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News & Views, 10/13/04


EXPOSING KERRY’S POST-WAR RECORD

Sinclair Broadcasting intends to air a documentary on its 62 television stations about John Kerry’s anti-war activities following his brief stint in Vietnam titled, “Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal.” The hour-long show is scheduled to air two weeks before the November 2 election. The documentary includes interviews with POWs and their wives who discuss Kerry’s 1971 congressional testimony in which Kerry accused his fellow soldiers of committing war crimes.

The show is expected to include a panel discussion of some kind...and the station has already invited Sen. Kerry to come on the air and address any aspects of the film. But the Democrat National Committee is instead planning to file an FEC complaint, claiming the documentary is an illegal in-kind donation to the Bush campaign.

As opposed to the purely objective Michael Moore documentary, “Fahrenheit 911,” right? Yeah, right. Or ABC’s “Nightline” show in which Ted Koppel spent the entire program just reading off the names of Americans killed in action in Iraq. Nah, that wasn’t an in-kind contribution to the Kerry campaign, was it? Or how about Dan Rather’s report on Bush’s National Guard service using faked documents? Just fair and balanced reporting, right?

DNC chief Terry McAuliffe said Sinclair was putting “their money where their right-wing mouths are.” Unlike all those rock music stars performing concerts to assist the Kerry campaign. THEY’RE just exercising their constitutional right to free speech, right?

Rather than trying to shut up discussion of a legitimate topic - John Kerry’s anti-war activities - the candidate should appear on the air and explain himself to the people he wants to lead for the next four years. I mean, really, what’s the guy afraid of? If he has nothing to hide or nothing to be embarrassed about, he should be happy to discuss his activities, right?

BRUSHFIRE ALERT: In fact, why not encourage the Kerry folks to encourage their candidate to do just that? How about taking a minute to ring up their national headquarters in Washington, DC, and urge Sen. Kerry to appear on the Sinclair Broadcasting panel instead of trying to stifle free speech. The number to call is (202) 712-3000. The odds are you won’t get to talk to a “live” person, but you can certainly leave a brief message on their answering machine.

OUTSOURCING NATIONAL SECURITY

“John Kerry derides George W. Bush for ‘outsourcing’ American jobs, but he wants to ‘outsource’ presidential responsibility for protecting the security of the nation, followed by ‘outsourcing’ control and command of American troops to the International Criminal Court in Switzerland. He insists that American interests would be ‘safeguarded.’ But when French and Chinese judges call American troops to the dock to answer accusations like those that John Kerry himself made against American soldiers he left behind in Vietnam four decades ago, whatever ‘safeguards’ there might be would first have to pass the ‘global test.’ "

- Wes Pruden, Pruden On Politics, 10/12/04

A JACKASS IS A JACKASS

“Kerry's strong talk about finding and killing terrorists is bunk. You can paint spots on a jackass in hopes that some will think it a leopard, but it is still a jackass.”

- News & Views reader Don Tumminia of Loveland, Colorado

MEANWHILE, BACK ON PLANET REALITY

“Can we get real here about the inspections process? If we are just now gaining confidence Iraq had no WMD stockpiles after being in control of and thoroughly searching that nation for over a year, how could we have ever relied on weapons inspectors with limited access to a foreign land controlled by a hostile dictator?”

- Columnist David Limbaugh

WE LOVE DICK

“I loved Mr. Cheney's (debate) performance because I think he is in tune with the times — grown-up, unflashy, deadly serious. Mr. Edwards, on the other hand, driveling on like a Depression-era sob-sister about the ‘bright light’ of America now ‘flickering’ is one of the funniest acts I've seen in years. I thought he was supposed to be a slick ambulance-chaser, like Richard Gere in Chicago, but apparently he prefers the Little Mary Sunshine role.”

- Columnist Mark Steyn

WHAT AMERICANS WANT

“Asked about his qualifications to be vice president and thus — in the event of John Kerry being felled by a grisly windsurfing tragedy — president and commander in chief, John Edwards talked about what ‘the American people want in their president and in their vice president." First, he said, ‘they want to know that their president and their vice president will keep them safe.’

“Oh, phooey. That would be a neat line if the American people had all got lead-poisoning and hired you to file the all-time class-action suit on their behalf. But no president can guarantee safeness in unsafe times. What he can do is demonstrate the necessary will to roll back the threat and exterminate it, and encourage the American people to maintain that resolve, too…”

- Columnist Mark Steyn

SAD, BUT TRUE

“We did have a completely different class of people in 1776. When this country was formed you couldn't find 10 people on the continent who thought that it was the responsibility of the federal government to provide them with a job or health care. Know this...transport today's average American back to 1776 and the Revolutionary War would never have happened.”

- Talk-show host Neal Boortz, 10/12/04

HARDLY A DIME’S WORTH OF DIFFERENCE

“Anyone who is a regular reader of these Musings knows that my big complaint about the Republican Party, of which I am a reluctant member, is that I think Republican office holders in general have become too much like Democrats.

“Like them, we are a party of big government, of too many rules, regulations and laws that intrude deeply and unnecessarily into our lives. We rely on government instead of on ourselves. We’ve come to believe that government has an obligation to look after us and take care of us, and lay down rules for living our personal lives. Like the Dems, we are big spenders; in fact, we are becoming even bigger spenders than they are.

“In truth there is hardly a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties and, in equal truth, a lot of people like it that way, especially as it pertains to the Congress. They have this nonsensical idea that if a majority in both parties agree on a law it automatically is a good law. I give you Prohibition as an example.”

- Lyn Nofziger, “Musings.com,” 10/11/04

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RADIO FOR ADULTS

“NBC has begun a five-second delay on NASCAR broadcasts because Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s bad words made it on the air, but satellite radio is selling it live and uncensored. It's one more selling point for an industry that got a boost last week when Howard Stern said he is taking his shock-jock show exclusively to the subscriber-based system of talk and music radio.”

- Palm Beach Post, 10/12/04

THIS RED SOX GAME BROUGHT TO YOU BY…

“I'm all for the Red Sox, but I don't want the post office spending money on their games. Like all morally right people in the world, I am willing the Red Sox to go all the way this year, from annihilating Anaheim to doing away with the A-Rod of Evil and his minions. But that's not really what I want to talk about. What I want to talk about is a few words I heard on the radio the other night as I was listening to the Sox-Angels game. The words were, roughly, this: This broadcast brought to you by the United States Postal Service.

“The post office. The Red Sox were being brought to me by the post office. . . . I know the post office has lost business, with the rise in private shipping companies and e-mail. How, then, does it make sense for the post office - already losing money - to be sponsoring things?”

- Victoria Shouldis, Concord Monitor, 10/10/04

IF THE JAPANESE CAN DO IT...

“Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Tuesday reiterated determination to push postal privatization drive in a parliament policy speech, saying Japan is now at a critical juncture on the path to achieving this goal along with the reform of state and local government finances.

“...Koizumi told the lawmakers that structural reform is now at a turning point. ‘Whether the bud of structural reform will grow into a big tree is at a crucial moment from now on as we bring about the privatization of postal services and the three-part fiscal reform for decentralization,’ the premier said.

“Koizumi called postal privatization one of the biggest reforms since the Meiji Restoration, which marked the beginning of the modern era for Japan in the late 19th century. Postal privatization is ‘the essence of my reforms,’ he said as he reiterated that the government will submit a bill to achieve postal reform in April 2007 to the ordinary parliament session which starts in January.”

- ChinaView.com, 10/12/04

ANOTHER REPUBLICAN PLAYS THE “HOMO” CARD

“It seems that every time that former Congressman Tom Coburn (R) pulls close to Congressman Brad Carson (D) in Oklahoma's US Senate race, Coburn goes and makes another stupid comment. Well, there he goes again.

“Carson's campaign released a tape recording Monday they just obtained of comments that Coburn apparently made to an audience a few weeks ago. Here's what Coburn said: ‘Our [campaign] rep down here in the southeast area, he lives in Colgate and travels out of Atoka. He was telling me lesbianism is so rampant in some of the schools in southeast Oklahoma that they’ll only let one girl go to the bathroom. Now think about it. Think about that issue. How is it that that’s happened to us?’

“This pronouncement was apparently news to everyone in the Colgate area. ‘He knows something I don't know. We have not identified anything like that. We have not had to deal with any issues on that subject -- ever,’ said Colgate School Superintendent Joe McCulley. ‘I don't believe that [report] ... [our attorneys] haven't said anything to me about that,’ added the Executive Director of the Oklahoma State School Boards Association.

“These kind of frequent gaffes were what worried GOP leaders in DC when Coburn announced his candidacy -- and was what prompted them to back his failed primary opponent.”

- Ron Gunzburger, Politics1, 10/12/04

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