In reading the Chicago Tribune’s letters to the editor this weekend, one really stood out:
Shane Willmon Published October 3, 2004
Gurnee — Before the debate, one
candidate talked to hurricane victims and
one candidate got a manicure.
For me, the debate is over.
John Kerry said Monday that President Bush has sacrificed hopes for disease cures offered by stem cell research to “extreme right-wing ideology.”
This is from an ABC report.
Does John Kerry realize that George Bush is the first president to publically fund stem cell research? Sure, it’s limited to those lines created before Aug 9, 2001, but only public funding. There are no limits to privately funded research on any lines (even those created after Aug 9, 2001).
Once again, he’s using fear tactics.
Captain Ed has more.
John Kerry wants to give Iran nuclear material. From the debate: “I think the United States should have offered the opportunity to provide the nuclear fuel, test them, see whether or not they were actually looking for it for peaceful purposes. If they weren’t willing to work a deal, then we could have put sanctions together. The president did nothing.”
This is like leaving a four year old in the kitchen with a full cookie jar in reach. “Don’t eat any of the cookies, little one.” Come back in a hour and see the evidence of oreos all over his face and then impose “sanctions”. Most parents will make sure the cookie jar is out of reach so there will be no need to “test” to see if he will eat or not eat the cookies.
SpaceShipOne has won the Ansari X-Prize, setting a new record of 360,000 feet.
See story in the San Jose Mercury News (free sub).
I was trying to get my reading in for my first class and then I had a dental appointment so I haven’t had a lot of time to think about the debate yet. My first thought about the debate: Kerry held off in entering the stage just enough that he made Bush walk further to meet him. He also tried to keep Bush next to him longer than Bush wanted to be there.
I’ll have further thoughts after I re-read the transcript and look around a little to see what others are saying. Hugh Hewitt is going to have a symposium on the debate.
Jim Geraghty over at the Kerry Spot has the story from AP. If they can’t cheat, they can’t win.
I’ve been watching FOX News today (sorry – can’t find a link) and every hour they’ve been running a thorough fisking of the draft story. They even got Charlie Rangel to admit that the legislation was intended to stir things up.
They say a picture can paint a thousand words.
Sometimes, though, it only takes a few words to paint a picture.
Pumpkin Face Kerry.
There. I’m sure every one of you saw a picture in your mind. Many of you chose one of the numerous still images of Presidential Candidate Kerry with his orange face. Maybe some of you saw John Kerry with a large, round, Jack-o-Lantern on his shoulders. Some maybe saw a jack-o-lantern with a shape more in keeping with the shape of John Kerry’s actual face.
As we go into the debate tonight, let’s remember that just a few words can paint a picture.
Warning: Possibly Controversial
Assimilate: 2a: to make similar
First, I am not a xenophobe.
If you are going to choose to live in the United States, please learn to speak English.
I have a problem with people coming to live in this country and not bothering to learn the language. I have a problem with people expecting me to learn their language in my country.
As you can see from the above referenced links, assimilate doesn’t mean abrogate. Learning my language in my country doesn’t mean that you can’t speak your language anymore.
If I were to choose to live in your home country, I would be expected to learn the language.
A friend of mine, who just took his citizenship oath in August (Congrats!) is from Germany. He once said to me, “I call the 800 number and they say ‘Press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish’, where is the ‘Press 3 for German?’”
I lived in Germany for a year and a half. I learned enough German to get along, to be able to ask what something was; how much did it cost; where was the bathroom, etc. I heard some Americans ask if the shopkeeper spoke English and some would say no even if they did because of the “arrogant Americans who think everyone, everywhere should speak English.” Mostly, I found that if I tried to speak German, they would reply in English, because I tried.
I took French in high school, and still remember enough to get along there too. I can puzzle out some Spanish and Italian because of their relationship to French.
I can also sing the “Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes” song in Japanese courtesy of Shari Lewis and Lambchop.
I was in Montreal once and a Scottish couple stopped a girl on the street to ask where the shopping district was. I don’t know if she was a francophone or just didn’t understand their accent, but she looked confused and couldn’t answer. I told the couple to go down three blocks and turn left, they would be in the shopping district. The Scottish woman said to me, “Thank you dear. You speak English very well.” I said, “Thanks. But I’m American”.