Seems I’m becoming addicted to blogosphere transport.
I was seeing what might exist in Maine and came across "Alas, a blog". There I discovered a cople of nice quotes:
- "More than any time in history mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other to total extinction. Let us pray that we have the wisdom to choose correctly." - Woody Allen
Is this choice in any way related to the one confronting us on November 2nd?
- "Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, 'Where have I gone wrong?' Then a voice says to me, 'This is going to take more than one night.'" - Charlie Brown
This one seems to be related to a thought every parent has. We look at our children, at what they have become and what we had hoped they would become, and ask this self-same question.
While I have two children who routinely drive me to such pondering, I have a third who – thus far – exceeds all expectations – and a forth who seems to be attempting to surpass the third. Sigh ...
Meanwhile, back at the spin cycle:
- "I will never submit America's national security to an international test. The use of troops to defend America must never be subject to a veto by countries like France," Bush said. "The president's job is not to take an international poll. The president's job is to defend America."
OK ... this is Bush pleading with the idiots to believe that Saddam Hussein really was a bigger threat to America than Osama Bin Laden, and that the chaos in Iraq has made us safer. Yes, Al Qaeda is now killing Iraqis rather than international workers in New York – but they are also recruiting fighters at a rate which exceeds enlistment in our armed forces. Even more important, their suicide squads are doing it no other motivation than hatred of the west – and America in particular. Do we defend America by letting a known killer and terrorist leader walk free? Do we defend America by hobbling our military in the quagmire of Iraq while Al Qaeda demonstrates its ability to function in the very face of American might and power? A action they can take specifically because we continue to allow their leader, Bin Laden, to freely plan and direct his attacks.
The only blessing? America will not see another Al Qaeda attack until Bush is sworn in again – in January 2005. Al Qaeda leaders know, as do all rational people, that Bush must be allowed to argue we are safe on our shores – demonstrate that to be a lie, and Kerry will be President. Al Qaeda does not want a military hero, an experienced combat officer, a man who has seen the enemy and personally killed him, to be the one leading American forces. Bin Laden is casting his vote for Bush.
A letter to the Editor of the Bangor Daily News classified this election as an IQ test. The current polls show the balance, excluding the Greens and Naderites, to be 50-50. More accurately, we are back to a statistical dead heat in which each candidate has 40% of the vote – Saddam Hussein retains 40% support with the Iraqis people. Bottom line, neither of the possible next presidents is more popular with their people than Saddam Hussein is with his. And to think, Saddam’s popularity levels justify him being in solitary confinement – hum ...