September 2005


28 Sep 2005 08:33 pm

Amazing what a difference it makes when you have that “D” behind your name………..Lorie Byrd of PoliPundit

28 Sep 2005 03:51 pm

This article. He was wondering why the democrats can’t capitalize on President Bush’s hurricane problems. He just doesn’t understand that they are capitalizing in their own way.

When dems can’t win at the polls they go around the polls anyway they can.

They indict, they overturn laws, they slime opponents, they cry on television.

28 Sep 2005 03:40 pm

I have had an extremely busy day today and haven’t had time to read the Delay indictment plus I think I would need some coffee here at Wide Awake in order to stay awake…..if what I heard Mark Levin say on Hannity is true that there is nuthin, nuthin to it.

Lorie Byrd is blogging on the indictment and on the Democrat sliming of David Dreier……which was the first news item I blogged about after getting home from a day of seven (count-em) seven straight art classes.

It’s interesting that Delay and Frist are both getting the treatment and Schumer’s not. Also interesting that I haven’t read anything about Kathleen Blanco’s appearance at the hearing today. She did appear didn’t she?

28 Sep 2005 03:22 pm

Why did McCain meet with Cindy Sheehan in the first place? Now he says he was duped.

It must not have gone well.

WASHINGTON — Peace mom Cindy Sheehan didn’t change her opposition to the war in Iraq after meeting Tuesday with one of its supporters, Sen. John McCain, a Vietnam veteran whom she called “a warmonger.”

Sheehan thanked McCain for meeting with her, but she came away disappointed.

Anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan speaks with reporters after a private meeting with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in his office on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2005, in Washington. Peace mom Cindy Sheehan didn\’t change her opposition to the war in Iraq after meeting Tuesday with one of its supporters, Sen. John McCain, a Vietnam veteran whom she called “a warmonger.”

“He tried to tell us what George Bush would have said,” Sheehan, who protested at the president’s Texas home over the summer, told reporters. “I don’t believe he believes what he was telling me.”

McCain, R-Ariz., also seemed disappointed in the meeting, which he said had been misrepresented as including some of his constituents. Only one person in her small delegation has ties to the state, and that person no longer lives there.

The two exchanged views about the war, and McCain described the conversation as “a rehash” of opinions already well known. He said he might not have met with Sheehan had he known none of his constituents was in the group.

Although McCain has criticized the handling of the Iraq war, he has supported President Bush’s call to stop terrorism abroad before it reaches the U.S. Sheehan, whose son, Casey, died in Iraq last year, has energized the anti-war movement with her call for troops to be brought home.

“He is a warmonger, and I’m not,” Sheehan said after meeting with McCain. “I believe this war is not keeping America safer.”

“She’s entitled to her opinion,” McCain said. “We just have fundamental disagreements.”

Sheehan’s conference with McCain was one of several scheduled this week as part of her campaign to persuade members of Congress to explain the reasons for the war. She spoke before a massive anti-war rally Saturday on the National Mall and was arrested Monday demonstrating in front of the White House.
Sheehan and McCain had met once before, shortly after the funeral of her son. Sheehan said Tuesday that McCain told her then that her son’s death was “like his buddies in Vietnam” and that he feared their deaths were “for nothing.” McCain, however, denied he made such a statement.

Later, Sheehan cut short her appearance at the University of Maryland, leaving a rally after about 10 minutes.

Karen Pomer, a spokeswoman for Sheehan, said, “She’s exhausted and she’s not feeling well, but she intends to meet her obligations.”

28 Sep 2005 05:15 am

Here is MSNBC’s Take on former FEMA director Michael Brown’s appearance before a special congressional panel set up by House Republican leaders to investigate the catastrophe…….

WASHINGTON - Former FEMA director Michael Brown aggressively defended his role in responding to Hurricane Katrina on Tuesday and blamed most coordination failures on Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.

He also said that in the days before the storm, he expressed his concerns that “this is going to be a bad one” in phone conversations and e-mails with President Bush, White House chief of staff Andy Card and deputy chief of staff Joe Hagin.

And he blamed the Department of Homeland Security, the parent agency for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, for not acquiring better equipment ahead of the storm.

I like Macsmind’s take much better……..

And here is Powerline’s review……

28 Sep 2005 04:52 am

The media is playing another game of Nanny Nanny Boo Boo………..

They won’t be happy until there is a Democrat in the White House.

President Bush yesterday made his seventh trip to the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast, prompting some Democrats to complain that he was doing too much after initially doing too little.

“The guy’s been there enough times that he could register to vote,” groused Bob Beckel, a Democratic political analyst. “I mean, enough is enough, OK?”

This week’s edition of Newsweek critiques the president’s performance with an article headlined, “First, a slow-footed response. Then: hyperactivity.” Time magazine complained the president’s frequent trips to the Gulf Coast are “making him look too cloying and calculating.”

But Mr. Bush was unapologetic about his hands-on approach to Hurricane Rita, especially after being accused by journalists and Democrats of reacting too slowly to Hurricane Katrina.

“I came down to make sure that things are going as best as they possibly can go,” he said yesterday during a visit to Lake Charles, La.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan defended his boss’ insistence on monitoring relief efforts.

“He is the president of the United States, and the president is the one who is responsible for the federal response efforts,” the spokesman told reporters aboard Air Force One. “It’s also important for him to provide some comfort and reassurance that we are going to do what we can to help get people back up on their feet.”

Mr. McClellan, however, pointed out that yesterday’s trip to the Gulf Coast would be the president’s last for the week.

“For the week? I’d start thinking months now, if I were him,” Mr. Beckel said of the president. “He made a mistake, tried to correct it, overcorrected and now everybody’s noticing.”

As Air Force One flew back to Washington, a reporter asked Mr. McClellan whether any of the state or local officials who met with the president complained that his “visits are disruptive.”

“No, not at all — in fact, quite the opposite,” the spokesman said. “These local officials, state officials are all very appreciative of the president coming down, because one thing the president can do is make sure that we’re very focused at the federal level, and that we are cutting through bureaucracy and cutting through red tape.”

Another reporter asked whether Mr. Bush would make greater use of teleconferencing technology in order to conserve fuel that would otherwise be consumed by physically returning to the Gulf Coast. Mr. McClellan responded that personal visits by the president are important, although the White House is taking other steps to conserve energy.

“The president has directed the staff to take steps to increase the thermostats, scale back nonessential travel, to look at other ways that we can conserve energy, as well,” he said.

For example, after fielding numerous questions from the press about White House efforts to conserve fuel by reducing the size of the presidential motorcade, the administration announced that it cut the number of press vans from four to two or three.

Hah!

27 Sep 2005 09:50 pm


My son graduated from West Point in 1998, my husband in 1974.

Duty will not wait is the motto for the class of 98 and some in that class as well as many others in the Long Gray Line have given their lives in the defense of freedom while fighting the war on terrorism.

Instapundit posted some photos taken of parents who have lost sons and daughters in the war on terror and I was struck by one photo of a lovely mother proudly holding up her son’s photo.

Her son was also a member of the class of 1998 at West Point. There are others too. My heart goes out to them.

Last weekend had to be hard for all those faithful parents, traveling to Washington D.C. or to San Francisco just to defend the honor of their loved ones. And to be slighted the way they were with little interest from the media and the likes of people like Cindy Sheehan laughing their way to jail has to really cut.

Deep.

27 Sep 2005 03:34 pm

Cassandra at Villainous Company has a fun movie game.

I got some of the seventeen laughs that I needed yesterday.

27 Sep 2005 12:00 pm

Good advice in so many respects but in one particular case it was in honor of a dying ten year old boy. Newmark’s Door has the story. hat tip: Betsy’s Page

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