Thursday, September 30, 2004

The Gruesome Two-some

California is represented by the gruesome two-some: Sen. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feisnstein. I had more respect for Dianne Feinstein until now. Since I am from California, I will patiently wait until Feinstein retires from her seat in 2008. And since we're not going to take back Boxer's seat, I will wait until 2010 as well. This is just ridiculous.

thoughts on the first debate is as follows:

Bush was good until the last half-hour. Kerry did better than expected.

My call: a draw.

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The Celebrities Speak

Now this is from Drudge, which I normally don't trust fully, but today it signaled to me a greater problem in society today. Regardless of Cameron Diaz's comments on Oprah, where she allegedly remarked that this election holds so much in the balance that not voting could mean the legalization of rape, she has shown the American public that celebrities are not the definitive answer when it comes to politics. While I was at the RNC earlier this month I happened to be sitting next to the CNN booth. For several of the days who was there commenting along with Wolf Blitzer, Judy Woodruff, and some guy I didn't recognize, well none other than Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. Now, I respect Puff Daddy's right to speak his mind on this President's politics and time in office, but I just don't see why he represents an expert opinion. It is all too common to switch on the news and see Hollywood stars being asked about their stance on "X" Topic (the War in Iraq is a popular one). While it surely doesn't come as a surprise to me when they rail against Bush's policies, and I commend them for it, I know much of the American public views that as expert testimony. After all, these are people that we grew up watching and we let into our homes each nights of the week, why can't they tell us who to vote for? I respect their opinion just like any other individual's opinion and they should be treated as such. Even though Martin Sheen plays the President of the United States on the West Wing, which I love by the way, it does not make him an expert political analyst. Let's stop watching what Hollywood has to say and maybe they won't be given the cameras all the time.

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Oh Mort...say it ain't so!

Mort Kondracke just might be the only reasonable mainstream liberal/Democrat. You have to respect that. Here's an excerpt of what he had to say (read the rest of the article):

And no one in the Bush campaign has ever actually challenged Kerry's patriotism, as Democrats repeatedly claim, nor called Kerry "a friend to terrorists" or said he's "giving aid and comfort to the enemy," as the Times charged.
Even anti-Kerry 527 groups like Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and the Progress for America Voter Fund haven't accused the Democrat of lacking patriotism. In fact, assertions that someone is "unpatriotic" or "un-American" have been leveled exclusively - so far as I can find - by Democrats against Bush.
Those who've used such words include Kerry, former candidates Wesley Clark and Howard Dean, Teresa Heinz Kerry, Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) and Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

The Photo of the Day

I don't know how long I'm going to keep this up so if you enjoy our photos each day please let me know:


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A Competitive Seat?

Fox News recently published an article about the prospects of the Republicans losing control of the House. I'm tired of this story. Frankly, the Republican majority has at least two more years left in it (and we can all send a big thank you to Tom "The Hammer" DeLay for that one). But that story aside what really intrigued me was the portion of the article that listed the Washington 8th Congressional Seat as up for grabs:

Washington District 8: Dave Reichert (R) v. Dave Ross (D)

Six-term Republican Rep. Jennifer Dunn is retiring from this competitive suburban Seattle district. Reichert is best known as the county sheriff who captured the Green River Killer. Ross is the well-known host of a talk radio show.

"Both guys are similar in that they don’t have a long history in partisan politics, but they have name ID for different reasons," said Gonzales.

Now, this seat is near and dear to my heart and I love its current representation. That said, it is indeed Jennifer Dunn's seat and not necessarily a Republican seat. But that doesn't change the fact that I think Sherrif Dave Reichert is going to win (check out his link on the side of our page). Reichert has dedicated his life to public service and continues to do his job even up to this day. His work as King County Sherrif (no slouch task) has earned him praise from across the nation and that's something Ross has no claim to whatsoever. Ross is a radio talk show host who parades as a moderate. While I admit he is more moderate than many of his Primary Election opponents that does not exactly make him mainstream. Here are some choice phrases from his election site:

Because I form opinions case by case, people sometimes wonder if I'm liberal or conservative. I'll report; you decide:

I'm liberal enough to think that the richest nation on earth can provide a better safety net than Tent City.
I'm conservative enough to think that a president should not have the power to usurp the US Constitution.
I'm conservative enough to understand that it doesn't help national security to attack the wrong enemy.
I'm conservative enough to know that Social Security is a promise that can't be replaced by a Wall Street gamble.
I am a Democrat who doesn't seek big government, but good government - government that provides real services in return for fair taxes. It protects individual rights with the same vigor that it protects collective security. And it doesn't mess with the truth.

Sounds like a liberal to me. I know these days that phrase has fallen out of favor in the Democratic Party, but c'mon, let's call a spade a spade. I don't think Ross is the "common sense" that Seattle needs. Let's elect a man that is actually out there day after day risking himself for the people he serves. Dave Reichert for Congress!

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We can't say it...but he can.

HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson offers some meaningful words about Jesse Jackson, black political leaders, the Democratic party, and liberals in general:

"You can't rise as a class. You have to rise individually. It's what many of the civil rights-era people don't understand," he said. "They want us to rise together, they keep telling us that we are victims. If they keep telling us they are victims, then there is a role for them to play."

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"They have made a living telling black people they are victims," the HUD secretary said in an interview with The Associated Press. "As long as they keep them in victim mode, they have liberals who will take care of them."

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Tuesday, September 28, 2004

A Controversial Confession

This link is really thanks to Byron.

Dr. Jack Pitney is a professor at Claremont McKenna College in the government department. Prof Pitney is a favorite of the writers here on the RWC. The man is a genius. This article is a must-read about dirty politics. I gaurantee regardless of party affliation, you will enjoy.

T

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The Photo of the Day

Thank Drudge for this one:



"Kerry on Code Orange" - Drudge Report 9/28/04

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Bush in the No Spin Zone

Last night and tonight Fox News aired Bill O’Reilly’s exclusive interview with President George W. Bush. I was nervous for a few reasons when I heard of this interview. First, whether or not you believe O’Reilly’s show is actually a “no spin zone,” you can’t deny that he asks tough questions to whoever is on his show. He will hammer at points, some say in a rude manner, until he gets a definitive answer out of his guests. I was worried that the President would try too hard to appeal to O’Reilly’s vast audience and lose track of what makes him better than John Kerry: his simple and straightforward message. Boy was I sorry that I ever doubted our President. He not only stayed on message but gave very forthright answers to what were undeniably difficult questions. Here are a few excerpts from the interview that I thought were exceptional indicators as to why George W. Bush is vastly superior to John Kerry (remember Kerry refused to go on O’Reilly’s program and that’s probably why Bush made this appearance):

BUSH: …The reason I believe tax cuts were necessary is because we were in a recession and we needed to grow this economy.
O’REILLY: But I’m rich and I’m getting a tax cut from you. Tax cuts for the rich, what do you think when you hear that?

O’REILLY: Even the rich bad guys like me?
Bush:: I think that — I think thirty-five percent is enough for anybody to pay in federal taxes. I also know that when you're talking about tax, taxing the rich, really what you're talking about is taxing many small business owners. Ninety percent of the small business owners are sub-chapter S corporations, or limited partnerships. They pay tax at the individual income tax rate, and so when you hear the politicians saying tax the rich, you're talking about taxing job creators as well.

Thank you Mr. President. We here at the RWC have been saying this all along. We can thank Byron for pointing this out long ago. Small business owners, who CREATE jobs (and I thought the Democrats were pro-jobs), pay taxes at the individual income tax rates. By raising taxing on the “wealthy” you are not only stifling private investment, but more importantly you’re stifling any possibility of small business owners having more money to invest in their own businesses.

O’REILLY: But aren’t we becoming an entitlement society here with the government helping, and I understand, I mean, you’ve got to be a compassionate person, whether you're a Democrat or a Republican. But it, the government gets bigger and bigger and bigger, now we’re in prescription drugs, we’re in…
BUSH:: Well, let me stop you on the prescription drugs just for a second. Prescription drugs is a part of medicine. And we provide it, we said to the seniors, we’ll provide you medicine. We would put, we’d put the money up to, for heart surgery, we wouldn't put the money up for the prescription drug coverage necessary to prevent the heart surgery from happening in the first place. So that's a wise use of modernizing Medicare. I think it’s going to save us money in the long term. I know it’s going to provide our seniors better coverage and care, and seniors are going to have a choice in this plan. In other words, we’ve introduced market reform into Medicare for the first time, and that's why it was opposed by my opponent, and many people who believe we ought to nationalize healthcare.

While everyone knows I’m not a huge fan of the Prescription Drug bill signed by the President, I do believe it fulfills an obligation introduced under LBJ and also introduces modest, but important, reforms into the Medicare system. We need to examine why it is that the Democrats didn’t like this program. I can guarantee it is not because they harbor resentment toward the idea of socialized medicine.

O'REILLY: So you're not going to militarize the border to stop...
BUSH: No, we're going to use the border patrol, beef it up, give it better technologies and better equipment to do its job.
O'REILLY: OK. You know a lot of people are not going to like that answer, you know that.
BUSH: Well it's a truthful answer.
O'REILLY: OK.

This is what distinguishes the President from Senator Kerry. He gave an answer here to a relatively obscure question (in the grand scheme of this Presidential campaign), but he was honest and forthright. He didn’t give a nuanced response that tried to please both sides of the issue. He was direct and said I’m going to do what I believe is the right in this circumstance. I believe that’s what he always does; the President acts to the best of his judgment and ability regardless of what the latest poll is telling him. Thank you President Bush for being the leader we can all respect. It all goes back to his line from the RNC, “…Even when we don't agree, at least you know what I believe and where I stand.”

Log on to FoxNews.com and check out the transcripts and videos from the interviews. I assure you it's well worth it.

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The most brilliant (but dumbest) President ever...

It's a common ritual prior to a Presidential debate to lower expectations for your own candidate and hype up and criticize the opponent. Tucker Carlson, host of CNN's Crossfire, had this amusing point to say: "If you listen to the Democrats, George W. Bush is not only a moron who can barely tie his own shoes, but he's the most brilliant debater in the history of Western civilization".

Tucker, what about John Kerry? (White House chief strategist Matthew Dowd likened him to Cicero) Cicero???

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Nuclear North Korea

The escalating situation in North Korea is one that will have to be dealt with during Bush's second term. North Korea believes that they can deter any action by the United States by developing nuclear arms. This attempt to renew the brinkmanship of the Cold War will surely fail. The United States will not allow North Korea to devlop to the point of Mutal Assured Destruction, to do so would be reawakening a beast.

I believe that some sort of action will need to take place in North Korea in the next few years before they can truly do harm to any other country. It seems likely that their claims of a fully functional nuclear program are exaggerated and false. During the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union often made claims that were percieved to be fact, when indeed, they were fiction. President Reagan was guilty of the same ploy when he announced the "Star Wars Program," which played a major role in the downfall of the USSR.

What happens during Bush's second term remains to be seen. It seems clear, however, that something will have to be done.

T

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Monday, September 27, 2004

Renewing the Contract with America

It's been ten years since the Republican Revolution of 1994, where the GOP seized the majority in the House of Representatives for the first time in over forty years. More importantly, it's been ten years since the signing of the Contract with America. This important agreement between the Republican signees and the American voters changed the course of American politics and rightfully reformed a government that had rigidly remained in its regurgitative state of expansion. The Republican Party needs to not lose sight of its Contract with America. It has accomplished signifcant achievements: significant welfare reform, tax cuts, balanced budgets, and a reduction in government expansion and spending. The current state of the U.S. Congress is a far cry from what the Contract with America planned for in 1994. Let's hope that the GOP has not forgotten why or how they have been able to be the majority party for the past ten years. As Lord Acton famously once said, "power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely."

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The Gallup Lead Holds

New Gallup polls out today and again I take sheer delight in the numbers. I wanted to highlight a few points for those that aren't as crazed as I am and don't want to read the semi-lengthy article:

Bush v. Kerry (Likely Voters): 52/44 +8 Bush or 52/44/3 (Nader) +8 Bush
Bush v. Kerry (Registered Voters): 54/41 +13 Bush or 53/42/3 +11 Bush
Bush v. Kerry (National Adults): 53/42 +11 Bush or 52/42/3 +10 Bush


A solid showing in all three columns in with or without Nader included.

Bush Approval/Dissapproval: 54/44

Well into the realm necessary for a President to win reelection.

Approve/Disapprove on the Bush Economy: 49/48

This is huge. Bush finally has positive polls in the economy, demonstrating that his message is indeed reaching the American public.

Kerry Right Direction/Wrong Direction: 44/49
Bush Right Direction/Wrong Direction: 54/44
Who Would You Rather Handle the Economy Bush/Kerry: 51/45
Iraq: 55/41 (and this is with Bush's approval on Iraq sitting at 48/49)
Terrorism: 61/34

All of this continues to spell trouble for the Kerry campaign. He needs an exceptional showing in the first debate (the foreign policy one) to solidify his commander-in-chief image in the minds of Americans. If he can't do that then it seems like his weakness across the board proves that it is now the beginning of the end for John Kerry.

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Attention! US Violates International Election Regulations

Jimmy Carter is back! Carter believes that the election in Florida will be flawed and Bush will win by cheating.

When did the United States of America decide to follow International regulations for elections? The answer is we haven't. We never subscribe to International regulations for democracy and freedom, we mandate International regulations for democracy and freedom. The truth is evil Republicans are not going to undermine the election in Florida. The evil Republicans are not suppressing the Black vote in Florida. The evil Republicans are not creating hurricanes or forcing Nader on the ballot. The Florida election will take place in November, and voters will decide whom they believe to be a better candidate for the Presidency.

T

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Kerry's Multilateralism

It seems that Senator Kerry’s foreign policy plans have received a major blow by the two countries he seemed to care about the most. France and Germany have stood side by side in their steadfast denial of what’s going on in Iraq. They have vowed to not join the fight and that is undoubtedly their right. Senator Kerry claims though that if elected he will help strengthen the U.S. coalition so U.S. troops will not have to bear the brunt of the duty. But it seems that nothing will be changing, should the Kerry-Edwards ticket accomplish the amazing feat of winning the presidency. France and Germany have now clearly said that even if Kerry wins they won’t be sending troops into Iraq anytime soon. So it seems that Senator Kerry’s broad strokes in the foreign policy arena have rightfully caused him a bit of trouble. How can he be the candidate that will deliver international unity without the two countries that he seems to care most about? The Democrats have staked their claim this election on calling Bush’s coalition “bribed” and too paltry to have an impact. But that "bribed coaltion" might be their coalition in a few weeks so they better start changing their tune.

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Prepping for the First Debate

This is a great article to read about what the candidates need to do (and not do) in the upcoming debate.

What will it take for Bush to win?
He needs to be confident (but not smug) and assure the American people that he knows what he is talking about. His messages will be simple and to the point, which resonates well with the public. But he needs to avoid making things over-simplistic.

What will it take for Kerry to win?
In contrast to Bush, Kerry needs to simplify his message. He needs to deliver clear and concise responses and not reason his answers out loud as he goes along. That just gets him into trouble. Kerry would do best to display his "nuanced" thinking to overshadow Bush's straightforward approach. He also needs to display a little more charisma and vitality. Kerry's remarks may be intellectually stunning, but if his delivery is lacking, no one is going to pay attention.

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The League of Nations Rides Again

Good ole Ollie North telling it like it is.

In this article, North makes an excellent point about the parrallels between the actions of the United Nations in in beginning of the 21st century and the League of Nations in the early 1930's. Unfortunately, we all know what happened when the League of Nations failed to stop Japan in 1931.

Kofi, you've got to go!

T

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Saturday, September 25, 2004

John Thune for U.S. Senate

A recent poll found John Thune (R-S.D.) leading Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.)in his bid for reelection. Daschle has had a problem, which is not uncommon for Congressional leaders, relating his work in the Senate to the immediate needs back home. Daschle's position as Senate Minority Leader have forced him to take liberal positions on issues that many South Dakotans might disagree with. A state that has the President leading by almost 20 pts is not exactly the bastion for liberal ideology that Daschle needs. While I know that Thune is still a long-shot, his chances appear to be getting better by the day. I've spoken with Republicans and Democrats alike and we all agree, should Daschle lose this election it will be a sign of a greater problem in the Democratic party. Their formula and message, at least for now, does not seem to be resonating with the American public.

Update: An excellent Wall Street Journal editorial published recently on this very topic.

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Kerry's Disgraceful Behavior

From the upcoming issue of the Weekly Standard (10/04/04). The title says it all.

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A Privilege of Citzenship

Normally I would leave California matters to my esteemed colleague Tim, but just occasionally something comes along that is so outrageous I feel compelled to post about it. There is a movement in California to require voters to prove citizenship when they want to vote. Amazingly, there is also opposition to this measure. As of right now the registration process is reasonably simple, if not too simple, requiring only the last four digits of your Social and a driver’s license. Then on election day you need only a name and address. Voting is a privilege of citizenship and should not be taken lightly. Opponents of this plan merely call it Republicans trying to suppress minority votes but I call it common sense. I have friends who aren’t citizens, but reside legally in this country, and they can’t vote. They pay taxes, abide by the law, and are quite content with the fact that they have to wait until they become citizens to vote. There is no reason why we shouldn’t enforce this common sense procedure. This isn’t about minority or non-minority; it’s about respecting citizenship and the benefits that come with it.

Update: More on this ridiculous topic

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Friday, September 24, 2004

Kerry Debates Himself...Again

It seems that Senator Kerry's "semi-antiwar" stance has been dealt a major blow by none other than his own remarks. In 1997, after the UN Security Council passed a watered down resolution regarding potential action on Iraq, Kerry appeared on Crossfire backing not only support of that resolution but also preemptive action whenever the U.S. deems it necessary. "We know we can't count on the French. We know we can't count on the Russians...We know that Iraq is a danger to the United States, and we reserve the right to take pre-emptive action whenever we feel it's in our national interest." Bravo Mr. Kerry, I couldn't agree more.

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Thursday, September 23, 2004

The most ridiculous candidate

I sat in the House of Representatives' chamber today. I attended the joint session of Congress to hear the interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi speak. It was surreal at first to see all of the famous Congressional members sitting down in the chamber. Prime Minister Allawi was greeted with a warm welcome from Congress and the American people. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, Sen. John Kerry couldn't even find a good thing to say about Iraq. And for that, John Kerry gets the award for most ridiculous candidate ever.

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Stevens, Cat Stevens

Earlier this week, the former singer, Cat Stevens, forced a flight to redirct after he was found on the no-fly list. Cat Stevens, however, is no longer Cat Stevens. For the last decade of so, he has been living under the name Yusuf Islam and donating money to charitable humanitarian groups around the globe. Or so it seemed.

In 2000, he was deoported from Israel after they found evidence that he had donated money to Hamas. Acoording to a US official, the reason that he appeared on the no-fly list was evidence gathered by the American Intelligence services indicating that he had indeed given money to Hamas. So don't be so quick to laugh and say how stupid the government is for arresting a friendly old hippy folk singer.

T

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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Most Ridiculous Item of the Week

It appears that Senator Kerry has begun to brace himself for another tie in the Electoral College. Call me crazy but at this point I'd be hoping for the win. But I guess if you're in Senator Kerry's shoes, a tie isn't looking so bad at the moment. Here are a few excerpts from a Kerry-Edwards email that is circulating the country:

"And as we learned in Florida in 2000, we have to expect the unexpected on and after Election Day. That's why I'm writing to ask for your immediate help on a very special project."

"Election Day is several weeks away, but our campaign is already considering our options should John Kerry or George Bush pursue a recount like the famous Florida ballot dispute in 2000. That year, the Bush campaign raised more than $14 million in the Florida crisis, compared to Al Gore's campaign, which raised $3.2 million. We can never again be outspent 4-to-1 in such a critical situation."

"Help us get a head start funding our recount efforts."

The best part about all of this is the fact that Senator Kerry's campaign hasn't even determined whether or not they can use these funds in that situation:

"Our campaign is asking the Federal Election Commission whether we could use our GELAC fund to pay the expenses associated with a recount effort. We are optimistic that the FEC will rule by the end of the month."

I don't know about all of you, but even back in Little League we knew that winning was important. We never played for the tie!

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The Lighter Side of the Campaign

I'm glad to see Fox is running a synopsis of what is being said on the late shows each night. We need a little humor about this election. If you were in New York during the Convention, as I was, you would have undoubtedly seen thousands of people telling me how Bush is not only bigoted but also he will be the cause of worldwide destruction. Ridiculous! We, and that includes us Republicans, need to take a little break every now and then and realize that life appears a little different from inside the beltway. Oh, but in the mean time I think we can all get a chuckle as to how forced Kerry sounds everytime he tries to crack a joke:

While on Regis and Kelly the other morning (excerpted from the Fox article):
"About the three debates he and Bush have agreed to, the Democratic senator said: 'The big hang-up was George Bush wanted to get lifelines, you know, so he could call somebody.'"

"You know, so he could call somebody"...Senator Kerry whoever is writing you jokes must have been asleep at the switch. You're in the most predictable place to make a Regis joke and yet you find a way to over explain it. Bravo.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Senate Chairmanships

We can only hope that Senator Bill Frist will get his way and be able to appoint chairs of committees without slavishly adhering to seniority. This will keep Sen. Arlen Specter (fondly known as "Snarlen Arlen" on this blog) from the chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee (a committee that couldn't be more important in the upcoming four years) and could cost Sen. Richard Lugar his existing chairmanship at the head of the Foreign Relations Committee. Classifying the Administration's spending during reconstruction in Iraq as "incompetent" is never good for job security...even if you are a U.S. Senator.

On a related note I'm tired of Republican Senators, such as Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska), who have their own political ambitions and are tearing down the Administration in order to further those ambitions. If you respectfully disagree that's fine, but there is no need to stick your name in the news all the time in an effort to be "lone voice of sanity" in the party.

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Let's get peachy about the good ol' UN

Since everything seems to be about the U.N. again, I figured this story was worth a read.

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Monday, September 20, 2004

"Zell Out" or "Zig Zag Zell": No Matter What You Call Him He's Still Awesome!

Anyone who knows me knows that I haven't shut up about Zell Miller since first seeing him last January at CPAC 2004. Now the nation knows this powerful man with an interesting story to tell. I know he's been accused of "zelling out" to the Republicans but what you call selling out I call voting his conscience. If Democrats insist upon insulting him for changing his viewpoints, acting angry, or kicking puppies (whatever it is they're saying this week I try not to pay attention), I still would like to thank him for going against the grain and voting his heart. Also, perhaps they should talk to Senator Jim Jeffords ( "I" - VT ) about a "change of heart" and then we'll talk. But in the mean time check out his opinion piece from last week in the WSJ. I love this man!

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60 MInutes Part Deux/Rather-Gate/

We were wondering how long CBS would stonewall and continue to stand by their "documents". Knowing how much journalistic integrity our media has these days, we should expect to see thorough investigative reporting to determine who generated the forged documents, right? Doubt it. Look how quickly Sandy Berger (Sandy WHO????) and his trouser-stuffing ways quickly went under the radar. The buck will stop here with CBS.

Why this CBS story is ridiculous:

#1. Everyone knows that Bush got preferential treatment because of his father. Tell us something we don't already know.
#2. CBS was so eager to jump on the Bush-bashing bandwagon that it couldn't wait to upstage its liberal brethren. Reminds us of the kid who says, "hey look at me!" on the jungle gym and falls face-flat into the sand.
#3. The DNC couldn't wait to get its greasy hands all over this story and run with it. Could it be anymore obvious?

Let's find out the connection between this Burkett fellow and former Georgia Senator, Max Cleland, and the rest of the DNC. Now that's a real story. It's too bad CBS, much less any of the other major networks or media outlets, would bother to find out. Prove us wrong. We'd love to be wrong in this instance.

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Saturday, September 18, 2004

An Amazing Moment in History

I'm not much for the New York Yankees but this film can't help but make you smile.

"I didn't vote for him but at that point my personal feelings about him as a politician were gone. I watched him and he was my representative...I had never felt that way before."
-David Fisher (Author quoted in the film)

After you're done watching that try to compare it to what Senator Kerry did this summer. The verdict and message is obvious. Baseball really is the only true test of would-be Presidents. The Winner: George W. Bush.

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Friday, September 17, 2004

More Swift Controversy

ABC recently complained over the use of some of their footage in the new Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ad. I don’t know if this will cause the ad to be pulled, but all in all a not bad ad. It gets to the heart of the matter and should be left on the air. I will openly condemn the first ad that the SBVT put out; it was shameful to pick on Kerry for his noble service. What John Kerry did after returning from Vietnam though is what these veterans really have a problem with. Frankly, I don’t blame them. Either way, take a look at the new SBVT ad.

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Israel's perpetual state of war

With Iran's inevitable and unchecked nuclear ambition progressing well along its way, Israel has found itself facing yet another test for survival. Iran's nuclear development puts Israel in a hard spot, one that it found itself in before when Iraq had their own nuclear reactor (courtesy of France). Iran's rulers agree with Osama bin Laden and many of the Islamic extremists: Israel must be wiped off the face of the earth. So you'd forgive the Israelis for feeling a bit unsettled and nervous about Iran arming itself with nuclear arms.

What's going to happen? If the international community continues to drags its feet, Israel will be forced to resort to a pre-emptive strike to destroy Iran's nuclear reactors. I don't see how the U.S. can get involved at this point with Iraq on its hands. What's worse is that the international community will throw up its hands in disbelief and condemn Israel. It will only contribute more to the widespread hatred for Israel in the Middle East. This is not going to be a pretty situation. And in the end, the international community will only have itself to blame.

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Iraq

The author gets it right.

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a balance of power

by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)

an excerpt:

Either the Constitution is law that governs government or it is not. If it is, then it governs the judiciary as well as the other branches, for they are all part of the same government. Either the people and their elected representatives are the lawmakers or they are not. If they are, then only they can change the words or the meaning of the Constitution. Either the Constitution is the supreme law of the land or it is not. If it is, then it cannot be manipulated and morphed to achieve a purely political agenda. These are among the most fundamental questions we can ask today, and our liberty depends on the right answers

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there's a quagmire

Quagmire! The dreaded Q-word! Yeah. There's a quagmire. And it's not where you think (well, it should be where you think it is): in Congress. It appears Congress will have to scramble to pass another continuing resolution (CR) to make it through the beginning of the next fiscal year. The Senate has passed only ONE appropriations bill. The House has done a little better (eleven of the thirteen). A CR is bad politics; on the surface, CR's might seem like a good thing because it holds government spending to the previous fiscal year's levels (not even adjusting for inflation). But that's not the case once they do pass the appropriations bills. The agencies will spend even more money at a rapid pace to make up for the difference in the appropriations. Quagmire indeed...

And shame on Congress for turning the hurricane-disaster relief supplement into a convenient way to bring home the bacon.

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Thursday, September 16, 2004

The Bush Domination Begins

I’ve been cautiously optimistic this entire election cycle but have always contended that Bush would win. It appears that he might be one step closer as Gallup has released its newest polls putting his lead at near mammoth proportions. 13 points now separates the two presidential contenders. Since, I’m a nerd and read the news article before Gallup even posted it to its site please forgive me for giving a second-hand source (USA Today is reasonably reputable though as the poll is from CNN/Gallup/USA Today). Either way, Kerry can still accomplish a comeback at this point; there’s plenty of race left. What separates Kerry from people that have overcome this type of margin in the past though is the fact that he lacks both substantive policy recommendations and any shred of charisma. I’m not saying that Bush is the ideal candidate, but Kerry’s Vietnam service, while incredibly admirable and worthy of respect, is not enough to carry him into any sort of massive comeback. He needs to perform well in the debates or suddenly this election is Bush’s to lose.

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When Politics Go TOO FAR!

I don't even need to comment on how horrible this is. Big thumbs down from me!

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"The Cheerleader on Acid"

Former-Vice President Al Gore has been making quite name for himself these days. The man that claims he used to be the next President seems to have lost his grip on reality and with it any skill that he once possessed for campaigning. Now, I will admit that I've never been a great fan of Al Gore; I thought he ran a mediocre campaign in 2000 and has never been that "exciting" of a guy. But that still doesn't stop me from objectively saying that he's gone off the deep end. I realize that it must be tempting for him to refer to himself as a former "next President" but lest we all forget, this man was Vice President of the United States, and I do hope he has a better grip on the Constitution than it would appear from his rhetoric. Like it or not, the Electoral College isn't going anywhere.

I've been a fan of the Electoral College long before it sent President Bush into the White House. I think it not only involves small states in a political process that would easily exclude them but it also makes any candidate for President a true representative of the entire United States. These were clearly not the intentions of the Founders when it came to the Electoral College but this is where we stand today. Many people are quick to toss around the idea of a constitutional amendment to "solve this problem" but they fail to realize that in order to ratify a constitutional amendment you need the approval of 3/4 of the states. Last time I checked California, New York, Texas, and Florida don't make up 3/4 of this nation. Thus everyone should just take a moment and calm down (yes this includes you Vice President Gore) and realize that we'll be counting electoral votes long into the future.

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so much for the United Nations

What we have in Sudan is genocide. And nothing is being done about it. Well, I guess we kind of have done something. We have done exactly what John Kerry has said he would do: go to the United Nations, have inspections, pass a resolution, hope that China or France doesn't veto it, and then hope for actual action. So we'll wait and see how long it takes for the U.N. to do anything. In the meantime, Secretary-General Kofi Annan can add more to the tally of dead innocent Africans under his watch.

Isn't it just a bit concerning that Sudan is a member of the U.N. Human Rights Council? Or that France and Germany refuse to classify it as genocide? That China is Sudan's #1 oil investor and would veto a Security Council resolution if it's "too tough"? But hey, if the U.S. took unilateral action, that'd be the wrong thing to do, even if it's for all the right reasons. Here's to multi-lateralism!

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what, there's a liberal media???

We still don't know EXACTLY whether or not the documents that 60 Minutes II and Dan Rather aired of President Bush's Air National Guard record are forgeries. But the overwhelming evidence contradicting Dan Rather's stubborn claims suggest otherwise. It's amazing how small of a carrot you need to dangle to draw in the panging desire of the liberal media to destroy President Bush. 60 Minutes II was misguided by their inherent bias. And now, regardless of the veracity of the documents, they are paying dearly for it.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Fahrenheit 9/11 makes its debut in Iran

And even though his twenty-something son quipped in to say he was "disappointed" by the film and asserted "politics is not as important" for Iran's younger generation, he did envy Moore's position.

"It sure is a great country, where someone like Moore trashes the president and gets away with it -- and makes so much money!" he laughed.

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Monday, September 13, 2004

Al Gore, the Electoral College, and the Election

Our former VP has been doing a lot of ranting these last few months. The fire and passion that has emanated from his mouth has left me speechless. I didn't think Mr. Exciting himself had it in him. But nonetheless he's made some pretty hearty charges and claims and I think they deserve to be answered. I'll be back shortly to finish what I'm sure will be a lengthy rant but in the mean time please enjoy this semi-comical picture of former-VP Al Gore.

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Saturday, September 11, 2004

Westerns and Easterns

I am not generally one to read, enjoy, or endorse the NY Times. However, I thought that this editorial was interesing.

T

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9/11

9/11/2004 marks the third anniversary of one of the darkest days in American history. Whatever you may think about the War on Terror, whether or not we should have gone into Iraq, or if you like President Bush, take a moment to reflect and remember what it was like that day. Since the end of the Cold War, the U.S. has struggled to define what its role in the world would be. That era ended on September 11, 2001 with the loss of 3,000 innocent civilians. Did the children brought to day-care deserve to die? Did the stockbroker? Or the selfless firefighters and police who rushed into the burning buildings? The passengers aboard the three airplanes?

America faces its greatest adversary yet in the form of terrorists who prop up Islam as an excuse to wantonly destroy life. You might look at this upcoming Presidential election and wonder if America can even regroup. Regardless of who is President, we make this clear to everyone else in the world: we will not relent in the face of adversity. We will stay the course and fight the good fight, ensuring our security and spreading freedom to those who can only wonder what freedom is.

At the very least, we urge you to reflect back upon 9/11/01.

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Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Two Americas

The Democrats, against any and all common sense, will probably be harping on their "Two Americas" fallacy for the foreseeable future. Naturally, the idea deserves some thought and it has taken me quite some time to formulate the best way to discuss it. Let us assume, for the moment, that the country is as irreparably polarized as Kerry/Edwards/Moveon/Michael Moore and the rest say it is...

The first question in politics is always "cui bono," to whom the benefit. Who gets the most mileage from a "bitterly divided nation," or at least one that appears to be. The simplest answer? The Democratic Party gets the most benefit. Consider the difficulty of waging war in a democratic society, particularly one as forcibly informed as the United States. A successful war must be fought both in the deserts of Iraq and on the airwaves of the homefront. The populace must support the aims of war and be willing to accept the inevitabilities of war, namely deaths, in order for the Administration to successfully prosecute the war and win re-election. If the popluace is divided, the Administration must mend fences, and focus on the war effort will falter. Or else, the fences go with holes and the war effort is still central. In either case, the opposition party (the Democrats) reaps the reward: a weak incumbent in office. It is, therefore, in the Democrats best interest to keep the electorate passionately divided on as many issues as possible.

The division has a second advantage to the Democrats. Left-wing political theology requires that government be all things to all men/women/non-humen animals. In order to maximize voting potential, the Left has to segment the populace as much as possible, even beyond the standard demographic divisions. Left politicians can therefore make more promises and garner more votes. A focused electorate does not bode well for a Democratic candidate, because there are fewer ways to distract the body politic from failed social programming and tax hikes. Panem et Circensem, bread and circuses, is the M.O. for the Democratic Party.

On a deeper level, perhaps, there is a division in America. But the division is far more profound than wars and taxes. It is a difference of vision and of soul. Conservatives, generally, believe in people. They believe in people's abilities to decide for themselves, to innovate in their lives and improve their condition. They believe in the pursuit of happiness, a constant individual striving for future betterment.

The Left, in general, believes that people cannot be trusted. Can't be trusted to spend their own money, raise their own children, plan for their own future. Instead, the people should be kept in a static state, not really moving forward, but certainly not falling behind either. And everyone should be the same as everyone else, with regard to their property, their intellect, their education. And everyone is happy, in their world. They have no reason to do better, no reason to strive for the future. There is no future.

There are Two Americas today. There is the America that believes in the future, in the constant improvement of the human condition. And there is the America that believes there should be no future, because no one should be ahead of anyone else.

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Monday, September 06, 2004

A View from the Floor…or Rather the Rafters

As I covered in my last post I’ve recently arrived back in Claremont from none other than New York City. I had a fabulous trip to the RNC and was constantly infused with energy (even at the wee hours of the morning as Nathan can certify) as I witnessed firsthand the inner-workings of the pageant that we now call a political nominating convention. For those that thought the Republicans were going to blow their chance with the lineup of moderate speakers or an ultra-conservative platform, I say to them it’s time to see what a real convention can do for a candidate!

Those that know me can certainly attest to the fact that I’m a rather “realistic” person in my expectations and often go into things such as this convention with a fair share of doubts. When I heard of all the negative publicity that the convention was getting, or was sure to get, I took a deep breath and hoped that this wouldn’t be political suicide for the President. On my first day in NYC, CNN stopped Tim, Rob, and I and proceeded to interview us regarding the “stifling security” or the “rowdy protestors.” As I received one framed question after another, I couldn’t help but think that the Americans watching the convention at home would be aghast with the mess that the RNC had created in NYC. But what I saw from inside and around the convention was an energetic crowd, great speakers, and the vast majority of Americans there to either do their daily business or support the President. The “horrendous” crowds of protestors, while certainly present, were for the most part respectful and added even an extra element of discourse that would not have been possible without them. They reminded me of why I love this country and why I value every American’s right to “peaceably assemble” (don’t you just love it how most people don’t even read the actual text of the First Amendment anymore?).

On the topic of speakers I will be brief as I know Byron has already given an excellent analysis of the different speeches. I’ll start by saying that I owe John McCain an apology, as the man that I normally hate delivered what I thought was an excellent speech. Don’t let the talking heads on any of the networks tell you any differently,
McCain’s speech was direct and forthright in his now patented “straight-talking” fashion. From a truly bipartisan source John McCain offered up a defense of Bush’s foreign policy that was second to none. Schwarzenegger, another one of those “fake” Republicans (or so he was dubbed by the media and liberals), delivered a speech that not only outlined the case for Bush but also for all would-be Republicans:

If you believe that government should be accountable to the people, not the people to the government...then you are a Republican! If you believe a person should be treated as an individual, not as a member of an interest group... then you are a Republican! If you believe your family knows how to spend your money better than the government does... then you are a Republican!...If you believe this country, not the United Nations, is the best hope of democracy in the world ... then you are a Republican! And, ladies and gentlemen ...if you believe we must be fierce and relentless and terminate terrorism ... then you are a Republican!

I cannot say enough things about Senator Miller. I know the media and liberals have dubbed “Zig Zag” Zell (or “Zell Out” depending on your preference) as too angry to appeal to any swing voters. I have news for those folks,
Zell Miller did his job and did it perfectly. If you saw Cheney’s speech, which was not too many of you, you would have seen about as warm and fuzzy as Dick Cheney gets. He delivered a reasonably standard stump speech with only the standard attack lines. What Zell delivered was an all out assault on the Kerry record, or lack thereof, that hit on the most important issue facing our country and subsequently our lives, the War on Terror. I know many will say that if he thought the Democratic record on defense was so atrocious why did he stay a loyal member of that party? September 11, 2001, irreversibly changed the course of American policy and for Zell Miller represented a turning point in his views. Finally, President Bush’s speech simply astonished me. His passion and energy, though not perfectly clear until the second-half of the speech, rang through to all those that listened. His emotion was well placed and the speech was perfectly delivered. George Bush hit a homerun and now has the added benefit of a successful convention to carry him through to November.

The effects of this remarkably successful political convention are already clear. The Newsweek and Time polls taken during the middle of the convention, which are the source of a small amount of controversy due to an alleged over sampling of Republicans,
found that Bush now has an 11-point lead over Kerry. While that does appear like it could be an anomaly, what got me more excited was the new Gallup poll taken after the convention ended. Gallup claims that Bush now maintains a healthy 7-point lead after his convention, which is up 4-points since before the convention. So much for what Mark Mellman, Kerry pollster, claimed of an electorate that is "so evenly divided and that large majorities of voters were locked in to their presidential choices at an early date, there would be no substantial post convention bounce." This is a monumental step for the President in his bid for reelection and all that support him should be delighted.

The RNC proved once again that the Republicans could put on a show that the American people would not only watch, but also enjoy. While Senator Kerry did deliver an excellent speech, it still left us with no idea on why he would make a better Commander-in-Chief (Kerry tried to center it on this issue, not me) than George W. Bush. Bush on the other hand stayed on message the entire week, with his entire lineup of speakers there to assist him, and once and for all proved to the American public that he is clearly the leader that American not only needed after September 11 but also he is the leader that America needs for FOUR MORE YEARS!

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Dissent is Patriotic

I believe it was Thomas Jefferson, a man much smarter than I, who once spoke the words, "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism...." I agree, dissent is patriotic. The truth is that there are intelligent arguements on both sides of almost every issue. Sometimes, those arguements can be ugly and harsh. Idea behind a deliberative democracy is that you examine both sides of the issue then decide which one you agree with, then try to persuade as many people as possible. This can be done with just about every issue from abortion, to gay marriage, to tax reform, and so on.

Last week I was in New York to observe the Republican National Convention. Unfortunately, I was not able to get inside the garden for the major speeches, so I will let one of my fellow bloggers talk about that. I was, however, right in the middle of the biggest protest I have ever seen. It was a pretty amazing sight.

As I said, I believe in the right to dissent and protest, and I think that it is neccessary for democracy. However, I would argue that what the protestors in NY were doing was not dissent, and that a great majority, not all of course, of the left has not been dissenting. I would classify dissent as disagreeing on an issue, and having the intellectual arguement to back up your position. After being in NY during the protest march I am convinced that the left in this country, or like I said a great deal of the left, has regressed from intellectual dissent to psuedo-hooliganism.

Almost 2,000 protestors were arrested during the convention. I am sure that there were arrests in Boston as well. However, I did not hear of a single one. Of course, I hardly heard a thing about the arrests in NY, but that is for a different reason. There were also many protestors who were able to get onto the convention floor and cause a commotion, before being swooped away by security. Again, I did not hear of this in Boston.

Finally, I have an anecdote to demonstrate my point. I was standing on the street handing out copies of a conservative publication. I was asking only those people who were wearing credentials for the convention if they would like one. If someone came up and asked for one, of course I obliged. The point is, I was not shoving them in everyone's face. An African-American lady walked by wearing a lot of anti-Bush buttons. She stopped in front of me and began starring intently at the magazine I was holding. I asked her, "Would you like one Ma'm?" The respone I recieved was completely irrational, and I was not prepared for it. She began screaming things at me. "DO I LOOK LIKE I WANT ONE? DO I LOOK LIKE A REPUBLICAN?" She started yelling how Bush is a killer and all sorts of other negative statements. I responded, "Ma'm, I did not say anything negative to you, I simply asked you if you wanted one." Finally, she left me in peace. I was saddened to see what was truly happening on the streets of NY. I realized that these people were not for anything. They were simply filled with hate and blind rage.

Many outlets of the media, AAJ for example, attempted to paint the portests as the big story at the beginning of the week. The stellar job by NYPD and the rousing performances inside Madison Square Garden prevented them from succeeding. All in all, a great week in NY.

T

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Sunday, September 05, 2004

The RNC from DC

I apologize for not writing the past week as the RNC went on.

I admit that I was worried about the "moderate" line-up of speakers. I wasn't sure what the RNC was going to project to the rest of the country.

My doubts were silenced after seeing the Republicans absolutely dissect apart the Kerry-Edwards ticket. Sen. John McCain (R-Ari.) and former NYC Mayor Rudy Giulani delivered stirring speeches the first night (unfortunately none were broadcasted on primetime network TV). I was most delighted to see Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Calif.) give one of the most uplifting and rousing speeches I have ever seen. I couldn't help but smile as the Governa-tor talk about what made him Republican. His speech had many Reagan-esque moments.



Sen. Zell Miller (D-Georgia) was full of fire and brimstone; he brought down the Lord's wrath upon John Kerry and the Democrats. If the RNC was 'dissecting' the Democrats, Sen. Miller was applying the scalpel and slicing apart the Kerry-Edwards camp. Amazing. Vice President Dick Cheney's speech was good but not noteworthy. First Lady Laura Bush presented a genuine portrait of her husband (unlike Teresa Heinz-Kerry's selfish gloating of her own self) and the Bush twins bumbled their way.

President Bush delivered an interesting acceptance speech. He highlighted the domestic agenda for his second term, much of which was postponed from his first term. I like the emphasis for an "ownership" society; the private savings and health savings accounts are in the right direction. The push for making his tax cuts permanent, as well as substantial tax reform, should solidify his base.

I didn't think the first part of his speech wasn't as good as it should have been. I agree with many of the pundits that described it as more of a State of the Union address. But the second half of his speech was right on the mark. Our President made it all but clear that he is the commander-in-chief that we want at the helm in this war on terror(ism). President Bush opened himself to the American people. He was genuine and sincere. He poked fun at his shortcomings, mentioning his "difficulties" with English and his swagger, which in "Texas is called walking". The second half of President Bush's speech set him apart from Sen. John Kerry. I really do think it helps the American people identify with him a lot more than Kerry.

Overall, I deem the RNC a success. I was calling for a 5-10% bounce in the polls. I was very surprised to see a 10-11% lead (Time and Newsweek polls respectively) for President Bush after the RNC. We shall see if this will hold.

Furthermore, the RNC has been successful. Witness the frantic antics of the Kerry-Edwards campaign. A pathetic midnight press conference by Sen. Kerry and Edwards broke down into Kerry giving a terrible stump speech. It all amounted to what many will deem to be whining.

The Democrats were soundly defeated this past week. The next two months will be some of the dirtiest, nastiest campaigning we have seen in recent months. But as President Bush has said before, "Bring it on."


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Our Apologies

To All Our Readers:

Please accept my heartfelt apologies that none of us have been around on the blog for the last week or so. For some, the start of the school year is just a bit much to stomach, while others (myself included) have been occupied in NYC this last week watching the best convention ever known! I promise we'll be back up and running in no time. In the mean time please keep checking back and make sure to look at some of the other fabulous blogs we've linked to.

With Best Regards,
Kris

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