Trick or Treat?
It appears Rove & Co. are in good spirits this evening, a hopeful sign for the election on Tuesday with many national polls narrowing to fulfill the media's long planned & orchestrated "Kerry's Closing!" scenario.
UPDATE: Kathryn Jean Lopez @ The Corner posts the WH Press Pool Report:
Uneventful flight, no visitors, but good color after we landed--the senior staff dressed up as duck hunters for Halloween to mock Kerry's recent goose hunting escapade.
After POTUS and FLOTUS and Sen. Jim Bunning emerged, waved and descended from the plane, the senior staff accompanied by Josh Deckard came out and paraded down the stairs dressed in camoflage jackets. Karl Rove and Dan Bartlett also wore hunting caps with the floppy ears. Karen Huges carried a plastic Halloween pumpkin filled with M&Ms from on board the plane. They walked over to the press and Rove threw some of the boxes of M&Ms at us.
"We're duck hunting for Halloween," Bartlett said. "We figured it would be a helpful reminder for Sen. Kerry." Rove and Barlett raised their arms in the air and joined hands to make a big W. Asked about their prediction for the outcome of the election, Rove, Bartlett and Hughes answered, "Victory."
UBL Endorses Kerry, Kerry blasts Bush & Military in kind
Satellite Imagery revealed
Rumsfeld Suggests Explosives Were Moved and Photos point to removal of weapons while Ralph Peters comments on THE MYTH OF THE 'MISSING EXPLOSIVES': A SHAMELESS LIE and Dick Morris explains it means Why Bush Will Win.
VP Scheduled to rally Hawai'i on Sunday - Weekly Standard weighs in on the race which continues to poll neck & neck, with slight 1 point lead for Bush and a wealth of DNC + 527 MoveOn.org ads hitting the airways. Only thing that could help Bush more is for Algore to visit on behalf of Kerry campaign as he's scheduled to appear this weekend.
Tommy Franks stumps with Bush & takes on Kerry
REMARKS BY GENERAL TOMMY FRANKS
IN INTRODUCING THE PRESIDENT AT VICTORY 2004 RALLY
Westlake Recreation Center
October 28, 2004
GENERAL FRANKS: Well, what a treat it is to be in northern Ohio. (Applause.) Indeed, it's an honor to be standing here today with you. You know, I'm not a politician, but I know what a Commander-in-Chief looks like, and there's only one on this ballot -- that's George Bush. (Applause.)
You know, I would guess by the enthusiasm that I see represented here today that victory is headed our way in just about five days. (Applause.) If you think about character, if you think about courage, if you think about consistency, if you think about honesty, you think about George W. Bush. (Applause.) If you talk about a leader who knows something about the global war on terrorism, it would be George W. Bush, and he knows it's global. (Applause.)
You're talking about a leader who knows that terrorism has been more than a nuisance for more than two decades. (Applause.) You're talking about a leader who does not want to roll back terrorism to the times of Beirut in 1983, Khobar Towers in the mid-1990s, East Africa in 1998, the USS Cole in the year 2000, and doesn't want to roll it back to 9/11/01. Terrorism is not a nuisance. (Applause.)
George W. Bush is a leader who knew that Saddam Hussein was a threat to the world and to the United States of America, and removed him from power. (Applause.) George W. Bush is a leader who knows that our troops, as of right now, have cleared 10,000 ammunition and weapons sites in Iraq. He knows that they have destroyed 240,000 tons of munitions in Iraq. He knows that they have under control -- (applause) -- he knows that they have under control another 162,000 tons of munitions in Iraq. We're talking about George W. Bush who knows, who understands that we do not yet have all the facts about 380 tons of munitions in Iraq. And he is a President who will look at you and say, we don't yet have the facts, but we will get the facts. George W. Bush. (Applause.)
In George W. Bush, you're talking about a leader who does not step out every day of his life and make more wild accusations. You're talking about a leader who actually cares about our troops, about their families, and about our veterans. You're talking about a leader who actually respects all those who serve our country with dignity and with honor. You're talking about George W. Bush. (Applause.)
The past three years have been hard years for America. The past three years have been a tough time for our country. I've looked into the eyes of our President, my Commander-in-Chief, and I have seen that character, that courage, that consistency that I just described. It's the courage that it takes to win a war, not tie one. And we have to win the war against terrorism in this country. (Applause.)
Now, I'll tell you, I don't know Senator Kerry's plan for victory. I don't know what it is. I don't know what it is, but I do know -- but I do know that his criticism of military conduct of our global war on terrorism denigrates, disrespects our troops. (Applause.) And, ladies and gentlemen, I also know that he cannot lead troops to victory in a war when he has made it perfectly clear that he does not support the cause. (Applause.)
Ladies and gentlemen, this is going to be a close election, and every vote counts. Those who wear the uniform of service of the United States of America deserve a Commander-in-Chief, and it's my honor to introduce one -- President George W. Bush. (Applause.)
SwiftVet Video Extravaganza
The SwiftVets have a new set of detailed VIDEOs available, just in time for the election.
UN Report in 2003 notes Iraq "lost" HMX & converted remaining HMX stocks into "industrial explosive"
In a 2003 report briefing United Nations MOHAMMED ELBARADEI declared:
The relocation and consumption of some dual use materials has been among the questions raised in connection with Iraq's backlog of semi-annual declarations. The high explosive "HMX" is a prime example of such material. The removal of Agency seals on the HMX and the declared relocation and consumption of some of the HMX must be explained and documented by Iraq before the Agency can reach a conclusion with regard to the use of such material. The Iraqi declarations indicate that out, of the 228 tonnes of HMX available in Iraq at the end of 1998, 196 remained at the facility where the HMX was previously under IAEA seal. Iraq also declared that it had blended the remaining 32 tonnes with sulphur and turned them into 45.6 tonnes of "industrial explosive" provided mainly to cement plants for mining. The material balance, current stock, whereabouts and final use of such material are currently being investigated.
Kerry stepped in 350 ton pile (now it's up to his knees)
On Monday the NYT joined with CBS to do their best to come to Kerry's aid by digging up some old story lines about missing weapons in Iraq from many months back & recycle them, this time 350 tons of missing explosives, as an "October Surprise". CNN & all of Kerry's other fellow compatriots in the media took hold hard but, by the end of the day, Kerry's posturing once again leaves him looking like a doofus. The Pentagon reveals there have already been 240,000 tons of various weapons and ordinance, etc., destroyed in Iraq, and the specific materials NYT referred to were actually revealed as missing by the UN, long before the US ever initiated combat operations.
The Washington Times has a good summary of the day's events while Drudge covers the revelations from NBC that NBC reporters were "embedded with troops moved in to secure the Al-Qaqaa weapons facility on April 10, 2003, one day after the liberation of Iraq" and, according to NBC, "the HMX and RDX explosives were already missing when the American troops arrived." By not revealing these facts earlier it appears the IAEA has now officially joined forces with CBS, NYT and the Kerry campaign. Meanwhile CNN says "oops", fesses up & reports, Explosives already gone when U.S. troops arrived
Looking forward to new Thomas Lipscomb article in NY Sun!
Debate Video of Kerry's Christmas in the Security Council
care of Daily Recycler
Washington Times picks up prior BOMBSHELL
Today the Washington Times reports Security Council members deny meeting Kerry. With Kerry having repeated this lie, repeatedly, it's akin to Christmas in Cambodia REDUX. It reveals a deeply delusional tendency on the part of Senator Kerry to invent significant events in his life experience which he claims have led him to the political stances and posturing over the years. And, like Christmas in Cambodia having never happened when Richard Nixon was president, Kerry is locked into a time frame for his claim that "I met with the Security Council of the United Nations in the week preceding the vote in the Senate", when it appears he was in primary campaign states during that period.
Even if true, Kerry's LIE is also similar in some respects to his negotiating with Madame Bihn and the Vietnamese Communists during time of war, something it appears may have led to his dishonorable discharge from the navy, having violated Naval regulations prohibiting such activities on behalf of an inactive Naval Officer. Negotiating with or meeting with the Security Council is reserved for the State Dept. and UN Ambassador. Of course, however, it's clear Kerry never had such a meeting, even if banging his hands on the table during that purported experience was seared as deeply as his recollection of spending Christmas in Cambodia.
Speaking before the Council on Foreign Relations in New York in December 2003, Mr. Kerry explained that he understood the "real readiness" of the United Nations to "take this seriously" because he met with the entire Security Council, and we spent a couple of hours talking about what they saw as the path to a united front in order to be able to deal with Saddam Hussein."In a December 10, 2003 Boston Globe Interview with John Kerry
When reached for comment last week, an official with the Kerry campaign stood by the candidate's previous claims that he had met with the entire Security Council. But after being told late yesterday of the results of The Times investigation, the Kerry campaign issued a statement that read in part, "It was a closed meeting and a private discussion." A Kerry aide refused to identify who participated in the meeting. The statement did not repeat Mr. Kerry's claims of a lengthy meeting with the entire 15-member Security Council, instead saying the candidate "met with a group of representatives of countries sitting on the Security Council." Asked whether the international body had any records of Mr. Kerry sitting down with the whole council, a U.N. spokesman said that "our office does not have any record of this meeting."
And I met with the entire Security Council in a room just like this at a table like this. I spent two hours with them. (inaudible), just me and the Security Council, asking them questions. The French ambassador, "Is there a time when President Chirac would be ready to come on board? What do we need to do to move the French people to a place where they understand the stakes? Are you prepared to spend money? Do you believe we might have to use force in order to disarm Saddam Hussein? At what point would you be ready to do that?" I went through that with all of them. And I left there convinced that the U.N. was prepared to be deadly serious about this.In an August speech before the UNITY Conference he stated:
"I believe in my heart of hearts and in my gut that this president fails that test in Iraq. And I know this because I, personally, and others were deeply involved in the effort with other countries to bring them to the table. I met with the Security Council of the United Nations in the week preceding the vote in the Senate."I was the original source on FR and The Drudge Report on RADIO for this story and sent it to a bunch of newsies. During the debates Kerry repeated his LIE again.
John Kerry at the UNITY Conference (8/5/04)RealAudio (VIDEO Link)
For other formats, go to C-SPAN home page and select "Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) Remarks at UNITY Conference" under VIDEO/AUDIO "Recent Programs" in the middle of the page.
Segment begins 49 minutes into the program, during the Q&A period (fast-forward player to direct location) shortly following the Michael Moore gaffe.
PRIOR / ORIGINAL SOURCE POSTS:
VIDEO: John Kerry claims "I met with the Security Council of the United Nations"UPDATE: redstate.org is picking up with Mowbray :)
Kerry Claims He Met with Security Council of United Nations over Iraq(OOPS - FOREIGN LEADER ALERT)
Swift Geese for Truth
Following up on Hugh Hewitt's novel thinking, the "Swift Geese for Truth" ask who will be the last goose to die for a mistake ROFLMAO
Bush rallies rise to stadium-size!
these are sweet ... the helicopter landing was great but to read about Air Force One doing the flyover at Jacksonville must have the Kerry campaign cussing under their breath. Washington Times has the best recap:
President Bush hopscotched through Florida yesterday in a campaign swing that rallied nearly 100,000 partisans as he accused Sen. John Kerry of "election amnesia" regarding the Iraq war.Great Photos HERE and HERE
Mr. Bush kicked off his day at a minor league baseball stadium in Fort Myers, where he arrived aboard Marine One and landed in left field to the thrill of the 12,000 supporters in attendance. He emerged from the helicopter to cheers, while music from the Navy pilot movie "Top Gun" blared from the loudspeakers.
After stops in Lakeland in front of 13,000 people and Melbourne for 18,000, Mr. Bush ended his day at Alltel Stadium, home of the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, before 53,000 supporters, many of whom waited more than three hours to hear his 50-minute speech.
The president pushed the drama up a notch before his last rally, when he directed Air Force One to fly directly over the stadium to thrill the crowds he's counting on to deliver Florida's 27 Electoral College votes, the most among states still considered to be in play.
Lawrence O'Donnell & Kerry's Dishonorable Discharge
TownHall has Mark Alexander writing on Kerry's Dishonorable Discharge and a complaint / inquiry which was submitted to the Attorney General this past week. This follows the recent work by Thomas Lipscomb and reports from NewsMax that efforts are underway to try and uncover the truth before the election. Additional commentary this week from Geoff Metcalf.
With Kerry still refusing to sign the Form 180 to release his records, and the SwiftVets keeping up the pressure with ads, mailers & phone banks now at the ready, it's no wonder former DemoncRAT staffer and DNC shill for MSNBC Lawrence O'Donnell suffered a complete & total mental breakdown trying to shout down the truth during last night's debate with John O'Neill in Scarborough Country
Hawaii for BUSH ?!?!?!
The Honolulu Advertiser has a comprehensive poll out and shows Bush leading Kerry, within a percentage point and the margin of error. From the article, "It is shocking," said Greg Gaydos, an associate professor of political science at Hawai'i Pacific University. "I'd say it's very bad news for Kerry if he's tied in a state like Hawai'i."
Stolen Honor - Now Available for ALL!
This video has drawn multiple lawsuits from Kerry flacks; pressure and threats against theaters trying to show it; and Kerry campaign and Democrat legislators' threats of retaliation against Sinclair Broadcasting for trying to broadcast it.
Why doesn't John Kerry want you and other open-minded individuals to see this video?
This is one of the most incredible assaults on First Amendment rights any of us have seen in our lifetime. If this were about keeping the mainstream media (Iike CBS) from trying to pass forged documents to discredit the President, or to prevent the showing of propoganda from Hollywood hacks, there would be no end of outrage.
But for honored Veterans who want to tell the truth -- that John Kerry is a FAKE -- we have to stand up one-by-one and shoulder-to-shoulder.
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Kerry's October Disguise
BUSH IN HERSHEY, PA: "HE CAN RUN, EVEN IN CAMMO, BUT HE CANNOT HIDE!"
AP: Cheney lampoons Kerry's goose hunting outing
Drudge has the network pool report (HILARIOUS)
NRA has the real scoop
Electoral Picture: Closing in!
Here is how the presidential race appears to be moving into the final week playing with this nifty interactive electoral vote counting tool:
AZ, NV, LA, AR, VA, WV are all trending strong Bush as WA + MI are trending strong Kerry - these are not really in question anymore IMO ... though tonight there is a new Detroit News Poll that shows Bush up 47-43 in Michigan (?!?!?!?!!!!)
FL is trending strong Bush but can't be taken out of the toss-up category because of the experience in 2000. Hurricanes & strong presence by President Bush alongside excellent performance by brother Governor Jeb Bush impressed residents & local Joe Scarborough feels the race there is over. One can't help but think Bush's determined efforts to meet with & assist local citizens throughout the day of that first presidential debate probably wins him some points as well. Katherine Harris provides some perspective on further reasons why Florida is not as likely to repeat the 2000 debacle as many (such as Jimmah Carter) are hoping or suggesting.
MO is the traditional Bellweather state - it's trending Bush but always up for grabs and voter fraud will play its traditionally significant role here.
OH is typically a bellweather but this time it's impacted by joblessness greater than the national average. It's trending slightly Bush but still in the toss-up category and 50-50 with a possible edge to Kerry. Bush won Ohio in 2000 but could afford to lose it (and/or NH) by winning combinations of other midwest toss-up Kerry states. Voter fraud will also be rampant here as the Democrat "Rock Cocaine for Votes" scandal has already been uncovered in Defiance County.
PA is the counterpart to MO with double the electoral punch - it's trending Kerry and a must-win for Kerry, really, but having to get Clinton up to go energize their black base is puzzling strategically unless the internal polls reveal some Kerry weakness they're truly concerned with. Bush will be returning to PA shortly. The GOP is already calling Democrat Governor Ed Rendell on his premature angst preparation.
NJ has to be considered "safe" for Kerry until proven otherwise, though the public polls are neck-and-neck with Bush giving a major speech there this week.
NH usually leans Republican but is impacted this time by migration of voters (real and otherwise) from Mass. next door. I suspect it'll play out as NH often does, close until the day of the vote and then trending Republican. Hard to call either way, though.
There are several Gore states - NM, OR, IA, WI, MN that seem to be trending to Bush & could either lead to a near hit or miss total overall with the outside chance to contribute possible electoral landslide depending on what happens in the other truly critical toss-up states. These are the states where Bush has been spending time of late and I suspect will win at least 3 out of 5.
CO is trending strong Bush with the caveat there is a ballot initiative that would break up their electoral contributions - whether that wins & whether it's constitutional, could be a factor. Bush travels to Greely 10/24. Governor Bill Owens there is significant Democrat voter fraud already under way.
ME has a system like Colorado is considering & it appears Bush is poised to possibly win some of these former Gore electoral votes.
Theresa - the so-called "Wicked Witch of the Rich" - can't buy the presidency nor the true class of our current first lady - and the pressure of the election polls may be showing. Today she attacked Laura Bush, commenting to USA Today that "I don't know that she's ever had a real job", smearing all teachers, librarians and everday mom's in the process. By the afternoon her staff had prepared an official (if not heartfelt) partial "apology", acknowledging teachers & librarians while choosing to continue dishing stay at home moms. Bill Sammon had the scoop, before the classless Little Johnny Edwards went on Nightline and showed he'd taught his young son that "Bush is stupid". Boston Herald includes Karen Hughes' appropriate comments.
Kerry 1994:Americans die for UN = GOOD, US = BAD
The RNC has recovered this 1994 video of CNN Late Edition in which Hanoi John French Kerry tells Frank Sesno it's OK for American troops to die on behalf of the UN but not in our US interests.
Election Multimedia Galore
New ads and videos + audios from the presidential campaign:
When the Man Comes Around (Johnny Cash / LARGE)
Kerry now speaking in French on the campaign trail
Club for Growth "Zucker" ad
Let's get it on (Kerry & Edwards)
Time Warp (Rocky Horror takeoff)
The Breck Girl: On Display (compact & all)
Slate has the hysterical video of little Johnny Edwards primping himself most femininely. If there was any doubt as to how unqualified Edwards is for office, this only provides further affirmation that his only true experience or positive attribute involves his hair.
Campaign's Response to "Salman Pak" Query reveals Kerry is Dangerous
John Kerry does not understand the complexities underlying the War on Terror.
When President Bush first addressed a joint session of the House & Senate, following the September 11 attacks, he both explained & assured Americans that the War on Terror would start with Al Qaeda but it would not end there.
President Bush correctly understands that shadowy terrorist networks and their nation state allies cannot be ignored in a broader War on Terror whereas John Kerry has repeatedly claimed that any attention, outside of Al Qaeda, proper, is a “diversion” from the War on Terror. This is clearly a silly and dangerous proposition; terrorists aligned with Al Qaeda cannot simply be identified by a nifty patch or arm band.
Ayman Al-Zawahri, Bin-Ladin’s chief lieutenant, was formerly the head of Egyptian Islamic Jihad before merging his organization with Al Qaeda in the 1990’s. In John Kerry’s view of the world, deadly terrorists, like Al-Zawahri, operating around the world, would be immune from targeting by the US until they became officially aligned with Bin-Ladin and appeared in videos together.
These considerations are all the more compelling given the Kerry campaign’s inability, today, to explain “what the Senator would have done to curtail terrorist activities in Salman Pak”, the notorious terrorist training camp, run by Saddam Hussein, for the purpose of training foreign terrorists for operations using airplanes (ie 9/11) or trains (ie Madrid). The Kerry campaign’s lack of knowledge or inability to address these issues further confirm the Senator is ill-suited to be Commander-in-Chief.
UPDATE: Hugh Hewitt links here for his Vox Blogoli,
Salman Pak Query below!
Kerry Campaign Unable to Answer Question about Salman Pak
Salman Pak is the infamous former terrorist training camp that was run by Saddam's Fedayeen henchmen in Iraq, including training for aircraft hijacking using a Boeing 707 airliner parked in the desert southwest of Baghdad. See prior reports from NewsMax / WSJ, NR, AP and PBS
Following the Bush speech on terrorism in New Jersey this afternoon, the Kerry campaign held a phone conference and, thanks to an enterprising poster on FR I was able to get through. I asked my question,
"What would the Senator have done to curtail terrorist activities at Salman Pak?"
JOE LOCKHART said, "WHAT ????" and then said "Can you ask that again?" I asked again, very slowly and carefully to make sure there was no misunderstanding and Lockhart answered that they didn't know the answer they'd have to supply that later, off-line.
Click for high resolution detailed image
Reverend Kerry in the Pulpit Today
"... for Brother Edwards hath proclaimeth, the blind shall see, the lame shall walk, if only we Johns shall be duly elected! Now go thou henceforth to the polls, and keep voting, dead and alive, alike, again and again, against all that is evil and Republican may so deemeth or their courts may disenfranchise thee, all ye of the loyal liberal plantation"
16 Days and Counting!
Gallup has Bush over one limp wristed Hanoi John French Kerry 52%-44% while the battleground (state) polls remain neck-and-neck! RealClearPolitics has updated averages showing Bush +3.8%. After shoring up Florida over the weekend the president heads to New Jersey and, presumably, join up with Laura for the home stretch through Ohio & Pennsylvania.
UPDATE: 40th visit to PA announced!
UPDATE: New Battleground (Goeas) poll out - Bush +4% 45-41 - approaching post convention bounce margins with strong internals and job approval.
Integrity, Integrity, Integrity: We’ve Seen that Movie Too
There is more than one reason the latest Kerry / Edwards smears on Vice President Cheney’s daughter Mary have grabbed the nation’s attention and scorn for John Kerry following the series of vice-presidential and 2004 presidential debates. The liberal pundits and their cajoling cohorts in the (so-called) mainstream media seem to have been so busy working overtime & double-overtime to try and prop up Kerry’s candidacy, they’re oblivious to the events, in context, which have continued to transpire numerous times over the past year of campaign. Otherwise they, too, as so many other Americans, would see Kerry’s recent actions & Cheney smear for what they are, as incredibly insightful opportunities to view the soul of a man who not only comes across as terribly aloof, arrogant and condescending, but one who often appears shifty & demeaning to the point his coordinated & pre-planned attack for “outing” the VP’s daughter was actually dismissed by Kerry’s campaign heads as “fair game”.
The pundits and sympathizers seem to observe these events, such as the presidential debates, as if they occur within a vacuum, in which the public’s prior experience, knowledge or mindset, even from debate to debate, is rendered free & devoid of any further recollection or remembrances. In a dangerous, post 9/11 world, however, Americans are paying increasing attention and, in context, this is just another of many troubling things, including the pathetic Kerry / Edwards’ campaign excuses for which the public is now readily aware it's being forced-fed by a sympathetic media all to eager and willing to swallow and 'move-on.org'.
In his speech before the Republican National Convention, Democrat Senator Zell Miller, from Georgia, warned America about John Kerry and reminded the country that “Twenty years of votes can tell you much more about a man than twenty weeks of campaign rhetoric. Campaign talk tells people who you want them to think you are. How you vote tells people who you really are deep inside.” Zell Miller was speaking to the degree of character and integrity required of a Commander in Chief in these challenging times and noted, with regards to President Bush, “I have knocked on the door of this man's soul and found someone home, a God-fearing man with a good heart and a spine of tempered steel”. He was also cautiously warning America that Kerry is the kind of politician that is practiced and polished into decieving voters into believing that which he is not.
In light of these most recent events, those remain poignant words, indeed, for with all of John Kerry’s preparation and debate antics, from the orange pre-tan, French manicure and botox laden Yale caliber performance, Kerry has further revealed himself to the American people and, like the skins being torn from an onion, as already ripened by the SwiftVets revelations before, it’s not a pretty sight. Lynn Cheney had it right when she responded and conveyed how Kerry’s “tawdry” tactics showed he “is not a good man”. If this was the first time these traits of Kerry’s had been seen the public, as the Cheneys, might have merely likened it to another failing in the pressure of an awkward or challenging moment.
But in light of its obviously calculated nature, coming after an already extremely awkward and totally inappropriate moment when the Kerry / Edwards strategy was debuted in the Vice Presidential debate, for which Dick Cheney politely but effectively responded to with a sense of compassion and private dignity neither afforded by Edwards or, subsequently, Kerry, himself, alike. Even worse it’s a side of Kerry’s which seems to have appeared now all to frequently, like when he lectured a questioner, for a second time, at the town hall debate, how his flip-flopping votes on the war & the $87 billion were merely problems with the way he describes things, mere distinctions of semantics, while the President went to war with Saddam Hussein and Iraq, “which is worse” he thundered, both times, rhetorically.
Similar to how the “final” position his team assembled and prepared him to take on the Iraq war during the debates, these fixed and choreographed performances are equally revealing in their cold and purely calculating tenor. His mannerisms are the same each of these times, throughout, the shifting of his eyes, back and forth, as he coils to the ready & delivers his verbal “death blow”, he seems to dispatch his linguistic venom with a hiss and sly eye that is as disturbing in visual as it is in voice.
It's also not like these events have happened in a vacuum. They arise from a year of Democrat primaries in which Democrat aligned groups portrayed President Bush as Hitler and Kerry flip-flopped his way from one war position to another, at one point ridiculing Howard Dean as ill-prepared to be POTUS for opposing the war on Iraq to his last or latest of the near endless myriad of linguistic contortions that comprised all his varying positions on the war, all the while demonizing the President for doing exactly what Kerry, a year before, was likewise advocating. The public has seen & heard the impromptu rope line Kerry, who was caught, unaware, during the early campaign, assuring supporters he’d say or do whatever he needed to take on the administration he called the “biggest group of crooks & liars” he'd ever seen.
The last time the public recently viewed this Kerry character was the moment when even many on his own team likely questioned their own candidate’s sanity, that being the terribly ill-timed and awkwardly embarrassing “impromptu” press conference & pep rally which was hastily prepared at the midnight hour following the Republican National Convention in August. That night the Senator’s mission was delivered with similar presentation as he came out to attack Bush & Cheney’s service records, combining the same shifting & recoiling body action as decried how he’d leave it up to the American people to decide who was more qualified to the lead the country, himself as the self-widely-proclaimed war hero or Bush & Cheney who he still continues to describe as AWOL or otherwise equivalent draft dodgers.
The now all too apparent deep character failings of Kerry are particularly devastating to his campaign rhetoric of building alliances while he continues, with the same lack of style and grace, denigrating the contributions of our allies and his backhanded slap to the new Prime Minister Allawi of Iraq, after refusing to attend his historic appearance before the joint session of congress. But worse, Kerry’s again revealed to be a disgustingly slimy politician of the type for whom no slander is too great, from the honored veterans whom he continues to smear, albeit indirectly or remaining portrayed by his silence as war criminals reminiscent of Ghengis Kahn, to now so callously and shamelessly disregarding any human sense of goodness or even shallow public decency when it came to outright exploiting the privacy properly afforded to one’s children for purely vain, political purposes.
Just when America sat forward in unison and gasped simultaneously from coast to coast, there was also an unfailing sense that “we’ve seen this movie, too”. Only America was promptly offered another near equally awkward and somewhat inhuman moment, when Kerry promptly departed from the questioned opportunity to say anything really nice or insightful about his wife and instead explained how his mother cried out to him from her death bed, pleading “Integrity, Integrity, Integrity!” from her son.
Like many other mothers across America, I suspect, she’d agreed with Lynn Cheney, that we once again had the opportunity to see one of these sides of John Kerry and, ever exposed just one degree shy of his perfect debate profile posture for the spot light, it’s not very pretty. It now seems all to easy for America to conclude as presumed, she, John Kerry’s departed mother, even, had probably seen this movie, too.
SwiftVets retake Kerry in their crosshairs
Human Events releases never-before-published EPLIOGUE to the bestselling UNFIT FOR COMMAND, available FREE via e-mail.
This follows John O'Neill's exposing Ted Koppel as an idiotic liberal stooge for the Vietnamese communists in Thurs. night Nightline and new SwiftVets ads are released in time for Monday Night Football as part of a $3.1 million ad buy that will run in Colorado, New Mexico, and Ohio, as well as on nationwide cable outlets.
Another Kerry Debate Lie Exposed - Mom died at home
Apparently Hanoi John French Kerry's mother urged him to stop lying & betraying his country with the admonition, "Integrity, integrity, integrity!" somewhere other than the hospital bed which Kerry claimed during the third debate. His mother's obituary notes she "died ... at her home".
Repercussions abound from Kerry debate smear
WH: Remarks of Mrs. Cheney and the Vice President Following a Debate Watching Party
AP: Cheney 'Angry' Over Kerry Comment About Daughter
FNC: Kerry Clarifies Cheney Daughter Remark
US Newswire: Statement from John Kerry in Reaction to Comments by Mrs. Cheney
MSNBC: Edwards caught lying: ABC notes:
EDWARDS TO HARDBALL'S CHRIS MATTHEWS:"I mean, having watched the entire 2000 debate with Lieberman, he brought it up himself and talked about what it meant for him and his family…"Newsmax: Lynne Cheney: 'Tawdry' Kerry 'Is Not a Good Man' and Liz Edwards: Lynne Cheney Ashamed of Lesbian Daughter
BUT CHENEY NEVER IDENTIFIED HIS DAUGHTER'S SEXUALITY IN 2000 DEBATE!
Cheney and Sen. Joe Lieberman were asked whether they thought "a male who loves a male and a female who loves a female" should have "all the constitutional rights enjoyed by every American citizen" … Cheney called the question "a tough one" and said "freedom means freedom for everybody" … but Cheney has only identified his daughter, Mary, as "gay" once in public: Aug. 24, 2004 in Davenport, IA.
NY Post: DIGINITY OF THE WHITE HOUSE and Deborah Orin, VEEP TO KERRY: HOW DARE YOU!
NH Union Leader: No class: Incivility of Kerry camp is shameful
WT: Kerry's cheap shot
The Last Debate: Integrity, Integrity, Integrity
As Kerry hits new lows, sliming himself while attempting to slime the Cheney's, it was easy to see why the last three words uttered by Kerry's mom upon her death bed, was to tell Hanoi John French Kerry, "Integrity, Integrity, Integrity". Mother's know best but there are so many other things she might also well have told him, like "Figures lie and LIARs figure" ... on so many things and so many as terribly revealing as the fact the Kerry campaign was forced to admit after the debate, that Kerry, indeed, has only been involved with five (5) bills to be signed into law, over his pathetic twenty year history in the US Senate. Ted Kennedy does indeed reign as the supposed conservative from Massachusettes. Schieffer's liberally aligned questioning played out CBS revenge against Bush for Rathergate.
FNC: Transcript & Video
WP: Lynne Cheney Responds to Kerry's Remarks After Debate - Vice President's Wife Accuses Kerry of 'Tawdry Political Trick' in Mentioning Mary Cheney's Homosexuality
BC04: Highlights for Tempe, Arizona Presidential Debate - Setting the Record Straight on Kerry's Record (Since Joining The United States Senate, John Kerry Has Been The Lead Sponsor On Five Bills And Four Resolutions That Passed).
Hugh Hewitt: Live Blogging but Hugh should have given Kerry an F on the wife question ROFLMAO
Today's Context for Debate #3
Babies found in Iraqi mass grave
The skeletons of unborn babies, bulldozed into mass graves, and toddlers clutching toys are being unearthed from nine trenches in Hatra, Iraq.
Iraq pleads for aid as mass graves reveal horrors of Saddam's regime
"This is all women and children. We have taken in excess of 120 bodies out of there," said US investigator Greg Kehoe as he stood over one of nine trenches piled with bones and scraps of clothes and jewelry near Hatra. Among the dead are pregnant women, even a young boy still clutching his ball, whose bodies were ploughed into their earthen tombs by bulldozers.
Iraqi: 'My country gets better even if there are bombs here'
"We think we have a very good partner," he said of the United States. "We think we have a partner willing to support us and willing to change the situation. Now, we think this partner will help us to become an independent people."
Gertz: Chechen terrorists probed
U.S. security officials are investigating a recent intelligence report that a group of 25 Chechen terrorists illegally entered the United States from Mexico in July. ... Members of the group, said to be wearing backpacks, secretly traveled to northern Mexico and crossed into a mountainous part of Arizona that is difficult for U.S. border security agents to monitor, said officials speaking on the condition of anonymity.
Lipscomb: Mystery Surrounds Kerry's Navy Discharge
A Kerry campaign spokesman, David Wade, was asked whether Mr. Kerry had ever been a victim of an attempt to deny him an honorable discharge. There has been no response to that inquiry.
MRC: Meet Bob Schieffer, CBS’s Dan Rather Echo
Rathergate or No Rathergate, CBS’s Face the Nation Host Has Given Brickbats for Bush, Kudos for Kerry
Laura beats St. Theresa
The big cookie bake-off has concluded with Laura Bush defeating Theresa Heinz-Kerry. This follows the prior scandal when Theresa admitted she "hated" Pumpkin Spice cookies and (since she's too wealthy to bake her own cookies), Theresa then stating "And, in fact, I think somebody really made it on purpose to give a nasty recipe. I never made pumpkin cookies. I don't like pumpkin spice cookies." NY Post has further details. This follows her Moore-onic public statements in Texas yesterday, "John will never send a boy or girl in a uniform anywhere in the world because of our need and greed for oil." Of course the Kerry / Edwards campaign can in no way expect to win Texas, with Bush currently up 23 points in the latest poll so it's apparent they thought it was safe to send Theresa there.
Kerry Reeve LIEs catch up with his Pandering
Following up on his pandering during last Friday's debate, today, Hanoi John French Kerry continued using the tragedy of Christopher Reeve as his political prop on the truly non-issue of stem cell research.
Today Kerry stated "the last time he heard from Reeve was on Saturday, when the actor left a message on his cellphone, enthused by the Massachusetts senator's decision to raise stem-cell research in Friday's second presidential debate."
HOWEVER ... it's now being reported that "The actor fell into a coma on Thursday after going into cardiac arrest at his New York home."
Even before this revelation many have called upon Kerry to start telling the truth about the potential for stem cell research, the current state of affairs and to stop offering false hope to fellow Americans.
Contrary to Kerry / Edwards + DNC propaganda, there is no ban on stem cell research; rather:
1) There are absolutely no limitations of any on private or corporate research
2) The only successful research or treatments to date have been derived from adult stem cells, not emryonic stem cells.
3) There are no limitations of any kind on adult stem cell research.
4) Bush is the first president to approve federal financing of embryonic stem cell research
5) There are currently 3500 samples available from the NIH based on the existing embryionic stem cell lines which Bush has made available for federal spending.
Thus the only debate here is, really, how much $$$ the liberals want to spend on endeavors which may yet prove hopeful but, for the time being, have yet to incite the kind of intense spending by biotechs and other private enterprises that would be expected with the kinds of market rewards supposedly in the offing.
In fact, the lines available are fully adequate for federal expenditures and there are still no limitations of any kind for the private sector. For Kerry / Edwards and the DNC to outright promise cures and demagouge Bush is not only wrong, it's truly beyond cruel & inhuman punishment for those who might fall prey to their alluring - yet absolutely false - political claims at the height of an election year.
One of the best articles on this subject of late came from the (himself similarly handicapped) Charles Krauthammer in Time: "Why Lines Must Be Drawn - Stem cells present a complex moral issue. Shame on Democrats for polarizing it"
UPDATE: Edwards on campaign trail, hits new low: "When John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going to walk. Get up out of that wheelchair and walk again"
Rasmussen + WP Polling breakthroughs
POLLS of interest showing Bush at or beyond margins of error and Job Approval > 50%, with Kerry still showing a ceiling < 47% in any poll - definitive milestones for at least two of the polling firms thus far in the race.
Battleground Poll: 48-44 (49-46), 52 JA
Rasmussen: Bush holds 50% for two days in a row for first time this year
WP: 51-46 (post debates)
RCP yet fully averaged with Bush holding
Battleground States to focus on for the final stretch:
Should / Must Win
Kerry NYT Expose (Terrorism merely a "nuisance")
Today's NY Times Magazine contains the article that has become the subject of much discussion today, in which Kerry reveals his trepidation as to whether he should admit to drinking tap water and likens terrorism as a "nuisance" like prostitution or gambling.
UPDATE: Bush campaign out quickly with new ad "World View" to capitalize on Kerry's naively dangerous sentiments.
Scotland press on the ball: Revealed: Saddam's WMD plan
Tariq Aziz, Saddam’s deputy, was upbeat: he assessed Iraq could build weapons of mass destruction (WMD) within two years of sanctions collapsing. Saddam’s strategy, we now know, was clear: accumulate a war chest from fiddling UN sanctions, then use allies in the UN, such as France, China and Russia, to end the sanctions, and then take on Iran in a WMD arms race - after that he would see where things stood.State Dept. congratulates Afghanistan on elections
in May 2002, 10 months before crucial war votes in the UN, Iraqi intelligence reported meeting a senior French politician who assured Iraq that "France would use its veto in the UN Security Council against any American decision to attack Iraq".
David Brroks: The Report That Nails Saddam
David M. Shribman: / The long view of Bush - When history gives its verdict, the 43rd president will be seen as epoch-changing
Sunday Times: Prisoners were used to test poisons - In a chilling reminder of the Nazis, a report based on confessions reveals how far the Iraqi regime went to get its enemies
(I believe John Kerry was for Saddam's snake venom filled syringe pen weapons experiments before he was against them ... or was it the other way around, these things are always so complicated for the man)
The Observer: France's Saddam deals revealed
Egyptian Sinai: Al-Qaeda blamed for hotel attack
Mobile Register recalled Kerry's speech while Washington Times recollects his near treasonous letter to the mullahs in Iran.
and today's 'he he he' moment, Howard wins place in history and Bush congratulates pal Howard
Freedom on the March!
Afghanistan citizens, men and women, lined up to vote in an imperfect but otherwise remarkable, historical achievement.
Bush takes credit while press whines!
John Howard has been rewarded mightily by the Australian people for his bold stand alongside President Bush in the War on Terror. Despite the concerted attempts by liberals and even the Kerry campaign, who sent operatives, including Hanoi John's sister, to Australia, to actually threaten the voters there that if they dared re-elect Howard they'd face a terrorist attack.
AP: U.S. Congratulates Howard on Re-Election and Howard Wins Re-Election As Australia PM
In debate last night Kerry pledged, incredulously, not to raise taxes while his plan would kick in at adjusted income levels of:
Married filing separately: $80,725
Married filing jointly: $161,450
Head of Household: $147,050
OUCH! Today, during stump speech in Minnesota, Bush called Kerry "Senator Tax-You". No Kidding!
Larry Kudlow with more on Kerry's "plans"
Rich Lowry has an objective review of the Great Debate.
Victor Davis Hanson: The Friday Night Fight - “I Have A Plan”—on and on and on…
George Will Reasons behind the Democrats' anxiety and fury
Drudge has the ABC News Memo in which their reporters are directed to focus their attacks on Bush while giving Kerry a pass.
Republican Films has a VIDEO of Clinton + Gore, Saddam & terrorism for proper historical context including the audio of Clinton speaking in NY admitting he let UBL go free when Sudan presented the opportunity.
RNC has a new video featuring portions of KerryOnIraq with his unbelievable "Not Necessarily..." comment from the debate.
BUSH: He complains about the fact our troops don't have adequate equipment, yet he voted against the $87 billion supplemental I sent to the Congress and then issued one of the most amazing quotes in political history: "I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it."FNC: Debate Transcript & Video
Saddam Hussein was a risk to our country, ma'am. And he was a risk that -- and this is where we just have a difference of opinion.
The truth of that matter is, if you listen carefully, Saddam would still be in power if he were the president of the United States, "And the world would be a lot better off."
GIBSON: And, Senator Kerry, 30 seconds.
KERRY: Not necessarily be in power ...
Bush campaign: Fact Sheet
This day in history: John Kerry's Statement on Iraq Before the War - TEXT FROM THE SPEECH JOHN KERRY MADE ON THE SENATE FLOOR
and in the "no WMDs over here" category, Times of India reports "Scrap bomb trail leads to Iraq"
POLLs remain skewed but neck & neck ... Bush holding steady in battleground states and seems to be maintaining position in critical Gore states of Iowa, WI and Minnesota - watch where Bush go to stump rather than the polls. The campaigns have the best polls and they tell them where to send the candidate. If the battle is taking place on Kerry's turf then it bodes well for the status of the race as we approach the final stretch. The conclusion of this race will provide the final focus and flourish of attention on Senator Hanoi John French Kerry's pathetic record, his 20 year history in the Senate, his decades of opposing peacemakers while propping up the most despotic of the world's dictators and shirking away from the defense of the United States and opposing every major defense initiative since he's been in public office. Yes, fellow citizens, John Kerry is a liberal. He can run but he cannot hide.
Stolen Honor may appear on TV before the election!
Facts & Events could Undermine Kerry in Town Hall Debate
A member of the New York National Guard looks at documents found in a building in Samarra, including a booklet featuring Osama Bin Laden and the 9/11 attacks.
Paul Bremer: What I Really Said About Iraq
Claudia Rosett: Saddam’s Sugar Daddy
WSJ: Iraq Amnesia - The real "coalition of the bribed" was at the U.N.
NYT: U.S. Report Says Hussein Bought Arms With Ease
NYT: Iraq Disk Mentions U.S. Schools
ABC: School Warning - School Plans, Security Information Gathered by Suspected Iraq Insurgent Focus Concern on Schools in Six States
SD U/T: S.D. school crisis plan is found on disk in Iraq
MSNBC: Schools warned after plans found in Iraq
Egypt: 200kg Car Bomb Deployed in Taba Hilton Attack
AP: Blasts Kill 30 Near Egypt-Israel Border
France: Explosion at Embassy in Paris
Australia: No regrets over Iraq: Howard
Charles Krauthammer: Targeting our democracy
David Limbaugh: Latest WMD Report Doesn't Hurt President Bush
James Glasman: The Bush Economy
11 indicted in fraud at Peregrine
SD Union Tribune: A federal grand jury has indicted 11 people for their alleged roles in a massive accounting fraud and attempted cover-up at Peregrine Systems, the San Diego business-software developer. The indictment released yesterday follows a federal investigation that began in May 2002, when the scheme began to unravel. The ensuing financial collapse cost shareholders roughly $4 billion and nearly led to the company's demise.
NBC Jumps Overboard for Kerry Campaign
Taking the DNC talking points to the next dimension, various NBC personalities, from Tim Russert, Brian Williams, Chris Matthews and others, repeatedly playing a portion of a 2003 edition of Meet the Press that's misleading at best.
Here is the soundbite that NBC is supporting for the Kerry campaign:
CHENEY: "...and we will have struck a major blow right at the heart of the base, if you will, the geographic base of the terrorists who had us under assault now for many years, but most especially on 9/11."Here is the full statement in context:
CHENEY: "If we can stand up a good representative government in Iraq that secures the region so that it never again becomes a threat to its neighbors or to the United States, so it's not pursuing weapons of mass destruction, so that it's not a safe haven for terrorists, now we will have struck a major blow right at the heart of the base -- if you will, the geographic base -- of the terrorists who have had us under assault now for many years but most especially on 9/11. They understand what's at stake. That's one of the reasons they're putting up as much of a struggle as they have is because they know if we succeed here in Iraq that that's going to strike a major blow at their capabilities."MRC has more details of the NBC attacks.
RUSSERT: "So the resistance in Iraq is coming from those who are responsible for 9/11?"
CHENEY: "No. I was careful not to say that."
Further insight into a madman ...
CIA Discloses Who's Who of Saddam's Alleged Bribes
Saddam and the French Connection
Hussein Beat Sanctions With Bribes
Saddam's weapons of mass corruption
Iraq kept up WMD pretence 'to deter Iran' (Ex-president sure he was safe from US attack)
Cheney over Edwards: Not Even Close
One major failing by Dick Cheney in the VP Debate tonight: He directed citizens to George Soros' site instead of www.factcheck.org at first thought, uggh! but people should be aware of who George Soros is and how whacked out he is given he's the biggest donor support of Kerry/Edwards campaign.
Otherwise it was not even close IMO. Edwards couldn't retreat to Halliburton smears enough times to stop the damage. He & Kerry were both readily exposed as the posers that they are.
"If you can't stand up to Howard Dean, how can you stand up to Al Qaeda?"
A verbal barage that might be considered legal battery in some states. Stature gap didn't even begin to describe the grand canyon of credibility that was revealed as was Edwards' nickname, "Senator Gone", because he & Kerry are so regulary absent from important meetings in their Senate history.
Mrs. Edwards reminded her husband he had been in a room with Dick Cheney once or twice before but no mention of any time they may have ever met in the US Senate.
Libs pounced afterwards on Cheney's (again) acknowledging there is no exact operational link between Iraq and 9/11 by outlining the war on terror and pointing out Kerry / Edwards approach is to not take on harborers of terrorists but to wait until the country is attacked and then, they promise, they'll respond. On the Cheney side there is still some overlapping pain from Paul Bremer's airing of State Dept. laundry but no scratches.
Moderator-wise Gwen Ifle was a fair surprise - she even brought to light, in questioning John Edwards, that Kerry's beloved France & Germany have stated flat out they won't participate with him, to which Edwards had no response on hand.
FNC: Transcript and Video
Some commentary available:
NR / Gary Andres: Mission Accomplished
Kerry Spot on the DNC attack on the online polls.
Hugh Hewitt concurs on the (obvious) summary quote
Bush Campaign undoubtedly pleased
More Nastiness: Protestors Ransack Bush/Cheney Headquarters In Orlando
WT/UPI: Shots fired into Knoxville Bush/Cheney headquarters
Pubbies get backbone, bring DemocRAT draft bill to a vote
The DemoncRATs have been waging a whispering campaign attempting to scare young folks about a purportedly upcoming draft ala the myriad of "secret plans" Hanoi John French Kerry keeps speaking of (though he's the only one calling for a draft on his website). Today the Republicans showed a little backbone and brought the bill, originally submitted by Charles Rangel, Democrat from NY, to the floor for a vote. When the dust settled even Rangel, the bill's sponsor, voted against it and only two other DemoncRATs, Joe Murtha and Fourtney "Pete" Stark, voted for the bill. Here is the final vote count lest all draft rumors now be outed as the LIEs that they were:
H R 163 2/3 YEA-AND-NAY 5-Oct-2004 7:29 PM
QUESTION: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass
BILL TITLE: Universal National Service Act
Yeas   Nays  PRES  NV
Republican              215   12
Democratic     2       186  17
TOTALS          2      402 29
Truth, Polls & Science Fiction: The GALACTIC Test ???
Today's news has provided an interesting assemblance of truth, polls & science fiction. In everything there's a little mix of each amongst any of them and, unfortunately, we're at that time of year and time of campaigning when all the major media desire to make polls and then make conversation about them, similar to the practice of "push polling", used by campaigns to try and sway opinion under the guise of "polling". I further say "make" polls because that's what they're doing, just like they always have - they make polls to make "news" which they "report" and comment on to generate more "news". It would also seem that the focused effort by MoveOn.org last week to get polling organizations to readjust their weighting factors has been partially successful given the sympathies of those in the places where these polls are conducted.
Take Newsweak poll for example - they have purposely skewed the results of their poll this week such that:
a) it samples 6% fewer Republicans than the prior week and 5% more DemocRATs
b) it limited its sample to Pacific & Western time zone regions (Kerry stronghold in CA + WA)
c) it over-weights weekend polling (notoriously biased)
d) the poll was rushed out on the day it was completed, nearly unheard of in the industry
In any event, this weeks set of polls are clear, that Bush indeed took a hit from his debate performance (style vs substance with style prevailing) and full-press spin from the Kerry campaign and their cohorts in the media, there has been some expected tightening of the polls, probably to a 2-3 point race from a 4-5 point race the week before. As always, the balanced spread maintained by RealClearPolitics is the place to follow. And it's essential that Cheney & Bush perform better (sic) this week and counter more of the F911 Moore-onics that the Johns are prone to spewing.
Meanwhile the "Global Test" gaffe by Kerry continues to weigh on his campaign. In response to an ad put out after the debate by the Bush campaign, Kerry / Edwards have released a commercial accusing President Bush of "lying" and insinuating, both in the ad and public appearances since, that he didn't mean what he said again (this is really getting to be a problem for the fellow). Now, today, he's apparently mucked up his message some more by insinuating that even passing a Global Test is not adequate for the US to defend itself - we must go farther, further, into the galaxy, as Kerry said "But I can do a better job of protecting America's security because the test that I was talking about was a test of legitimacy, not just in the globe, but elsewhere." (CNN: Kerry dismisses criticism of 'global test' remark as 'pathetic')
Left largely unreported is the real, serious truth in news of the day, for which nobody in the lamestream media seems to have any interest, as reported by by WND: More chemical weapons in Iraq Mustard and sarin traces found on improvised bombs
Another chemical weapon has been discovered in Iraq – a 122-mm Borak rocket warhead containing sarin traces, according to an exclusive report in Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin, the premium, online intelligence newsletter published by WorldNetDaily.com. The warhead was found earlier this month, and U.S. military commanders believe there are more to be found.and CNS: Exclusive: Saddam Possessed WMD, Had Extensive Terror Ties
Iraqi intelligence documents, confiscated by U.S. forces and obtained by CNSNews.com, show numerous efforts by Saddam Hussein's regime to work with some of the world's most notorious terror organizations, including al Qaeda, to target Americans. They demonstrate that Saddam's government possessed mustard gas and anthrax, both considered weapons of mass destruction, in the summer of 2000, during the period in which United Nations weapons inspectors were not present in Iraq. And the papers show that Iraq trained dozens of terrorists inside its borders.The writer goes on to detail many of the world's top terrorists & other Iraqi agencies + agents involved in Saddam's schemes.
One of the Iraqi memos contains an order from Saddam for his intelligence service to support terrorist attacks against Americans in Somalia. The memo was written nine months before U.S. Army Rangers were ambushed in Mogadishu by forces loyal to a warlord with alleged ties to al Qaeda.
Other memos provide a list of terrorist groups with whom Iraq had relationships and considered available for terror operations against the United States.
They detail the Iraqi regime's purchase of five kilograms of mustard gas on Aug. 21, 2000 and three vials of malignant pustule, another term for anthrax, on Sept. 6, 2000. The purchase order for the mustard gas includes gas masks, filters and rubber gloves. The order for the anthrax includes sterilization and decontamination equipment. (See Saddam's Possession of Mustard Gas)
The documents show that Iraqi intelligence received the mustard gas and anthrax from "Saddam's company," which Tefft said was probably a reference to Saddam General Establishment, "a complex of factories involved with, amongst other things, precision optics, missile, and artillery fabrication."
The first of the 42 pages of Iraqi documents is dated Jan. 18, 1993, approximately two years after American troops defeated Saddam's army in the first Persian Gulf War. The memo includes Saddam's directive that "the party should move to hunt the Americans who are on Arabian land, especially in Somalia, by using Arabian elements ..."
Iraq not only built and maintained relationships with terrorist groups, the documents show it appears to have trained terrorists as well. Ninety-two individuals from various Middle Eastern countries are listed on the papers.
Many are described as having "finished the course at M14," a reference to an Iraqi intelligence agency, and to having "participated in Umm El-Ma'arek," the Iraqi response to the U.S. invasion in 1991. The author of the list notes that approximately half of the individuals "all got trained inside the 'martyr act camp' that belonged to our directorate."
CNS goes on to outline further details about how these documents were authenticated and have published one of the translated documents alongside the original.
Take Kerry's "Global Test" Online
Open your wallet, drop your drawers & take the Internationally Recognized Global Test
BUSTED: Kerry Caught Cheating in Debate!
Video shows Kerry cheated by bringing his own notes to the debate! No wonder his eyes looked so shifty, back & forth, as Bush answered his questions & Kerry could be seen shuffling his notes seen in side-shots during the debate.
Of course this revelation does not arrive in a vacuum - it's now known that Kerry assembled his new positions on Iraq for the debate based on the new article he read in the Atlantic Monthly before focus grouping his new assorted positions at NYU in the days leading up to the debate.
Hat tip to INDC!
Debate Rules clearly stated,
"No props, notes, charts, diagrams, or other writings or other tangible things may be brought into the debate by either candidate.... Each candidate must submit to the staff of the Commission prior to the debate all such paper and any pens or pencils with which a candidate may wish to take notes during the debate, and the staff or commission will place such paper, pens and pencils on the podium..."
Drudge now on it!
Here is a Frame by Frame depiction which is a little dark to see but clearly highlights the item as papers having a straight edge along the top being removed from Kerry's coat and placed on his lectern.
Direct complaints to Commission on Presidential Debates and PBS firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE: LGF has high resolution QuickTime Video which clearly shows Kerry removing notes on indexed cards or the like from his jacket, placing them on the lectern and then even shuffling them together after he does so.
UPDATE: Somebody at FNC has apparently reviewed the tape and concluded the disputed item was a pen. I still believe otherwise as it appears, to me, at least, it seems to be papers or 3x5 or 5x7 note cards or the like. In any event, Kerry has been caught cheating, called on it & - if he did indeed have bad motives - he'll now be hard pressed to try it another time :)
US Bunker Busters failed John Kerry's Global Test
In the first presidential debate of 2004, John Kerry declared his opposition to developing any new "bunker buster" bombing technology that the US Military might hope to use against the extremely hardened targets rogue nations like North Korea and Iran (or Iraq) employ to hide & protect their ambitions in the nuclear & WMD arena. Likening the threat posed by terrorist states to the defensive posture pursued by the US Military is nothing new for John Kerry who has persistently sided with Stalinist regimes like Daniel Ortega's, against the goals of the United States, while he has persistently & adamantly opposed military advancements, throughout his political career.
When running for the Senate in 1984, John Kerry based his candidacy on opposition to Reagan's military stance in facing down the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. He declared that “the biggest defense buildup since World War II has not given us a better defense”, something any rightly self-searching individual should feel outright shame over after the fall of the Berlin Wall. He declared that “Americans feel more threatened by the prospect of war, not less so” when the Pentagon sought to invent new technologies including the Bunker Buster technologies which were first put to use in the 1991 Gulf War to evict Saddam from Kuwait, another military endeavor thoroughly opposed by John Kerry.
He not only proposed halting the Reagan Administration's efforts to rebuild our US military but cutting $53 billion dollars from the defense budget. He specifically targeted "Major Nuclear Programs" for outright cancellation including the MX Missile, the B-1 Bomber and a 50% cut in outlays for Tomahawk Cruise Missiles, including those which were used with such effectiveness in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. And similar to his posturing in the debate, Kerry continues his personal theme that the efforts by the US to defend ourselves means “our national priorities become more and more distorted as the share of our country’s resources devoted to human needs diminishes”. The only difference between John Kerry in 1984 and the John Kerry of today is the addition of new social rhetoric to his perpetual & never ending anti-US defense campaign.
These proposals were even outlined in his original campaign literature, including the following page which was previously highlighted in this space following Zell Miller's dynamic speech to the Republican National Convention.
When Kerry declared, during the debate, "I'm going to shut that program down, and we're going to make it clear to the world we're serious about containing nuclear proliferation", he said it with the conviction of a dedicated proponent of the nuclear freeze during the 1980's. But that was not the only statement he made which revealed his view of the world is still locked in pre 9/11 posturing and shallowly devoid of recognition for the serious threats to the United States posed by Al Qaeda and all the other sympathetic, shadowy middle eastern Islamic terrorist groups and their allies who are bent on civilization's destruction.
Recall the original question in this context, as posed to Kerry by Lehrer, was "what will you take to that office thinking is the single most serious threat to the national security to the United States?"
Kerry's answer, focused on the remaining unsecured former Soviet nuclear material, was a rather curious one, and seemingly revealed deeply rooted liberal flaws in the Senator's decades of ill-fated policy thinking, from Vietnam to Nicaragua, through the Nuclear Freeze in the midst of the cold war and later seeking US intelligence cuts of $6 billion after the first bombing of the World Trade Center.
A discernable peculiarity about Kerry's response was that it was focused on Russia and suggests Kerry has not emerged from pre-9/11 cold war thinking. Obviously the WMD counter-proliferation efforts, as so far successfully focused on Libya and the A.Q. Khan network by the Bush administration, are more relevant and critical to the ongoing war with Islamic fascism originating from the middle east and, ton for ton, dollar for dollar, I'd much rather have those materials procured first. In Kerry's limited thinking, the US is seemingly unable to safeguard nuclear materials from middle eastern extremists like Ghadaffi while we continue working alongside the Russians.
Kerry's complaints that the US is pursuing new ways to improve our bunker buster level bombing stopped just shy of "blame America first" in words if not in his reaction. Bush was right to reaffirm the true ultimate threat is the combination of terrorists and WMD, and to not deny our military the ability or avenues to protect our country, albeit new capabilities for bunker buster bombs or any of the other myriad of other defense proposals that John Kerry has so vehemently opposed over his 20 years in the US Senate.
Sunday Best: Kerry Debate Positions on Iraq traced to article in Atlantic Monthly
The collection of Kerry's new positions on various aspects of Iraqi policy that were pooled together for the first presidential debate last week, starting with their debut & focus grouping at New York University just days before, have been traced to an article by James Fallows in the October edition of the Atlantic Monthly. The guys at PowerLine are all over it.
UPDATE: Video shows Kerry appears to have cheated by bringing his own notes to the debate!
So. Cal bests No. Cal as Dodgers + Angels clinch MLB Pennants!
Steve Finley hits a walk-off grand slam home run to close out a 7 run 9th inning come from behind victory for the Dodgers to win the National League Western Division Championship, crushing the SF Giants, 7-3 while the Anaheim Angels defeat the Oakland A's 5-4 to win the American League East in Oakland.
BREAKING: Mt. St. Helens Eruption Expected
Alert Level raised to 3 based upon tremors indicating movement of magma!
Media Debate Hype Gives Way to Reasoned Analysis
As the media hype for Kerry begins to fade, it gives way to some good critiques & reasoned observation & analysis:
AP / ABC: Bush Attacks Kerry on National Security (the "Kerry Doctrine")
Mark Steyn: Kerry's polished, but he can't make his case
Fred Barnes: Debate Hangover - Some things Kerry said may come back to haunt him
Paul Greenberg: A CLOUD OF WITNESSES
NY Daily News: What George Bush meant to say
Bill Sammon: President to hone skills for debating
Deborah Orin: FRENCH TWIST IN W.'S ATTACK
ic Wales: No knock-out in election debate
Gregory Borse: Debate Score: Bush 1, Kerry 0
George C. Landrith: Kerry’s Gaffes Doom Election Chances
DAVID WINSTON / NYP: KERRY DIDN'T GET IT DONE
Debra Saunders: Bush won the debate with Kerry
Captain Ron Hayes (US Army, Iraq): US soldier in Iraq responds to 1st Debate
WSJ: John Kerry = 'But'-head
NYT: A Closer Look at Statements From the Debate
Video: Reactions to Idiocy / Style over Substance
Lehrer Incompetent, Uninformed or Misleading during Presidential Debate
During the Presidential Debate, PBS News Hour host and moderator Jim Lehrer stated,
"Senator Kerry, you mentioned Darfur, the Darfur region of Sudan. Fifty thousand people have already died in that area. More than a million are homeless. And it's been labeled an act of ongoing genocide. Yet neither one of you or anyone else connected with your campaigns or your administration that I can find has discussed the possibility of sending in troops. Why not?"Yet Colin Powell had spoken about this a couple weeks back, speaking before Congress on September 2 and appearing on Meet the Press on September 12 !!!
MTP Transcript for September 12 - Guests: Colin Powell, Secretary of State
Powell rules out U.S. troops in Sudan But Rice says U.S. may help expand African force in Darfur
Powell, on NBC's “Meet the Press,” told moderator Tim Russert that U.S. ground forces were not “a possibility at this time. In fact, there's not a need to. I don't think it's the right solution, and no European troops are prepared to go in. The African Union has sent in a small number of troops, but they've indicated a willingness to send in a much larger number of troops, in the thousands. And so the strategy we're following now is to press the Sudanese very hard in the Security Council.”It would seem Lehrer either may have LIED, is totally incompetent, can't use google or doesn't actually pay attention to current events or competitors like Tim Russert, NBC / MSNBC or Meet the Press!
Lipscomb: Did Kerry write own report of disputed clash?
Finally, this reporter, at least, is realizing the dilemma between the SwiftVets and Kerry is actually a conflict between Kerry and himself; Chicago Sun Times provides further confirmation that Hanoi John French Kerry did, indeed, file his own reports:
As the commander of the mission, normally Thurlow would have filed the disputed after-action report. But he denies writing it. And the after-action report supports his denial. It was written by someone designated "TE 220.127.116.11/1."
"TE" refers to a "task element," which is defined by the numbers to the right, which show the command structure over the task element in action. "194" is Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, commander of U.S. naval forces in Vietnam; "5" is Hoffman's swift boat command; "4" is Lonsdale's command, and the last "4" is Capt. George Elliot's swift boat base at An Thoi, where the boats on this mission were based. The last "1" indicates someone other than the commander of the mission. If the report had been submitted by the mission commander, in this case Thurlow, according to the operations order, it would have begun with a "C" for commander of the Task Element, and the sender would have been "CTE 18.104.22.168."
According to a Navy communications expert, Chief Petty Officer Troy Jenkins, who has examined the message traffic, the report in question was sent from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Spencer, Lonsdale's command ship, at 11:20 that night.
Only three of the officers on the mission that day were on the Spencer, John Kerry, Dick Pease and Donald Droz. Droz took the wounded from the mine explosion to be examined and treated at the Spencer, including the third officer, the severely wounded Dick Pease. Since the Spencer had no helipad for the evacuation of the wounded, Droz then had to return to the USS Washtenaw County, stationed about 25 nautical miles away, leaving only Kerry aboard the Spencer at the time the message was sent at 11:20 p.m.
And there is another factor. Thurlow ordered Droz to take care of the wounded after the action on the Bay Hap. Droz had ferried them 40 miles out to the Spencer and now had to take them 25 miles back to the USS Washtenaw County. Moving wounded on and off a 327-foot cutter from a 50-foot swift boat on the open sea was not something Droz was likely to leave unsupervised long enough to dash off a report. Kerry had no duties other than reporting to the sick bay, where according to his doctor he was seen at 7 that night. And he spent the night on the Spencer.
The head of the Operational Archives Branch of the Naval Historical Center in Washington, Kathy Lloyd, has verified Hoffman's operations order. Neither Kerry's campaign nor his swift boat veteran critics contest the validity of the after-action report by "TE 22.214.171.124/1." Kerry spokesmen have repeatedly insisted that Kerry denies writing the report and that the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth were arguing with the official Navy record.
But if "the official Navy record" now turns out to have been written by Kerry himself, the principal beneficiary of its glowing references to his performance, the swift boat critics' charges look far more consequential.
"Global Test" and heap of debate lies already catching up to Kerry
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James Glassman: Kyoto Flip-Flopper
John Podhoretz / NY Post: John Kerry said, "They had to close down the subway in New York when the Republican Convention was there." Um, no. They didn't.
David Frum: Kerry has locked himself in a strategic box. Only a horrible mistake by President Bush could have let him out. The president didn’t stumble. So Kerry is still boxed in – and losing the election.
Colin Powell: Tora Bora
Boston Globe: Video
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