In case you hadn't heard, well, anywhere, George Bush is going to reinstate the draft, so you kids better not vote for him. Seriously, the Kerry campaign is always complaining about negative attacks on the candidate, but when the DNC and Kerry don't say anything about serious fear-mongering like this, I have to believe they are desperate. I know the email here comes from "non-partisan" rock the vote, but ther're about as non-partisan as the NRA. You can debate honestly over the validity of the Swift Vet ads or whether or not Bush should have condemned them(I say no, as despite the NY Times and the Dems insistance, they have not been discredited, merely called into question), but this is much, much worse. Whether it's scaring minorities, class warfare, and lying about "secret plans" for a draft, the Democrats are losing my respect daily. Why don't they just throw in the towel this election and get ready for Hillary '08. At least she stands for something.
:: C.M. Burns 9/29/2004 12:37:00 PM [+] ::
Voter Fraud, Democratic Party Style
While Democrats fret over claims of voter intimidation and the evil of Diebold voting machines, it seems that some of their operatives have decided to take a page from the Chicago Democratic Machine of the 20th century and are creating fradulant elections the old-fashioned way-forging signatures. As opposed to vague worries posted by jittery liberals about "another stolen election", the Kerry Spot has links to some very real cases of voter fraud, including forged signatures. A lot of this can be traces back to ACT, MoveOn, and others who have decided that Democracy needs to be protected from the voters. Read all of the reports and then make sure your dead relatives aren't registered, and then volunteer as a pool watcher to make sure that ballot boxes from Republican precients don't end up in various rivers, like the hundreds that litter the floor of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. Boss Daley would be proud.
:: C.M. Burns 9/29/2004 12:29:00 PM [+] ::
Baseball Coming to DC and it Feels So Good!
Well, after a few months of infighting and trying to figure out a deal that would please evil Orioles' owner Peter Angelos, it looks like Major League Baseball is finally returning to the Nation's Capitol. I'm totally excited,as I love baseball, but hate the trek up to freakin' Baltimore to see the O's. Plus, I hate the O's. Now, with an NL team in DC, I can at least see one Cubs game live a year. And as it appears that the Cubs may be blowing the playoffs again, those tickets might be easy to come by! Allow me to suggest to the new owners, whoever they end up being, that they NOT name the team the Senators, as the Senator's only won one World Series in 70 years of play. I heard on the radio that the name "The Grays" was being considered. Of course, the Grays were probably the most famous team of the old Negro League from the bad old days of baseball segregation. This could be appropriate, considering that DC has a majority African American population. Also, it keeps politics out of it, as I suspect Grover Norquist and some Congressional Republicans may pust for the "Washington Reagan's". While they Grey's have dignity as a name, here are some less dignified names that reflect "official" Washington:
The Dead Interns
The Nation Builders
The Corrupt Senators
Anyway, welcome baseball, and remember, if you take the ream away, we'll yank your Antitrust exemption. Play Ball!
:: C.M. Burns 9/29/2004 10:08:00 AM [+] ::
:: Tuesday, September 28, 2004 ::
Hollywood and the Cult of Che
I've been rather disturbed lately by the awe-struck reviews of The Motorcycle Diaries, a new film, produced by Robert Redford and applauded at Sundance, that depicts a very short passage in the life of Ernesto "Che" Guevera, the Cuban revolutionary turned Stalanist turned mass murderer. The film follows Che and his buddy on a motorcycle tour throughout South America and doesn't really deal with Che's politics, though if I read the reviews correctly, the ending of the film has something to do with his "political awakeneing". The bottom line is that the Che portrayed in the film is not the Che that millions of wannabe revolutionary college kids idolize. He's just a guy on a motorcycle, giving medical help and whatnot as he tours around. Now, if the subject was anyone but Che, the film might have much to recommend it. It is apparently excelently scripted, acted, shot and directed, and normally I'll see any film regardless of political content. Well, not a Michael Moore film, but I do happen to like Oliver Stone. But since the film doesn't even deal with the fact that it's "hero" and central character would be leading death squads in Cuba and pushing for the hard line that exists there today, I think this mau be nothing more than propaganda from a Castro-loving Hollywood. Redford took the film to Cuba to show it to Castro himself, and even the great Speilberg, a man who I have more respect for than I can put into words, spent time with Castro and called the meeting the "most imortant of (his) life". Steven Spielberg! He made "Schindler's List"! And he's praising a man who runs a facist, nazi-like state without the busses running on time!
Hollywood has long idolized the Cuban revolution, and it's main heros, Che and Castro. Now, this film about Che is getting rave reviews from justabouteveryone. I find this disturbing because any autobographical film about a man who became a monster that doesn't DEAL with the fact he was a monster, no matter how pleasant he may have been on the road, can safely be considered pure propaganda and not worthy of praise. It's like making a bio of Hitler and Stalin and forgetting to add the millions they killed, or to bring it down to a more manageable scale, making a film about the joy that John Wayne Gacy took at being a clown. From the Left Coast, which pumps out approximately 50 Bush as Evil Warlord films a month lately, this is rampant hypocrasy. You cannot make a meaningful autobiographical film about someone "becoming aware" without reflecting on what that awareness brought, and for the people of Cuba, it wasn't good things.
If you want top know what Che REALLY did, go read historian Paul Bremer's takedown of Che in Slate. I think it works better coming for a left perspective. i could point to about a dozer NRO articles on the evil that was Che, but that's less convincing to a general audience. Read about the real man and despair that Hollywood wants us to forget what he really was-a killer.
:: C.M. Burns 9/28/2004 10:08:00 AM [+] ::
:: Monday, September 27, 2004 ::
Back Blogging With a Bit of Trivia
My two week bloggin break was quite pleasant. Dan Rather fell apart, Bush still leads in the polls, and the Bears managed to beat the Green Bay Packers. If the Cubs manage to win the wild card, September might not have sucked so badly after all. Anyway, just for trivia fun, today is the 40th Anniversary of the release of the Warren Commission report. Just think, that without that report, we might never have become a country that distrusts it's government and is susceptible to conspiracy thoeries. Also, Castro killed JFK. Cheers!
:: C.M. Burns 9/27/2004 09:46:00 AM [+] ::
:: Friday, September 10, 2004 ::
Last Blog Entry for two weeks
I'm going on vacation, today, home to Chicago to watch the Cubs fail me again, and also maybe see my family. Maybe. Mostly I'll be looking for Alan Keyes to say something goofy. Did you know that I was basically hired to work on Jack Ryan's camapign in Illinois, you know, the one the Illinois GOP torpedoed because of some not that embarassing revelations about Ryan? Yeah, I'm glad they picked the oh so dignified Keyes. I don't think Jesus would have voted for Ryan, as Ryan, like Obama, apparently enjoyed sex with his wife. According to Keyes, Jesus doesn't like that. Of course, I don't think Jesus likes it when people vote FOR him. If I was the Son of God, I would certainly belive in a secret ballot and never tell anyone who to vote for. Jesus and me believe that you should be judged by your choices. I think. I'm not a biblical scholar, but I did watch the Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur, and recently, The Passion of the Christ.
I'm rambling here becasue I feel like. To all 12 regular readers of this little blog of mine, you're used to it. If you stumbled across me because you googled "Keyes and Jesus" or "rambling moron", well, sorry. But I can't wait to get my vacation on. As entertaining as I find the bizzare, inexplicable implosion of the Kerry campaign, it also make me sad, because I like good politics. I'd much rather read about Alan Keyes, and since I no longer read the Chicago Tribune, and I hate the Chicago Sun-Times on principle, I'll be reading the Daily News when I get home. Anyway, I like Obama and would actually vote for him were I still registered in Illinois. As it is, I'm registered for the first time in Virginia, and I have to console myself with voting against Jim Moran every two years, even though He never loses, even when he says incredibly racist, sexist, or anti-semitic things(he's a Democrat, by the way. I know, you wouldn't know it, but there are racist dems too! Like Robert Byrd, former Klansman and the "concience" of the Senate!) . Actually, perhaps I'll run against him in 2006. I mean, the GOP never puts anyone up againsy him that can win, and I'm willing to go extremely negative to beat him. In fact, today, I annouce my candidacy for the 2006 Republican nomination for the House seat in whatever district it is that I'm in. Cache this page now, because if I decide not too, I'm deleting this post and hiding in my basement. Anyway, that's all from me. Remember to think about all that has transpired in the now 3 years since that horrible Tuesday in September, and remember that we always have hope, and that the Nation will survive this election, and the next, and the next after that no matter who wins. I think. Don't quote me on that. I'm hedging. Later.
:: C.M. Burns 9/10/2004 11:31:00 AM [+] ::
:: Monday, September 06, 2004 ::
Clinton Makes It Through Surgery
Former President Bill Clinton made it through quadruple bypass surgery today. As much as I didn't like Bubba as the President, I think he's done well as an ex-President, and has been very effective as a post-statesman statesman. Either way, I hope he recovers in time to congratulate Dubya on winning his second term. They'll have something in common!
:: C.M. Burns 9/06/2004 02:43:00 PM [+] ::
:: Sunday, September 05, 2004 ::
Dems Finally Admit Kerry Shouldn't Have Talked About 'Nam So Much
Well, it took them a while, but senior Dems are finally aditting on the record that John Kerry not only talked about his service in Vietnam too much, but that in doing so he actually invited some of the attacks from the Swiftees. Check out Glenn Reynold's post on the subject and the quote there From Sen. Chriss Dodd, Democrat, where he says that the Democratic convention had no message. Finally! Someone needs to tell the candidate, though.
Kerry has also apparently decided to go relentlessly negative. I would. But since he has yet to offer an alternative, a vision of the Kerry Presidency, it may be too late. My fearless prediction? Bush gets 52% of the vote in November, Kerry gets 46%, with just 2% going to Nader and others. It will get close as all elections do, but Kerry needs an actual plan to campaign on. Dems are very, very worried. It's gonna get ugly, and I'm glad I don't live in a swing state.
:: C.M. Burns 9/05/2004 01:59:00 PM [+] ::
:: Friday, September 03, 2004 ::
Why I Love DrudgeReport
There are two reasons to love the Drudge Report, regardless of your political ideology-1)he has the best headlines, like this weeks Headline about Hurricane Frances: "Hellstorm: Where Will It Hit?" and 2)When he's right on a scoop, it's a hell of a scoop. He had the Swiftees first, well, after National Review first talked to them. Anyway, go visit DRUDGE REPORT and see if a Hellstorm is converging in your state.
:: C.M. Burns 9/03/2004 11:43:00 AM [+] ::