Saturday, July 31, 2004

Senator Kerry Speaks!

I listened to Senator’s Kerry’s speech at the DNC. In fact, I printed out the speech transcript. Thoughts have been swirling through my mind. I noted that applause was the greatest when he made promises to the people about new government programs and anything couched diplomatically, but clearly bashing, the current administration.

Kerry spoke of his experience in Berlin when he bicycled through the gates. ”I saw
the fear in the eyes of people who were not free”. I cannot help but wonder why he
does not realize that the same fear has been in the eyes of Afghani and Iraqi people
for many years. These people, although from a vastly different culture than the
Europeans, have been longing for an opportunity to be free. Is he even aware of the
many women in Afghanistan who longed for the freedom that his wife holds so dear?
Does he know how many Afghani women have registered to vote, or does voter registration belong only to the Americans? Has he read any of the Iraqi blogs who so eloquently describe their hopes for the freedom we Americans have. Does he realize
how many Iraqis are taking the freedom of speech to their hearts? Blogs are
multiplying each day and include writings and pictures from a from a 13 year old
girl to mature professional people. Americans, Europeans, Asians and Australians
read these blogs daily and have direct communication with the bloggers. Not all
views of the Americans and the coalition are positive but, despite the negatives they
face in their daily lives, they are reaching out for democracy and a better life. What better way is there to fight for hearts and minds? What better way to assure that radical Islamofascist views do not take hold in Iraq. These people need time to trulytrust Western nations. What they do not need is for the US to hasten our departure before a strong, democratic federation is in place, through elections by and for the people, with adequate quantity and quality of their nations defense is accomplished. Are American and European people the only ones who deserve freedom? Are we so lacking in fire stations in America that we can ill afford to build one in Baghdad? We cannot take all of the world’s huddling masses, yearning to be free, within our
borders. When Kerry says, “the measure of our character is our willingness to give of ourselves for others and for our country”, what others is he speaking of? Is Kerry’s 0.07% of his reported income, that he donated to charity, the measure of our
willingness to give of ourselves. Is this the example we, as Americans, are to emulate if he is leading us?

Kerry states, “We are a nation at war—a global War on Terror against an enemy
unlike any we have never known before”. Despite the unknown aspects of the enemy, Kerry voices repeatedly, that clear, concise, executable plans for the postwar priod,
should have been made well in advance of the start of the war. He redefines his views
at frequent intervals, but cannot grant the administration the opportunity of redefining plans on the post war phase in Afghanistan and Iraq. Can he say ,as a truth teller to the American people, that any one of our various conflicts and subsequent nation rebuilding went off without a hitch? Were all of our past military plans perfect? Did we rapidly leave Japan, Germany, South Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo etc. rapidly? What is Kerry’s plan in Iraq if his diplomatic overtures do not widen the coalition? It is possible that they will fail. What then? How soon will we cut and run?

According to Kerry, “We need to rebuild our alliances, so that we can get the
terrorists before they get us. I defended this country as a young man and I
will defend it as President. I will never hesitate to use force when it is required”.
“I will never give any nation or international institution a veto over our national security”. These are Kerry’s own words. Can anyone tell me how this differs from
what President Bush did for our nation? Does Kerry not realize that France and
Germany would never have voted with us and would exercise their veto over toppling Saddam. Does the documentation of the ‘food for oil’ scandal not make him question
diplomatic skills as a means of gaining their support?

“For four years, we have heard a lot of talk about values. But values spoken without actions taken are just slogans. Values are not just words. They’re what we live by. They’re about the causes we champion and the people we fight for. And it is time for those who talk about family values to start valuing families”. My question is this,
“are American families the only families of value?” Are the families who have
suffered under the Taliban rule and Saddam’s brutality of less value ? We listened to
the UN and ended the gulf war without taking out Saddam. To our great shame, thousands of Iraqis were killed because we encouraged them to overthrow Saddam
and then nobody came to help. With the sanctions, food for oil, and the fact that the money Iraq got never went to food or medicine for his people, how would the Iraqis ever free themselves of Saddam and his sons?

Kerry assures us that he will be strong on terrorism. “Any attack will be met with a
swift and certain response”. Hello, does anybody recall we have been attacked. Do Americans want to wait for another attack before we actively engage the terrorists?

Thursday, July 29, 2004

American Crossroads

As an American, I have a very real interest in what is happening in the world and how politics is affecting the internal American debate. It seems to me that many in this country have been unable to move on from the controversy of the 2000 election. Many were unhappy with the result and that is understandable since individual voters want their candidate to win. This was a very "messy" time in America. Some Floridians votes were inaccurately made, punctures incomplete, others were confused by the butterfly format of the ballot, some were ruled ineligible to vote because of non registration, felony conviction, or in the case of the military votes, lack of a postmark because of the way they were shipped, bypassing a post office. These were unfortunate happenings and I do not want to see any American citizen disenfranchised because of technicalities the voter is not responsible for. This was most noted in Florida because the electoral votes hinged on the outcome. Partisanship was at it most active as the Gore supporters could not accept the ultimate outcome. They cling to the "stolen" election and the "illegitimate" presidency. Many organizations were allowed to recount once again after the question was settled by the Supreme Court and determined that in the final, less hectic recount that George Bush won the majority of Florida votes.
This distasteful start of the Bush presidency has lingered for almost four years. Many have referred to the stolen vote over these difficult years for our nation. George Bush has been under almost constant attack for this with the brief respite after 9/11 when we as a nation came together in our common grief and rage. He has been criticized, ridiculed and subjected to hate speech and distortions of truth.
He took seven minutes to react! Could he have been thinking during this time while attempting to avoid alarm among the young children? Had he been told of the tragedies and possibly been told to sit tight for a bit while arrangements were being made for his safe being and methods by which he could exit without panicking the nation? Nobody knows for certain, but this seems plausible to me.
The media, while they still were reporting rapid developments after 9/11 appeared to indicate that this man whose abilities they doubted had risen to the occasion and was a comfort to the nation. His appearance at ground zero and his promise that the terrorists would hear from us were widely heralded and served to give us confidence in this man.
Decisions were made. Congress, with bipartisan support, voted to give President Bush the authority to act both in Afghanistan and Iraq. It took time to gather whatever intelligence we and our allies had. We went to the United Nations for support and found that several countries, who are supposedly allies, were dead set against allowing the USA to seek out the terrorist supporting regime in Iraq. When the food for oil scandal came to light, it was pretty clear to this writer that those countries who oppposed us had motives to keep Saddam in power. President Bush and his cabinet formed a coalition of the willing to persevere despite the lack of UN blessing. John Kerry has repeatedly voiced that we alienated allies because we did not give the UN and those nations the right to dictate our response to the attack on Americans and American interests. He wants to play nicely with those who do not have our best interests at heart while Australia, the UK, Italy, Poland etc. have been denigrated to a status of less improtance than France, Germany and Russia.
Those Americans who still were so bitter over the election and those that realized that in order to defeat Bush in the next election they had to distance themselves from his policies and criticize everything the Bush administration did. If they were so wise and had such better answers, why didn they not offer these suggestions to the American people in a positive way and gain widespread support so we could write our congress to support these views? Why the vitriol against a man who has the most difficult job in the world? This bewilders me to this day. Such hate expressed about an administration who was trying it's best to keep our nation safe and battle terrorists who do not fight according to any rules of engagement certainly affected my views. I lived through WWII and all of the subsequent conflicts and always felt that Americans support their leaders during dark days such as we have gone through. Was the Bush administration 100% right in every aspect of foreign and domestic policies while at war? No, this administration is made up of human beings who like you and I are fallible. Did they deserve our unquestioning support? No, we have the right to question and to suggest viable options. What we should not have the right to do is to give aid and comfort to the enemy by being so divisive and promoting propaganda against our own government. Do the terms sedition and treason have any meaning anymore or are individual rights to do and say anything more important than
being united against a force that would annihilate Americans.

Now the Democratic Party, has as a public relations measure in order to elicit votes, decided they have done enough with their hate Bush tactics and will now present a positive campaign. Al Gore can no longer bellow "George Bush has betrayed America" Move On will no longer compare Bush to Hitler. No announcement as yet about calling off the lawyers who will see to it that this election is not stolen by the Republicans. They will be such nice guys that any defense by the Republicans to their months long hate speech will be seen as negative campaigning. Some of this is just politics as usual but it will not erase their candidates history as to his voting record and his public pronouncements leading up to the Iraq war. He is presenting himself as a war hero. If he is a hero as his medals would attest, he is not one iota more important than any war hero who has fought for this nation in any conflict. This does not elevate him above the citizenry that have fought, been maimed for a lifetime or given their life for America and our security.

When Senator Dole decided to run for the presidency, he resigned his seat in the senate so that his constiuents would continue to have representation. He also was a war hero who has lived with permanent disability from his fight for our freedoms. Why do the Democrats feel their constituents do not deserve the same consideration? I have written to Senator Edwards asking him to resign since he is a senator from my state and I feel that he is not representing my interests. I have written to Senator Dole requesting she stay in Washington during the usual recess since the intelligence reforms need immediate debate. Alas, my other Senator will be busy campaigning. He may fly in for a vote, but where will he be during thoughtful debate?

Kerry said he wants the 9/11 commission to stay on the job for at least 18 months. Is it because he realizes that the senate, congressional and executive oversight has not lived up to their obligation to Americans? After all, President Bush had a full nine months to see to it that the intelligence agencies were truly doing the best job and working cooperatively with each other. A committee that was appointed to seek out what went wrong are now to be tasked with seeing that we get it right as reforms are needed. This tells me Kerry does not have confidence in the congress and a "Kerry administration" to do the job without another group riding shotgun. The need for eighteen months, double the time the Bush administration had to identify and correct problems will be needed. Double standard and increased bureaucracy comes to mind!

Where is the Democratic platform? What are the delegates who represent their districts voicing? What compromises are being worked out between the strong anti-war Democrats and the more moderate or centrist Democrats? How can Kerry continue to voice stances that vary from group to group. How can he justify his past performance and statements with what he says today? What will he say or do tomorrow and the days that follow? President Bush has followed through on his promises. His major shift has occurred regarding nation building and I agreed with his original view and now appreciate the need for continued assistance to the Afghani and Iraqi people. I also know that these people are doing all they can to help build their nations. Their courage is to be commended. I know where George Bush stands. I cannot say the same for John Kerry. I trust Dick Cheney's judgments based on long term service to this country. I voted for Senator Edwards because he has achieved personal goals without being a member of the upper class who never had to struggle. Now I feel John Edwards has reneged on his promises to represent me because he has more important goals.

I have watched all the debates in the Democratic primaries. I saw the diversity in opinions and promises. I have listened to Bush bashing ad infinitum and the only thing I am sure of after all of this is I know the names of the Democratic candidates. I know that Edwards is a charismatic speaker. They promise a better future but I do not know how this will be avhieved. Will their word be be their bond? I truly doubt this based on Kerry's documented wavering ( see link below) and Edwards abandoning the people of North Carolina.

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

The Questions Regarding Iran

I am concerned about Iran based on the 9/11 commisssion report, the news of the nuclear development in Iran, the news about Iranian terrorists going into Iraq, and the news that al Sadr is collaborating with the Iranian mullahs in power within Iran. I have been reading many of the comments on the activist chats written by Iranaians within and without Iran. I am posting links to articles from that source. No matter what the outcome of the US election, I feel that Iran will continue to be a challenge to our nation. The UN seems impotent dealing with the threat of nuclear development in Iran. I encourage readers to look at some of these articles. It appears to me that Iranians are ready to overthrow the mullahs from within and prefer US stands by with moral support and not military interventions. They are not asking for money from any government but would accept financial support from individuals. It would appear that
election of John Kerry is not viewed as a positive move for their country. Again, I encourage you to read these articles and many others you may find at the activist chat in Iran.


John Kerry has said his convention will be positive. The first night did eliminate our president’s name for the most part. Any problem we face as a nation is now just not the fault of President Bush it is the entire Republican party.

The Republicans have moved our economy from one of surpluses to huge deficits. I did not realize the Republicans were spending all that money alone. The large amounts of tax payer money that went to the survivors of 9/11, the money that has been spent in defense of other countries as peace keepers, the money that has been spent on homeland security, the war on terror, etc. are all Republican spending and the Democrats had nothing to do with it. I am so glad that the Democrats have clarified that.

I guess I am mistaken that the terrorists managed to build up their strength over years. Those cunning devils only took nine months to develop and execute their plans once those terrible Republicans took office and had a majority in congress. How could I have missed all of that. I guess I forgot how great we were doing as a nation with the strong MORAL leadership of Clinton-Gore.

If only President Bush had not pushed all of those trade agreements, jobs would not have gone overseas. If only President Bush had thoroughly examined the worthiness of our intelligence and rescinded all of the rules that were hindering the sharing of information within the various intelligence agencies, sought out better leadership in intelligence, and gotten the spies embedded in the terrorists groups. If only he had offered to pay France, Germany and Russia the money they would lose from food for oil, they might have gone along with the US and preserved our warm, mutually supportive relationships. We would not have had to rely on the puny coalition with such inconsequential countries like Britain and Australia that thought Saddam was long overdue to prove to the world he had eliminated all WMD . President Bush should not have listened to John Kerry saying that Saddam was a threat to the world and could not be allowed to continue. If only President Bush had rejected the vote to give him the responsibility to decide when to declare war and waited for the lengthy debates that would have given us a much better plan to eliminate Saddam. Well, actually, we probably didn’t need to trouble Iraq with war. We could have talked to Saddam and asked that he please stop torturing and killing his own people and instead just use humiliation techniques like Rummy personally promoted. If only President Bush had not LIED to the American people about Saddam seeking to buy uranium from Niger, about al Qaeda operatives talking with Iraq leadership and terrorists being granted refuge in Iraq. If only the Republicans would have seen the wisdom in focusing on UBL as the sole leader of terrorists. We could have examined every cave until we brought this one person to justice, and there would be no need to seek out other terrorists or countries that had harbored and supported them. Without UBL we could rest easy knowing that the WOT was over. If only the Republicans would have left Iraq alone, the Iraqi minutemen would not have had to defend their “nation” by IED, car bombs, RPGs and other means which kill the infidel Iraqis who mistakenly want freedom and a chance for government determined by the people.

If only the Republicans had continued with the economic policies of the previous administration our surplus would have continued to grow and all Americans would have health care of the same quality and quantity currently enjoyed by all elected officials. Perhaps, Social Security would be joined with the retirement plans of elected officials and prove that our leaders put the needs of individual citizens ahead of their own personal agendas. Perhaps congress would vote in pay cuts for themselves so that monies would be more available to help the masses. The former president wants to donate $500,000 of his tax cut to help pay for our defense expense. I guess he will rally the other truly wealthy to help put our nation back in the black. I am quite sure that despite the pre-nup, John Kerry will be able to encourage the Heinz clan to donate humongous amounts of money and promise to avoid any tax loophole in the future.

If only, The Patriot Act had never been suggested. I would feel so much better that no one could ever know that I on occasion borrow novels from my local library. I could be assured that my phone is in no danger of being tapped so that my conversations about my family, my pets and all the highly confidential conversation is never heard by the government spies who are determined to undermine my rights. If drug deals, terrorist plans, research on how to undermine the USA is to be monitored, this must be done in such a way that my rights are not infringed in even the slightest way. If my country falls apart because of this, so be it. My individual rights are more important than any attempt to restrict the movements of the criminal or terrorist elements that may threaten the totality of the USA. I have enjoyed these rights for 69 years and I am unwilling to give them up just because those Republicans want to have absolute power and are unwilling to cater to my personal desires.

If only President Bush would learn to speak with more nuance and less plain talk. That plain talk just made him understandable and made his lies so seemingly rational that the average American believed him. We, the masses, believed we were at war when he said that following 9/11. If only he had apologized for his nine months of misguided leadership that had led those heroic Islamofacists to give their lives in order to bring down those towering symbols of American arrogance. If only he would apologize now for taking the WOT to the mideast instead of fighting on our home ground. Athletes could have told him there is an advantage to having the game on your home field. Our military, having been forced to volunteer knowing that they would never have to defend us, would be closer to home and family instead of being in an inhospitable foreign land. We would have saved the vast amount of money spent on transporting troops and war materials so far from home. We would have time to let contracts and in two or so years, we could begin rebuilding our nation with the lowest bidder. This also would create jobs here at home as we rebuild our schools, hospitals, financial institutions. 

If by some chance, the radical Muslims won, we would also get rid of all those job stealing females taking jobs away from men and making our schools so crowded with all of those little girls who really have no need for education. We would have safer roads since driver’s would only be males who saw the fallacy of their misguided religion be it Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Atheist, Agnostic or whatever made them such infidels. Population would decline for awhile due to ridding the world of infidels, but soon the population would increase as women assumed their rightful place as baby factories.

Alas, the entertainment industry would be decimated since they are so guilty of amusing the nation with movies, music, rap and sex. They also have had a belief that they could say and do the most outrageous things without any censorship that I fear they would be called infidels. Bars, distillers and breweries would once again be prohibited. The N Y Times could no longer be the truth purveyor they are so well known for. They would be forced to follow the radical Muslim line or cease to be.

If only President Bush had not been on such a power trip looking out for his rich buddies and instead looked out for American interests, it only he had listened to the combined wisdom of the Democrats, the United Nations and above all France. We would now be RESPECTED! Oh, the perfidy of those Republicans.


Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Mrs. John Kerry--First Wife?

 The following is excerpted from an email I received.

Mrs. John Kerry  hates being called that, by the way: Maria Teresa Thiersten Simoes-Ferreira Heinz married Senator Kerry in 1995.   If you thought John Kerry was scary, he doesn't hold a candle to his wife! Maria Teresa was born in Mozambique, the daughter of a Portuguese physician, was educated in Switzerland and South Africa. Fluent in five languages, she was working as a UnitedNations interpreter in Geneva in the mid-60's when she met a "handsome" young American, H. John Heinz, III, who told her his family was "in the food business."They were married in 1966 and returned to Pittsburgh where his family ran the giant H. J.  Heinz food company. He was elected to the US House of Representatives in 1971, and in 1976 he was elected to the first of three terms in the United States Senate. A Republican, he wrote a burning diatribe against some of the causes backed by young House member John Kerry. Several years later, in 1991, he was killed when his plane crashed. He was survived by his wife, Teresa, and their three young sons. Four years later, having inherited Heinz's $500 million fortune, she married Senator John F. Kerry, the liberal senator from Massachusetts. She became a registered Democrat and the process of her radicalization was set in motion. 

So how does Mrs. Heinz Kerry spend John Heinz's money? Just one example: According to the G2 Bulletin, an online intelligence newsletter of WorldNetDaily, in the years between 1995-2001 she gave more than $4 million to an organization called the Tides Foundation.

What does the Tides Foundation do with Heinz's money?
They support numerous antiwar groups, including Ramsey Clark's International Action Center. Clark has offered to defend Saddam Hussein when he's tried.

They support the Democratic Justice Fund, a joint venture of  the Tides Foundation and billionaire hate-monger George Soros which seeks to ease restrictions on Muslim immigration from "terrorist" states.

They support the Council for American-Islamic Relations, whose leaders are known to have close ties to the terrorist group, Hamas. They support the National Lawyers Guild, organized as a communist front during the Cold War era. One of their attorneys, Lynne Stewart,
has been arrested for helping a client, Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, communicate with terror cells in Egypt. He is the convicted mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

These are but a few of the radical groups that benefit, through the anonymity provided by the Tides Foundation, from the generosity of our would-be first lady, the wealthy widow of Republican senator John Heinz, and now the wife of the Democratic senator who aspires to be the 44th President of the United States.

Monday, July 26, 2004

A Blog Well Worth Reading

In today's post, another blogging friend of mine writes about an extremely important topic in a most understandable and humorous way.

Sunday, July 25, 2004

A Blogger Friends Movie

I highly recommend viewing this.

Terrorism vs The America I Love

I will include excerpts  from the 9/11 commission report, page 393.  First the report:
"Our enemy is twofold; al Qaeda, a stateless network of terrorists that struck us on 9/11; and a radical ideological movement  in the Islamic world, inspired in part by al Qaeda, which has spawned terrorist groups and violence across the globe. The first enemy is weakened, but continues to pose a grave threat. The second enemy is gathering, and will menace Americans and American interests long after Usama Bin Ladin and his cohorts are killed or captured. Thus
our strategy must match our means to two ends: dismantling the al Qaeda network and prevailing in the longer term over the ideology that gives rise to Islamist terrorism.
Islam is not the enemy. It is not synonymous with terror. Nor does Islam teach terror. America and its friends oppose a perversion of Islam, not the great world faith itself. Lives guided by religious faith, including literal beliefs in holy scriptures, are common to every religion, and represent no threat to us.
Other religions have experienced violent internal struggles. With so many diverse adherents, every major religion will spawn violent zealots. Yet understanding and tolerance among people of different faiths can and must prevail.
The present transnational danger is Islamist terrorism. What is needed is a broad political-military strategy that rests on a firm tripod of policies to
    .  attack terrorists and their organizations
    .  prevent the continued growth of Islamist terrorism; and
    .  protect against and prepare for terrorist attacks"
An email I received pointed out that "Our country is now facing the most serious threat to its existence, as we know it, that we have faced in your lifetime and mine (which includes WW II)"
The author continues to list the number of attacks against US interests beginning with the taking of Iran Embassy hostages in 1979, Lebanon Embassy and Marine Barracks in 1983, through numerous others such as the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993 up to the 9/11 attack on the WTC.  The author of this letter to his sons then goes on to state that in WW II the basically Christian nation of Germany was unable to combat the philosophy of Hitler and that Nazis killed many  Christians as well as the holocaust of the Jewish people. Currently the Islamic terrorists are killing their own people in Iraq, Sudan.  The writer goes on to say that there is no politically correct way to avoid saying it--the Muslim terrorists are who we are fighting. One thing in the letter that really hit home with me is his answers to his sons on what it would mean if we lose this war. "We would no longer be the premier country in the world. The attacks will not subside but will steadily increase. The plan was clearly to attack us until we were neutered and submissive to them. We would of course have no future support from other nations for fear of reprisals and for the reason that they would see we are impotent and cannot help them. They will pick off the other non-Muslim nations one at a time."
My thoughts on this letter and the 9/11 report lead me to believe that President Bush started us finally on the mission to get rid of al Qaeda and one of the great terrorism supporters, Saddam Hussein. We lost many opportunities to stop or slow the spread before 9/11 but looking back and blaming those in previous years who were too timid to truly commit to eliminating al Qaeda allowing it to spawn more terrorist cells throughout the world including within the USA is counterproductive. We need to look forward and be prepared to continue pursuing any and all terrorists where ever they may be.
I am concerned about the many Americans who are too busy or too apathetic to really look at the situation our nation is in. They warm to the promises of greater goodies from the government. They seem to think that we can get more tax monies from the rich and therefore
spread it to the masses of people who have low or no income. They bash GWB for having gotten us into this mess (he is doing his best to get us out of it) and seem oblivious to the greater threat to our nation. Undoubtedly, the WOT has not been without glitches and need to rethink plans.
We have as individuals and as government agencies made mistakes and will continue to do so. We have started at least to attack those who want us dead and the maniac that supported terrorism against his neighbors as well as his own people. Just remember WWII and the Normandy landings--offcourse for some, equipment that was unable to reach the beaches etc.
War is hell! I do not like war, but when it comes to the wellbeing of our nation I will support it all the way. 

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Much Ado About Artists Opinions

Sometime back I received an email being circulated about the intellectual achievements of many of the currently popular entertainers--darn, I wish I had kept it. Many have had no education beyond high school and indeed some had even found that too intellectually challenging to complete. Somehow too many of these personages have decided they have the answers to the most complex issues of the day. The answer is to bash Bush. Now Ronstadt worships Moore and her statements are not accepted  by many people. Moore comes to poor Linda's defense and now Elton John enters with his profound understanding of the USA by complaining that the US Government is using "bullying tactics" to stop dissent by artists. I enjoyed Chrenkoff's commentary today "there are the few enlightened ones (the artists) and there are the masses (us); John and Moore and Co have the freedom to speak, we have the obligation to listen. This is the MTV Constitutional Theory 101. "
Since I do not subscribe to MTV's curriculum, I have no OBLIGATION to listen to the artists trying to impose their views on me. I am capable of reviewing data and coming to a conclusion based on my own knowledge of history,  current events and personal beliefs/ethics. If I pay to listen to a singer or musician, I expect them to sing or play music. I am not interested in a commentary of their personal views unless it is to explain why they like the song they sing or the music they play. If I want news, views, or propaganda; there are many websites that will furnish this and it is my RIGHT to go to the web or not. I have the RIGHT to boycott artists, movies, products or anything else that displeases me without any government oversight. To claim that it is the government's tactics may be partially true since it is the government, as based on the US Constitution that gives ME these RIGHTS. Let the artists rant about their rights to free speech -- I have the right to not listen, to walk out, to boycot and to complain to whomever pays these artists. The payers have the right to fire these artists if they do not support the artist's view and/or realize that their business will suffer since consumers affect the success/failure of the business.
There are a number of artist's whose work I have enjoyed in the past but will no longer buy their records or pay to see their movies. It is not because their views differ from mine, rather it is their arrogance in pushing their views on me when and where it is inappropriate. I will not go to see F9/11 because MM feels it is appropriate to tell the Europeans that I am stupid. Well Michael, I am not so stupid that I would give you two cents of the money I worked for to support your bigoted commentary on my nation.

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

I Have Cooled Down

My post about the Phiippines still has me wondering why they would pay ransom and pull out their 51 people. My second thought regarding pulling our troops out, cutting off aid was a little much. Philippines are fighting terrorism on their own soil. They need our support because we can not let the terrorists achieve their goals anywhere. Sooo, I have cooled down. I recommend to all that they read Kat's lengthy discourse on
I found a couple of email addresses for military in Afghanistan and hope they might provide me some links to blogs that will provide some information on the situation over there. The Filipino captive was released and is now safe at the Philippine Embassy so at least, one human life was saved and he will be able to go home to his children. For that I am thankful.

Monday, July 19, 2004

Philippines, Friend or Foe?

We, the United States of America have been spending tens of millions of dollars on foreign aid to the Philippines. Now it seems they offered and PAID six million dollars as ransom for the hostage held by terrorists in Iraq. When that payment failed to assure the release of their hostage, they agreed to and are pulling out their fifty some humanitarian aid workers. I do not want this poor man to die, but in funding the terrorists while accepting our foreign aid and support of our military in the Philippines is truly stabbing us in the back. With friends and allies like this, we don't need enemies. Perhaps we should bring our military home since they could be sent to Iraq to help fight the terrorists. Perhaps we should cut off the economic aid since they have millions of dollars to spend to support the terrorists. Our treaty of mutual protection has been broken by the Philippine government. Bring our troops and money home and spend it where it might effect more change.

Sunday, July 18, 2004

Blogs I Like, Politics I Don't Like

My daily attempt to learn more of the news that our media does not see fit to print or to show on TV regarding the situation in Iraq, Afghanistan leads me to read the blogs written by Iraqis and by our military. I find the majority of them to be insightful and feel I have a better grasp of what is happening. I never thought I would ever have a chance to "talk" with someone on the warfront or people living in the ME. I tell my friends how fascinating and informative they are but it seems that they really have little interest. This makes me anxious. Are we truly that apathetic? Do we really trust TV and printed media? I spoke with my friend yesterday that had sent me the questions re. friends don't let friends vote Republican. I had not heard from her since I sent her my response. She said a friend had given it to her at church--this surprised me--she said she didn't agree with my comments but gave me no reasons for her choice. We will remain friends as we have for 40 years. I was as surprised by her reactions as I guess she was by mine. If it were not for the blogs, I would begin to think that I am the only one who thinks that we are involved in a war we did not ask for but must fight. I would believe that I was the only one who sees in President Bush strightforward leadership despite the fact I do not agree with him on all things. The verbal abuse heaped on him makes we wonder what happened to an America I knew that stood behind our leaders, perhaps some critical debate within or without a political party, but the charges ala Gore, J. Bond, T. Kennedy etc. ,do not qualify as debate. I begin to wonder what are our laws against treason. We have a candidate for the highest office in our land who gave aid to our enemies and is honored in N. Vietnam hall of fame. We have two candidates, elected as senators, who have left their jobs undone because they are campaigning.
Why didn't they resign their seats so that their constituents had some representation? I do not know the answers but at least I ask the questions.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

My biggest fear

I can't recall the exact phrasing John Kerry has used in his messages to voters but I have interpreted it as isolationist and today it sounded like he would work to bring the troops home at the earliest possible time. After I finished writing my blog, I was reading blogs from Iraq citizens and our military. At the discussion was about a brief memorial service for a fallen marine and how everyone says something they remember about their buddy. The marine who wrote this talked about what the CO said regarding an article he had read (not identified)"The author had gotten himself into a number of insurgent cells from southern Iraq to Baghdad to Fallujah. The author spoke about the terrorists' commitment and motivation to continue their cause. Surprisingly, it was not religion or ideology; it was hate for American and the West. Toward the end of his article, he asked one terrorist what he would do if the Americans were driven from Iraq and went back to America. The terrorist stated after some reflection that he and his men would follow us there...."
My biggest fear is that we will bring the troops home too soon leaving the Iraqi people vulnerable to more terrorists entering Iraq and establishing more taining camps. We cannot isolate ourselves and think the WOT is over--it will come to us.

Kerry At NAACP

My the promises! " Middle class tax cuts. Affordable health care for all. Great teachers in every classroom. Freedom from dependence on ME oil. Double the amount of money we spend on fighting AIDS--the greatest moral obligation of our time. Jobs, childrens future, Supreme Court is on the line. Our relation with the world is on the line. We will make sure every vote is counted. We must vigorously enforce our voting rights -- 57,000 votes not counted in Palm Beach County. We will have teams of lawyers monitor elections and we will enforce the law. When I was in Vietnam...we came together as one...we were a band of brothers"
I especially noted the praise for Julian Bond, his comments that the president could arrange his schedule to be here, that "faith without works" is meaningless.
My view is that these are a lot of promises that would be lovely if they were feasible. Hillary said in California that the tax cuts would be taken from us and here Kerry is promising more. I didn't realize we had the right to tax the top 2% to such an extent that they could pay for all of his plans. How reassuring that lawyers will be monitoring the voting process--I'm sure that will resound throughout America and make us all feel better.
Kerry's willingness to champion all who bash President Bush be it Whoopi or Julian makes it hard to swallow when he claims to be the great uniter. This is not the leader I want!

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

CIA Oversight

As I understand it, there is a House oversight committee responsible for monitoring the function of the CIA, there is a Senate oversight committee for monitoring the function of the CIA making two committees from Comgress with these responsibilitites. There is one executive branch committee with similar oversight. The CIA works cooperatively with all three comittees. The leadership and structure of the CIA was inherited by the current administration after apparently functioning satisfactorily by the three branches of government with oversight responsibiliteis during the previous administration. Can anyone tell me why, after the Senate Committe investigation identifying problems reaffirmed the information given to us in his State of The Union and other addresses were correct, the failure of the CIA is the sole responsibility of President Bush?

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Bush Lied?

The very interesting report on the CIA reveals again one of "Bush's lies" as touted by Mr. Wilson. His actual report to the CIA affirmed
that Saddam's regime was seeking to increase their imports from Niger. Seems Niger has two major exports-yellowcake and goats. I guess Mr . Wilson was convinced that goats were being asked for to feed the starving Iraqis. Too bad that Wilson's claim, that his CIA wife had nothing to do with his appointment to go to Niger to investigate, was
disproved by the presence of the memo his wife wrote recommending him for the job due to his previously established contacts in Niger. It appears to me that more and more of Bush's "lies" are proving to be
TRUE! It would seem that lies in book form or in documentaries is the road to financial success.

Sunday, July 11, 2004

Friends don't let friends vote Republican--NOT

A friend sent the following to me, my comments in ()

Food for thought
(Read follow some of the links to other bloggers and see what the Iraqis hae to say about the war, Saddam et. Read some of the Iranian blogs and see how they are treated under the mullahs and how demonstrations are "put down" Read "a line in the sand' and see what the military in Iraq have to say. Our media is NOT telling us the truth.)

Things you have to believe to be a Republican today:

Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush's daddy
made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him and a bad
guy when Bush needed a "we can't find Bin Laden" diversion. (Saddam was a bad guy who raped, tortured and murdered innocent creatures of God. He had ties to terrorists. We removed huge quantities of "dirty bomb" quality uranium. Politicians choose the lesser of two evils. The extent of Saddams savagry was not fullly known.)

Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is Communist, but trade with
China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of international harmony. (This policy has bi-partisan support.)

The United States should get out of the United Nations, and our highest
national priority is enforcing U.N. resolutions against Iraq. (The UN seems pretty irrelevant despit the premise upon which it was built. Oil for food kept our "allies" in France and Russia in the money. Iraqis starved and died from easily treated disease because the Iraqis never benefited from this mismanaged UN boondoggle. The world might not like our policies but I support them. The war on terror is a worldwide problem. If we do not win this war, our country will be devestated. I choose to worship my Saviour as I believe. I do not want to wear a burka and be ordered about by men.Colin Powell more or less had to force Kofi A. to go to Sudan. Kosovo and Bosnis citizens were not a threat to us but we went for humanitarian reasons and remain there--this was a democrat presidents war and we had not been attacked. Kerry will pander to the Europeans be cause he is so cultured while Bush is a Texan. The vulgar filth that Edwards and Kerry laughed uproariously at Radio City shows their culture and gravitas. Kerry says this is in keeping with American and family values.)

A woman can't be trusted with decisions about her own body, but
multi-national corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind
without regulation. (I think abortion and partial birth abortion are abhorrent.)

Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of homosexuals and Hillary
Clinton. (God hates the sin and loves the sinner. I know a good many people who live a different lifestyle than mine and I do not hate them. I can accept civil unions but think marriage is between a man and a woman. Gays deserve to have their partners have all of the civil rights marriage gives to a heterosexual couple. They also should have a divorce proceeding is the union fails.)

The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in
speeches while slashing veterans' benefits and combat pay. (Our troops deserve to be well paid, have all of the safety equipment that is state of the art. They should not be voted into war and then monies not voted to support them.

See Kerry's voting record.)

If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won't have sex. (Parents need to do a better job of parenting so their children have some concept of appropriate behavior for their age. For those lacking parental guidance the school sex ed and the proper use of condoms may cut down on STDs, pregnancies and abortions.)

A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle our long-time allies, then
demand their cooperation and money. (See oil for food above. France, Germany and Russia are not allies. They made big bucks selling Mercedes, weapons, liquor etc. despite UN sanctions and then want USA to overlook Saddams lack of conforming to 14 resolutions and not mess up their lucrative deals.)

Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy. Providing health care
to all Americans is socialism. (Health care would not be so terribly expensive if it was not for trial lawyers who pick pathetic kids with C. palsy and blame it on the doctors. C sections have increased because of this and CP has not been lessened by this. Edwards "channeled" the feelings and thoughts of CP kids so he could tell the juries and then took 1/3 of the settlements. How did he go from being a mill workers son to multimillionaire? News reports indicate income of 26 million in 4 years before senate job. Iraqis get their health care through the Health Ministry in a government supported by Iraqi oil.)

HMOs and insurance companies have the best interests of the public at
heart. (They are in business to make money. A patient's bill of rights is a good idea and in the last hospital I worked, we had one which was part of the admission packet. We did not need big government to legislate it. See affect of law suits on medical costs. Doctors are paying big insurance fees and many are leaving the practice of medicine because they not longer make a decent income.)

Global warming and tobacco's link to cancer are junk science, but
creationism should be taught in schools. (I do not see this in either party platform. I believe the USA was founded on judeochristian principles and they should still guide us but not dictate how individuals worship. The attacks by the far left ACLU in removing any type of religious symbol is nuts.)

A president lying about an extramarital affair is a impeachable offense. (A president who lies under oath is not my idea of a leader.)

A president lying to enlist support for a war in which thousands die is
solid defense policy. (President Bush has been accused of lying repeatedly. I do not buy this. CIA which was trashed by budget cuts and congressional interference and gave President poor intel. P. Clinton and VP Gore both said SH had WMD. Russia said SH was planning attack on US. Britain and other Euro intel still say SH was trying to buy yellow cake from Niger. At present, we have lost far fewer troops than in other wars--Vietnam+58,000 dead.)

Government should limit itself to the powers named in the Constitution,
which include banning gay marriages and censoring the Internet. (My thoughts on civil unions above. Means of keeping children from getting porn if they mistype a name like Mickey Mouse is the responsibility of adults. The Supreme Court is the official interpretor of constitutional law. Legislating from the bench gives federal and district courts powers they do not have.)

The public has a right to know about Hillary's cattle trades, but George
Bush's driving record is none of our business. (Bush has admitted to misusing alcohol. SD gives one year sentence to drunk who killed a man because he was a former govenor. Sometimes people are treated with kid gloves.)

Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you're a
conservative radio host. Then it's an illness and you need our prayers for
your recovery. (I am not a Rush fan. I do not like name calling or someone who is never wrong in his/her prouncements. I do not like Ted Rall or Al Franken (righteous lefties) for the same reason. The democratic primaries with all of the Bush bashing totally turned me off.)

You support states' rights, which means Attorney General John Ashcroft can
tell states what local voter initiatives they have the right to adopt. (I support the Patriot Act. This is a tool to allow our FBI and CIA to work cooperatively to locate, detain and prosecute terrorists. They only had these rights to deal with the mafia and drug dealers before the P. Act. I do not care if someone sees what books I buy or check out at the library because I am not planning to overthrow the government. I can not think of one of my civil rights that has been violated. Kerry and Edwards voted for it and now criticize it. Talk about flip-flop!)

What Bill Clinton did in the 1960s is of vital national interest, but what
Bush did in the '80s is irrelevant. (If sexual misconduct is not important, why did the Dem in Illinois (with family ties to the newspaper) feel it was necessary to get Jack Ryan's sealed custody documents unsealed when he and his ex wife went to court to keep them sealed. Democrats want it both ways.)

Feel free to pass this on. If you don't send it to at least 10 other people, we are likely to be stuck with Bush for four more years. (I pray every night for God to grant Bush wisdom and the strength to persevere in this most difficult role. I pray that Bush is granted another four years to lead our government with the moral clarity he has shown.)

Friends don't let friends vote Republican. (As a Christian, I cannot vote for someone like Kerry. I want us to remain a democracy instead of a socialist state that worries more about world opinion than about what is right to do.)

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

North Carolina's Loss?

John Edwards, our mostly absent, Senator is going to be a candidate for Vice President. It is good he has another post to run for since I doubt very much he would be reelected in NC.
He fought for the little guy who had grievous problems or loss in their lives and then so compassionatly accepted 1/3 of whatever award the poor, unfortunate soul was given by the court. Such compassion, as is univerally demonstrated by trial lawyers, is so needed in our government administration-not.
I for one will happily keep our current administration over what the Democrats have to offer.

Saturday, July 03, 2004


My first attempt at blogging! Who might be interested in what I have to say? Time will tell.
I have been a faithful reader of iraqthemodelblogspot for some time and have added my comments. I truly believe that blogs are a great way to share information and views on situations that the media do not cover in depth or cover in such a skewed way as to keep readers/viewers from what is the truth.
I support President Bush as he pursues the war on terror despite domestic policies I disagree with--ie. Medicare drug coverage. The pharmaceutical industry needs to be reined in. Use the millions spent to advertise the drugs du jour in the print and TV media on R&D instead. Give US citizens the same costs as other countries citizens pay. Cut the red tape and paper work involved in this discount plan. Take a portion of the expected government costs and directly subsidize those drug companies who truly are actively researhing new medicines.