Friday, August 06, 2004

"News Analysis"

Whenever you see a "News Analysis" story that means that covered objectively this would be positive news for Republicans or conservatives, but by using analysis the liberal authors can slant the story with their own opinions.
 
"News Analysis" = Here is why the liberal view on this news is correct
 
"News Analysis" = Liberals are correct because
 
"News Analysis" = We don't have sources to back this up, but me and my liberal journalist friends are pretty sure this is a national trend happening.
 
 

The Difference

Currently, Democrats and liberals constantly attack the President and continually look for more conspiracies, they spread these theories, and call the President names, a liar, etc.
 
Much of the explanation for this, they will say, is that turn-about is fair play. Republicans ripped Clinton for getting blow jobs in the Oval Office and sought his impeachment. Thus, liberals say 'we can, we should, we will' rip the President.
 
That is all politics to an extent. That is their choice so whatever. I don't think it is right to just attack back. But whatever.
 
The difference for me is in the media coverage. The media never questions all the criticism of the President. The media is not questioning all of these attacks and all of the rhetoric.
 
During the Clinton saga there was a TON of coverage about the other side of the coin. There was a TON of coverage about how it was a viscous political attack by Republicans. Republicans were constantly scrutinized as to why they kept pressing for Clinton's impeachment.
 
Today, you don't see any media coverage of progress being made in Iraq even though good things happen every day. No coverage of smiles on kids and women's faces in Iraq-- even though they are there on days when great, new things come about-- like the opening of a new school for all of the local kids.
 
You didn't see economic stats as a counterweight to Democrats fear-mongering about the economy.

Thursday, August 05, 2004

9-1-1

On a lighter note, really...

A caller to 9-1-1 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland told her story to an operator that fell asleep listening. The 9-1-1 operator was snoring.

As a disciplinary reaction to the operator's behavior, the person was moved to the midnight shift.

Enough said.

Economy

Is the Democrats pessimistic talk about the economy beginning to sink in with people? Are people spending less on fear of the recession Democrats hope will start kicking in before the election?

I don't understand what good talking down a robust, growing economy does for anyone. People around the world are likely saying to themselves, 'if the u.s. economy is slowing down maybe we need to slow things down'.

Its simply the impression of weakness that breeds it sometimes.

That is why I can't vote for a Democrat. Using pessimistic talk and talking about how bad the economy is doesn't do anyone any good. Using this kind of talk to score political points is -- well, in the words of Democrat -- a dirty, dirty maneuver.

Optimistic talk about a bright future is what this country needed. Bush provided steady, determined, unwavering leadership to get us through 9/11 and to get the economy moving again.

Now, to win an election, Democrats try to create doubt, pessimism, and a recession.

Enough to make me want to cry.

Iraq

I have always believed from the very beginning that the liberation of the Iraqi people from Saddam Hussein would-- in time-- be viewed as a watershed event similar to the 'Fall of the Berlin Wall' .
 
Nothing has changed for me to believe otherwise.
 
Unquestionably, Iraqi's--- women, children, and all of the people--- have a brighter future.

Politics

But having the media and the entire educations system on your side biases the entire debate. I am continually reading articles that either or both a) revise history, and/or b) use 1 or 2 examples to draw a wide ranging conclusion.

I am going back and forth with myself right now. At times I am in utter despair over this imbalance of objectivity in major news outlets and in our education system. It taints discussions, masks facts, and influences opinions on a mass scale.

I feel that I need to fight hard about this.

On the other hand, bad practices and wrong acts become exposed in due time.

So perhaps I should take the high road and just wait rather than try so hard and aggravate myself over this.

Maybe I need to be more aggressive and really fight for what I believe in.

I am wrestling with myself.

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Rising Above

I need to pull myself together. I need to remind myself of my very own mantra.
 
George W. Bush will win this election because the right thing happens and Bush is the right thing.
 
I am going to try to rise up above the hate and fear mongering of the opponent and simply tell people I meet and see why I support George W. Bush. No anger or animosity toward the opponent.
 
No fear of their tactics. Just do what I can in a simple manner to hopefully make a difference.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

An Old Adage

There is a biblical saying that goes something like this:

"Ask and you shall receive"

John Kerry and the Democrats are asking for a bad economy, a mess in Iraq, and a world divided.

There is a momentum in this country brewing via Michael Moore and the Democrats politics of hysteria. It will be hard to stop this momentum-- movies are powerful things-- they are visual-- they are thus real.



I have a feeling we will remember now. We will remember life in the first half of 2004.

Terrorism

I am shaking in my boots these days. Once again playing through horrible possibilities in my head.

Terrorism is just a political issue these days for half this country. 9/11 is a fleeting memory.

John Kerry has got me scared. He's lulling this country to sleep just by campaigning. He says things like 'well that's 3 years too late' when this country takes a step toward addressing threats. Is he setting himself up for a big 'SEE I TOLD YOU SO' celebration when a terrorist attack happens. Is that what motivates John Kerry. Or the rest of the Democrats parading around with Howard Dean's latest conspiracy theory-- 'the terror alert is just raised for political reasons'. The Olympics are starting in about 10 days, elections are approaching, the 3-year anniversary of 9/11 is approaching, complacency is building, and then we have Democrats parading around for us to let down our guard-- this is just another Bush ploy.

I am really scared.

These Democrats have put winning this election above anything else there could be on this planet. They don't care how much of the U.S. reputation is ruined over the next 3 months. They don't care how our troops feel half a world away defending and bringing about freedom. They don't care how much new animosity is spread in this world through the demonizing of the U.S. President. And they don't care if a terrorist attack happens in the next 3 months because they can say 'I told you so' and start another Bush conspiracy theory.

Terrorists have hated this country for decades. There was hijacking after hijacking in the 80's. There were embassy bombings going back over 20 years. Bin Laden declared war on the U.S. 6 times in the 1990's.

All of this is now forgotten.

This revision of history is scary.

I don't doubt for a minute that Hollywood will release Michael Moore's video in every store in this nation about 2 1/2 weeks before the election.

The safety of this country is in jeopardy the loner John Kerry is parading around this country tearing it apart. The Democrats don't know the first thing about terrorism. Not only is it a danger potentially having Democrats running this country, I am worried stiff just listening to them destroy this country.


....

For all the good there is in this world... there are people like Michael Moore and terrorists that wish to bring it all apart.

The fact that I am just a lost soul typing away at a computer, basically in vein at this point (look at the 2 comments this site has got so far), while Michael Moore is cashing in on lies and deceits with only one aim to destroy American credibility just makes me suicidal.

Thanks to Amy Ridenour for this post

Thanks to Amy Ridenour for this post from her site:

Monday, July 26, 2004
Fahrenheit 9/11 and Its Impact on Military Morale, by a Soldier
Army Spc. Joe Roche has perhaps the harshest words yet for Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, describing its impact on the morale of our troops deployed overseas as "devastating."

In typical Joe fashion, he did something about the matter. He made copies of this Independence Institute rebuttal of Moore's film (29 pages in small font, he says!) and distributed it widely among U.S. troops in Kuwait.

But I'll get out of the way and let Joe speak:

Michael Moore's film, Fahrenheit 9/11, is making the rounds here at U.S. bases in Kuwait. Some soldiers have received it already and are passing is around. The impact is devastating.

Here we are, soldiers of the 1st Armored Division, just days from finally returning home after over a year serving in Iraq, and Moore's film is shocking and crushing soldiers, making them feel ashamed. Moore has abused the First Amendment and is hurting us worse than the enemy has.

There are the young and impressionable soldiers, like those who joined the Army right out of high school. They aren't familiar w/ the college-type political debate environment, and they haven't been schooled in the full range of issues involved. They are vulnerable to being hurt by a vicious film like Moore's.

There are others who joined for reasons of money and other benefits, and never gave full thought to the issues. For them, seeing this film has jolted them grievously because they never even knew where some of these countries were that we have been serving in. Imagine the impact this film has on them.

And there are those who are hurting from being away from family and loved ones. They are burnt out, already hurting inside from 15 months of duty out here, and now to be hit w/ this film.. it is devastating.

Lastly, there are those like me, who want to explode in anger and rage at this abuse of the First Amendment and the way Moore has twisted reality so harshly.

Specialist Janecek, who is feeling depressed because a close family member is nearing the end of her life, just saw the film today. I saw him in the DFAC. He is devastated. "I feel shitty, ashamed, like this was all a lie." Not only is he looking at going straight to a funeral when he returns home, but now whatever pride he felt for serving here has been crushed by Moore's film. Specialist Everett earlier after seeing the film: "You'll be mad at shit for ever having come here."

And there are others. Mostly the comments are absolute shock at the close connections Moore makes between the Bush family and the Bin Laden family in Saudi Arabia. "Bush looks really really REALLY corrupt in this film. I just don't know what to think anymore," is a common comment to hear. Some of these soldiers are darn right ashamed tonight to be American soldiers, to have been apart of this whole mission in Iraq, and are angry over all that Moore has presented in his film.

We know this is all based on Moore's lies and deceptions. But we, I'm afraid, are a minority. Right now, just days away from what should be a proud and happy return from 15 months of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom, your U.S. soldiers are coming back ashamed and hurt because of Moore's work.

What these good yet impressionable soldiers don't realize is that twisting reality and manipulating the truth is something lawyers do every day in court for their clients. OJ Simpson, so clearly guilty in the ghastly murders, was able to get off because his lawyer team completely confused the issue. Now today, in typical fashion, Moore is doing the very same thing in this film. This is, frankly, the nature of political debate in a democracy -- especially when extremism is allowed to go unchecked.

Lt. Bischoff is so angry he could explode. He knows Moore's work is based on lies and distortions, but as he says, "the damage is done." Clearly, this is the type of thing we expect from angry leftists like Moore. What we didn't expect was the full impact this film is now having and how it has been embraced and supported by so many Hollywood elites. Lt. Bischoff says Moore's film is a work of deception, lies and distortions that when seen by those unfamiliar w/ the issues involved, has the effect of attacking the American peoples' resolve and focus in this war.

From what I've heard from the soldiers, the things that have them most shocked and upset them are the connections Moore makes between the Bush family and the Bin Ladens. The impression is that Bush is part of a conspiracy that supported the September 11th terrorist attacks. They speak of how Moore makes a convincing case all the way from the 2000 election to now that Bush and Cheney are all about making money. That the September 11th attacks were merely calculated by them as to how they would earn them more money. They speak of the Saudi who was a fellow soldier w/ Bush in the National Guard, and how Moore makes it all look like Bush is more beholden to Saudi interests than US interests.

Moore's commentary and striking video stunts, such as confronting politicians w/ enlistment papers for their kids, of course hurts and affects these soldiers out here badly. These are the ones who have sacrificed much to serve. Moore's stunt is powerful.

I sometimes want to be mad at my fellow soldiers for being susceptible to Moore's distortions, but I can't really blame them. These are good Americans, who have volunteered to serve our country. Nothing says they all have to be experts in Middle Eastern issues and history and politics to serve. That would be silly. ...But this is, of course, the vulnerability that Moore has exploited.

I wonder how damaging and shocking a Moore project would have been in the 1940s making such a video of Franklin Roosevelt. All the corruption and decadence in that administration would have fed such a project well. Or how damaging and shocking would such a Moore project have been to Lincoln, who wavered and shifted often in finding the right mediums and balances in pursuing the great causes of the Civil War. ...Need I even suggest the impact such would have had on Kennedy or Johnson and all their hypocrisies?

Moore is hurting us, hurting America, and today I can tell you he is hurting your soldiers. I don't know what to ask, except that good people out there find ways to organize information so that we can better counter Moore's impact. Is there anyone in Hollywood who is willing to stand up and make a similar film to counter Moore's? I know good people w/ integrity in the film industry don't want to be seen as pushing a political agenda in movies. But this is EXACTLY what Moore and the radical leftists in Hollywood have done. Is there no way to put together a response to them?

I hope more people will arm themselves w/ the facts and the realities of the situation out here and in the world at large. Our political arena is taking a big hit from this film by Moore, and it should tell us all something when terrorist groups like Hezbollah are distributing it around to their own people.

I think it is sad and unfortunate that at this last hour of a long and difficult deployment, so many soldiers are being made to feel ashamed and "shitty" for having ever served in this whole mission. Moore has abused the First Amendment. This is his right, and we soldiers have defended that right, but we who know better should NOT just sit back and let such enemies w/in our own country get by w/ such assaults unanswered.

posted by Amy at 7/26/2004 01:30:46 AM




The Toyota Prius

Hybrid car demand is really, really strong.

The Toyota Prius has got something like a six month waiting list. Toyota just announced their boosting production in a big way.


If you let market forces develop, better solutions for the environment come. Standards of living improve AND its better for the environment.

Monday, August 02, 2004

The New Alternative

Hey there.

I'm a Republican. I'm a big capitalist.

And, um, I recycle.


Newspapers

Does anyone want to chime in with some good online news sources for international, world news? Not the NY Times or Washington Post, or CNN, or BBC.

Thanks.

Economy

Do a google search for the link on this story:

""The Institute for Supply Management purchasing managers' index (PMI), based on a survey of supply executives, rose 0.9 point from June to 62.0 in July, in line with private economists' forecasts.

It was the 14th consecutive reading above 50 points, which indicates an expansion in activity.

"The manufacturing sector continues to grow at a rapid rate as the PMI has now been above 60 percent for nine consecutive months," survey chief Norbert Ore said in a statement.

"This is the longest period of growth above 60 percent since the 12-month period of July 1972 through June 1973," he said.
""



A Quote

"Contemporary debates within modern political systems are almost exclusively between conservative liberals, liberal liberals, and radical liberals. There is little place in such political systems for the criticism of the system itself, that is, for putting liberalism in question."

Alasdair MacIntyre

Democrat vs. Republican

Generally speaking okay. One person's view. Throwing this thought out into the world.

In a nutshell..

Republicans see a complex world. No easy answers.

Democrats see a simple world where the answer is obvious.

That may as simply as I could put it sum up why I believe longer-term this country is heading in a Republican direction.

There are no easy answers.

The previous post

The previous post is symbolic of the type of person I am.

I am not closed minded. At all. What I am is, I have become whole heartedly capitalist and I have become a Republican. I decided to just let it out (sometime about 3 or so months ago) that I am a Republican (something I started considering in late January as the Democrats rhetoric really started heating up).

But I always have listened to all sides. And I always will.

In the last post I linked to a new Socialist and Liberation Party article. When the Democrats convention came around I listened to every major speech and as many other speeches as I could get my hands on. And I can't help but listen to anti-Bush rhetoric or activist rhetoric. That stuff is always in my face. (I live just outside the beltway, so perhaps 'out in the real world' media coverage is not as anti-Bush every minute, every day like it is here.)

But, I am proud to call myself Republican. And, it literally turns heads around where I live.

But I certainly don't plan to stop listening.

The media and many Democrats wait like a leech for bad news. See, I told you so. See, look at that bad news, I told you. Economy bad? See. People dead? See.

The way I see it, someone emerges as a winner at certain stages of history. I see a trend coming. I might be early. I'm not predicting this current election.

But this country is moving Republican and Democrats have shot themselves in the foot big time. They will blind some people in the short-term with their movies and scare rhetoric of a world spinning out of control if you don't vote for us. But in the long-term people will wake up.

And these times will be remembered.

And I will be doing what little I can to combat Michael Moore's media empire. Typing away here at my computer I will convey the world I see.

Objectively, times are good.

Terrorism is unequivocally wrong. As an American I am against terrorism, not the other party.

I will gladly try to get 4 more years of George W. Bush's steady leadership and the world we live in. And I will never stop listening to others. That I know.

George W. Bush: STEADY LEADERSHIP

Regarding the article linked to at the end of this post--- I will agree with it with a premise.

I don't at all agree with the anti-U.S., anti-business, anti-establishment talk. I don't at all see any evil in liberating the people of Iraq.

Why I do think it is important is this....

The only definite winner in this year's presidential election is the Pentagon. As I have coined: "We are either continuing the War on Terror that we know about or we are 'Going to War because we have to'".

Kerry's stump speech is about INCREASING the number of troops in Iraq and around the world.

The ultimate irony to me is that Bush's head is actually much clearer on the matter of the war on terror. Kerry is likely to be the more reckless of the two. His head is in a fog. He thinks he has to act tough to prove his weight.

Turning to Bush. A walk through the park-- today-- at this moment--- objectively looking at the reality of the world-- it is extremely peaceful. This war in Iraq is a very smooth, relatively simple operation. The U.S. economy is modestly marching along and again life in the world is generally really good. My suspicion is that we will remember these times under George W. Bush. These are good times indeed.

The antimosity in the world today is driven solely by Democrats (which is why I will never vote for one ever again) and the media. The media acts as if France (a state the size of Nevada) deserves equal footing. Democrats act as if no one supports the U.S. only because France and Germany (and now Socialist Spain) don't go along. Democrats say everyone in the world solely hates Bush. As if on November 3rd all animosity around he world will simply disappear if Bush is not re-elected. As if Bin Laden didn't declare war against the U.S. 6 times under Clinton. As if Al Qaeda didn't bomb the WTC in 1993. As if the USS Cole was not bombed in 2000. As if Beirut never happened. Animosity toward the U.S. in the Middle East has nothing to do with George W. Bush. Al Sharpton hates today's Republican Pary because Democrats fought harder for voting rights for blacks. I'm a Republican and my Republicanism has nothing to do with that. I don't say Democrats are the pro-slavery party because Abraham Lincoln started the Republican Party to end slavery.

To sum up, the point is this: George W. Bush has clearly been a REMARKABLY STEADY hand since 9/11. Our response has been broad based but measured. Our attacks have been targeted and civil. Right now, rhetoric from Democrats aside, we are living in a stable and peaceful world. And that is a far cry from where I feared we would be today-- 35 months out from 9/11.

http://socialismandliberation.org/mag/aug04/iraqus.html

The New Religion

There is a new religion clearly evident in society around us. And for the moment it is definitely the most vocal, in your face, media covered religion of our time.

It is the new dogma. The New Religion of the Democratic Party.

This is a big reason why I am voting Republican. I questioned the President a while back based on all the news. But then the news just kept coming. Bad this and bad that. And I kept looking around and thinking to myself-- gosh, is it really that bad. And then it just kept coming. Bush is bad. Bush is bad. And again, life still was going along well as far as I could objectively see it.

And then, I tend to be kind of a skeptic. When everyone starts talking about something... When everyone starts telling you something... I start thinking twice. And so I did. And what I guess I discovered is what I am talking about now: A New Religion. No matter what happens in the world there is only one answer from these new fanactics: Bush is evil and bad.

Rain on your birthday? Bush did it.

More on interesting polls

A poll of Ivy League professors on their vote in the 2000 presidential election.

Keep in mind these are schools that people in middle America (including myself when I lived there) think belongs to the richest most elitist Republicans.

84% Gore
9% Bush
6% Nadar

A 90/10 split in favor of liberals.

WSJ: "At Stanford University, 151 professors were aligned with parties of the left (e.g., Democrats, Greens) and 17 were affiliated with parties of the right (Republicans, Libertarians)."

And then this Chairman from Duke takes it to a whole new level:

"At Duke University -- where Democratic deans and humanities professors outnumber Republican ones by a factor of 18 -- the chairman of the philosophy department recently offered his unvarnished views on the subject. "We try to hire the best, smartest people available," said Robert Brandon. "If, as John Stuart Mill said, stupid people are generally conservative, then there are lots of conservatives we will never hire.""

And this is the big universities, not to mention all the teachers unions that always support Democrats---- PASSIONATELY.


THE POINT I WANT TO DRIVE HOME IS THIS:

There is a factual bias in both the media and our schools. And, these are two things in life that have big influences on shaping opinion.

Journalist bias

This is the stuff I am talking about.

You simply and seriously can't believe what you read. We are all being dictated to. The journalists are picking stories to cover based on their feelings. And their writing according to their preferences. Some may be better at disguising it then others.

As I have started recently saying...

We don't know where the 'real' center is in this country. I suspect that on a scale of 0-100, with 100 being liberal and 50 being the 'real' center, the world we see through print and tv is 60 to 65.

So here are the results of a poll carried out just recently. It was asked anonymously.

"When asked who would be a better president, the journalists from outside the Beltway picked Mr. Kerry 3 to 1, and the ones from Washington favored him 12 to 1. Those results jibe with previous surveys over the past two decades showing that journalists tend to be Democrats, especially the ones based in Washington."

I'm trying not to let that 3 to 1 get overshadowed by the 12 to 1. 3 to 1 is itself a stunning national bias.

Sunday, August 01, 2004

Speaks for itself

Over at HughHewitt.com

"Told of the news that the terror alert was about to be raised, Howard Dean on CNN immediately spreculated that politics had motivated the call --underlining why the party which gave him a key speaking role is not to be trusted on life and death issues. That level of paranoia about the GOP as opposed to the terrorists shows Moore's Disease has spread far and wide within the Democratic Party."