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News & Views, 9/27/04

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“Congress doesn't need to write a new Contract with America. Congress needs to implement the one James Madison already made with America.”

- DC Confidential reader Quentin Langley


Do you agree with Teresa Heinz Kerry that Osama bin Laden will be captured before Election Day?

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“Oh, I tell you, things are getting bad over there [in Iraq]. On Wednesday, for example, three severed heads were found by the side of the road outside of Baghdad. Hey, memo to the Iraqi people: severed-head pickup is Tuesday. Look, if you want to sleep late, roll them out on Monday night."

- “Comedian” Bill Maher, HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” 9/17/04


“Neither Monsieur Kerry nor his men (and women) appear to get it. Americans have never warmed to messages of despair. The Sioux, the Cheyenne and the Crow would still be hunting buffalo, undisturbed on the high plains, if the early European settlers had not been drawn to the new world by optimism, hope and cheerful confidence in their ability to accomplish the difficult, the arduous and the impossible. John Kerry would have been waiting at Plymouth Rock to warn them to go home, that the Indians would eat them if the wild beasts didn't. Fortunately for all of us, on the day the Mayflower sailed into Plymouth, he was wind-surfing off the coast at Cannes.”

- Columnist Wes Pruden


“Consistently altering one's course with the breeze might come in handy for Popeye, Captain Crunch or a well-mannered dog with terminal flatulence, however it's not a pattern of behavior leading to great respect either at home or abroad. As with all who spend inordinate amounts of time on the water, something about Kerry's weaving, wavering, ducking and dodging smells a bit fishy.”

- Columnist Ron Marr


“Plans, plans, plans. John Kerry has more plans than a Gypsy pavement contractor with multiple personality disorder.”

- Columnist Ron Marr


Poor John Kerry:He throws away someone else's medals.He drives someone else's SUV.He marries someone else's wife.And he inherits someone else's money.I think we should all vote for him to go be president of someone else's country.

- Forwarded by a News & Views reader


“Teresa Heinz Kerry’s (Democrat convention) speech, which all but ignored her husband, did more to emasculate him than the opposition ever could. By publicly shining the light on herself rather than her husband, she opened a symbolic breach in Kerry’s archetypal armor. Listen to what the Republicans are hitting Kerry with: Indecisive. Effete. French. They are all but calling this tall, accomplished war hero gay.

“The charges are sticking because of Teresa Heinz Kerry. Let’s start with ‘Heinz.’ By retaining her dead husband’s name—there is no genteel way to put this—she is publicly, subliminally cuckolding Kerry with the power of another man—a dead Republican man, at that. Add to that the fact that her first husband was (as she is herself now) vastly more wealthy than her second husband.”

- Columnist Naomi Wolf


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“Beyond requiring applicants to sign a pledge on voter-registration forms affirming that they are U.S. citizens, there is no way to prevent the nation’s estimated 8 million to 12 million illegal aliens from casting ballots in November, area elections officials say.”

- Washington Times, 9/24/04


“Presently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has its hands full regulating the pharmaceutical industry and wrestling with the implications of imported drugs. The last thing the FDA or the American taxpayer needs is to create a vast new FDA bureaucracy to regulate the tobacco industry.

“Yet, the U.S. Senate recently passed a bill that would endow the FDA with almost complete control over the farming, manufacturing, wholesaling and retailing of tobacco. Regardless of your position on tobacco buyout provisions included in the House or Senate passed international tax bills, the Senate's provisions on expanding FDA's authority would give the FDA a level of arbitrary and unchallenged authority over the tobacco industry that is chilling to those of us who favor limited government and minimal regulation.”

- Allison Shulman of the National Association of Convenience Stores, Times-Republican (Iowa), 9/23/04


“Many in the health community now acknowledge that adult smokers can reduce health risks for themselves and those around them by switching to noncombustible tobacco products. This public health measure is called ‘tobacco harm reduction,’ but the pending FDA tobacco legislation would suppress the distribution of this information to addicted smokers.”

- Letter to Congress over the weekend from Smokefree Pennsylvania over the issue of granting the FDA new authority to regulate tobacco


“Twenty years ago my brother-in-law got a job as an electrician at the bulk mail center locally. He would brag about just how little he would do in a day. His morning was spent with a newspaper and cup of coffee. After years of working for my self-employed husband, one of his cousins got a job at the same mail center. When asked about his new job, the cousin said that he didn't know how to act. Everyone told him he was working too fast and completing jobs too quickly, making everyone else look bad. It didn't take him long to figure it out.“

- News & Views reader Kathy D.


PBS is airing a primetime special this week which looks at the role of third parties in our presidential campaigns. “Crashing the Parties” airs Wednesday, September 29 at 10 p.m. ET (check local listings). The special give a behind-the-scenes look at the third party candidates and their conventions, featuring Ralph Nader (Independent), Michael Badnarik (Libertarian), Michael Peroutka (Constitution) and David Cobb (Green). You can find out exactly where and when the program is airing in your neck of the woods by going to:


“If the Internet has done anything to U.S. elections, it has allowed political activists of every stripe to explore increasingly creative ways to affect their outcome. One of the more creative is a project being run out of the, a Web site that defines its mission as ‘uniting progressive through strategic voting.’

“ wants what it calls ‘swing state progressives whose first instinct might have been to vote for Nader or Cobb’ to pair up with Democrats in states where either Bush or Kerry has a decisive lead and, in essence, swap their votes. ‘As a result, the paired voters' support for progressive third parties is recorded in the popular vote’ -- where it doesn't matter in terms of the ultimate outcome -- ‘and their preference for Kerry over Bush finds voice in the Electoral College.’

“Why, the site asks, would a so-called progressive voter want to do this? ‘They don't want Bush in the office just as much as a Kerry voter. All they want is Federal Funding, but they must get at least 5 percent of the vote in order to accomplish this,’ something their project can help them achieve.”

- Peter Roff, UPI’s “That’s Politics,” 9/26/04 [Gee, I wonder why the Libertarians haven’t thought of this?]


...Here’s what you’ve missed yesterday:

* A blast from the past: Guess who’s playing President Bush in John Kerry’s debate prep?
* The story CBS nixed for the fake document story gets shelved permanently...and you won’t believe the reason why
* Guess who you just gave another big, fat raise to?
* What “Big Tobacco” has in common with Social Security
* Why the conventional wisdom that Republicans have a problem with black voters is...dead wrong
* Meet the new leader of the conservative caucus in the House (you did know we had one, didn’t you?)
* Dissing home-schoolers again...big time
* The director of that taxpayer-funded golf program gets a civics lesson...courtesy of Davy Crockett
* And much, much more...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck, at the end of your item on "Vote Swapping" you said parenthetically, "Gee, I wonder why the Libertarians haven't thought of this?" Well, at least THIS Libertarian implemented a superior system for the 2000 election -- one that doesn't depend on participants casting insincere votes for "the cause." It's about vote _liberation_, not vote swapping.

Visit There you'll see a way voters who have felt trapped in a two-party system, voting year after year for "the lesser evil," can pair up and agree to stop canceling out one another's votes and use those liberated votes the way they always dreamed they could: voting FOR candidates they believe in.

Though I'm a Libertarian, I have made a non-partisan effort. The most urgent objective is to empower voters to express their true preferences without worrying that in doing so they will contribute to the least desirable outcome in the current election. Now they can free their hostage vote from the two-party horserace, knowing that their buddy's vote, taken from the other side, will restore the balance of power. The only way this strategy can affect the outcome of a given election is if enough liberated votes actually elect an independent or third party candidate; there's no "spoiler" effect at all. Meanwhile, third parties can begin to enjoy the overt support of more voters, allowing them to grow over the long term -- something that the worry over "wasted votes" has long prevented.

Kent Van Cleave

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