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'Americans should have a clear understanding...'

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Everyone who's been mystified by the utter incompetence of the Bush White House's communications program should be heartened by the president's speech today in Annapolis:

The terrorists in Iraq share the same ideology as the terrorists who struck the United States on September the 11th. Those terrorists share the same ideology with those who blew up commuters in London and Madrid, murdered tourists in Bali, workers in Riyadh, and guests at a wedding in Amman, Jordan. Just last week, they massacred Iraqi children and their parents at a toy give-away outside an Iraqi hospital.

This is an enemy without conscience -- and they cannot be appeased. If we were not fighting and destroying this enemy in Iraq, they would not be idle. They would be plotting and killing Americans across the world and within our own borders. By fighting these terrorists in Iraq, Americans in uniform are defeating a direct threat to the American people. Against this adversary, there is only one effective response: We will never back down. We will never give in. And we will never accept anything less than complete victory...

This is just a snippet; I recommend reading it all. Better late than never for him to begin cutting through the fog of misinformation.

Michael Graham now on the air in Boston

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Michael landed on his feet. Good for him.

Here is the news story.

(If you are registered you can read about it in Michael's former hometown paper.)

Also, Michael talks about the new job at his Web site.

Also, more links are at this blog.

Maryland's minstrel show

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Being away from the blog for a few weeks has its advantages; namely, returning home to find the entire page blank serves as reassuring evidence of one's indispensability. Yes, it is nice to be needed.

(On the other hand, the blank page is a reminder that, despite everything going on in the world today, there is still no substitute for familiarizing oneself with Movable Type's settings. I think we'll just crank that "number of days to display" up from 7 to about 28 or so, just to allow for future absences.)

Speaking of the world, we here in Northern VA are just a short ferry ride or a LONG bridge crossing from that little slice of enlightened liberal utopia known as "Maryland." It's fun to have Maryland around and to catch the latest news from thereabouts in the local papers, sort of like the crazy uncle who makes Thanksgiving dinner so memorable.

The other day saw this sample of local artistry in the Washington paper of record:

Black Democratic leaders in Maryland say that racially tinged attacks against Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele in his bid for the U.S. Senate are fair because he is a conservative Republican.

Such attacks against the first black man to win a statewide election in Maryland include pelting him with Oreo cookies during a campaign appearance, calling him an "Uncle Tom" and depicting him as a black-faced minstrel on a liberal Web log.

Now, I'm not one to kick the leftist lunatics while they are making a public spectacle of themselves. Because I don't have to. The hard work, as usual, has already been done by the inimitable Iowahawk, who delves a little further into this scintillating story:
Steele, a Black Republican Lt. Governor seeking the seat of retiring Senator Paul Sarbanes, has sparked a flurry of condemnation from some mainstream civil rights organizations who have characterized him as an “Uncle Tom,” a “Simple Sambo,” and “a shiftless no account yassuh-boss Steppin Fetchit country ass Unca Remus picanninny.” Others faulted what they termed Steele’s “artful evasions” of opponent criticism and tossed watermelons.

“As the Republican’s uppity pet house Negro, Steele has no idea what it’s like to face real racial discrimination, what it’s like to suffer because of your skin color,” said Maryland State Senator Lisa Gladden.

(By the way, if you are not reading Iowahawk regularly, you are in serious danger of failing to fulfill the destiny planned for you when the Prime Mover first envisioned your existence, and thereby letting down the entire universe. Don't be that guy.)

Needless to say, plenty of fine people live in Maryland. They just tend to be political outsiders most of the time. Here's hoping Mr. Steele strikes a blow for the good guys.

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