November 1, 2006

Ted Strickland Speaks; I Feel a Draft in Here (UPDATE: Strickland Opposes Draft, But Wants ‘Proportionate Burden’)

Filed under: Taxes & Government,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 9:31 pm

Here are two excerpts of what Ted Strickland had to say when asked about John Kerry’s insult (links not available yet to audio MP3s are here and here; audio HT to conservativeguy at RAB; lots and lots of ands, uhs, and y’knows omitted):

But if you look at the people who are serving in our military today, you will find a disproportionate share come from small town America, rural areas, and they are disproportionately being called upon to defend this country. You know as well as I do that there may be one or two members of the 535 members of the House and Senate that have a son or daughter in Iraq. Most of them do not, and that’s true of a lot of young people who come from more privileged backgrounds.

….. I strongly believe that if this war was being fully shared by all segments of our society, by all income levels and so on, that a lot of people may have a different attitude about what’s happening and the lives that are being lost, and the young people that are being maimed for life.

Does it sound like Ted Strickland thinks there should be a revival of the draft? Don’t laugh; John Murtha said just that today (in fact, Murtha says he’s “always been for the draft”). Now THERE’S a winning position that will appeal to voters.

I’m waiting to find a link to the full audio in a usable format. When I do, I will link to it. The rambling and searching for words in the interview is really something.


UPDATE: Strickland may or may not be right about whether there’s “one or two” members of the House or Senate with sons and/or daughters in Iraq the military today (corrected at 10 AM on Nov. 2). But in 2003, there were seven:

House and Senate information offices said they do not have a comprehensive list of members who are military parents.

The small group of lawmakers who’ve announced or confirmed that their kids are now serving includes Johnson, Kline and Republican Reps. Todd Akin of Missouri, Duncan Hunter of California, Marilyn Musgrave of Colorado, Ed Schrock of Virginia and Joe Wilson of South Carolina.

There was no comprehensive list three years ago. If there still isn’t, does Ted really know what the number is now?

UPDATE 2: I got a chance to listen to the full audio. Strickland says he doesn’t favor a draft, but he doesn’t want the “burden” to be “disproportionate.” OK, Ted, since you’re serving in Congress until January, how would you do that without a draft?

Kerry-On Baggage: The ‘Apology’ Doesn’t Cut It

The Kerry site is where the original is. Full text is also at Hot Air (apparently a written/non-spoken statement; I guess he “cut and run” from the idea of going on camera):

As a combat veteran, I want to make it clear to anyone in uniform and to their loved ones: my poorly stated joke at a rally was not about, and never intended to refer to any troop.

I sincerely regret that my words were misinterpreted to wrongly imply anything negative about those in uniform, and I personally apologize to any service member, family member, or American who was offended.

It is clear the Republican Party would rather talk about anything but their failed security policy. I don’t want my verbal slip to be a diversion from the real issues. I will continue to fight for a change of course to provide real security for our country, and a winning strategy for our troops.

He is NOT taking responsibility. It was NOT a verbal slip, and it is somehow other peoples’ fault that his words were “misinterpreted.”

Twenty years ago, when the 527 Media ruled the landscape, this might have worked. Not today. This “apology” changes nothing, not only because it is objectively hollow, but because Kerry has a 30-plus year track record of dishonoring our troops. People know what he said, they know what he meant, and they know that he meant it.

UPDATE: The fun part of this is going to be watching the slip-sliding reactions of people like Kos (“Kerry has nothing to apologize for”). I suspect that they are going to feel betrayed.

UPDATE 2: Michelle Malkin confirms that this is indeed the case. Rather than don the hazmat suit to find out, I’ll trust her.

UPDATE 3: Ann Coulter

John Kerry is the “botched joke” of American politics. For those of you keeping score at home, John Kerry has now called members of the U.S. military a) stupid, b) crazy, c) murderers, d) rapists, e) terrorizers of Iraqi women and children. I wonder what he’ll call them tomorrow. Whatever Karl Rove is paying John Kerry to say stupid things, it’s worth every penny.

Considering the alternatives, it’s amazing that he’s received, by far, the most flak for Item a).

UPDATE 4: VDH thinks that this picture turned the tide and forced a defiant Kerry into what passes for his “apology” mode –


Hugh Hewitt is wondering whether the 527 Media will show this pic tomorrow — I doubt it. In fact, the prospect that the pic might make the front page probably moved Kerry more than any form of sincerity. Now the 527s can (lamely) say “it’s old news” to justify not running it.

UPDATE 5: Geraghty at TKS — “Buddy, I know what you want me to believe you meant. Unfortunately, what I believe you meant is not that. I believe that what you said is what you really think, but you don’t want people to know that.”

UPDATE 6: An allegedly uncut vid is at Hot Air, along with a debate over whether Kerry meant to slam Bush. Kerry starts at 1:35; I didn’t see any controls for forwarding, so you’ll have to wait through the intros, etc. to the joke, which starts at about 2:00.

I’m sorry, Kerry clearly and smoothly transitioned from slamming Bush to a separate joke directed at students, and was clearly playing to a preconceived notion that only people who are less educated end up in Iraq. I don’t see how else you can interpret it. Michelle Malkin, and her follow-up e-mailers, strongly agree.

Previous Posts:
– Kerry-On Baggage: Ohio US Senate Race Edition (Sherrod Brown Steps in It)
– Kerry-On Baggage: It’s Too Late for Dems to Distance, Effective 12:01 AM, Nov. 1
– John Kerry’s Productivity
– John Kerry Appears to Be on the Verge of Accomplishing the Impossible
– There’s Not a Hard Drive Big Enough

Kerry-On Baggage: Ohio US Senate Race Edition (Sherrod Brown Steps in It)

Filed under: Taxes & Government,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 4:34 pm

Mike DeWine must have thought in this press release earlier today that Sherrod “Charade” Brown would at least keep his yap shut about John Kerry’s insult to our troops.

He overestimated his opponent (HT Hewitt), who said the following just a few hours ago:

Rep. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat leading in late polls in his bid to unseat Republican Sen. Mike DeWine, said Republicans are merely trying to change the subject. “The people who should apologize are George Bush and Mike DeWine for sending our troops into battle without body armor and without examining the cooked intelligence,” he said.

I suppose Brown is going with the “botched joke” meme.

Hewitt says:

Like many other Democrats and most of MSM, Sherrod Brown doesn’t care what the military heard. He discounts it. He does not value it.

Why would anyone trust Sherrod Brown or any other Kerry defender to represent the military well when they are so studiously indifferent to their reaction to Kerry’s slander?

Why indeed.

I’m starting to think there is a real joke in there somewhere. Something like, “Did you hear the one about that guy who was ‘leading in the polls’ in the US Senate race in Ohio?”

Kerry-On Baggage: It’s Too Late for Dems to Distance, Effective 12:01 AM, Nov. 1

Filed under: Taxes & Government,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 2:30 pm

NOTE: Based on the horrible and fundamentally dishonest coverage of this story in the 527 Media (samples below; it’s all about GOP reaction and a Bush-Kerry argument, not about offensiveness of what Kerry actually said; I’ve heard clips from The Today Show and quotes from USAT to confirm it’s pervasive), this post will stay at or near the top for the rest of the day.


Only one Democrat candidate made it under the wire (HT Michelle Malkin; there are others including Weldon Walz and Casey, according to Kirsten Powers in an interview linked at Update 4; perhaps there are more, but – sorry, folks – cancelling appearances is NOT the same as repudiation; the count stays at one, and time’s up):

A Democratic Congressional candidate from Iowa is canceling a campaign event later this week with Senator John Kerry. Bruce Braley says Kerry’s recent comments about the Iraq war were inappropriate.

Everyone else: Sorry, it’s too late. The clock has struck midnight (or has run 24 hours on the West Coast).

You know what he meant.

You know he’s not apologizing.

You know he’s lying about his “botched” joke line.

You didn’t speak out against him, so now you’re with him. It’s too late now. If you have to think on it for another day, you obviously don’t get it.

UPDATE: Hewitt — “The silence about Kerry from Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and every high profile Democrat is the loudest noise in American politics tonight.”

UPDATE 2: This is one of those nights where the 527 Media does their supposed beneficiaries no favors. Democrats in their hermetically sealed echo chambers will read their beloved New York Times’ ho-hummer of a headline (“As Vote Nears, Stances on War Set Off Sparks”), LA Times (“Bush, Kerry clash as campaigns heat up”), the AP’s hopelessly biased Jennifer Loven (“White House, Kerry Exchange Accusations”), and other bootlickers and figure the Kerry flap won’t be that big a deal a week from now. My instincts scream that they could not be more wrong. This is moving minds that aren’t going to be moving back — not in a week.

UPDATE 3: O,M,G — The John Kerry Blog (HT Dan Riehl, who says “Kerry Just Made It Even Worse”) quotes a retired general (Claudia Kennedy, whose retirement job is DNC shill – undisclosed by Kerry, of course), Josh Marshall at Talking Points, and Kos, all in full “stand up to the bullies” mode. Folks, Kerry and these lefties not only think there is nothing to apologize for, they think this whole flap will work to their advantage if they don’t budge. Yikes.

UPDATE 4: Catch the Fox All-Stars, and John Gibson on the phone with Kirsten Powers at Hot Air.

UPDATE 5: Large Bill’s comment below explains the logic behind the tight reax deadline better than I did: “If a politician needs to wait for poll results to find out if the comments were offensive then they don’t have the judgment necessary for elective office.”

UPDATE 6: Sorry, Harold Ford — Too late. Too many “yeah buts.”

UPDATE 7: Michael Medved on “Why Kerry’s Crack Matters”:

  1. He clearly meant it.
  2. Kerry’s Comments Highlighted the Democrats’ Longstanding (and uncomfortable) Position on the Wrong Side of the Nation’s Key Cultural Divides.
  3. Kerry’s Words Expose the Essentially Fraudulent Nature of Contemporary Liberalism: Expressing Disrespect for the Very Americans the Left Claims to Defend.
  4. You Can’t Portray the Troops as Pitiable Victims and Still Say You Support Them in their Mission.

UPDATE 8: WSJ subscription-only editorial — “Congratulations, Senator Clinton; another competitor bites the dust.” Maybe, but her silence is deafening (as is her camera-hogging husband’s).

UPDATE 9: (An SOB Alliance roundup) Gosh — Blackwell v Strickland reminded me of who John Kerry’s hunting buddy was two years ago. Hint: It wasn’t Blackwell. Brain Shavings brilliantly notices that NO ONE was standing behind Kerry at this press conference yesterday. I wonder why? I also want to know who rounded up all those American flags on such short notice. Nice try, John; NO sale. Lincoln Logs comes through and notes that Sherrod Brown’s campaign, where crickets are chirping on Kerry’s insult, has received $195,000 from Kerry (presumably his PAC). NixGuy has THE pic of the day. Wizblog quotes Victor Davis Hanson — “Today, Democrats must be wondering why they have embraced an overrated empty suit, and ostracized a real talent like Joe Lieberman.” Actually, VDH, they should be, but I’m guessing they’re not. Matt’s post at the SOB Alliance’s home blog makes me wonder if the Kerry money given to Sherrod Brown might have been what convinced underfunded Iraq vet Paul Hackett to withdraw from his Ohio Democratic run for the Senate.

UPDATE 10: The DeWine camp confirms the expected — “As Senator John Kerry’s callous remarks toward our men and women serving in Iraq sent shockwaves of outrage and disbelief around the country, Congressman Sherrod Brown has remained eerily silent.” (Update: Brown responds — See this post.)
UPDATE 11: This Don Imus-Kerry YouTube (HT Michelle Malkin) makes it clear that Kerry isn’t letting go, or even going quiet.

UPDATE 12, 5:40 PM: The Corner has a list of nine various distancing statements. Sorry — but Braley’s didn’t come soon enough. That includes you, Hillary.

Previous posts:


Kirsten Powers Mandatory SOB Alliance compliance picture:


Sherrod ‘Charade’ Brown and Taxes

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:23 pm

Quite a Few Friendly Reminders from Matt at Weapons of Mass Discussion


Sherrod “Charade” Brown has voted to increase taxes lot of times.

Sherrod “Charade” Brown has voted against cutting taxes lots of times.

Sherrod “Charade” Brown has voted to create new taxes lots of time.

Sherrod “Charade”Brown has voted against repealing taxes lots of times.

Lots, and lots, and lots, and lots, and lots, and lots, and lots, and lots, and lots of times. (10 PM — Lots and lots more; and, as those who follow the BizzyBlog dealbreakers know, Brown doesn’t always get around to paying HIS taxes)

UPDATE: Carl Sagan says:


“There are billions and billions of stars in the universe, but that’s nowhere near the number of times Sherrod ‘Charade’ Brown has voted to tax the American people.”

If You Think Ken Blackwell Fixed the 2004 Election, Here’s Your Ohio Guv Candidate

Filed under: Scams,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:03 am

Bob Fitrakis is on the ballot as an independent candidate for governor of Ohio, endorsed by the Green Party.

If you’re in the “Ken Blackwell stole the election” camp, why settle for Ted Strickland’s Moonbat Mild when you get Bob’s Moonbat Gone Wild?

Hoo boy, is it ever deep:

Will Ken Blackwell find the ways to steal Ohio 2006 as he did in 2004?

The man who stole Ohio for George W. Bush in 2004 is now trying to steal it for himself in 2006. The question is: who will stop him, and will he also affect the balance of power in the U.S. Congress?

As election day approaches, Blackwell’s dirty tricks sink ever deeper.

…..Blackwell is using Rove’s notoriously deceptive push poll device to spread an unsubstantiated smear against his Democratic gubernatorial opponent, Ted Strickland. Push polls were rendered infamous when Rove used them in South Carolina to falsely suggest that Senator John McCain had fathered a mixed-race child.

(Aside: Yeah, Karl Rove invented the push poll — Ed. [/sarcasm])

….. Blackwell attained national notoriety after serving as state co-chair of the Bush-Cheney Re-election Committee while also, as Ohio Secretary of State, running the dubious vote count that gave Bush a second White House term.

This year Blackwell will count the votes in his own race for governor, in the crucial U.S. Senate race between GOP incumbant Mike DeWine versus Congressman Sherrod Brown, and in a number of cricital House races hotly contested for the first time in years.

As he does so, Blackwell is conducting the largest purge of voter rolls since the apartheid nightmare of the post-Reconstruction Jim Crow south.

….. Blackwell is now imposing restrictive voter ID requirements aimed at crippling his opponents. Passed by the Republican legislature, these strictures aim to eliminate from the 2006 vote count tens of thousands of mostly poor and black-and thus mostly Democratic-voters who cannot or will not obtain the required identification cards.

….. Overall, Blackwell currently trails Strickland by 20 points and more in state polls. Ohio Democrats have begun to crow that Blackwell’s defeat is a done deal, just as they celebrated John Kerry’s “victory” in 2004.

But Blackwell’s push polls, voter elimination campaigns and ballot attacks cannot be underestimated. At very least, they could tip the balance in the state’s hard-fought U.S. Senate and Congressional races, any one of which could help determine whether the Democrats re-take control of the Congress. Local pundits are already talking about a last-minute shift toward the Republicans, and bracing for thousands of alleged fundamentalist voters who will supposedly swarm the polls at the last minute.

In-depth studies of the 2004 ballots now cast serious doubt on the actual existence of such alleged voters, then or now. But unless Americans truly committed to tangible democracy are careful, J. Kenneth Blackwell just might find the ways to steal Ohio 2006, as he did in 2004.

Who says third-party candidates can’t be entertaining? Fritrakis might even get into double digits if he trolls around Democratic Underground and Daily Kos long enough.

Carnival Barking (110106)

Filed under: News from Other Sites — Tom @ 10:51 am

Newshound’s latest is here, while Boring Made Dull’s latest on Econ and Social Policy is here.

Dr. Sanity Nails the Upcoming 527 Media-Far Left ‘Stolen Election’ Meme

Filed under: News from Other Sites,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:13 am

She predicts that the 527 Media’s polling will tie into cries of “foul” if/when election results aren’t the same as the almight polls predicted.

Ohio residents need only to remember this to call them on their BS.

The Complete Case Against Sherrod ‘Charade’ Brown

Filed under: News from Other Sites,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:08 am

Matt a WoMD has it; the “Charade” nickname is courtesy of WoMD’s Mark.

Of course, Brown Dealbreaker 1 (No-Show Sherrod) and Dealbreaker 2 are included in the hit parade.

One thing should be added: Brown has done nothing visible to distance himself from John Kerry’s offensive comment, which was:

“You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

Absent info the contrary, one assumes that Mr. Brown is okey-dokey with what his party’s 2004 standard-bearer said. And really, it’s too late to react now. The cock crowed on that one at about midnight last night.

Pole-Dancing Kits for Christmas — For Little Girls — Pulled

Filed under: Business Moves,Consumer Outrage,Corporate Outrage — Tom @ 8:03 am

This HAD to be a “clever” gag.

Nope (HT Rhymes with Right via Conservative Culture):

Tesco condemned for selling pole dancing toy

Tesco has been forced to remove a pole-dancing kit from the toys and games section of its website after it was accused of “destroying children’s innocence”.

The Tesco Direct site advertises the kit with the words, “Unleash the sex kitten inside…simply extend the Peekaboo pole inside the tube, slip on the sexy tunes and away you go!

“Soon you’ll be flaunting it to the world and earning a fortune in Peekaboo Dance Dollars”.

The £49.97 kit comprises a chrome pole extendible to 8ft 6ins, a ‘sexy dance garter’ and a DVD demonstrating suggestive dance moves.

Here’s another link for those who are having a hard time absorbing the truth.

In case you didn’t know, Tesco isn’t an adult store trying to branch out. It is “The largest grocery homeshopping service in the world.”

Words fail.

What Homeschooling Families Being Persecuted Should Do

Filed under: Consumer Outrage,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:58 am

It’s beyond harassment in Germany:

On Friday, October 20th, three children were picked up by the police and escorted to school in Baden-Württemberg, with the “promise” that it would happen again this week. (I don’t know yet if it has. I know that if they had been my children, we would have left the country–or at least that address–over the weekend!) The previous minister/secretary of education had said that it was senseless to use police force for something like that, that it wasn’t good for the children, who were obviously well-cared for, and a waste of time for the police. The current minister/secretary of education apparently has another opinion.

Incidentally, while my children were fairly shocked to hear about this, my seven-year-old said that he thinks that would be fun–except for having to go to school at the other end of the “escort.” LOL

An update on the two parents (a brother- and sister-in-law) who were jailed most recently: both were released on schedule, and both have reported on their time in jail. They were treated well and enjoyed the opportunity to witness to so many people. The mother, especially, had been looking forward to the experience, and as they have just received another fine because the state just now figured out that they have another child who hasn’t been in school, she expects to go back to jail at some point. She received well over 100 letters, from many countries, and was extremely touched and encouraged. She had the right to a single cell, but chose to forfeit that right in order to witness to other people, and ended up leading a Bible study for women who have begged her to come back. Her prayer is that she will have the same freedom the next time she is in jail.

You can tell there is a significant religious commitment on the part of the families involved, so I know they would never take up my suggestion. Too bad — If they REALLY want to be left alone to educate their children, I think this idea could work wonders:

Tell the authorities they’re Muslims.

Michelle Malkin Warned Us About The Perils of Peer-To-Peer Filesharing

….. over a year and a half ago:

Don’t believe it? Download LimeWire and type in “federal return” or “1040″ and see what pops up. I did it, and within a few minutes, I had access to scores of tax returns that included names, addresses, social security numbers, and bank account numbers.

Now an identitiy-theft scheme using LimeWire has been uncovered:

October 28, 2006 11:16 a.m. EST

Denver, Co (AHN)- Denver District Attorney’s office investigators and police say they have uncovered an identity-theft scheme using computers operating out of an apartment in Denver. They say the fraud could affect thousands of Americans.

The information, which includes tax records, bank account data, on line bill paying records and other material appears to have been stolen from computers that were using LimeWare (sic), a file-sharing software program.

“The potential harm to people is huge,” Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswomen for the Denver D.A.’s office told the Denver Post and AHN. The potential is there that could affect thousands, through the incredible misuse of tax records and banking information.”

….. Kimbrough said it appears the file-sharing program was exploited to enable the crooks to illegally access every file and document on the affected computers.

It might seem uncool, but if you’re going to venure into P2P land, set your program up so that they share with you, but you don’t share with them. That is, unless you like exposing yourself to unnecessary risks.

Positivity: One in a Million — Twin Girls of Different Colors

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:03 am

In Queensland, Australia:


Yes, they are twins

October 22, 2006 12:00

A BLACK mother with a white husband has given birth to twin girls of different colours in a million-to-one medical miracle.

In what is believed to be an Australian first, mum Natasha Knight, 35, of Jamaican-English heritage, and father Michael Singerl, 34, of German heritage, conceived the girls, one black and one white, naturally.

The couple also has a five-year-old daughter Taylah, who is blue-eyed with blonde hair and a light olive complexion.

The twins, Alicia and Jasmin, were born in Queensland’s Caboolture Hospital in May.

Experts say the chance of twins being born with such different physical characteristics is about a million to one.

Ms Knight said she was shocked when she saw how different her daughters were.

“When they were born you could see there was a colour difference straight away. We couldn’t believe it,” she said.

“Alicia’s eyes were brown and her hair was dark. Jasmin’s eyes were blue and her hair was white – you could hardly see her hair or her eyebrows.

“We were joking when I was pregnant about what if one baby looked like me and one looked like Michael. We joked about one light one, one dark one, so it was amazing when it actually happened.”

Ms Knight said some people stop and stare when she’s out with them.

“When we go out people stop and ask if they are twins. Other people will look but not say anything. Maybe they think I am babysitting one of them,” she said.

“Someone even asked me if I was sure there wasn’t a mix-up at the hospital. But there was no mix-up – they are my girls and they are both so beautiful.

“It will be interesting when they go to school, and they will probably wonder why they look so different from each other. I guess the easiest way to explain it will be to say one took after mum, one took after dad.”

Genetics experts say that in most cases a mixed-race woman’s eggs will be a mixture of genes for both black and white skin.

However, much more rarely, the eggs may contain genes for predominantly one skin colour.
In this case, Ms Knight has released two such eggs – one with predominantly dark pigmentation genes and one with predominantly fair genes.

Non-identical twins are conceived when two eggs are fertilised by two sperm at the same time, which has odds in itself of about one hundred to one.