It’s starting: Democrat activist aggressively harassed Senator Allen at campaign stop – wrestled down by Allen campaign staffers

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It had to happen sooner or later, but I didn’t expect it to happen before the election.

AllenHQ has background on the guy involved in the harassment of Senator Allen. He’s a diarist at the Daily Kos blog.

The left, predictably, is having a fit over this, but it’s funny how times change. In 2004, they sang a different tune when Al Franken tackled a Howard Dean heckler.

W is fired up, and responds to Kerry’s troop insults

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Here’s the video of W’s fiery response to Senator Kerry’s disparaging of our troops.

All we need now is for Zell Miller to challenge Kerry to a duel like he did Chris Matthews back during the Republican National Convention in 2004 ;)

Speaking of Chris Matthews, Greg Tinti has video of Matthews trying to convince his audience that Kerry didn’t mean it the way it sounded.

Oh, and did you see that the Kerry campaign is trying to spin this as a bungled joke? I’d say the bumbled joke was his 2004 campaign and his consideration of another run. BTW, the “botched joke” was supposed to imply that if you weren’t well educated, you’d end up sending troops into Iraq like Bush did. Is that supposed to mean Kerry is smarter than Bush? Uh … wrong.

Update: Johnny Dollar has Keith Olbermann’s reaction to what Senator Kerry said and the WH’s response to the Senator’s remarks – you won’t be surprised.

Update II 10:46 PM: Brucy Braley, Congresional Democratic candidate in Iowa, has asked Kerry to cancel an upcoming campaign visit, calling Kerry’s statement on US troops inappropriate. Kerry’s probably relieved, as that will be one less place he’ll be asked about his comments, and also – I doubt he’s forgotten what a poor turnout he had when he was in Iowa back in August.

On a related note, Hugh Hewitt is reporting that Kerry has cancelled all campaign stump functions for tomorrow.

It’s Halloween and the Democrat ghouls are out in full force

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Let’s recap how the masks have come off in the last few days:

No longer the face of a “uniter”: Harold Ford, Jr. promotes belief that Republicans only fear God, while Democrats fear AND love God

“Tolerance” facade goes out the window: Another blackface Photoshop from the far left

Wolf in sheep’s clothing exposed: Rangel loses control – again, and calls VP “SOB”

Not your favorite scary movie: Kerry throws tantrum in response to critics of his disparaging comments about the troops – does not apologize

And now, this:

Most likely to get caught off his feed: Bill Maher’s disgraceful Halloween costume mocks Irwin

What absolute jerks. All of them.

Kerry responds – does not apologize. Makes Charlie Rangel look sane in comparison (VIDEO ADDED)

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Rangel’s got some competition today on the “lost it” front. Check out Kerry’s response to the outrage over his remarks about our troops (emphasis added for full effect):

Washington – Senator John Kerry issued the following statement in response to White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, assorted right wing nut-jobs, and right wing talk show hosts desperately distorting Kerry’s comments about President Bush to divert attention from their disastrous record:

“If anyone thinks a veteran would criticize the more than 140,000 heroes serving in Iraq and not the president who got us stuck there, they’re crazy. This is the classic G.O.P. playbook. I’m sick and tired of these despicable Republican attacks that always seem to come from those who never can be found to serve in war, but love to attack those who did.

I’m not going to be lectured by a stuffed suit White House mouthpiece standing behind a podium, or doughy Rush Limbaugh, who no doubt today will take a break from belittling Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s disease to start lying about me just as they have lied about Iraq. It disgusts me that these Republican hacks, who have never worn the uniform of our country lie and distort so blatantly and carelessly about those who have.

The people who owe our troops an apology are George W. Bush and Dick Cheney who misled America into war and have given us a Katrina foreign policy that has betrayed our ideals, killed and maimed our soldiers, and widened the terrorist threat instead of defeating it. These Republicans are afraid to debate veterans who live and breathe the concerns of our troops, not the empty slogans of an Administration that sent our brave troops to war without body armor.

Bottom line, these Republicans want to debate straw men because they’re afraid to debate real men. And this time it won’t work because we’re going to stay in their face with the truth and deny them even a sliver of light for their distortions. No Democrat will be bullied by an administration that has a cut and run policy in Afghanistan and a stand still and lose strategy in Iraq.”

Translation: I said nothing wrong, refuse to apologize, and if you’re a chickenhawk, how DARE you criticize someone who served! How DARE you even question me!

This is the typical elitist “I won’t be held accountable for what I say” bullsh!t we’ve come to expect from an arrogant, out of touch Massachusetts Senator who thought eating at Wendy’s would be enough to persuade middle class America back in 2004 that he was/is a “man of the people.”

Newflash, pal: You got away with disparaging US troops once before, but you aren’t going to get away with it this time around.

That’s why he’s become unhinged over this. The truth hurts, doesn’t it Senator?

Update I: Allah’s following the backlash from Kerry’s remarks and will soon have video of Senator McCain’s second call for Kerry to apologize.

Update II: Rep. John Murtha’s opponent Diana Irey wants to know if Murtha will condemn Kerry’s remarks:

MONONGAHELA, October 31) — Washington County Commissioner and Pennsylvania 12th district Republican Congressional nominee Diana Irey — responding to remarks by U.S. Senator John Kerry (the most recent presidential nominee of the political party to which Jack Murtha owes his allegiance), who yesterday declared before a gathering of students that, “You know education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. And if you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq” — today released this statement:

“Will Jack Murtha stand with the men and women of the American military and TODAY demand an apology on their behalf from his good friend Senator John Kerry? Or will Jack Murtha continue his cut-and-run campaign and refuse to take a stand on this matter of honor and respect?

“Senator Kerry’s comments suggesting that only the less-educated and less-smart ‘end up in Iraq’ are insulting in the extreme to every man and woman who has worn our nation’s colors in Iraq — and, frankly, they are insulting in the extreme to every man and woman who has EVER worn our nation’s colors, period.

“Insulting, yes. Surprising, no. Given the records of men like John Kerry and Jack Murtha — both of whom claim that their prior records of military service give them license to say whatever they wish about the men and women now serving in our armed forces — it’s not surprising at all that John Kerry would insult our armed forces.

“Jack Murtha, after all, declared in May that U.S. Marines in Haditha had ‘killed innocent civilians in cold blood’ before the first Marine was charged, before the first court-martial was convened, before the first Marine was convicted.

“And Jack Murtha said last year that ‘the military is broken,’ and said he would not join today’s military.

“Today’s question for voters in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District is simple — what will we learn today about Jack Murtha? Will he stand up for the men and women of our armed forces by demanding that his good friend John Kerry withdraw his offensive statement and apologize? Or will Jack Murtha continue to turn his back on his constituents, and continue to curry favor with the ultraliberals who now run the national Democratic Party?

“The choice is up to Jack, and that choice comes today. VOTERS here in southwestern Pennsylvania, on the other hand, will get to make THEIR choice one week from today.”

What say ye, Rep. Murtha?

Update III: The MSM is finally picking up on this story. Also, I just went to lunch and flipped on the radio to Rush and he said essentially the same thing I did in my last post on this, and that is that he bets the media is going to try to find a way to say that Kerry was right. In the meantime, Malkin notes the AP angle to this story. Surprise surprise.

Upate IV: LOLOL :)

Update V: Here’s Senator Bill Frist’s response to Kerry’s insult to the troops. Also, here are video lowlights from Kerry’s press conference on the controversy. I can’t watch it at the moment, but Ian at Hot Air says that Kerry still would not apologize.

Rangel loses control – again, and calls VP “SOB”

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He’s gone off the deep end before regarding Cheney, and now he’s done it again:

WASHINGTON – Rep. Charles Rangel yesterday blasted Dick Cheney as a “son of a bitch” after the vice president said the Harlem lawmaker would raise taxes and destroy the economy if Democrats take control of the House.

The bitter war of words escalated to the point where the bombastic Rangel even questioned whether the tightly wound Cheney needed professional treatment – and mocked him for accidentally shooting his hunting buddy ealier this year.

Cheney fired the first shot when he predicted that Rangel – who is poised to chair the powerful House Ways and Means Committee if the Democrats seize the House next week – wouldn’t continue “a single one” of President Bush’s tax cuts.

“I think that would be bad for the economy,” Cheney said on CNBC News. “I don’t know if the stock market would like it.”

He then got in a major hit, saying on the Fox News Channel, “Charlie doesn’t understand how the economy works.”

Many of Bush’s 2001 tax cuts are set to expire in 2011 – meaning rates would jump back up again, boosting taxes by well over $1 trillion, unless Congress acts to continue the cuts.

“So if a man like Charlie Rangel were to be chairman of the committee, and sitting there with the gavel, all he has to do is not act, just don’t call up the legislation, and there’ll be a big tax increase,” Cheney said.

The vice president’s stinging comments were the latest in a series of White House statements intended to raise fears about Rangel, as well as other prominent Democrats, as a way to convince voters to stop them from taking over the House.

Contacted by The Post for a response, Rangel unloaded.

“He’s such a real son of a bitch, he just enjoys a confrontation,” Rangel fumed, describing himself as “warm and personable.” Rangel said Cheney may need to go to “rehab” for “whatever personality deficit he may have suffered.”

“When you have those sorts of problems, you’re supposed to seek help,” Rangel advised. “He ac- knowledged that he has problems with communication.”

Yeah, considering how Rangel responded here to remarks made by Cheney, as well as in the past, it’s Cheney who has the “problem with communication.”

I wonder if Rangel’s “SOB” comment will get as much media play as the “go F yourself” comment Cheney made to Sen. Leahy in the Senate last year and if the lefties who went off on Cheney for “stooping so low” will criticize Rangel similarly. Well, I’m not REALLY wondering … just sayin’.

Rangel, like so many other far lefties, just can’t seem to handle criticism well, can he?

This, BTW, is the guy who is in line to head the House Ways and Means Committee, if the Dems take control of the House.

Hat tip: ST reader DS

Prior posts on Rangel:

And this man could have been president, part 2: How John Kerry “supports the troops”

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Tue PM Update: Click here for Kerry’s outraged response!

Just scanned Memeorandum and the blogosphere is understandably going wild over some incredibly despicable comments Senator John Kerry made about our troops at a campaign event for Governor Ahhhnold’s Democratic opponent loser Phil Angelides.

Allah’s got the audio, as does John Ziegler, and Michelle provides the relevant transcript excerpt (along with angry reader reax). Here’s what Kerry said:

“You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

Just think: this man could have been president.

The comments speak for themselves, and Kerry’s (lack of) character. I wonder if Rep. Murtha and other vets in DC will condemn the remarks? I won’t hold my breath.

I do think this is a belief about our wonderful military that more than just a few Democrats share. Remember Bill Maher’s insulting remarks about the military ‘already’ picking the “low lying Lyndie England fruit”?

Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., takes issue with remarks on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, first aired May 13, in which Maher points out the Army missed its recruiting goal by 42% in April.

“More people joined the Michael Jackson fan club,” Maher said. “We’ve done picked all the low-lying Lynndie England fruit, and now we need warm bodies.”

Rep. Charlie Rangel, on trying to justify his phony call to reinstate the draft so “the rich” (who apparently aren’t fighting in this war) would get “a chance” to fight it:

“Those who love this country have a patriotic obligation to defend this country,” Rangel said. “For those who say the poor fight better, I say give the rich a chance.”

In other words, only the poor and uneducated sign up for military service.

I tell you what, the masks really are coming off the Democratic party this Halloween, aren’t they? First this, now Kerry’s comments? Trick or treat.

Update I: Gaius nails it:

There is this vast amount of contempt for the military within the Democratic party. They continually refer to the people in the military as ‘children’. The routinely paint them as having joined the military out of financial desperation, lack of education or a lack of ambition. Kerry is one of the contenders for the 2008 nomination and he speaks for a large part of the party.

Update II: Greg Tinti:

Also, I think we should all take a moment today and thank Ohio for keeping this condescending jerk out of the White House.

Don’t you mean Kenneth Blackwell, Greg? ;)

Update III: Here’s video of Kerry’s comments, along with a list of upcoming campaign stops/stumps.

Update IV: In my “others blogging” section of this post, I linked to Jason’s post at Texas Rainmaker on the issue of Kerry’s comments, but he has since updated his post and included info in it that debunks the myth of the “underprivileged and uneducated soldier”. Make sure you read it.

Malkin’s a blogging machine on this today, and notes the MSM’s silence so far. I honestly will not be surprised that, if the MSM picks up this story, they actually try and prove Kerry is right.

Update V: McCain has called on Kerry to apologize:

Senator Kerry owes an apology to the many thousands of Americans serving in Iraq, who answered their country’s call because they are patriots and not because of any deficiencies in their education. Americans from all backgrounds, well off and less fortunate, with high school diplomas and graduate degrees, take seriously their duty to our country, and risk their lives today to defend the rest of us in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.

They all deserve our respect and deepest gratitude for their service. The suggestion that only the least educated Americans would agree to serve in the military and fight in Iraq, is an insult to every soldier serving in combat, and should deeply offend any American with an ounce of appreciation for what they suffer and risk so that the rest of us can sleep more comfortably at night. Without them, we wouldn’t live in a country where people securely possess all their God-given rights, including the right to express insensitive, ill-considered and uninformed remarks.

Update VI: Gateway Pundit posts this helpful link:

* Myth 1: Military recruits are less educated and have fewer work alternatives than other young Americans.

In fact, military recruits are far better educated than the general youth population, [Bill Carr, acting deputy undersecretary of defense for military personnel policy] Carr said. More than 90 percent of recruits have a high school diploma, compared to about 75 percent of the U.S. youth population.

That’s an important issue to the military, Carr said, because a traditional high school diploma is the single best indicator of a recruit’s stick-to-it-ness and likelihood of successfully adjusting to military service. Recruits with a high school diploma have a 70 percent probability of completing a three-year enlistment versus a 50 percent chance for nongraduates.

The military has exceeded the 90-percent benchmark for recruits with high school diplomas every year since 1983, Carr noted.

* Myth 2: The military tends to attract people with lower aptitudes.

Recruits actually have much higher average aptitudes than the general youth population, Carr said. In fiscal 2005, 67 percent of recruits scored above the 60th percentile on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. The test is designed so that the average young person will score 50 percent, he explained.

But high achievement on the test isn’t new, Carr said. Sixty percent of new enlistees have scored at or above the 50 percentile — the military’s benchmark for recruits — every year since 1985.

* Myth 3: The military attracts a disproportionate number of poor or underprivileged youth.

In reality, military recruits mirror the U.S. population and are solidly middle class, Carr said. He cited a recent Heritage Foundation report that shows most recruits come from middle-class families, rather than poorer or wealthier ones. Patterns in recent years reinforce this trend, showing a slight dip in recruits from lower socioeconomic groups and a slight increase from upper-class groups, Carr said.

* Myth 4: A disproportionate number of recruits come from urban areas.

Inner cities are actually the most underrepresented area among new recruits, Carr said. Both suburban and rural areas are overrepresented, he said.

* Myth 5: The military isn’t geographically representative of America.

The southern part of the United States generates the most recruits, 41 percent, but also has the biggest youth population to draw from, 36 percent, Carr said. Twenty-four percent of recruits come from north-central regions, which have 23 percent of the youth population. The west, with 24 percent of the nation’s youth, contributes 21 percent of the new enlistees. And the northeast, with 18 percent of the youth population, provides 14 percent of new recruits.

Others blogging about this: Captain Ed, Justin Levine at Patterico’s, RightWinged.com, Iowa Voice, Dan Riehl, Astute Bloggers , Tigerhawk, Bizzyblog, Kim Priestap at Wizbang, Sensible Mom, Texas Rainmaker, Rob at Say Anything, Hyscience, USS Neverdock, Conservative Blogger, Tom Maguire, Anchoress