Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Mackubin Thomas Owens of National Review writes a hilarious article today on the abject silliness of threats of secession from the liberals...

On the other hand, it might be fun to consider the possibilities that blue-state secession would provide. Red-state Americans who have grown weary of being lectured by their moral and intellectual "betters" from the precincts of the Massachusetts witch-burners and slave-traders might just say: "Go ahead, punks. Make my day."

To begin with, where would the blue-state secessionists get the military force they would need to vindicate their action? After all, to paraphrase Thomas Hobbes, principles, no matter how noble, are mere wind without the sword. Most U.S. servicemen come from the red states, or from the red counties of the blue states. The blue states have made it next to impossible for their citizens to own firearms, so they can't count on "a people, numerous and armed" to vindicate their secession.

The other part that is pretty silly is that even in the blue states, most of them have large sections of rural counties that voted for Bush. Are only selected counties going to secede? The far left has gone completely looney over the election. Hey, you may think we are dumb but our votes count the same as yours!
President Bush has announced that he is replacing retiring Secretary of State Colin Powell with current National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice. I was never much of a fan of Powell, who seemed far too interested in being conciliatory even in a post-9/11 world. Rice seems to have a better grasp of what is needed in the stark reality of a world where you are either with us or against us in the war on terror.

What is sad is that Rice, who I believe is the first black female to serve as Secretary of State, will no doubt face attack from liberal blacks because she has failed to be properly obedient and has defiantly left the liberal plantation. Someday the majority of blacks will realize that liberals aren't interested in blacks gaining positions of authority, equality and power; rather they are interested in seeing that the right kind (i.e. liberals like Barack Obama) of blacks get into positions of power, blacks who remain servile to their liberal masters and don't get uppity when Jesse Jackson tells them what to think.

Friday, November 12, 2004

Will he never learn?

Michael Moore, millionaire "friend" of the working man, is planning a sequel to his vitirolic Fahrenheit 911. No doubt he will spin even more lies and no one in the "mainstream" media will question him. I guess he see the possibility for more profit from his lemming like followers who believe any garbage he spews as long as it impugns the President. The obese, unwashed bearded one pontificates the same line that so many bitter losers on the Left throw out these days: Americans MUST have be duped or stupid to vote for Bush.

"Fifty-one percent of the American people lacked information [in this election] and we want to educate and enlighten them," Moore was quoted in Thursday's edition of Variety. "They weren't told the truth. We're communicators and it's up to us to start doing it now."

Educate and enlighten us? At least the Lefties mostly recognize that Bush won this time, but now explain it away with arrogant claims of superiority. At least people in the red states are smart enough to bathe occasionally, you corpulent pig.
A muderer goes to his reward...

With the death of Yasser Arafat, the "civilized" world is tripping over itself in offering condolences, the same condolences they withheld from the Israeli victims of his murderous machinations. I came across a good summation of his life on National Review, and it is even more bloody than I thought.

Arafat's death could lead to a renewed effort at peace in the Middle East but I doubt that will happen. No doubt the PLO will pick a new leader who mirrors Arafat and the bloodshed will continue.

One side note as I read the NR article, and it came at ths point...

In the resulting battle, the Palestinians killed all nine Israeli athletes by grenade and gunfire, as well as murdering a German policeman. Five of the terrorists were killed in the struggle, but German authorities managed to capture the remaining three. True to form, Arafat's organization responded the following month by hijacking a Lufthansa jet and taking the passengers hostage. The Germans capitulated, releasing the killers.

What happened to the Germans? They used to be the most feared military might in Europe, maybe the world outside of the U.S. and today they are nearly as emasculated as the French. Granted, we don't want a militaristic Germany to deal with anymore but it is amazing how a power like Germany can slip in obscurity and weakness so quickly...

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Overreact much?

I am sure the media will make a big deal of this. Apparently some dude snuck into Ground Zero in Manhattan and offed himself. He was supposedly distraught over Bush winning. He didn't leave a note (real smart if you are making a point) but his friends are sure he was totally bummed about Bush being reelected...

Friends said Veal worked in a computer lab at the University of Georgia and was planning to marry.

"I'm absolutely sure it's a protest," Mary Anne Mauney, Veal's supervisor at the lab, told The Daily News. "I don't know what made him commit suicide, but where he did it was symbolic."

Now, I would have been upset had Kerry won. Very upset. I sure wouldn't kill myself or move to Canada. This will no doubt be shoved at Bush as evidence of how "divisive: he is. Fact is, the guy must have been a bit wacked anyway. Sorry to sound callous, but let's keep some perspective here. I am sure his fiancee is pleased that he future husband cared so little about her that he would kill himself over an election.
At first the vitriol of the left was funny, but it is starting to get less so. Now it is just getting ugly. Slate is running a series of liberals trying to explain what went wrong, and I came across this one from Jane Smiley which can be summed up as: people in red states are violent and ignorant louts, except those who voted for Kerry. People in blue state are wise and benevolent except those ugly ignorant louts that voted for Bush. Here are some choice quotes:

The election results reflect the decision of the right wing to cultivate and exploit ignorance in the citizenry. I suppose the good news is that 55 million Americans have evaded the ignorance-inducing machine. But 58 million have not.

Ignorance and bloodlust have a long tradition in the United States, especially in the red states.

The error that progressives have consistently committed over the years is to underestimate the vitality of ignorance in America. Listen to what the red state citizens say about themselves, the songs they write, and the sermons they flock to. They know who they are—they are full of original sin and they have a taste for violence. The blue state citizens make the Rousseauvian mistake of thinking humans are essentially good, and so they never realize when they are about to be slugged from behind.

Here is how ignorance works: First, they put the fear of God into you—if you don't believe in the literal word of the Bible, you will burn in hell. Of course, the literal word of the Bible is tremendously contradictory (my note: like most liberals, Ms. Smiley is ignorant of the Bible and repeats these canards, when anyone who has studied the Bible knows that it is in fact completely consistent. The facts don't matter to Ms. Smiley), and so you must abdicate all critical thinking, and accept a simple but logical system of belief that is dangerous to question. A corollary to this point is that they make sure you understand that Satan resides in the toils and snares of complex thought and so it is best not try it.

The history of the last four years shows that red state types, above all, do not want to be told what to do—they prefer to be ignorant. As a result, they are virtually unteachable.

What is REALLY bothering Ms. Smiley and others in the self-described liberal elite is that we didn't listen to them. They TOLD us how to vote and they of course are smarter than us, so why didn't we listen to our betters? Heads up Ms. Smiley. You may be a brilliant writer, but you and your ilk have no monopoly of complex thought, perhaps even just the opposite. Read a text on systematic theology and tell me how ignorant religious types are. You won't of course, because in your ignorance and arrogance you refuse to recognize those who are your intellectual equals or superiors that don't walk in rigid, unthinking lockstep with liberal orthodoxy. Being a closed minded liberal doesn't change your close mindedness, it only makes you wrong and hypocritical.
Viva le revolution!

What is going on? I was watching the McLaughlin Group on Friday, and weenie Lawrence Kudlow was talking about secession, and I think he was serious! Eleanor Clift said that if Roe v. Wade were overturned, we would have "revolution" in this country. Now if you are scared of letting people vote about abortion, what makes you think poeple who voted to make it illegal are going to suddenly rise up? What are the blue staters goign to rise up WITH? They are as disarmed as an army under a President Kerry! We have all of the guns kids! You banned them in all of your cities, we are chock full of pickup trucks with gunracks. Bring it on! (just kidding!)

Many lefties are threatening to move to Canada or Europe. Talk about taking your ball and going home. I will personally drive anyone from the area to the Canadian border or an airport to fly one-way to Europe. While they are at it, take Alex Baldwin/Michael Moore/Al Franken/Susan Sarandon et al with you.

A funny side note while reading Slate/MSNBC. You should hear the left calling for an abolition of the electoral college, the same system that dleivered their boy Bill Clinton two terms with less than a majority of the vote. He likely would have still beaten Dole, but you take Perot out of the equation and run Clinton in a run-of against Bush Sr. and we might have a different result. The revisionist history is incredible! Another interesting way to look at the world. Democrats have lost 5 of the last 7 Presidential elections...
We got lucky...

Not necessarily about the election itself, but rather about the radical homosexual agenda that got too greedy. Fox News reports even some homosexual advocates are starting to see it....

"I think it hurt," said Rep. Barney Frank, an openly gay Democrat from Massachusetts, the state that set off the firestorm last November when its high court ruled that gay couples have the right to wed.

Frank is among many political observers who credit the anti-gay marriage amendments with giving the president's conservative base a reason to go to the polls in crucial battleground states like Ohio.

"It gives them a position to rally around," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who once served as San Francisco's mayor. "That whole issue has been too much, too fast, too soon. People aren't ready for it."

The key is here is Feinstein's comment. They went too far too fast. The homosexual modus operadi has been to slowly subvert their way into normal society, lulling us asleep to gain acceptance. The primary mode has been popular entertainment where homosexuals appear like just harmless, quirky people.

A homosexual "rights" group spokesperson denied that gay marriage was the sole cause...

Crunching the numbers, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force denies that gay marriage alone boosted turnout among evangelical Christians in Oregon, Ohio and Michigan, the three swing states where constitutional amendments were on the ballot. Bush voters also were motivated by the president's stands on abstinence-only sex education and a ban on late term abortions, said Matthew Foreman, the group's executive director.

"It's sickening and fascinating that when one in five voters said 'moral values" was the most important issue for them, pundits immediately equated that with gay marriage alone," Foreman said. "To pin all of this on 'the gays' is wrong."

Guess what, all of these issues lumped together form a core belief system about sexual morality, because we consider homosexuality to be immoral. Homosexuality is just the most vocal and repugnant of these immoral behaviors, so it gets the most play. Make no mistake, it was the threat of gay marriage that motivated Christian voters to finally get off our collective duffs. Mr. Foreman points out that in some Bush states, openly gay people were elected to statewide offices. He makes a great point without even knowing it...


But while we are willing in many cases to let gays live whatever lifestyle they choose, we also will not let them remake our society into their image. Marriage is ordained of God, and is so ordained as the union of one man and one woman.

This should be a lesson to us. I fully expect the homosexual movement to immediately start to work again to pervert marriage by more subtle means. That is why it is important that we stay on the fight, that Christians do not fall asleep again, that we support President Bush's agenda especially concerning judges and we NEVER abandon what God has taught.

Friday, November 05, 2004

This was an interesting factoid from USA Today...

Democrats will make a mistake if they view this election as an opportunity just missed. In 15 elections since World War II, only two of their presidential candidates have won a majority of the popular vote. Seven Republicans have done so, and now the GOP has controlled Congress for much of the past decade. Clearly, big questions are ahead for the oldest political party in America.

Huh, I would have thought just the opposite. Kind of lays to rest the myth of the Democrats as being the party of the people...

So that's how democracy is supposed to work!

I was perusing CNN.com's story on the reaction to the election results on America's campuses and came across this gem....

Senior Ravi Shah was unhappy about Bush's win but had hope for the future. "If Bush actually learns from his mistakes, and uses the next four years to implement the things that 49 percent of America that didn't vote for him wanted to see happen, [then it's OK]," he said.

So, according to Ravi, if Kerry won we should follow his agenda because America wanted change. If Bush won, we should still follow Kerry's agenda. Makes perfect sense. Heck why even have an election at all?! What about the wishes of the 51% (which I believe is a majority) who DID vote for Bush? What we want is diametrically opposed in many cases to what the 49& (otherwise known as the "minority" or as Ahnuld sez "the losers") want, so given that we won doesn't it make sense to go with out agenda? Why is it when lefties win, they have an agenda and when we win we need to be bipartisan?

The scary thing is that this double standard makes sense and seems fair to those on the Left...
Aaawww, ain't this cute!

Some students in lefty Boulder, CO are staging a protest by holing up in the school library.

"We want them to reassure us that our fears are misguided and that the government is doing everything in its power to prevent our futures from being destroyed," said senior Brian Martens.

The students said they were not protesting this week's election, but said they were worried about the huge national debt run up during the first four years of the Bush administration, along with military recruitment in schools and other issues.

Where are the adults? Why, right on the side of these kids of course!

Boulder High teacher James Vacca expressed pride in the students for staging the protest.

"In an age where narcissistic college students riot in an inarticulate drunken stupor, you have students here at Boulder High School, principled, thoughtful and yet scared of four more years of pre-emptive war, the Patriot Act and an increase in militarism at school through the No Child Left Behind Act," he said.

Hmm, the kid's rationale sounds suspiciously just like that of teacher James Vacca....must be a coincidence. I assume that by "militarizing" the schools, they are referring to not being able to deny reasonable access to schools by military recruiters, recruiters for the same military that is the only thing standing between these hippie wannabee dope smokers and Islamic terrorists who would like nothing better than to behead them.

On second thought, it isn't cute. Someone needs to tell these kids, the parents and the teachers that the 60's are over. Go back to class, we are in a war to protect idiots like them from being killed by terrorists. The American people voted by a margin of around 4,000,000 to re-elect President Bush and stay the course. This is democracy kiddies, get used to it!

Thursday, November 04, 2004

A tale of two winners...

Yahoo! has an AP report on Bush's press conference today where he promised to spend the political capital he has earned....

"I earned capital in the campaign — political capital — and now I intend to spend it," he said at a news conference 24 hours after securing his second term.

Exactly right. Why in the world would he back down now, when he got such a huge vote of confidence from the American people?

In another story from Yahoo! Arlen Spector, the soon to be chairmen of the Senate judiciary committe, my least favorite non-Democratic Senator has other ideas. Even though he pushed back a strong challenger in his primary, a solidly conservative challeneger, largely with the help of President Bush, Spector now plans to waylay any prolife judicial nominees. As America clearly gets more conservative, Spector doesn't want any conservatives on the bench...

"When you talk about judges who would change the right of a woman to choose, overturn Roe v. Wade, I think that is unlikely," Specter said, referring to the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

"The president is well aware of what happened, when a number of his nominees were sent up, with the filibuster," Specter added, referring to Senate Democrats' success over the past four years in blocking the confirmation of many of Bush's conservative judicial picks. "... And I would expect the president to be mindful of the considerations which I am mentioning."

How dare he scold the President like a school boy? He likely wouldn't have won his primary without Bush, and now he tells Bush to be "mindful of the considerations which I am mentioning"? I thought on election night that it wouldn't be a bad thing for Spector to lose, now I am even more uncertain his reelection was a good thing. I have already written my Senators to urge them to block Spector's nomination to the Judiciary charimanship. He further whines...

A former district attorney, Specter also bemoaned what he called the lack of any current justices comparable to legal heavyweights like Oliver Wendell Holmes, Louis Brandeis, Benjamin Cardozo and Thurgood Marshall, "who were giants of the Supreme Court."

"With all due respect to the (current) U.S. Supreme Court, we don't have one," he said.

You know why we don;t have any? Because you rolled over for Ted Kennedy and helped keep Robert Bork, one the greatest legal minds in American history, of the High Court and you rolled over every time liberals attacked a Bush nominee. The great legal minds will not accept nominations because they don't want to go through the approval process that you helped make so personal and brutal. The ad hominem attacks mean that candidates have to have no postions at all or be really quiet about them to get on courts. It is your fault we lack "giants" on the court Senator!

FYI, I consider Scalia and Rehnquist to both be great legal minds, despite what Spector says. I am guessing he thinks HE is a great legal mind and worthy of a seat on the High Court. Think again.
Please note that the National Review posted the same point at 2:53 PM I made on my blog at 9:55 AM, that the Dems threw everything they had at Bush and still lost big...

When the turnout improves, the Democrats would sweep into office, they kept telling themselves.

Well, turnout did improve to the best level since 1968, and the Republicans won. Not by a landslide, but decisively. The only big races that went right for the Democrats were Ken Salazar and Barack Obama.

All of the biggest guns in the left's arsenal - Hollywood, the trial lawyers, the unions, the New York Times, CBS, newly-minted strident liberal talk radio, bombastic and inaccurate "documentaries," all of the skewed members of the MSM... all of them brought their A-game, threw themselves into this fight... and lost to the blogs, talk radio, alternative media, conservative religious groups, and a well-organized GOP ground game.

It's over. None of the left's old tools works anymore. They have to scrap it and start over, and that's why you see the weeping and the wailing and the hair being pulled out.

Almost word for word to what I said. I should get a job at National Review!
Wait, there is more! Also from The Nation, what we can expect from the Angry Left in the days ahead. Here's a hint, it is NOT a recognition of Bush's win and a renewed civility...

The fight is over.
Let the fight begin.

First, we grieve for what was lost--the opportunity, which flickered for a moment early on election day and then died, to steer the nation onto a more reasonable and less destructive path. At the same time, we salute the efforts of those many millions who mobilized themselves to achieve a better outcome.

Next, we are angry about what the election of George W. Bush portends for the country. Bush's victory will tighten the grip of the Republican Party's virtual monopoly on the institutions of the federal government. The checks and balances on presidential power contemplated by the country's Founders are in tatters. Bush's election gives him the chance to shape the Supreme Court to his purposes: two branches of the government possibly lost in a single election. Roe v. Wade and a host of other protections of basic human rights are at risk. Bush is bound to try to assist the Christian right in its fantastical efforts to "Christianize" public institutions. Further inroads into the liberties of Americans are likely, through a "Patriot Act II" and other legislation as well as by executive fiat. In the near term, a terrible acceleration of the violence in Iraq may be in the offing. In the longer term, new aggressive wars may be launched. The transfer through regressive tax cuts of hundreds of billions more from the poor and the middle class to the rich and the super-rich has been announced.

Anger should lead to action. TV anchors and the candidates themselves call for a new civility and ask the public to "come together" as one people. Pay no attention. The progressive movement in this country has suffered a huge reversal. But the struggle for the country's future--and its very soul--was anything but settled. It will be renewed at a higher level of intensity, and for higher stakes. There must be a fierce, protracted resistance in defense of democracy. The Nation dedicates itself to this cause. As a journalistic institution unbeholden to and uninfluenced by any economic interest or political power, we will continue to provide truthful information not available on a timely basis--or sometimes at all--from the mainstream news media, which too often during the campaign took slanders and pumped them up into running news stories while failing to hold the Administration accountable for its exaggerations and outright lies.

What might the Democratic Party learn from this election? First, that a posture of meekness, resignation and accommodation leads to failure. At no time during the campaign did the Democratic candidate discuss in an honest way the single most important issue facing the country: how to disengage from the war in Iraq. Second, that money, while it can indeed make a major difference, is not the party's problem; the familiar excuse that Republicans raise more campaign funds was extinguished this year. Nor was the country at large indifferent to Bush's alliance with industrial plunderers and his shameful schemes to dismantle social, economic and environmental protections; almost half the electorate voted against these things.

So even though the people have spoken, screw them because the Left doesn't like what they have to say. The people have spoken, now they must be broken! They just don't know what is good for them! They must be remolded into the liberal ideal! Reeductaion camps in the Soviet Union got a bad name, let's try them again!

The Angry Left refuses to bow when beaten, refuses to follow the gracious example of John Kerry and concede with dignity and civility. The angrier and more unreasonable they get, the more they make the case for conservatives. Keep it up guys!

I normally don't read left wing stuff because it makes me mad, but now it just makes me laugh! I am reading David Corn of The Nation, and his doom and gloom is sweet to behold!

It's another four years--this time with a legitimate win behind him--and the prospects for George W. Bush's second term are grim. He is stronger politically; the Democratic opposition is weaker, especially in the Senate, where the Republicans gained several seats and closed in on a filibuster-proof super-majority. Bush and the GOP demonstrated that they could locate and mobilize their voters. The Democrats--even with big-money efforts (America Coming Together and its ad-buying sister outfit raised and spent more than $200 million)--could not match them. Bush now has more power than he did before the election. He will use it. And he is likely to adopt the game plan that served him well at the start of his first term: Move fast and move hard.

This was so tyical of leftist denial of reality....

But it was not just the Kerry campaign that fell short. The party professionals have much to answer for. The organizers did not churn out the necessary Democratic voters. The Dems in charge of Ohio misread the reality on the ground.

Uh, Dave the turnout was huge and it helped BUSH! The Desm churned all they could, and even by outright fraud still fell way short. Newsflash, the American people are not liberal, they are at heart conservative. The turnout awoke the sleeping conservative giant and revealed the left for what it is: anti-American, anti-religion, anti-freedom. If another 10 million people had voted, Bush would have won by even more!
Spector is already backpedaling, but National Review has a transcript of what he said and he clearly comes off as cocky and seems to think he ought to be on the high court....
Fox News reports on a "protest" in the People's Republic of Portland, OR. It was all of 100 people. I guess Fox was waiting for some major blow-ups that never happened, so even this hilarious gathering of pot heads and tree huggers warrants making the news. Hey kids, it wasn't even close. The rest of the country picked Bush. So much for Mrs. Edwards dire warning of blood in the streets if Kedwards lost. I loved this line:

One held a sign reading: "Let's do what Kerry wouldn't — revolt."

Like these wussy boys would take up arms for any cause. There is nothing better than the impotent rage of losers like these people, who STILL can't figure out how Bush, whom they allege is stupid, got elected AGAIN and by a much larger margin and got a bunch of help in Congress to boot. Even their own state of Oregon passed an anti-gay marriage bill! That was as shocking as Derek Jeter being elected mayor of Boston. The next guy says something true, although he doesn't understand the ramification of it...

One demonstrator, Eric Blickenstaff, 30, of Portland, lost his brother in the war in Iraq. Spc. Joseph M. Blickenstaff died last December when his combat vehicle tumbled off a dirt road in central Iraq.

"This is the international sign for distress," said Eric Blickenstaff, holding an upside-down American flag. "Our country is in distress. The religious right won the election."

Note that he is given legitimacy (the original article is from the AP) because his brother died in the war in Iraq, despite the fact that he died in a car accident which happens every day right in America. It seems a shame that he dishonors his bothers service in this way. He might be surprised to find that of the 57 million people who voted for Bush, many of them are in the religious right and GASP they have a right to vote as well!

The funniest thing about this whole deal is how shocked they are. Liberals threw EVERYTHING they had into beating Bush. Millions spent by George "legalize dope" Soros and the 527s. Slanderous statements by leftists for the last two years accusing Bush of being the next Hitler. The left pulled out all of the stops and swung for the fences in this election. What they got was an infield pop-up and a disastrous loss in state after state. Now they still have Bush, but now he has a MANDATE, having increased from a 500,000 deficit in the popular vote to a 4,000,000 margin.

The big question between now and the next big set of election in 2006 is whether or not the Democrats learn from this debacle and change, or whether they dig their heels in and become even more irrelevant. Does the base of the Democrats, the silent majority of Catholics and blue collar workers, demand the party come back to it's roots or does it become even more radicalized, on the loony fringe of the Left living in the fever swamps of Bush conspiracy theories? Zell Miller writes about the fall of the Democrats in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, it is good stuff. Part of it is reproduced here by the National Review (FYI, I refreshed The Corner blog on National Review online about 500 times on Tuesday. I am not kidding). Zell's best line is near the end…

When you write off centrist and conservative policies that reflect the will of people in the South and Midwest, you write off the South and Midwest. Democrats have never learned from the second or third or fifth kick of a mule. They continue to change only the makeup on, rather than makeup of, the Democrat Party.

And so we have a realignment election. For the first time, in an "us vs. them" election and in the toughest of situations, Republicans have been re-elected to the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Confronting an opposition that can win a divided electorate in the worst of times and that has a growing electoral base, the national Democratic Party has a choice: continue down this path toward irrelevance or reverse course. As the last Truman Democrat, I hope my party makes the right choice but know I will not be allowed to be part of it. Such is the price you pay when you love your nation more than your party.

And so while I retire with little hope for the near-term viability of the party I've spent my life building, I retire with a quiet satisfaction that after witnessing the struggle of democracy over communism and fascism, the fear I once held that America might not rise to meet this new challenge of terrorism has vanished like a fog under the radiance of a new dawn. While the threat is still real, the shadow looming across a promising future is gone.

And the credit for that goes to one man. Like the last lion of England, Winston Churchill, George W. Bush has stood alone and risked all to give the world a new, clearer path to the advancement of freedom.

Amen to that Zell.
Moral ramifications aside, this is just funny....

A transsexual guy who had a sex change is being allowed to play golf on the Ladies European tour. His name? Mianne Bagger.

Tee hee!
A couple of predictions for the next four years...or at least wishes...

- We end up mostly out of Iraq by the end of 2005. I expect we will leave a permanent base or two, much like we did with Germany, Italy and Japan. Hopefully something in the southeast so we have a port and easy access to both the Persian Gulf and perennial trouble maker Iran (see below)

- We end up doing something to rein in Iran, maybe by blowing up their nuke facilities or letting the Israelis do it. Nothing happens with North Korea, but it doesn't get worse.

- Yasser Arafat dies and goes straight to hell to be bunkmates with Mohammad Atta and other fellow terrorists, and after the bloodshed of his succession the Palestinians either elect a new nutcase or they get a moderate that doesn't have blood on their hands that Bush can start working with immediately.

- Colin Powell leaves the admin, and with his departure we take a stronger stance on Taiwan. We can't in good conscience fight for democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan and abandon Taiwan to Communist China.

- The Federal Marriage amendment makes it out to the states. We cannot have a system where one state allows gay marriage and the rest don't. The rest of the nation has made it clear with an 11 for 11 sweep of laws preventing gay marriage that we are not willing to conform to Mass, and I think given the chance the people of Mass will also reject gay marriage. That assumes that they actually get a say.

- Tort reform makes progress. This is huge, and I think would have a great impact on our economy. Rather than spending tons of wasted money of legal fees that produce nothing but more legal fees, that money could be better spent on a variety of productive tasks, creating jobs instead of eliminating them.

- Bush gets three nominees to the Supreme Court, probably one moderately conservative and two more strict interpretationist judges. At least one minority and one woman. We could see Roe v. Wade fall by 2007, and when the sky doesn't fall afterward that is one less wedge issue for the Left to cry about.

- A flat tax gets serious consideration and at worst the tax code gets dramatically flattened.

A lot of this stuff, especially anything to do with social security, needs to happen quickly while the Dems are still stunned and it is not an election year. 2005 is going to have to be huge for Republicans, and for cryin' out loud they need to do something about spending like a drunken Democrat (yes, that was a slam on Teddy Kennedy)

Tuesday was a day of winners, and dare I say it, losers. The American people were the big winners as we showed up in huge numbers, and proved an important point: high voter turnout does NOT mean huge numbers of votes for Democrats.

President Bush got a decisive win, and the country got even more conservative. The House got more conservative. The Senate got more conservative, and sent a warning to obstructionists: fillbuster judicial nominees and you could be the next Tom Daschle. The state governments got more conservative as the GOP increased it's hold on Governor's mansions. The south got more Republican as many conservative Democrats are gone, replace by Republicans (like my congressman Ken Lucas, a pro-life, pro-gun Democrat replaced by a Republican). The Zell Millers of this world are a thing of the past.

I don't think you can overemphasize this. Conservatives, especially Christians, finally woke up. Other than pockets of liberalism in the northeast and the pacific coast, the country is a sea of red. Even states that Kerry won in middle America like Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin were VERY competitive and Bush certainly could have contested the results given the squirrely nature of the new voter registrations and other shennanigans. Michigan went to Kerry in spite of an overwhelming victory for the gay marriage amendment, but that is due to the residual and diminishing influence of big labor. Wisconsin and Minnesota are less liberal now than they were in the past.

Some of my winners and losers:

Winner: Country Music Television Loser: MTV

Winner: Conservative talk radio Loser: Pitiful "Air America" (hard to be an avowedly liberal radio station when even liberals are afraid to use the term)

Winners: Sean Hannity, Bill Bennett, Hugh Hewitt, Jerry Falwell, President Ronald Reagan Losers: Al Franken, Michael Moore, George Soros, Howard Stern, Jesse Jackson, Al Gore.

Winner: The Heartland Loser: Hollywood

Winners: The Vietnam veterans Losers: The Jane Fonda, every war is the "next Vietnam" types

Winner: New democracies Losers: Bitter, weak European former powers

Winner: Fox News, the bloggers, The Wall Street Journal, the National Review Losers: The "main stream media", the New York Times/Washington Post, NBC/ABC and especially CBS

Winners: The NRA, National Right to Life, the Christian Coalition, Focus on the Family, Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, Concerned Women for America Losers: MoveOn.org, the ACLU, the NAACP, the union bosses, NARAL and other baby muderers, American United for the Seperation of Church and State, Log Cabin Republicans

Winner: God's plan for marriage Losers: the radical homosexual rights movement

Winners: Conservative Catholics Losers: "in name alone", "social justice" catholics

Winners: Evangelical, born again, dare I say "fundamentalist!" Protestants Losers: world appeaser, gay friendly liberal "Christians"

Big Winner: American democracy Big Loser: The angry left thugocracy