Philippine Boondoggle

It is hard to tell these days where the government of Philippine President Gloria Arroyo stands on the war on terror.

After withdrawing Philippine troops in Iraq to comply with terrorist demands, the Arroyo government has been in a tailspin seeking to cement stronger relations with Islamic countries. Now, we learn thru Michelle Malkin that former comptroller of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Major General Carlos Garcia is suspected of skimming his own people’s tax money and possibly abusing U.S. anti-terrorism aid funds. The good general has been suspended:

General Garcia and his apparently Imelda Marcos-like wife may have spent the money on real estate in New York (including a unit at Trump Park Avenue Condo in NYC) and Westerville, Ohio. Will keep an eye on the story.

Follow Michelle Malkin as she continues to break this story.

Cheney vs. Edwards

Tuesday night, Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney will square off against John Edwards at CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY in the only Vice Presidential Debate scheduled for the 2004 Presidential campaign.

Edwards will meet a seasoned opponent; Cheney will meet a skilled and polished trial lawyer. The most noticeable difference between them is age. I believe people tend to fawn over John Edwards for just that reason.

Cheney certainly has a ‘gruff’ exterior, but I would remind everyone that the United States is at war with a foe that shows no mercy. I fully believe that at this time in our history we need people like George Bush and Dick Cheney, people that can meet an enemy head on and never blink.

Imagine having President John Kerry and Vice President John Edwards September 11th, 2001. I doubt that we would be in a protracted conflict in Iraq and Afganistan today had that been the case. President John Kerry would simply keep Osama and Sadaam off balance by changing positions, Vice President John Edwards would keep them tied up in the International Court of Justice with endless lawsuits.

I apologize for being so cynical in my opinions of John Kerry and John Edwards. Truthfully though, John Kerry is like a sailboat that sails with the wind and when I consider John Edwards, I think of how much my medical insurance costs.

The Kerry/Edwards team might indeed run the country quite well someday, but not today…

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