Saturday, January 29, 2005

Another Nail in the Left's Coffin.............Again

It is January 29, 2005 and the Iraqi elections are going to be held tomorrow, much to the chagrin of the naysayers on the Left. Since the Left is incapable of ever praising or acknowleding any of the successes of President Bush, we have to look ahead to how they will once again spin good news into bad news.

VOTER TURNOUT

My guess is that the nationwide turnout in the Iraqi election will be somewhere in the 65%-75% range. That would be higher than the turnout in the recent US election. In the Sunni controlled areas of Iraq, where all the problems are, you can expect turnout to be less than the Kurdish or Shiite areas. My prediction is that the Left Wing media will grasp at this and try to use it to undermine the validity of the elections as a whole. They will predictably start using their favorite phrases like "disenfranchisement" and "no mandate", etc. Watch for this.

VIOLENCE

There is over 5000 polling places for tomorrow's election. The terrorists will attack a few of these tomorrow. However,even if they were to attack 100 polling stations, which would be highly unlikely, that would mean that 98% of the polling stations experienced no problems. Watch tomorrow night, and the days to follow, how these few attacks will be pumped up, by Left Wing news coverage, to make it appear that this was a system wide problem. If any US soldiers are killed tomorrow, they will pump that up to "balance" the good news.


OK, but now what?

The final attack the Left will use after this successful historic election is their old standby. They will grudgingly acknowledge that the elections were successful, but they will then immediately start raising up all sorts of strawmen, and other issues that are now the "real" problem that is being ignored or "screwed up" by the Bush Administration,blah, blah,blah-see my post titled "Moving the Goalposts Back" This is what passes for ideas and leadership in the modern Democratic Party and worldwide Left. They are like a bunch of sitcom characters-never learning from their past mistakes, never acknowledging that they made the same comments in the past and they were proven wrong, just repeating themseleves endlessly etc..... Look at what they had to say about Afghanistan-quagmire, elections will never come off, illegitimate government-sounds familar does it not? If you really want to have fun, find articles, op-eds, or discussions about Reagan in the 1980's from the left wing media--He is an idiot, the Republican Party is controlled by religious fanatics, he was re-elected but that doesn't mean people like his policies, he is just a puppet controlled by others-you literally could just change the name from Reagan to Bush and the articles would be the same as ones you are reading now. Anyhow, watch as they once again start redefining what is considered success.

Tomorrows elections in Iraq are just one more nail in the Left's coffin. I eagerly await the day, we can bury the coffin.

Friday, January 14, 2005

Return of the Hamburger Flippers

Back in the 1980s, the liberal media had to put a negative spin on the Reagan boom. One of their more popular attacks was dismissing all the new jobs as-"hamburger flipper jobs". It was bullshit, but they had to do something. What were they going to do? Tell the truth, praise Reagan, come on. Anyhow, let us move to the present. After lying about the true job situation for the last 4 years, the liberal media is confronted with the following facts-1)That 2004 was the best year in the last 5 years for job growth-5 years? Wait that means that last year was even better than the year before Bush took over-Clinton's last year(gasp) 2) 2.3 million jobs were created in the last year 3) 2.5 - 3 million jobs will be created this year 4) We have had job growth now for 16 or 17 straight months and 5) Sometime between March and June it will be unarguable that- we have more Americans working than anytime in history Since last winter, the US Department of Labor Household Survey has shown this fact, shortly their Industry Survey will also show this. So what is the Liberal Media to do?-tell the truth, praise George W.,-well just look at the name of this post.

I am predicting, today January 14th, that starting sometime in the next few months, you will see all these newspaper articles and pundits stating that the Bush job growth numbers are all due to an increase in people working minimum wage jobs. You heard it here first. Anybody want to bet I am wrong?

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Ouick Movie Reviews-The Woodsman, Oceans 12, The Life Aquatic

The Woodsman

This movie has a rather disturbing plot. It deals with a convicted pedophile,Kevin Bacon in a great performance, who is just released from prison after 12 years. It follows his attempts to fit back into society, to keep his job, to have a real romantic relationship and his battles with his personal demons. His love interest, played by his real life wife Kyra Sedgwick, is a blue collar girl with wounds of her own. This is a tight movie, its about an hour and 20 minutes long, it moves quick and it is powerful. The best, but most disturbing, scene is when he follows a little girl to a public park and starts talking to her and trying to get her to sit on his lap. Bacon's character suddenly springs to life as if this is his natural state. However, the scene takes an unexpected turn that shocks you and Bacon's character. Good movie-but disturbing-not for children.

Ocean's Twelve

If you liked Ocean's Eleven, you will like this movie. While it is an entertaining movie, it is really not a good movie. You know the drill-It's a heist movie. A group of wise cracking thieves, lead by George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon charm and double cross their way into and out of trouble. This time its in Europe. They add a couple of weak plot lines dealing with master European thieves and Catherine Zeta-Jones(grrrrrrrrrrr)as Brad Pitt's character's love interest and voila!-star studded sequel. It's fun, its entertaining, the cast and scenery are attractive, but don't kill yourself to get to it. This has matinee or rental written all over it.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

If you are a fan, like me, of Wes Anderson movies (such as Rushmore and the Royal Tenenbaums)you have to see this movie. For others I don't know. This movie while good, might not be your cup of tea. This comedy stars Bill Murray as Steve Zissou, a low budget Jacque Cousteau,who leads a rag tag band of misfits on various underfunded, undersea adventures. The movie also stars Willem Dafoe, as his sensitive deputy, Owen Wilson ,as (maybe)his long lost son , Cate Blanchett, Anjelica Huston and Jeff Goldblum. The basic plot of the movie is that Zassou's long term deputy has been eaten by a shark and Zassou pledges to hunt and kill the shark. However, the movie really deals with the relationships between all the main characters, the whole quest for the shark is secondary. This is a subtle comedy, that is rich in detail and character development. It is not a knee slapper, its a smart comedy. At times it drags a little. However, I like it, I think its a good movie. Check it out if you have a chance.

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Moving the Goalposts Back

Powerlineblog.com has a great piece on the anti-war folks latest attempt to keep moving the goal posts back and redefine failure. Follow link.

For those of you keeping score at home, here is a partial list (literally there is thousands of examples) of the loony left's attempts to keep moving the goal posts-first they claimed that Afghanistan was going to be quagmire, then when the Taliban were overthrown in less than a month, they downplayed any chance that elections would ever occur, now that the elections have occurred, they have been reduced to complaining that poppy cultivation is up. When the Iraq war started they claimed that thousands of US and Coalition soldiers would die in the first month, that the oil fields would be sabotaged causing an environmental disaster, and that there would be millions of refugees, when none of that happened and the Coalition forces entered Baghdad in record time, they then complained about the Iraqi Museum being ransacked, when that was found to be false, they moved on to lamenting the state of the Iraqi infrastructure, 30 thousand plus unreported Coalition sponsored public works projects later, they made Fallujah out to be an impregnable fortress, when the Marines cleaned it out it under 10 days and dealt a serious blow to the terrorists, their response is ho-hum. Finally, since the casualties that they predicted, and let's be honest-secretly hoped for, never in fact occurred, well why don't we adjust the statistics like we would the effect of inflation on the price of blueberries. I wonder if the geniuses who are now inflating the casualty numbers would kindly re-calculate the casualty rates of past wars. They could factor in all the modern advances in antibiotics and body armor and perhaps give us the number of "actual" war dead for those conflicts. I am sure a lot of families would really appreciate the fact that their loved ones did not actually die in WWII, Korea or Vietnam, when you adjust for technological advances.

Monday, December 27, 2004

Economic Observations-Future Media Attacks on the Economy

As we end the year 2004, the US economy is expanding at over 4% annually, inflation is extremely low, interest rates are extremely low, more Americans are working than anytime in history, more Americans own homes than ever before and the stock market is doing great. In other words, the state of the economy is the exact opposite of what the liberal mainstream press wants you to believe. So over the next year, expect the following attacks on the economy from the left, in a further attempt to undermine President Bush: 1)the weak dollar 2)the trade deficit and 3) the budget deficit. These were the same attacks they used against Reagan in 1980s after he won re-election and his policies were validated by the electorate.

Now the reality-The weak dollar is a response to the trade deficit. The lessening value of the dollar will make our products cheaper overseas and foreign imports more expensive. Which will result over the next 12-24 months in the trade deficit shrinking and the dollar getting stronger-gee, its almost like these things run in cycles and are self regulating. I won't even get into the issue of how the fact that our citizens and companies are affluent enought to purchase all these goods from overseas, is actually a sign of economic strength.

The budget deficit currently is somewhere around 3.5% of the GDP, which is about the average of most western economies, of course that fact is never mentioned. All one ever hears is about the "record" budget deficit. The actual budget deficit this year is already down more than 100 billion dollars from the projection of last year, but you will never hear that. Look for the increased tax revenues from the improving economy, coupled with tighter budgeting, to result in the deficit this year being another 100 billion dollars under current projections-I predict 290 billion dollars-which will be about 2% of the GDP.

The last line of attack the media will unleash, is fearmongering of the US losing its position as economic world leader to either the EU or China. Again for those of you who remember, this was the same attack used against Reagan in the 1980s, except then it was Germany and Japan that were going to overtake us. We all know what actually happened.

Anyhow, while China's economy is expanding greatly, they have major structual problems that will, over time, result in their expansion slowing down. These problems include inadequate poltical and legal systems and internal ethnic tensions. The EU has a whole host of problems caused by their welfare state system,excessive government regulation and demographic problems that will prevent them from ever matching the United States economy.

It will be interesting to see what new attacks they will use after these ones fail.

Friday, December 10, 2004

Movie Recommendation-The House of Flying Daggers

This movie from China is fantastic. Incredible action sequences, timeless themes of passion,love,duty and political intrigue, great acting, breathtaking cinematography,fantastic sets and costumes-this movie has it all. If you liked Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero, you will love this movie. Highly recommended-one of the 5 best movies of the year.

Monday, November 29, 2004

The Values issue

Since the election there has been a lot of talk about the issue of values. To be honest, the main issues of the election were terrorism and Iraq. Both the religious right and the liberal media have been pumping up the volume regarding the value issues for different reasons. The religious right wants to claim a greater amount of credit for Bush's victory than they are entitled to, so that they can use this as leverage to get more of their agenda passed. The liberal media,as usual,has to create a cariacture of Republican voters to explain away their election loss and reinforce their biases. That said, there are values issues that appear every day in the news. These issues reveal a lot about the the right and the left in this country. While they may seem minor when viewed individually, taken together with other values issues, they become major cultural issues.

In the last week there has been 3 stories that I believe drives this home.

The first was the teacher who was prevented from handing out copies of the Declaration of the Independence and writings of Thomas Paine and Samuel Adams because they contain references to God............

The second dealt with schools censoring all aspects of religion in the history of Thanksgiving-the story of religious Puritan Pilgrims who emigrated to the US to escape religious persecution, and who held the feast of Thanksgiving, that gave thanks to God..................

The third dealt with the great civil libertarians at the ACLU trying to get the Department of Defense to stop sponsoring Boy Scout troops, because, hold on to your hat, the Boy Scouts list reverence (a belief in God, actually any God) as one of the points of the Scout law............

Now I have a question-Where do you think the overwhelming amount of the American public comes down on each of these issues, and others like them, and which poltical persuasion stands up for that viewpoint and which which political persuasion is opposed to that viewpoint?