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News & Views, 9/16/04


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MEA CULPA, MEA CULPA

As a number of readers very quickly pointed out following Monday’s News & Views, Rep. Tom Osborne is a Cornhusker, not a Sooner. And if I make another mistake as grievous that boner, I’ll be a Goner!

BABY, YOU CAN DRIVE MY CAR

“Meanwhile, the Associated Press reports that Massachusetts' Sen. Ted Kennedy ‘is launching a seven-week election drive’ on Kerry's behalf. As if Kerry needs help running his campaign off a bridge.”

- James Taranto, Best of the Web, 9/15/04

COME OUT, COME OUT, WHEREVER YOU ARE

“Republicans may be the only actors still in a closet in Hollywood…”

- John Fund, Political Diary, 9/14/04

JORDAN TO PRIVATIZE POST OFFICE

“The Jordanian Ministry of Information and Communications Technology has announced that privatization of the post company will commence beginning of next year. . . . 'The privatization programme has already seen successful moves of this kind in the telecommunications sector in Jordan, which shows the very rapid pace of transformation that can be achieved through privatization,' said Al Saeed.”

- AME Info.com, 9/16/04 ( Jordan? What’s it say when even a country such as JORDAN sees the value of privatizing the post office, but here in the U.S. we can’t even get a little competition against the government monopoly, let alone privatize it altogether? )

CHA-CHING!

“The U.S. Senate has added $2.9 billion in emergency drought, frost and flood aid for farmers to a $32 billion 2005 homeland security spending bill. Approved by the Senate Tuesday, the aid was included at the behest of farm-state lawmakers eager to jump on the emergency-aid bandwagon started by the Senate's approval of $2 billion in aide for victims of hurricane damage in Florida last week.”

- Peter Roff, UPI’s Political Briefs, 9/15/04

SELLING YOUR VOTE

“James Pengov of Elyria, Ohio, has been stopped by authorities from selling his vote to the highest bidder on eBay. Pengov, who says he did it to pay medical bills, apparently had no idea that it was illegal...to impersonate a congressman.”

- Bruce Tinsley’s “Mallard Fillmore” comic, 9/15/04

RATHER’S BLATHER

“How long before they start including a laugh track in the ‘CBS Evening News’? Each night anchor Dan Rather appears to offer an increasingly hilarious defense of his reliance on fraudulent documents for last week's abortive hit piece against President Bush.”

- James Taranto, Best of the Web, 9/14/04

CBS: R.I.P.

“CBS News and top anchor Dan Rather are digging in their heels - and just may be digging their own journalistic graves.”

- New York Post editorial, 9/14/04

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BENEVOLENT DICTATORSHIPS

“I know it sounds trite...but freedom isn't free. Americans have paid the price many times over. Now Iraqis are. There are, however, many people who don't want freedom. They just want a dictator they can live with.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz

HUH? IS THIS “NUANCE”...OR BABBLING INCOHERENCE?

“They (the Bush administration) haven't even engaged in a legitimate effort to try to really transform the ability of Israel to find a legitimate entity to negotiate with."

- John Kerry in a Time magazine interview

CRIMINAL LIBERAL LUNACY

“Sign up as a volunteer. Pledge to contribute to a non-profit organization. Drop off some groceries at a food bank. Give blood. Clean up a park. Help a neighbor. Help a stranger."

- Washington state Gov. Gary Locke (D) giving bone-headed advice on how to fight terrorism. By the way, I wonder who Locke is endorsing in this year’s presidential race?

WHAT’S KERRY HIDING?

“A Freedom of Information Act request by the Post for Kerry's (military) records produced six pages of information. A spokesman for the Navy Personnel Command, Mike McClellan, said he was not authorized to release the full file, which consists of at least 100 pages."

- Washington Post

INQUIRING MINDS WANNA KNOW

“Now, everyone knows that information circulated on the Internet may or may not be reliable, but there is a piece running around on it that alleges facts that bear further investigation. Among other things it says that Kerry’s military records do not show his honorable discharge from the service until March 12, 2001. Also it claims Kerry’s Silver Star was awarded in 1969 but the citation for it was signed by John Lehman, Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of the Navy from 1981 to 1987. These and other charges really do need to be looked into.”

- Lyn Nofziger, 9/14/04

ANOTHER RIGHT-WING CONSPIRACY

“Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry called the best-selling book Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry ‘a pack of lies’ in an interview with syndicated radio and MSNBC TV host Don Imus Wednesday morning. . . . Kerry said the only reason the book has been on the New York Times best seller list for the last several weeks is because ‘right wing people’ are buying the books in bulk. (Jerome) Corsi, the book's co-author, questioned how Kerry can criticize a book he admits he has not read.”

- NewsMax.com, 9/15/04

STOP!...OR I’LL SAY STOP AGAIN

“Presidential candidate John Kerry promised over the weekend that he would ‘take on the terrorists’ who attacked the U.S. on 9/11 by forcing them to obey America's gun control laws. . . . The top Democrat did not explain why the Assault Weapons Ban failed to protect America against the 9/11 attacks, which were executed by al-Qaida operatives armed with small knives. Nor did Kerry say how many terrorists had been arrested and charged with violations under the Assault Weapons Ban.”

- NewsMax.com, 9/13/04

SECOND AMENDMENT LESSON

“There are fools like Bill Clinton and John Kerry who try to con the people into believing that the second amendment is little more than a hunting license. It isn’t. It is what federal judge Alex Kocynski calls a ‘doomsday’ provision. Meaning, when government moves to take away those freedoms guaranteed by the constitution the people will have the means to resist.

“...But why do we need assault weapons if we’re not soldiers or cops? Well, probably we don’t. But there a at least a couple of things to consider. First you take away the assault weapons. Next the rifles and shotguns. Next the pistols. Next the cap guns. Pretty soon there ain’t nothing left except, maybe, slingshots and spit wads. It’s called a slippery slope.

“Second, assault weapons in the hands of citizens are the great equalizers. When these are available to the people...the power-hungry people who run government will be just a little more reluctant to misuse their authority. Am I paranoid? Perhaps. But it is a truism that even paranoids have enemies. And it is also true that any government, no matter how benevolent, can and will misuse its power and authority if there are no restraints on it.”

- Lyn Nofziger’s “Musings,” 9/15/04

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KERRY’S JOBS SNOW JOB

“Our current unemployment rate — 5.4 percent — is one of the lowest in the world and one of the lowest in U.S. history. Why then the hysteria about jobs? Because this is an election year and Sen. John Kerry is desperate for some issue that will rescue his faltering campaign.”

- Columnist Thomas Sowell

HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE A LIBERAL SCORNED

“Last week, though, Ralph Nader made it clearer than ever that he's running against Mr. Kerry and the Democrats, not George Bush and the Republicans. At a press breakfast in Washington, St. Ralph declared he would spend the next seven weeks touring the swing states, ripping Dems for trying to keep him off the ballot and John Kerry for running as a me-too candidate incapable of expressing any coherent thought not programmed by his campaign consultants. ‘We're exposing all the pus and the bile. We're flushing the system out,’ Mr. Nader said.”

- Holman W. Jenkins Jr., Political Diary, 9/13/04

THE PRESIDENT’S CONSISTENCY

“To be fair, the president demands an end to all so-called 527 groups, not just those critical of him. Mr. Kerry, by contrast, has focused objections on Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, alleging the group illegally coordinates with the Bush campaign. . . . Under Mr. Bush's approach...527s simply would disappear - a welcome development for Republicans, who have not been nearly as successful as Democrats at collecting money that way. So let's give the president his due: He is a more consistent opponent of free speech.”

- Columnist Jacob Sullum

FEDERALIZE TO PROFESSIONALIZE, HUH?


“He's supposed to be protecting the public from terrorists. But investigators say a federal baggage screener was lining his pockets with jewelry. The screener was busted in a sting that recovered a stash of laptop computers, watches, and other merchandise -- all stolen authorities say, by Transportation Security Administration workers. . . . (Daniela) Sassoun is one of at least 17,000 passengers who've filed baggage theft complaints with the TSA since a new rule requiring checked bags be left unlocked. Her family's lost thousands of dollars in clothing.”

- CBSNews.com, 9/14/04

WHO’S KILLING THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY?

“Consider the Railway Labor Act, the law governing airline union negotiations. The immediate cause of US Air's ‘Chapter 22’ filing (that is, Chapter 11 twice) was the refusal of its unions to accept necessary cost reductions. Though high labor costs are the well-known core of airline struggles, there's little management can do short of entering Chapter 11 to reduce them. The 1926 Railway statute gives unions extraordinary power to wait out the bargaining process and threaten a strike that no airline can survive.

“...Meanwhile the airlines are still asked to collect high ticket taxes from passengers, and pay segment fees, security charges, facility charges, infrastructure fees and frequent flier taxes (for starters). Continental Airlines chief Gordon Bethune noted in testimony this summer that in a year when the industry will lose $3 billion, it will hand the federal government $14 billion in taxes. This is nuts.”

- Review & Outlook, Wall Street Journal, 9/15/04

A TALE OF TWO CHECKPOINTS

“The next time you pass through an airport and have to produce a photo ID to establish who you are and then must remove your shoes, take off your belt, empty your pockets, prove your laptop is not an explosive device and send your briefcase or purse through a machine to determine whether it holds weapons, think about this: In a single day, more than 4,000 illegal aliens will walk across the busiest unlawful gateway into the U.S., the 375-mile border between Arizona and Mexico. No searches for weapons. No shoe removal. No photo-ID checks. Before long, many will obtain phony identification papers, including bogus Social Security numbers, to conceal their true identities and mask their unlawful presence.”

- The John & Ken Show blog, 9/14/04

HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT

“Asa Hutchinson told the Washington Times ‘law-enforcement officials aren't even bothering to look for illegals’. Is this guy nuts? I have been a police officer for 21 years, the last 14 of which I have been a Sergeant. I have seen the police contact the immigration people on numerous occasions when they have found illegal aliens, only to be told ‘call us when you have a bus load’ or ‘tell them to call this number tomorrow’ or ‘give us an address where we can send them some papers.’ Mr. Hutchinson, if you want to find illegal aliens, there are thousands of local police departments that are willing to help you out. You just have to get your own people on board.”

- News & Views reader William Brunt of Middletown, NJ

ANTI-TERROR MEASURE STRUCK DOWN

“On another controversial issue, the House voted to remove language in the bill that would have barred American banks from accepting as identification a document the Mexican government issues to Mexicans in the United States, many of whom are illegal immigrants. The Treasury Department allows financial institutions to accept the ‘matricula consular’ cards as part of Patriot Act requirements that customers produce identification in opening bank accounts.

“The aim is to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, but Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, who attached the ban on the Mexican IDs during a subcommittee vote, contended that the IDs are easily forged. ‘This is a straight-up national security issue.’

“But the Bush administration opposed the Culberson language, and it was stricken from the bill by a bipartisan vote of 222-177.”

- Associated Press, 9/14/04

RARE LOSS FOR THE TOBACCO WACKOS

“St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly vetoed a citywide smoking ban in bars and restaurants for the second time on Monday, saying at a news conference in his office Monday morning, “What we have found is that there are many reasonable and different options about how fast and how far to go." The Tobacco Wackos say they’ll never give up their fight to deny private property owners the right to make such decisions for their own businesses. “St. Paul is eventually going to go smoke-free,” city council member Dave Thune pledged.

DC GUN BAN

“ ‘A majority of the U.S. House of Representatives is supporting legislation that would repeal virtually all of the District of Columbia gun restrictions, targeting one of the nation's most stringent handgun bans while the presidential candidates are battling over gun limits,’ The Washington Post reports. In ‘Taking the D.C. Gun Ban to Court,’ Robert A. Levy, senior fellow in constitutional studies, writes: ‘The D.C. government has done little or nothing to disarm violent criminals; yet it has done a really effective job of disarming decent, peaceable residents.’ “

- Cato Daily Dispatch, 9/14/04

DOES UNCLE SAM OWN YOUR KIDS?

“A presidential initiative called The ‘New Freedom Commission on Mental Health’ has issued a report recommending forced mental health screening for every child in America, including preschool children. The goal is to promote the patently false idea that we have a nation of children with undiagnosed mental disorders crying out for treatment.

“...The greater issue is not whether youth mental health screening is appropriate. The real issue is whether the state owns your kids. When the government orders ‘universal’ mental health screening in schools, it really means ‘mandatory.’ Parents, children, and their private doctors should decide whether a child has mental health problems, not government bureaucrats.

“That this even needs to be stated is a sign of just how obedient our society has become toward government. What kind of free people would turn their children’s most intimate health matters over to government strangers? How in the world have we allowed government to become so powerful and arrogant that it assumes it can force children to accept psychiatric treatment whether parents object or not?

“...Forced mental health screening is just the latest of many state usurpations of parental authority: compulsory education laws, politically-correct school curricula, mandatory vaccines, and interference with discipline through phony ‘social services’ agencies all represent assaults on families.”

- Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), Texas Straight Talk, 9/14/04

TABOR TALES: THE END

Nathan Tabor, an unsuccessful (thankfully) Republican candidate this year for North Carolina’s 5th congressional district, is still smarting from the website I put up about him (TaborTales.com) during the GOP primary race. He should have heeded the age-old wisdom to not pick a fight with someone “who buys ink by the barrel and bandwidth by the gigabyte.”

Anyway, the election is over and Nathan desperately wants me to take the website down. In fact, he threatened me (again) a couple weeks ago, and gave me a 5 p.m. deadline to do as he instructed. Apparently the boy hasn’t learned a darned thing from this experience. Naturally, I told him to pound dirt and suggested he get an adult to negotiate this matter on his behalf.

At least he took THAT bit of advice. The selected and mutually agreed upon intermediary extracted a statement from Nathan last Saturday in which he finally admits he was wrong to falsely accuse me of being a shill for the Vernon Robinson campaign. He also admits he was “foolish” to have picked such a dumb fight in the first place, although he’s still dumb enough to further taunt the tiger with, “I don’t believe the site hurt me in my campaign.”

Well, maybe it did and maybe it didn’t...but it sure didn’t HELP. And it was completely avoidable.

The bottom line, though, is that I resolved during my August sabbatical not to waste so much of my valuable time on idiots...so I’ve “disabled” the TaborTales.com website. However, with just a couple clicks of a mouse, I can put it back up in a heartbeat. So long as Nathan keeps his mouth shut and leaves me alone...I intend to leave him alone.

However, as Vito Corleone would say, if he breaks the peace I’ve offered here today, Katy bar the door.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck, I can understand the anti-self-defense crowd and the gun-grabbers ignoring - or distorting - history, but those of us familiar with the history and background of the Second Amendment are being almost criminally negligent when we ignore the facts:

The "Shot Heard 'Round The World" - the opening volley of the American Revolution - was fired at Concord Bridge on 19APRIL1775 (the 'real' "Patriots Day") by private citizens with the 'Assault Rifles' of the day - at least the equal of, and in many cases superior to, the firearms issued to the military.

The event was precipitated by the legitimate government dispatching troops to confiscate private arms, ammunition [i]and cannon[/i] legally owned by the citizens of Boston.

Additionally, the Militia Act of 1792 (http://www.constitution.org/mil/mil_act_1792.htm), as amended in 1795 - which has never been repealed or allowed to 'sunset' - requires the citizen militia to report when called with their own weapons and 'sufficient' ammunition.

Insofar as the Constitution, as amended, is theoretically the supreme law of the land, and any law or ordinance attempting to countermand it is by definition null and void, [i]every so-called 'law' that restricts, bans, or attempts to tax out of existence any firearm - or bars the ownership of same to any citizen[/i] - is de facto illegal. Further, any legislator, having sworn an oath to uphold that Constitution, who sponsors or votes for such legislation is, by definition, guilty of attempting to subvert and overthrow the Constitution, and should suffer the appropriate penalties.

------- J.D. "Duke" Schechter

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