Did Kerry Cheat?

I would like to take this opportunity to update a story that ran a few days ago:

INDC Journal:

“What he takes out of his pocket … I’m almost 99% sure that it’s a pen. It’s a black, oblong object,” a FOX News producer told INDC Journal.

Let’s leave it at that. The debate rules were violated in letter, but not intent, and any charges of cheating against the Kerry campaign are undeserved and inaccurate.

A ‘big’ thanks to INDC Journal for staying with the story.

Dick Cheney, The Good Man

Vice President Dick Cheney was not at all the mean ole codger that the main stream media has led us to believe he was.

The Dick Cheney I saw at the Vice Presidential debate tonight was a friendly man, open to conversation, polite, even jovial at times. He was the type of man you’d meet for dinner at the local diner and talk about what Dan Rather had to say that day. As it turns out, the media elite had him figured all wrong.

Mr. Cheney, it was a pleasure to meet you tonight…

Check out the commentary at Wizbang!.

Link update: Also take a look at INDCJOURNAL. There is some great commentary there about the debate.

Vice Presidential Debate Analysis

A special thanks to Gwen Ifill for offering a more balanced question line.

Dick Cheney was clearly in control. He was calm, comfortable, resolute, and in control of the facts. Listening to the Vice President speak gave me complete confidence that we have the right team in the right place at the right time. Complete confidence…

John Edwards appeared nervous and fidgety. He stuck to the Kerry/Edwards campaign line and left viewers without an increased feeling of confidence. His responses to the questions posed by Gwen Ifill left more questions and more uncertainties than he resolved.

Vice President Dick Cheney and President George W. Bush are the clear winners of this one and only Vice Presidential debate.

Link update: Check out what Michelle Malkin has to say.

Paul Bremer’s Revelation

Ambassador L. Paul Bremer yesterday ‘revealed’ at the 91st annual Insurance Leadership Forum that “…the United States paid a price for not having enough troops in place to secure the country following the brief war.”

Apparently, Mr. Bremer thought his comments would be off-the-record. Most Americans, I believe, concluded a long time ago that we didn’t have enough troops in Iraq to stabilize the country after the war.

We had a force strong enough to win the war, but a force insufficient to secure the country after major fighting had been concluded. I believe we should have gone in with overwhelming forces as Colin Powell did during the first Gulf war. If we had done so, then we could have deposed Saddam Hussein; wiped out any guerrilla forces; rebuilt Iraq’s infrastructure; installed a respectable government; packed our bags and gone home.

Iraq is a mess today, everyone knows it, but we must win this fight and terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi knows it. If the United States succeeds in Iraq, then Zarqawi knows that we will take them down “one country at a time.”

If the Unites States fails, Zarqawi’s brand of radical Islam will spread throughout the world and there will be no stopping it.

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.”