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Don't look now, Democrats, but your whole premise is in danger!

Michael O'Hanlon, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Kenneth Pollack, the director of the Saban Center for Mid-East Policy at Brookings, have just done a very interesting op-ed piece for the New York Times.

Both have been critics of the war. Now, having closely examined the situation on the ground, they conclude that it isn't at all impossible that we might yet win it- and that, in any case, American troops need to stick around at least into next year.

O'Hanlon and Pollack suggest a reason for all the doom 'n' gloom from the Democrats concerning the surge: they just aren't paying attention.

Meanwhile, Michael Barone parses the very article linked to above, and sums it up very nicely for all those inattentive Lefties: Don't look now, but the surge is working.

HT: Real Clear Politics

Here come the Cubs!

While it's usually tough for a Cubs fan like me to root for the Cardinals, I did it this weekend. And it paid off!

With the double St. Louis victory over Milwaukee, and Cub ace Carlos Zambrano's customary masterpiece against the Reds, the Good Guys are now a mere half game out of first place in the NL Central.

The Cards are close enough that I foresee a three team race the rest of the way. But especially if Jim Hendry can manage to land some bullpen help, I can't see any reason why the Cubs can't beat the Goat this season- a full year before the centennial of our last world championship.

Thompson 'turmoil' is largely in the eye of the observer

Reader Carl Vehse has commented negatively on Fred Thompson's appointment of one of his former collegues in the Senate Republican caucus- Spencer Abraham of Michigan- as his acting campaign manager. And the Democratic Campaign Pamphlet of Record, the New York Times, yesterday combined this story with several others in an attempt to portray Thompson's nascent campaign for the White House as one in 'turmoil.

Abraham- an Arab-American whose positions on Middle East issues are as far out of step with Thompson's own as with those of conservatives generally- was given the job of dealing, not with policy matters, but with political ones. Nevertheless, several Thompson staffers resigned, and Thompson's choice of Abraham has drawn heavy fire from conservative columnists and bloggers (including some fair criticism from Michelle Malkin and a bizarre, over-the-top overreaction by Debbie Schlussel).

The Abraham flap is merely the most substantive in a series of relatively petty c…

Republicans' best hope of 2008 victory: the Democrats

I've long been amused at those of all political persuasions who think that President Bush's unpopularity necessarily foreshadows a Democratic victory in the 2008 presidential election. Although I'm sure that the Democratic nominee- whoever it turns out to be- will run against him, the fact of the matter is that Dubyah won't be a candidate next year.

But Hillary Clinton will- and she will very likely be the Democratic nominee. And poll after poll shows upwards of forty percent of the electorate stating baldly that under no conceivable circumstances would they vote for her. Hillary Rodham Clinton, not George W. Bush, will be the issue in 2008- and the fact of the matter is that Hillary is simply not a viable candidate. No candidate with her numbers at this early stage of the game could be.

Now the liberal Boston Herald has noticed yet another reason for Republicans not to despair of retaining the White House in 2008. That reason is not exactly news; the news is that eve…

The cost of marriage- financial and otherwise

When we got married, Denise and I visited with our pastor, underwent pre-marital counseling in his study, and met briefly the day before with the organist. A few weeks before, we had notified my best man, a few close relatives and the membership of our astronomy group. When the big day arrived (seven years ago this week, as it happened), we simply did the deed.

The small wedding party went to a favorite seafood restaurant for dinner afterward. Our reception was a sheet cake and pop affair at Ashton Observatory the following Saturday. We decorated the cake ourselves with various knick-knacks suggesting astronomy, the Cubs, the Bears, and the Blackhawks.

The other day well-known Lutheran journalist and blogger M.Z. Hemingway sent me a link to a review she did in the Wall Street Journal of a recent book on the subject of contemporary matrimonial mores. Rebecca Mead's One Perfect Day demonstrates just how out of step my bride and I were with the culture.


Apparently the average engag…

LCMS Methobapticostals triumph; fellowship declared with the AALC

Well, they've gone and done it.

The LCMS Convention in Houston has approved pulpit and altar fellowship with the American Association of Lutheran Churches, a body which tolerates open communion, synergism, and enthusiasm.

The only reason C.F.W. Walther isn't rolling over in his grave is because he's in heaven, presumably shielded from such devastating news of the triumph of heterodoxy in the Missouri Synod.

The anti-Thompson mud fest goes on.

Near the bottom of this article can be found the Thompson camp's simple and logical response to the lobbying for abortion smear: Thompson consulted with collegues working on that issue and asked some questions of Bush administration officials for the benefit of those collegues (as any member of a lobbying firm would- for collegues), but did no lobbying on the issue himself.

Interesting, that remark by "GOP analyst" Jennifer Rubin. I wonder whether Ms. Rubin works for one of Sen. Thompson's opponents?

In any case, the article is just another example of the determination of the MSM to discredit Fred Thompson not only by making mountains out of molehills, but insisting that they're really, really bad molehills.

Meanwhile, Obama doesn't want to fix what we broke

Barack Obama says that preventing genocide in Iraq isn't a good enough reason to stay there.

"Well, look, if that's the criteria by which we are making decisions on the deployment of U.S. forces, then by that argument you would have 300,000 troops in the Congo right now - where millions have been slaughtered as a consequence of ethnic strife - which we haven't done," Obama said. "We would be deploying unilaterally and occupying the Sudan, which we haven't done. Those of us who care about Darfur don't think it would be a good idea," he said.

Except that we're already deployed- and having taken out Saddam, we're responsible for cleaning up our own mess. As both Colin Powell and Nancy Pelosi have famously remarked, "If you break it, you own it."

It's called "responsibility," Sen. Obama.

Take THAT, Hillary!

The Pentagon has told Sen. Hillary Clinton that her pointed questions about how the United States plans to get out of Iraq "boost enemy propaganda."

In response to the defeatist presuppositions of her questions, Undersecretary of Defense Eric Edelman wrote the New York Senator on July 16 that "Premature and public discussion of the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq reinforces enemy propaganda that the United States will abandon its allies in Iraq, much as we are perceived to have done in Vietnam, Lebanon and Somalia."

John Kerry- who admittedly knows a thing or two about misrepresenting the positions and record of his opponents while refusing to be accountable for his own- whined about it, accusing Undersecretary Edelman of doing precisely what Kerry himself specializes in.

As one who, in my day, urged the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam, I understand that opponents of a war have a perfect right to advocate their position. On the other hand, there can be no d…

Who'da thunk it?

Mingle2 - Online Dating

The apparent criteria include my use of the words "abortion," "murder," and "ass."

I have to admit that I don't recall using that last one.

HT: Putting Out the Fire

Richardson tells a whopper in his new TV ad

Bill Richardson is running a new TV ad here in Iowa in which he makes the incredible statement that the one thing the Iraqis agree on is that they want us to leave.

This is especially disappointing because Richardson's foreign policy credentials are good enough that it's fairly safe to assume that he knows better. If the elected Iraqi government wanted us to leave, we would- and while the percentage of the Iraqi populace that wants us gone is rising, there is hardly a consensus to that effect!

Richardson seems to be pandering to the nuttiest strata of the Iowa's unusually extreme Left Democratic party, and playing fast and loose with the truth in so doing. A pity; I thought better of Bill Richardson.

Have you any shame, John Murtha?

Remember Haditha? Remember Time's article about the supposed murder of Iraqi civilians by U.S. Marines, occasioned by Rep. John Murtha's accusations- and his claims about a supposed "coverup?" Well, there is a reason why you haven't heard much recently about the "massacre" which the Murtha and the MSM have portrayed as the Iraq War's version of My Lai.

Time is long since busted for the lies it told about the incident- and, in fact, the prosecution's whole case is collapsing. Turns out that there was no massacre; that the Marines were ambushed at Haditha by insurgents who held Iraqi civilians as hostages, and that the alleged murderers did nothing more or less than defend themselves.

John Murtha, who was so anxious to label innocent American fighting men as murdering monsters, is busted having tried to railroad these heroic Marines for his own political benefit and that of his party.

Christopher Ruddy, Editor and Chief of NewsMax, has issued an app…

The world plans to spin, the moon plans to shine- and the Democrats plan to bash Bush

The Senate Democrats are about to pull an all-nighter in a publicity stunt to embarass the President on Iraq and....

Wait a minute. Isn't embarassing the President and calling him names pretty much all the Democrats have done since they failed in their attempt to steal Florida for Al Gore in 2000? That being the case, why is it newsworthy that they're doing it again?

I dunno. But they are coordinating a "spontaneous" outburst of Bush bashing all over the country to coincide with their pajama party in the Senate chamber.

Which is fine. The rest of us can just sleep through the whole thing.

The pope is Catholic!

Kudos to Pastor Scott Steigemeyer on his post about Pope Benedict's latest pronouncement on historic Roman Catholic ecclesiology, in which he repeated the fundamental conviction of his church that ecclesial groups lacking apostolic succession are not churches in the full sense of the word.

The pope is wrong, of course; the pure Gospel and the administration of the Sacraments according to their biblical institution, and not a human invention like apostolic succession, constitute the Church (especially since during the first centuries of the Christian era the office of bishop and the office of presbyter were one and the same- and neither Rome nor Constantinople have a monopoly on presbyterial succession!).

But still,it's amazing that we live at a time in which it's actually considered remarkable that the Pope is Catholic.

Revisionists retain control of the Missouri Synod

Looks like the Liberal/Methobapticostalist alliance has retained control at the LCMS convention in Houston. President Kieschnick has been re-elected, as has First Vice-President Diekelman. Paul Meier is Second Vice-President, and John Wohlrabe is Third (Wohlrabe was a leading Confessionalist candidate for President).

Still waiting for word on the proposal to declare intercommunion with the American Association of Lutheran Churches.For me, this is a kind of line in the sand- for reasons made all too clear here.

If Missouri is, in any meaningful sense, still Missouri, it will not countenance pulpit and altar fellowship with a church body which practices open communion and the other syncretistic practices mentioned in the letter linked to above- and it will insist on an answer as to how a church body whose self-description is as "confessional" can also describe itself as "charismatic."


How 'bout them Cubs?

As of this moment, the Cubs are 3 1/2 games out of first place in the National League Central, having been the hottest team in the National League over the past month or so.

I have a good feeling about this club. But it is, after all, the Cubs.

Time would tell... but it would be nice to win it all before 2008, the centennial of the Cubs' last World Series victory.

Still, it's a long way from being 3 1/2 out in late July to ordering those rings.

What's this? Perspective from Wonkette?

The Stump believes that this is yet another of the daily hit pieces on Fred Thompson we've been seeing recently. Personally- as revolting as Wonkette is- I think it's meant to be satire. I really don't think those charges in the latter part of the story could be taken seriously even by a partisan Democrat during, shall we say, a full moon (they include a suggestion that FDT is a closet werewolf).

In fact, my conclusion is that Wonkette intends to satirizing the Thompson bashing. But with Wonkette, who knows?

One thing is sure: Hillary isn't undergoing an onslaught like this. Neither is Barak Obama. Neither is John Edwards. Neither are Mitt Romney or Rudy Giuliani (bashing poor John McCain, of course, would be like kicking a cripple).

Somebody is awfully afraid of Fred Thompson- and apparently even Wonkette is amused by the result.

This is getting funny

Today's ho-hum "revelation" in the media about Fred Thompson is that in 1996 he advocated ditching the archaic staple of American presidential campaigns, the party platform (the last Republican one was 92 pages long) in favor of a brief, accessible statement of principles.

This is said to indicate a lack of committment to the principles he wanted to enunciate more clearly and accessibly. Uh-huh.

Captain's Quarters comments thought fully here.

In smearing Thompson, the media's best is none too good

Richard Muth is not a supporter of Fred Thompson. In fact, he leans to (shudder) Ron Paul.

As noted below, the recent explosion of anti-Thompson mudslinging and lame attempts by the Leftist media to distort wholly unremarkable events into embarassments or even scandals strikes me as clear evidence of the white knuckled, knee knocking terror the Left feels at the prospect of the Republican party nominating one of the best communicators American presidential politics has ever seen, a man who would clean the floor with Hillary Clinton both in the debates and in November.

Muth, however, makes another point: that if this kind of lame, malicious nonsense is the best his philosophical opponents in the media can come up with, maybe it's time for Fred to start whistling Hail to the Chief in the shower.

More mud being thrown at Thompson

The sexist comments about Fred Thompson's spouse, Jeri, being a "trophy wife" and the outright lies (from which the LA Times is backpeddling) about his supposedly lobbying for a pro-abortion group are only the beginning.

Now the Chicago Tribune is alleging that the man who came up with the phrase, "What did the President know, and when did he know it?" and whose questioning of Alexander Butterfield first revealed the existence of the Oval Office recording system is revealed on the tape as someone Nixon saw as not very bright and a loyal ally.

Hello! Thompson was the Minority Counsel, representing the President's party. Part of his job was seeing to it that hard evidence was clearly distinguished from partisan cheap shots, and that involved, in to a degree. a posture as a Nixon partisan. Thompson never denied being a Nixon partisan, of course. But the record shows that he was nevertheless willing to follow the evidence wherever it led- and more than that, to v…

Liberals fear Fred Thompson!

In the comments on a previous post, reader Carl Vehse points out one of several attack articles on Fred Thompson that have appeared in the liberal media recently.

It seems that an item has appeared identifying Thompson's wife, Jeri, as a "trophy wife" (she's an experienced political media consultant formerly employed by Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, and McPherson, a prominent Washington law firm, as well as by the Republican National Committee and the Senate Republican Conference).

Besides the obvious sexism of this cheap shot (the implication clearly being that young, attractive, amply-endowed women can't possibly have anything going for them but their cup size), this snide crack happens to be rather ridiculous in view of this woman's professional credentials. It's just one more example of the anxiety the Democrats and the liberal media are feeling about the prospect of facing the best communicator either party has nominated since Ronald Reagan in 2008.

The a…

McCain on the ropes

Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain has been dropping in the polls like a rock for some time now. Just a couple of weeks ago, he had to cut back on his staff because of financial problems. But as Fred Thompson displaces him in the GOP Top Three, questions about the viability of the McCain candidacy are becoming more and more persistent.

The one-time front runner, whose positions on immigration and fetal stem cell research are out of step with the majority of his party, now trails libertarian gadfly and minor candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex) in fundraising!

Six months before the Iowa Caucuses, time is running out for McCain. More and more it's looking like Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, and Mitt Romney are the only candidates with a real shot at even being competitive in what almost amounts to a national primary, with the ultimate nominee likely being apparent by February 6. The emergence of Thompson has likely blocked any prospect of breaking into the top tier for former …

How the average Iraqi sees us

Journalist and former Green Beret Michael Yon has been in the middle of places in which most members of the media fear to tread for most of his two stints in Iraq.

He tells a story of how the average Iraq views America that differs quite a bit from the propaganda we hear from the domestic Fourth Estate/Fifth Column.

Good for Dubyah

Once upon a time, there was a partisan diplomat who- on the basis of a few dinners, a drink or two, and very little investigation- decided to issue a report embarassing to the President of the United States.

An aide to the Vice-President may or may not have mentioned to someone that that diplomat's wife was an employee of the CIA. She had once done covert work for that agency. She was no longer doing so, and in fact had already been transferred to non-covert assignments. The distinction was not technical, and she was not "outed;" she was never "in." Her past covert service was no particular secret, and in any case she had already been transferred to non-covert duties.

There was never a question of a law having been violated. Nevertheless, a partisan prosecutor- aided by a partisan media, which persisted in falsely characterizing the CIA employee in question as a "covert operative-" staged a patently partisan investigation. In the process of conducting t…


You Have Good Manners 73% of the Time
Your manners are quite excellent. You are well versed in etiquette.
Of course you have the occasional slip up, but you even apologize with grace.How Are Your Manners?

HT: Blonde Sagacity