You know, I wasn't in favor of an amendment to the Constitution to ban flag-burning, not least for the reason I mentioned here back in 2003: "Every time some nitwit college student burns a flag on camera, that's one less idiot who can ever run for public office." But let's not leave this topic without noting the following:
1. Hillary Clinton drew widespread publicity - referencing her position as evidence of a move towards the political center - for supporting legislation banning flag-burning.
2. Like everyone else who follows politics even remotely, Hillary knew full well that the Supreme Court in 1989 had held that the First Amendment protects flag-burning, and therefore that such legislation, to accomplish anything, required an amendment to the constitution.
You don't need to be one way or the other on the (alleged) issue of flag burning to have contempt for this kind of political posturing. No doubt the Senator had words to say about her vote, every one of them a lie including "and" and "the".
Normally, I start these things out by saying, "My fellow Americans."
Not doing it this time. If the polls are any indication, I don't know who more than half of you are anymore.
I do know something terrible has happened, and that you're really not fellow Americans any longer.
I'll cut right to the chase here: I quit. Now before anyone gets all in a lather about me quitting to avoid impeachment, or to avoid prosecution or something, let me assure you: There's been no breaking of laws or impeachable offenses in this office.
The reason I'm quitting is simple: I'm fed up with you people.
I'm fed up because you have no understanding of what's really going on in the world – or of what's going on in this once-great nation of ours. And the majority of you are too damn lazy to do your homework and figure it out.
Let's start local. You've been sold a bill of goods by politicians and the news media. Polls show that the majority of you think the economy is in the tank. And that's despite record numbers of homeowners, including record numbers of minority homeowners. And while we're mentioning m minorities, I'll point out that minority business ownership is at an all-time high. Our unemployment rate is as low as it ever was during the Clinton administration. I've mentioned all those things before, but it doesn't seem to have sunk in.
Despite the shock to our economy of 9/11, the stock market has rebounded to record levels, and more Americans than ever are participating in these markets. Meanwhile, all you can do is whine about gas prices, and most of you are too damn stupid to realize that gas prices are high because there's increased demand in other parts of the world, and because a small handful of noisy idiots are more worried about polar bears and beachfront property than your economic security.
We face real threats in the world. Don't give me this "blood for oil" thing. If I were trading blood for oil, I would've already seized Iraq's oil fields and let the rest of the country go to hell. And don't give me this "Bush Lied; People Died" crap either. If I were the liar you morons take me for, I could've easily had chemical weapons planted in Iraq so they could be "discovered." Instead, I owned up to the fact that the intelligence was faulty.
Let me remind you that the rest of the world thought Saddam had the goods, same as me. Let me also remind you that regime change in Iraq was official U.S. policy before I came into office. Some guy named Clinton established that policy. Bet you didn't know that, did you?
You idiots need to understand that we face a unique enemy. Back during the Cold War, there were two major competing political and economic models squaring off. We won that war, but we did so because fundamentally the Communists wanted to survive, just as we do. We were simply able to outspend and out-tech them.
That's not the case this time. The soldiers of our new enemy don't care if they survive. In fact, they want to die. That'd be fine, as long as they weren't also committed to taking as many of you with them as they can. But they are. They want to kill you, and the bastards are all over the globe.
You should be grateful they haven't gotten any more of us here in the United States since Sept. 11. But you're not. That's because you've got no idea how hard a small number of intelligence, military, law enforcement and homeland security people have worked to make sure of that. When this whole mess started, I warned you that this would be a long and difficult fight. I'm disappointed how many of you people think a long and difficult fight amounts to a single season of "Survivor."
Instead, you've grown impatient. You're incapable of seeing things through the long lens of history, the way our enemies do. You think that wars should last a few months, a few years, tops.
Making matters worse, you actively support those who help the enemy. Every time you buy the New York Times, every time you send a donation to a cut-and-run Democrat's political campaign, well, dang it, you might just as well FedEx a grenade launcher to a jihadist. It amounts to the same thing.
In this day and age, it's easy enough to find the truth. It's all over the Internet. It just isn't on the pages of the New York Times or on NBC News. But even if it were, I doubt you'd be any smarter. Most of you would rather watch "American Idol."
I could say more about your expectations that the government will always be there to bail you out, even if you're too stupid to leave a city that's below sea level and has a hurricane approaching.
I could say more about your insane belief that government, not your own wallet, is where the money comes from. But I've come to the conclusion that were I to do so, it would sail right over your heads.
So I quit. I'm going back to Crawford; I've got an energy-efficient house down there (Al Gore could only dream) and the capability to be fully self-sufficient. No one ever heard of Crawford before I got elected, and as soon as I'm done here pretty much no one will ever hear of it again. Maybe I'll be lucky enough to die of old age before the last pillars of America fall.
Oh, and by the way, Cheney's quitting, too. That means Pelosi is your new president. You asked for it. Watch what she does carefully, because I still have a glimmer of hope that there are just enough of you remaining who are smart enough to turn this thing around in 2008.
So that's it. God bless what's left of America. Some of you know what I mean. The rest of you, kiss off.
Today General Patraeus is scheduled to begin his report on The Surge. Mr. Peters, columnist for the New York Post and retired Lt. Colonel, Army Intelligence, predicts congress' behavior:
Minds are already made up. Senators and activists will listen only for a "Gotcha!" opportunity. Staffers have already formulated the sound bites and written the statements denouncing any progress in Iraq as meaningless. ...
His reward for leading our troops from one success to another in a conflict that verged on failure only last autumn? Calumny. Accusations that he's a stooge of the administration...
Of course, pols like Sen. Schumer don't want to understand what's happening. They just want to convince you that Iraq's hopeless. They'd rather hand al Qaeda a victory than risk Republican gains.
And these legislators criticize Iraq's parliamentarians...
In response, the Dems will concentrate on unreached - but increasingly irrelevant - benchmarks they themselves concocted. They'll shut their ears against all positive news. And they'll twist what they can't deny.
Gen. Petraeus deserves better. Our troops deserve better. And you, my fellow citizens, deserve better.
Let's come back to this column next week and see how Peters scored.
I'd really paid no attention to the firing of the US attorneys brouhaha nor Gonzales' resignation. I knew it was bogus, but didn't really think about it or remember why. Then an acquaintance sent me a link to Anthrax's latest column which I read hoping she wouldn't tear Gonzales apart (he seems like a nice enough guy in over his head to me). Coulter concludes her comparison of our last three AG's thusly:
Number of U.S. attorneys fired by Ashcroft: 0 Number of U.S. attorneys fired by Gonzales: 8 Number of U.S. attorneys fired by Reno: 93
There were so many shenanigans during President Clinton's terms that it's easy to forget some of them. Now I remember how he had the justice department purged when he came to town. I wonder if Senator Clinton (D - NY) has a list?
Congress's attempt to lose the war is so hard for me to believe that it's difficult for me to talk about it. I'm shocked.
Either those are the most despicable bunch of Quislings ever gathered in Washington, DC or their information bubble is so tightly self-contained and impenetrable that they might as well be deaf, dumb, and blind.
Let's keep the Libby pardon fair and balanced.....
President Clinton's Pardons in Jan. 2001....
January 20, 2001
Pardon Grants January 2001
ALLEN, Verla Jean
False statements to agency of United States
ALTIERE, Nicholas M.
Importation of cocaine
ALTSCHUL, Bernice Ruth
Conspiracy to commit money laundering
ANDERSON, Joe, Jr.
Income tax evasion
ANDERSON, William Sterling
Conspiracy to defraud a federally insured financial institution, false statements to a federally insured financial institution, wire fraud
AZIZKHANI, Mansour T.
Conspiracy and making false statements in bank loan applications
BABIN, Cleveland Victor, Jr.
Conspiracy to commit offense against the
by utilizing the
mail in furtherance of a scheme to defraud
BAGLEY, Chris Harmon
Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine
BANE, Scott Lynn
Unlawful distribution of marijuana
BARBER, Thomas Cleveland
Issuing worthless checks
BARGON, Peggy Ann
Violation of the Lacey Act, violation of the Bald Eagle Protection Act
Income tax evasion
BLAMPIED, David Roscoe
Conspiracy to distribute cocaine
BORDERS, William Arthur, Jr.
Conspiracy to corruptly solicit and accept money in return for influencing the official acts of a federal district court judge (Alcee L. Hastings), and to defraud the United States in connection with the performance of lawful government functions; corruptly influencing, obstructing, impeding and endeavoring to influence, obstruct and impede the due administration of justice, and aiding and abetting therein; traveling interstate with intent to commit bribery
BOREL, Arthur David
BOREL, Douglas Charles
BRABHAM, George Thomas
Making a false statement or report to a federally insured bank
BRASWELL, Almon Glenn
Conspiracy to defraud government with respect to claims; perjury
Illegal dispensing of controlled substance and Medicaid fraud
U.S. Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) today joined Senator Frank Lautenberg in introducing a resolution designating June 29, 2007 through July 5, 2007, as “National Clean Beaches Week.” This resolution is part of Senator Martinez’s effort to recognize the considerable value and role of beaches in the economy and culture of Florida and the United States.
Hummingbird Finally, my first hummingbirds. Saw them on a fire bush in Crystal Beach, FL. My rental's neighbor's yard is all xeriscaped, which is ugly to me but just fine with the little hummers. At first, I thought they were the biggest hornets I'd ever seen.
Flamingo! One of these dudes flew right over my house. I couldn't believe it. And please don't tell me it was a roseated spoonbill because it was a frickin' flamingo, dude! Huge and pink and right there above me. I was like so freaking out, you know?
Falcon! Don't see these guys too often. Wish we did. Bet the morning doves don't.
Black Skimmer These beauties are getting scarce, but one flew by yesterday at low tide on the hunt for minnows.
Dead sea turtle cool, but smelly
Reddish Egret These have been hanging out around the pool quite a bit lately. Must be a new group of adolesent birds -- the youngsters like to hunt where the water is clear, and it takes them a day to figure out there are not now and never will be fish in the swimming pool no matter how clear the water.
Brown Pelican I saw a flock of about 200 of these at Disappearing Island yesterday, just south of Anclote Island on the west coast of FL. Good to see such a large flock.
Wood Pecker They've developed a sudden interest in the orange tree, which just went into bloom.