Thursday, July 24, 2008

We Are Winning The Hearts & Minds

The war is being won - where it counts most:

War on Terror Update
Majority Sees U.S. Winning War on Terror for First Time Since 2004

Rasmussen Reports

Over half of American voters (51%) now believe the United States and its allies are winning the war on terror, the highest figure recorded in nearly four years by Rasmussen Reports in a nationwide survey.

Only 16% now think the terrorists are on top, while 27% view it as a stalemate. Prior to this week’s survey, the number who believe the terrorists are winning had never fallen below 20%.

Last July, just 36% thought the U.S. and its allies were winning. At that time, an equal number—36%--thought the terrorists were ahead.

Other indicators in the survey also show that Americans have growing confidence that things are looking up in the war on terror. (link)

That 16% who still believe the terrorists are winning include the world's Islamist terrorists and America's journalists who hold out hope that it is so.

Why Settle For Just Being President?

When you think about it, this guy's mindset is more compatible with that of the Germans. Circa 1939. See next post.
Hat tip to Patrick Ruffini

This Isn't Fascist Germany

Is it?

Gun-Seizure Lawsuit
By Philip Messing, The New York Post:

An outspoken Long Island gun owner's home was raided by Nassau County detectives, who seized two dozen weapons he lawfully owns just one day after Rep. Carolyn McCarthy's office made a 911 call about him.

Freeport resident Gabriel Razzano claims he was targeted in the spring raid for his "unpopular" political beliefs.

He's now filed a $5 million federal lawsuit against the Nassau PD and McCarthy, charging they joined forces to strip him of his guns unconstitutionally.

The flap arose on March 19, when Razzano visited McCarthy's Garden City office to discuss an article about an illegal immigrant who was deported but was later nabbed in Freeport for the attempted murder of a cop.

"The office staff felt that Razzano's behavior was disruptive and threatening," said Lt. Kevin Smith, a police spokesman.

Razzano's home was raided the next morning. (link)

I hope Razzano wins his suit - though $5,000,000 doesn't seem to me to come close to offsetting the outrageous behavior of the police and this Democrat congresswoman. Reprehensible behavior by anyone's standard.

We don't allow this kind of Nazi intimidation in these United States. We don't allow it.

Fuel Thrown On The Fire

Still think it's an accident - or just the way journalism business is conducted - that all the media are following Barack Obama around the globe on his rock tour, fawning over him like sports reporters in a Michael Jordan entourage? Do you accept media explanations for the grotesquely unbalanced press coverage of the McCain/Obama contest? Then you - and they - might explain this to me:

Putting Money Where Mouths Are: Media Donations Favor Dems 100-1
By William Tate, Investor's Business Daily

The New York Times' refusal to publish John McCain's rebuttal to Barack Obama's Iraq op-ed may be the most glaring example of liberal media bias this journalist has ever seen. But true proof of widespread media bias requires one to follow an old journalism maxim: Follow the money.

An analysis of federal records shows that the amount of money journalists contributed so far this election cycle favors Democrats by a 15:1 ratio over Republicans, with $225,563 going to Democrats, only $16,298 to Republicans .

Two-hundred thirty-five journalists donated to Democrats, just 20 gave to Republicans — a margin greater than 10-to-1. An even greater disparity, 20-to-1, exists between the number of journalists who donated to Barack Obama and John McCain.

[Then there are those] who reported being employed by major media organizations are listed in the nearby table.

The contributions add up to $315,533 to Democrats and $22,656 to Republicans — most of that to Ron Paul, who was supported by many liberals as a stalking horse to John McCain, a la Rush Limbaugh's Operation Chaos with Hillary and Obama.

What is truly remarkable about the list is that, discounting contributions to Paul and Rudy Giuliani, who was a favorite son for many folks in the media, the totals look like this: $315,533 to Democrats, $3,150 to Republicans (four individuals who donated to McCain).

Let me repeat: $315,533 to Democrats, $3,150 to Republicans — a ratio of 100-to-1. No bias there. (link)
So how do we respond? What do we do about this unfairness and imbalance?

I think our response is already resonating:

New York Times profit falls as ad sales drop

Let them write for each other and for their Democrat pals. I'm sure there's a business model that can make that work.

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Want another example of that media bias? Here's Joe Klein, writing in Time magazine:
John McCain said this today in Rochester, New Hampshire:

This is a clear choice that the American people have. I had the courage and the judgment to say I would rather lose a political campaign than lose a war. It seems to me that Obama would rather lose a war in order to win a political campaign.

This is the ninth presidential campaign I've covered. I can't remember a more scurrilous statement by a major party candidate. It smacks of desperation. It renews questions about whether McCain has the right temperament for the presidency. How sad.
You decide. Is there anything scurrilous about McCain's statement? Or was it simply a statement that this journalist and columnist didn't want made?

I think the answer is perfectly clear.

OK, So We Made a Mistake

The Rats Emerge From Their Hiding Places

Now that the war is coming to an end in Iraq, anti-war Democrats are coming around to the notion that our continued presence there isn't such a bad idea:
Confessions of an Anti-Iraq War Democrat: Memories of a Purple Finger
By Lanny Davis, writing in Fox

I think there are a lot of anti-war Democrats who ... now see a moral obligation, after all the carnage and destruction wrought by our military intervention, not just to pick up and leave without looking over our shoulders.

Surely we owe the Iraqis who helped us, whose lives are in danger, immediate immigration rights to the U.S. Yet the shameful fact is that most are still not even close to having such rights.

Surely we owe the Maliki government and the Shiiite and Sunni soldiers who put their lives on the line against Shiite and Sunni extremists and terrorists at our behest some continuing presence and support and patience as they strive to find peace, political reconciliation — and maybe even the beginnings of a stable democracy. (link)
Surely we do. Just as surely - we did.

Better late than never?