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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Hypocrisy 101 At UVa

Is there some nuance here that I'm missing?
Christian Outrage
Aaron Bruns, FoxNews

Offended Christians have sent nearly 2,000 letters to The University of Virginia's student newspaper,
The Cavalier Daily, calling on the paper to apologize for a series of cartoons mocking their religion, including one portraying the Virgin Mary with an "immaculately transmitted" rash.

Editor-in-chief Michael Slaven says the paper will not apologize simply because someone is offended, saying newspaper policy allows cartoons to ridicule a group for it's own "opinions or actions."

But Slaven did issue an apology for a religious cartoon in February, after a widespread student protest. That cartoon poked fun at the Muslim prophet Mohammad. (
link - scroll down to the last article)

For the love of God.

Bush Beats Up On Matt Lauer

Check out this video of Matt Lauer from the Today show getting pounded by President Bush in a discussion about the war on terror. Old George has his groove on ...

Filling In The Blanks

My mouth dropped open when I read this. James Webb, right-hand man to Ronald Reagan lo those many years ago, worked for him a total of 10 months and then quit? Say it ain't so:
For Immediate Release
September 12, 2006
Contact: Bill Bozin

Reagan Officials Call Webb’s Rebuke of Mrs. Reagan ‘Shameful’

Former Officials Say Webb Should Pull Misleading Ad off the Air

Arlington, VA – Several prominent former aides to President Ronald Reagan reacted strongly to Democratic Senate candidate James Webb’s decision to run television advertisements with a video clip of the late president against the wishes of Nancy Reagan. Former White House Chief of Staff Ken Duberstein, former Counselor to the President and U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese, former Reagan Campaign Chairman and U.S. Senator Paul Laxalt, former Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy Ken Cribb, former Reagan Campaign Manager and Assistant to the President for Political and Intergovernmental Affairs Ed Rollins, former RNC Chairman Frank Farenkopf and former White House Political Director Frank Donatelli released the following statement this afternoon:

“We strongly disapprove of the television advertisement Jim Webb’s Senate campaign began running Monday, September 11th, using the words of former President Ronald Reagan. To dishonor the President's memory in this way is despicable.

“Last week, we were hopeful that Jim Webb would abide by the wishes of Mrs. Nancy Reagan who explicitly asked him in a letter not to run this misleading ad. The fact that he has refused and publicly rebuked President Reagan’s widow is shameful.“

As former Reagan aides, we find his decision to run this ad to be distressing for several other reasons. First, Jim Webb’s brief service as Navy Secretary under President Reagan is something of a contradiction. While there was no question of his commitment to the Navy, he had a bad habit of publicly criticizing the President’s defense policy.

Even though it was abundantly clear that Ronald Reagan’s policies were winning the Cold War against Communism, Jim Webb attacked his policies while Navy Secretary in a much-publicized speech to the National Press Club in January 1988. And, most notably, he quit on President Reagan when the going got tough, after only ten months on the job.

“Also troubling is the fact that Jim Webb’s top campaign advisors are on record saying that President Reagan was a ‘pompous, arrogant fool.’ We believe it is remarkably disingenuous for him to imply in an ad that he would have President Reagan’s endorsement when his own top aides have made such disparaging comments about the late president. In reality, it is Jim Webb’s opponent, Senator George Allen, whose leadership, integrity and optimism is reminiscent of President Reagan.

As Mrs. Reagan’s letter said, Jim Webb’s ad is ‘neither authorized nor appropriate.’ We ask that he make the right decision by taking it off the air before he causes himself further embarrassment.”

Interested media should contact the Allen campaign if they would like to speak with one of the former Reagan officials.
I think Webb should quit this while he still has some semblance of credibility ...

On Gay Marriage

Here are the latest poll numbers on the gay marriage amendment here in Virginia:
Marriage amendment still favored
A poll on the proposed ballot item found that its support had eroded only slightly.
By Michael Sluss, The Roanoke Times


RICHMOND -- A proposed state constitutional amendment affirming Virginia's ban on same-sex marriages and civil unions still has the support of a majority of registered voters, according to a poll conducted for The Roanoke Times and other state newspapers.

The amendment, which will be on the Nov. 7 ballot, has the support of 54 percent of the voters who participated in a statewide survey last week by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research. But the gap between supporters and opponents decreased from 18 points in a July Mason-Dixon poll to 14 points in the new survey. (
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The news provides me with the opportunity to address a subject that I've attempted to communicate to a number of email buddies in recent weeks. With regard to this business about homosexuals being treated unfairly in the eyes of the law and being denied rights that straight people enjoy, here's what my response has been:
  • A gay male is denied the right to marry his mother. So am I.
  • A gay male is denied the right to marry his sister. So am I.
  • A gay male is denied the right to marry his aunt. So am I.
  • A gay male is denied the right to marry more than one person at a time. So am I.
  • A gay male is denied the right to marry a child. So am I.
  • A gay male is denied the right to marry a man. So am I.

Civil rights are being unfairly denied? Compared to whom?

That's The Fighting Spirit

With guys like Richard Cohen on our side, I fear for our future.
Bin Laden's Victory
By Richard Cohen, The Washington Post


NEW YORK -- I hear Osama bin Laden laughing. I heard him all day on Sunday and Monday as the mass murder of Sept. 11, 2001, was memorialized at the Pentagon and in that field in Pennsylvania and especially here, where the most people died and where countless cameras recorded it all for posterity and an abiding, everlasting anger. He laughs, the madman does, whenever George Bush says, as he has over and over, that America is "winning this war on terror." Bin Laden knows better. He has already won. (
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The problem is, this character is probably being truthful when he says that while the rest of us were hearing the agonizing cries of sorrow and grief coming from the heart of New York City on the fifth anniversay of 9/11, Cohen was hearing laughter.

He is that far removed from reality.

It is particularly disturbing to read a prominent columnist who also happens to be a Jew tell us that Osama bin Ladin has won the war. Disturbing because, if he is right, his Jewish head will be the first to be severed when our rabidly anti-Jewish foe takes over. Laughter, Dick? I hope for your sake that that is not the case.

But it's not Cohen's pencil neck that concerns me. I'm worried about the welfare of my children and grandchildren. For their sake there can be only victory in this war.

Victory that will never come as long as east coast airheads like Richard Cohen, with their supercilious air and detachment from this world, are on our side.

You Need To Read It Again

From one of my recent Roanoke Times columns:
We did indeed learn from Vietnam -- and its aftermath. We learned the slogan taken up by Jews after the Holocaust: Never again! And we took to heart and live by the powerful words of Abraham Lincoln spoken at a time when another great struggle was under way, one that was taking a far more grievous toll: "We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of Earth."

We resolve to maintain the world's last best hope in part because these pretenders won't. So we find ourselves with this great divide between the attitudes of Americans on the left and those of us on the right. We expected it. We accept it. We celebrate it.

As for Vietnam -- Never again.
The editorial staff at The New York Post, after having read that, comes out with this this morning ("The Will To Win"):
The United States, to its eternal shame, left allies to their fate after Vietnam.

Never again?

We'll see.
I think they need to go back and reread that part about resolve.

That's Been It All Along

Many of us have been saying this all along: The battle for Iraq is only a part of the much larger global war on terror. President Bush (hopefully) is now driving that point home:
Fight For Civilization
By Ian Bishop, The New York Post


September 12, 2006 -- Washington - President Bush told the nation last night that America is waging war against terrorists to protect free countries and allow "good and decent" people to sow new democracies in the Middle East.


"In truth, it is a struggle for civilization," Bush said in a prime-time address from the Oval Office, just hours after visiting New York, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., to observe the fifth anniversary of 9/11.

A determined Bush said the stakes in the conflict couldn't be higher.

"We are in a war that will set the course for this new century and determine the destiny of millions across the world," he said. (
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And a point that should shame Bill Clinton into exile forever:

If we do not defeat these enemies now, we will leave our children to face a Middle East overrun by terrorist states and radical dictators armed with nuclear weapons.
To those who think we should flee Iraq because it is a dangerous place, let the words of Robert E. Lee give you pause. When advised under similar circumstances that he should abandon the battlefield for a stronger defensive position somewhere else, the greatest general this country has ever produced replied,
No, the enemy is there, and I am going to attack him there.
Today we find the enemy nearly everywhere, but most prominently in Iraq. We can do what the Democrats are suggesting and flee to remote islands in the Pacific or we can fight the enemy where the enemy is.

The President needs to relentlessly drive this point home. It is truly a battle for our way of life. And will be won or lost on the field of Iraq.

At Long Last

The New York Times this morning finally comes out against Michael Moore's slanderous lies and manipulations. Oh, wait. Maybe not:
The Fictional Path to 9/11
Editorial

Perhaps the entertainment industry will come up with a few lasting lessons from the outcry over ABC’s “dramatization” of the events leading up to the terrorist attacks on 9/11. One suggestion: when attempting to recreate real events on screen, you do not show real people doing things they never did. (
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How pathetic. These same people were enthralled with Fahrenheit 9/11, another fictional account of the events preceding the worst terrorist attack in the history of the USA, and gooshed over it for months. Their friends in the Democratic Party treated the director of that farce as if he were our Redeemer (as close as any of them get to adoration of a supreme being).

Now the editorial staff at the Times has a problem with the genre. Raise your hand if you find their admonition to be a tad less than genuine.