Posted at 4:22pm on Aug. 7, 2006 Welcome to Redstate 2.0

A new platform for a new generation of blogging

By The Directors

Welcome to the new RedState. Thanks for stopping by.

Since the beginning of this year, we have been plotting the relaunch of Redstate. There were many reasons for a relaunch - but none so important as the need to devote our efforts to a platform that was modern, scalable, and was appropriate for our needs. What you see here today is not the culmination but the beginning of an all-new Redstate Network that will take this already sturdy ship and give her speed and agility.

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Posted at 12:45pm on Aug. 7, 2006 Russ Carnahan: Child Politician

By Erick

Russ Carnahan, campaigning for Claire McCatskill, thought he was having a private moment. LIke most lefties, in private he reveals just how unhinged he can be -- oh, and to heck with the needs of Missourians, this is a personal vendetta against Jim Talent.

Sorry, I said Carnahan was running, my mistake.

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Posted at 10:02am on Aug. 7, 2006 Lieberman Cuts Challenger's Lead In Half

By California Yankee

The day before Connecticut's Democratic primary, a new Quinnipiac poll finds Senator Lieberman has cut the lead of his Greenwich millionaire and anti-war challenger from 13 percent to 6 percent.

Finally reversing his challenger's momentum, Senator Lieberman now trails 45 percent to 51 percent among likely Democratic primary voters. Four days ago Quinnipiac released poll numbers showing the three term senator and 2000 Democratic vice-presidential nominee trailing 41 percent to 54 percent.

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Posted at 9:48am on Aug. 7, 2006 You know I never look at polls, but...

By AcademicElephant

You know I never look at polls--and after all, there are far more sophisticated tea-leaf readers here at RedState than I--but if I did look at polls, I would check in with RCP and I would be interested in two that appeared this morning regarding two races that conventional wisdom views as almost certain upsets: a Quinnipiac poll that puts Net Lamont's lead over Joe Lieberman at 6 points and a Morning Call poll that puts Bob Casey's lead at 6 points over Rick Santorum.

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Posted at 8:52am on Aug. 7, 2006 Democrats Ready To Impeach Bush

Another Reason We Can't Let Them Take Back Congress

By Erick

Byron York has a great piece over at NRO about Democrat plans should they take back Congress. Let's be clear, there are only two plans -- impeaching the President and surrendering to the terrorists.

While it’s absent in the body of the report, the I-word does appear a few times in Conyers’s 1,401 footnotes, which include citations of authorities ranging from the left-wing conspiracy website rawstory.com to the left-wing antiwar sites democracyrising.us and afterdowningstreet.org to the left-wing British newspaper the Guardian to the left-wing magazines The Nation and Mother Jones to the left-wing blogosphere favorite Murray Waas to the New York Times columnists Paul Krugman, Maureen Dowd, Bob Herbert, and Frank Rich to former Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal to the New Yorker’s Seymour Hersh. (Sources for “The Constitution in Crisis” even include one story co-written by the disgraced Internet writer Jason Leopold.) Relying on such material, Conyers has created what might be called the definitive left-wing blogger’s history of the Bush administration.

The Democrats are hoping to turn 2007 into their version of the Republicans' 1998. We need to stop them. Surrender to the terrorists is not an option, but the Democrats don't see it that way.

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Posted at 8:25am on Aug. 7, 2006 Bob Ney Drops Out

Scandal Plagued Congressman Was Set For Defeat

By Erick


In a year where the Republicans may just lose their majority, one of the weakest links was Congressman Bob Ney (OH-18). This morning, however, Congressman Ney has decided to drop out of the race.

“After much consideration and thought I have decided today to no longer seek re-election in Ohio’s 18th Congressional District. I am extremely proud of my 25 years serving the people of Ohio. We’ve accomplished many things to make this state better and I will always be grateful for the trust my constituents put in me. Ultimately this decision came down to my family. I must think of them first, and I can no longer put them through this ordeal.”

It is unclear, at the moment, what the Ohio GOP can do to get a new guy in the race. The primary is already over in Ohio and the race is on. This should have happened sooner, but better now than later.

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Posted at 12:01am on Aug. 7, 2006 Bob Corker: Tennessee's Choice

Tennessee Republicans Select Their Nominee

By Erick

ImageSaturday morning I had a conference call with Senator Bill Frist and Bob Corker, the Republican nominee to succeed Frist to the United States Senate in Tennessee. Senator Frist, working well with bloggers through VolPac, set up the call.

Bob Corker will be facing Harold Ford, Jr., who is currently representing the Memphis area. For years, the media and Democrats have been trumpeting Harold Ford, Jr. as the black Bill Clinton, except that Bill Clinton was apparently the first black Bill Clinton. Ford's money for his race is mostly coming from out of state -- the east and left coast. Corker, on the other hand, has seen 90% of his money come from inside Tennessee. Ford is focusing on urban areas in the state, while Corker has good support in both suburban and rural areas. While Corker's two Republican opponents held him just under 50% in the Republican primary, Corker still could claim solid victories across the state, winning most of the state's counties.

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Posted at 9:20am on Aug. 6, 2006 Reuters Lies -- Israelis Die

By Erick

Reuters put out a doctored photo over the weekend that used photo editing software to magnify the carnage Israelis had supposedly inflicted in Lebanon. Above is their retraction.

How many people saw this picture and were driven to rage about a "disproportionate response"? And does this not just amplify what many of us think; namely, that Reuters is taking sides in this fight -- or at least its reporters are.

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Posted at 1:00pm on Jun. 21, 2006 Human rights groups silent on death of Americans

By Jeff Emanuel

Two American soldiers, missing since an insurgent ambush at the checkpoint they were manning last Friday, were found dead Monday night on a street just south of Baghdad. An Iraqi General confirmed to the Associated Press that the soldiers’ bodies showed “signs of torture,” and that the men appeared to have been killed in a particularly “barbaric” way. This assertion appears to be backed up both by the fact that DNA tests were required to positively identify the remains, and by the claim of responsibility made by the self-titled new leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, who posted on an Islamist website that he “carried out the verdict of the Islamic court" for the death of terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi by “slaughtering” (a word most often employed when referring to beheadings) the two soldiers.

Privates First Class Kristian Menchaca and Thomas Tucker were members of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)’s “Strike” Brigade, based at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Both Menchaca and Tucker volunteered to be members of the US Army. Both volunteered to be infantrymen. Both knew, as do all members of the US Armed Forces, that they could end up in harm’s way as a result of their volunteering—doubly so since both initially enlisted well after the Iraq War (and postwar process) had begun. In a written statement, Tucker’s family said that their son had joined the military in part out of a desire to "do something positive.” They also released to the press the text of a message he left on their answering machine less than a week before his capture, in which he reaffirmed his commitment to, and belief in, his mission. "I'm defending my country," he said, and he asked his mother to be proud of him.

Interestingly silent on this and other atrocities carried out by the insurgents in Iraq are the “human rights” groups who seem to spend every day accusing the United States of torture, war crimes, and various human rights violations. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called the Iraq war “illegal,” and John Pace, former UN chief of Human Rights for Iraq, has said that human rights conditions are “as bad now as they were under Saddam,” but was it America that filled mass graves with hundreds of thousands of murdered Iraqi civilians? Last month, Human Rights Watch again accused the US of “brutalizing Muslim suspects in the name of the war on terror,” but how many times have Americans strapped bombs to their own chests and purposely detonated themselves in a large crowd of civilians? Amnesty International’s website highlights America’s use of “torture or other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment” against terrorist captives, but how many prisoners—Muslim or otherwise—have Americans brutally beheaded?

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