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Wednesday

News & Views, 9/2/04


NOT CALLING A SPADE A SPADE

“If you've been paying attention to the news this morning, you'll know that about 400 people, including 200 children, are being held hostage in Russia. If you listen to most newscasts you'll hear that they're being held hostage by ‘rebels.’ Some newscasters may even go so far as to identify them as ‘Chechnyan rebels’ or ‘insurgents.’ It's what you don't hear that's interesting.

“The ‘rebels’ are Muslims. They're Islamic terrorists. They've been on the attack in Russia for the past few weeks. Bombs in Moscow. Exploding airliners. It is just another front on the Islamic radical's war against everything not Islamic. Why is the media so petrified of identifying these terrorists as Muslims? Is there some new unwritten rule out there which says that you cannot identify terrorists as Islamic?”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz, 9/1/04

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ASK FOR

A couple of observations before getting into this special GOP Convention issue of News & Views:

1.) For months, Kerry has been taunting Bush and the Republicans to “bring it on.” Well, they HAVE...in the immortal words of Dick Cheney...big time.

2.) The likelihood of a November landslide victory by President Bush is becoming a safer and safer bet every day. I actually heard some talking head on some cable channel suggest a 58-42% crushing of the Two Johns. That doesn’t sound so crazy after all these days.

OK, on with the fun...

TAKING OFF THE MITT

“Senator Kerry now tells us he has a clear position on the war on terror. He voted NO on Desert Storm in 1991 and YES on Desert Shield today. Then he voted NO on troop funding, just after he had voted YES. He's campaigned against the war all year, but says he'd vote YES today. I don't want Presidential leadership that comes in 57 varieties! I want a strong President who stands his ground.”

- Masachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at the GOP convention Wednesday night

WORDS NOT TO BE HEARD

“(John Kerry) also recently said that he doesn't want to use the word 'war' to describe our efforts to fight terrorism. Well, I don't want to use the words 'commander in chief' to describe John Kerry."

- Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, GOP convention speech, 8/31/04

ZELL - TAKE ONE

“Now, while young Americans are dying in the sands of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan, our nation is being torn apart and made weaker because of the Democrat's manic obsession to bring down our Commander in Chief.”

- Sen. Zell Miller, Georgia Democrat, in his keynote address at the GOP convention Wednesday night

ZELL - TAKE TWO

“Motivated more by partisan politics than by national security, today's Democratic leaders see America as an occupier, not a liberator. And nothing makes this Marine madder than someone calling American troops occupiers rather than liberators.“Tell that to the one-half of Europe that was freed because Franklin Roosevelt led an army of liberators, not occupiers. Tell that to the lower half of the Korean Peninsula that is free because Dwight Eisenhower commanded an army of liberators, not occupiers. Tell that to the half a billion men, women and children who are free today from the Baltics to the Crimea, from Poland to Siberia, because Ronald Reagan rebuilt a military of liberators, not occupiers.“Never in the history of the world has any soldier sacrificed more for the freedom and liberty of total strangers than the American soldier.”

- Sen. Zell Miller, Georgia Democrat, in his keynote address at the GOP convention Wednesday night

ZELL - TAKE THREE

“It is not their (Democrat leaders’) patriotism -- it is their judgment that has been so sorely lacking. They claimed Carter's pacifism would lead to peace. They were wrong. They claimed Reagan's defense buildup would lead to war. They were wrong.“And, no pair has been more wrong, more loudly, more often than the two Senators from Massachusetts, Ted Kennedy and John Kerry. Together, Kennedy/Kerry have opposed the very weapons system that won the Cold War and that is now winning the War on Terror.”

- Sen. Zell Miller, Georgia Democrat, in his keynote address at the GOP convention Wednesday night

ZELL - TAKE FOUR

“I could go on and on and on (about defense systems John Kerry has opposed): against the Patriot Missile that shot down Saddam Hussein's scud missiles over Israel; against the Aegis air-defense cruiser; against the Strategic Defense Initiative; against the Trident missile; against, against, against. This is the man who wants to be the Commander in Chief of our U.S. Armed Forces? U.S. forces armed with what? Spitballs?”

- Sen. Zell Miller, Georgia Democrat, in his keynote address at the GOP convention Wednesday night

ZELL - TAKE FIVE

“Kerry would let Paris decide when America needs defending. I want Bush to decide. John Kerry, who says he doesn't like outsourcing, wants to outsource our national security. That's the most dangerous outsourcing of all. This politician wants to be leader of the free world. Free for how long?“For more than 20 years, on every one of the great issues of freedom and security, John Kerry has been more wrong, more weak and more wobbly than any other national figure. As a war protester, Kerry blamed our military. As a Senator, he voted to weaken our military. And nothing shows that more sadly and more clearly than his vote this year to deny protective armor for our troops in harms way, far away.”

- Sen. Zell Miller, Georgia Democrat, in his keynote address at the GOP convention Wednesday night

ZELL - TAKE SIX

“George Bush wants to grab terrorists by the throat and not let them go to get a better grip. From John Kerry, they get a ‘yes-no-maybe’ bowl of mush that can only encourage our enemies and confuse our friends.”

- Sen. Zell Miller, Georgia Democrat, in his keynote address at the GOP convention Wednesday night

GIVE ‘EM HELL, ZELL!

If you thought Zell Miller ripped off a barn-burner in his keynote address Wednesday night - and boy, did he ever! - you didn’t see nuthin’ compared to his fiery MSNBC interview with Chris Matthews afterward.

Man, it was a sight to see, including what was probably the first political challenge to a duel since the days of Andrew Jackson...and I’m not sure Zell was only half-kidding. Do yourself a favor and tune into MSNBC to watch the replay if you get a chance. It is definitely “must see TV.”

CHENEY - TAKE ONE

“I'm sure glad Zell Miller's on our side.”

- Vice President Dick Cheney in his acceptance speech at the GOP convention Wednesday night

CHENEY - TAKE TWO

“I am also mindful now that I have an opponent of my own. People tell me that Senator Edwards got picked for his good looks, his sex appeal and his great hair. I say to them: How do you think I got the job?”

- - Vice President Dick Cheney in his acceptance speech at the GOP convention Wednesday night

CHENEY - TAKE THREE

“Even in this post-9/11 period, Senator Kerry doesn't appear to understand how the world has changed. He talks about leading a ‘more sensitive war on terror,’ as though Al Qaida will be impressed with our softer side.”

- Vice President Dick Cheney in his acceptance speech at the GOP convention Wednesday night

CHENEY - TAKE FOUR

“On Iraq, Senator Kerry has disagreed with many of his fellow Democrats. But Senator Kerry's liveliest disagreement is with himself. His back-and-forth reflects a habit of indecision and sends a message of confusion. And it's all part of a pattern. He has, in the last several years, been for the No Child Left Behind Act and against it. He has spoken in favor of the North American Free Trade Agreement and against it. He is for the Patriot Act and against it. Senator Kerry says he sees two Americas. It makes the whole thing mutual. America sees two John Kerrys.”

- Vice President Dick Cheney in his acceptance speech at the GOP convention Wednesday night

ARNOLD - TAKE ONE

“Speaking of acting, one of my movies was called ‘True Lies.’ It's what the Democrats should have called their convention.”

- Arnold Schwarzeneggar in his GOP convention speech, 8/31/04

ARNOLD - TAKE TWO

“I finally arrived here in 1968. I had empty pockets, but I was full of dreams. The presidential campaign was in full swing. I remember watching the Nixon and Humphrey presidential race on TV. A friend ... translated for me. I heard Humphrey saying things that sounded like socialism — which is what I had just left.

“But then I heard Nixon speak. He was talking about free enterprise, getting government off your back, lowering taxes, and strengthening the military. Listening to Nixon speak sounded more like a breath of fresh air. I said to my friend, ‘What party is he?’ My friend said, ‘He's a Republican.’ I said, ‘Then I am a Republican.’ And I've been a Republican ever since.”

- Arnold Schwarzeneggar in his GOP convention speech, 8/31/04

ARNOLD - TAKE THREE

“If you believe that government should be accountable to the people, not the people to the government, then you are a Republican. If you believe a person should be treated as an individual, not as a member of an interest group, then you are a Republican. If you believe your family knows how to spend your money better than the government does, then you are a Republican. . . . If you believe this country, not the United Nations, is the best hope of democracy, then you are a Republican. And, ladies and gentlemen, if you believe we must be fierce and relentless and terminate terrorism, then you are a Republican.”

- Arnold Schwarzeneggar in his GOP convention speech, 8/31/04

HOW TO SPOT A GIRLIE-MAN

“I don't pretend to know all the ins and outs of this phrase, but it seems safe to say that one sure sign you are a girlie man is that when you're called one, you whine humourlessly about it."

- Columnist Mark Steyn

FREE MARKET AT WORK

“I want to make it very clear: USA Today has the right to publish any authors they want. And we have the right, as consumers, to buy or not to buy."

- Rep. John Shadegg, Arizona Republican, urging his state delegates to cancel their subscriptions to USA Today in response to the paper hiring Bush-hater Michael Moore to cover the GOP convention in New York

SWIFTLY DECLINING IN THE POLLS

“(Recent polling results showing a surge in support for President Bush) are STARTLING numbers. They suggest the charges of the Swift Boat veterans and Mr. Kerry's weak response in his first major trial by fire have rescrambled the election deck chairs and may have completely blown the lid off the race.

- Columnist Lawrence Kudlow

WHEELS COMING OFF THE CART

“Sen. John Kerry is angry at the way his campaign has botched the attacks from the Swift boat veterans and has ordered a staff shakeup that will put former Clinton aides in top positions. ‘The candidate is furious,’ a longtime senior Kerry adviser told the Daily News. ‘He knows the campaign was wrong. He wanted to go after the Swift boat attacks, but his top aides said no.’ "

- The New York Daily News, 9/1/04

A REAL LEMON OF A CANDIDATE

“…(T)he Republicans are hitting Kerry where he is weakest, which is almost everywhere. He is the most nothing candidate since the Republicans gave us Wendell Willkie back in l940. His only strength lies in the widespread hatred among Democrats for President Bush. The question now is, will the Bushies stay on the attack when the Democrats and the mainline news media, who are one and the same, begin charging foul?”

- Lyn Nofziger, “Musings,” 9/1/04

THIS AIN’T REAGAN’S GOP

“The (Tuesday night GOP convention) began with a series of speeches trumpeting vast increases in federal spending: on education, healthcare, AIDS, medical research, and on and on. No, these were not Democrats. They were Bush Republicans, extolling the capacity of government to help people, to cure the sick, educate the young, save Africans from HIV, subsidize religious charities, prevent or cure breast cancer, and any other number of worthy causes. The speakers were designed to target certain demographic and interest groups, just as the Democrats used to. The notion that these things are best left to the private sector, or that spending needs to be slashed in the wake of rising debt, or that the race of a speaker is irrelevant: all these are now Republican heterodoxy.”

- Blogger Andrew Sullivan

IS REAGANISM DEAD?

“Although the memory of (Ronald Reagan) is not receding for most members of his party, his principle of limited government that once animated the GOP appears to be fading. . . . As Republicans here (at the GOP convention) recall, George W. Bush once frequently cited Mr. Reagan's maxim that government is the problem, not the solution. But not lately.

“...In a cover story for (the New York Times’) Sunday magazine that greeted thousands of Republican delegates assembling here, (columnist David) Brooks wrote that just as socialism will no longer be the guiding goal for the left, reducing the size of government will no longer be the dominant philosophy for conservatives and the GOP. Those are fighting words for traditional Republicans and conservatives. ‘Over my dead body’ was the way (veteran conservative activist Richard) Viguerie responded yesterday to the New York Times arguments of Mr. Brooks…

“From intraparty divisions over the war in Iraq to the ‘new way’ Republican endorsement of big government, traditionalists are incensed and ready to fight.”

- Ralph Hallow, Washington Times, 9/1/04

REALITY CAMPAIGNS

“Regarding your survey question about including third party candidates in the presidential debates: In this era of reality TV, why not have a debate between the third party candidates-- with the winner decided by public voting (with the usual website, phone-number, text-message options). The winner would then be in the first or second debate with the two major party candidates!”

- News & Views reader D. Eric Schansberg

SURVEY SAYS!

Should at least one of the presidential debates this year include Ralph Nader (Independent), Michael Badnarik (Libertarian) and Michael Peroutka (Constitution Party) as well as Bush (R) & Kerry (D)?

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Cast your vote by clicking the “Survey Says!” tab at www.citizenoutreach.com

KEEP FREE SPEECH

“Stopping the so-called 527 groups would be a big mistake. As long as financing is disclosed immediately on the Internet, why shouldn't Americans have the right to say and fund anything they want?”

- Columnist Lawrence Kudlow

ALAN KEYES IS MAKING A MESS

“Whatever remote chance Alan Keyes had of defeating Barack Obama in the race for Senate in Illinois has now evaporated. I'm not sure where he's getting his political advice, or if he's even listening to anyone, but he's said something really stupid again. . . . The latest? He has called Vice President Dick Cheney's daughter Mary Cheney a ‘selfish hedonist’ because she is a lesbian (http://www.illinoisleader.com/news/newsview.asp?c=19149).

“That's nice. Mr. Keyes apparently is aiming for 15-20% of the vote in this race. Contributing to the Alan Keyes for Senate campaign just might be the biggest waste of money since the pet rock --- or Bill Clinton's legal defense fund.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz

IT’S THE UNIONS, STUPID

“As I sit at my desk in a non-union American factory rebuilding starters and alternators, it's obvious why Delco moved their remanufacturing facility overseas. There's no UAW in China. Thank the unions for those job losses.”

- News & Views reader Jim Cox

OLDIE BUT A GOODIE...WITH AN UPDATED CAST

On a tour of Texas, the Pope took a couple of days off to visit the coastal area for some sightseeing. He was cruising along the sea wall on Galveston Isle in his Pope-mobile when suddenly he notices a frantic commotion just off shore.

There was John Kerry struggling frantically to free himself from the jaws of a 25-foot shark. As the Pope watched, horrified, a speedboat came racing up with two men aboard. One of the men, President George W. Bush quickly fired a harpoon into the shark's side while Dick Cheney reached out and pulled the bleeding, semi-conscious John Kerry from the water. Then using (autographed Round Rock Express) baseball bats, the two heroes beat the shark to death and hauled it into the boat.

Immediately the Pope shouted and summoned them to the beach. "I give you my blessings for your brave actions," he told them. "I heard that there was some bitter hatred between President Bush and John Kerry, but now I have seen with my own eyes that this is not true."

As the Pope drove off, President Bush asked Dick "Who was that?"

"It was the Pope," Dick replied. "He is in direct contact with God and has all of God's wisdom."

"Well," President Bush said, "he may have access to God's wisdom, but he doesn't know squat about shark fishing. How's the bait holding up?"

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