Thursday, October 27, 2005

Why We Fight

For those of you who have your heads in the sand and think we will no longer suffer casualties if we cut and run in Iraq, the bombing of a falafel stand in Hadera, Israel yesterday (shown above), resulting in the deaths of five people, is a reminder that Islamists will hunt us down, wherever we are and wherever they can strike at our most vulnerable citizens, and will kill us.

Yesterday it was a food stand in Israel. The day before a hotel in Baghdad. Last month it was a restaurant in Bali. Before that, a bus in London. A train in Madrid.

They will not stop. Until they - or we - are all dead.

Photo courtesy of The New York Times
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How Quickly We Forget

I always cringe when I see the following editorial headline in the Roanoke Times:
Briefly Put ...
I've learned that the person responsible for coming up with this gem is a moron.

Here's today's offering:
President Bush's nomination of Ellen Sauerbrey as State Department chief of programs for refugees and other displaced persons has encountered some skepticism in the Senate about her managerial expertise.

A Republican loyalist who ran the president's 2000 campaign in Maryland and now serves on the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, Sauerbrey last occupied a management position in 1970 in the Census Bureau.

Cronyism, once again, appears to trump competence. (link)
My guess is that Tommy Denton, Editorial Page Editor of The Times, did not write this. Or read it. Because if he had done either, he would have remembered his enthusiastic endorsement of John Kerry for President, another candidate for office who "last occupied a management position in 1970." He managed a boat on the Mekong River in Vietnam. And managed to wound himself in the butt in the process.

Be consistent, Tommy. Or be gone.

Briefly put.

Say What?

Here's a headline in the Roanoke Times this morning:
Talk show host declines to answer war question (link)

The follow-on article provides this exchange between talk show host Neal Boortz and a local fan:
What do you think of the situation in Iraq, the man asked.

"Win the damn thing," Boortz said.

Should we be there?


Do you see similarities between this war and Vietnam?

Boortz began to answer and said, "I can't do a show tonight."

"Was that rude?" Boortz asked after the man walked away. "I didn't mean to insult an advertiser."

Go back to the headline. Does it accurately reflect what occurred in the exchange?

It's no wonder the mainstream media have no credibility.

The Sox Win! The Sox ... Oh, Never mind.

Paula will tell you that I rarely watch a football game on television in its entirety. Even when her beloved Packers are losing playing. I just don't have the patience for it. And if I can't sit and watch a football game, I have absolutely no ability to get through a baseball game. Even when it involves the World Series.

What I have learned about myself though is that I can take the time and catch the highlights on ESPN. A game - football, soccer, baseball - can be edited to a minute or two; I have the attention span for that.

So I 've been watching the World Series progress each morning when ESPN provides the day-after highlights.

But I came to a startling revelation yesterday morning. The ESPN host was going over game 3 of the series (an exciting game by all accounts, going fifteen innings) and was about three or four minutes into his recap and - I turned the station. I don't even have the patience anymore for sports highlights. I think it may be a progressive disease.

Don't get me wrong. I love to participate in sports. I'm just not much of a TV spectator. I find it to be really boring. Especially when the featured sport is golf or tennis. Bowling or basketball. But these days, I can't even sit and watch a football or baseball game without getting bored out of my mind.

I have maybe 40 years left in my life. I don't want to stand on the sidelines and be a spectator.

By the way, the White Sox won the series. Yippee.

Washington Times Endorses Kilgore

The Washington Times editorial board enthusiastically endorses the candidacy of Jerry Kilgore for governor of the commonwealth of Virginia this morning with these words:
Jerry Kilgore, is an energetic conservative and a proven leader who has worked tirelessly to make Virginia a safer place by bringing lawbreakers to justice. He has also proven his willingness to challenge those in his own party (particularly the Republicans-in-name-only who dominate the state Senate) who seem obsessed with the idea that Virginians need tax increases.

Jerry Kilgore has made clear his opposition to the tax increases rammed through the General Assembly by Mr. Warner and Senate Republicans like Finance Committee Chairman John Chichester. He has been resolute in his support for capital punishment and his opposition to abortion on demand and homosexual "marriage." (link)
The Times sums up the candidacy of Tim Kaine - the Democrat - thusly:
The Democrat, Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine, isn't steadfast. Listening to him, as he attempts to reconcile and explain the various positions he has taken on issues such as abortion, taxes, illegal aliens, capital punishment and homosexual "marriage," can be something of an ordeal. At times the former Richmond mayor sounds like he would be more comfortable running for statewide office in Massachusetts or New York.

Mr. Kaine, by contrast, has a disconcerting tendency to talk out of both sides of his mouth. On the homosexual "marriage" question, for example, he has said he supports amending Virginia's constitution to ban the practice. But he has opposed a federal constitutional amendment banning it -- effectively leaving the door wide open for the federal courts to impose it at a time of their choosing. On abortion, Mr. Kaine depicts himself as pro-life, yet he has excoriated General Assembly Republicans for refusing to pass partial-birth abortion legislation with an exemption for the "health" of the
mother -- a loophole permitting, in essence, abortion on demand. He claims to be against illegal immigration, but opposes Mr. Kilgore's efforts to do anything about it until an unresponsive federal government can be roused from its lethargy. He's against the death penalty, but issues murky promises that he will "enforce the law" when it comes to executions.
Seems right to me.