Floyd Landis Victory: Sour Grapes for the French

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Jul 292006

Tour de France winner Floyd Landis denied on Thursday taking performance-enhancing drugs during the race and said he would fight to clear his name after testing positive for the male sex hormone testosterone.

Let’s just look at this with a little common sense. Of course he tested positive for having high levels of testosterone. If you compare him to an average French man, his levels will be off the charts.

This may be just another attempt by the feminized U.S. hating French to steal victory from an American.

Hell… if they gave Hillary Clinton the same test, her testosterone would be higher than any French man’s.

Hi Ho Hi Ho it’s off to WW III we go!

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Jul 162006

I have been saying this for a couple of weeks and now it looks like Newt may be saying the same thing.

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich says America is in World War III and President Bush should say so. In an interview in Bellevue this morning Gingrich said Bush should call a joint session of Congress the first week of September and talk about global military conflicts in much starker terms than have been heard from the president.

“We need to have the militancy that says ‘We’re not going to lose a city,’ ” Gingrich said. He talks about the need to recognize World War III as important for military strategy and political strategy.

Gingrich said he is “very worried” about Republican’s facing fall elections and says the party must have the “nerve” to nationalize the elections and make the 2006 campaigns about a liberal Democratic agenda rather than about President Bush’s record.

Gingrich says that as of now Republicans “are sailing into the wind” in congressional campaigns. He said that’s in part because of the Iraq war, adding, “Iraq is hard and painful and we do not explain it very well.”

But some of it is due to Republicans’ congressional agenda. He said House and Senate Republicans “forgot the core principle” of the party and embraced Congressional pork. “Some of the guys,” he said, have come down with a case of “incumbentitis.”

Gingrich said in the coming days he plans to speak out publicly, and to the Administration, about the need to recognize that America is in World War III.

He lists wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, this week’s bomb attacks in India, North Korean nuclear threats, terrorist arrests and investigations in Florida, Canada and Britain, and violence in Israel and Lebanon as evidence of World War III. He said Bush needs to deliver a speech to Congress and “connect all the dots” for Americans.

He said the reluctance to put those pieces together and see one global conflict is hurting America’s interests. He said people, including some in the Bush Administration, who urge a restrained response from Israel are wrong “because they haven’t crossed the bridge of realizing this is a war.”

“This is World War III,” Gingrich said. And once that’s accepted, he said calls for restraint would fall away:
“Israel wouldn’t leave southern Lebanon as long as there was a single missile there. I would go in and clean them all out and I would announce that any Iranian airplane trying to bring missiles to re-supply them would be shot down. This idea that we have this one-sided war where the other team gets to plan how to kill us and we get to talk, is nuts.”

There is a public relations value, too. Gingrich said that public opinion can change “the minute you use the language” of World War III. The message then, he said, is “‘OK, if we’re in the third world war, which side do you think should win?”

An historian, Gingrich said he has been studying recently how Abraham Lincoln talked to Americans about the Civil War, and what turned out to be a much longer and deadlier war than Lincoln expected.

Gingrich is here for fund raisers for Congressman Dave Reichert, 2nd District GOP challenger Doug Roulstone, and the state party. I talked to him in a hotel suite with a few of his and Reichert’s staff.

Any time his name comes up here it’s said that he once called Washington state “ground zero for the Republican revolution.” Republicans saw huge gains in Washington in the 1994 mid-term elections, though they have largely decayed away.

“I think there is a reform oriented populism that is a key a component of Washington State’s, if you will, culture or personality,” he said. Voters here also got caught up in the national, anti-incumbent, anti-Democratic wave. The other thing that was different here, he said, was “that there was no place in America where talk radio was more enthusiastically favorable to the idea that it was time to try something new.”

(Speaking of talk radio, waiting to go in to see Gingrich as I was leaving were KVI’s John Carlson and Kirby Wilbur and William Maurer, an attorney with the Institute for Justice who has been backing the talk show hosts in the legal challenge against their on-air championing of an anti-tax initiative.)

With Republicans in control of Washington, D.C., it’s Democrats who this year are hoping for a reform wave to sweep them into office. Democrats want to nationalize the election and make each congressional race about Bush, the Iraq war and the Republican agenda. Republicans have been trying to localize each race, as in Reichert’s challenge from political newcomer Darcy Burner, and make the race about the qualifications and personalities of the candidates, not about a national agenda.

Gingrich says that’s a mistake. Republicans, he says, should nationalize the contest, too. He said that yesterday he saw polling that gave him some optimism for the first time about this year’s elections. He didn’t say what state it was from, but it showed that Democratic incumbents’ poll numbers crashed when tagged with the record of House Democrats.

He said that as Democrats make the elections about George Bush, Republicans should make it about House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco. He said voters need to be told “how weirdly San Francisco these guys are voting” and Democrats will “collapse in defeat.”
“The line I think every Republican should use is, ‘X knows their record, they just hope you don’t,’ which is actually the line I used in my winning race in ’78. I’m a historian. I don’t do anything new. I just imitate. I guarantee you there are 60 or 70 Democrats, if their districts thoroughly understood their record, they’d lose this year even though people aren’t happy with Bush. Because people aren’t suicidal. …”

“While people understand that while they may be irritated with Republicans, we at least broadly share their values and visions and the left is just out of touch with reality. I think then you have a totally different debate by October, if we have the nerve to do it. … There’s going to be a national conversation in October. The only question is whether it’s the Republicans defining it or whether we have some nutty idea that we can run local races, and so the entire definition is on the left.”

UPDATE: I tried to get a comment today from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee but no one ever got back to me. This evening, Kelly Steele, spokesman for the state party, did respond and sent this e-mail:

This is classic – that Gingrich’s solution to Bush’s failed leadership is a different “marketing strategy” shows the true extent to which Republicans cannot be trusted to win the war on terror. Democrats believe we need a “tough and smart” strategy that makes 2006 a year of transition in Iraq and aggressively takes the fight to the terrorists, while Gingrich and Bush seek to elect a new crop of loyal rubberstamps – McGavick, Reichert, and Roulstone included – to blindly support and extend their monopoly on their “tough and dumb” conduct of the war in Iraq and the larger battle against global terrorism.

A Little Humor for Today!

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Jul 062006

Al Gore is out jogging one morning, notices a little boy on the corner with a box. Curious, he runs over to the child and says, “What’s in the box, kid?” The little boy says, “Kittens, they’re brand new kittens.” Al Gore laughs and says, “What kind of kittens are they?” “Democrats,” the child says. “Oh, that’s cute,” Al Gore says and he runs off. A couple of days later, Al Gore is running with his buddy Bill Clinton and he spies the same boy with his box just ahead. Al says to Bill, “You gotta check this out,” and they both jog over to the boy with the box. Al says, “Look in the box Bill, isn’t that cute? Look at those little kittens. Hey, kid, tell my friend Bill what kind of kittens they are.” The boy replies, “They’re Republicans.””Whoa!” Al says, “I came by here the other day and you said they were Democrats. What’s up?” “Well,” the kid says, “Their eyes are open now.”

Jimmy Carter Attack Sub Armed with Nerf Missles

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Jul 052006

The U.S. Navy on Saturday will commission its newest nuclear-powered attack submarine, the Jimmy Carter, with many new features, including multiple-warhead Nerf missiles.

President Carter, who brought peace to the middle east, vigorously defended America’s right to give away the Panama Canal and, in 1994, convinced North Korea to abandon talking about its nuclear weapons, said he’s honored to have his name on “one of the most powerful peacemaking devices on earth.”

Jimmy Carter is the first of the American Seahare-class subs, featuring a high-tech sonar system which alerts enemy forces to its presence and a safety device on the Nerf missiles which allows firing only after an enemy missile impact.

“This new generation of nuclear submarines is designed to use trust in our enemies as our first line of defense,” said an unnamed Navy spokesman.

President Carter has invited leaders from North Korea and Iran to the commissioning ceremony, during which former First Lady Rosalyn Carter, in a time-honored Navy tradition, will give the first order to “man our ship, bring her to life then park her over there by the dock!”

No longer on the political Dark Side

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Jul 022006

This Tony Phyrillas’ artical describes what it means to be a Democrat today.

My 30-day trial membership to the Democratic Party has expired. I decided not to renew. For those who haven’t been following some of my recent columns, a little background is in order. After 27 years as a registered Republican, I switched my voter registration about a month ago so I could vote in the Democratic primary against my incumbent state legislator.

The incumbent, an undistinguished career politician by the name of Dante Santoni Jr., gave himself a pay raise last year, doubled his pension a few years back and voted against a plan to bring meaningful property tax relief for his constituents.

I was hoping to join with my Democratic brethren to knock Santoni out in the primary. Unfortunately, Santoni won thenomination to seek another two-year term because two other Democrats running against Santoni split the anti-incumbent vote. When all the ballots were counted, Santoni received about 45 percent of the vote. That means 55 percent of the Democrats in his district — the clear majority — don’t want Santoni to continue as their state legislator.

Voters in the 126th District will get another chance to send Santoni into retirement in November. All registered voters, including independents and third-party members, get to vote in the general election. That’s bad news for Santoni. Not only do the majority of Democrats want change, but I’m sure Republicans and other voters will relish the prospect of getting rid of another Harrisburg pay-jacker.

I thought about living life as a Democrat, but it just didn’t feel right. I was embarrassed to tell the woman at the polling site which party I was going to vote in. I tried to say “Democrat” in a whisper, but she didn’t hear me, so I had to repeat the word out loud.

When I considered that the leadership of my adopted party consisted of Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, Barbara Boxer, Howard Dean and Ted Kennedy, I knew I had to get out. There are many other reasons I didn’t fit in as Democrat. Here’s a few:

• You have to be against capital punishment, but support abortion on demand.

• You have to believe that businesses create oppression and governments create prosperity so you have to tax businesses out of existence.

• You have to believe that guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens are more of a threat than U.S. nuclear weapons technology in the hands of North Korean communists or Iranian fanatics.

• You have to believe that global temperatures are less affected by cyclical changes in the Earth’s climate and more affected by soccer moms driving SUV’s.

• You have to believe that there was no art before federal funding or there won’t be any more
“Sesame Street” unless the federal government pours millions into public television.

• You have to believe that the same teacher who can’t teach 4th-graders how to read is somehow qualified to teach those same kids about sex.

• You have to believe that hunters don’t care about nature, but People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals activists do.

• You have to believe that self-esteem is more important than actually doing something to earn it.

• You have to believe the National Rifle Association is bad because it supports certain parts of the Constitution, while the American Civil Liberties Union is good because it supports certain parts of the Constitution.

• You have to believe that Margaret Sanger and Gloria Steinem are more important to American history than Thomas Jefferson, Robert E. Lee and Thomas Edison.

• You have to believe that taxes are too low and politicians in Washington, D.C., know better about how to spend your money than you.

• You have to believe that standardized tests are inherently racist, but racial quotas and other government-imposed affirmative action programs are not.

• You have to believe the United States must spend billions of dollars to fund a corrupt organization like the United Nations, but we can’t defend ourselves unless the U.N. gives the OK.

• You have to believe that the United States is to blame for the 9/11 attacks because it wouldn’t allow Islamic fanatics to take control of the Middle East and most of Asia.

• You have to believe that the only reason socialism hasn’t worked anywhere it’s been tried over the past 100 years is because the right people haven’t been in charge.

• You have to believe that parades displaying drag queens and transvestites should be constitutionally protected but manger scenes at Christmas should be illegal.

As you can see, I just don’t fit in today’s Democratic Party.