Friday, September 10, 2004

Mass Hypoxia at the Democratic Underground

Caused by Memogate giving them all "the Vapors", I suppose.

Thanks for the Memory to the Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler.

Apparently, the latest Right-Wing Establishment target of DU's ire is NPR.

As in National Public Radio.

The collapse of the left is now in full swing. The revolution will not only be televised, it will be a sitcom.

Word Association

A little game for a Friday afternoon. I say a word or phrase, you say the first name that comes to mind.


partisan political operatives

rumor mills

OK, now that you have a mental picture of who those phrases describe, take a guess at who uttered those phrases.

How much ya wanna bet they're the same person?

Thanks for the Memory to Rather Biased.

Kerry's Campaign Gets Pulled Over Again

Thanks for the Memory to reader CG at (you guessed it) Ace of Spades.

From the official Bush Blog:

Fraternal Order of Police Endorses President Bush

The largest Police union in the country.

Mr. Kerry, you have the right to remain silent. I suggest you use it.

He's Baaaack....

Good News From the Home Front:

Nader clears ballot hurdle

When Bill Bradbury DQ'ed a bunch of names, I was disappointed, not despairing. But as the article goes on to say:

Nader's name now will appear on the ballot along with the names of President Bush and challenger John Kerry - unless a higher court rules otherwise.

That means we're back in play, baby! Enough of our liberal voters here are hard left enough to vote Nader, even in THIS election.

Next this will go to the Oregon State Supreme Court. The Dems are trying to keep Nader off the ballot. Keep your fingers crossed.

the article has some interesting comments from both the kerry and Nader camps that sum their positions well.

There hasn't been much official comment on this from local GOP leadership. that's pretty smart. We don't want to stir up cries of "Florida 2000!", and any support of Nader in public will tip an already obvious hand. But privately, we're all pulling a Mr. Burns. Eeeeexxxcellleeennnt!

Personally, I think an even craftier tack for the Republican Party to take would be to make statements backing the assertions of the Democrats. This would deflect any Democratic accusations of GOP interference, and would play up the "Everybody's Picking on Nader!" angle, which is likely to swing even more lefties, especially bloody-minded, stubbern, pro-underdog Oregonians, into the Nader camp, almost exclusively to Kerry's detriment.

Between the polling picture, including this little tidbit, the Memogate issue, and an expected next salvo from the USS Swifties, watching the Kerry Campaign fall apart is like watching a car wreck in slow motion -- except replace the sense of horror with one of delight.

Harkins Hops in Handbasket

See Update # 2 at bottom!

The Old Mainstream Media, Dan Rather, The Kerry Campaign, and now Tom Harkins can all skip merrily to hell, slung snug under Dorothy's arm, ensconced in wicker. All thanks to a set of forged memos.

Thanks for the Memory to Blogfather Rusty at MyPetJawa. Literally, this time. Last night this particular issue had me livid, and thanks to Rusty, I am now remembering to Blog on it.

Last night when I got home, after checking on the Feared Redhead, I was eager to see how the news channels would be handling the Killian Memos:

CNN Headline News, as I've mentioned, was parroting the line from CBS/60 minutes.

Fox's Tim Russert just had to go on about how damaging the memos are to Bush, if they're authentic, before addressing the objections to said authenticity.

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough Was interviewing someone (only caught the tail end, not sure who) who was talking about how these memos are more damaging to Bush than the swifties are to Kerry, because the Swifties have been "disproven," while the memos have not. Try to keep up, joey.

And CNN had the most infuriating coverage of all, airing a press statement by Tom Harkins criticizing Bush's military record, crowing about how these memos prove he's a liar, and demanding the President address the accusations. Rusty has the transcript.

I sat there, seething and chuckling at the same time. It was one more example of Democratic hypocrisy, accusing Republicans of mudslinging when this kind of attack is all too common bt the left. And yet it was amusing, because I knew he had to have made this statement before the forgery issue had come up.

I'm sure when all is said and done, the Democratic spin will try to dismiss this as nothing, and in fact, the true believers will still be quoting the memos, oblivious to their discredit.

But the Old Media in their coverage, the Kerry campaign in passing the memos to CBS, CBS and Rather for running with it, and Democratic leadership for playing it as their trump card even as it was being deconstructed like a house OF cards, took a huge hit to their credibility yesterday.

Update #1

Powerline has a lead on Dan Rather's insistence on staying in the Alamo.

This has Prompted Ace of Spades to start a Dan Rather Retirement Watch.

Update #2
Again, thanks to Ace!
According to the Nashua Telegraph, John Edwards is challenging Bush to address the accusations made in the memos!!!!

President Bush should have to explain newly released records that reveal his former Texas National Guard superior was asked to “sugar coat” performance records after finding Bush failed standards to be a trained pilot, Sen. John Edwards said Thursday.

How about this: THEY'RE FORGERIES, YOU MORON!!!!!!!

The left just isn't getting it.

Already Terry McAuliffe is luanching in on the "Rove Plant Conspiracy" angle. Ace has a great take on this.

Update #3:
Rather Spins
Thanks for the Memory to Ace YET AGAIN

So Rather's story, and he sticking to it (for now), is that even if the source isn't true, the story is!

Dan, Dan, Dan.... if the Source is Lying, the Story is a Lie!

Ace has retracted this story. Apparently Rather is still insisting that the documents themselves are genuine.

At least he hasn't pulled a Clintonesque "Meaning of the word is" moment. But he's still getting burned like a mutha.

Update #3.5
Again, from Ace. The man is ON FREAKING FIRE!

Apparently even the Dems are beginning to understand how bad this is for them.

Reaping the Whirlwind -- in a Good Way


My average traffic has been in the 80-90 visit per day range for a while now. Not impressive, but not bag for a humble little blog.

According to Sitemeter, based on my traffic today, they predict my traffic will climb to 111 visits per day. If the last hour, since I started blogging in earnest on Memogate, is any indication (which it probably isn't), I'm looking at 600 visits/day.

I realize this is a rare spike, and that my average will be nowhere near that. But I'm still seeing a significant climb. And it's readers from all over the place.

Now if this is happening to lil' ol' me, what must it be like for the big boys?

This story is, as Ace said yesterday, the shot heard 'round the blogosphere.

Semper Fidelis

Just got back from a little jaunt over to Blogmother Da Goddess' blog, where I saw this very moving picture. I suggest you go view her photography, read her moving words. i'm still unsure of how I escaped tears.

I'm not sure the man is a marine and not a soldier, the uniform is't clear enough for a civilian like me to say. Either way, the USMC motto seemed appropriate. Look at the photo. It's the perfect picture of the faithfulness of a family. A man. A woman. a child. Together, linked, one. But there's that uniform, which demands a faithfulness of its own. And like the family bond, the bond to the uniform was made willingly, voluntarily, fully cognizant of the cost, out of love.

Out of love for his country, the man makes a sacrifice. Out of love for the man, the family makes sacrifices. Because of their sacrifice, he knows his will not be in vain.

Faithful. Semper Fidelis. And we're all better off because they are.

Quote of the Day

(During the fourth quarter of last night's Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots football game in Massachussetts, after two Colts possessions and one Patriots possession had ended in turnovers):

John Madden: Boy, this game is a real flip-flop.
Al Michaels: Well, you're in the right state for it!