Sunday, January 30, 2005

Former teen idol Leif Garrett comments on Colin Powell's resignation from the post of Secretary of State

Oh my goodness! Leif Garrett is psychic!

(Yes, humor post from a better blog than mine. I know. Much funnier than me.)
Iraqis brave violence to vote

Okay, for all of you out there:

THIS is one of the three reasons why we went to war in Iraq. It wasn't just looking for WMDs. It wasn't just breaking the back of a terrorist network and the governments that abetted it. It was for giving the people who lived under a tyrant the chance to determine their fate as a nation, where everyone's opinion could could help to shape their government. No longer was it just one man who controlled the nation. Now everyone in Iraq has their voice again.

Like I said a long time ago about our successes in Iraq, two out of three ain't bad. If the Iraqis vote to remove the US presence from their nation, I have no problems with pulling the troops out. If they ask us to stay, how can we not keep a small force their to assist this new democracy? These voters have braved death threats and calls for further violence against this fledgling democracy. We must do right by them and assist them in becoming a functioning member of world society. Mind you, I'd much rather they acted like us and paid only the barest of lip service the European Union's twin 800-pound gorillas (I.e., France and Germany) when it comes to world citizenship, but now it's up to them to determine how they will respond to other democracies.

Best of luck to you, citizens of Iraq. May God watch over you and bless you in a tumultuous time such as this.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Yahoo! News - Rice Is Confirmed Amid Criticism

Criticism, schmiticism.

Condoleezza Rice is our new Secretary of State. We watched as Senator Barbara Boxer showed a lot of weakness when she stated that Dr. Rice's comment of "Please don't impugn my integrity" was an attack on her person.

Senator Boxer has obviously never read through a flamewar on a message board. Although with her quick rush to play the martyr, she'd fit right in. What a chump.

I honestly look forward to Condi's tenure as Secretary of State. She doesn't bow and scrape too much to foreign leaders, and she seems more than happy to call them on their antics. This is exactly what I'm looking for in a Secretary of State: someone who is unwilling to compromise our nation in order to make nice with "world opinion."

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Run, Ray, Run!

As we can see in this Illinois Leader article, 18th District Congressman Ray LaHood is considering a run for Illinois governor. I'll back him. He's been a better centrist than most people expect and has done quite a bit of good for the state. Sure, you can find a few farmers who will grumble about him, but he has been very successful at being both a devil's advocate for congressional Republicans and someone who can bring everyone to the table on important state issues like agriculture reform and assistance. He's been critical of fellow GOP pols in the past few months. GOOD. We've been in need of a serious shake-up in the state party, and the current party leadership hasn't been doing much of anything but screwing up. It's time for the downstaters in the GOP to flex their muscles and stop being taken for granted in the party's internal affairs.

Run, Ray, run!

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Hey, I've returned

Sorry for the month-long break, folks. I've had a lot of work-related stuff dumped on me in the past few weeks and a nasty case of writer's block. So, I'll start out slowly with this Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article that provides new information into one of last year's incidents of anti-Republican voter suppression.

Hmm. One of the "true believers" who took part in this suppression incident is the son of a U.S. Congresswoman, Gwen Moore. These five gentlemen used a Democratic campaign headquarters as the launching pad for their little foray into their political stunt. Now they face felony charges. Congresswoman Moore must be so proud of her little darling.

I need to know this: is there a word for the special kind of stupidity that these five men seem to share? I know it's not "Democrat." There are still a few Zell Millers out there who are trying to keep their party relevant, so that's not the case.

Here are the end paragraphs:
Seth Boffeli, spokesman for the Wisconsin Democratic Party, denounced the slashings and said the felony charge seemed appropriate.

“This really doesn’t have anything to do with politics,” Boffeli said. “This isn’t anything that we tried to orchestrate. This is something that some young people who used some incredibly bad judgment did on their own.”
The money quote is in the last paragraph. It has nothing to do with politics, Mr. Boffeli? Are we sure of that, considering that a bunch of men in their 20s and early 30s who were staffers for a PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN went to an OPPOSING PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN'S office and slashed the tires of vehicles rented by the campaign. No, this has NOTHING to do with politics! It was just bad judgment! Really! These men were not motivated by politics at all!

Bah. They may have decided to do it on their own, but the charges still make the Democrats look bad. It also makes me wonder why these men haven't grown out of high-school era vandalism. They are a definite disservice to their party.

Next up: thoughts on Ray LaHood's potential run for Illinois Governor, the Inauguration (and the feckless protests generated by it), a bit on Iraqi elections, and Hillary Clinton trying to play the center on abortion. At least, I hope I'll be able to write about them. I don't want writer's block again.