The Everlasting Phelps

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

Iraqi Turnout

January 31st, 2005

I just saw that the turnout in Iraq was over 57%. That is disgusting, and deplorable. Bush has ruined Iraq. About 40% of the people didn’t vote. Why, just over two years ago,
Saddam won 100% of vote. Couldn’t a country as great as America get a vote that at least came close to that? I blame us not keeping the Iraqi Army together and keeping the torture rooms in operation.

p.s.: I loved this bit:

But Mr Ibrahim said Iraq’s elections should not be compared to elections in Europe or America.

Iraq was in a situation comparable to the early history of Arab states, he said – in Iraq there is one destiny for the whole country.

If the Americans did attack, Iraq had taken precautions to defeat them, Mr Ibrahim said.

We’re going to fight them in every village and every house – even the shepherd will have a role in the battle, he said.

(Via Bunker)

Baghdad Statue

January 31st, 2005

It is being widely reported that the mayor of Baghdad wants to put a Statue of GWB in Baghdad. I would like to give him a message.

We appreciate the thought, sincerely. But I don’t think most Americans would feel that this is appropriate. In fact, we want you to forget that George W. Bush had so much to do with your freedom, and for you to realize that this was a gift from God, and America was His instrument. We know that you would like to memorialize the sacrifice made for your people, and I would humbly suggest that this bronze would make a much better tribute:

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Liberal Racism

January 31st, 2005

Apparently, great minds think alike (or at least two yahoos can come to the same conclusion.) RD writes: Liberals Are Racist, Too

Maybe I’m being too sensitive. Perhaps I should enjoy being stereotyped as a raging brute that is useful to have around to protect White people from terrorists. Better to be feared than respected, I suppose.

Read the whole thing.

Ask a Negro

January 28th, 2005

Glenn answered my Ask a Negro questions:

1)Which is worse � getting hated on by white people or other black
folks?

2)When you meet someone who is half black and half white, do you think
of them as black, white, or something completely different?

3)If you had two hand grenades and a couple of blank pardons from the
President and Governor, what would you do?

Race

January 28th, 2005

Mike at Cold Fury wrote an article about our favorite Klansman opposing Rice’s nomination and felt the need to include this addendum:

Update! I guess I should make it clear here that I understand that these pompous idiots� objections to Rice aren�t based on race � but you know as well as I do that if the positions were reversed, the courtesy of that assumption would most certainly not be extended to any Republican, much less one that happened to be an ex-Klansman; you can just imagine the hysterics the Dems and the MSM would�ve lapsed into by now if, say, Trent Lott were obstructing Maxine Waters� nomination (and may God forbid that hellish eventuality). It�s the appearances here that got me to thinking, that�s all.

You know what, Mike? I just can’t agree with you on this one. I think that it is about race. For one thing, it is always about race with the Democrats. Take, for instance, this quote:

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

That man wasn’t a Democrat. That man was arrested by Democrats for daring to say such a thing. Today, a little girl of that time was judged not on the content of her character, but on the color of her skin.

Does the left hate her because she is black? No. Certainly not. But they do hate her. They hate her because she got out of line. Boxer is in a bunch because everything about Condi Rice tells her that Rice should be a jewel in the Democratic crown, not a mover and shaker in a Republican administration. She’s a woman. She’s well educated. She’s intelligent. Most importantly, though, the thing that screams “Democrat” to Boxer and Byrd louder than anything is that she is black.

They think that she owes them loyalty. That is the racism here — the liberal condescension that says that without them, she wouldn’t be where she is today, and therefore she should shut up and get in line. I’m sure that to Byrd, she’s simply another uppity niggrah who don’t know her place. But to people like Boxer, she represents betrayal.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right down in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today!

That little black Alabama girl is Condi Rice. That little white boy is George W. Bush. And that infuriates Byrd and Boxer more than anything.

The Iraq Mistake

January 28th, 2005

Dante Zappalla writes: Ask the sideline patriots why my brother had to die. Okey dokey.

Earlier this month the White House announced, with little fanfare, that the two-year search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq had finally ended, and it acknowledged that no such weapons existed there at the time of the U.S. invasion in 2003.

Oops. It also says (incredibly, and I use that word most literally) that there have been no weapons there since 1991. Which means that this is a Clinton lie, not a Bush lie. I guess Bush’s biggest fault is that he believed MoveOn when they said that Clinton only lied about sex.

My brother was Sgt. Sherwood Baker. He was a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard deployed a year ago with his unit out of Wilkes-Barre. He said goodbye to his wife and his 9-year-old son, boarded a bus and went to Fort Dix, N.J., to be hastily retrained.

His seven years of Guard training as a forward observer were practically worthless because he would not face combat. All he needed to do was learn how to not die.

He received a crash course in convoy security, including practice in running over cardboard cutouts of children. We bought him a GPS unit and walkie-talkies because he wasn’t supplied with them. In Iraq, Sherwood was assigned to the Iraq Survey Group and joined the search for weapons of mass destruction.

He was trained, not retrained. His previous training was still valuable — they were adding to it. As to practicing running over “cardboard cutouts of children”, I’m calling bullshit on this one. Assuming that we wanted to get by children with a convoy, why in the hell would the military want a soldier to run over a potential bomb?

You bought him a GPS and walkie-talkie because he wasn’t assigned a personal one, not because the Army was negligent. Is it great to have a GPS for every second man? Absolutely. It is a military necessity? Absolutely not. I would rather they spend that money on bombs and butter.

I’ll spare you him parading his dead brother’s carcass.

Even with every prewar assumption having been proved false, today more than 130,000 U.S. soldiers are trying to stay alive in a foreign desert with no clear mission at hand.

Absolutely. The things we can include in the “What we got wrong” category are:

  • There would be hundreds of thousands of American dead
  • The Iraqi people would fight to the last man
  • The France and Germany opposed the American intent for some reason other than the billions of dollars in stolen Oil-for-Food money
  • That democracy hasn’t taken hold already in Arabia because Arabs don’t want to be free
  • Al Queda doesn’t operate in Iraq

Oh, wait — those are things that guys like you got wrong.

At home, the sidelines are overcrowded with patriots. These Americans cower from the fight they instigated in Iraq. In a time of war and record budget deficits, many are loath to even pay their taxes. In the end, however, it is not their family members who are at risk, and they do not sit up at night pleading with fate to spare them.

I have a cousin that was on the front lines in Fallujah and Mosul fighting with the other Marines. I have another cousin who is one of those evil contractors, teaching Marines to be firefighters. In other words, fuck you you condescending piece of shit.

Change is vital. We must remind ourselves that the war with Iraq was not a mistake but rather a flagrant abuse of power by our leaders — and a case of shameful negligence by the rest of us for letting it happen. The consequence is more than a quagmire. The consequence is the death of our national treasure — our soldiers.

We are all accountable. We all share the responsibility of what has been destroyed in our name. Let us begin to right the wrongs we have done to our country by accepting that responsibility.

Iraqi elections are today. I’ll gladly take responsibility for the first free election in Iraq in… well, ever. I hope that in 20 years the Iraqis remember that you said it was a mistake.

(Via The Lizardoid Army)

Potbelly Sandwich Works

January 25th, 2005

Potbelly Sandwich Works just opened a store in the next office building down, so I decided to check it out on “not official grand opening day but more of a dress rehersal thing” day. I got the Wreck on wheat with lettuce, onions, pickles, oil and seasoning. It was a damned good sandwich, especially for $4. (Better get on the horn to Quiznos, Solo — it was better dollar for dollar than what I get at the Quiznos 200 yards away.)

Joe Bob says check it out.

The Everlasting Phelps

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.