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3.05.2003

Well folks, I've been working two jobs, moving, hiring and training new staff, interviewing and applying for new jobs in Alaska, as well as planning my trip. Not a lot of time left over for blogging.

I will be taking a leave of absence until such time as I can continue blogging at least once a day. Until then, let me leave you with the Ballad of the Green Beret by Barry Sadler. God speed, God Bless, And Go get em boys. Come home safe. If you feel like giving your best wishes and prayers to an actual soldier, check out lt-smash, live from the sandbox.

Fighting soldiers from the sky
Fearless men who jump and die
Men who mean just what they say
The brave men of the Green Beret

Chorus:
Silver wings upon their chest
These are men, America’s best
One hundred men will test today
But only three win the Green Beret

Trained to live off natures land
Trained in combat, hand-to-hand
Men who fight by night and day
Courage peak from the Green Berets

(Chorus) Silver wings upon their chest
These are men, America's best
One hundred men will test today
But only three win the Green Beret

Back at home a young wife waits
Her Green Beret has met his fate
He has died for those oppressed
Leaving her his last request
“Put silver wings on my son’s chest
Make him one of America’s best
He’ll be a man they'll test one day
Have him win the Green Beret”

(Chorus) Silver wings upon their chest
These are men, America's best
One hundred men will test today
But only three win the Green Beret

Steve 8:00 PM [+] ::
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2.11.2003
HA! I said "maybe Tuesday." I just didn't say which Tuesday.

Check out IMAO at the link to your left. Dude is hilarious. No seriously. Bust a gut funny. I'm still swiping time on the 'rent's' computer, while my stuff is shipped to Alaska. Only about 60 days left till the big move... I can't wait.

I might change my name to Alaska Pundit once I get up there... Dunno yet. Stay tuned. Interesting stuff coming up tomorrow.

I'm working on something special.
Steve 7:28 PM [+] ::
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2.01.2003
Posting will be light for the next few days. I'm in the process of moving, and moving my things into 3 locations, spread over about 15 miles. Maybe Tuesday.
Steve 8:40 PM [+] ::
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I'm sure THIS has already been heard.

We here in America all knew it was coming; in fact, it was the third thought that crossed my mind after personal grief for the families, and our nation.

We will not forget this, as our tanks and troops march towards Baghdad. The glee you show will not be evident as you come face to face with our Special Forces. And where will your god be then?
Steve 8:34 PM [+] ::
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I didn't find out till about 11 am CST. By that time, the news coverage was almost to intense to watch. I saw the video once, and welled up. The people in that shuttle represent the best of us all, the best of America.

I will choose to remember this day not for it's tragedy, but for the triumph of man's will, ambition, drive, imagination, and passion.

The crew of this shuttle quite appropriately challenged the minds of kids in classrooms, sparking the interest and imaginations of the next generation of space explorers, and medical tests to improve the quality of life for us all.

In a time when exploration lies no further than the keyboard, the space program reminds us of those explorers past who were willing to risk personal safety, family, and self to better the world around them.

May God bless the families of those who grieve, and may God bless the nations of Israel, and America.
Steve 8:27 PM [+] ::
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1.31.2003
Via Drudge - Blair wants more time? I don't think it's a matter of "more time", I think Tony feels he can get a resolution passed. The Bush administration isn't opposed to a new resolution, as long as it isn't dragged out for a number of weeks. I also remember there being something in the UN where say the UK can propose something to the 15 member security council that is a straight up and down vote, with no vetoes... But I don't recall the exact details... Maybe someone would like to enlighten me?
Steve 10:21 AM [+] ::
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1.30.2003
This is the funniest thing I've seen all day. And I watched Oprah, Donahue, and Hardball with Springer as a guest.

Calls for a perma-link.
Steve 7:16 PM [+] ::
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Goldberg gets his brakes done, and Bush is still a cowboy.
Steve 3:37 PM [+] ::
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Oh what a tangled web we weave....
I'm sick of this. It's painfully obvious that France was complicit in allowing Saddam to break the sanctions during the 90's. What's worse, I'll be some of the munitions, technology, and WMD are of French origin.

The Syrian connection? France probably sells to them too; and I'll bet that Syria fears she will be next when we find out Saddam hid a few "things" over there.

Get this show on the road. Apparently France and Syria need to be liberated as well.
Steve 2:52 PM [+] ::
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Nelson Mandela is at it again! Some quotes:

"if there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America."


Um yeah... You're welcome. Enjoying that freedom of yours, eh?

"because Iraq produces 64 percent of the oil in the world. What Bush wants is to get hold of that oil."


Riiiight. Like this hasn't been done to death. Once again, I'm asking if we want to control the world's oil, why don't we invade Canada or Venezuela? Either would be oh so much easier, and Venezuela could be hidden under the veil of "humanitarian efforts..."

"They do not care. Is it because the secretary-general of the United Nations is now a black man?"


The response from the White House?

"The president will understand there are going to be people who are more comfortable doing nothing about a growing menace that could turn into a holocaust. He respects people who differ with him. He will do what he thinks is right and necessary to protect our country," Fleischer said.


Well, even if it's lip service, I'm sure the President has a lot more respect for him than I do at this point.


Steve 2:35 PM [+] ::
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Shoe Bomber gets life. Not that it would have mattered, but the video they showed of a plane exploding was according to Fox News last night, from the 1980's, and created more damage than Reid's shoe was capable of creating.

Doesn't matter. His intention was to blow up the plane, and I for one am glad he's gone for good.
Steve 2:21 PM [+] ::
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Dear Lord. The ultimate in irony?

Iraq chairs the disarmament conference.
Steve 10:48 AM [+] ::
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1.29.2003
Was it just me, or did Hillary, Nancy, and Joe seem to be quite uninterested in actually listening to the President's speech last night? I swear every time the camera panned to them, they were whispering like two old ladies at a Sunday morning service. Well, except for Pelosi. She was whispering to....... nobody!

And what was the deal with Kerry? He looked like the disinterested husband of said old ladies, almost nodding off until the crowd stood up and said amen.

I can't believe anyone would want them for President. Kerry looked like a pot head after some cheesy curly fries and a few sweet teas from sonic. Pathetic.
Steve 7:14 PM [+] ::
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Rachel would probably like this one:

The Difference Between The Liberal and Conservative "Debate" Over The
War On Terrorism:


Question: You're walking down a deserted street with your wife and two
small children. Suddenly, a dangerous looking man with a huge knife
comes around the corner and is running at you while screaming
obscenities.

In your hand is a Glock .40 cal. and you are an expert shot. You have
mere seconds before he reaches you and your family. What do you do?

Liberal Answer:
Well, that's not enough information to answer the
question! Does the man look sick or oppressed? Have I ever done anything
to him that is inspiring him to attack? Could we run away? What does my
wife think? What about the kids? Could I possibly swing the gun like a
club and knock the knife out of his hand? What does the law say about
this situation? Is it possible he'd be happy with just killing me? Does
he definitely want to kill me or would he just be content to wound me?
If I were to grab his knees and hold on, could my family get away while
he was stabbing me? This is all so confusing! I need to debate this with
some friends for a few days to try to come to a conclusion.

Conservative Answer:
BANG!


Texan's Answer:
BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG!
click...(sounds of clip being ejected and fresh clip installed).

Wife: "Sweetheart, he looks like he's still moving, what do you kids
think?"

Son: "Mom's right Dad, I saw it too..."

BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! Click.

Daughter: "Nice grouping Daddy!"

Husband: "Darling, could you check your purse for a fresh clip? I seem
to have left my other two in the truck with the shotguns."

*Please dont send me email on how insensitive this is, or how crude a joke. I don't care, and I won't respond.

Steve 6:54 PM [+] ::
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Clueless tells of his problems with the speech, which seem to have subsided with a number of emails.

I was thinking about his most recent comment, when this thought struck me:

If we go to the UNSC with a war resolution and it passes;

And if Teddy Kennedy gets a new war resolution on Iraq passed in the Congress (fat chance, I know)...

Would the democrats claim US sovereignty and that we don't bow to international opinions regarding the war, or would they stick by the "multilateral mantra" we all heard back in the fall?

I'd almost like to see that, just for kicks.
Steve 2:53 PM [+] ::
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First off, Italy is as good a friend as we have on the European continent. As stated by Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini:

"I have said, and I will confirm again today, that Italy will support the United States in the unfortunate event of a war. ... Italy will not pull back,"


Which, folks, you can add to the comments by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in September:

"The United States is a country to which my people bear a deep gratitude," he said. "We'll never forget that fact that about a half century ago through the sacrifice of so many young Americans, Italy and Europe were saved from totalitarianism. I'm here as a sincere ally."


I'm glad they remember.

And apparently so does Spain, Poland, Hungary, Denmark, and the Czech Republic.

Hrrrm... Maybe the democrats have an issue with their copy of Websters. Because mine distinctly disagrees with their definition of "unilateral."

Update: More on those who are with us.

Steve 2:44 PM [+] ::
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Posting from work sucks. But just to update, my e-mail will be changing shortly. Apparently, a friend used my computer to open their e-mail, and downloaded the Klez virus for me.... Uh, thanks.

Anyway, more later after lunch. Got some thoughts on the President's speech last night (good and bad), and some interesting links for you all. Posting will be sporadic and intermittent till Friday, when I get a chance to debug my system.
Steve 11:29 AM [+] ::
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1.26.2003
Den Beste talks about Powell's comments, and the varying reasons Bush might be postponing the beginning of the war in Iraq. After listening to what Powell said last night however, I'm inclined to believe the war will begin within the first week of February, as I have thought all along. Powell has become more hawkish the last few days, especially since France double crossed him by stating emphatically that they will vote no on a war resolution. An segment of his comments last night, from USA Today:

"We are missing biological agents. We are missing chemical agents. We are missing weapons of delivery. We are missing chemical shells the Iraqis had. We are missing the nuclear program. We are missing documents ... These are not trivial matters. These are deadly serious matters," Powell said. He added: "Iraq must comply, or it will be made to comply with military force."


And thisfrom the Associated Press tells me even more.

Powell said he believed the inspections had run their course, though he did not explicitly call for their end. He said that as a result of Iraq's lack of cooperation, he had lost faith in the ability of inspectors to fulfill their mission.


Blair's comments are easy to see through, given Den Beste's post. Blair is deflecting some of the heat this whole process has generated by tantalizing the appeasers with prolonged inspections. I think in all probability Bush let him off the hook a bit by stepping up the rhetoric from Powell, making Blair look more moderate. Just a guess though.

The comments today (via Fox News Network - no link yet) confirms my suspicions that war is near as well; Jordan's King said today that it would take a miracle to prevent war at this point.

One last point on those like Daschle who continues to press the Bush administration over explaining the reasons for war to the American people, and using the SOTU address to do it:

I have a friend who is a Ranger and was deployed over in Kuwait. He has hinted at the fact that he was inside Iraq performing recon missions; and working with the CIA. He thinks Bush will be tight lipped up until "go time" to protect those agencies and forces already at work within Baghdad and Iraq. I always thought Bush was silent primarily because of informants within the Iraqi regime; but it obviously makes sense that we'd have folks in there doing work that needed to be protected as well. No sense in making it harder than it already is to gather intelligence by telling Saddam where his security weaknesses are.





Steve 1:00 PM [+] ::
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