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Friday

News & Views, 9/10/04


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HOW NOT TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE

“The languages of the world, including Arabic, are not rich enough to describe the depravity of terrorists, Islamist or otherwise, who would shoot tiny children to make points, political or otherwise.”

- Wesley Pruden, Pruden On Politics, 9/7/04

THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE

“They are still burying the victims of the latest atrocity committed by evildoers professing Islam -- the slaughter of hundreds of children, teachers, and parents in an elementary school in Beslan, Russia. And from Muslims the world over, as usual, has come mostly silence.

“There have been no public demonstrations by Muslims anxious to make it clear how outraged and sickened they are that anyone could commit such unspeakable deeds as an act of Islamic faith. There has been no anguished outcry by Islam's leading imams and sheiks. Prominent Muslim organizations in the West have not called press conferences to express their disgust and anger. Once again the world has witnessed a savage episode of Islamist terror, and once again it strains to hear a convincing rejection of the terrorists from those who should care most about Islam's reputation.”

- Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby

LESSON FOR FRANCE AND KERRY

“We were weak, and weak people are beaten.”

- Russian President Vladimir Putin in the wake of the terrorist massacre of children at that school in Beslan

RUSSIA EMBRACES THE BUSH DOCTRINE

“As for carrying out preventive strikes against terrorist bases, we will take all measures to liquidate terrorist bases in any region of the world.”

- Col. Gen. Yuri Baluyevsky, chief of the Russian General Staff, Washington Times, 9/9/04


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DON’T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB

“Demeaning our allies is an interesting approach for someone seeking the office of the presidency. When it comes to diplomacy, it looks like John Kerry should stick to windsurfing.”

- Vice President Dick Cheney

AN ARMY OF ONE

“The number of folks on the Kerry campaign who are more loyal to the Democratic nominee than to the Democratic Party can be counted on one hand - or, one could argue, one finger.”

- Chuck Todd of National Journal’s “Hotline”

AL GORE’S SOUR GRAPES OF WRATH

“In an interview with the New Yorker, former Vice President and almost president (thank God he lost) Al Gore is once again attacking the president. This is unbelievable. Al has apparently resigned himself to the fact that he will now live the rest of his life as a bitter victim. The sour grapes have now lasted four years. How much longer are you going to hold a grudge, Al? Apparently forever.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz, 9/9/04

SURVEY SAYS!

Which Democrat presidential candidate do you think the largest number of American voters would be inclined to reject?

* Al Gore
* John Kerry
* Hillary Clinton
* Somebody else
* Not sure

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IF IT COMES DOWN TO ONE VOTE…

“An act of party unity and magnanimity is coming back to haunt the West Virginia Republican Party. In the immediate aftermath of the crowded 10-person GOP primary for Governor back in May, the party selected the five top runner-ups from the gubernatorial contest to be the official slate of GOP Electors for the upcoming Presidential race. Those names were subsequently filed by the state's deadline and are now locked into place. That's where the problem begins.

“South Charleston Mayor Richie Robb (R) -- who placed fourth in the primary with 10% -- was thus awarded one of the coveted Presidential Elector slots. This week Robb told the AP that he does not think he will cast his electoral vote for President Bush. Under WV state law, apparently, there is nothing that forces him to do so. Robb said he will not cast his ballot for Kerry, but would most likely cast his electoral vote -- if Bush wins the state -- for ‘No Candidate.’ "

- Ron Gunzburger, Politics1, 9/9/04

HOW LOW CAN THEY GO?

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GOING POSTAL

Postmaster General John Potter is hopping into the wagon with others in Washington who are using the threat of terrorism to justify ever higher budgets, begging Congress give the USPS monopoly “$779 million to pay for machines to detect biological weapons sent through the mail and filter biohazards from the air at postal facilities.”

That’s $779 MILLION for new mail sorting machines and air filters. Let’s see: That 37-cent stamp should come in around, oh, $1.98 pretty soon at this rate. What a bargain, huh?

In the meantime, Japan is moving forward with Prime Minister Koizumi’s plan to PRIVATIZE the Japanese postal system. Voice of America reports that Japan’s cabinet endorsed a plan on Friday to split the huge postal system into four parts despite “fierce resistance” from some lawmakers in Mr. Koizumi’s own party.

Meanwhile, back in the states, Congress isn’t likely to consider even mild reforms to our own postal service monopoly before adjourning and returning home for November’s election. You might want to bring this up if you bump into your congress-critter on the campaign trail.

BUCKING THE SYSTEM

“Beer magnate Pete Coors is sending signals that he's willing to make some U.S. Senators feel the heat for pork-barrel spending if Coloradoans elect him to that body this November. The Republican nominee has launched an ad he calls ‘Gravy Train,’ which lambastes ‘politicians and lawyers in the Senate who want you to pay for their pet programs.’

“His chief example is a $50 million federal grant for an indoor rain forest in Iowa. The project is a favorite of Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the powerful Finance Committee that Mr. Coors hopes to join as a member. A Grassley aide says ‘the senator wasn't offended by the Coors ad’ and there would be no retribution exacted for it.”

- John Fund, Political Diary, 9/9/04

JUST SAY “NO” TO NATIONAL ID CARD

“A national identification card, in whatever form it may take, will allow the federal government to inappropriately monitor the movements and transactions of every American. History shows that governments inevitably use the power to monitor the actions of people in harmful ways. Claims that the government will protect the privacy of Americans when implementing a national identification card ring hollow. We would do well to remember what happened with the Social Security number. It was introduced with solemn restrictions on how it could be used, but it has become a de facto national identifier. Those who are willing to allow the government to establish a Soviet-style internal passport system because they think it will make us safer are terribly mistaken.”

- Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Straight Talk, 9/6/04

NEW EXTREMISM: BANNING BEER ADS

“Alongside activist groups including the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth, Rep. Tom Osborne of Nebraska is leading a movement against alcohol advertising in collegiate sports. They intend to remove the industry from college athletics altogether, ending a $50 million a year advertising market, and cutting schools off from a highly lucrative source of revenue.

“…(O)ur government must realize that no matter how much it decides to legislate against alcohol, it will find that each new law is no more effective than the last. Prohibition proved to this nation that extremities fail, especially in law.

“And extremity is the key issue. Alcohol problems will never end in this nation when the issue is treated with our traditional extreme philosophies. If the government is intent on solving this problem, then aggressive legislation is not the answer. The answer lies in household attitudes of the family or the individual. The government should focus more on encouraging moderation, rather than enforcing the extreme.”

- The Collegiate Times Online, 9/9/04

BACKING DOWN TO UNION LAWBREAKERS

Here’s a little noticed tidbit from Tuesday’s primary elections in Nevada. Seems there’s a law banning the distribution of campaign literature within 100 feet of a polling location. But according to the Las Vegas Review Journal, election workers for the AFL-CIO decided the law didn’t apply to them and blatant violations were reported at six separate polling locations. So what did election officials do about it?

“I told the election workers not to arm wrestle them and to just let them do what they were doing as long as we didn’t get any complaints,” said Clark County Registrar Larry Lomax.

Lovely, huh?

But the bigger questions are: Why didn’t the Republican Party poll workers complain? WERE there any Republican Party poll workers? If not, this doesn’t bode well for President Bush in this key “swing” state dominated by anti-Bush organized labor.

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Monday

News & Views, 9/6/04


THIS WEEK’S “SURVEY SAYS!”

Which Democrat presidential candidate do you think the largest number of American voters would be inclined to reject?

* Al Gore
* John Kerry
* Hillary Clinton
* Somebody else
* Not sure

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A SCANDALOUS ISSUE

“ ‘To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors,’ Thomas Jefferson argued, ‘is sinful and tyrannical.’ This Labor Day, as the presidential campaign traditionally moves into high gear, Jefferson's words should be of special interest to the millions of union households whose members regularly vote for Republicans. While the hearts and minds of these millions are clearly with the GOP, hundreds of millions of dollars of their dues payments have been funneled from their union treasuries to support the Democratic candidates and liberal causes these Republican-voting workers oppose.

“It is a scandalous issue, but receives scant investigative coverage by America's major media. In the current electoral cycle alone, labor leaders have emptied their treasuries of tens of millions of dollars in soft money and have funneled the lucre to labor-organized 527 groups in order to finance anti-Bush political activities. . . . Democrats are the beneficiaries of well over 95 percent of union funds spent on politics.”

- Washington Times editorial, 9/6/04

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BRUTAL REALITY

“You need to keep in your mind the image of Arabs opening fire (in Chechnya) on school children as they tried to flee that building. . . . I wonder if John Kerry will share with us sometime this week just how you fight a ‘more sensitive’ war on Islamic goons who will shoot children in the back. I wonder also if the news media in this country will finally start identifying the enemy for what it is ... Islamic radicals, not ‘hostage takers;’ Islamic terrorists, not ‘radicals;’ Islamic murderers, not ‘gunmen.’ There is no negotiating with these people, there is not ‘sensitive’ way to deal with them. Islamic terrorists must be sought out, identified and destroyed.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz

A SIMPLE CHOICE

“I remember a couple of days after Sept. 11 writing that weepy candlelight vigils were a cop-out: the issue wasn't whether you were sad about the dead people but whether you wanted to do something about it. Three years on, the two conventions drew the same distinction. If you want passivity and wallowing in victim culture, the Dems will do. If you want to win this thing, Bush is the only guy running.”

- Columnist Mark Steyn

EARLY WARNING SIGN

“If (John Kerry’s) having trouble putting a campaign organization together, what is he going to do if he has to form a new government?"

- Unnamed Democrat adviser to columnist Donald Lambro

MR. EXCITEMENT

“What makes the Kerry campaign so exhilarating is trying to keep up with all his different stands on all the different issues. His positions on Iraq have more ups and downs, more twists and turns than a roller-coaster.”

- Columnist Oliver North

JOHN KERRY’S WAKE UP CALL...YAWN

“Both candidates gave speeches late on Thursday night. George W. Bush was more or less expected to. John Kerry didn't have to, but reported for duty even though nobody wanted him to. Unnerved by sagging numbers, he decided to start the post-Labor Day phase of the campaign three days before Labor Day. The way things are going, Democrats seem likely to be launching the post-election catastrophic-defeat vicious-recriminations phase of the campaign round about Sept. 12.

“At any rate, less than 60 minutes after President Bush gave a sober, graceful, droll and moving address, Kerry decided to hit back. In the midnight hour, he climbed out of his political coffin, and before his thousands of aides could grab the garlic from Teresa's kitchen and start waving it at him, he found himself in front of an audience and started giving a speech.

“...By about nine words into John Kerry's wake up call, I was sound asleep again. But this was what he told Ohio's brave band of chronic insomniacs: ‘For the past week, they attacked my patriotism and my fitness to serve as commander in chief. Well, here's my answer. I'm not going to have my commitment to defend this country questioned by those who refused to serve.’

“...That seems to be the way John Kerry likes it. Americans should be free to call Bush a moron, a liar, a fraud, a deserter, an agent of the House of Saud, a mass murderer, a mass rapist (according to the speaker at a National Organization for Women rally last week) and the new Hitler (according to just about everyone). But how dare anyone be so impertinent as to insult John Kerry! No one has the right to insult Kerry, except possibly Teresa, and only on the day she gives him his allowance.”


- Columnist Mark Steyn

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SPEECH FOR THE AGES

“Rarely do speeches at a political convention have much of a shelf life after the delegates have gone home. Those that do, like Barry Goldwater's acceptance speech in 1964, are usually memorable for the harm they did the speaker's cause. But if ever a convention speech deserved to be remembered for all the right reasons, it was Arnold Schwarzenegger's address to the Republican National Convention last week. . . . (N)o other speaker conveyed more stirringly the conservative creed that unites nearly all Republicans -- even those, like Schwarzenegger, usually thought of as ‘moderates.’ "

- Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby

NIXONITE

“Nearly eight years after Bill Clinton announced "the era of big government is over," President Bush told cheering delegates as he accepted his party's nomination for a second term that the era of smaller government is over. In speaking of what he wants government to do, rather than what government should not do, Mr. Bush is more in the mold of Richard Nixon than Ronald Reagan.”

- Columnist Cal Thomas

RIGHT STILL ON THE FENCE

“A fascinating poll by Raghavan Mayur, president of TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence and a pollster for Investor's Business Daily...finds conservative Democrats, independents and even some Republicans still are not ready to cast their lot with Mr. Bush. Why? They don't think he's conservative enough. On what issues? Government spending and deficits, immigration, the war in Iraq, and a relatively weak jobs recovery. . . . The convention has shown the GOP to be a big-tent party. But conservative voters still anchor this tent. The success of the Bush re-election campaign may well rest on his ability to harvest a bigger crop of conservative votes.”

- Columnist Lawrence Kudlow

CAMPAIGN REFORM’S LONG HISTORY OF FAILURE

“Congress has been repeatedly ‘reforming’ campaign finance since 1974. Each reform leaves a ‘loophole’ that supposedly requires another law, which soon reveals yet another method by which people express themselves politically, which requires yet another law, and so on. Restrictions on individuals boosted fund-raising by organized political action committees (PACs). Restrictions on PACs boosted ‘soft money’ fund-raising by political parties. Restrictions on political parties boosted fund-raising by tax-exempt 527 organizations. ‘Reform’ has come to mean political opinion should be confined to opinion journalists, loudmouth entertainers and disingenuous film producers. Everyone else should just shut up.”

- Columnist Alan Reynolds

NUCLEAR POLITICS

IF this year’s presidential contest turns out to be as close as the one in 2000, Nevada’s 5 electoral votes could be decisive. Which is why both the Bush and Kerry campaigns have been flooding Nevadans with campaign commercials all summer...and likely won’t let up throughout the fall. And folks in both camps appear to think that storing the nation’s nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain could be the pivotal issue that swings Nevada one way or the other.

Despite having voted for Yucca in the past, Kerry is now taking a decidedly anti-Yucca position in contrast to the Bush administration which gave Yucca the go-ahead. Ed Feulner, president of the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank in Washington, makes a powerful case in favor of Yucca and calls on both campaigns to stop playing politics with the issue. You can read Mr. Feulner’s entire column here.

IT’S THE STINKIN’ LAWYERS, STUPID

“Morning sickness — the nausea and vomiting that afflict more than half of pregnant women — can be debilitating. There once was an excellent prescription medication for it (Bendectin), but the manufacturer stopped selling it in the United States. Safety problems? Unprofitability? Not at all. Frivolous, debilitating lawsuits killed this drug and left American women to munching crackers, or to quackery like herbal remedies or bracelets that supposedly compress acupuncture points.”

- Henry Miller of the Competitive Enterprise Institute

JUNK SCIENCE & SODA POP

You may have heard about a report recently tying sodas to weight gain and diabetes. But Seven Milloy of JunkScience.com has discovered what he considers to be “flagrant and inexcusable dishonesty on the part of the researchers” and calls for an investigation by the federal Office of Research Integrity. Click here to get the full story.

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