Monthly Archive for October, 2004

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John Edwards Has Nice Hair

And he knows it too.

Political Science Professors Predict A Bush Win

With the Presidential race in its final stretch, it is interesting to see what peoples’ predictions are. It’s not surprising, with the poll averages clearly showing a Bush win, that Political Science professors have unanimously come out with their prediction of a Bush win.

I hope they are right.

Quote Of The Day

“There’s a reason that they’re saying Kerry is the No. 1 liberal in the Senate. It’s because he is the No. 1 liberal in the Senate.” —Michael Moore

Who Is Smarter, Bush Or Kerry?

Contrary to popular belief, the hard data points to Bush being smarter.

Note: I found the above reference in the New York Times.

Stolen Honor For Free

You can watch Stolen Honor, a documentary of Vietnam vets that were POWs in Vietnam talking about why they are against Kerry, for free.

Instead Of Urging You To Vote

Thomas Sowell urges you to stop and think, and then vote.

Voter Intimidation?

Rumor has it that democrats are planning to claim voter intimidation in this election, whether or not there is.

That’s no surprise, considering they keep bringing up the myth that there was suppression of the black vote in 2000.

What Presidential Candidate Would The Iraqi’s Vote For?

Don’t know how scientific this is, but this is taken from an Iraqi blogger, currently in Iraq,

Most of those supporting Kerry were Arabs, while supporters for Bush where mainly Iraqis.

“Bush is a better choice than Kerry.
Regardless of the reasons behind the war in Iraq, I’m hearing news about Iraqis happy with the liberation and frankly speaking, some of the Arab media are very hypocritic when it comes to the situation in Iraq and they exaggerate things greatly.
We-the Arabs-are getting to understand many new subjects”
Mohammed Kerim Al Sabti – Oman.

“If John Kerry wins, I’m going to grieve to death because Iraqis want Bush to accomplish the mission.
As an Iraqi, I’m going to have a party when Bush gets reelected.
I know that time is needed for things to settle down in Iraq and what’s going on right now is a natural side effect for the fall of the past regime”
Shakir-UK.

“Don’t you agree that our Arab brothers are not paying attention to what Iraqis themselves think about the war on Saddam?”
Huda-Baghdad.

“From my point of view, I see that Bush lost the battle and now he’s trying to defend his policy but he will lose more. While if John Kerry behaved rationally and improved his position to prove that Bush was wrong, then he’ll be a better choice than Bush. While if he decided to follow Bush’s course then he will be his successor in failure.
Anyway, I believe that Kerry is going to change his country’s policy in Iraq because America is now sinking in a swarm and day by day it’s getting more difficult to get out of this swarm”
Khalil-Iraq.

“I’m not going to judge John Kerry for his intentions but I believe that Bush’s brave decision to topple the dictator of Iraq had changed the direction of history in the ME not only Iraq.
I hope to see Bush win; he’s the man who liberated Iraq and he’s capable of building the dream example.
As for the WMD’s issue, we all know that Saddam used them and the massacre of Halabja in 1988 is only one example, not to mention that he had always threatened to use WMD’s”
Nawfal Al Jazaeri-Virginia/USA.

“The American policy is not going to change if the democratic candidate wins. It can only change if Britain wanted it to change because Britain plans and America only executes orders ”
Mohammed Jasim-Baghdad/Iraq.

“There won’t be a big difference; the American policy has constants and fixed principles and there are institutions that decide America’s interests not a group of people (administration) who do whatever they want. It’s the congress who plays the major role in the decision making process.
America is staying in Iraq whether it was a democratic or a republican man in the white house, besides, we all know that the law of the liberation of Iraq was released in Clinton’s days back in 1998. The American interests in Iraq and in the region demand a permanent existence for American forces to protect these interests and also to help and support the Iraqi government which is still weak and depends much on the American forces in managing the security situation in Iraq.
We may see only a reduction in the number of troops and this depends on how the security is going to improve in Iraq and on the Iraqi government gaining more control over the country and only then, the troops may be reduced but a total withdrawal is impossible.
The American vision about Iraq is that Iraq is the no.1 ally and the most important country for American interests in the region and consequently the American presence will remain strong and active”
Mohammed Al Khafaji-Babylon/Iraq.

“Yes, as Mr. Bush said; the world has become a better place without Saddam. For me, it became a happier place, only our happiness is not a complete one yet because of the foreign terrorists who entered our country”.
Ibrahim-Baghdad.

“No, because it’s the Zionist lobby that steers the wheel of the American policy regardless of who the president was, Kerry or Tom and Jerry.
I, like all other honest Iraqis wish for Bush to win so that he can keep the course of sterilizing the world from the germs that use Islam as a cover”
Ahmed Al Shammari-Baghdad.

“John Kerry cannot change the policies of the US in Iraq because the American policy (unlike the countries of the ME) is not monopolized by individuals. And no matter how high the price America is going to pay in Iraq, it will be for the best of the American people.
I think that Bush is America’s best choice”
Khalid Abdullah-Kuwait.

“What I’m going to say now is going to be what history will show: GWB and Tony Blair will have a great influence on opening the doors of the Arab countries for the coming democracy and they will help the people of those countries open their minds, because they’re the ones who took the decision alone and their people are the ones who sacrificed, and here goes Afghanistan marching on the way to democracy and after that Iraq and the rest will follow”
Fadi Fokee-Egypt.

“The story is clear; Bush and Kerry are two faces for one coin and their goal is to humiliate the Arab countries for Israel’s benefit so that the latter can impose her conditions on arab countries and enslave them. It’s time to wake up, as we know Americans don’t like us and there’s no hope that one day they would. They’re after their interests using different means including the stick, which they’re good at, and which we seem to love already”
Hasan-Beirut.

The Luck Of The Irish

The Economist has a great article on the remarkable turnaround the Ireland economy has done in the past 15 years.

The article starts with,

SURELY no other country in the rich world has seen its image change so fast. Fifteen years ago Ireland was deemed an economic failure, a country that after years of mismanagement was suffering from an awful cocktail of high unemployment, slow growth, high inflation, heavy taxation and towering public debts. Yet within a few years it had become the “Celtic Tiger”, a rare example of a developed country with a growth record to match East Asia’s, as well as enviably low unemployment and inflation, a low tax burden and a tiny public debt.

What was its primary reason for failure? The Economists writes,

The Economist proved no better than anyone else at predicting this turnaround. Our most recent previous survey of Ireland, “The poorest of the rich”, published in 1988, concluded that the country was heading for catastrophe, mainly because it had tried to erect a welfare state on continental European lines in an economy that was too poor to support one.

And what are the primary reasons for its recent turnaround? Among other things, the economists notes,

THE figures recording Ireland’s transition from Europe’s worst- to its best-performing economy are remarkable.

•Fiscal and monetary consolidation. Charles Haughey’s Fianna Fail government, crucially supported by the opposition Fine Gael, started to cut spending, taxes and borrowing. Falling interest rates helped to stimulate the economy, and so did a currency devaluation in 1993. The launch of the euro in 1999 gave Ireland, a founder member, the benefit of lower—perhaps unduly low—interest rates.

•The tax cuts were also a critical component of a new social partnership. Unlike Britain, where the Thatcher government shifted decisively against corporatism, the Irish resuscitated social dialogue in 1987, with trade unions accepting wage restraint in exchange for more policy influence and tax cuts. Seventeen years on, unions and employers still talk up the advantages of social partnership. Even the tanaiste (deputy prime minister) and leader of the free-market Progressive Democrats, Mary Harney, considers this an important part of Ireland’s success.

•Low personal taxes. In the 1960s and 1970s, high income-tax rates, and a high tax burden in general, discouraged domestic growth, but from the early 1990s taxes started to come down sharply, giving a big boost to home-grown enterprise.

Gee, who would have guessed less federal spending(social programs), lower taxes for corporations, lower taxes for individuals, and a controlling hand over unions would cause such a dramatic economic turnaround?

Iraq Bloggers

The Wall Street Journal has a good article on Iraq bloggers.

Kerry’s Achievement Record In The Senate

Professor Bainbridge, UCLA Law Professor, has a blog on Kerry’s 20 year ‘accomplishments’ in the senate. Whats funny about this is that it amounts to about ten bills.

That’s all, in twenty years in the senate?

Clinton To Campaign For Kerry – Good Or Bad?

According to CNN, Bill Clinton plans to campaign for Kerry in the final days of the election.

My question to you is, is this a good thing? Do you think this would help Kerry out? Before you immediately answer yes, consider this blog by Auren Hoffman, at Summation blog, he writes,

So many people say Bill Clinton is the greatest modern politician. Really?? Great politicians win. Their team wins more than loses. Great politicians have coattails. Great politicians win their ideas and increase their party’s spoils.

When Clinton assumed the presidency in 1993 the Democrats controlled the executive branch, the senate, the house, the majority of the governorships, the majority of the state legislatures, and a majority of all elected officials nationwide.

When Clinton left office in 2001 the democrats had lost control of everything. They lost the presidency, the senate, the house, a majority of the governorships, a majority of the state legislatures, and a majority of all elected officials nationwide. In fact, Clinton presided over a dominant resurgence of the Republican Party (which is now in its tenth year).

Turns out Clinton wasn’t such a good politician after all. Based on his win-loss record, he’s the worst thing that happened to the Democratic Party since the Civil War.

It doesn’t look so obvious now, does it. And consider these voting stats,

1992
Bill Clinton 44,909,889
George Bush 39,104,545
H. Ross Perot 19,742,267

1996
Bill Clinton 45,628,667
Bob Dole 37,869,435
H. Ross Perot 7,874,283

2000
George W. Bush 50,456,167
Albert Gore, Jr. 50,996,064
Ralph Nader 2,655,916

All those people who think President Bush doesn’t belong in the White House need to be reminded that he got more votes than President Clinton ever did.

I Am In The BBC News Stating My Voting Preferences And Why

BBC News Online is conducting a survey of Latinos, asking them who they are voting for this year. They ran a story on my views, along with a (sexy) picture of yours truly. Go check it out, it can be found here.

PS: They had several requirements and gave a 300 word limit. So please excuse the lack of elaboration.

Children Who Watch TV Pick Kerry, Children Who Read Pick Bush

It has been widely reported that a Nickelodeon poll of children would have Kerry the winner.

What has been much less reported(damn liberal media) is that a Scholastic poll, which is a childrens publishing company, gives victory to Bush.

So there it is, children who watch TV prefer Kerry, children who read prefer Bush.

The Danger Of Humans With Visions

I posted on here before the problem with modern day liberals, being that they have a certain way that they think the world should work and find it hard to adjust that vision with facts. Which has resulted in the slaughter of millions of innocent people through communism, at worse, and economic slow down at best.

Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises explained it best when discussing Problems of Economics. He said:

Scarcely anyone interests himself in social problems without being led to do so by the desire to see reforms enacted. In almost all cases, before anyone begins to study the science, he has already decided on definite reforms that he wants to put through. Only a few have the strength to accept the knowledge that these reforms are impracticable and to draw all the inferences from it. Most men endure the sacrifice of the intellect more easily than the sacrifice of their daydreams. They cannot bear that their utopias should run aground on the unalterable necessities of human existence. What they yearn for is another reality different from the one given in this world…They wish to be free of a universe of whose order they do not approve.

Thomas Sowell, renowned Economist, gives a three part series on the dangers of visions.

As Elections Approach Be Careful Where You Go

Many people have been predicting an Al Qaeda attack to try and influence our election, like they have done in previous elections. Dick Morris, President Bill Clintons Chief Political Advisor, writes,

An October surprise this year is most likely to come from al Qaeda, which is probably determined to leave its mark on our elections as surely as they did in those already held this year in Spain by blowing up a train and in Australia by attacking their embassy in Jakarta. Just as the terrorists attacked in Israel before every recent election, so they will probably try to get at us here in the United States.

Be careful where you go, especially those of you in NY.