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Tuesday, November 30, 2004
  Figthin' Words
Another masterpiece from my favorite Vietnam Vet Poet!

You media pansies may squeal and may squirm,
But a fightin’ man knows that the way to confirm,
That some jihadist bastard truly is dead,
Is a brain-tappin’ round fired into his head.
To hell with some weenie with his journalist degree
Safe away from the combat, tryin’ to tell me,
I should check him for breathin,’ examine his eyes.
Nope, I’m punchin’ his ticket to Muj paradise.

To hell with you wimps from your Ivy League schools,
Sittin’ far from the war tellin’ me about rules
And preachin’ to me your wrong-headed contention
That I should observe the Geneva Convention,
Which doesn’t apply to a terrorist scum
So evil and cruel their own people run from,
Cold-blooded killers who love to behead,
Shove that mother’ Geneva, I’m leavin’ em dead.

You slick talkingheads may preach, preen, and prattle,
But you’re damn well not here in the thick of the battle.
It’s chaotic, confusin’ it all comes at you fast,
So it’s Muj checkin’ out because I’m going to last.
Yeah, I’ll last through this fight and send his rear away
To his fat ugly virgins while I’m still in play.
If you journalist weenies think that’s cold, cruel, and crass,
Then pucker up sweeties, kiss a fightin’ man’s ass.

Russ Vaughn2d Bn, 327th Parachute Infantry Regiment101st Airborne DivisionVietnam 65-66

About the Writer: Russ has a 40-year affiliation with the military, directly and as a retired health care marketer. He spent six years as a paratrooper with the 82nd and the 101st Airborne, and earned the Combat Infantry Badge in Vietnam with the 101st. Russ receives e-mail at
  Still Whining After All These Years!
Believe it or not, I read! I read my local paper every morning. I’m subjected to the likes of Maureen Dowd and Paul Krugman usually once a week. No, I don’t read the NY Times. My local paper, The Virginian-Pilot, is “kind” enough to reprint their BS. They’ve decided to stop printing Michele Malkin, apparently she’s too conservative for them and it’s supposed to be a balancing act of some kind. It’s not working.

I usually read 3 sections in the local paper. The front page section, you know, world, country and state stuff. I follow it with the local section. There are a couple of local writers I look forward to reading like Kerry Dougherty and the local section also contains the editorial section. I follow it with the sports page. I need something to wash the taste of the big bad ugly world out of my mouth!

My beef is with the editorial section. First letter I read this morning is from someone STILL whining about the 2000 election. How Gore won the popular vote and Bush stole the election. I think that the hide has been completely beat from this dead horse! It’s funny, but I remember having to dig for information about the recounts done by all the main stream media giants after that election. I guess that’s because the results didn’t turn out the way they wanted them too. No matter how many times the votes were recounted in Florida, W still won! As far as the Electoral College goes. That’s so the big cities can’t elect a president that the rest of the country doesn’t want! Obviously, it works!

Then I get to Ms. Dowd’s’ column. I don’t know why I read her crap, but I do. Every week. I guess I just have a need to hear her whine. This week was different though. Ms. Dowd is so distraught these days that she can’t even write her own column. She’s now reprinting e-mails her brother has authored. It sounds like the poor girl had a lousy Thanksgiving. Apparently, according to Ms. Dowd, she comes from a very right leaning family. She must be the black sheep. I think her family may even say grace before the meal and you know that has to turn her stomach. Her brother’s e-mail reads like a letter from the Republican Party thanking you for the generous donation. I think her brothers may pick on her a bit. Repeating things conservative pundits have said about her. I have to believe she has a pretty thick skin though. How else could she write the shit she writes?

I would link to the column, but the NY Times requires readers to log in. Here’s her brother’s e-mail:

"Ladies and Gentlemen,
Now, just as four years ago, I breathe a huge sigh of relief and rejoice in the common sense of the American voting public. Congratulations to President Bush for winning re-election in a poker game played with a stacked deck. No candidate, including Richard Nixon, ever had to endure the biased and unfair tactics of our major media in their attempt to influence the outcome of an election. ... He never complained, just systematically set about delivering the same consistent message. You may remember that four years ago, I felt physically ill watching the Democrats try to legislate their way to the presidency. ...
A very big thank you to Michael Moore, Susan Sarandon, Rob Reiner, Bill Maher, Barbra Streisand, Alec Baldwin, Al Franken and Jon Stewart for your involvement. You certainly energized the base. Now, please have the courage of your convictions and leave the country.
To Bob Shrum - Cut your fee.
To Mike McCurry, Joe Lockhart and Paul Begala - You don't seem quite as smart without a great candidate.
To The New York Times and The Washington Post - If Bush and Reagan were so stupid, how did they both go four for four in elections involving two of our biggest states and the presidency without your endorsement?
We do not live in a secular country. There are all sorts of people of faith that place moral values over personal freedoms. They are not all 'wacky evangelicals.' They are people who don't like Howard Stern piping a hard porn show over the airwaves and wrapping himself in the freedom of the First Amendment. They don't like being told that a young girl does not have to seek her mother's counsel about an abortion. They don't like seeing an eight-month-old fetus having his head punctured and his brains sucked out. They don't like being told the Pledge of Allegiance, a moment of silent prayer and the words 'under God' are offensive to an enlightened few so nobody should be allowed to use them. ... My wife and I picked our sons' schools based on three criteria: 1) moral values 2) discipline 3) religious maintenance - in that order. We have spent an obscene amount of money doing this and never regretted a penny. Last week on the news, I heard that the Montgomery County school board voted to include a class with a 10th-grade girl demonstrating how to put a condom on a cucumber and a study of the homosexual lifestyle. The vote was 6-0. I feel better about the money all the time.
To Dan Rather - Good luck in your retirement.
To Gavin Newsom - Thanks for all of the great shots of the San Francisco couples embracing their mates at City Hall in direct defiance of the law.
To P. Diddy - 'Vote or Die' might need a little work.
To John Edwards - Thanks for being there.
To my friends - only 1,460 days until the next election. Stay vigilant. The Democrats, CBS, the NY Times and the Post may think Hillary is the perfect antidote for all those 'stupid' voters out there.
Best regards, Kevin"

The only good thing I can say about the editorial pages lately is thank God that Krugman is on some kind of hide until it’s over sabbatical and to Maureen Dowd I say, keep those e-mails coming! Maureen, this has been the best column I’ve ever read from you!
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
  No CrAzY cOwS!!!
The USDA has finally released it’s Report saying that the cow in question was indeed sane! This is of course very comforting. The last thing we need in this country right now is more craziness!

Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy or BSE. Commonly referred to as Mad Cow disease was first seen in the UK in 1986 with over 36,000 cases nationwide by 1993. It has since been in steady decline in the UK, but they still discover around 10 cases a week. At the highest levels there were almost 1000 new cases a week! To date there has only been one case of BSE in the U.S. That case was discovered on a dairy farm in Washington in December 2003. The crazy ruminant came from Canada!

BSE is a slowly progressive, degenerative, fatal disease affecting the central nervous system of adult cattle. Affected animals show signs that include; changes in mental state (they go crazy!), abnormalities of posture (those cows painting the signs on the freeway) and movement (river-dancing) and of sensation (they see the music and taste the colors).

The original case is believed to have come from feed that was contaminated with sheep parts. It seems to me that I remember hearing that some other diseases have originated in sheep. The problem seems to be one of cannibalism or ruminant eating ruminant. It seems that whatever is left after all the main parts are carved up and the rest is scraped up off the floor for head cheese, scrapple and hot dogs is ground up and put back into the food supply for these animals. Estimates show that a very small amount of one crazed cow mixed in with a whole bunch of feed can make ALL the other cows mad! I would say so, probably makes the feed have that freezer burn taste to it!

Variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease (vCJD) is said to come from eating a mad cow. There have been only 155 confirmed or suspected cases of vCJD worldwide since BSE was first discovered. When you think about this it should give you some comfort knowing that there have probably been hundreds of thousands of people that have eaten one of these crazed cows and not very many that have contracted this disease. One other thing, this disease IS NOT transmitted in dairy products!

The FDA has outlawed the use of any of the high-risk parts of cattle in dietary supplements and cosmetics, so those should be safe also. The only thing that worries me is that the FDA said Viox was safe too!
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
  Russ Vaughns Latest Poem.
I have such great respect for the vetereans that served before me. Especially the guys that served in Vietnam. When I was younger, these guys were SO disrespected when they came home it was a crime! I was fortunate enough to be to young to serve in that war, but like Russ says here, we surely won the last battle! Great job Russ! Keep 'em coming.

The Last Battle of Vietnam

It never occurred to me, ever before,
That our Navy would win the Vietnam War.
When they took to their boats in this year of elections,
With the mission of making some major corrections
I shared their belief, John should not be elected,
And their view overdue, truth should be resurrected.
Yet I questioned the course they’d set themselves for,
Knowing how John was loved by the media whore.

Ignored and dismissed by the media queens
Being shrewd, savvy sailors they still found the means
To reach out to the people, to open their eyes
To a phony John Kerry and his war story lies.
With their very first ad, they torpedoed his boat,
A Cambodian Christmas would no longer float.
His heroics unraveled, his stories fell flat,
Especially that one ‘bout his magical hat.

John called on his lawyers and media whores,
And threatened the Swiftees with vile legal wars.
But these warriors kept charging back into the fire,
And made the folks wonder, “Is Kerry a Liar?”
Till the question of whether he’s telling the truth
Was still in their minds in the election day booth.
So the brave Swiftees gave us what we’d not had before,
They gave us our victory in the Vietnam War.

Those brave, stalwart sailors, falsely labeled as liars,
Stood firm and stood tall, kept directing their fires,
Steadfast, unrelenting, they served once again,
And defeated John Kerry, these honorable men.
All Vets can take pride, yes all, not just some,
That we won the last battle of Vietnam.
It took far too long to bring an end to our war
But we did, November Second, Two Thousand Four.

To our Brothers, forever on that long black Wall,
You’ve been vindicated now, one and all.

Russ Vaughn
2d Bn, 327th Parachute Infantry Regiment
101st Airborne Division
Vietnam 65-66
Sunday, November 14, 2004
  Rants of a smoker
I’m in a blue state this week, Massachusetts to be exact. I left my hotel to try to find a place to watch some football and I found out that MA, like a few other blue states is fast becoming a non-smoking state. MA passed their non-smoking law this past July. After a little research, I found out that Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, and New York have similar laws. I already knew about the California law. As a matter of fact, a few years back, Del Mar, CA tried to outlaw smoking in public! You couldn’t even walk down the street with a lit cigarette! I’m not sure how that turned out. I moved! Several other states have laws based on the seating capacities of the establishments. All around the country there are laws infringing on the rights of smokers to kill themselves in public!

The blue states are supposed to be where all the “open-minded” people reside. Yet, they increasingly infringe on the rights of business owners. They make decisions for the owners of restaurants and bars without concern for how it may affect their livelihoods.

I understand that smoking is bad for me. I’m pretty sure that every other person that smokes knows this as well. If they don’t, they probably should be eligible for retroactive abortion. I’ve also read reports saying that second hand smoke is bad for you also. I’ve also read reports that say that they can neither confirm nor deny the effects of second hand smoke. But most smoke could be dealt with by the use of better ventilation.

A survey of over 1500 bartenders [SURVEY] found that though most did not smoke, they felt that smoking should be allowed in bars and restaurants. They also believed that it was hurting business. Either way, that’s not the issue here.

The issue is whether or not the government should be infringing on the rights of private business owners. If I own a bar and I decide to allow smoking and the general population where that bar is located doesn’t want a smoking establishment, I’m sure I could figure that out. It would probably be pretty easy. I’d see it on the cash register tape every night. As it stands, in many places, business owners aren’t allowed to make that choice themselves. They have their hands tied by the Government. When I lived in Surprise, AZ a few years ago, the local city council pushed through a smoking ban without a vote. I’m pretty sure most of these other places listed did it the same way.

I know that non-smokers will say that I’m infringing on their right to enjoy a meal or a drink in a smoke free environment and they would be free to boycott that particular business if that’s the way they feel. Hurt the owner in his or her wallet, like I said earlier. I’ve also heard the argument about employees not having a choice, but I don’t buy that argument either. Just like a boycott, they can work somewhere else and that would hurt the business owner as well.
Saturday, November 13, 2004
  A question concerning the Scott Peterson conviction.
Yesterday afternoon the jury in the Scott Peterson murder trial found him guilty of first-degree murder of his wife Laci and second-degree murder of his unborn son Conner.

The question I have for everyone is this. If it’s legal to terminate a pregnancy by means of abortion, how can the jury consider Peterson guilty of murder of an unborn child? I’m not a pro-lifer. I don’t think I should have any say in a pregnancy unless I was partially responsible for that pregnancy.

I just wonder if this verdict might have farther-reaching ramifications than just what happens to Peterson. I’m pretty sure he did it. I didn’t follow the entire trial, but I had always thought that the prosecution didn’t present enough evidence to find him guilty. Apparently, I was mistaken.

I await your opinions.
Friday, November 12, 2004
  Talk about a terrorist!
Suha, the widow of the late infamous leader of the Palestinian Authority is set to receive $22 million a year for life! This is to cover her “living” expenses in Paris! And I thought it was expensive to live in NYC!

The money is supposed to be coming from secret accounts Arafat had set up prior to his death. Suha extorted this money from the PA by not allowing them to visit her late husband while he lay dieing in a Paris military hospital. Apparently this was the only way they could get their hands on the rest of the $4 billion he has hidden in banks around the world!

$22 million, that's one expensive 'lady'!
Thursday, November 11, 2004
I’m sitting in my office today. I could have taken Veteran’s Day off it is recognized by the company I’m working for these days. It’s actually the first company that I’ve worked for since I retired from the navy that recognizes this day as a holiday. I’m here because my company doesn’t recognize the day after Thanksgiving as a holiday and I didn’t want to take any vacation time.

Anyway, I figured it wouldn’t be a bad thing to remember my friends that served and still serve in all branches of the U.S. Military. In this town I always see red, white and blue support our troops ribbons and the yellow remember our troops ribbons and I think that’s a pretty good thing. I haven’t been driving around town to see how many flags are flying today, but since this IS a military town, I’ll bet there are a bunch.

I’ve read a few things lately calling the troops over in Iraq baby killers and the like, the same kind of stuff I remember as a kid when guys were coming home from Vietnam and it really stinks. I believe (and I hope I’m right) that there is only a small majority that feel that way. I hope most people understand that the kind of garbage that happened at Abu Ghraib is not representative of our military men and women as a whole. That for the most part, they’re just regular Americans doing what they think is right for this country.

So hey, Hug a Vet Today!

I copied this from the VA website, looking for a little history on Veteran’s Day.

Official recognition of the end of the first modern global conflict -- World War I - - was made in a concurrent resolution (44 Stat. 1982) enacted by Congress on June 4, 1926, with these words:
WHEREAS the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and WHEREAS it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and WHEREAS the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.
An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, and the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday - - a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as "Armistice Day. "
Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen in the Nation's history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in lieu thereof the word "Veterans. " With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
Later that same year, on October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first "Veterans Day Proclamation " which stated:
"In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans' organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible."

Monday, November 08, 2004
This word seems to get tossed around a lot. I can say that I’ve pretty much only seen it used by folks that would appear to be on the left side of the political spectrum. They like to use it when describing opinions of those on the right side of the same spectrum. Actually, that’s not even fair. They like to use it when describing anyone that disagrees with their stated opinion on ANY issue. I can also say that it seems to be used primarily by minorities and by minorities I’m talking about any one group that believes in an issue to which the majority doesn’t subscribe. Of course, that last line will immediately mark me as a bigot, not that I haven’t already been given that label more than once.

After opening up the dictionary and looking up the word to make sure I had the best definition I found out that it has such a broad meaning that just about anyone I’ve ever met or talked to must be a bigot! One of the definitions I found was: a person who is intolerant of opinions which conflict with his own, as in politics or morals. This definition pretty much fits the usage with which I’m most familiar. And still another said: a prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from his own. By the second definition, the opinion doesn’t even have to conflict with someone else’s, it just has to be different! And here’s another one: one obstinately and blindly devoted to his own church, party, belief, or opinion. Notice that in that last definition, the second to last word is ‘or’, not ‘and’. So, your belief that your particular anything is the right anything is a bigoted opinion.

The bigger question to ask is, that by using the word to describe someone you feel is intolerant of YOUR stated position, aren’t you at the same time, being intolerant of THEIRS? And as such, doesn’t that make you a bigot? By believing that you’re right and everyone else is wrong, doesn’t that make you a bigot?

This was my favorite line from the limited amount of research I did on this word. Take it for what it’s worth.

You can tell a bigot, but you can’t tell him much!

Saturday, November 06, 2004
  John, November 2 Was Their Veteran's Day
I thought this poem was excellent...and since I'm a big fan of anyone who served his country in Vietnam...I thought I'd share it with everyone.

Some said let you apologize
But that wouldn't do it in our eyes.
A man astride of each position
Could we believe your true contrition?
And on deaf ears your words would fall
To those whose names are on that wall
The vindication they now accept
In settling up this long-held debt,
Is that for them we gave our best
And denied you, John, your lifelong quest.
We fought for them, fought for our own,
To make you reap what you had sown.
Listen carefully John to what we say,
November 2 was their Veterans' Day.

Russ Vaughn
2d Bn, 327th Parachute Infantry Regiment
101st Airborne Division
Vietnam 65-66

About the Writer: Russ has a 40 year affiliation with the military, directly and as a retired health care marketer. Six years as a paratrooper with the 82nd and the 101st Airborne. Earned the Combat Infantry Badge in Vietnam with the 101st. Russ receives e-mail at

Thursday, November 04, 2004
  the Dems just don't get it!
You just don’t get it, do you? I keep reading all these rants about George W. Bush and his Christian beliefs and on and on and on. That’s not what this was about. Just about everyone I know voted for W and out of all of them, maybe 2 go to church regularly and I'm not sure I'd call them overly christian either. It’s not about religion. It’s about inclusiveness. I saw a comment on BC where someone was saying that there were plenty of pro-choice republicans. Can you name me one pro-life democrat? There aren’t any, at least none I can come up with. Democrats like to believe that their party is inclusive and I guess in some respects it is. But the one thing I can tell you after reading all the entries at this site for the last couple of weeks is that the democrats around here sure don’t seem to be to inclusive. The world as we know it is over and you’re all leaving the country, or let’s start the revolt, or you just wait and see what happens to this country now that you’ve put that religious nut back in the Whitehouse, or your wrong and your a racist. You seem to forget, there was a democrat in there for 8 years and this new guy inherited a recession and a terrorist problem that should have been dealt with a long time ago!

You guys seem to be fond of comedians as political pundits. You have Jon Stewart and Al Franken. Well I even heard Stewart asking Chuck Schummer what he thought was wrong. Schummer didn’t seem to have a clue. He said everybody thinks the war is wrong and taxes are wrong and health care is wrong and then we lose the election anyway. Jon Stewart then asked if it might be because the people view most democratic politicians as elitists!

You see that’s it. The Kerry campaign had all these actors and musicians spewing their BS and they never even knew that 51% of the country doesn’t mind paying to see their movies or listen to their music, but when it comes to politics, we’d rather they shut the hell up! Those same people are the ones that Kerry is hanging out with in Aspen on his weekend snowboarding trips, or windsurfing in Nantucket. They’re not down at the local bar having a beer with the guys! They’re members of the elite. They think they should get head of the line everywhere they go. The republicans had the swiftees, the democrats had billionaire Soros! The republicans had Laura Bush, the Democrats had the richest African-American in the United States and those are her words not mine!

I’ll tell you this right now. If the Democratic Party nominates Hillary in 2008, they’ll be standing back scratching their heads again, wondering what the hell happened? The Democratic Party needs to come back to the center. Democrats are way, way out there! I mean, if the west coast leans any farther to the left it really will fall into the ocean!

There are issues out there that the two parties can agree on and there are some that probably will take a long time to get settled. But it won’t happen until the Democratic Party makes more Americans feel comfortable. Let's sit down and talk, like reasonable people.

Received this in an e-mail this morning and found it kind of amusing, so I thought I'd share.

Subject: "But They Can Vote"!!

While looking at a house, my friend asked the real estate agent which direction was north because, he explained, he didn't want the sun waking him up every morning. She asked, "Does the sun rise in the north?"
When another person jumped in and explained that the sun rises in the east (and has for some time), she shook her head and said, “Oh, I don't keep up with that stuff."
But she can vote.

I used to work in technical support for a 24x7 call center. One day I got a call from an In-duh-visual who asked what hours the call center was open. I told him, "The number you dialed is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week."
He responded, "Is that Eastern or Pacific time?" Wanting to end the call quickly, I said,"Uh. Pacific."
But he can vote.

My colleague and I were eating our lunch in our cafeteria when we overheard one of the admin. assistants talking about the sunburn she got on her weekend drive to the shore. She drove down in a convertible, but "didn't think she'd get sunburned because the car was moving."
But she can vote.

I was in a high school advanced physics class and the teacher was talking about a new military weapon that uses sonic waves on the battlefield to burst enemy soldiers' chests.
One In-duh-visual in the class spoke up and said, "Well that’s stupid! Why don't they just wear headphones?"
And a few years later, he can vote.
My sister has a lifesaving tool in her car. It's designed to cut through a seat belt if she gets trapped. She keeps it in the passenger side door's map pocket.
But she can vote.

My friends and I were on a beer run and noticed that the cases were discounted 10%. Since it was a big party, we bought two cases. The cashier multiplied two times 10% and gave us a 20% discount.
But she can vote.

I was hanging out with a conservative friend of mine when we saw a woman walk by us with a nose ring attached to an earring by a chain. My friend said, "Wouldn't the chain rip out every time she turned her head?"
I had to explain to her that a person's nose and ear remain the same distance apart no matter which way the head is turned.
But she can vote.

My girlfriend and I were picking up some sandwiches from the sub place last week and she asked the clerk which one of two sandwiches was better. The clerk didn't have an opinion but did say that the first sandwich was more expensive. My girlfriend got a quizzical look on her face and asked, "If that's the case, why are they both listed with the same price on the menu?"
To this, the clerk responded, "I don't think they tax the turkey."
But he can vote.

I was at a convenience store buying a 99-cent "Behemoth Gulp" or some such thing. The cost with tax was $1.02. I only had a $5 bill.
The clerk asked if I had two pennies. I said I didn't. She said, "We'll take a couple from here," and got two pennies out of her penny cup at the register. She handed me back my change: $4 in bills and the two pennies.
But she can vote.

I couldn't find my luggage at the airport baggage area. So I went to the lost luggage office and told the woman there that my bags never showed up. She smiled and told me not to worry because they were trained professionals and I was in good hands. "Now," she asked me, "has your plane arrived yet?"
But she can vote.

I really hope they don’t, but they can!
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
  Bush and the Supremes!
People are worried about the make up of the Supreme Court. If who the president nominated mattered so much the current make up of the court would be 7-2.

A democratic president appointed only 2 of the current Justices. Clinton nominated Breyer and Ginsburg. Rehnquist was nominated by Nixon. Stevens was Ford. O’Connor, Kennedy and Scalia were Uncle Ronnie. Thomas and Souter were Bush I nominees. So by liberal thinking, with an overwhelming right leaning majority, Roe v. Wade should already be overturned. This is an opinion that has stood the test of time. It's been on the books for over 31 years now!

George W. Bush never said that he would nominate a justice that would oppose abortion. He said he would nominate judges for the Supreme Court that would strictly uphold the Constitution of the United States. I understand this to mean, he would nominate a person who would not legislate from the bench. The Supreme Courts job is not to make new law but to administer the laws we already have on the books. At least that’s the way I understand it.

I think it’s premature to worry about any nominations that George W. Bush might make until after he makes them. I think it’s sort of like saying you don’t like peas before you ever even taste them.

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