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November 1, 2006

Just like old times....

Ah, I remember the heady blogging days of 2004, when John Kerry provided WhatsAPundit with so much material....

So, ust when it looks like the Republicans are stuck with talking about Republican problems (which pretty much ensured their majority status in both houses would go down in flames) John Kerry commits the cardinal sin of modern politics.

He says what he really means.

Compare and contrast:

You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you dont, you get stuck in Iraq.
--What Kerry said.
I can't overstress the importance of a great education. Do you know where you end up if you don't study, if you aren't smart, if you're intellectually lazy? You end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq.
--What Kerry supposedly meant to say.

Let's disregard for a moment the Kerry v Bush educational comparison (which makes the putatively prepared joke very much a pot v. kettle proposition). Instead, let's examine why Kerry might have mangled the joke in the very particular way he did.

This is not a man who trusts the United States military, from the Commander in Chief down to the privates on patrol, to be anything other than a stupid, malicious force for evil. For Kerry, the military will always be the military as imagined by anti-Vietnam protesters, dead-end draftees led by sadistic officers led by a corrupt oligarchic power structure.

That Kerry should slip up in his delivery, going from a calculatedly specific target to what he believed to be a valid generalization, really wouldn't be a surprise.

As an aside:It's actually funny to see how indignant John Derbyshire is that the anti-troops interpretation is the one most of us came to. My only conclusion is that Derb has read the quote totally out of the greater context, and is damned proud of his ability to focus on the tree, and forget about the forrest. (BTW, I love it that Kerry is claiming people are reading his quote out of context. It's exactly his well-documented context he should be hoping people ignore....)

November 15, 2006

We Willnae Be Fooled Again!*

From today's Opinion Journal:
Melanie Sloan, the liberal head of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, was cheered on by Democrats six weeks ago when she helped reveal the Mark Foley scandal. Now she says that "Ms. Pelosi"s endorsement of Rep. Murtha, one of the most unethical members of Congress, show that she may have prioritized ethics reform merely to win votes with no real commitment to changing the culture of corruption." [Emphasis added.]

I for one am shocked!, shocked!, by this turn of events.

* The Nac Mac Feegle view on the role of the State looks better and better every day.

November 20, 2006

Rudy, Rudy, Rudy

Somebody out there gets it.

First, an example of one of the people who doesn't get it:

Continue reading "Rudy, Rudy, Rudy" »

November 27, 2006

A set....

....of triplets.

My wife is more than a little bit pregnant....

My uterus has officially turned into a clown car. I'm carrying triplets.

You see, we got it wrong at the last visit. Yes, the third egg had implanted. Yes, the yolk sack had been present. However, the doctor hadn't seen a heartbeat so we thought the little tyke hadn't made it.

Today we saw three strong heartbeats going. Thump-a-thump-a-thump. Whoa. There was much laughter with an ultrasound wand up my hoo-ha, and a lot of Mark saying "Wow" over and over.

(We also saw the fetuses in their cute tadpole, budding arms stage but Mark was a bit too flabbergasted to ask for pictures of that.)

So yes, this Pundit is currently in shock. But pleasantly so.

A scan of the ultrasound later....

November 29, 2006

Personal Joy, Political Grumpiness

First, the joy:

Liz (my wife) is carrying triplets. (Her takes on the journey to date are indexed here.)

Here's the most recent picture of the tykes:

Continue reading "Personal Joy, Political Grumpiness" »

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