September 2004


19 Sep 2004 07:20 pm

I saw a homemade “Laura Bush for First Lady” sign in a yard today. It also said, “Vote Bush for President.”

19 Sep 2004 08:11 am

Interesting new site.

Several years ago Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard wrote an article about sports in an issue called Politics and Sports, a Symposium. (Volume 2, #19, January 27, 1997) The title was My Sports Right or Left and Barnes’ premise was that certain sports tend to be conservative (or at least attract more conservatives than liberals)

Barnes wrote about attending the December,1996 Army-Navy game at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, one he would not soon forget.

And not just the game, which Army won when a desperate drive by Navy fell short in the last few seconds. What happened moments after the game was even more memorable. Veterans Stadium suddenly went silent. The heart-broken Navy team, having lost to Army for the fifth straight year, gathered inself in front of the full brigade of Navy midshipmen, and together, football players, coaches and Middies sang the Naval Academy alma mater.

Then, after a brief burst of noise, the crowd quieted again. Smoke from cannons fired to celebrate Army’s victory hung over the section of the stands where the entire corps of cadets was standing. Once the Army players collected in front, the West Point alma mater was sung.

The whole episode lasted two, maybe three minutes. It was one of the strangest and most exhilerating moments I’ve experienced in years of attending sports events. And I think it’s fair to describe it as a conservative moment: a hard-hitting football game between traditional rivals, cadets and midshipmen (in uniform) standing throughout the game, the military brass in attendance, President Clinton seated for the first half on Navy’s side, the second half on Army’s. I loved it. (Clinton, by the way, was politely but cooly received at the game)

Barnes wrote, “What makes a sports event conservative or liberal? I’ve got four criteria. The first is the sport itself. Boxing, for instance is conservative because it’s so violent, individualistic and masculine. The second criterion is the crowd: you don’t find many liberals at football games. The third is the nature of the event. Does winning matter to the exclusion of everything else? Is it southern? Is it tradition-bound? If the answer to these is yes, it’s a conservative event.

Thus, the Masters Tournament at a stuffy country club in Augusta, Georgia is a very, very conservative event. The fourth measure: How much commercialism is associated in the event? There’s nothing wrong, from the conservative standpoint, with commercialism in sports, mixing Adam Smith and Edmund Burke. What’s repugnant and definitely not conservative is glitz, such as when a half-naked Michael Jackson sang during halftime at the Super Bowl.

I was proud to have been quoted by Fred Barnes in that article. I had written a letter to him after having seen him at the Army-Navy game in 1996 when Army came back from a big half time deficit of 17 points to win, capping off a big season of 10 wins. They played in the Independence Bowl game where they lost to Auburn 32-29.

From the article Barnes concluded,

A few weeks after the Army-Navy game, I got a letter from an Army fan, the wife of a West Pointer and the mother of a cadet. (She’d seen me at the game) “Wasn’t that a wonderful game?” she wrote. “At half-time, [with Navy ahead] my spirits were very low and I was wet and miserable.” Her son came by to cheer her up. “Don’t worry Mom.” he said, “We’re always down at the half. That’s our strategy. We’ll come back.” Army did. It wasn’t like those “shameful seasons” Army had in the early ’70s, she wrote. Those were the days of Nixon, Vietnam and silly hippie girls throwing flowers at the cadets, calling them “baby killers.” Nope, it wasn’t like that at all.

This article, written some years ago, is still authentic and accurate.

Here is a great article about Army football, by Sports Illustrated, The Salvation of Army Football.

18 Sep 2004 04:54 pm

Barbara and Jenna Bush are out on their own, speaking to college students.

17 Sep 2004 04:42 pm

Pirate Barnicle Bob just spoke to Hugh Hewitt about the swill-drinking CBS punks. Actually, they mainly spoke Piratese. Bob feels like he walked the plank after Hugh accused him of sounding like an Irish priest.

Barnicle Bob wasn’t insulted by that barb, however, since he is of Irish blood.

17 Sep 2004 03:39 pm

Kerry really needs to stop having these impromptu sporting events. It really is a cringe-making photo. I wouldn’t vote for him ever but if I were considering voting for him this photo would stop that folly.

17 Sep 2004 05:29 am

Stanley Kurtz explains. “Why did Dan Rather and CBS News, against all expectations, impeach their own credibility to defend the authenticity of memos that are almost certainly forgeries? The obvious answer is that they did it to save the faltering Kerry campaign from a final and decisive blow. If CBS were to admit that the documents were forgeries, it would have no grounds for protecting its sources. In fact, CBS would have a positive obligation to do everything in its power to expose the malefactors behind the forgeries. If the trail led back to the Kerry campaign, president Bush’s reelection would be assured.”

16 Sep 2004 07:24 pm

No matter how hard CBS works to resurrect the discredited Killian memos the story is dead. Once burnt, twice shy or something to that effect. Rather and company, through their partisan zeal to help Kerry have innoculated most of America against their ludicrous story.

Powerline’s Hindrocket posted today about his wife’s reaction to the Air National Guards’ photos of a young George W. Bush that are shown on television every time the CBS story is mentioned. (scroll down) I agree with his wife. The photos of the young George W. Bush are very cute and I find myself gazing at them instead of listening to what is being reported.

Most Americans like Davids instead of Goliaths and CBS with their vicious 60 Minutes attack has made President Bush into a David.

Now many women know that President Bush was a fighter pilot and he served a hell of a lot more time in the military than John F. Kerry. It’s been a subliminal message but most of us have gotten it. Too bad Dan Rather didn’t.

16 Sep 2004 05:40 pm

Check out this photo. Three-year-old Sophia Parlock cries while seated on the shoulders of her father, Phil Parlock, after having their Bush-Cheney sign torn up by Kerry-Edwards supporters on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, at the Tri-State Airport in Huntington, W.Va. Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards (news - web sites) made a brief stop at the airport as he concluded his two-day bus tour to locations in West Virginia and Ohio. (AP Photo/Randy Snyder)

16 Sep 2004 03:14 pm

I feel for the poor woman who had to sit next to this jerk.

15 Sep 2004 03:24 pm

Statement by the President of CBS News, Andrew Heyward: “We established to our satisfaction that the memos were accurate or we would not have put them on television. There was a great deal of coroborating [sic] evidence from people in a position to know. Having said that, given all the questions about them, we believe we should redouble our efforts to answer those questions, so that’s what we are doing.”

Are they nuts!!?? Heyward is obviously somewhat nervous or at the very least a bad speller. If CBS is redoubling the efforts to answer those questions who are they going to contact to help them?

The family members of Lt Col Jerry Killian were not considered by Dan Rather as people in the know. (which astounds me) I suspect that CBS and crowd are hanging on to the typewriter ribbons of Killian’s 86 year old secretary. She doesn’t like President Bush so she must be “in the know.”

Throughout my husband’s career our family hosted many of his subordinates and peers in our home. As his wife I was privy to all of my husband’s thoughts and opinions about individuals. That is just the nature of most normal, happy marriages.

The fact that CBS will not take the family members’ word on Lt Col Killian is telling. The family tells them what they don’t want to know. Others who have an animus against Bush tell them what they do want to know.

CBS is searching for the holy grail of anti-Bush memos and I predict Dan and company will never stop searching. I don’t believe Rather will be fired or there will be any change of personnel at that network. Ever. Even when Bush wins. They will just be searching and smearing and searching and smearing.

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