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News & Views, 12/7/04


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REMEMBER THE ARIZONA

In case your local government skool forgets to mention it, it was on this day back in 1941 that Japan launched its sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, ushering the United States into World War II (that’s a “two,” not an “eleven” class). The two-hour attack resulted in the sinking of 21 American ships, including the USS Arizona, which alone lost 1,177 crewmen when the ship went down. All told, 2,403 Americans were killed that morning, including 68 civilians.

May they rest in peace. May we never forget their sacrifice.

KEEPING CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS

“Frankly, I'm getting a little weary of this ‘Happy Holidays’ nonsense. Could be I need to calm down. Lately I've been just a wee bit terse with people who hit me with the ‘Happy Holidays’ line. It's Christmas, dammit! About 85% of the people in this country celebrate this time of the year as Christmas, and that's enough for me. If 43% of the voters could decide that Bill Clinton would be president for four years, I'm willing to accept the mandate from 85% of the people that this particular season of the year is Christmas.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz

AMERICA’S INTERNAL PASSPORT

“One of the first things the Sept. 11 terrorists did when they arrived in the United States was to get driver's licenses. They went to extraordinary lengths to obtain them. The 19 terrorists traveled all around the country, to states that granted licenses to virtually anyone, and acquired 63 of them, begging the question ‘Why?’ Why did al Qaeda go to the trouble of getting 63 driver's licenses when planning its attacks? The answer is simple: Because it needed them. It had to have licenses to operate here unnoticed. It knew that the driver's license is America's de facto national identification card, our internal passport that opens doors to everything, everywhere in this country...


“Make no mistake about it. That wallet-sized document is one of the most powerful tools available to terrorists behind our lines. Al Qaeda knew it. The September 11 commission learned it. And now many in Congress want to ignore it.”

- Columnist Amanda Bowman

HERE COMES ANOTHER CONSERVATIVE LOSS

Conservatives in the House opposed the hastily stitched-together Intelligence reform bill last week for two reasons: One, it could inhibit the military’s ability to use spy satellites in the field, and two, a crackdown on illegal immigration and identification fraud had been dropped from the measure. House conservatives have insisted on anti-terror measures which include denying driver’s licenses to illegal aliens and limiting the use of foreign-issued “matricula consular” cards as acceptable identification.

Well, it appears the powers-that-be in the White House and the Senate have crafted language to satisfy objections to the Intelligence czar having complete control over the satellites...and GOP leaders are now likely to vote on the intel bill tomorrow WITHOUT the immigration reform provisions and over the objections of conservatives.

Or, in the words of Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican and immigration reform champion, “We’re screwed.”

Again.

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NOTHING FOR SOMETHING

“U.S. taxpayers provide 22 percent of the United Nations operating budget. And what do they get in return? More often than not, failure. By last year, for example, it had become obvious that diplomatic inducements were not going to be able to persuade Saddam to comply with myriad Security Council disarmament resolutions he had flouted. But the council was unable to agree to the use of force against his regime, due at least in part to the fact that prominent political figures in countries like France and Russia were receiving bribes through the oil-for-food program.”

- Washington Times editorial, 12/6/04

PRESSURE ON KOFI TO QUIT BUILDS

“Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that due to the allegations of fraud, mismanagement, and abuse within the United Nations oil-for-food program, Kofi Annan should resign from the position of Secretary General of the United Nations to help restore confidence that the investigations into those allegations are being fully and independently accomplished.”

- House resolution being introduced by Rep. Roger Wicker (R-MS)

BRUSHFIRE ALERT

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THE FRENCH CONNECTION

“Leave it to the French. French cops hide explosives in an unsuspecting airline passenger's baggage. Not only do their screeners fail to find the explosives, but they lose the baggage to boot!”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz

OVERKILL

“The farewell to (NBC News’) Tom Brokaw was so overdone that the tributes began to sound like a wake…”

- Columnist Suzanne Fields

BEST OF THE WORST

“During his long tenure as NBC News anchorman, Tom Brokaw took that program from last place among the big three broadcast networks to first place. But he had more viewers when he was in last place, more than 20 years ago, than he had in first place this year. That is because fewer people now watch NBC, ABC, or CBS News. Good!”

- Columnist Thomas Sowell

HILLARYCARE FLOPS

“In 1994, Tennessee passed what was then a very hot New Democrat idea--call it government managed care--a version of the reform the former first lady (Hillary Clinton) was also pitching nationwide. TennCare promised the impossible dream of politicians everywhere: Lower health-care costs while covering more of the ‘uninsured.’ They got the impossible, all right. After 10 years of mismanagement and lawsuits, TennCare now eats up one-third of the state's entire budget and is growing fast. Governor Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, is preparing to pull the plug and return the state to the less lunatic subsidies of Medicaid.”

- Review & Outlook, Wall Street Journal, 12/6/04

VICTIM TO BE CHARGED IN FONDLING CASE

“A woman who objected to being frisked might be charged with assault for slapping an airport security guard's face with her boarding pass, police said. The 48-year-old woman swatted the agent after being told that she had to be patted down for repeatedly setting off metal detectors before her flight last week, Lt. Tod Dahle said. . . . The woman was allowed to leave on another flight, but police plan to pursue a misdemeanor assault charge, Mr. Dahle said.”

- American Scene, Washington Times, 12/6/04

LEADING THE WAY BACK TO PRIVATE SCREENERS

“Nevada's Elko Regional Airport last week became the first airport in the country to apply to get rid of uniformed TSA screeners and return to private employees. The airport, which handles just 15 flights a day, has 14 screeners. Elko director Cris Jensen said there were no problems with the government screeners, but he feels his airport can do the same job more efficiently by better matching its personnel with demand. Dozens of other small airports are expected to apply for a similar exemption in the coming weeks.”

- TIME magazine

RELIGIOUS RIGHT LEADER SEZ: FIRE THE FAGS!

“A pro-family activist from Virginia says voters who put Republicans in office should demand that politicians not employ key personnel who don't hold the conservative views that the party promotes. That activist says the Capitol Hill office of Virginia Senator George Allen is a good example.

“Senator Allen is head of the Republican Senatorial Committee and was a key figure in the GOP's big victories in November. But Joe Glover, president of the Virginia-based Family Policy Network, says something is very wrong. Glover says homosexual publications have outed at least six members of the senator's office as homosexuals. He says one homosexual activist even went so far as to say Allen had the ‘gayest office on Capitol Hill.’

“Pro-family conservatives, he says, need to make sure Senator Allen hears their voices. ‘If someone is going to run the day-to-day operations for the Republican apparatus to elect U.S. senators across the country, then dog-gone-it, it better not be somebody who practices a lifestyle that is diametrically opposed to the evangelical Christian base that delivered George W. Bush and the Republicans in the Senate the victory they saw in November,’ he says.”

- Agape Press, 12/6/04

WHOPPEE!! BOOK-BURNING IS BACK!

“Alabama State Representative Gerald Allen (R) -- emboldened by the recent spate of ballot victories for state bans on gay marriage -- has a new idea. He announced last week he will introduce a bill in the next legislative session to ban novels with gay characters from all public libraries, schools and state universities. The proposed law would prohibit books and materials ‘that recognize or promote homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle.’

“Allen told the Birmingham News that -- as he envisions his own bill -- all novels with gay protagonists and college textbooks that suggest homosexuality is natural would have to be removed from library shelves and destroyed. ‘I guess we dig a big hole and dump them in and bury them,’ boasted Allen.

“When asked about works of fiction like Tennessee Williams' classic Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Allen told the newspaper that universities would not be allowed to perform productions of the play, use the book in classrooms, or carry copies of the book in libraries under his law. Allen also agreed that the ban could extend to works of fiction like The Color Purple, Brideshead Revisted and The Portrait of Dorian Gray, as they all have gay characters.

“Wait, folks, 'cuz that's not all! According to the newspaper, the bill would also ‘ban materials that recognize or promote a lifestyle or actions prohibited by the sodomy and sexual misconduct laws of Alabama.’ Allen explained that books with heterosexual couples committing those acts -- things like adultery or engaging in oral sex -- also likely would be banned.”

- Ron Gunzburger, Politics1, 12/6/04

FAMOUS LAST WORDS

“Religion and government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.”

- James Madison

"I think it's very important for people who are serving (in office) to make sure there's a separation of church and state."

- George W. Bush

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chuck,

I wish you had made some serious editorial comments on the snippets about book burning and the firing of homosexuals. I realize that the comments at the end of your blog suggest that you disagree with both of the stories, but it would be good if you could spell that out. My fear is that the rest of the country will continue to define conservative Republicans by the radical religious right.

December 7, 2004 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger Keni said...

Despite the concerns of "Anonymous" it is totally appropriate that Republicans be identified with the ethical wrongs of the "Religious Right." Now that you have won the election based on the soft-core hatred behind "moral values" why should you disavow your bigotry now? In fact please tell me what the ideology of neoconservatism is based on if not hysterical FEAR of enemies, HATRED of those defined as unlike us and VIOLENCE as the only method for resolving fear, hatred and conflict. The Neocons have called on us all to reaffirm the most primitive instincts that civilized problem solvers were abandoning hundreds of years ago. Congrats, it worked.

December 7, 2004 at 11:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keni,

You have confirmed my fear and made my point at the same time! There are a lot of conservative Republicans out there who are not bigoted in any way. In fact many are less bigoted than I suspect you are! For instance Chuck Muth OPPOSED the stance that President Bush took on a constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage. I happen to agree with that stance. At the same time, conservatives believe in personal freedom and responsibility - which is what we are really talking about when you bring up "moral values". We want people to be accountable for themselves, to take care of themselves, and to solve their own problems and NOT look to the government to solve all of society's ills. We oppose quotas and "affirmative action" because such programs are based on a bigoted notion - that minorities cannot take care of themselves and cannot achieve on their own. Support for such initatives belies its own, IMHO, more insidious bigotry. And with regard to the election being won based on "moral values", the Democrats have themselves to thank for that. By making Michael Moore and Howard Dean your spokespeople, you force those in the middle, such as myself, to make a choice between two extremes. Had the Democrats run a candidate like Lieberman, rather than Kerry, they would have had a shot. But uber-liberal Democrats like Kerry and Dean have no chance of winning the hearts and minds of the American public. Think of it this way... if the trials of a 3 year war in Iraq, AFTER it is clear there are no WMD there could not bring you victory, imagine what would have happened had we captured both Saddam and Osama, and found huge amounts of WMD in Iraq? We accept President Bush not because we believe everything he believes. We accept and voted for him because you left us absolutely no alternative!

December 8, 2004 at 10:58 AM  

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