Did John Kerry Cheat At The Debate?

Not that John Kerry needed help, but Wizbang! is following a story by INDC Journal that indicates John Kerry may have cheated at debate #1 by bringing a note of some sort with him.

INDC Journal:

John Kerry brought prohibited material into last Thursday’s Presidential Debate. From section 5, pages 4-5 of the binding “Memorandum of Understanding” (pdf file) that was negotiated and agreed upon by both political campaigns:

(c) No props, notes, charts, diagrams, or other writings or other tangible things may be brought into the debate by either candidate.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins Talledega 500

Dale Earnhardt Jr. passed Kevin Harvick and held off the field to take his 5th Talledega 500 in a dramatic six lap shootout for the checkered flag!

Elliott Sadler gets airborne on the last lap, but ends up on four wheels this year. Jeff Gordon comes in 20th after managing to avoid a wreck involving Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle on lap 187.

You can check the unofficial race results here.

That’s NASCAR racing at its best!

Hu Jintao May Adopt A More Flexible Approach Towards Taiwan

Chinese President Hu Jintao may adopt a more flexible approach towards Taiwan according to The Straits Times.

The story runs contrary to one published by Express India the other day where President Hu Jintao was urging the army to ‘prepare for a military struggle.’

If The Straits Times story proves accurate, then President Hu may yet be the hero of the China/Taiwan saga by peacefully reunifying the island of Taiwan with the Chinese mainland. When that occurs, I hope to have a front row seat for the grand celebration!

School Band Refuses to Play for President

I’m sitting here feeling so disgusted, I have just read that The Parkland High School Marching Band in Allentown, PA has refused to play for the President of the United States.

The district questioned the legality of using the public funds that support its band at a partisan event.

Read the story here

Partisan? Give me a break, what could be more partisan? A band should play for any President, regardless of their politics. I never cared for President Clinton much at all, but he was the President, he was ‘MY’ President and I did attempt to afford him all the respect he was due as President of the United States. I remember seeing President Clinton in Marine 1 surveying the destruction in Eastern North Carolina after Hurricane Floyd, it was a proud moment for me. Though I disagreed with him wholeheartedly about a great many things, he was ‘MY’ President.

Attempting to avoid “appearing partisan” has resulted in nothing but “appearing partisan” and the further polarization of American Politics.

Come on people, let’s give the “partisan” thing a break and just celebrate “being American.”

Presidential Debate #1, midstream analysis

Kerry is showing his superior debating abilities, watching and listening to Bush is painful.

Kerry has a magic wand that, if elected, he will wave and solve the black hole mess we call Iraq. Wow, click my heels three times and I’m back in Kansas.

Bush simply responds that Kerry is denigrating someone and the Command in Chief can’t do that.

Let’s just call this one a total loss, we’ll get it right in debate #2.

China tells its army to be ready for war

The World Community continues to hear again and again from China that it is going to pound Little Taiwan if it ever declares independence.

Beijing, September 30: Chinese Communist Party chief and President Hu Jintao has urged the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to prepare for a military struggle, but stopped short of singling out rival Taiwan as the target.

Read the full story here

Pardon my impertinence, but I believe that a country with thousands of years of experience could find a better way to reunite itself with its “wayward” neighbor other than by “blowing it up.” Still, a peaceful reunification is difficult to see. The cultures of China and Taiwan are so distant from each other that reunification would certainly require a heavy hand.

Too much “face” is now involved for China to “let bygones be bygones” and armed conflict seems almost certain. It is doubtful that the United States would actually engage China to save Taiwan, bogged down in Iraq as it is. Taiwan will stand or fall on its own. Should Taiwan fall, the World will express its outrage and that’ll be the end of things and the world will move on…

Taiwan is free and should remain free, but neither party appears to have an answer to peacefully end the current impasse. The problem is that everyone is thinking ‘inside the box’, China and Taiwan should perhaps accept someone far removed from their dispute and be willing to consider their recommendations. It should be obvious to all that the impasse is not any closer to a resolution today than it was decades ago.

President Hu Jintao, there is another way; there has to be Sir.

Merck Announces Voluntary Worldwide Withdrawal of VIOXX®

I remember using VIOXX® some years ago, I never felt very well taking it so I discontinued its use. It was a good decision as it is now being linked to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J., Sept. 30, 2004 – Merck &. Co., Inc. today announced a voluntary worldwide withdrawal of VIOXX® (rofecoxib), its arthritis and acute pain medication. The company’s decision, which is effective immediately, is based on new, three-year data from a prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial, the APPROVe (Adenomatous Polyp Prevention on VIOXX) trial.

Read the full press release here

“The end of the Beginning?”

I pray this is the spark to bring some sort of peace, and the freeing of Palestinian hearts and minds…

As Churchill said after the British defeated the German ‘Afrika Korps’ in Egypt: Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

Read the full story at Wizbang!