Random Thoughts For Aug 4, 2005

— The movies I’m watching right now, as I type this? “Mystery Science Theater 3000: Vol. 6: Disc 1: Attack of the Giant Leeches”. Next up: “XXX: State Of The Union.” Man do I love Netflix!

— Key dates to watch for in Iraq over the next few months:

August 15, 2005: The Iraqis are supposed to finish the draft of their Constitution.
October 15, 2005: There’ll be a general referendum where Iraqi decide where to accept the Constitution.
December 15, 2005: The Iraqis are scheduled to elect a legislature.

Help A Wounded Marine: Cpl. Ryan D. Groves

— I ran across this line in a Des Moines Register column trashing bloggers:

“..(R)emember the allegations by the “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” that, after weeks of reporting, were found to be unsubstantiated?”

That line and the whole “Kerry was too late in responding to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” that is also tossed around on occasion are both bogus. The truth is, Kerry never had a good response to SBVFT, they publicly forced him to change his story several times, and moreover, even in retrospect, they came across as far more credible than John Kerry on his Vietnam record.

In fact, the whole “SBVFT aren’t credible” line was nothing more than propaganda from the Kerry campaign that was immediately picked up by their allies in the MSM who were anxious to try to minimize the enormous damage that was being done to “their candidate”.

Of course, now that Kerry is branded as a loser and doesn’t have a chance in 2008, it’s tempting to just let it go. But since the way that the SBVFT were — and still are — treated by the media is such a perfect example of liberal bias, it’s worth pointing out the MSM is still spinning hard on this issue.

— Typical liberals: all talk and no action:

“In the days after President Bush won a second term, the number of U.S. citizens visiting Canada’s main immigration Web site shot up sixfold, prompting speculation that unhappy Democrats would flock north.

But official statistics show the number of Americans actually applying to live permanently in Canada fell in the six months after the election.”

— There has been a claim floating around on the left that Ann Coulter plagiarized some other writers in a column called “Thou shalt not commit religion.” It’s complete bunk. Coulter listed 23 piece of speech that have been “funded in whole or in part by taxpayers”. The “plagiarism” here is supposed to be that several of the items appeared on other lists in conservative publications and that in some cases, the wording was similar. Gee, maybe’s it’s just me, but how many different ways are there to say “A female performer inserting a speculum into her vagina and inviting audience members on stage to view her cervix with a flashlight?” The lefties are just being silly.

— By the way: “XXX: State Of The Union?” It stunk. Any movie that features Ice Cube and a bunch of car jackers going toe to toe with the US military, while they’re on alert, and creaming them is about as realistic as Michael Jackson punching out Mike Tyson in a street fight. Plus, I loathed the President, who reminded me of Jimmy Carter. The whole movie was just ridiculous from start to finish. Big thumbs down! But “MST3000: Attack of the Giant Leeches” was superb.

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