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News & Views, 11/19/04


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LUCY YANKS BALL FROM CHARLIE BROWN...AGAIN

“Sen. Arlen Specter...gained the support on Thursday of fellow Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, effectively winning his fight to chair the panel that reviews judicial nominees.”

- Reuters, 11/18/04

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COMRADES COME TO MARINE’S DEFENSE

“U.S. Marines rallied round a comrade under investigation for killing a wounded Iraqi during the offensive in Falluja, saying he was probably under combat stress in unpredictable, hair-trigger circumstances. Marines interviewed on Tuesday said they didn't see the shooting as a scandal, rather the act of a comrade who faced intense pressure during the effort to quell the insurgency in the city.

“ ‘I can see why he would do it. He was probably running around being shot at for days on end in Falluja. There should be an investigation but they should look into the circumstances,’ said Lance Corporal Christopher Hanson. ‘I would have shot the insurgent too. Two shots to the head,’ said Sergeant Nicholas Graham, 24, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ‘You can't trust these people. He should not be investigated. He did nothing wrong.’

“...Marines have repeatedly described the rebels they fought against in Falluja as ruthless fighters who didn't play by the rules. They say the investigation is politically motivated. ‘It's all political. This Marine has been under attack for days. It has nothing to do with what he did,’ said Corporal Keith Hoy, 23.”

- Reuters

WHO LET THE DOGS OUT?

“In time of war, if you go through a bad neighborhood, I don't want a little French poodle, I want a Rottweiler on my hands."

- Kiss guitarist Gene Simmons on why he voted for George W. Bush

KISS OF DEATH

"When Michael Moore begins to become a symbol and spokesperson for Democrats, we're on the road to losing elections."

- Sen. Joe Lieberman on the Fox News Channel

SOUR GRAPES & WHINE

“The electorate that decided to give this stupid little twit four more years will get exactly what it deserves. No more can the American people hide behind the administration and point to its colossal ineptitude and vacuous foreign policies and claim innocence. The people have now chosen to put this chimp back in the White House for four more years. ..."

- Tom Madigan of the Irish-American Unity Conference, Inside the Beltway, 11/17/04

IT’S THE MESSAGE, NOT THE MONEY

“The myth is that the candidate who raises the most money in the year leading up to the election would surely win. Throughout 2004, the Democrats outraised Republicans by several million dollars. Yet it took only the very straightforward message of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, and their measly $250,000 in initial funding, to do more damage to John Kerry than all the liberal 527s combined did to Mr. Bush.”

- Washington Times editorial

GOIN’ POSTAL OVER NASCAR

“As the NASCAR season closes with this weekend's race, it's hard not to notice that the U.S. Postal Service has traded in its bicycle for a race car. For us poor stamp-buyers, that means the USPS is wasting our money at greater speeds than ever before.

“Its high-profile, seven-year sponsorship of the U.S. Pro Cycling Team, led by six-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, is finally coming to a finish. But the postal service has now embraced the roaring engines of the NASCAR track by slapping its logo onto Johnny Sauter's No. 27 stock car. “If the postal service were a free-market business, veering onto the NASCAR speedway might make sense. . . . But while the USPS tries to walk and talk like a trendy private company, high-octane sports sponsorships and all, it is in fact a lumbering government agency that survives only because of its federally enforced monopoly. U.S. consumers can't move to another low-cost letter delivery service for first-class mail.“...USPS Vice President Jerry Whalen, touting the enormous NASCAR fan base, gushed that ‘every one of those fans is a customer of the postal service.’ You bet. They're customers because, by law, they have little choice. The race is fixed.

“...It's not just ratepayers who pay for these USPS adventures. The red ink also translates into a hefty drain on taxpayers. The postal service is now asking Congress for a $779-million taxpayer-funded handout. And we need more advertising?”

- Sam Ryan, Lexington Institute, Los Angeles Time, 11/19/04

NEW FIGHT FOR CONSERVATIVES

“(President) Bush nominated Dawn A. Tisdale earlier this year to an open seat (on the Postal Rate Commission) for a term expiring in November 2006.

“Postal watchdog PostalWatch and several other groups...oppose Tisdale's nomination because he is a former postmaster, letter carrier and union chapter vice president. Tisdale's status as a former postal service employee ‘has caused us concerns as to his ability to objectively review and evaluate various matters which may come before the Commission,’ the leaders of the seven groups wrote. ‘We fear Mr. Tisdale would be a 'rubber stamp' for the interests of the USPS and its unions rather than an objective, independent citizen/ratepayer watchdog.’

“Insiders said Tisdale's nomination could be confirmed during the current lame-duck session of Congress.”

- DM News, 11/19/04 (Note: Tisdale is actually Tom Daschle’s guy. Daschle’s gone. Tisdale’s nomination should go, as well...especially in light of the double-digit rate hike USPS is threatening us with. Stay tuned. More on this later…)

RICE TO THE RESCUE

“In naming Condoleezza Rice as his pick for secretary of state, President Bush is sending his most loyal adviser to his most disloyal agency.”

- Columnist Joel Mowbray

AMNESTY PROPOSAL PANNED...AGAIN

“I have great respect for President Bush, Secretary Powell and Secretary Ridge; however, granting amnesty by legalizing illegal immigrants is detrimental to our national and economic security.”

- Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Calif.)

ROLLING SNAKE-EYES

“The big losers in the 2004 election were Democrats and gays. Constitutional bans against gay marriage in 11 states have set back gay rights across the country. Gay leaders bet the ranch and lost. . . . In America in 2004, gay marriage was not an idea whose time had come.”

- James Driscoll, member of the Presidential Advisory Council for HIV-AIDS

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