pray like your life depends on it.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 30, 2004

Democratic talking points, indeed.

Yes, I am going to reference another blog for the third time today. What can I say? It's bloggers like these who made me want to blog myself. :D

This from WizBang:


Who am I?

I believe...

• George Bush stole the 2000 election.

• The Patriot Act oppresses freedom and is an act of tyranny.

• George Bush heads a corrupt administration.

• Bush caused more people to die, because he read to school children for 5 minutes on 9/11.

• Bush is misleading the American people.

• The war in Iraq was about oil.


Who am I?

1) A typical Democrat

2) John Kerry

3) Osama bin Laden

4) All of the above

5) None of the above.



Indeed. He provides the link to Drudge's transcript of UBL's tape as a "hint", but the glaring reality is that the answer is "all of the above".
Why is UBL indirectly (or directly?) campaigning for Kerry? Is it because he understands that a win for Kerry would be a win for himself, as my last entry illustrates?


Interesting analysis of the bin Laden statement

Wretchard over at Belmont Club has a most interesting take on UBL's latest statement:

"It is important to notice what he has stopped saying in this speech. He has stopped talking about the restoration of the Global Caliphate. There is no more mention of the return of Andalusia. There is no more anticipation that Islam will sweep the world. He is no longer boasting that Americans run at the slightest wounds; that they are more cowardly than the Russians. He is not talking about future operations to swathe the world in fire but dwelling on past glories. He is basically saying if you leave us alone we will leave you alone. Though it is couched in his customary orbicular phraseology he is basically asking for time out.

The American answer to Osama's proposal will be given on Election Day. One response is to agree that the United States of America will henceforth act like Sweden, which is on track to become majority Islamic sometime after the middle of this century. The electorate best knows which candidate will serve this end; which candidate most promises to be European-like in attitude and they can choose that path with both eyes open. The electorate can strike that bargain and Osama may keep his word. The other course is to reject Osama's terms utterly; to recognize the pleading in his outwardly belligerent manner and reply that his fugitive existence; the loss of his sanctuaries; the annihilation of his men are but the merest foretaste of what is yet to come: to say that to enemies such as he, the initials 'US' will always mean Unconditional Surrender.

Osama has stated his terms. He awaits America's answer."




Here's praying we make the right decision.

And another.....

Need a good laugh?

Friday, October 29, 2004

UBL rears his ugly head.......in time to make some democratic talking points?

Is UBL campaigning for Kerry? Some of his comments give one pause.

He also appears to be a Michael Moore fan.

UBL's latest release was more than strange. As one commentator on Fox said, it sounded like he was trying to be media savvy. This wasn't the UBL we've seen in past messages. It was eerie to me, but not the same brand of eerie that I usually feel after one of these monsters resurfaces to make another crazy demand and/or declaration.
As if hearing from the murderer isn't bad enough, AP reports that government officials are warning that this latest tape my be a signal to attack.
From the article:

"A government official, who has been briefed on current threat intelligence, said that all the attack scenarios considered by government analysts include such a message.

"The one piece they were waiting for is some kind of bin Laden videotape. And now they've got it," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. 'This has everybody on edge.'"

I urge everyone to pray.


Drudge has a partial transcript of the video.

Hat tip:
Power Line
LGF

Somebody finally said it.

I don't know about you, but the last few days I have been wishing that I had Kerry's personal cellphone number so I could call him and scream "STOP IT!!! Just STOP IT!!!" Same goes for most of the MSM. (Yes, I am aware that this is the second time in the short little life of my blog that I have expressed the need to scream. This election is enough to make anyone a tad nutty!)
Of all of the caches of exploves that our men have found and disposed of in Iraq, I am dumbfounded that Kerry has pinned all his hopes on a cache that may or may not have even been there, and that may or may not have been over 300 tons worth (or it could have been considerably less,), and that it is undoubtedly not the big deal, either way, that Kerry is trying desperately to paint it to be.
Today, Hugh Hewitt is reporting that the Washington Post has a front page article that states, in part:
"There is something truly absurd about focusing on 377 tons of rather ordinary explosives, regardless of what actually happened at al Qaqaa," Anthony H. Cordesman, a senior analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, wrote in an assessment yesterday. "The munitions at al Qaqaa were at most around 0.06 percent of the total."

Finally!



On the same subject, Captain's Quarters has a terrific entry today regarding the video released by ABC that allegedly confirms that there were explosives at Al Qaqaa nine days after the fall of Saddam.

Hat Tip:
Hugh Hewitt
Captain's Quarters

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Yay Mel!!

I ranted a bit a couple of days ago about silly, shallow celebrities supporting things about which they haven't the moral complexity (nor the mental, I fear, at least in some cases) to make an informed assessment. I should have known then that Mel would gallop in on his white horse and renew my faith. As it turns out, Mr. Gibson has the same "ethical problem" as I do with using tax dollars to fund industrialized murd....er....stem cell research.
Mel, the list of reasons why I love you is getting pretty long, but there's always room for one more. :D

Just in case.....

In case any of us Bush supporters forget why we are supporting this man.

Kerry's criticism of our military....

Hugh Hewitt (whose blog is first on my morning list of must-read blogs) reports that his latest column for The Daily Standard, titled The Commander-in-Chief is up. I encourage you to read it. He makes some very good points about Kerry's criticism of our military, thinly diguised as Bush criticism.

From the article:

"JOHN KERRY now closes his presidential campaign exactly as he opened his political life: Attacking the United States military.

Thirty-three years ago, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he indicted the soldiers of Vietnam as war criminals, the heirs of Genghis Khan.

This week he embraced an already discredited account of missing munitions to attack the reputation of the 3rd Infantry Division and the 101st Airborne. Make no mistake, that is exactly what Kerry is doing when he asserts that deadly weapons went unsecured and unreported as these two divisions rushed to liberate Baghdad. And not just these divisions, but every officer and soldier who had a hand in drawing up the war plan. If the negligence that Kerry charges the military with was real, additional troops would not have made a difference. The initial search would still have been conducted by the 3rd I.D. and the site pronounced clear. The 101st would still have spent 24 hours in the munitions complex before moving on. Kerry cannot avoid owning the latest of many slanders he has launched at the military as a means of wounding the president."


More at the link.....

Congrats BoSox!!

I am not a baseball fan, but one can't help but be excited for the RedSox for winning the world series in 4 games, especially since their die hard fans have been waiting a LONG time for a set of players to come along with the skillz to break "The Curse".



Congrats BoSox!

Bloggers get blamed for everything.....

The whole civilized world has heard of the "story that couldn't" that rocked the New York Times Monday. Now we're getting updates and conflicting information at breakneck speed it seems.
Almost immediately, NBC came forward and said that it had a correspondent, Lai Ling Jew, embedded with the Army's 101st Airborne, Second Brigade, who reported that no explosives were found at the site when it was searched.
That did not stop John Kerry from seizing upon the opportunity to slam Bush for what he called "stunning incompetence", and to immediately release an ad saying the same.
Since then the stories have been flying like stray bullets. It has been alleged that the IAEA leaked this story to try to cover up it's own inadequacies, and that Russia may have helped the Iraqis move the explosives before the war began and that there weren't as many explosives as was alleged. Today MSNBC is reporting that a militant group claims to have the explosives and that Russia denies any involvement.

In the mess of conflicting stories and accounts, one thing that is clear to even the most casual observer is that the original report by the New York Times was incomplete and misleading at BEST. Their reason for rushing this story without adequate investigation? "Bloggers made us do it."


Update: Is it any wonder that Tom Brokaw hates us so much? Being held accountable for the information that one reports is such a pain in the rear. I can just hear all the old talking heads behind closed doors, pining for the good old days when they could say whatever they pleased with little or no recourse and no one to keep them accountable.
Thank God for bloggers. Keep up the good work!

Update 2: If anyone knows where I can find Kerry's ad blaming Bush for the missing explosive please post the link in comments section. I can't seem to locate it.

Update 3: I found the ad on Kerry's site. Now I'm going to go bathe and try to wash off the disgust.

Hat Tips:
Kerry Haters
Michelle Malkin
Jay Reding
WizBang
Kerry Spot



Wednesday, October 27, 2004

More evidence of violent intolerance from the left......

Free speech? Only for those who believe that might makes right.....

A friend of mine posted these pictures on a message board that we are both members of, and with her permission I am putting them here along with her comments regarding them:

"I got the following email and pictures at work today, from the Bush Cheney '04 North Carolina Executive Director.

Sent: Monday, October 25, 2004 4:57 PM
Subject: Campaign Threats


As you might be aware, Bush Cheney '04 offices have been attacked across the U.S. in recent weeks. Here in NC, the mother of a Bush Cheney staffer had several signs ripped down and during the most recent attack, the attackers tried to set her car on fire. The police officer who investigated actually went so far as to suggest to her that she should not put up any additional Bush signs.

Now, today, we have received the following pictures (attached) from one of our supporters. The envelope that the knife had impaled contained a note threatening the Bush supporters who had put up the sign (I can scan and send that also if you are interested in seeing it). Please let me know if you have any questions. Threatening tactics against Bush supporters are, regrettably, becoming the norm across the nation. Obviously, we condemn this activity in the strongest possible terms and want it stopped immediately."

(Me: I edited out the name of the sender as was his request.)





This is the letter that was pinned to the sign with a knife:



So.....are these people truly advocates of free speech and tolerance for the views and opinions of others? If this loser is any indication of the prevailing attitude, the answer is a resounding NO.

Update: My friend tells me that she is expecting news later on of a possible break in this case. She says that there may have been an arrest made. I will update as I get news.

Update 2: My friend just pointed me to the story in the news. An arrest has been made! Don't you just love happy endings? :D

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Possible explosive revelations about Kerry's antiwar activities

I have a list of blogs that I read daily, and several of them are buzzing about a possible explosive Kerry story.
Evidently the Swift Boat Vets have uncovered some pretty damning evidence that Kerry's anti-war activities were directly guided by Vietnam communists.
I am reserving judgement for now, but this could be big. If it can be proven that he was knowingly involved with Hanoi somehow it could be bad for his presidential aspirations.
Stay tuned!

(Hat Tip: In the Bullpen)

Also Interesting......

Interesting.......

The Corner on National Review Online

BOMB-GATE [Cliff May]
Sent to me by a source in the government: “The Iraqi explosives story is a fraud. These weapons were not there when US troops went to this site in 2003. The IAEA and its head, the anti-American Mohammed El Baradei, leaked a false letter on this issue to the media to embarrass the Bush administration. The US is trying to deny El Baradei a second term and we have been on his case for missing the Libyan nuclear weapons program and for weakness on the Iranian nuclear weapons program.”

(For the record, I don’t reveal my sources so if that means I end up sharing a cell at Sing-sing with Judy Miller, so be it.)
Posted at 10:00 AM

(Hat Tip: LGF)

Brad Pitt the Activist

You know, if I hear another celebrity railing on things he is obviously clueless about, I do believe I will scream.

This morning ET reported that the so-called A list star was backing California's Proposition 71, an initiative that would allow tax payer money to be used to fund stem cell research in the form of grants and loans in the state of California. Opponents of the initiative say that it amounts to nothing more than corporate welfare. I agree. When grants are offered for a certain kind of research the grant becomes the goal, the research becomes secondary. Not to mention the number of consciencious objectors who see legitimate ethical problems with embryionic stem cell research. Unfortunately for them, they are in the vast minority in California.

Of course presidential candidate Kerry, grinning that Gomer Pylesque grin, is only too delighted to have another celebrity on board. After all, in Kerry's reality Hollywood is the voice of mainstream America. One of Kerry's favorite campaign talking points is the fallacy that G. W. Bush has banned stem cell research. In fact he has not, he just promotes the restriction of creating embryos for the purpose of detroying them. He also believes that federal funding should not be used for said research, because he recognizes that there are a large number of us who feel that it is ethically wrong to destroy human life for the purpose of research. Still, Kerry promotes the idea that Bush is anti-stem cell research by saying absurd things like Bush would have been against the invention of the vehicle and electricity. Kerry considers legalized murder just another form of ingenuity. This same presidential candidate asserts that "The success of a free society depends on how it treats it's most vulnerable citizens." Uh.....you mean like the unborn?

Some would argue that there are other sources of stem cells that don't neccessitate the destroying of an embryo. That is true, but the initiative provides no means by which to oversee how the funds are spent, so whoever receives funding is accountable to no one for the kind of stem cell research they are doing, embryonic or otherwise.

Another important point is whether or not California can afford to take this on. Aren't we always hearing about how bad off California is? Opponents have this to say:

"It's wrong to launch a costly new state bureaucracy when vital programs for health, education, and police and fire services are being cut. We cannot afford to pile another $3 billion in bonded debt on top of a state budget teetering on the edge of financial ruin.

General Fund bond debt will grow from $33 Billion on May 1, 2004, to a Legislative Accounting Office projection of $50.75 Billion in debt by June 30, 2005-a staggering 54% increase in just 14 months!"

C'mon Ahnold. You promised to dig the state OUT of the hole it was in when you ran for govenor. Do you really support this? We know how Brad feels. He is a high dollar celebrity who has an accountant to find every loophole in the tax laws to minimize what he pays. He has more money than sense. He doesn't care how this affects his state's economy. He doesn't have to get his hands dirty. He can afford to pretend to be a voice for this new brand of "morality" because he doesn't have to look into the eyes of a man who just lost his job because his company can't afford to stay in California. He doesn't have to deal with the ethics of destroying a human embryo in the name of medical research, a line of research that has proven to be only marginally useful at best. He doesn't have to give an account when the state goes belly up from the massive amounts of taxing and spending that are occuring there.

Nope, he'll just flash that winning smile and move on to the next cause. I'd stick with the grisslies if I were you, Brad.


And California, stick up for the unborn and for your tax dollars and vote NO to Proposition 71.

(For more information on the pros and cons of this initiative, go here.)

Monday, October 25, 2004

DRUDGE REPORT 2004�

DRUDGE REPORT 2004�
I've been following this story with some interest, as are all political junkies, I'm sure. Was this the famed October Surprise we have been expecting from the Kerry camp? If not, maybe his campaign organizers just want us to THINK it is so that we will relax and won't be expecting the real one when it comes. This bomb turned out to be a firecracker, but do they have something else in store?
Is this election making anyone else paranoid? :D

I am not a comedian.

Odd title I know. But I'm not. Really. I'm actually a homeschooling mom of three. I'm also a history major (though I haven't gotten my degree yet) and a political science minor. I know, exciting, eh? (I'm not Canadian, either.) But back to the title. There is something about presidential candidate John Forbes Kerry that causes me to tap my inner comedian. Is it the fact that he provides endless material? I just don't know. That said, I am premiering my new blog with a picture of his highness, and a few captions right off the top of my head.



1. "At what age did you realize that you were the incarnation of the first JFK?"

2. "How many hairdressers does it take to make you fabulous every morning?"

3. "How many times a have you flip flopped, really?"

4. "If you were going to venture a guess, how many people in the crowd do you think buy what you're saying?"

5. "How many hundreds of lawyers will it take to make you president?"

6. "Just how many versions of your "plan" are there?"

7. "How many members of the security council have exposed you as a liar, to date?"

8. "How many rich women do you plan on marrying after you're done with Teraysa?"

9. "How many nights did you have to sleep on the couch after the last debate?"

And my PERSONAL favorite:
10. "How many more days until you are defeated by W?"

I know I know......I told you I wasn't a comedian. :)