Category: Politics

The Wrong Dead People At The Wrong Inauguration At The Wrong Time

If I were in charge of ABC’s news division, I wouldn’t report on a funeral of a killed soldier on the same day of Bush’s inauguration. Assuming that the official tally from Washington state’s gubernatorial election stands, I would send film crews to cemeteries to get live footage of the tombstones of people who voted for Christine Gregoire as she is sworn in.

What’s In A Name?

I was just reading a Vodkapundit post about the Department of Homeland Security, and noticed that Steve abbreviates that agency’s name as DoHS and not DHS. Isn’t that the plural of D’oh?

The Recount of Monty’s Crisco

Keep it on the down low, but there are a bunch of court cases working through the system, attempting to overturn the recent presidential election.
I recently blogged about one spur to litigation, Bev Harris of Black Box I’m not gracing her site with another link.
Anyhow, I got a nice comment from an Elizabeth person, who was kind enough to stop by and tell me it’s about counting every vote.
Hmmm… Well, it is and it isn’t, I think. It’s about the system. The voting system is a bit like exercise. You miss a day in the gym, go back the next day, and don’t sweat it. Maybe you need to work a bit harder. But you don’t burn down the gym, or quit going because you had a screwup.
Elizabeth disagrees. Below is my answer, explaining why I have a major, massive, hemorraging, screaming problem with the present drive to “count every vote.”

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Liars, Damned Liars, and the Left

Okay, book mark this post, and refer to it frequently for the next four years. Here’s the talking point for the Dems, coming straight from the Horse’s um, mouth, over at Daily Kos, the left wing blog that is paid to produce left wing, um, communications.

Marching order #1, therefore, is this: No matter whom you talk to outside our circles, begin to perpetuate the (false, exaggerated) notion that George Bush’s victory was built not merely on values issues, but gay marriage specifically. If you feel a need to broaden it slightly, try depicting the GOP as a majority party synonymous with gay-haters, warmongers and country-clubbers.

[Hat tip to he who needs no hits].
Well, there you have it. Keep in mind, this is a paid for Democrat blog – this ain’t free lance, folks; if it isn’t an actual talking point going out on the email, then it’s what the Dems’ mucky-mucks are actually talking about doing. Of course being Kos, this reference will change as soon as it is noted that the right has noticed what the talking points are. So you may want to save a copy. I will.
By the way, what’s the effective response to this little hate campaign, and how do we keep from letting them define us this way? Easy.

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Proud to be Wrong

Never have I been so proud, and so happy, to be so wrong. I’m referring to my election predictions, and my prediction Kerry was about to litigate out the election results.
I can’t tell you how happy I am to be completely wrong, and how much good will Senator Kerry has built up in my mind, by both conceding graciously, and stating the reason for it (“it was numerically impossible for us to win.”)

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A helpful suggestion

From “Seabiscuit” at Democratic Underground (scroll down to post #74):
If Osama Bin Laden/any al queada group wants to punish Americans, they should attack only in the “red” states. I hate to wish this on anyone, but if America is going to be attacked, they should at least, as a matter of fairness, attack the people in the states who were jackass enough to hand their electoral votes to Shrub.
Osama is grateful for your advice, I’m sure.

Liveblogging the Election

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a freaking loser. I chose to stay at home with my wife and kid in the D.C. suburbs rather than go to some rocking parties in downtown D.C. / Northern Virginia. So to console myself, I’m going to suck down some booze and watch the results come in.
I started watching around 7:30 after I voted. Voting was cool. I asked the lady at the polls how we were doing for turnout, at around 6:30. She said we had around 75% turnout, which was about 20% over normal. That’s great, I thought; it shows that even though we spend a lot of time bitching about the country, we can still be bothered to get off our asses and vote when it matters.
Cracked the first beer, a frosty Yuengling at 7:55.

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Dems – The Defenders of Free Speech

I just watched a disturbing interview of a local furniture merchant named Joe Blanchfield, who is the owner of Oaktree Furniture, which has outlets in the D.C. and Baltimore area.
Mr. Blanchfield apparently is having a big tent sale this week, and needed to get some advertising out – they were having trouble buying ad spots. The local Fox and WB affiliates offered him a good rate on advertising, so he bought a large number of spots, some of which aired during the “Stolen Honor” special about John Kerry’s slandering of VietNam vets when he returned to the U.S. I will quote Mr. Blanchfield as closely as I can, in my pre-TIVO household.
“I was at work yesterday when the phone calls started coming in, saying I hated Democrats and threatening me, threatening to destroy my business, to boycott me. But it wasn’t the death threats that were most disturbing. I have 45 families that rely on me for employment. I’m trying to make a living here, and I have Democrats, Indpendents and Republicans who work for me – that’s in alphabetical order because we don’t aim to offend. We treat everybody with respect, and we expect others to treat us with respect… so this was surprising.”

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