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DC Confidential, 12/16/04


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WE INTERRUPT OUR REGULAR PROGRAMMING…

A little variation in publishing this afternoon. Due to various circumstances and timing...I’m combining this afternoon’s DC Confidential with an important Brushfire Alert. And because of the importance of the Brushfire Alert, I’m sending this issue of DC Confidential out to the entire News & Views list, as well.

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Now, on with the show...

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HELLO, OPERATOR...GIVE ME MICHAEL POWELL

You know, between John Kerry and Abu Musab Zarqawi, you’d think folks would have learned by now NOT TO MESS WITH American servicemen and servicewomen...active OR retired.

It was the retired Swift Boat Veterans for Truth who did in the Kerry campaign as payback for slandering Vietnam veterans as war criminals. Mary Beth Cahill, Kerry’s campaign (mis)manager, admitted this week to a liberal audience that her biggest mistake was underestimating the Swifties.

This is something Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Michael Powell might want to keep in mind this holiday season.

According to a December 13, 2004, column by Francisco Ivarra - a past commander of the American GI Forum - appearing in the Florida Sun-Sentinel, Powell is “trying to raise the prices for the very pre-paid, inexpensive telephone calling cards that 95 percent of the troops use to communicate with their anguished family members who wait with hope of life reassured with the telephone's ring.”

Ivarra writes that Powell is trying to “rush through a heavily lawyered new federal regulation that will raise the prices for pre-paid calling cards - the telephone service of choice for our troops.”

This is all part of the ongoing and (seemingly) never-ending telecom battle raging on Capitol Hill - where K Street lobbying firms have been providing an unending stream of Gucci boots on the ground. The problem is, now they’ve sucked American GI’s into the fight. And the GI’s...active and retired...are fighting back.

Much like how the Swift Boat Veterans quickly organized and got engaged in the presidential campaign, this week a group of retired military officers formed The Concerned Veterans Communication Coalition (CVCC) to fight the proposal to jack up the fees on pre-paid calling cards...cards our soldiers - who are busy kicking al Qaeda’s tail from one end of Iraq to another - use extensively to keep in touch with their wives, moms and daughters back in the states.

For many of these soldiers in the field, pre-paid calling cards are their SOLE lifeline to their families. Why Chairman Powell would want to make that lifeline more expensive in a time of war is anyone’s guess.

BRUSHFIRE ALERT: Many of you have written asking me for something good and positive we can do for our troops in the field. Well...THIS certainly fits the bill.

Although its been my practice lately to create our own in-house petitions on various issues, I’m going to make an exception in this case and urge you all to visit the CVCC’s website to send a message to Chairman Powell NOT to raise the fees on pre-paid calling cards. I wanna give these vets all the credit and support possible on this one.

Just go to: http://www.concernedvets.org

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TAKING IT AS GOSPEL TRUTH

James Taranto’s Best of the Web yesterday noted a quote by Newsweek’s Jon Meacham about the Bible’s version of Jesus’ birth. Meacham told “Hardball’s” Chris Matthews that “the scriptures can be true without being accurate.”

If so, then either Mathew, Mark, Luke or John would make an ideal replacement for Dan Rather over at CBS News.

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IS IT SAFE?

Michelle Malkin has written an excellent column on Air Marshal Director Thomas Quinn’s suit-and-tie “kill me first” dress code for air marshals...which does anything BUT conceal their identity on domestic flights. Malkin reveals where Quinn’s dress code likely came from: His days with the Secret Service.

This is the problem with the bureaucrat mentality. Although his “mission” is dramatically different in protecting airliners from hijackers from protecting the president, Quinn can’t seem to divorce himself from the notion of agents dressing “professionally” - no matter what the circumstances.

If we really want someone adept at concealing their identity and blending in with the crowd, maybe it’s time to fire Quinn and hire an illegal alien to replace him. Perfectly consistent with the president’s guest-worker proposal, as well.

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HOW TO STEAL AN ELECTION

The News Tribune in Tacoma, WA, reported this morning that the King County Canvassing Board voted 2-1 yesterday “to check the signatures on 573 ballots mistakenly rejected in the Nov. 2 election, and later decide whether to count them in the oh-so-close Washington governor’s race.” That race was decided in the Republican candidate Dino Rossi’s favor by 42 votes in the first recount. As of the close of hand re-counting yesterday, Rossi had extended his lead to 121 votes.

The safest bet in the country right now is that if the Democrat candidate continues to trail in a close recount, the Democrat-majority King County Canvassing Board will make SURE those Democrat-friendly “found” ballots are counted...come hell or high water.

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RIGHT MOVE FOR LP

The Libertarian Party is showing more signs of political progress. LP executive director Joe Seehusen attended for the first time a well-known but highly secret (hey, oxymorons such as that are par for the course in your nation’s capital) weekly gathering of the vast, right-wing conspiracy in Washington...which yours truly joins on a regular basis.

Although most folks in the room are registered Republicans, many harbor libertarian leanings and often find themselves locking horns with the Bush White House and congressional Republicans over limited government issues. Just being in that meeting can’t help but help the LP in broadening its support and coalition-building.

And then today the LP hopped on an issue which Republicans in the District of Columbia won’t touch with the proverbial 10-foot pole: Moving the Expos baseball team to DC.

First, let’s put this in a little context. Consider the response by many Republicans to Sen. John McCain’s recent threat to have the government get involved in the steroid issue facing professional baseball. The general consensus has been that this is a baseball issue which should be dealt with by baseball, its players and its fans...NOT government.

OK, then. We’re all on board that one, right?

Now comes the question of public funding to build a new stadium in Washington, DC, in return for Major League Baseball moving the Montreal Expos to the city. It’s been 30 long years since the Washington Senators fled the District for greener pastures and most elected officials inside the beltway, especially the Democrat mayor, appear prepared to have DC taxpayers pay any price and bear any burden to bring the nation’s pastime back to the nation’s capital.

So for Republicans, the CONSISTENT position here would be: Keep government out of baseball...whether it’s regulating steroid use OR funding stadiums. But don’t hold your breath waiting for a flood of Republicans - already salivating over the possibility of luxury box seats at the expense of K Street lobbyists - lining up to call for PRIVATE funding for the team’s new stadium.

But Seehusen and the LP are. “Let's play ball,” he says in a press release today, “but let's play it with private money. Let's put an end to taxpayer-funded stadiums, and quit turning baseball into a political football."

Here, here! (Or is it “Hear, Hear”?) I’m sure a similarly-stated news release opposing public financing for the new DC stadium from the Republican National Committee is forthcoming. As are a host of press releases from GOP members of Congress.

I’m also pretty sure that was a pig that just flew over my house.

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THE GOLDWATER DOCTRINE

“I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed in their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is 'needed' before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents' interests, I shall reply that I was informed their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can.”

- Barry Goldwater, “The Conscience of a Conservative”

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