Monday, September 27, 2004

Former President Carter is back in the news.
Former President Jimmy Carter says that despite changes designed to eliminate voting problems in Florida where the disputed 2000 presidential election was decided by only a few hundred votes conditions for a fair election in that state still don't exist.

"The disturbing fact is that a repetition of the problems of 2000 now seems likely," Carter wrote in an opinion piece published Monday in the Washington Post.

So, the elections in Venezuela were legit, but Florida is in doubt. I'm sure that Floridians (like Miss Tammi) will be happy to hear that they are living in a third world country. Then again, with all of the hurricanes this year, they're certainly getting the full effect. Be that as it may, our illustrious former President has taken another leak on the US of A.

I used to think that Carter was a lousy President, but a decent man nevertheless. In recent years I've come to the realization that he is an arrogant buffoon hiding behind a mask of piety. Instead of criticizing the integrity of his fellow citizens, he should be placing flowers on Richard Nixon's grave. It was Nixon's scandal-plagued administration, after all, that made it possible for Carter to be elected President.

As I recall, Carter confessed in a Playboy Magazine interview to lusting after women in his heart. Sorry Jimmy, you got it all wrong. In your case, I think it's the first deadly sin you have to worry about.
I just saw former Clinton NSC member Dan Feldman on the O'Reilly Factor tonight. He was debating former Undersecretary of Defense (under Bush 41) Jed Babbin on Iraq's links to terrorism. I've blogged about this before. I even followed it up with another post, or two. Babbin brought up a couple of the points I covered, most notable the presence of Abu Abbas and Abu Nidal in Iraq prior to the invasion. Babbin countered with the same old song and dance about how their is no direct link between Iraq and 9/11.

Using Babbin's philosophy, we shouldn't even be engaged in a war on terrorism at all. After all, the 19 people who are directly responsible for 9/11 are all dead. The "wait for it to happen, then find the terrorists and arrest them" mentality of the Clinton administration is what led us to 9/11 in the first place. If we aren't ahead of these guys, we're behind them. That's not a good place to be.

President Clinton probably thought he was doing the right thing, but he thought wrong. Dead wrong. If Sen. Kerry is elected, I fear that we'll be right back to that losing (and dangerous) strategy.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

According to ABC News, Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry is warning the public that if President Bush is re-elected, the military draft may be reinstated.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. Sept. 22, 2004 - Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, citing the war in Iraq and other trouble spots in the world, raised the possibility Wednesday that a military draft could be reinstated if voters re-elect President Bush.
Kerry said he would not bring back the draft and questioned how fairly it was administered in the past.

Answering a question about the draft that had been posed at a forum with voters, Kerry said: "If George Bush were to be re-elected, given the way he has gone about this war and given his avoidance of responsibility in North Korea and Iran and other places, is it possible? I can't tell you."

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and other Pentagon officials have been asked numerous times whether they thought a draft would be necessary to maintain force levels in Iraq. They have said consistently that they think it is neither necessary nor desirable, since today's military is built on volunteer service and professionalism.

What the ABC article fails to mention, is that the only vocal proponent for a return to the draft is a Democrat; Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY). This is nothing more than a shameless attempt to mobilize the youth vote against Bush by scaring young voters into believing that the day after a Bush re-election, they'll likely be shipped off to Iraq or Afghanistan. ABC is playing right into that strategy by leaving out some very important details. What they are reporting is the truth, just not the whole truth. Typical.

You can read the whole ABC News article (but NOT the whole story) here.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004


Michael "Fahrenheit 9/11" Moore has an inspirational (well, kind of) message on his website for

"Look at us -- what a bunch of crybabies. Bush gets a bounce after his convention and you would have thought the Germans had run through Poland again. The Bushies are coming, the Bushies are coming! Yes, they caught Kerry asleep on the Swift Boat thing. Yes, they found the frequency in Dan Rather and ran with it. Suddenly it's like, 'THE END IS NEAR! THE SKY IS FALLING!'

No, it is not. If I hear one more person tell me how lousy a candidate Kerry is and how he can't win... Dammit, of COURSE he's a lousy candidate -- he's a Democrat, for heavens sake! That party is so pathetic, they even lose the elections they win! What were you expecting, Bruce Springsteen heading up the ticket? Bruce would make a helluva president, but guys like him don't run -- and neither do you or I. People like Kerry run."

Bruce Springsteen "would make a helluva president"? Well, he can play the guitar pretty well and he's a pretty good singer. Once upon a time the Boss was a good songwriter too. But president? Give me a break, Mike. Why does anyone take this guy seriously?

There are two pieces of good news for Republicans and conservatives (and others with common sense) in Moore's letter. The first is that they're afraid that Kerry is going to lose. The second is that Michael Moore is disinclined to run for president. Not that too many people would vote for Moore anyway. Hell, I'd vote for Bruce Springsteen over Michael Moore. At least the Boss can play the gee-tar.

You can read Mikey's message here.

Saturday, September 18, 2004

This is what happens when you leave your kids Home Alone. Never underestimate the value of parental supervision. It is essential in helping kids deal with their growing pains. They can wind up getting themselves into deep trouble without proper guidance.

Friday, September 17, 2004

CBS News has a consumer alert on their website warning their viewers about shrimp that may be contaminated. If you are a shrimp lover, as I am, you may want to read the story.

I did not, however, find a consumer alert on the website warning viewers about CBS News. In the interest of protecting the viewing public, the Noble Eagle Blog will issue one.

CONSUMER ALERT!!! (exclamation points added to underscore the seriousness of this alert.)
Viewing CBS News may seriously impair your ability to distinguish fact from fiction. Recent events have demonstrated that CBS News, and it's ace reporter/managing editor Dan Rather, operate under the belief that the seriousness of a story outweighs the authenticity of the evidence offered in support of the story. As a result of this policy, you may be subjected to a pack of lies that you are told to believe because Dan Rather says you should. Watch this program at your own risk.

Apparently, Rather & Co. believe that even if the documents are forged, their story is still legit. According to Rather:
The focus on "questions over the veracity of the memos was a smoke screen perpetrated by right-wing allies of the Bush administration," he said. "This is your basic fogging machine, which is set up to cloud the issue, to obscure the truth."

I wonder how Dan's "authenticity doesn't matter" philosophy would work out in the real world. To that end, I have devised a little experiment to test it (kids, DON'T try this at home). Take a $100 bill and make a really bad black & white copy of it (one side only). Then try passing it off at your local supermarket. When the cashier notices that it's a fake (believe it or not, about 1 in 5 won't), insist that it's real and refuse to leave the store until your transaction is complete. When the police come to arrest you, tell them that you believe that the bill is real, and that they have no business contradicting you on that. When you go to court, tell the judge that while the $100 bill may not be entirely authentic, you still believe that it's worth $100 dollars, and that these counterfeiting laws are like "your basic fogging machine, which is set up to cloud the issue, to obscure the truth." If charges are dismissed (for reasons other than insanity), I guess that Dan was right after all. If they aren't dismissed, I guess that means that Dan needs to get a freakin' clue.

DISCLAIMER: The above experiment is offered for illustrative purposes only. The Noble Eagle Blog accepts no responsibility for the fate of those dumb enough to actually try it. If you are that clueless you should not be viewing this website, you should be viewing a site intended for someone who is incapable of independent thought, like this one.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004


I just saw Carl Bernstein (of Watergate fame) on Hannity and Colmes.  Bernstein is one of the icons of investigative journalism and his opinion was asked regarding the "Memogate" fiasco.  Bernstein referred to the scandal as a "sideshow" and said that President Bush's Air National Guard service in the early 1970's is the real story here. 
So it's a sideshow, is it?  A major news organization, headed by a respected (by others in the media, if not by me personally) journalist, does a story that could have a profound impact on a presidential election (in the middle of a war, no less!), and uses forged documents to prove their case.  How in the hell is this a sideshow?  CBS and Dan Rather engaged in (either willfully or negligently) a fraud perpetrated on the American people.  Bernstein's attitude, which mirrors CBS' attitude, is that no explanation is owed to the American people.  We all have a duty to pretend it never happened and to tune in to 60 Minutes next week and willingly ingest whatever they decide to spoon-feed to us.
I'm sorry Mr. Bernstein, but I'm not buying it, and neither are a lot of other Americans.  "Buying it" sums the situation up quite well. actually.  You people (the news media) are a business.  Your credibility is essential in order to stay in business.  Without it, no one will buy what you're selling.  To make an analogy, think of yourselves as cookies vendors.  Last week, Dan Rather and Company sold their customers a bag labeled "chocolate chip cookies".  As it turns out, the actual contents of the bag consisted of 100% pure bovine manure (bullshit, for those of you with Ivy League educations).  It's pure arrogance to deny your customers an explanation, and even more arrogant to expect them to buy another bag next week.
I have a feeling that Dan and his crew are going to keep on hawking more bags of (C)BS like nothing happened.  I don't know about you, but I'm not buying.

Friday, September 10, 2004

Saturday marks the third anniversary of the attacks on the US by Al Qaida. Many have referred to 9/11 as America's wakeup call. Sometimes I fear that we have fallen back to sleep. I make it a point to periodically look at pictures of the attack and its aftermath to remind myself of what happened and what we are still facing.

Here are some videos of the WTC attacks (most of these files will take a while to download if you have a slower internet connection):
CNN cameraman describing what he saw that day.

We owe it to the people who died that day, the people who have died in the War on Terrorism, our children, and our children's children to never forget what happened on September 11, 2001.
The CBS 60 Minutes memo story continued today. The mainstream media appears to be picking up the story with a vengeance. In spite of this, Dan Rather is standing behind the authenticity of the documents.

I dug into my old military paperwork today and found my original DD Form 214. The document, issued at the US Army's hi-tech National Training Center in 1990, showed my last duty assignment as the 177th FSB. The "th" after the 177 was NOT in superscript. I sincerely doubt that the Texas Air National Guard had more advanced typewriters in the early 1970s than the Army had at NTC in 1990. I am becoming increasingly convinced that these documents, at least some of them, are forgeries.

In the long run, the real implication of this story does not involve the election. I don't think that the authenticity of the documents is going to change voters minds either way (although former democratic pollster Pat Caddell thinks that this scandal may cost Kerry the election). The real potential damage here is to the credibility of CBS. This scandal may drive more people to seek out alternative sources of information. The MSM's monopoly on the flow of information is coming to an end, and they can't handle it.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

The 60 Minutes memo story has spread like wildfire on the internet. At last count, there were 193 trackbacks to the post on Powerline. After I read the post this morning, I sent a tip to Drudge via his website. I'm certain that I'm not the only one who did that today. By mid-afternoon, he had the story linked on his site. On the Fox News Channel, the story was featured on Special Report with Brit Hume (it was actually the last story discussed by the panel at the end of the show).

Now ABC News has picked up on the story. They are reporting that the son the the late Jerry Killian, the officer who wrote the memos, doubts their authenticity.
Gary Killian, who served in the Guard with his father and retired as a captain in 1991, said one of the memos, signed by his father, appeared legitimate. But he doubted his father would have written another, unsigned memo which said there was pressure to "sugar coat" Bush's performance review.

"It just wouldn't happen," he said. "The only thing that can happen when you keep secret files like that are bad things. ... No officer in his right mind would write a memo like that."

CBS is sticking by their story that the documents are legitimate. Not that that is a surprise. Credibility is essential for any news organization to stay in business (and it IS a business). If it turns out that the documents are forgeries (some experts have already weighed in saying that there is a good chance they are forgeries), CBS will find itself on the receiving end of the type of savaging that they are used to dishing out. Look for the other broadcast networks to pile on as well. In the fierce competition for a dwindling number of viewers, ABC and NBC will not pass up this opportunity to grab some of CBS' business. It's sure to make for an interesting show.
The Big Trunk at Powerlineblog is reporting that the memos regarding President Bush's Air National Guard service that were featured on 60 Minutes last night might be forgeries. This makes for some very interesting reading. If true, this would be a new low in American politics. You can see the whole story here.

After reading the post at Powerline, go to the CBS News website and look at the PDF file copies of the memos. Very interesting.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Blackfive has an excellent post about Europeans. Apparently they hate us because of the war in Iraq. HA!!! I spent two years in Germany in the 80's and I can tell you this for sure; they hated us then, too. I think the war has just given them a new excuse. Ya gotta luv 'em.
The Dems are getting desperate. After several unsuccessful attempts to get traction from the bogus Air National Guard "AWOL" issue, they are taking another shot at it (again). These guys are taking the concept of never learning from your mistakes to a new level.

DNC bag-man Terry McAuliffe is criticizing President Bush for serving in the Air National Guard rather than going to Vietnam.
"We know that John Kerry was in Vietnam," said Democratic Party chief Terry McAuliffe in a conference call with reporters. "My question, Mr. President, is where were you, Sir?"

The implication, of course, is that President Bush failed to serve his country in the armed forces. The last time I checked, the Air National Guard is part of the military. In essence, McAuliffe's statement implies that members of the ANG aren't "real" military personnel. This urinates on the service of many thousands of men and women who have served in the ANG. To add insult to injury, I've seen no evidence that McAuliffe ever served in the military in any capacity. Furthermore, McAuliffe is the lap dog of a politician who really did dodge the draft. He gave his unwavering support to said politician in a political race against a decorated combat veteran.

I know you have to be a hypocrite to be a left winger these days, but McAuliffe takes it to the extreme. To paraphrase the Dixie Chicks: Just so you know, I'm ashamed that Terry McAuliffe is from New York.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Our illustrious news media is reporting that the number of military deaths in the Iraq campaign has topped 1,000. No doubt someone will try to spin this number to suit their political ambitions. The number will climb higher still before we are done in Iraq. Such is the nature of war.

Consider these numbers:

-At the battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War, 7,058 soldiers were killed (3,155 Union, 3,903 Confederate). When the wounded and missing numbers are added, the total goes over 50,000.

-During the invasion of Okinawa, over 12,000 US military personnel were killed.

-In the second week of October 1943, the Eighth Air Force lost over 1,000 crewman in bombing raids over Europe.

-About 2,500 American troops died during the invasion of Normandy on D-Day (an exact number has not yet been determined).

-In the year 1968, about 14,000 US troops died in Vietnam.

As Robert E. Lee once said, "It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it."

To learn more about the brave men and women who have given their lives in the war on terrorism, visit the Fallen Heroes Memorial.

Monday, September 06, 2004

Just for fun, go to Google and type "French military victories", then hit the I'm Feeling Lucky button.

This picture (and other hilarious stuff) available at Flash Bunny.

Sunday, September 05, 2004

Baldilocks has a very informative post on her site concerning the media-manufactured controversy over President Bush's service in the Air National Guard. This is a topic that aggravates me to no end. I've blogged about this issue before. The mainstream media seems to love this story so much, they can't stop reporting on it. They do not, however, love it enough to do any actual research on how the Guard and Reserves work. Baldilocks' site would be a good place to start that research. If you go there and read her post on the subject, I promise that you'll know more about Guard and Reserve service than the entire staff of the New York Times combined.
I'll leave it for you to decide.

Friday, September 03, 2004

I didn't see this exchange myself, but if it really happened this way, I'd have paid money to see it.

Hat tip: Kate
Thankfully, my predictions about an increase in serious protester incidents did not come true. Did it have anything to do with the City of New York dragging its feet on releasing those who had been arrested? I guess we'll never know for sure, but I'm willing to bet that in the long run, these fines were a bargain.

The President's acceptance speech was, in my opinion, a home run. If there was one theme he hammered home, it was his decisiveness. This contrasts with his opponents waffling on the issues, especially the war.

Senator Kerry held a midnight rally in Springfiled, OH to give his response to the convention. I can't recall this ever haveing been done before. It looked like a move of desperation to me.

A shot was fired into Republican headquarters in Huntington, WV last night during President Bush's speech. So much for polite discourse. I guess the Democrats have given up on gun control, or at least made an exception in this case.

Thursday, September 02, 2004

The number of protesters arrested in NYC yesterday was down from the day before. Down a lot, in fact (think VERY high double digit percentage). This was probably due, in large part, to the fact that many of the hardcore troublemakers were still in jail (so much for the "incarceration doesn't prevent crime" theory). Look for things to get a little crazy this evening. Many of the protesters/vandals/thugs/punks who have been arrested will doubtless make bail or otherwise be released in time for one more "adventure". Also, the President is scheduled to speak tonight; further motivation for the most radical of the radicals to "exercise their first ammendment rights" in as disruptive and destructive a manner as possible.

By the way, you'll be happy to know that the National Lawyer's Guild has observers posted at the various demonstrations to ensure that the rights of the protesters are respected. They can be identified by the distinctive lime green hats they wear. I saw one of these observers on the news last night. She was watching as a protester severely beat a police officer. The officer, Detective William Sample, suffered a concussion and bruises on his face and chest. Jamal Holiday, the 20 year old jackass who assaulted him, was arrested Tuesday night at another protest. Apparently, the Lawyer's Guild's concern for civil rights doesn't extend to the rights of police officers.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

By midnight tonight the NYPD will probably have arrested about 2,000 protesters since the start of the Republican National Convention. I've been reading about some of these groups on the net. One group, the Ruckus Society has set up a text alert system in order to gather protesters quickly in a particular location. Some of these groups are pretty well organized for "anarchists". Isn't being organized antithetical to the anarchist's philosophy? More evidence that you have to be a hypocrite to be an extreme leftist.

On a side note, a former Ruckus Society member named Zack Exley is the Director of Online Communications for the Kerry/Edwards campaign. Exley has also worked for You can learn more about Ruckus and Mr. Exley in this excellent column by Lowell Ponte.
I haven't had time to post lately, as I've been on active duty in support of the Republican National Convention in NYC. Fortunately I didn't have to leave home since I'm working at the ops center at HQ. I'm on an overnight shift, which is exhausting due to the reverse schedule. Everyone I work with is pretty cool though, which makes it all more bearable. Even the general is easy going. I made his A-list by being the only one in the room who knew who said "extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice". I shot further up the list by knowing who referred to "the nattering nabobs of negativism". Who says that being good at trivial pursuit is worthless?

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