Blackfive points out this post at 2Slick's site. It is an account of the Battle of Fallujah from an army officer with Task Force 2/7 Cavalry. Read it and be sure to bookmark Blackfive and 2Slick. While you are at it, be sure to bookmark The Adventures of Chester and the Belmont Club, where you will get information on the War in Iraq that you will not see in the world media. These guys give blogger's a good name!
Senator Kerry has done the right thing and called President Bush to concede. He will make his Concession Speech this afternoon. Good call on his part as no one wanted to go through the crap we did last time. Let's face it, if he had any chance to win, he would hang in there but 136,221 votes are too much to pull from any type of recount or count of Provisional Ballots, absentees, etc.
Here are some interesting facts about President Bush's re-election:
Became the first President to be re-elected while gaining seats in the House and Senate since 1936 and the first Republican President since 1924 to be re-elected while re-electing Republican House and Senate majorities.
Became the first President to win a majority of the popular vote since 1988
Received 57.4 million votes - more than any other candidate in history. He broke President Reagan's 1984 mark of 54.5 million. (96% reporting)
Increased the popular vote by seven million votes since 2000 - more than twice Clinton's increase from 1992 to 1996.
Improved his percentage in every state except four (MD, OR, VT and WY). This includes a four percent increase in John Kerry's home state, Massachusetts.
I was sure of it last night when Fox News called Ohio for President Bush but was concerned about the Kerry campaign dragging this on forever. However, Bush won Ohio by 136,221 votes, a huge number. This is not Florida with a mere few hundred difference. The President also had a 3,518,453 advantage in the popular vote, another huge number. Final percentages, 51-48.
Congratulations to President George W. Bush on winning FOUR MORE YEARS!
Several people are out on the ledge again as early exit polls seem to show Kerry leading in Florida and Ohio. Relax and try to remember the strong absentee and early vote Bush is likely to have already in the bag. I would also remind you that Republicans are at work right now unlike a lot of union types that have the day off. So, we will have strong early morning numbers and strong after work numbers while the during the day numbers will be softer.
We are likely also seeing early retunrs from the urban centers which will favor Kerry.
So relax and if you have not done so already, get out and vote for George W. Bush!