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News & Views, 11/17/04


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“Arafat is in stable condition after dying in a Paris hospital.”

- James Taranto, Best of the Web, 11/16/04


“Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union announces that it has intimidated the Pentagon into agreeing ‘to end direct sponsorship of hundreds of Boy Scout units, which require members to swear religious oaths, on military facilities across the United States and overseas.’ . . . The ACLU used to be so committed to free expression that it would even represent Nazis and Klansmen seeking to express their views. But apparently they draw the line at the Boy Scouts.”

- James Taranto, Best of the Web, 11/16/04


“Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican, likely will assume the chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee on schedule, despite opposition from many conservatives, say insiders familiar with talks among Republican Party leaders.”

- Washington Times, 11/16/04


“Sen. Arlen Specter has not earned elevation to the chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee. . . . . The chairmanship should crown a senator whose loyalties to the Republican Party mainstream are unwavering and enthusiastic.

“...The four Republican (Senate) seats gained Nov. 2 plus Mr. Specter's narrow primary election victory over conservative Rep. Pat Toomey shows that the Pennsylvania solon is more the caboose than the locomotive of the Republican Party train. His views on abortion, racial or ethnic preferences, church-state relations, the Patriot Act and presidential war powers clash with majority Republican Party thinking and central themes of President Bush's campaign. To reward Mr. Specter with the chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee would dishonor the sentiments of the American people voiced through the ballot box.”

- Columnist Bruce Fein


“Jan LaRue, chief counsel of Concerned Women for America, said, ‘Having Arlen Specter chair the Senate Judiciary Committee makes no more sense than having Michael Moore chair’ the Republican National Committee.”

- Washington Times, 11/17/04


“Sen. Arlen Specter (R.-Pa.) made a private appeal to Senate Republican leaders Tuesday to shore up support for his bid to chair the Judiciary Committee, but it remains unclear if he has enough GOP votes to win the powerful chairmanship. The liberal Pennsylvania Republican made some headway Tuesday when Senators Orrin Hatch (R.-Utah) and Trent Lott (R.-Miss.) both said they planned to support his ascension despite widespread concern among conservatives.“...Senators will conduct a formal vote by secret ballot in January, but Republicans expect to know Specter's fate after their caucus meeting Wednesday. Specter said he would address all Republicans at that meeting in hopes of allaying any concerns.“...Hatch said he expected Specter to be a great chairman. ‘There's not nearly the reason to worry that some conservatives have had,’ Hatch said.”

- Robert Bluey, Human Events, 11/16/04


“One of (Sen. Arlen) Specter's most ardent supporters has been Sen. Rick Santorum, the Pennsylvania Republican who leads the pro-life forces in the Senate and who has stuck his neck out for his seatmate on several occasions. Mr. Santorum, who faces his own tough re-election in two years, helped Mr. Specter overcome a tough primary challenge earlier this year and has lobbied on Mr. Specter's behalf during this most recent firestorm. 'Sen. Santorum has been enormously helpful,' Mr. Specter said yesterday after meeting with Republican leaders. 'He has gone above and beyond the call of duty. My number one priority in the next two years is to re-elect Senator Santorum,' Mr. Specter added."

- Washington Times, 11/17/04


Sen. Santorum is the key here folks...if we’re to have ANY chance of completing a “Hail Mary” and keeping Sen. Specter from the judiciary chairmanship. Unless Santorum comes out PUBLICLY in opposition, Specter is now a shoe in. Santorum himself is saying he has no position on the chairmanship brouhaha; the paper is saying differently. Which is it?

Frankly, this is gut-check time for Sen. Santorum. He’s either with us, or he’s not. This “Pontius Pilot” routine ain’t gonna fly. If he comes out in opposition, the grassroots will back him...and there’s still a chance to “Bork” Specter. That’s why they call it “leadership.” But if he sells out, the grassroots will dump him like yesterday’s garbage.

You might want to help Sen. Santorum decide what to do today...before it’s too late.

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“A conservative dream team is Justice Scalia or Clarence Thomas to replace Chief Justice Rehnquist with Miguel Estrada filling the associate's opening.”

- Columnist Melanie Kirkpatrick


“I am a libertarian conservative, which is just a small piece of the whole spectrum these days.”

- New York Times columnist William Safire announcing his retirement


“The largest postal rate increases in decades are looming on the horizon. By late fall 2005 or early 2006, look for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to raise the price of first-class stamps from 37¢ to about 41¢. . . . The postal rate increases will mark the next move in a vicious cycle that has gripped the USPS since the early 1980s - rate hikes leading to declining postal usage and income, leading to a need for more rate increases, etc. The expanding use of e-mail and other electronic delivery systems accelerated the cycle in recent years and raised the specter of the Postal Service's eventual financial collapse.”

- Hoovers Online, 11/15/04


“Not content that the First Amendment still has some life, Sen. John McCain is going to try again to kill it. Just days after the presidential election, McCain announced that he would introduce a new bill, meant to fix ‘loopholes’ in the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance legislation. But the best ‘fix’ for that disastrous law would be to scrap it altogether.

“...Limitations on political spending inevitably infringe upon speech. If McCain is serious about reform, he should scrap cash limits and simply insist on prompt and thorough public disclosure of who's giving what to whom. That is, give folks all the information, and then trust them to sort it all out. In the process, let free speech reign.”

- New York Post editorial, 11/15/04


“'Let them stay mad,’ Bill Cosby told CNN's Paula Zahn last week. He was speaking of the flak he's catching from African-Americans since he criticized the behavior of some low-income blacks last spring during a commemoration of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision. He angered some black folks, who thought his remarks were insensitive and inflammatory, and that he resorted to ugly racial stereotypes.“But Cosby has no plans to shut up. ‘This is about little children and people not giving them better choices,’ the 67 year-old actor-comedian told Zahn. ‘How long you gonna whisper about a smallpox epidemic in your apartment building when bodies are coming out under the sheets?’"

-, 11/15/04


“If you didn't see the skit involving actress Nicollette Sheridan and Philadelphia Eagles receiver Terrell Owens Monday night, perhaps you heard the click of remote controls everywhere as parents frantically tried to shield their children's eyes. ABC's Monday Night Football game between the Cowboys and the Eagles opened with flirty banter between Owens and a towel-clad Sheridan and ended with the towel, and Owens' jaw, on the floor.

“The racy skit was meant to be nod toward ABC's popular series Desperate Housewives, in which Sheridan plays a less-than-wholesome divorcee, but some viewers didn't see the humor in the promotion. ‘In a word, disgusting,’ said Ken Chrane, a Manor, Texas, resident. ‘I don't understand why ABC feels that this approach makes football any more appealing. ... This type of material has no place preceding a program that is watched by thousands of impressionable children, especially teenage boys.’ “


Should ABC have edited out the profanity before broadcasting “Saving Private Ryan” on Veterans Day last week?

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Blogger Rich Woods said...

There's a big difference between 'Monday Night Footsie' and 'Saving Private Ryan'. When I'm watching a football game - with my young son who loves it - I should not be subjected to risque skits or commercials.
So long as a show has adequate viewer warnings and is not disguised as a venue for family viewing, 'stronger' scenes should be allowed. If one has proper information, he can make his own decision about what to watch.

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