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News & Views, 11/11/04


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IF YOU CAN’T SAY SOMETHING NICE...

Palestinian terrorist leader Yasser Arafat is dead.

In other news...

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WHAT CENSORSHIP HATH WROUGHT

“Today is Veteran's Day. Some ABC television affiliates around the country are not going to carry the ABC network's showing of ‘Saving Private Ryan.’ Why? They say that they don't want to risk a fine from the Federal Censorship Commission (FCC) because of the violence and language in the film. It's an Academy Award Winner, and they won't show it because they're afraid of the FCC. Ain't government grand?”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz, 11/11/04

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OVER THE HILL GANG RIDES AGAIN

“The Rev. Jerry Falwell is launching a new organization called The Faith and Values Coalition, which he describes as a ‘21st century resurrection of the Moral Majority.’ . . . Falwell, now 71, said he would serve as national chairman of the new coalition for four years.”

- CNSNews.com, 11/10/04

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THIS WAS NOT PART OF THE “MANDATE”

“President Bush yesterday moved aggressively to resurrect his plan to relax rules against illegal immigration, a move bound to anger conservatives just days after they helped re-elect him.”

- Washington Times, 11/10/04

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PRETTY PIG

“An amnesty by any other name is still amnesty, regardless of what the White House wants to call it. Their amnesty plan was dead on arrival when they sent it to Congress in January, and if they send the same pig with lipstick back to Congress next January, it will suffer the same fate.”

- Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican

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TORTS & COURTS

“Legions of conservatives have clogged up phones on Capitol Hill demanding the inventor of Borking and the savior of Roe v. Wade not become the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. But almost as striking as what Sen. Arlen Specter will do to the courts is what he will do to the president's tort reform agenda.

“With Sen. John Edwards on his way out, Arlen Specter is the favorite senator of the trial lawyers. Tort reform is near the top of the president's priority list, but one staff attorney on the Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over tort law, told this writer, ‘tort reform is dead if Specter is chairman.’”

- Columnist Tim Carney

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BEST SENATOR AMBULANCE-CHASERS CAN BUY

“Specter may be hurt by his positions on tort reform, a central element of Bush’s second-term agenda. In the past election cycle, he accepted more than three times as much money in political contributions from lawyers and law firms than from any other industry, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. And Specter’s son is a prominent Philadelphia-based trial lawyer.”

- The Hill, 11/10/04

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SELECTIVE SERVICE

“Senator Specter voted against the confirmation of Judge Robert Bork and for the confirmation of Judge Antonin Scalia to the Supreme Court, even though their voting records on the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia were virtually identical. . . . Why then was Judge Bork considered to be so conservative as to be ‘out of the mainstream’ while Judge Scalia was not?

“It had nothing to do with their records. It had to do with the fact that Antonin Scalia's nomination, which preceded Bork's, created no political firestorm because Scalia was replacing another conservative Justice and so would not have changed the lineup on the Supreme Court. Robert Bork, on the other hand, would have been replacing a more liberal Justice and therefore would have shifted the balance of power on the High Court.”

- Columnist Thomas Sowell

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ABSENSE MAKES THE HEART GROW ANGRIER

“…(M)any conservatives, still angry over the role (Sen.Rick) Santorum played in helping (Sen. Arlen) Specter stave off a stiff primary challenge from conservative Rep. Pat Toomey, are placing the focus (of the judiciary chairmanship fight) squarely on Santorum. Mike Schwartz, vice president of government relations for Concerned Women for America, one of the groups leading the conservative charge against Specter, said that the controversy can only be resolved by Santorum and that his standing with the Republican base could be damaged.

“‘Rick Santorum has already severely strained his relationship with conservatives by going way beyond the call of duty to get Specter renominated,’ Schwartz said. ‘He’s the one person who can bring this to an end in a peaceful way.’ Schwartz, who said he believes Specter would relinquish his claim to head the judiciary panel if Santorum asked him to, added that if Santorum does not intervene he will ‘more seriously fray his relationship with conservatives.’”

- The Hill, 11/10/04

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NOW...

“Asked whether President Bush would have confidence in Mr. Specter as chairman, the chief White House spokesman, Scott McClellan, said the chairmanship was ‘a matter for the Senate to decide, and it's something that the White House does not have a role in.’ . . . ‘Senators will make that decision,’ he said.”

- New York Times, 11/9/04

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...AND THEN

“Sen. Trent Lott Wednesday lashed out at the White House for undermining his campaign to remain Senate Republican leader, as pressure mounted on him to step down. . . . ‘There seems to be some things that are seeping out [of the White House] that have not been helpful,’ Lott told reporters in Biloxi, Mississippi...

“Lott's friends say he is upset at the White House not only for refusing to support him as leader but also for what they regard as behind-the-scenes efforts to push him out. . . . White House spokesman Ari Fleischer Wednesday denied that President Bush or his aides are trying to undermine Lott's bid to remain leader. But numerous White House officials and top presidential advisers have told the Washington Post in recent days that the Mississippian has become a hindrance to the Republican Party's goals and should be replaced.”

- Washington Post, 12/19/02

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“LOTTING” ARLEN SPECTER

“The White House is playing a waiting game, as it did before scandal destroyed Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) after his 2002 post-election comments on Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.) were seen as an endorsement of racial segregation. Then, the White House bided its time, let the storm build and then let its candidate, Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), step forward and declare that if - only, if - the position of majority leader were open, he would run for it. At that point, Lott was doomed.”

- The Hill editorial, 11/10/04

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ENGAGE, MAVERICK, ENGAGE!

“(Sen. Arlen Specter’s) succession (to chair of the Judiciary Committee) is likely to pass unless Santorum or the White House comes out decisively against him soon. . . . Currently, chairmanships in the Senate are based strictly on seniority. But a Specter snub would place a new Republican litmus test for grabbing gavels. It would send a strong message to GOP senators that they should think twice before challenging the president. “At this point, the White House and Senate GOP leadership appear willing to wound but afraid to strike. If that continues, Specter will never have more richly deserved his reputation as a wily survivor.”

- The Hill, 11/10/04

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ABOUT THAT SENIORITY SYSTEM

A dedicated union worker was attending a convention in Las Vegas and, as you might expect, decided to check out the brothels nearby. When he got to the first one, he asked the Madame, "Is this a union house?"

"No," she replied, "I'm sorry, it isn't."

"Well, if I pay you $100, what cut do the girls get?"

"The house gets $80 and the girls get $20."

Mightily offended at such unfair dealings, the man stomped off down the street in search of a more equitable, hopefully unionized shop. His search continued until finally he reached a brothel where the Madame responded, "Why yes sir, this IS a union house."

The man asked, "And if I pay you $100, what cut do the girls get?"

"The girls get $80 and the house gets $20."

"That's more like it!" the union man said. He looked around the room and pointed to a stunningly attractive blonde. "I'd like her for the night."

"I'm sure you would, sir," said the Madame, then, gesturing to an obese fifty-five year-old woman in the corner, "but Ethel here has seniority."

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Chuck Muth
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