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Archive for September, 2004

Belmont Club

Posted by Mark on September 30, 2004

An analysis of the terrorist bombing today, and of the coverage of the story…bias, anyone?

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A Blow By Blow of the Debate

Posted by Mark on September 30, 2004

Hugh Hewitt gives a good, though highly partisan blow by blow of the debate, with comments on each and every question. Good job overall, but my initial conclusion still stands.

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A Personal Note

Posted by Mark on September 30, 2004

I don’t often talk about myself. I find those blogs that do boring. But I also know that alot of friends and family read Liberty, and know of my health problems of late. So, a short update:
The asthma that has kept me off work for a month continues, lessening only slightly. I had two tests today at Northwestern Medical Center. The thought is that GERD is causing the frequent asthma attacks, and if that can be controlled, the asthma will lessen as well. This may require surgery, but we’ll see. I see my pulmonologist tomorrow morning. He too is a frequent reader of Liberty. At this point, the asthma is intermittent, and I never know what will set it off. My diet has become quite restricted. No coffee. period. sigh.

Lots of fish, lots of chicken. No spicy foods. No alcohol. Nada.
This rules out my favorite Mexican restaraunts. Double sigh.
And Tony, it may limit our trips to the hotel for the marvelous chinese stir fry as well.

I hope to be back to work soon, but am really not sure when that will be. I have to get that asthma under control first. I appreciate the prayers, folks. Keep ’em up.

Now back to the important stuff that keeps folks coming back to Liberty Just in Case.

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One Down, Two to Go

Posted by Mark on September 30, 2004

Initial Reactions
Frankly, Mort Kondracke said it best on FoxNews. President Bush looked tired.
The President also looked defensive at times. He kept saying the country needed to stay on the offensive with terrorism, but was primarily on the defensive in this debate. I kept waitng for Mr. Bush to hit the ball out of the park, and God knows Sen. Kerry gave him opportunities. Mr. Bush simply didn’t take them. I’m not sure why.

The spin will continue throughout the evening, but in this Bush partisan’s opinion, Kerry came out ahead tonight. He definitely helped himself. He was aggressive without being hostile. He held his own, and President Bush did not capitalize on Kerry’s miscues. One of the biggest was one of the final questions. Kerry was asked what he thought was the biggest threat to this country. Kerry replied nuclear proliferation. Kerry was a major supporter of the unilateral nuclear freeze movement in the 70’s and 80’s.

Bush could have come back on that one. He didn’t. He missed an opportunity. He now has two more….

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One Down, One to Go!

Posted by Mark on September 29, 2004

Despite a little roll, SpaceShipOne made history today. One more flight, and the X Prize is theirs. Now its on to paying passengers and space hotels.

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One Down, One to Go!

Posted by Mark on September 29, 2004

Despite a little roll, SpaceShipOne made history today. One more flight, and the X Prize is theirs. Now its on to paying passengers and space hotels.

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Spaceship One Goes for the Prize Today

Posted by Mark on September 29, 2004

No posts yesterday. I was having medical tests done at Northwestern. Blogging may be intermittent in coming days, as the tests could lead to surgery. We’ll see….

The big story today is Spaceship One. Yes, I know the debates are tomorrow, and World War IV continues. But the launch today represents the future, hope, and optimism. No wonder Kerry won’t be watching.

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Spaceship One Goes for the Prize Today

Posted by Mark on September 29, 2004

No posts yesterday. I was having medical tests done at Northwestern. Blogging may be intermittent in coming days, as the tests could lead to surgery. We’ll see….

The big story today is Spaceship One. Yes, I know the debates are tomorrow, and World War IV continues. But the launch today represents the future, hope, and optimism. No wonder Kerry won’t be watching.

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Kerry Wrong For Evangelicals: Interesting site.

Posted by Mark on September 27, 2004

Got this through the Bush campaign. Interesting look at Kerry’s votes from an Evangelical perspective.

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Hitting Rock Bottom: Jay Nordlinger’s Reflections on the Kerry Campaign

Posted by Mark on September 27, 2004

The Kerry campaign has reached rock bottom. I’m not talking about its standing in the polls — I don’t care about that, so much. I’m talking about its moral status. Its behavior during Prime Minister Allawi’s visit to the United States was appalling. The contempt that these people — the Kerry people — threw on Allawi was beyond belief. I feel like a McCarthyite when I think, “Are they on the other side? They seem desperate for our endeavors in Iraq to fail. They seem to be rooting against us.” But I think it.

Of Allawi, Joe Lockhart, the Kerry mouthpiece, said, “You can almost see the hand underneath the shirt today moving the lips.” That’s the sort of thing you can read in the official Syrian press — or are they more discreet now?

Allawi himself was forced to declare, “I am a tool of nobody.” And catch the magnificent sarcasm at the end of this statement: “I don’t know what is rosy and what is not rosy. I am painting a picture that I know. I am the prime minister of Iraq, and I am talking about Iraq — I know what is happening there. I know the details. . . . I have only been out of Iraq for five days, so I don’t think that in the last five days things have changed dramatically.”

In the mid-1980s, when he visited Washington, Jose Napoleon Duarte kissed the American flag. That caused a lot of the Left to choke. And now Allawi is thanking America — and much of the Left is fuming.

I think we can safely generalize that they enjoyed neither the liberation of Afghanistan nor the liberation of Iraq. Because it is better that those two countries be unfree than that a Texas evangelical conservative do the freeing.

George W. Bush needs to stick it to Kerry in that first debate — not merely play defense. He needs to find a way of saying, “What kind of democrats are you Democrats? I mean, don’t you hope we succeed? Does the Taliban out, and Karzai et al. in, and Saddam Hussein out, and Allawi et al. in, embarrass you? Sure, Kofi Annan and the thugocracies of the U.N. are against us. But where do you stand? Does our relative unpopularity at the U.N. embarrass you?”

Get ‘im, W. This is no time to act overly “presidential.” Your job is to shame these people — a job for which they have given you plenty of material.

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