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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Getting An Early Start

Its efforts paid off so handsomely for the Democratic party in 2006, the Washington Post has decided to begin the 2008 smear campaign a bit early:

Romney Leaving Mass. With Mixed Record
As Governor Eyes National Stage, He Faces Scrutiny of His Performance at Home
By David S. Broder, Washington Post Staff Writer

Boston -- He has been a successful venture capitalist and management consultant, and he saved the tainted 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics from scandal. But it is his single term as Massachusetts governor that is Mitt Romney's chief credential in his bid for the Republican nomination for president.

He began his term four years ago on a high note, rescuing the state from an inherited budget deficit. But now, as he prepares to leave office and focus full time on his White House aspirations, his tenure is being viewed in a more mixed fashion. (
This (limp) effort at damaging Romney's presidential possibilities is so utterly transparent.

Expect Broder or one of the minions the Post has put on the case to come up with some utterance that Romney made in decades past (What? He mumbled what sounded like the "word" macaca in his sleep back in his freshman year in college? Hold the presses!)

Sad thing is, this reprehensible behavior will probably succeed.

Say It Ain't So

This is troubling news. Yankees are learning the secret to our good looks:
Kiss My Grits
By Andrea Strong, The New York Post

November 26, 2006 -- Ask a Southerner to name a few of their favorite foods, and grits will undoubtedly be in the top five. Pose the same question to a New Yorker, and chances are grits won't even be in the top 20. Lucky for us, that won't be the case for long: Thanks to a few artisan purveyors, chefs are finally lavishing grits with the glory they deserve. (
Of course, being northerners, they can't leave well enough alone:
At Cookshop, [chef Joel] Hough cooks the grits in onion and jalapeño, then adds a healthy dose of butter and cheese, topping them with sautéed bacon and wild sweet rock shrimp from Florida ($11).
Onions. Jalapeños. Cheese. Sautéed bacon and wild sweet rock shrimp. On grits, which God created with His own hands to be consumed with liberal quantities of salt.

I think we need to go up there and whip them ... again.

It Depends On What The Word 'War' Means

This is getting to be a popular - and tired - refrain:
U.S. Involved in Iraq Longer Than WWII
By Tom Raum, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The war in Iraq has now lasted longer than the U.S. involvement in the war that President Bush's father fought in, World War II. As of Sunday, the conflict in Iraq has raged for three years and just over eight months.

Only the Vietnam War (eight years, five months), the Revolutionary War (six years, nine months), and the Civil War (four years), have engaged America longer. (link)
This is all true - if you don't know the history of the Second World War.

In fact, we had American troops stationed in Germany to quell Nazi insurrections - and we sustained hundreds of casualties doing it - long after VE Day, 1945.

In fact, our troops have never left. We have an American army stationed there to this day - all these 61 years later, (with perhaps different priorities today).

If there is a distinction to be made, it is in the fact that we are no longer experiencing American deaths in Germany. At least, not since 1986.

Not that the threat doesn't still exist.

So the war goes on. Here. There. Everywhere.

On The Bright Side ...

You need to look at it this way: Apartheid was bad. Citizens were cruelly separated on the basis of skin color and there is nothing worse. Not even this:
Crime Threatens S Africa 2010 World Cup - U.S. Envoy
By Reuters

Johannesburg (Reuters) - The new U.S. ambassador to South Africa said in an interview published on Sunday that few would travel to the 2010 World Cup in the country if crime continued at current levels.

South Africa is battling some of the highest rates of murder and rape in the world and opposition groups and the media have accused the government of failing to curb crime. (link)
The murderers and rapists are said to not discriminate on the basis of race. United Nations member-states are deliriously happy. As for those who have been raped or had loved ones murdered, well, you need to look on the bright side ...

It'll Be Better Now. The Dems Are In Charge.

This comes as a complete shock ...
As Power Shifts in New Congress, Pork May Linger
By David D. Kirkpatrick, The New York Times

Representative Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader, and many Democratic candidates have railed for months against wasteful “special interest earmarks” inserted into bills “in the dark of night.”

Meet the new cardinals, as the chairmen of the House and Senate appropriations subcommittees are known on Capitol Hill. Many have a lot in common with the Republicans they will succeed.

All have worked for years to climb to their posts, where the authority to grant earmarks puts them among the most powerful lawmakers in Congress. ... many have developed unusual bipartisan camaraderie while divvying up projects. By longstanding, informal agreement, the majority typically doles out about 60 percent of the money for earmarks and lets the minority pass out the rest. And they form a united front against limitations on the earmark process. (
For those of you in Southwest Virginia who think earmarks are a big-city problem or who don't understand the term, click here for an education.

More Shocking News!

Who would have ever thought ...
British Terror Trial Traces a Path to Militant Islam
By Elaine Sciolino and Stephen Grey, The New York Times

For eight months, the tale of the Operation Crevice Seven has been unfolding in a cramped, windowless courtroom in the Old Bailey in London.

On trial are seven men, ages 19 to 34, six of them with family roots in Pakistan. Arrested in 2004, they are charged with involvement in a criminal conspiracy to make explosives to commit murder, allegations that they all deny.

But investigators say the evidence reveals the workings of the kind of cell most feared by officials in Europe. Young Muslims, radicalized by local imams and trained at military camps in Pakistan with vague connections to Al Qaeda, plan an attack at home with help from outside terrorists. (link)
Many Americans want us to get out of Iraq - now! - so we can escape the terrorists who hate us so. The sad - and sobering - reality is, they are everywhere. The planet's mosques are full of them each day. And half of them want our children and grandchildren slaughtered in the streets. The other half cheer when it's successfully done.

You can run but where are you going to hide?