Friday, September 10, 2004

Check this out. Kerry (my wife, not the evil one) is mentioned over at IRAQ THE MODEL.
This one is amusing as well.

We're number two... We're number two...

19,915 - the number of human remains recovered from Ground Zero.

9,429 -the number of remains identified with one of the 2,752 victims.

10,486 - the number of remains that are still unidentified to this day.
To quote Andrew Stuttaford:

I can feel the vomit rising in my gorge.
From Instapundit...
September 10, 2004
THE PROWLER reports that CBS got the dubious documents from the Kerry campaign:
More than six weeks ago, an opposition research staffer for the Democratic National Committee received documents purportedly written by President George W. Bush's Texas Air National Guard squadron commander, the late Col. Jerry Killian. . . .
A CBS producer, who initially tipped off The Prowler about the 60 Minutes story, says that despite seeking professional assurances that the documents were legitimate, there was uncertainty even among the group of producers and researchers working on the story.
"The problem was we had one set of documents from Bush's file that had Killian calling Bush 'an exceptionally fine young officer and pilot.' And someone who Killian said 'performed in an outstanding manner.' Then you have these new documents and the tone and content are so different."
The CBS producer said that some alarms bells went off last week when the signatures and initials of Killian on the documents in hand did not match up with other documents available on the public record, but producers chose to move ahead with the story. "This was too hot not to push. If there were doubts, those people didn't show it," says the producer, who works on a rival CBS News program.

Link to the Prowler cache: here.

Particularly worth noting is this statement:

The oppo researcher claimed the source was "a retired military officer." According to a DNC staffer, the documents were seen by both senior staff members at the DNC, as well as the Kerry campaign."More than a couple people heard about the papers," says the DNC staffer. "I've heard that they ended up with the Kerry campaign, for them to decide to how to proceed, and presumably they were handed over to 60 Minutes, which used them the other night. But I know this much. When there was discussion here, there were doubts raised about their authenticity."

Anyone who thinks we can negotiate with the kind of people who put this little boy through hell are hopelessly misguided.
"And I intend to have not just a Department of Health and Human Services, but a Department of Wellness." John Kerry

I'm speechless. Talk amongst yourselves.

Here is a link.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Breaking news on Bush's Guard service!
Iran is using negotiations with the European Union's "big three" on suspending sensitive nuclear activities to buy the time it needs to get ready to make atomic weapons, an Iranian exile and intelligence officials said.

You don't say.
This is why even John Kerry would not have gotten France on board for the war on Iraq.

On April 8 came the downing of Air Force Maj. Jim Ewald's A-10 Thunderbolt fighter over Baghdad and the discovery that it was a French-made Roland missile that brought down the American pilot and destroyed a $13 million aircraft. Ewald, one of the first U.S. pilots shot down in the war, was rescued by members of the Army's 54th Engineer Battalion who saw him parachute to earth not far from the wreckage.
Army intelligence concluded that the French had sold the missile to the Iraqis within the past year, despite French denials.
A week after Ewald's A-10 was downed, an Army team searching Iraqi weapons depots at the Baghdad airport discovered caches of French-made missiles. One anti-aircraft missile, among a cache of 51 Roland-2s from a French-German manufacturing partnership, bore a label indicating that the batch was produced just months earlier.
In May, Army intelligence found a stack of blank French passports in an Iraqi ministry, confirming what U.S. intelligence already had determined: The French had helped Iraqi war criminals escape from coalition forces — and therefore justice.

Hey, there is A LOT going on with this story. Read the comments and link the links therein at NRO, etc.

Interesting stuff.
I stumbled across this article on absenteeism among workers in the US auto industry. This isn't the normal DowneastBlog fodder, but check out these gems:

"Absenteeism among hourly workers in the automotive industry runs about 10 percent annually, about three times higher than in other industries, according to a study published this year by the Automotive Supplier Action Committee, a trade group. At some Big Three plants, absenteeism runs as high as 20 percent."

"Line workers receive up to five weeks of vacation and 17 paid holidays. When plants are idled for retooling or slow sales, workers also collect pay."

"During last year’s contract talks, Chrysler sought and won stricter disciplinary practices to lower absenteeism. The new contract reduced the limit of unexcused absences from 12 to eight before a worker gets an unpaid month off. Previously, it took nine no-shows to get a written warning."

These have to be the most spoiled workers in America, and they complain more than anyone. How many days of unexcused absences would you accept from an employee before firing them? I don't think I'd make it to 2.

One thing the article fails to mention: This could all be solved by getting rid of the unions and allowing workers to compete for jobs. Simple.

It looks as if Maria Teresa Thierstein Simoes-Ferreira Heinz Kerry is back.

Good, just keep her talking.
Ok, I haven't linked to Le Grand Maître des Grands Lunettes in a while, so here he is.

This is a nice companion to the Walter Williams piece a few posts down. If you read this and still think that the president should punish American companies that outsource to other countries, you get a wedgie. And a swirly.

The Man!

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Making fun of Southerner's accents probably isn't conducive to getting votes. That is probably why this Zell Miller quote from the GOP Convention was pulled from the Kerry website rather quickly:

106. Miller: “…Against the Trident missile, against, against, against. This is the man who wants to be the Commander in Chief of our U.S. Armed Forces? U.S. forces armed with what? Speeutbawlls?”[Miller Remarks, 9/1/04]

You can see the original page here.

Looks as if Jacques Six-Pacque needs to work on indentifyin' with the common man. I don't know what the problem is, after all, he has his man-servant help him put his pants on one leg at a time like the rest of us, non?
Can someone explain Kerry's Iraq policy to me?

Seriously, because he sure as hell doesn't seem capable.
Walter Williams exposes the truth behind John Edwards' "two Americas." Actually, there are two Americas: one that pays taxes and one that doesn't.

"When all of the dependents of these income-producing households are counted, there are roughly 122 million Americans -- 44 percent of the U.S. population -- outside of the federal income tax system."

The next person who says "tax cuts for the rich" gets a wedgie.
"John Kerry's biographer today called on the presidential candidate to release his military records and warned a Navy investigation into his medals could prove to be the 'death knell' of his campaign.
In the past, Kerry has said he could not release some documents because of contractual obligations to Douglas Brinkley, author of 'Tour of Duty.' Brinkley said he has no contractual claims to any of the papers."

And while he's at it, he should release his medical records.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Putin gets it.

"Why don't you meet Osama Bin Laden, invite him to Brussels or to the White House and engage in talks, ask him what he wants and give it to him so he leaves you in peace?"

Take notice, appeasers: adapt or become extinct. That fence you're sitting on is about to be set on fire.

Monday, September 06, 2004

We need more Muslim outrage like this.

It is a certain fact that not all Muslims are terrorists, but it is equally certain, and exceptionally painful, that almost all terrorists are Muslims.

The hostage-takers of children in Beslan, North Ossetia, were Muslims. The other hostage-takers and subsequent murderers of the Nepalese chefs and workers in Iraq were also Muslims. Those involved in rape and murder in Darfur, Sudan, are Muslims, with other Muslims chosen to be their victims.

Those responsible for the attacks on residential towers in Riyadh and Khobar were Muslims. The two women who crashed two airliners last week were also Muslims.

Bin Laden is a Muslim. The majority of those who manned the suicide bombings against buses, vehicles, schools, houses and buildings, all over the world, were Muslim.

What a pathetic record. What an abominable "achievement". Does all this tell us anything about ourselves, our societies and our culture?

These images, when put together, or taken separately, are shameful and degrading. But let us start with putting an end to a history of denial. Let us acknowledge their reality, instead of denying them and seeking to justify them with sound and fury signifying nothing.

This post from The Corner seems like a good, commonsensical idea to me.

If an illegal immigrant is injured while working on private property, instead of absorbing the costs of his treatment (which they cannot reclaim from state Workmen's Comp schemes since the worker is not covered), hospitals and municipalities should sue the property owner to recover those costs. A few well-publicized prosecutions like this -- even unsuccessful ones, which could still cost the defendant a bundle of money in legal fees -- would have homeowners clamoring for guarantees from home-service contractors that their workforce does not include illegal entrants.

Here's a new topic from our friend Kevin:

Okay, time to show me the goods. What are the top 5 things that Bush has
done in the past 4 years that you want to highlight? Last chance to get me
to vote for Bush! :-) Impress me with his record!