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Sunday, September 25, 2005

Anti-War Fringe Supports Bush

America's kooks and crazies returned to Washington DC yesterday for an anti-war rally. And an anti-capitalism rally. And an anti-Israel rally. And an anti-global warming rally. And an anti- International Monetary Fund Rally. And an anti-whaling rally. And an anti-pollution rally. And an anti-fur rally.

Etcetera ad nauseum.

The only thing interesting about yesterday's rally is the fact that the crowd was smaller than it was three years ago. By half. Apparently President Bush is now winning the hearts and minds of the angry left.

Here's an Associated Press account of the October 26, 2002 march:

U.S. Protesters Rally Against Iraq War
by Lawrence L. Knutson

WASHINGTON - Tens of thousands of anti-war protesters circled the White House on Saturday after Jesse Jackson and other speakers denounced the Bush administration’s Iraq policies and demanded a revolt at the ballot box to promote peace, while thousands gathered in cities across Europe and elsewhere around the world to demand an end to threats of an “unjustified” war against Iraq.

Protest organizers claimed up to 200,000 people had answered the call [my emphasis] to challenge President Bush’s determination to force out Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. (link)
Here's an Associated Press account of yesterday's rally:

Anti-War Demonstrators March on Washington
By JENNIFER C. KERR Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Crowds opposed to the war in Iraq surged past the White House on Saturday, shouting "Peace now" in the largest anti-war protest in the nation's capital since the U.S. invasion.

The rally stretched through the day and into the night, a marathon of music, speechmaking and dissent on the National Mall. Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey, noting that organizers had hoped to draw 100,000 people [my emphasis], said, "I think they probably hit that." (link)

Much will be made over the next few days of the groundswell of opposition - a burgeoning growth of opposition - to our War On Terror. To judge by the number of attendees at these two anti-war rallies, it appears just the opposite is true.

The AP headline should read, "President Bush Has Growing Support of Angry Left."

It's all in the statistics.

Quote Of The Day

... If you watch the TV news, you'd still think Cindy Sheehan was an emblematic bereaved army mom, rather than a pitiful crackpot calling for Bush to pull his troops out of "occupied New Orleans." Her Million-Moan March washed up in Washington on Thursday to besiege the White House. As the Associated Press put it, "Sheehan, Supporters Descend On The Capital." There were 29 supporters. Can two-and-a-half dozen people "descend" on any capital city bigger than the South Sandwich Islands'? Surely her media boosters were cringing with embarrassment at their own impotence. Since its star columnist Maureen Dowd got the hots for Mrs. Sheehan's "moral authority," the New York Times has run some 70 stories on Cindy -- and every story they ran attracted another 0.4142857 of a supporter to her march on the capital. (link)
Mark Steyn, "Politicians not giving us much of a choice," Chicago Sun Times,
September 25, 2005

Quote of the Day II

Big-time Republicans tell me [President] Bush's profligacy is doing a great job of neutralizing the Dem advantage in the spending-is-caring stakes. This may have been true initially -- in the same sense as undercover cops neutralize a massive heroin-smuggling operation by infiltrating it. But, if they're still running the heroin operation five years later, it looks less like neutralization and more like a change of management. (link)
Mark Steyn, "Politicians not giving us much of a choice," Chicago Sun Times,
September 25, 2005

I'm No Lawyer, But ...

I think if I were a homosexual priest who has been accused of molesting a mentally impaired 19-year old boy, I'd come up with a different defense than this:
Jasper priest claimed sex with teen consensual
Associated Press

JASPER, Ind. -- A suspended Roman Catholic priest accused of molesting a mentally disabled 19-year-old man told police the contact was consensual, according to court records obtained before a judge issued a gag order in the case.

The Rev. Wilfred L. Englert, 52, an associate pastor at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Jasper, faces felony charges of deviant sexual conduct and two counts of sexual battery in Orange County and two sexual battery counts in Dubois County. (link)
"Yes, Your Honor, he is mentally disabled but I'm sure he smiled and nodded his consent just before I raped him."

I think The Rev. Wilfred L. Englert had better come up with another excuse or there are going to be a whole host of very bad men lining up at the Indiana State Prison to welcome him into their flock.