...busting up my brains for the words

Saturday, November 27, 2004

Plan 9 From Outer Space

I love this movie. I own it on VHS and I suppose there is a little voice in the back of my head crying out that I must purchase the dvd version. I suppose I'll capitulate.

There are many, many mysteries in this film. Some major, some minor. Here's a minor mystery.

In the story, the young man at the center of the story is Jeff Trent. He's a headstrong young man who sees a UFO whilst piloting a commercial airliner.

Here's his description;

JEFF TRENT: I saw a flying saucer.

PAULA TRENT: Saucer? (She is holding a coffee cup and saucer on her knee. She places them upon the nearby table.) You mean from up there?

JEFF TRENT: Yeah, or its counterpart. It was shaped like a huge cigar.

Okay, it might also help to note that we have actually seen this UFO in the movie. It's a silver metallic disk, resembling a saucer. The crew bought three different versions of plastic flying saucer models. And, upon close inspection, I would have to say that they look very much like models . But in Ed Wood's own words;

He [Jim Thompson, the cameraman] wanted to use old Cadillac hubcaps. And that is what turned out to be our flying saucer.

So why in the world does Jeff Trent describe this "flying saucer" (apparently a synonym for UFO) as a "huge cigar"? The flying saucer in this movie actually looks like a saucer that is flying.
There is no resemblance to a cigar. A cigar is the shape of a rocket. Or, if you prefer, a rocket is shaped like a cigar.

No other explanation to be found, folks. It had to be the gin.

I watch this movie at least once per year. It's a classic.

Friday, November 26, 2004

I'm lovin' it

Part of the American landscape is fast food. We run around on busy schedules and take a meal or two at McDonald's in the course.
But fast food has been taking a hit lately. Why, I don't know. After all, all restaurants are fast food. Think about it. It's true.
Now Heidi Klum will be promoting McDonald's.

This makes two of pinkmonkeybird's favorite hobbies that are promoted by Ms. Klum; food and hot fabulous babes in lingerie. If Ms Klum begins appearing in Jim Beam ads, I'll be ready to devote my life to raiding a certain lady's personal homelife as the quintessential gigolo.

And I'd play Bob Dylan as the soundtrack to my dementia.

No wonder the fundamentalist Islamists want to kill us! Me, anyway. They want to deprive us of our fantasies as well as our realities.

Thursday, November 25, 2004

The Ukraine

Sitting around with elements of my immediate family after Thanksgiving dinner, I had time to escape from the yammering by reading Lileks' The Backfence in today's paper.
Lileks writes;

Well, I won't point out that he referred to The Ukraine on the show today, because I know that's his way of speaking. We were right to invade The Iraq, he said to me the other day, even though The France objected. It's just his way. Why do you think it's The Hugh Hewitt Show? Because his friends call him The Hugh Hewitt.

This was as much news to me as it must have been for The Hugh. For as long as I can remember I have referred to Ukraine with the article "The" preceding it. I had always presumed that Ukraine required a "The" before it in the same way that United States and Hague require it. So, this revelation hits me like a shot from Moon.

Being a skeptical fellow, I was not perfectly willing to take Lileks' word for it on its face (although James is a very learned man and I am open to learning as much as possible). So I scrounged around on the Internet and I can now come forward with confidence that the pinkmonkeybird is thankful to have learned something new today.

UPDATE: Here's a phrase from the Instapundit today;

A SECOND STATEMENT FROM VACLAV HAVEL to protesters in the Ukraine: "'All respected domestic and international organisations agree that your demands are justified. Therefore I wish you strength, endurance, courage and fortunate decisions,' Havel said in a statement from Taipei where he was travelling."

Apparently there is widespread belief in the need of the word "The" preceding Ukraine.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Dan Rather to leave anchor

In a move that was called for back in early October when Rather was trying to float forged documents as "accurate" despite their inauthenticity, Dan Rather is finally stepping down as the anchor of CBS News. Reportedly, he will not retire completely, but will remain as a "reporter" in the field. Though, why a news organization would want to hire someone with a proven record of news manufacturing is beyond me. I, for one, will inform CBS that any story with a Dan Rather byline will be suspected as pure fabrications and that they would do much better to put Mr. Rather out to pasture where he can invent stories in his rocking chair and talk to his cat.

I doubt that this change at CBS News will bring more accurate news reporting to the network. They'll just get another talking head full of hot air to spew the lies that Americans have grown so leery of. WCCO should not expect me to be tuning in to their news reports just because their parent network has taken measures to obscure their blatant bias and lies.

Monday, November 22, 2004

Whw! Whw! Hello....Is this thing on?

Just checking after losing another post.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Uncommon weather

There is talk of another El Nino sitting out there in the vast Pacific Ocean. I don't know if it's true, if El Nino is to take the credit or the blame, depending on your perspective. Some Minnesotans love the snow and the winter weather, we mustn't forget. I'm still riding my bicycle in my work commute. That's not unheard of, but I would normally be busing by now on a daily basis. That reminds me, the other day Lileks offhandedly mentioned that normally here in Minnesota at this time of year, we would be socked with snow. Not by my accounting. Oftentimes, many of us are worried that we just might not have a White Christmas this year.

I've been getting a heck of a lot of exercise lately and it feels great. I love hopping onto my bike to get yet more exercise after a brisk workout at the gym. Nothing like gulping down all that fresh air when you're already pumped. I suppose I could have gotten a reasonable amount of exercise during the political campaign, but I was just too whipped up into a frenzy for the Internet and political talk radio and such to take the time at the gym back then. I suppose the technology exists to blog and walk a treadmill at the same time, but really folks! That's just excessive. That kinda reminds me of the occasional swimmer I see at the Y with one of the waterproof personal cd players. Do you really need to hear the Eagles while you swim? Do you really need to hear the Eagles anywhere? I think not. I suppose it would be interesting on a brain stem level to listen to dolphin recordings whilst swimming. But I'd really rather hear the sound of my own breathing than have to go through all the bother of strapping on the obtrusive gizmo in its sealed bag. I guess I might be a hypocrite to some degree, as I'm always wearing my radio when I'm on the treadmill or the StairMaster. It's tuned to the cable tv hanging in front of my face and that is often tuned to Seinfeld or a news program or whatever my fellow Y-mates dictate, be it Friends or Conan O'Brien reruns. But at least I don't have to go to elaborate lengths just to hear. Oh well, I don't see those players in the pool at all often. And certainly, if someone finds it worthwhile, more power to them.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Safety on

As you can probably tell, yes, I was a bit discouraged by the loss of my post from last Sunday due to Blogger.
The post I just wrote and published below was backed up with a text editor, just in case. I don't want to lose any more of my compositions because of an Internet glitch. Yes, it's a bit of extra trouble. But if it saves my work from needless loss then it will have to be a necessity.
And so I blog on.

They're not bad guys

Hugh Hewitt has been hammering on Chris Mathews of MSNBC for stating that the insurgents in Iraq are not bad guys.

"Well, let me ask you about this. If this were the other side, and we were watching an enemy soldier --a rival, I mean they're not bad guys especially, just people who just disagree with us, they are in fact the insurgents, fighting us in their country-- if we saw one of them do what we saw our guy do to that guy, would we consider that worthy of a war crimes charge?"

Hugh is very entertaining and he's just on fire tonight as he points out that Chris Mathews typifies the views of far too many in the media and the Hollywood elites. He refers to them as "knuckleheads", clarifying that he does not hate these people, they are just wrong and they are knuckleheads because they still don't understand the nature of the enemy and they don't understand the seriousness of our war with them.

This is of especially keen interest to me to hear on my personal radio today because I had a conversation with a fine fellow just this afternoon that reminds me of Mathews. That is to say, we all know people who just don't get it. Sometimes we can't or won't argue with these fine people. After all, we have to get along with one another. I think there are many people who haven't yet connected with the events of September 11th, 2001. The whole experience was only on television and now it's all just an abstract thought. They've still got their heads firmly secured upon their shoulders, so Nick Berg's head must have been just a media slight of hand.

Curious about my friend's point of view and tired of the usual pathways of arguments made in vain, I asked him a question;
Do you have an opinion of why I think the way I do? Am I brainwashed?

No. I think we all have the right to our own opinions. I'm not necessarily right and you're not necessarily right. We all just have our own opinions that that's the way it should be.

So, there's your moral equivalence. There's plenty of reason for all of us and there are no bad guys.

Hugh Hewitt is dumbfounded and so am I. People are capable of talking themselves into believing anything. Hugh asked Roger L. Simon if he could explain this kind of "thinking". Simon could not. But he offered his opinion that they simply do not want to fight this war. They want to go back to before 9/11 when we didn't have to face these nasty realities.

I think that these people are Osama bin Laden's people. They are the Americans he believed he knew to be nothing more than paper tigers. They are the ones who would not fight because they are so corrupted by a culture of narcissism and pleasure.

Monday, November 15, 2004

Anybody home?

Yesterday I wrote a brilliant piece that consumed about 45 minutes. It had about 6 hyperlinks embedded in it. I was so happy.
When I clicked on Publish it took about 3 minutes to work on it. Then I got a message that my post failed to publish. Since I had not backed it up on a text editor, it is lost forever.
I wonder if this post you are reading will meet the same fate.

As Jo of Jo's Attic recently said, blogger hates me.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Mop up

The battle to retake Fallujah, Iraq is proclaimed to be very close to completed by at least two Iraqi officials. The operation took only a little over a week to succeed; only half the time of the projections I'd heard and read of upon its launch.
Nevertheless, the anti-war and naysayer elements in our society are already proclaiming Fallujah to be an abject failure. For instance, this headline from Air America; Despite Fallujah Conquest Insurgency Spreads. I find this sort of negative reportage to be absurdly anti-military. It's the kind of empty rhetoric that typified the Kerry-Edwards campaign and I think it's shameful that it is pronounced during Veteran's Week, of all times.

But why would reporting the "facts of failure" on the part of our military be shameful? Because this is lazy reporting, and because it plays into the hands of the enemy. But most of all, because it is of a virulent energy in opposition to the national interest.

I must remind you sir, we are at war.

Those who wish to see the Fallujah operation as a failure see it as such only because they wish to see it as such. Wretchard of Belmont Club has reported that the flareups of unrest in Iraq create a logistical map running to the Syrian border. In other words, there is really not much to fear in the way of Iraq exploding into a nationwide resistance over the retaking of Fallujah.

It seems Greyhawk of Mudville Gazette was right when he said, Expect everything you read everywhere about Fallujah for the next few days to be wrong.

Well, everywhere but here, of course.

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Then why did we lose?

The other night I attended my local Republican precinct monthly meeting. There weren't many of us there, but we focused the energy of the recent national contest through our prism.

It was a lively meeting and we discussed all the topics that were pressing upon our minds in the immediate wake of the general election. At one point, early on, the acting chair was asked to describe the reelection effort. He dutifully praised its energy, its intelligence, effectiveness.

But this left a question wide open for the asking and I spoke up;

May I ask a question?

Of course.

Then why did we lose Minnesota?

If Minnesota were the deciding factor of the presidency John F. Kerry would be the 44th president of the United States.
I ran into considerable denial from the group that we had, indeed, lost Minnesota. Somebody claimed that we had not. Greater Minnesota had been won by the GOP.
Okay. I don't think so. The GOP lost 13 offices in the state.

MoveOn was blamed.
But how? I would postulate that MoveOn was so extreme and shrill in direct oppostion to American values that they did more to win the White House for the Republicans than lose.

Why, then did we lose? I had assumed that W would narrowly win in this state. But we had to win, as so much energy was brought to bear upon the effort. And W, himself, came to Minnesota many times, as well as Vice President Dick Cheney, Laura Bush, Rudy Giuliani and others.

The final analysis seemed to gravitate toward a more basic truth of Minnesota. This is traditional, tribal Democratic turf. This is the land that Hubert H. Humphrey tilled.
The roots of tradition run deep here. I think a lot of people voted for John F. Kerry simply because they call themselves Democrats and this is Minnesota.

The chair spoke the truth when he said, I think they outgunned us.

We can't really give Minnesota much credit for being a state where people vote with their heads. We elected a professional wrestler as our governor in the recent past.

And this year the state went with John F. Kerry.

Friday, November 12, 2004

Redundant redundancy

Yes, I realize that everybody in the world knows about and reads RealClearPolitics. So why link to them? Everyone's already been there.
I read this very satisfying Commentary from John McIntyre the other day and I assumed that it would be linked to like crazy by gazillions of blogs. While I'm sure it has been somewhere, I haven't seen them. So I must fill that void.
If you buck up against the lefties at all and tell them that the victory last week for the Bush Administration spells a mandate, you quickly learn that this assertion is very much resisted.
"Don't you understand? America is closely divided!"

Well, McIntyre sees through the fog of war and clarifies why it really doesn't matter if America is closely divided or not; the president is going to govern as though it's not;

But what really makes Democrats and the liberal elites sick is they know what George W. Bush is going to do with this hard fought victory. They saw him take a 500,000 popular vote loss and ram through massive tax cut after massive tax cut. They saw him in a post 9/11 world radically shift American foreign policy to embrace the doctrine of American preemption and military dominance. They know full well what George W. Bush can do.
For an average President, a 51-48 win wouldn't be that big of a deal. For this President, however, a majority of the popular vote coupled with expanded majorities in Congress is all he needs to permanently change the political course of this country.

This reminds me of what a fellow told me over the phone when I was doing my phone voter identification work;
I like Bush. He gets shit done.

Somewhere on that same road, I'd heard another similar opinion;
They hate him because he is effective. He's accomplishing things.

So the long, dark night for the liberal Democrats has arrived. W has been reelected and Congress has been expanded in the Republican direction in support of a Bush Doctrine. A liberal Democrat friend of mine confided to me today his deepest fear;
It's going to get worse. Four more years from now, the whole country will go Republican.

What could I say?
You're right.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

He's dead, Jim

In the middle of last week just after President Bush won reelection to his second term he held a brief news conference. The Press was allowed to ask questions.
One reporter stood up and informed the President that Yasser Arafat was dead.
"Really?!", was W's immediate response.

Really?! indeed.

The cameras were rolling. The great, exalted Press wanted to know what the President's reaction was to this "news" that Yasser Arafat was dead.
"May God have mercy on his soul," was W's only reply.

W speaks for me precisely.

But once again the Press gets it wrong. Eager to enjoy a scoop moment, the Press rushed the facts and misinformed the President that a man who was still breathing and legally living, was dead.
I'm just a blogger. I've got a news flash for you. Yasser Arafat is dead now. He died last night. I read about it on the blogosphere.

The MSM (Main Stream Media) has little credibility. (Except Fox News of course.) There is little reason to believe their spins, misinformation or fabrications. MSM may look like it's alive and healthy. It may appear to be breathing. It's not dead. It is still able to perform bodily functions. The nurse has to change its diapers every now and then.

May God have mercy on their soul.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

We honor them

This is a special week. The brave young men and women of our armed forces are doing an extraordinary job of recapturing Fallujah (or, as the hapless Senator John Kerry calls it, Fallujer). We honor them for their bravery, their excellence, their sacrifices for America and for Iraq and all the world.
Today is the 229th birthdate of the United States Marine Corp., so Hugh Hewitt informs us.
And the calendar says that tomorrow is Veteran's Day.

As a life long civilian I can only try and imagine what it would like to be a soldier. My octogenarian father is a U.S. Marine. He served in the South Pacific in World War II. Thank you, Dad. Thank you, all you military men and women.

In my support for President Bush's call for regime change in Iraq I was criticisms by many an opponent of the war. (This blog didn't exist in that run-up to the war. The opponents I speak of are from the heavily leftist Politics & Religion forum of BowieNet) How could I, who had never served, have the temerity and gall to support a war when I don't even know what it means to fight and die in uniform? I think that's an empty charge. As a citizen I am entitled to my opinions of how this country should be defended. No one is obligated to listen to my opinions, but I reserve the right to hold them and espouse them in this free nation that is the United States.

And as all of us should know, it is the courage and excellence of our veterans and our soldiers who keep that right of free speech secure for citizens such as myself and my leftist friends. That's why it is important to honor these fine men and women on these two days as well as the other 363 days of the year. There are many ways to do this, and they are rewarding to the giver as well as the soldier.

Saturday there will be a gathering at Keegan's Irish Pub in honor of our veterans and military people. Be sure to follow the links to learn of ways to offer real and tangible support to this cause.

But that doesn't discount the intangible. I have been given a gift that I had not counted on in this struggle and in these sacrifices of our soldiers. I learned to pray to God again. Time and again I have heard our president speak of the prayers he feels offered by the people of the nation and the world. Feeling a need to do more, I have come to pray again for our leaders and for our men & women in harm's way. It feels good to pray for others. It is something that I had lost long ago in a jaded and uncaring world. And it's reacquainted me with the Lord and with Jesus in a way I had not thought was important.

Thank you, Lord. Keep them safe. Amen.

Accountability, dammit

Yesterday House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) conducted an extraordinary press conference that was as hilarious as it was outrageous. After being pummelled at the polls last Tuesday, having lost the White House and additional seats in the House of Representatives and the Senate to even more Republican control, Polosi battled back with a fearsome weapon that will cause the GOP to cower in fear, trembling upon the cold, rude floor.

She presented a cartoon.

This cartoon, drawn by Tom Toles was described by Polosi before the cameras. "It shows President Bush..or, at least, someone who looks like President Bush..." sitting before a table that is set with a GOP White House, two houses of a GOP Congress and a GOP Supreme Court. And the President is saying, "Now who do we blame ?"

Pelosi went on with an astonishing boast, as quoted here from the Washington Post,

'Pelosi, addressing reporters after lunching with about 100 House Democrats, said her party will speak out when it believes Bush and the GOP-controlled Congress are mismanaging Iraq, tax policies or the deficit. "The president won't be able to blame anyone, because the Republicans have full control," Pelosi said. Although Republicans have controlled the White House, Senate and House for two years, she said, "the American people did not know that. And now they do." '

Got that? The Democrats are to be feared now, as they are out of power and all the ills of the nation can now be blamed upon the Republicans who control everything. And we can count on Pelosi and the Democrats to wield this awesome weapon like an iron club. You can run, you Republicans, but you cannot hide. Because Nancy Polosi and the Democrats will pierce your ears with a perpetual and nagging shrieking that will make you wish you had never run for office in the first place.

And what will be the consequences of the terrible weapon wielded against the GOP? Pelosi doesn't say. But we can only surmise that the Republicans' trembling has only just begun. When the American voters see Pelosi and the Dems playing partisan politics again like they did before Tom Daschle was bounced out of his Senate seat, the next election will bring a terrible toll indeed (yes, I'm guilty of another horrible pun). The Republicans must fear the awesome fury of even more wins into office.

Then Pelosi will have even more power at her disposal to blame them for all the ills and wrongs of the country.

Please spare us!

Babeless week

Due to ftp problems there is not, as of yet, a pinkmonkeybird babe of the week. This matter is being met with the utmost urgency as we at pmb understand how important it is to bring bodacious ta-tas to our learned readers. Especially, those who are motorbikers.

Monday, November 08, 2004

Hammer time

I'm not the only blogger who suspects that the lack of will on the part of the Bush Administration last April to reckon with Fallujah may have been in large part a political rationale. As Greyhawk of Mudville Gazette reports;

Expect everything you read everywhere about Fallujah for the next few days to be wrong.

The New York Times and the liberal biased alphabet networks will do their best to spin Fallujah as a disaster for Iraq and for the U.S. military.
If the battle had occurred before the election we'd just passed through, it might have spelled a disaster for George W. Bush's reelection odds.

Understandably, a significant part of the American public does not understand the harsh necessities of warfare. This reality was evident in the late running of the Kerry campaign with the October Surprise story pushed by the NYTimes and CBS News of the stolen munitions at al Qaqaa. I heard Hugh Hewitt recently discuss on his radio program how he believes the Bush election would have been won even bigger if it were not for that al Qaqaa lie.

Now that the delicate politics are out of the way, Fallujah is being hammered the way it should have been last April. The difference is that Bush now has the political capital behind him to move decisively to crush the terrorists who nest there. That, and interim Prime Minister Allawi's consent.

If Vietnam was a war that America was hampered from winning due to political hand-wringing, then the Democrats were right in the pre-election days; Iraq was a Vietnam. But now that the election is over, tender politics swept aside and the American people decisively choosing President Bush as Commander-In-Chief, Vietnam protestor #1 John Kerry rejected, Falujah will become the graveyard of many an Islamic terrorist.

And for what better outcome than Iraqi elections in a mere three months? If the crushing of the Fallujah vipers nest proceeds in favor of a free and democratic Iraq, this operation will come as close to being an example of instant gratification as can be hoped for in so largescale an operation.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Reclaiming my life

Regular readers of this blog will know that I have been experiencing some technical problems with my computer and with Blogger.
Those problems got worse over this past week. I had written some posts that were lost forever to the Ethersphere.
Some uninstalls and reinstalls, a virus scan or two and a reboot later....let's hope things are reasonably functional now.

So, I'll try again.

The election is over and I'm letting go. In the bleary sunshine of November 3rd I gathered up all the lawn signs, storing them away in the garage. I took down the placards in my living room windows. I removed the pins and buttons from my jacket. I peeled the W sticker off my bicycle fender. I folded and stowed away the various tee shirts. I threw the BC cap deeper in the closet where I will not reach for it as I have for these past several months.

The job is done and done well. There is no longer any reason to make myself a walking Bush-Cheney posterboard.

I wish that Minnesota had been won. That would have made me very satisfied. Maybe if we'd successfully won Minnesota for W, I would continue to wear the gear for awhile longer. It would be grand to walk around wearing these allegiances on my sleeve as it were, knowing that the state went my way. Maybe that explains why many of my neighbors haven't bothered to take down their Kerry-Edwards lawnsigns. They smugly adhere to their victory in the North Star state. I can just hear them; "We the proud. We the strong. We held the line. If the rest of the country had been so tough as we have been, America would now be celebrating a Kerry presidency. F*** You, Bushitler! Minnesota defies your reign!"

Or maybe they're just too lazy to pull them down. I don't know.

In any case, I am ready to move on. I'm just a regular guy again. Bush wins and I can live my life again. No longer do I have to carry the fight to the streets. No longer do I have to wonder if people were sneering at me because I am a Bushie.
I am not really all that different from my fellow Minnesotans. I'm a Social Liberal. I believe in many of the same things my Minnesotan neighbors believe in. I think one of the main differences is the question of the GWOT. I believe with all my heart that George W. Bush is the right man at the right time to lead this country in that war. My neighbors preferred the flip-flopping, prevaricating, Internationalist.

Now it doesn't much matter. It's settled. The people have spoken. I respect my fellow Minnesotans and their position. And sure, go ahead and leave your signs in the yard for now. Leave your Kerry-Edwards bumper stickers on your cars for now.

But let go in a few weeks, okay? Don't carry this torch like you still do the Paul Wellstone torch. There's more to life than politics.

Let go, Minnesota. I have.


Question: Does Blogger work today?

Saturday, November 06, 2004

I was wrong

I believed with all my heart that Minnesota was going to go into the George W. Bush column by a razor-thin sliver. I was wrong.
I was also wrong when I claimed that W would win nationally in a landslide. But that's another story.
Minnesota voted for John Kerry, the Democrat, by 51.1% and for George W. Bush, the Republican, by 47.6%.

Those statistics are very close to being a perfect reversal of the national results which decisively re-elected W.

So while it was close, it wasn't what I would call razor-thin. The people of this state have made their wishes known. They don't approve of Bush's leadership and they preferred the Democrat for the next four years. Of course they didn't get their wishes realized.
I was prepared to gloat about this national victory, but the loss of Minnesota took much of the steam out of my engine. Insofar as my own mental health goes, I think this is the best for me, as I don't know if I would be able to stand myself from all the brimming-over self-righteousness I would have felt. It's more important that I remain balanced. Oh sure, if we had been successful in winning my state I imagine I would get over all the euphoria and simmer down...eventually.

Why did I believe with every fiber of my being that Minnesota would go with W, being such a tribal Democrat state as it is?

Because I'm gullible and because it was useful to believe it. Minnesota has a Republican Governor, a Republican Senator and many Republican Congressmen. Minnesota voted for a Republican presidential candidate in 1972.
Being the battleground state that it was, President Bush and several top Republican leaders from the national level came here to rally, all to dramatic effect. I still remember Rudy Giuliani telling us that to win, you have to believe you will win. I checked off that box with a big black sharpie pen.
But we also had Randy Kelly. Randy Kelly is a Democrat who put his party interests aside for the sake of his concern for the nation. This is a man, as I see it, who has assessed the question of the presidency in much the same way as I have. Kelly and I both understand that we cannot even address the questions of a liberal society if foreign threats are able to bring us low. Kelly was an enormous factor in my belief that Minnesota Democrats would choose W for president.
Minnesota is trending Republican. When I take all of these factors into account, it adds up to quite a force.

Now, the other side of the equation is that the Democrats were expected to work hard to defeat Bush.

But my firm conviction that W would prevail in Minnesota was based on the simple premise that supporters of Bush had fire in their belly for their candidate, while Kerry was universally seen as a weak candidate. That, I thought, would be enough to barely squeak out a win.
It turns out that the deeply tribal allegiances to the DFL in this state were enough to motivate Democrats in the Metropolitan region and the northern Iron Range to make their way to the polls on Election Day and vote for Kerry. Those tribal allegiances are reinforced by the blatantly DFL biased StarTribune newspaper. Scott Johnson of Power Line blog says that the Strib influences fully 5% of the electorate with their leanings.

The other factor that got Kerry most of the votes in Minnesota is, of course, Bush hatred. Working as an election judge last Tuesday, we saw many young people storm into the polling place only to spend enough time in the booth to make one mark and then submit their ballot. I think it's safe to say they were not there to vote for W. As a judge it was my responsibility to tell one of these young women that campaigning in the polling place is verboten and that she should zip up her front outerwear in order to conceal the image on her t-shirt. It depicted W and had the caption, "Not helping". She reluctantly complied, made her one mark and then submitted her ballot. She then joined her MoveOn friends who resumed their campaigning out in the streets.

I was wrong. I made a friendly bet with my bartender that W would carry Minnesota. I will dutifully pay him his winnings of $20. I might even buy a beer and discuss the election with him, making my loss even deeper in my pocketbook. After all, I don't have to feel humiliated, as W won the grand prize that is the White House. And we both win, as we live in a democracy that has just enjoyed the greatest participation of its citizenry in many years in this process. The people have prevailed.
We gave it all we had. It was a colossal struggle. And, as a regular volunteer and blogger fighting for W, I have no regrets. I can look at the results with calm and satisfaction that I did what I could. We shall take what we have learned in this election and apply it to the next campaign. That would be two years from now when Minnesota elects one of its Senate seats currently held by Democrat Mark Dayton.

We're going to win. I believe it.

Friday, November 05, 2004

Freedom is on the march

Now that the huge distraction that was the U.S. presidential election is over, we are at greater liberty to focus on the vanquishing of freedom's enemies.
Some by the U.S. Marines.
And some by Providence.
(tips of the bird to The Command Post & Roger L. Simon)

Fond brotherhood

Only a few days ago many of us made Blogs For Bush one of our very frequent touchstones in the blogosphere. I am proud to have been a member of BFB, but it occurred to me that I haven't visited since day before Election Day.
My mistake.
Blogs For Bush was an excellent amalgam of the national effort to get the President re-elected. But there are still plenty of reasons to visit. For one thing, there's the big flashing banner celebrating our well-earned "Victory".
Scroll down to gather interesting results and after-effects of the glorious outcome of Election 2004.

The big F

Chad the Elder over at Fraters Libertas has the elegance and propriety to express what many of us think but dare not say.
And if it's not said verbally, then a gesture will do.

Whew! That felt good. Now, back to constructive dialog.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Computer problems

Posting here has been light because I'm experiencing some computer problems. I'm ironing them out. Sorry about that.
I think everything should be good to go again before long.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

John Kerry, deadman

Too bad John Frickin' Kerry.
You ran an innept campaign.
You did the best you could and tried to stretch it out to the best of your ability.

We kicked your ass and humiliated you.

John Fudgin' Kerry; Loser.

It's the morning after and I'm calm now.
I guess I must have been a bit fired up when I wrote this post. I hope it is clear that the only way I wish John Kerry to be dead is his political career. My language that was pushing the envelope may have made it seem otherwise.
One double bourbon later, I was much more relaxed.
I and the other election judges of my precinct had just closed the polls and I was preparing to dash off to the huge Minnesota Republican election returns party event. It was very encouraging.
But I am very surprised that we did not win Minnesota for the President. So strongly, did I believe we had it. I also believed we would know to a certainty that W was reelected by midnight. Instead, we were kicked out of the bar at 1 am with W standing at 269 EV; one shy of the expected victory.

I'm not complaining. Republicans did well. W will address the nation within a few hours from the time of this writing. He's going to give an acceptance speech with a giant banner proclaiming "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" hanging from the ConTower.
We won the White House for W in part because we forced the Democrats to fight so hard in Minnesota. We diverted Democrat resources from other campaigns to save their precious Minnesota.
Bye bye Tom Daschle.


Monday, November 01, 2004

Why I support W for president

We've all been inundated with media overload, intellectual overload, passion overload, analysis overload, news overload, and politics overload.
Is any stone left unturned? Has anything worth saying remained unsaid?


But just in case it hasn't I would like to add to the hogpile.

I voted for Ralph Nader and his Green Party in year 2000. That's a lot of goose eggs laid.
One of my co-volunteers today in my door-walking work was flabbergasted by that sublime fact. He was a young man named Curt and is a military man in the Army who has served recently in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was so knocked out that he was working with a former Nader supporter that he introduced me to his pal Bart, "This is pink. He was a Nader supporter in 2000. Now he's for Bush."
"I wonder," Curt asked, "if there are a lot of other former Nader supporters who jumped ship and came on to support W."

This line of questioning made me rethink my politics as I walked my route today. I do my best thinking when I'm walking. So here is what I want to distill from that walk.

Year 2K was a different world from September 12, 2001 and today. I actually thought we might afford a candidate like Ralph Nader. That was a long time ago. Back then, terrorism was nothing more than a "nuisance". Once in awhile some crazy hopped up Arabs would kill some Westerners, but so what else is new? Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher had put the Evil Empire of the Soviet Union to rest. There were no more dangerous enemies in the world threatening Western Civilization. Now we could turn our attention to making things right at home the way we'd like to make things right without external dangers impeding us.

George W. Bush couldn't be the answer to that, in my humble opinion at that time. After all, he was the Governor of Texas and had pulled the switch on more convicts than the rest of the 50 States combined.
Al Gore couldn't be the answer either. He struck me as a self-important goofball, what, with his claim to have invented the Internet. And there were other self-evident reasons to reject Gore. Even moreso since then.

So I cast my vote for Nader as a protest vote. If Nader stood a chance of a snowball's chance in hell to win, I would have scampered away from that protest vote and I don't know what I would have done. I could write some several paragraphs about those kernals of ideas that resonate with me in a Nader platform. But I won't bore you with that. Just to clarify, I now view the notion of a Nader Presidency as nothing short of laughable. Okay, so the veil was over my eyes in 2000. Big deal. It wasn't the first time I'd voted stupidly for my president. I'd voted for some of the worst. I voted for Carter...the worst president in memory. I voted for Clinton, who I now see as a disgrace to the office. I voted for Mondale. No explaination necessary.

But the interesting thing to me is that I never really felt strongly before about who would win the office. I really don't clearly remember many of my Presidential votes. Huh? Reagan wins? I guess.

Not this year. This year I actually feel strongly enough about my choice that I have dedicated myself to work for him and to donate financially to his campaign. Erm...that's what this blog has been mostly about, as you may know. I feel strongly that this is the most important presidential election of my lifetime.

But why?

I am a Social Liberal. I think that America was created for freedom and that freedom is what we should foster. People should be able to enjoy freedoms so long as those freedoms do not infringe upon the freedoms of others. For instance, we exchange our freedom to kill others in our society in exchange for the freedom to live without fear of being killed by others.

September 11, 2001 changed the way I look at the world. Suddenly, I could see that the "nuisance" attacks of the U.S.S. Cole, Beirut, the Khobar Towers, the Achille Lauro, the 1993 WTC and so on, were not mere flecks on the radar screen. War had been declared upon us and America had been sleeping through it all in much the same way that an unsuspecting bird does not much notice the whiskers of the cat creeping closer and closer within the foliage.
Our blind spot is Political Correctness. A mindset had crept into our thinking that America is no better than other nations or other cultures and therefore, we should just allow these other cultures to assert themselves over our selfish desires.

If George W. Bush loses this election, it will be seen as a global ratification of the denial of the Bush Doctrine. The world would interpret this turnabout in American choice as a softening of will, a lack of resolve. Every choice after a Bush defeat would be assumed to be a softer, more sensitive and wholly defensive posture in the GWOT. Mustering anything sterner than that would require even more effort than W had to gather.
We are so very lucky to have George W. Bush and his very talented cabinet leading this country in wartime. And all we have to do to keep it is to place an "X" next to Bush-Cheney on the voters ballot. (Okay, for you literalists, an oval...sheese!)

We must reelect Bush-Cheney so that we can hunt down and incapacitate the terrorists and the rogue states. We must do so, and we must elect a Republican Congress that will readily cooperate with this Bush White House in a focused effort to vanquish our enemies and spread democracy to the emperished Middle East and Asia Minor.
A Bush Administration would continue to promote policies that I feel are more inherently American than what the Democrats would impose. The Republican Party more closely resembles the American Ideal of individualism and innovation than the Democrat Party's increasingly
socialistic approach. America is America because it is the land of opportunity, not the land of Social Programs.

The notion that our current economy is hurting is one of the biggest lies I see in the land today. It's just not true. Were it not for the Bush Administration's programs for tax cuts and economic stimulation, this economy would be far worse off and bare of promise. Kerry would decimate our economy with higher taxes and a devaluation of American reliability and resilience.

I predict that in the wake of the coming Bush-Cheney victory, we will not have to wait long to realize the fruits of that victory. Rogue states and evil influences will follow in the example of Moammar Gadhafi of Libya. These thugs and killers will realize that America stands behind her President and that their end will be as sure as OBL's and the Hussein Gang's if they do not cooperate. There is truly power through strength. RR reminded us of that, and has W learned that lesson well.

But I do not want to leave the impression that this will be easy. Reelecting W is not a cure-all. We face very, very dangerous and deadly times. It will probably get worse before it gets better. We still face the horror of a WMD hit to our homeland, which is a very real threat. I think al Qaeda is still hotly pursuing these weapons and we will never be safe from them.

A Bush Administration will continue to wage an aggressive pursuit of these madmen, keeping them off balance as they continually try to run from our hunters.

If we don't have security from foreign enemies, we cannot dream of attaining Socially Liberal freedoms at home. I wholly support George W. Bush for President and Dick Cheney as Vice President. I also support a Republican majority in the Congress.
Further, I think we citizens must continue to inform our elected officials that we expect our government to govern responsibly. The danger of a mandate of power in Washington is that there are few brakes or safety valves imposed to keep government in check.
A perpetually engaged grassroots can inhabit this responsibility within a Republican dominated Executive and Congress.

Election Day Eve

My alarm clock either didn't work this morning or I sleepily turned it off and went back to bed. It was supposed to get me going early enough to make the 7 am sign-waving event in the south metro. My backup alarm clock got me to the door-knocking mission in the same neighborhood two hours later.
We were blessed with what in my humble opinion was a perfect day for walking 5 to 8 miles talking to residents and dropping literature. Cool (Perfectly cool. I had no need for gloves). Overcast (I hate when the sun is blasting my eyeballs), calm and most importantly, dry. We had some real soaker days last week. I am so happy it was dry.
But hey, that's just me. Some of my fellow campaign workers complained that it was too cold outside.

I very much enjoyed this work. Most of the time I was on my own walking from address to address with my literature and my list.
Here's how it works. The massive amount of phone I.D. work we've been doing over the past several months gave us a list that was pulled, printing those names and addresses we believe support the President for various reasons. If we knew they were hardcore Bush supporters, they were not of interest. (I walked right past several homes that were decked with impressive Bush-Cheney displays). We wanted to talk to those who may be sitting on the fence or may support W, but might not have the firm understanding that they should vote.
It was interesting to walk this route. There were more than a few that actually had Kerry-Edwards lawnsigns or window placards. For those homes, I merely dropped the lit in their door.
But for everyone else, I was to ask for and speak to the specific person named on my list, hand them the literature urging them to vote with the specific address of their polling place adhered to the literature.
By far and away, most of the houses were unoccupied at the time, naturally enough. Most were at their day jobs. I was obligated to merely drop the lit within the door. Next after that, those who answered were happy to receive me and chirp that they would vote tomorrow for W. Then, there were those rare homes, only a few, that were hostile toward me.
I had so much pleasure doing this walk that I was easily talked into walking a second shift. The people that I worked beside were a real pleasure to know. I very much enjoyed today's efforts. It was terrific to talk to others who have strong feelings and ideas for our future under the leadership of George W. Bush.