The Discerning Texan

All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing.
-- Edmund Burke
Saturday, July 31, 2004

Commies for Kerry (humor)

No Saturday would be complete without a visit to the Communists for Kerry website. Check this site out, it is clearly a labor of love. Follow the links around. These guys went to a great deal of trouble to put this site together and I have to give them two thumbs up for their efforts.
DiscerningTexan, 7/31/2004 11:20:00 AM | Permalink | |

Transcript of Bush Springfield Speech

Bush unveiled what will be his new stump speech leading up to the RNC next month. This paints quite a different picture than the one the Kerry camp is trying to paint. Here is yesterday's speech.
DiscerningTexan, 7/31/2004 11:15:00 AM | Permalink | |

Zell Miller: Why I skipped Boston

Today's Wall Street Journal has an op-ed from Zell Miller as to why he didn't make it to Kerry's coronation by the left. A good read...
DiscerningTexan, 7/31/2004 11:11:00 AM | Permalink | |

The bad reviews continue...

John Kerry's, speech takes another body blow from David Brooks in today's New York Times:

And so I dared to dream. Maybe the Democratic Party is going to recapture the security policy credibility it had during the Truman and Kennedy years. Maybe this display of McCainiac muscular moderation is not just a costume drama, but the real deal. Maybe hope is really on the way!

I should never have gone back and read the speech again. I should never have gone back on Friday morning, in the unforgiving light of day, and re-examined the words Kerry had so forcefully uttered the night before.

What an incoherent disaster. When you actually read for content, you see that the speech skirts almost every tough issue and comes out on both sides of every major concern. The Iraq section is shamefully evasive. He can't even bring himself to use the word "democratic" or to contemplate any future for Iraq, democratic or otherwise. He can't bring himself to say whether the war was a mistake or to lay out even the most meager plan for moving forward. For every gesture in the direction of greater defense spending, there are opposing hints about reducing our commitments and bringing the troops home.

DiscerningTexan, 7/31/2004 11:06:00 AM | Permalink | |
Friday, July 30, 2004

Breaking News? Al-Zarqawi reportedly captured

Captain's Quarters has up a post up that reports what could be very very good news: Al-Zarqawi, the leader of the resistance movement in Iraq, may have been captured on the Iraq-Syrian border. Who cares if the Democrats howl and moan. If we really did get him it is excellent news...
DiscerningTexan, 7/30/2004 07:45:00 PM | Permalink | |

(Kerry speech, continued) The BAD reviews continue to pour in...

Earlier I posted the Washington Post op-ed that was not exactly wild about Kerry's send off speech last night.  In my further investingations, I have come across other surprises, most notably in The New Republic, which has a piece today called "Apocalypse Kerry".  Among the points Lawrence Kaplan makes is this one:

Regarding his own Vietnam, as opposed to the Hollywood production staged around him, Kerry asked his audience "to judge me by my record." The question has been asked before, but Kerry did not answer it in his speech: If his Vietnam service offers proof that he is "decisive," then why is it that for two decades Kerry has been "only an average Senator," as pro-Kerry columnist Al Hunt wrote in yesterday's Wall Street Journal? If his wartime feats prove that Kerry is "strong" on national security, then why did he oppose virtually every stand-out weapons system in the U.S. arsenal today, speechify against the first Gulf War, and refuse to fund the second? Why, indeed, unless no correlation exists between his biography and his record?  Kerry's speech last night showed how much distance there is between the two. Theatrics aside, it was far more in tune with his own lessons of Vietnam--and with those of the delegates before him--than with the Vietnam kitsch festooning the convention hall. Earlier in the evening, for example, Joe Biden sketched out a truly heroic foreign policy vision, insisting that Kerry understands the need to promote liberty abroad. He was followed by Joe Lieberman, who said we could count on Kerry to liberate those living under "murderous tyrannies." As for the candidate himself, he uttered nary a word about democracy promotion, nor even a banality or two about promoting freedom abroad. There was no heroism here. Only what Kerry defended as "complexity."  Indeed, he spent far more time discussing domestic policy than he spent discussing foreign and defense policy. And when he did get around to discussing the matter of our national survival, he basically took a page from the post-Vietnam playbook favored by an earlier generation of Democrats. "We shouldn't be opening firehouses in Baghdad," the candidate declared to rousing applause, "and shutting them down in the United States of America." Suggesting that Europeans won't send troops to Iraq simply because they can't stand his opponent, Kerry promised to be nicer to our allies so we could "bring our troops home." Unlike, say, in Bosnia, he pledged to go to war "only because we have to." Leaving unsaid exactly by whom and at what cost, he dedicated himself to making America "respected in the world." Finally, and without saying precisely what it is, Kerry said he knows "what we have to do in Iraq." He has a plan, you see.

Meanwhile, former Clinton advisor Dick Morris weighed in with this:

Then, after this long rendition of his childhood, he tells us at length what it was like to serve in Vietnam for the four months that he was there. So far, so good.  But then he spent only about one minute talking about what he has done since.  Beyond a brief allusion to his efforts for crime victims and to prosecute crimes against women as an assistant district attorney, his support for Clinton's plan for extra cops and a balanced budget and a reference to his work with John McCain on the POW and MIA issue in Vietnam, that's it.

What did this man do as an adult? What happened during his service as Michael Dukakis' lieutenant-governor in Massachusetts and in his 20 years in the United States Senate? What bills did he introduce? What initiatives did he sponsor? Which investigations did he lead? What amendments bear his name? What great debates did he participate in?  What did he do for his constituents in Massachusetts? What businesses did he persuade to come to the Bay State? Which elderly did he help get their Social Security benefits? What injustices did he correct?
Kerry's biography ends at 24.  America does not want to elect a lieutenant to the presidency. The voters want a commander-in-chief, but there is precious little in the autobiography of John Kerry, as we heard it last night, to commend him to us.  The Democratic National Convention closes as a nutritious, tasty, appetizing bagel — with a hole in the middle.  John Kerry? Oh yeah, he's the guy who fought in Vietnam and then he ran for president.  That's not enough. Where did his 20 years in the Senate go?

Oddly, his absence of biography confirms the impression I formed of him during my White House years: He's a back-bencher. I never can recall a single time that his name came up in any discussion of White House strategy on anything. He was the man who wasn't there. We were always figuring out how to deal with Ted Kennedy or Pat Moynihan or Tom Daschle or Phil Gramm, or Al D'Amato or Bob Dole or Jesse Helms or Orin Hatch or Joe Biden. But nobody every asked about John Kerry.  He wasn't much there then, and he's not much there now. Only now he wants us to trust him to be president.

Perhaps the most accurate analysis of the speech was provided by Thomas Sowell, a personal hero of mine.  Sowell's take included:

John Kerry is running for a political office and he has a political track record that goes back 16 years in the United States Senate alone. The facts on how he has voted on innumerable issues are all on record. Yet everyone at this Democratic convention and on the campaign trail seems to want to talk about everything except that record.   In fact, everything at this convention and on this year's campaign trail seems carefully designed to create the OPPOSITE impression from what Senator Kerry's voting record shows.   Over the years Senator Kerry has voted again and again to cut spending on the military and on the intelligence services. In short, his votes have weakened this country militarily. Therefore the rhetoric of the convention and the Kerry campaign uses the word "strong" or "strength" at every opportunity.   By repeating such words incessantly, the rhetoric counters the reality -- at least for those voters who cannot be bothered to find out the facts.   John Kerry's military service three decades ago is likewise used over and over again at the Democratic convention and on the campaign trail to cover up his repeated weakening of this country's military defenses as a United States Senator during the many years since then.   If we were fighting the Vietnam war over again, nobody would deny Kerry's qualifications for being an officer in that war. But that is not the job he is seeking this election year.   You cannot defend this country with memories and rhetoric -- not in an age of international terrorism, which could become an age of nuclear terrorism in a very few years. 

From all I am reading today about last night's speech, which many were saying needed to be a "home run", and from my own viewing of the speech, in which Kerry seemed rushed and hyperactive,  I think those who think Kerry rose to the occasion are engaging in wishful thinking.

DiscerningTexan, 7/30/2004 10:38:00 AM | Permalink | |

Washington Post: Kerry "fell short of demonstrating the kind of leadership the nation needs. "

Despite the unabashed cheerleading (more like foaming at the mouth...) of the mainstream press last night after the Kerry speech, I was suprised to see the Washington Post this morning editorialize that Kerry missed opportunities and was an overall disappointment.
DiscerningTexan, 7/30/2004 09:48:00 AM | Permalink | |
Thursday, July 29, 2004

This is what it is all about...

I was out reading some Military Blogs and came across the Haze Grey and Underway site.  A sailor is reflecting on his 13 years in the Navy.  It is people like this that make me proud to be an American.
DiscerningTexan, 7/29/2004 08:33:00 PM | Permalink | |

How to completely mislead the gullible

I had thought I was finished posting for the day, but then I came across this outstanding post on on the Everything I Know is Wrong blog.  While it was gratifying to see that I am not the only one who has noticed the utter hyprocrisy of the Democratic platform, it is also unbelievable to me that this once proud and great party is now so out of touch with the average American that it feels it must attempt to conceal its true intentions from the electorate, and to fraudulently portray a false ideology instead.  From a pragmatic perspective, I guess can understand why they do it (because they would get slaughtered if America had an understanding of their real intentions, particularly when it comes to the defense of the nation...); but to have a theoretical understanding of why they might do it, and to actually witness what lengths this party will go to to deceive the public are two different things entirely.  It is difficult for me to imagine how the Democrat party could sink any lower than what it has now become:  a party of morally bankrupt socialists pretending to care enough about defending its citizens that it would actually support and continue the Bush policies of pre-emptive attacks and support of the Patriot Act.  It will be really interesting to see what happens when Kerry and Edwards have to get out there and actually try to sell this to its leftist base.  How can anyone take these guys seriously after seeing this platform?

DiscerningTexan, 7/29/2004 03:41:00 PM | Permalink | |

"What if he is right?"

Although their decidedly leftist editorial bent has always bothered me, I really enjoy reading Esquire magazine: I have been a subscriber on and off since way back in my college days.  Good writers, timely articles.  So imagine how surprised I was when one of its highly liberal contributors wrote an article this month entitled: "The Case for George W. Bush". This is no fluff piece, Bush takes his share of hits in the article.  But its author, Tom Junod points out that many partisan Democrats do not take the War on Terror or the dangers therein seriously enough. Junod concludes with these words:

"In a nation that loves fairy tales, the president seemed so damned eager to cry wolf that we decided he was just trying to keep us scared and that maybe he was just as big a villain as the wolf he insisted on telling us about. That's the whole point of the story, isn't it? The boy cries wolf for his own ends, and after a while people stop believing in the reality of the threat.
I know how this story ends, because I've told it many times myself. I've told it so many times, in fact, that I'm always surprised when the wolf turns out to be real, and shows up hungry at the door, long after the boy is gone."

Our enemies ARE real--and this author asks a question that every liberal Democrat should be asking right now:  what if Bush IS right?
DiscerningTexan, 7/29/2004 09:51:00 AM | Permalink | |

Bush's Multilateralism

Instapundit pointed me today to an excellent piece on Tech Central Station that discusses the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) and the Caspian Guard, two collaborative efforts with other nations led by President Bush.  The PSI describes the efforts  of the group of countries who together are lobbying for North Korean disarmament.  This effort includes assistance from China, not exactly an American ally. The other multilateral initiative, called "Caspian Guard" is:

"...ostensibly a three-way alliance between the United States, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan for the integration of several interlocking program elements, namely airspace and maritime surveillance and control systems, reaction and response forces, and border control."   

Special efforts are being made in the Caspian Guard iniative to encourage member cooperation with issues concerning the increasingly disturbing activities of IranBoth of these initiatives are excellent examples of the Bush Administration successuflly using multilateralism and new alliances, as opposed to the often-heard shrill screams of "unilateralism" from the Democrats and "mainstream" media.  The article's author, Bryan Preston, concludes with this summary of the President's efforts:

"For all the abuse that the Bush administration receives for its conduct of the war on terrorism, the Proliferation Security Initiative and Caspian Guard stand as examples of the other side of the war as conducted by a serious administration that knows we are all in for a long twilight struggle. Only by removing or intimidating terror-sponsoring states into renouncing terrorism, and only by stopping the spread of nuclear and other mass killing technology in its tracks, can the free world hope to win this war without incredible loss of life. Bush administration critics and the media -- often one and the same -- consistently fail to take the existence of the PSI and its start-up sister Caspian Guard into account when assessing how we are doing in the war. The existence of these organizations indicate that for all the squabbling over Iraq, most of the world's major powers do regard terrorism and weapons proliferation as serious conjoined threats, and are willing to band together to do something about it. And they are willing to be led by the unilateral cowboy from Texas who defied several of them to topple Saddam Hussein."

Couldn't have put it better myself.

DiscerningTexan, 7/29/2004 09:12:00 AM | Permalink | |

Peggy Noonan reviews the DNC thus far

I love Peggy Noonan.  I just finished her excellent book on Reagan "When Character Was King", and every page was a joy to read.  Peggy has a way of mixing in her superior intellect with common sense and a writing style that screams "thankful to be alive in this wonderful country".  This morning her column reviews what she has seen at the Democrat "love fest" so far this week, and it is definitely worth reading.
DiscerningTexan, 7/29/2004 08:49:00 AM | Permalink | |

More Fallout on the "Teresa moment"

The Seattle Times this morning has a good op-ed analysis by Collin Levey  on the "iceberg" that is still floating ominously in the Kerry/Edwards waters: Teresa Heinz Ketchup Fortune Kerry.  The piece concludes with apossible portent of things to come:

Less obvious is what Democrats fear from Heinz Kerry's loose lips. That is, unless it's some casual remark that might give wings to the under-reported story of the campaign. Of all the icebergs the Kerry campaign has narrowly missed this year, one of the most inexplicable is the media's lack of interest in how Heinz Kerry's inherited money propped up candidate Kerry's once-faltering career and brought him to the brink of the U.S. presidency.

I think it was clear to anyone watching the other night that her being on the stage had everything to do with "her", and not much at all to do with electing Kerry.   Her money after all is the reason Kerry is viable today, it was a good chunk of her fortune that enabled Kerry to make this run; so do not doubt who is wearing the pants in this family.  The Dems had nothing to gain and everything to lose by putting her in the limelight, but obviously THKFK threw her weight around to get her moment in the sun.  Here's hoping we see even more of  in the coming days...
DiscerningTexan, 7/29/2004 08:27:00 AM | Permalink | |

Democrat Foreign Policy: what Bush is already doing

Nice column today by James S. Robbins on NRO. Robbins makes an excellent point  that, far from having any clue of their own about what to do to protect this country, Democrats have fallen to the new low of trying to convince Americans that they would do exactly what Bush is already doing.  Is there anyone out there who is actually buying this?  Would Kerry even be standing on that podium tonight if he had promised to further the Bush foreign policy in the primaries?   If you don't believe me have a look at their platform.
DiscerningTexan, 7/29/2004 08:18:00 AM | Permalink | |

Is the Mob funding Kerry/Edwards?

ABC News had a piece today tying the Democrats' number one donor  to a New York crime family.
DiscerningTexan, 7/29/2004 08:12:00 AM | Permalink | |
Wednesday, July 28, 2004

ANOTHER Muslim terror suspect arrested?

No sooner do I find the story about the Al Queda arrest in Texas  (which Drudge has up now, btw...), then they arrest another Muslim in questionable circumstances  in Iowa...  Good to know that our intelligence and law enforcement agencies are still working while the Democrats fool themselves that this next election is about health care and class warfare...
DiscerningTexan, 7/28/2004 05:13:00 PM | Permalink | |

Teresa's bizarre speech

I could have sworn I was in the Twilight Zone or something when I watched Teresa Heinz-Kerry's speech last night.  At least I was not the only one; annika  seemed to have a big problem with it as well.  Her blog references a  great analysis of the speech itself in The American Thinker.   I don't know what it is about her, but THKFK (Teresa Heinz Ketchup Fortune Kerry) gives me the heebie jeebies.   To think that this woman could be influencing the President of the United States on a daily basis is enough in itself to send the Dow into a major tailspin.   Here are some choice quotes from the American Thinker piece :

Acknowledging the applause, and maybe the signs, her first words were, “Thank-you. Thank-you. I love you, too.” Nothing about how honored she is to be addressing the convention and the nation. Just an acknowledgement of the assumed love for HER. Though the crowd had already stopped cheering and applauding, she gestured with her hands to quiet them, as if her body were programmed in advance to do so. The hands lingered a few moments too long, hanging there in front of her while the audience was silent. “Thank-you Christopher. Your father would be proud of you and your brothers.” Now this is getting downright creepy. Long before any mention of her current husband, she invokes the memory of her dead Republican first husband, Senator John Heinz, whose family fortune she now spends on behalf of a Democrat, and in support of extreme left wing causes through the Tides Foundation. Would Senator Heinz be proud that his son spoke before a Democratic convention, solely because his stepfather was the presumptive nominee?

To demonstrate the fact that she really does speak five languages, she hailed Spanish- and Latin-Americans in Spanish, Franco-Americans in French, Italian-Americans in Italian, and Portuguese- and Brazilian-Americans in Portuguese. A few words in each language, specifically using the hyphenated form in mentioning each group in its own native language.  Because she was not speaking English, perhaps the hyphen overkill didn’t trouble as many people as it should have. Such linguistic showboating bothers me when people order their meal in French, sometimes to a waiter who doesn't have any idea what they want to eat.

She finally did thank the crowd, and promised to tell us about her husband, the living one, But then, out of the blue, hands pressed together in front of her, she declared, “This is such a powerful moment for me.” A slight audible brief buzz rose from the crowd. It was, after all, a stunning statement. Even this friendly crowd seemed shocked at the self-centeredness of the remark. She revealed to the world in that moment that the Presidential campaign, as far as she is concerned, is her toy, a fashion accessory, something for a woman who already has five houses, a Gulfstream V jet, and obsequious servants, business managers, and a Senator-husband dependent on her checkbook for the lifestyle he enjoys so much.

She is clearly a woman who enjoys telling others her opinion. She makes her pronouncements with a slightly grand air, as if giving a gift to lesser mortals. She went on to mainly talk about herself, her father, her marches against apartheid while a student in South Africa, and her right to speak her mind and be “opinionated” (hands making quotation marks in the air). It all seemed rather defensive, as if she needed to prove herself virtuous, and entitled to have a major voice in matters of public concern. Maybe growing up in a racist Portuguese colony as a member of the tiny white colonial elite has left her with a bit of guilt. Incidentally, she only referred to the land of her birth as a “dictatorship,” glossing over her family’s participation in a harsh colonial system oppressing black Africans. Because her father only was able to vote once, at the age of 73, she even posed as a family of victims of "dictatorship."

Eventually she did get around to mentioning that John F. Kerry served in Vietnam. She made the strange claim that he earned his medals “the old fashioned way,” as if Purple Hearts had been handed out for scratches requiring nothing more than a band-aid in the two World Wars. She also veered off into environmentalism, a plea to listen to the “wisdom of women,” and outright mysticism -- “the mystic chords of our national memory.” Lincoln? I guess he had a long face, too.

But it was really all about her. This is clearly a woman who thinks and feels that she is the one paying the bills, so she gets to call the shots. I can imagine that Sen. Kerry has had to put up with a lot of this, but has made his peace with it, considering the financial benefits.

It was a powerfully scary moment for me.  After the speech, Brit Hume put it best when he said after mentioning that this was the first time in history a candidate's wife had made a major speech in a convention: "After this speech, I can see why..."   No doubt. 

Is there anything that would prevent a reasonable person from concluding that the only reason she spoke on that podium last night was that she forced Kerry to force her on the rest of us?  Personally I hope the whole country was watching... it was enough to scare the hell out of a bunch of undecideds right then and there...  

DiscerningTexan, 7/28/2004 04:01:00 PM | Permalink | |

Al Queda suspect arrested in Texas

Jihad Watch has a post up regarding the reported arrest of a highly sought Al Queda operative  in McAllen Texas.   Which of course just so happens to be on the Mexican border.  Nah, we don't need to close our borders... after all, we wouldn't want to piss off a "constituency" in an election year over a little thing like keeping people out who want to murder hundreds of thousands of us at once...
DiscerningTexan, 7/28/2004 03:47:00 PM | Permalink | |
Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Meltdown in progress...

Well, all I know is that Terry McAuliffe is on his knees right now thanking whatever God he prays to that the three on-air networks did not cover the Teresa Heinz Ketchup Fortune Kerry speech.  She said about 3 words total about her husband (you remember him: he's the candidate for President of the United States)...anyway she mostly talked about the plight of women and how she is full of love but not afraid to speak her mind (stop the presses!), she showed off her ketchup-red outfit, said that she loved her kids, and most importantly, she showed off her ability to speak Portugese, Italian, French, and Spanish (this is a key factor to the American electorate).  Anyway, from what I could gather, I think basically her platform is: let's lower the standard we hold first ladies to.  Seems like a good plan for her: if Kerry wins, we won't have much choice...  

McAuliffe: "God if you are listening to me, please help us find a way to keep Mrs, Heinz-Kerry under house arrest for the next three months..."  I'd be praying too if I were he..... if America saw that, they are having nightmares this very moment that THKFK might actually have a degree of  influence over her husband.  

Speaking of THKFK's husband: did you happen to see the latest answer to Michael Dukakis in a tank?  Here is Teresa's hunk of burning love touring NASA yesterday: Priceless! Does it get much better than this?  I entered this week really concerned that Kerry was going to get a big bounce out of this convention; that it would really fire up the faithful and make the hill steep for Bush.  But if tonight  is any indication, I'm doubling down on the President.

DiscerningTexan, 7/27/2004 10:59:00 PM | Permalink | |

Troops demoralized by Fahrenheit 9/11

The Mudville Gazette has a post today about a family who lost their son being incensed that Michael Moore dared use footage from his funeral in his disgusting propaganda piece known as Fahrenheit 9/11...and it goes on to discuss how one soldier in Kuwait is trying to do something about the morale problems caused by these lies.  How far have we fallen when our finest young people put their lives on the line to keep another 9/11 from happening, and meanwhile the Hollywood left can't wait to put out pure propaganda that not only demoralizes these men and women, but might actually endanger their lives in the long term by reducing support for the troops at home.  Once upon a time cretins like Moore would have been prosecuted and imprisoned for such activity.  I consider it to be treasonous, and frankly I think it is time that the government cracked down on people and films that would serve to endanger our freedoms or in any way detract from the war effort anytime the lives of our men and women are on the line to preserve freedom.
DiscerningTexan, 7/27/2004 03:16:00 PM | Permalink | |

Activists attempt to endanger the rest of us

OK...I have about had it with this crap from the dregs of society.  Just because a bunch of unwashed, unshaven protestors are afraid someone is going to find their hidden crack pipe or something, is no reason that innocent citizens should be placed in any more danger of a terror attack. The taxpayers are paying a lot of money to protect both the Democrat and Republican conventions; now we have these these low lifes in Boston whining about their bags being randomly searched before they get on Mass Transit; trains that may go near the convention site.  This is the same bunch that virtually attacked a Bush motorcade in Portland a while back (see this excerpt from Bill Sammons' book), possibly endangering the lives of both the President and also many of his supporters.  The very reason why the activists are filing suits in situations like this has nothing to do with "civil rights" and everything to do with the likelihood that someone searching their things is actually going to find objects on the "no-no" list and arrest them or else confiscate their illegal contraband.   And in a state like Massachusetts, the odds are 50/50 that they can find a judge who believes in legislating from the bench and goes along with this travesty.   Of all the differences between Bush and Kerry, the most critical difference (besides who will prosecute the War on Terror more effectively) is the issue of appointing judges that will uphold the law, vs. Judges who endanger the rest of us.  We not only need to re-elect the President, we need to get enough Senators to stop the filibustering cretins in the Senate Judiciary committee, which is preventing this country from seating judges that will enforce the law of the land.
DiscerningTexan, 7/27/2004 02:53:00 PM | Permalink | |

Another Teresa Heinz-Kerry bombshell

Just one day after the controversy surrounding her tendency to insert foot in mouth , another embarassment has surfaced about Mrs. Ketchup .  Among the quotes from the Boston Herald story:

Heinz Kerry, then married to Republican Sen. H. John Heinz III of Pennsylvania, said she ``didn't trust'' President Richard M. Nixon but added, ``Ted Kennedy I don't trust either.'' 
The combustible and ever-quotable Heinz Kerry said of Democrats, ``The Democratic machine in this country is putrid.'' Excerpts of the comments appeared in The Boston Herald American in January 1976.      Coming a day after Heinz Kerry was caught on camera telling a reporter to ``shove it'' when the reporter questioned her on statements made in a Boston speech, the remarks could undercut Democrats' ability to showcase a positive message at the convention.

This coming on the day that Mrs. Heinz-Kerry is scheduled to share the podium with Ted Kennedy.   The hits just keep on coming. 
DiscerningTexan, 7/27/2004 08:39:00 AM | Permalink | |
Monday, July 26, 2004

Ann Coulter jilted by USA Today

I love Ann Coulter.  I know, she's over the top... I know, her metaphors and similies are not universally welcomed by all reading them.  But on the other hand she is only being honest;  the same people who feign "horror" when they read her columns (or more appropriately, when they are told by left-wing writers what they are "supposed" to think of her), are stepping all over each other to defend Teresa Heinz-Kerry's gaffes.  Yes, Ann does have a way of getting to the gist of the matter without mincing words.  but at least what she says is based on the truth.  The same cannot be said of the tub of neo-communist lard, Michael Moore. 

As I heard her describe the incident on the Sean Hannity radio show, both she and Michael Moore had been hired by USA Today to write columns at the Democratic National Convention.   Then a funny thing happened: they fired Ann  and kept Michael.  They didn't like the sarcasm of her column. I guess they don't think that Moore comparing Bush to Nazis is sarcastic... Not only that, but USA Today also wants Mike the Enormous to cover the Republican Convention. Well... isn't that nice and unbiased of them...

So... am I to understand that the mixture of Goebbels, Goering, and Stalin, known as Michael Moore, is allowed to run columns for the largest nationwide daily, yet they can't handle a little cynicism from the lovely Ann, a Fox News analyst??   We are finally getting a bird's eye view of just how unbelievably biased the media really is.  These guys are trying to influence the election!  First the New York Times admits it is highly partisan and definitely left-wing.  And now this....and it is too bad, because what Ann had to say to day was deliciously funny:  Check it out. 

DiscerningTexan, 7/26/2004 07:57:00 PM | Permalink | |

Teresa="Danger Will Robinson..."

I and most of the rest of the free world has already posted on THK's meltdown last night; but what I did not realize until I read the latest from annika's journal  this evening, was that Michelle Malkin had Mrs. Ketchup pegged way back in January .  Do not think that some women in this country won't look at THK and compare and contrast her with Laura Bush, and the result will be simply no contest.  Laura just oozes class, poise, and dignity, whereas Theresa...well... 

Teresa (and her husband) are living proof that money can't buy integrity.

DiscerningTexan, 7/26/2004 06:54:00 PM | Permalink | |

The "ABB" party

WSJ's Opinion Journal  has an excellent column today about the "Anybody but Bush" party.  Even though instructions have reportedly gone out to tone down the "Bush bashing" at the convention this week (not sure Al Gore has it in him...), the real trick is going to be convincing the country that its agenda really is like Bush's agenda for the most part, except they will just "do it better".   What they don't want you to know is more problematic:

Yet for a party that believes it is the vanguard of history, Democrats seem awfully cautious about their ideas. To the extent that they're hawking any agenda at all this year, it is watered-down Clintonism. And late Clintonism at that, after welfare reform had passed and impeachment had reunited Bill Clinton with his party's liberals. Mr. Kerry has surrounded himself with familiar (and often capable) Clinton Administration faces, and his political calculus seems to be to campaign as someone who'd bring back the 1990s without the you-know-what.

Democrats remain the party of government, with more spending for every perceived problem but a claim to "fiscal conservatism" because they would raise taxes to reduce the deficit. They are still the party of income redistribution, through taxing high-income wage earners, and increasingly through the promotion of lawsuits. Al Gore's 2000 theme of the "people versus the powerful" has returned in the guise of John Edwards's "two Americas." The party has become somewhat more protectionist on trade since the 1990s, and it remains firmly liberal on the culture.

If any new Big Idea lurks, it is probably national health care, though even this dares not speak its name. Mr. Kerry's proposal amounts to a huge new taxpayer obligation ($653 billion over 10 years, by the Kerry camp's own reckoning), but it is disguised in large part as a federal subsidy for business in return for covering all employees.

Where this back-to-the-Clinton-future strategy is most open to challenge is on national security. After 9/11 it is impossible to return to the holiday from world history that was the 1990s. Yet the Democrats are remarkably mute on how they would confront the largest threat to American national security since the Cold War. Their most notable hawk--Joe Lieberman--was routed in the primaries.

To his credit, Mr. Kerry has said he won't cut and run from Iraq, but he says precious little else other than that he'd somehow persuade the U.N. and France to help. Good luck with that. As a political matter, the betting seems to be that Democrats can get away with saying little because voters will simply blame Mr. Bush for any new terror attack or more trouble in Iraq. Look for Democrats to repeat the words "strong" or "strength" a few thousand times this week, a mantra in lieu of policy.

The article's premise is correct in that this party has been doing nothing BUT bashing Bush since Inauguration Day, and any American who has been paying attention knows it.  For them to pretend during this scripted love-fest for a willing media that they suddenly have found civility and positive campaigning is as full of propaganda as any Michael Moore film.

DiscerningTexan, 7/26/2004 10:19:00 AM | Permalink | |

This is a DEMOCRAT platform?

I was listening to Bill Bennett talk about the Democratic Platform  this morning, and I thought I was in some kind of weird parallel universe or something:

Now I guess it was Lincoln that said something about fooling some of the people some of the time, etc. but is this platform fooling anyone??  Is there anyone in that convention hall who really thinks the Patriot Act is a good thing?  Does their support of "pre-emption" mean that these people just can't wait for the next attack in the War on Terror? this "platform" in actuality a bald-faced LIE regarding what its party stands for in reality?   Pre-emption?  The Patriot Act?  What kind of wool is Terry McAuliffe attempting to pull over the eyes of the American People?

If you support pre-emptive attacks on the states funding terror, staying the course in the war, and the Patriot Act, why in the world would you support a Presidential candidate who voted against funding the troops and against virtually every intelligence bill that has ever come before him??  Because he suddenly tries to make you believe that he is "for" these things?  The only thing that I can see in this platform that is truthful is that Kerry wants to immediately raise taxes, reinstate estate taxes and increase the marriage penalty.   So great, if you want to deprive the marketplace of needed capital just as we are finally coming out of the Clinton recession, fine, cast that vote for Kerry--then we can all suffer together.   But anyone who buys that this "hawkish" platform really represents the heart and soul of this party or this candidate had better take a hard look at reality.

DiscerningTexan, 7/26/2004 09:42:00 AM | Permalink | |

The "Party of civility"? Somebody better tell Teresa...

This is already starting to be FUN.  I mean the convention hasn't even started yet and the three networks have been carefully staying "on message" for three days now, talking ad nauseum about how the whole goal this week is to show a Democrat party that isn't hateful and vitriolic, but rather a party of kindness, with a new vision for America, blah blah blah.  This would have been all well and good, except that yesterday Kerry's "sugar mama", Teresa Heinz-Kerry was speaking in Pittsburgh about the need for a "new civility".  The only problem is, after she finished, a Pittsburgh reporter asked her to clarify a couple of points...  Oops!  So much for her speech ... From a party suddenly attempting to portray itself as a party of civility , compassion , and level-headed thinking, it is not a very good start.  (Oh well!)

Am really enjoying listening to the Laura Ingraham  show this morning; she is having all kinds of fun with the Teresa Kerry sound byte this morning. Now that's entertainment.
DiscerningTexan, 7/26/2004 08:14:00 AM | Permalink | |
Sunday, July 25, 2004

New York Times admits its bias

Outside the Beltway has a great post today, highlighting that NYT editor Dan Okrent is finally coming clean.   As if we didn't know...
DiscerningTexan, 7/25/2004 10:34:00 AM | Permalink | |

An American in Paris

While we are talking about miracles, and as I sit here curled up on the couch with my wife, wearing my own yellow shirt, reading the Sunday Dallas Morning News (still arguably the best sports page in the country, btw) and watching a group of bicycle riders parade up and down the Champs-Elysees, it might be appropriate to say a few words about a fellow Discerning Texan, Lance Armstrong.   I think it bears repeating that here is a man who 8 years ago was given a diagnosis of terminal testicular cancer--and he not only completely obliterated that disease, but afterward become the greatest bicycle rider the world has ever seen, and an inspiration to millions.  Armstrong is nothing short of miraculous.  Today Lance Armstrong will wear the malliot jeaune for the 6th consecutive time, and it it a testament not only to the determination, talent, and sheer will of the man himself; but also of teamwork, of sacrifice, and of giving one's self to a noble cause.   It is a great day to be an American, a great day to be a Texan, and a great day to be alive.   Six in a row: put that in your pipe and smoke it Chirac.  This may be the greatest athlete I will see in my lifetime.  Well done, Lance.  What a great 24 hours this has been: last night reliving the "Miracle on Ice", today living the "miracle on wheels."   Now if I can just avoid watching the Democrat train wreck all week...

DiscerningTexan, 7/25/2004 10:05:00 AM | Permalink | |

Lying for Liars

Vodkapundit has a great synopsis to date of the Berger case;  indeed it does appear now that it was Clinton advisor Lanny Davis who leaked the Berger story to the press, timed to come out just before the convention.  Dan Rather was right that the timing was suspect: only Rather mistakenly thought it was Karl Rove that outed Berger.  You will recall I spoke earlier this week about the fact that the Clintons have much to gain from a Kerry/Edwards loss: namely that it puts Hillary to the front of the queue for 2008.  So, in light of the revelations about Lanny Davis, you have to ask yourself this question:  for the Clintons, is it about what is best for their country (according to the Democrat ideology they supposedly hold so dear), or is it about their own personal hold on power?  In considering the answer to this question, remember to watch what they do, rather than what they say.

DiscerningTexan, 7/25/2004 09:18:00 AM | Permalink | |

"Miracle" revisited

I finally got around to renting "Miracle"  last night.  My God, what an magnificent and inspiring film...  For the unwashed, "Miracle" is about the 1980 US Olympic Hockey team, a team of college players that over a six-month period was molded by fire into a team that defeated the best hockey team the world had ever seen, the Soviets.  That "fire" was personified in the coach of the US team, Herb Brooks (played wonderfully by Kurt Russell), and the story is as miraculous today as it was then.  I never thought I would be doing a movie review for my blog, much less doing a review of a DVD movie--but if this film doesn't give you chills, go vote for John Kerry: you aren't Bush material.  And, because this week we are going to be seeing enough faux patriotism from Boston to make any American sick to his/her stomach, I thought it apropos to highlight something that really does engender a feeling of what the American dream really is all about.  Miracles do happen.  You will find yourself thinking that this film must be using every Hollywood gimmick in the book (and also will find yourself not even caring...), but as you dig a little deeper into the history of what really did occur, you will find that almost every event seen in the film actually happened.  Finally, don't miss the rolling credits at the end to the tune of Aerosmith's "Dream On": as the credits roll, underneath the name of each for US Hockey player, you see what they have accomplished since 1980.  Really misty-eyed fist-pumping stuff here.  This is a must-see film. Check it out.  Grab some kleenex, some popcorn, and get ready to feel really good..

DiscerningTexan, 7/25/2004 08:10:00 AM | Permalink | |
Friday, July 23, 2004

Decision time about Iraq

Victor Davis Hanson is making all kinds of sense  today about the gravity of the decision before us all, and the consequences of getting it wrong.

DiscerningTexan, 7/23/2004 09:13:00 PM | Permalink | |

Bill Bennett's letter to the Democratic Party

Published in today's National Review Online, Bill Bennett wrote what I think is a very compelling letter to the Democrats .
DiscerningTexan, 7/23/2004 08:54:00 PM | Permalink | |

Clinton caught red handed again in a lie...

Just call him the gift that keeps on giving.   In his zeal to portray Bill Clinton as some kind of Deity, Dan Rather went out the other day and interviewed the former President, and steered the conversation towards the subject of 9/11 and Bin Laden. He didn't know that he was leading Clinton right into a briar patch: Among the questions he asked was a question about allegations he (Clinton) missed a chance to capture Osama bin Laden:

"To the best of my knowledge it is not true that we were ever offered [bin Laden] by the Sudanese even though they later claimed it. I think it's total bull. " 

This is former President Clinton, as quoted by Mr. Rather himself.  There is only one problem with this: NewsMax has Clinton on tape, saying otherwise, in the Queen's English: Check it out .

Remember the guy in junior high school who always was the shrillest and most bombastic when he was covering up is own inner vacancy; driven foremost by the terror that someone else was going to find him out?  That is what the Democrats remind me of this year.  It's like they seem calm on the surface, but you can feel it: they are in sheer panic.   Between Clinton, Berger, McAuliffe, and Kerry, something stinks to high heaven.  The press may try to look the other way, but the stench is overpowering.  And my guess it that it was the Clintons who fed Berger to the press.  The Clintons have much to gain from the Convention turning out to be a dud.

DiscerningTexan, 7/23/2004 07:42:00 PM | Permalink | |
Thursday, July 22, 2004

Nashville Terrorist Explosion?

Donald Sensing over at One Hand Clapping has a very interesting piece about the SUV that blew up today in Nashville. Turns out that there were real explosives in that vehicle. Has it started?
DiscerningTexan, 7/22/2004 09:39:00 PM | Permalink | |

Berger Brass Tacks

Blogs for Bush  has a great synopsis from Mark Noonan on the Berger affair. There is some real scrambling going on behind the Democratic line of scrimmage... 4th and long for Kerry?
DiscerningTexan, 7/22/2004 09:23:00 PM | Permalink | |

Search Engine Magic

Speaking of our friend Mr. Berger, Blogs of War has a post up pointing to a search for the word "Berger" in the 9/11 Commission report on .  And the hits just keep on coming...
DiscerningTexan, 7/22/2004 08:15:00 PM | Permalink | |

Starbucks Lost and Found: Missing Classified Documents

NYC Conservative Tom Galvin deserves praise for his humorous yet highly informative post on the Berger affair. (follow his links...)  Outstanding work, Tom.
DiscerningTexan, 7/22/2004 08:05:00 PM | Permalink | |

How Bush will Win

American Digest has a thoughtful post  up today that puts the reader inside the mind of Karl Rove. Not really, but the strategy seems sound to me. Sun Tzu's admonition against spending valuable energy towards destroying your enemy when he is gradually destroying himself seems very apropos here.
DiscerningTexan, 7/22/2004 07:55:00 PM | Permalink | |

Media "game plan" for Election Season

It is bad enough to listen to the media spin "news" with greater and greater distortion/omission of fact, to the point that it has now become little more than blatant daily propaganda for the Kerry campaign and red meat for the Bush haters.  One wonders how it could get any worse, as the political conventions are now upon us, and the election season is entering the home stretch.  But when you actually see the history of what has gone before, and you brace yourself for what is likely to come this year it is difficult not to feel like our rights as citizens are being co-opted by a legion of idealist, head in the sand, journalism school graduates, who over time become so full of themselves and their own celebrity, that discerning reality becomes not only difficult, but beside the point.  In a time when our very existence and way of life is threatened, one has to wonder at what point the degree of danger they are putting us in is worth it.

DiscerningTexan, 7/22/2004 07:05:00 PM | Permalink | |

Did Clarke and Kerry hinder 9/11 Commission?

According to one of the 9/11 commissioners , that is exactly what happened.  With a little help from their friends at CBS/Viacom.  Still more media distortion from the guardians of the public trust.  Right...
DiscerningTexan, 7/22/2004 06:59:00 PM | Permalink | |
Wednesday, July 21, 2004

The Berger (and Kerry) Plot Thickens

National Review Online's The Corner  is reporting that there is tangible evidence that Kerry's website has removed a major policy speech that was formerly there, featuring discussion on how we should defend ports of entry.  Which just so happens to be the same speech I was wondering about in my earlier post today entitled  Questions for Mr. Berger ;  Could it be that the Kerry speech is directly linked to information obtained illegally from the felony burglary of the National Archives by Mr. Berger?  Stay tuned...

DiscerningTexan, 7/21/2004 11:39:00 PM | Permalink | |

The Wall

I have mixed emotions on the Wall .  It does have a parallel, although a weak one with the Berlin Wall; but that wall was to keep the people of East Germany IN.  And, as Charles Krauthammer very deftly points out, this one is about keeping terrorists OUT and saving lives.  This kangaroo court at The Hague is completely irrelevant, so far as I am concerned.  President Bush took an oath that he would "preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution..."; there is nothing in that oath about allowing US soverignity to pass to an American-envious, if not American-hating "World Court".   And I do not see why Israel should feel any differently about it. If I were in charge of Isreal I would treat any rulings that this court makes against it (or against the United States or its Allies) the same way President Reagan treated the Air Traffic Controllers Union: complete and unyeilding dismissal.  So the question must be posed: WWKD (what would Kerry do)? Would the special interests so key to the Democratic party allow unilateral support for Israel in this climate? I think not.

DiscerningTexan, 7/21/2004 11:00:00 PM | Permalink | |

Deep Background on the Berger Case

Excellent, and I do mean excellent article  in the WSJ today re: what is really behind the Berger matter and why it is important.  Read it.  Thanks too to No Left Turns  for the heads up.
DiscerningTexan, 7/21/2004 08:33:00 PM | Permalink | |

Greenspan: Bush Tax Cuts Prevented "Severe Recession"

Despite the best efforts of Barney Frank to get Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan to condemn President Bush's supply side tax policy, he endorsed it, saying that President Bush's three rounds of tax cuts prevented a severe recession and helped spark the current economic recovery.  The implication is that the "Clinton recession" would have been much worse had Bush and the Republican Congress not passed three separate tax cuts.   This would not appear to give the Kerry campaign much ammunition in what is already shaping up to be a robust recovery.

DiscerningTexan, 7/21/2004 01:32:00 PM | Permalink | |

Armstrong takes commanding Tour de France lead

Lance Armstrong, after making a strong statement in winning yesterday's Stage 15 of the Tour de France, has today virtually destroyed his primary competition for the malliot jeaune.  Armstrong climbed the L'Alpe d'Huez in an incredible record-breaking time of 39:41, overtaking 2nd place rider Ivan Basso en route, and topping rival Jan Ullrich by 61 seconds.   If Lance can remain "safe" and avoid accidents in the next three days, he should wear the yellow jersey triumphantly into Paris, as the first rider ever to win SIX Tour de France races.

More about today's race can be found here.
DiscerningTexan, 7/21/2004 10:34:00 AM | Permalink | |

Nuclear Weapons Reportedly Found in Iraq?

UPI is reporting this morning that Nuclear Weapons have been found in Iraq : 

Iraqi security reportedly discovered three missiles carrying nuclear heads concealed in a concrete trench northwest of Baghdad, official sources said Wednesday. The official daily al-Sabah quoted the sources as saying the missiles were discovered in trenches near the city of Tikrit, the hometown of ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

"The three missiles were discovered by chance when the Iraqi security forces captured former Baath party official Khoder al-Douri who revealed during interrogation the location of the missiles saying they carried nuclear heads," the sources said. They pointed out that the missiles were actually discovered in the trenches lying under six meters of concrete and designed in a way to unable sophisticated sensors from discovering nuclear radiation.  
This story may require verification: Reuters is running a story that the Iraqi Interior Minister has reportedly denied this news (however, one should use great discernment in accepting anything Reuters writes as "absolute truth"...).  Still if it is true that missiles with nuclear warheads have been found, it would beg just one question for the Democrats, Joe Wilson, the "mainstream media", the French, the Germans, the United Nations, World Socialism in General, et. al: do nuclear weapons qualify as "Weapons of Mass Destruction"??

DiscerningTexan, 7/21/2004 09:26:00 AM | Permalink | |

WSJ has its own Questions about Mr. Berger

Just when I thought I had written the definitive column about Sandy Berger, I came across this in the Wall Street Journal Online.   Good stuff.
DiscerningTexan, 7/21/2004 09:19:00 AM | Permalink | |

Michelle Malkin on Northwest 327

Michelle Malkin has weighed in on the Jacobsen stories that were posted here yesterday; I thought her take was worth highlighting here.
DiscerningTexan, 7/21/2004 09:09:00 AM | Permalink | |

Some Questions about Mr. Berger

In pondering the recent transgressions of former Clinton National Security Adviser (and John Kerry Political Adviser) Sandy Berger, a number of questions naturally come to mind:

This of course does not exhaust all of the questions about Mr. Berger's behavior, or how the missing material might have helped the "non-partisan" 9/11 Commission to shed light on what went wrong before 9/11--but it would be a good start.

DiscerningTexan, 7/21/2004 08:38:00 AM | Permalink | |
Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Armstrong Wearing Yellow!

In today's first day in the Alps, Lance Armstrong won the stage and moved into first place in the overall standings  Tomorrow he faces another tough challenge as an epic individual time trial will occur on the climb to L'Alpe d'Huez ski station, where Lance triumphed in 2001.  This will be a grueling test of will as there will be no US Postal Riders to assist in the time trial.  The next two days in the Alps should for all practical purposes decide the race, and barring any unforseen accidents Lance appears to be on his way to a monumental record 6th Tour de France title.   It is a great day to be an American.

DiscerningTexan, 7/20/2004 10:13:00 AM | Permalink | |

Are hijackers planning another air attack?

Last week Annie Jacobsen wrote in the Women's Wall Street Journal about a terryfying flight she had on Northwest flight #327 from Detroit to Los Angeles. From reading the article, one could easily conclude that a group of Syrian nationals were "casing" flight crew procedures and gauging the flight crew's reaction when as they engaged in highly questionable behavior near the end of the flight.  It is a chilling account that includes these excerpts:
The take-off was uneventful.  But once we were in the air and the seatbelt sign was turned off, the unusual activity began. The man in the yellow T-shirt got out of his seat and went to the lavatory at the front of coach -- taking his full McDonald's bag with him.  When he came out of the lavatory he still had the McDonald's bag, but it was now almost empty. He walked down the aisle to the back of the plane, still holding the bag.  When he passed two of the men sitting mid-cabin, he gave a thumbs-up sign.  When he returned to his seat, he no longer had the McDonald's bag.  Then another man from the group stood up and took something from his carry-on in the overhead bin. It was about a foot long and was rolled in cloth.  He headed toward the back of the cabin with the object.  Five minutes later, several more of the Middle Eastern men began using the forward lavatory consecutively. In the back, several of the men stood up and used the back lavatory consecutively as well.  For the next hour, the men congregated in groups of two and three at the back of the plane for varying periods of time. Meanwhile, in the first class cabin, just a foot or so from the cockpit door, the man with the dark suit - still wearing sunglasses - was also standing.  Not one of the flight crew members suggested that any of these men take their seats.  When I returned to my seat I was unable to assure my husband that all was well. My husband immediately walked to the first class section to talk with the flight attendant.  "I might be overreacting, but I've been watching some really suspicious things..."  Before he could finish his statement, the flight attendant pulled him into the galley. In a quiet voice she explained that they were all concerned about what was going on. The captain was aware. The flight attendants were passing notes to each other. She said that there were people on board "higher up than you and me watching the men." My husband returned to his seat and relayed this information to me. He was feeling slightly better. I was feeling much worse. We were now two hours into a four-and-a-half hour flight.  Approximately 10 minutes later, that same flight attendant came by with the drinks cart. She leaned over and quietly told my husband there were federal air marshals sitting all around us. She asked him not to tell anyone and explained that she could be in trouble for giving out that information. She then continued serving drinks. About 20 minutes later the same flight attendant returned. Leaning over and whispering, she asked my husband to write a description of the yellow-shirted man sitting across from us. She explained it would look too suspicious if she wrote the information. She asked my husband to slip the note to her when he was done.  After seeing 14 Middle Eastern men board separately (six together, eight individually) and then act as a group, watching their unusual glances, observing their bizarre bathroom activities, watching them congregate in small groups, knowing that the flight attendants and the pilots were seriously concerned, and now knowing that federal air marshals were on board, I was officially terrified. Before I'm labeled a racial profiler or -- worse yet -- a racist, let me add this. A month ago I traveled to India to research a magazine article I was writing. My husband and I flew on a jumbo jet carrying more than 300 Hindu and Muslim men and women on board.  We traveled throughout the country and stayed in a Muslim village 10 miles outside Pakistan. I never once felt fearful. I never once felt unsafe. I never once had the feeling that anyone wanted to hurt me.  This time was different.

Now a week later, Ms. Jacobsen has written a follow up article about her experiences with the mainstream media after the incident and contacts she has received from others in the airline industry. The Politically Correct approach that we all know and hate focuses thinly stretched and overworked security resources on "random searches" at airports, rather than focusing on what I will call "statistical profiling": focusing on those individuals with a statistically grater likelihood of being a terrorist. This has nothing to do with racism and has everything to do with National security: verifying travelers that are more likely to cause mass murder. When a person buy auto insurance, everything from their ethnicity to where they live to what kind of prior record they have goes into the actuarial computation of their premium: it is based on statistical liklihood. I would assume the actuarial likelihood of an 80 year old anglo American woman being an actual terrorist conspirator is probably through the roof. On the other hand, the odds that a large group of Syrian Nationals acting suspicously on a flight have a much greater probability of warranting special attention.  It is difficult to disagree with anything the following pilot, who was quoted in Ms. Jacobsen's article, has to say:

According to Mark Bogosian, B-757/767 pilot for American Airlines, "The incident you wrote about, and incidents like it, occur more than you like to think. It is a 'dirty little secret' that all of us, as crew members, have known about for quite some time."  Rand K. Peck, captain for a major U.S. airline, sent the following email: "I just finished reading Annie Jacobsen's article, TERROR IN THE SKIES, AGAIN? I only wish that it had been written by a reporter from The Washington Post or The New York Times. My response would have been one of shock as to how insensitive of them to dare write such a piece. After all, citizens or not, don't these people have rights too?  "But the piece was in The [Wall Street] Journal, a publication that I admire and read daily. I'm deeply bothered by the inconsistencies that I observe at TSA. I've observed matronly looking grandmothers practically disrobed at security check points and five-year-old blond boys turned inside out, while Middle Eastern males sail through undetained.  "We have little to fear from grandmothers and little boys. But Middle Eastern males are protected, not by our Constitution, but from our current popular policy of political correctness and a desire to offend no one at any cost, regardless of how many airplanes and bodies litter the landscape. This is my personal opinion, formed by my experiences and observations."

DiscerningTexan, 7/20/2004 08:02:00 AM | Permalink | |

More obstruction by the Clinton Admin?

Clinton's national security adviser, Sandy Berger, has apparently been caught with his hand in the cookie jar.  The administration that brought you lies to grand juries, dissappearing Whitewater documents (which magically re-appear later), and Travelgate now appears to have been caught attempting to obstruct the investigation/findings of the 9/11 commission. It has long been known the great lengths the Clintons have gone to to rewrite history so the "legacy" can appear spoteless for history; but do they know no bounds whatsoever? According to the Associated Press and the Washington Post :
Sandy Berger, former President Clinton's national security adviser, is under criminal investigation by the Justice Department after highly classified terrorism documents disappeared while he was reviewing what should be turned over to the Sept. 11 commission.  Berger's home and office were searched earlier this year by FBI agents armed with warrants after the former Clinton adviser voluntarily returned some sensitive documents to the National Archives and admitted he also removed handwritten notes he had made while reviewing the sensitive documents.  However, some drafts of a sensitive after-action report on the Clinton administration's handling of al-Qaida terror threats during the December 1999 millennium celebration are still missing, officials and lawyers told The Associated Press.

DiscerningTexan, 7/20/2004 07:47:00 AM | Permalink | |
Monday, July 19, 2004

Sun burning at its hottest in over 1,150 years

Gee, do you think this  might have something to do with the gradual warming of the planet, as opposed to driving around in your SUV?
DiscerningTexan, 7/19/2004 06:29:00 PM | Permalink | |

Parallels between 1944 and 2004

Victor Davis Hanson's latest column offers an excellent perspective on "mistakes made in war", particularly when viewed in the light of the "mistakes" that the Bush Administration is being criticized for.   In an age where a suitcase nuke or catastrophic bioterror attack can kill hundreds of thousands of Americans while taking the rest of the world into an economic depression like it has never seen, it is good to remember the lessons of history.  Only those generations who have an understanding of the real meaning of the word "sacrifice" and have chosen to step up when the going got tough (e.g. when Europeans would not...) have prevented the United States from ceasing to exist.  We very well may be at a juncture in our history every bit as critical as 1944, or 1864, or even 1776.  And with a not insignificant number of Islamist radicals actively seeking to wreak great death and devastation upon the United States and its people (even those who hate our President because it is European "chic" or fashionable in Hollywood to do so...), we ignore history at our own peril.

DiscerningTexan, 7/19/2004 12:42:00 PM | Permalink | |

West Nile Virus - Saddam's revenge?

In the October 18-25, 1999 issue of The New Yorker, Richard Preston first explored the possible connection between the outbreak of the West Nile Virus in the United States and Saddam Hussein.   In all of the recent discussion about bioterrorism, one fact that may have been conveniently ignored by the mainstream media: the first bioterror attack on the United States may have already occurred, and it might have been perpetrated by the dictator we have already overthrown.  After pondering this on the way to work this morning, I came across a recent article in World Net Daily about the Saddam-WNV connection, with additional information that has come to light since the New Yorker story first appeared. This information, if published widely, certainly would seem to further justify our intervention to toss Mr. Hussein out, not to mention have an impact on public opinion about the matter: one wonders if Al Gore were President now and up for re-election if this story might have achieved, shall we say, more "prominence" in mainstream press coverage. In 1999 when the story did appear in the left-of-center New Yorker, President Clinton was still in office...

DiscerningTexan, 7/19/2004 08:49:00 AM | Permalink | |

More Good News from Iraq

Kudos to fellow blogger Arthur Chrenkoff of Australia for having his fine work published in today's Wall Street Journal Opinion Journal.  Chrenkoff has an update each week of the good news we never seem to get in our "editorially sanitized" mainstream press.  This week, his Good News from Iraq has hit the big time.  Congratulations are due, moments like this give the rest of us hope!  Well done, Arthur.
DiscerningTexan, 7/19/2004 08:11:00 AM | Permalink | |

The Iran Connection - What next?

On Saturday we highlighted the Time Magazine report that there was a direct connection between the 9/11 hijackers and Iran.  Today, Michael Ledeen has a good op-ed on this question and its possible implications .  First he discusses the extent to which Iran is complicit:
At the recent meetings in Tehran between a Syrian delegation led by President Bashar Assad and the Iranians, including Supreme Leader Khamenei and top deputies including strongman Rafsanjani, the head of intelligence Yunesi, several leading officials of the Revolutionary Guards, and Foreign Minister Kharazi, the two sides agreed on five key points:

The ramifications of this discovery on the US and the world are sobering:

In the 20th century we were often saved from our own isolationism and self-delusion by our enemies, who attacked us and thereby resolved our foreign policy debates in favor of honorable self defense. Check this one out with the Germans regarding World War I, with the Japanese regarding World War II, with Stalin regarding the Cold War, and with Saddam concerning two Gulf wars. Osama bin Laden made a terrible mistake on 9/11, sealing the doom of the Taliban and a goodly number of his own killers, and depriving the remnant of vital support. If the Iranians approved yet another attack on Americans or on American soil, they might, let's say it as delicately as possible, no longer benefit from the benevolent shelter offered by the Middle Eastniks in the CIA and State, supported by the likes of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Maybe that would finally produce an Iran policy worthy of the name: support for democratic revolution against the mullahs. But Khamenei's and Rafsanjani's experience with the United States leaves them pretty sanguine about that risk, because every time we come up with some devastating bit of information on Iran, we immediately follow it with "but that doesn't mean that the leaders knew about it, or that it was the actual policy of the regime." You find half of bin Laden's family and top assistants in Tehran? Not to worry, maybe the mullahs didn't know. You discover that that 9/11 band crossed Iran and were assisted by the border guards and customs officials? Not to worry, that wasn't necessarily the actual policy — this from the lips of the acting director of Central Intelligence on Fox News yesterday. Scores of Iranian intelligence agents are found in Iraq, some in the act of preparing bombs? Some bright bulb in the intelligence community puts out the line that Iran is actually helpful to us, and has actually restrained Hezbollah. We find Iranian involvement in the bombing of Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia? The evidence is quashed by the Saudis, with the complicity of State and large sectors of the intelligence community.

So why should the men in the blood-soaked turbans fret over the consequences of aiding and abetting yet another murderous assault against Americans? I'm unfortunately betting on the second half of October, based on their happy experience with the Spanish elections last March.

DiscerningTexan, 7/19/2004 07:52:00 AM | Permalink | |
Sunday, July 18, 2004

NY Times still resisting on Wilson

Instapundit had a reference to Just One Minute's exposition re: the latest case of the NY Times tiptoeing up to the Wilson/Niger/Yellowcake issue; from the look of it, they are still not wanting to reveal the complete truth. How about a big Page 1 headline: "Bush State of Union Speech was On the Money" ? One can dream... Have a nice Sunday.
DiscerningTexan, 7/18/2004 10:55:00 AM | Permalink | |

Communist Party endorses Kerry

Often folks on the left roll their eyes when someone on the right suggests that the Democratic Party has gone so far left as to be indistinguishable from socialism.  But it is difficult not to feel some discomfort when one sees Communists endorsing the Democratic candidate.  So let's see, Kerry is favored by the Communists, and no doubt is the favored choice of Al Queda, N. Korea (they've said so!), and Iran.  Not to mention our good friends in France and Germany.  What is wrong with this picture?
DiscerningTexan, 7/18/2004 10:45:00 AM | Permalink | |
Saturday, July 17, 2004

9/11 Terrorists Linked to Iran

This disturbing news is published in the latest issue of Time.  If true there could be very interesting implications should there be a successful attack on US soil this summer:
A senior U.S. official told TIME that the Commission has uncovered evidence suggesting that between eight and ten of the 14 "muscle" hijackers—that is, those involved in gaining control of the four 9/11 aircraft and subduing the crew and passengers—passed through Iran in the period from October 2000 to February 2001. Sources also tell TIME that Commission investigators found that Iran had a history of allowing al-Qaeda members to enter and exit Iran across the Afghan border. This practice dated back to October 2000, with Iranian officials issuing specific instructions to their border guards—in some cases not to put stamps in the passports of al-Qaeda personnel—and otherwise not harass them and to facilitate their travel across the frontier. The report does not, however, offer evidence that Iran was aware of the plans for the 9/11 attacks.
DiscerningTexan, 7/17/2004 02:31:00 PM | Permalink | |

Armstrong wins critical mountain stage

Fellow Texan Lance Armstrong won today's crucial stage in the Pyranees, putting more distance between he and his primary competitors for the yellow jersey.  He also cut significantly into the lead of Frenchman Thomas Voeckler, who now holds the yellow by only 0:22.  Meanwhile Tyler Hamilton dropped out of the race, and German Jan Ullrich appears to be almost too far behind (almost 7 minutes) to seriously challenge for this year's tour.  From here it appears that Lance's primary challenger will be Italian Ivan Basso, who again today kept pace with Armstrong all the way to the top. More updates on the tour results can be found here, here, and here.
Go Lance!
DiscerningTexan, 7/17/2004 10:04:00 AM | Permalink | |

Los Alamos Closed over Security Lapse

Disturbing news from New Mexico: they are still having problems securing the Los Alamos Nuclear Research facility, so the director has decided to shut it down.

DiscerningTexan, 7/17/2004 09:17:00 AM | Permalink | |

Times Watch Quotes of the week

Speaking of the NY Times, Times Watch has its weekly list of biased quotes up.
DiscerningTexan, 7/17/2004 09:09:00 AM | Permalink | |

Does Cheney "Rumor" deserve NYT Page One, Top Fold?

I have to admit that when I heard about this I thought it was a new low, even for the "gloves off" partisan New York Times.  When "All the News That's Fit to Print" becomes no more than a gossip page, it is a sign of how far the "mainstream" has sunk.  Then I read Howard Kurtz's excellent column on this, and I didn't feel so alone in my opinion.
DiscerningTexan, 7/17/2004 08:45:00 AM | Permalink | |

Clueless in Seattle

Those unlucky folks up in the Northwest must turn to other sources to find out about the "outing" of Joe Wilson.  Oh, That Liberal Media has a great post up regarding the "collective amnesia" of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.  I'm very impressed with this site and have added it to my links.  This is a great site with multiple contributors and definitely worth your time.
DiscerningTexan, 7/17/2004 08:07:00 AM | Permalink | |
Friday, July 16, 2004

How would Kerry fight Terror?

Gregory Djerejian, writing from London, has done a lot of legwork on this question .  I must say it does not give me the warm and fuzzies...

DiscerningTexan, 7/16/2004 12:33:00 PM | Permalink | |

And in "Tour de Lance" news...

...Armstrong comes on strong in the mountains today. Lance had a dominating ride in the Tour today; Tomorrow looks to be an "epic" day where Lance could regain the yellow. This is greatness in our midst, folks...

DiscerningTexan, 7/16/2004 11:16:00 AM | Permalink | |

Joe Wilson: part deux

Ann Coulter is not for everyone: Libs hate her because she is deliciously sarcastic about the left.  But today she delivers in spades in her evisceration of Joe Wilson.

DiscerningTexan, 7/16/2004 08:59:00 AM | Permalink | |

Left tries in vain to "Outfox" Fox News

No sooner do we finally get a news network that tells BOTH sides of the story, then the left steps in with another "crockumentary", this time with Fox News in its crosshairs. I noticed that the other mainstream outlets are also trying to chime in to discredit FNC. Personally, I think Fox's Special Report with Brit Hume is the best and most balanced news program on television. There is a regular discussion section which features a rotating panel of conservatives (Barnes, Kristol, Krauthammer) and liberals (e.g. Mara Liason and Juan Williams of NPR, and CeCe Connolly of the Washington Post). How is that any less "balanced" than CNN or MSNBC?

DiscerningTexan, 7/16/2004 08:04:00 AM | Permalink | |

Why Sleazy Lawyers want Kerry/Edwards to win

Ramesh Ponnuru has a post up on NRO that hits home this morning.  I know a couple of Baron Budd paralegals (from my Mediation studies), and they have stories of sleaze and corruption that are truly astounding.  These guys make Ken Lay look like a saint.

DiscerningTexan, 7/16/2004 07:52:00 AM | Permalink | |
Thursday, July 15, 2004

Don't you hate it when that happens?

DiscerningTexan, 7/15/2004 09:34:00 PM | Permalink | |

African-American leader rips NAACP

I cannot tell you how impressed I am with Rod Paige. Bush’s Secretary of Education completely turned around a really bad situation in the Houston Independent School District, and since taking over as SecEd, he has spearheaded long needed changes in standards that will create a new generation of children who will actually learn the basics, rather than just being passed on due to pressures from the NEA to lighten their members’ workload. Oh, and he happens to be an African American.

Now Mr. Paige has spoken to that farce of a "non-profit, non-partisan" organization known as the NAACP: we have known for some time now that the only “colored people” that the NAACP seeks to advance are Liberal Democrats. Conservatives like Clarence Thomas, Tom Sowell, Walter Williams, Condi Rice, even Colin Powell...they need not apply. This is what makes Rod Paige’s op-ed on the NAACP today especially juicy. The piece was published in today’s Wall Street Journal, and it is priceless. Some selected quotes:

“I have a message for the NAACP's Julian Bond and Kweisi Mfume, who have accused black conservatives of being the "puppets" of white people, unable to think for ourselves: You do not own, and you are not the arbiters of, African-American authenticity.

I am a lifelong member of the NAACP. I have a great respect for the organization. Its historical leaders, all visionary thinkers, have been responsible for helping to advance the struggle of African Americans over the past century, making our nation a more equitable and race-blind society. Sadly, the current NAACP leadership has managed to take a proud, effective organization in a totally new direction: naked partisan politics, pure and simple.

The corrosive rhetoric espoused by the NAACP may make headlines and get out the vote in some quarters, but it is counterproductive, damaging and a betrayal of the organization's own origins. I would think our community would be better off looking toward the future, helping our children live up to their potential. The civil-rights movement has historically been multicultural, and many of its founders, including those who established the NAACP, were in fact white. I long for the day when our nation's education policy will not be grist for the partisan mill -- when we can work together, black and white, rich and poor, for the sake of our children and for their future.”

Amen that...

DiscerningTexan, 7/15/2004 02:43:00 PM | Permalink | |

Yet more deception on Niger/Yellowcake -- where will it end?

One of my favorite blog spots is Gregory Djerejian’s Belgravia Dispatch. Today he does not disappoint, as we continue to look into the scandalous treatment of the Niger Uranium question by the press. There is no question that the press not only got this wrong, but that the major news outlets also fell all over themselves in a “feeding frenzy” designed to discredit President Bush and Prime Minister Blair, and to pump up Mr. Wilson, who is now completely discredited. But rather than come clean and admit it went too far, many in the press continue to this day to try and create untrue justifications for how they could have been so wrong and Bush/Blair so right about this matter. When the truth no longer matters; when a reporter or editor's newspaper becomes more important than the country that reporter lives in, we have values that are not only incredibly skewed, but which endanger the rest of us. In the age where a suitcase nuke can kill hundreds of thousands and wreck the world economy in one fell swoop, can we afford to continue to allow these propogandists to go on unchecked, all in the name of a bankrupt ideology?
DiscerningTexan, 7/15/2004 10:11:00 AM | Permalink | |
Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Not front page news now: NY Times downplays Wilsom falsehoods

What superb timing for Mr. Kerry with the convention is coming up and all... and what more appropriate place for the story to be buried than deep within the rarely-visited recesses of the "old grey lady".... As I recall was it not the Times that published Wilson's prevarications in the first place? And 60 Minutes bought the story hook line and sinker as well. How humiliating for them... one hates to see a network known for it's "high integrity" like CBS get a black eye...but I am sure they think no one will notice. So thanks are due to an alert Instapundit for the heads up on this story. Funny, I don't think I heard a retraction on the CBS Nightly News either.
DiscerningTexan, 7/14/2004 11:47:00 PM | Permalink | |

Where is the media on Wilson, Palme, and yellowcake Uranium???

Roger Simon has a wonderful commentary today regarding the conspicuous absence of the "mainstream" media coverage of Joseph Wilson's meltdown. Why do you think this is? To me it is more intellectual dishonesty on the part of "thinkning liberals" (or conservatives, for that matter...) to ignore media bias: it is not so much that the bias isn't there, but rather that it does not support the good of the "cause" and therefore must not be trumpeted. Orwell would have been proud.

Meanwhile we are approaching our most important Presidential election since, oh, 1860 or so... one would think there would be more concern about the "lens" through which much of the uninformed public views the world.

DiscerningTexan, 7/14/2004 09:21:00 AM | Permalink | |