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Brushfire Alert, 9/17/04


Yet another “sign” that Kerry will go down in flames on November 2nd:
Check out this photo of the cute little 3-year-old girl crying on her dad’s shoulders after having her “Bush-Cheney” sign ripped out of her hands and torn up by Kerry-Edwards supporters in West Virginia yesterday.

Not exactly the way to win friends and influence people, huh? The bonehead with the baseball cap on the wrong way, a smirk on his face and pieces of the sign in his hand is laughing at little Sophia. Takes a real tough guy to make a 3-year-old girl cry, doesn't it?

Now here’s the rest of the story, as if that’s not enough to make your blood boil.

I spoke with the girl’s father, Phil Parlock, this morning. Mr. Parlock is a real estate agent and father of 10 children...two of whom are presently in the National Guard. (I hope Dan Rather doesn’t get hold of their service records!). Apparently the Kerry goons who were ripping up everyone’s Bush-Cheney signs at the rally, including little Sophia’s, were members of...the Painters Union.

Go figure. Who would have thought such goonish behavior could come from union workers? I mean, what are the odds?

Anyway, Mr. Parlock also let me speak to Sophia briefly. She told me proudly - in that kind of little-girl voice which’ll melt your heart - how she got to meet the President and how the President hugged her and told her “Thank you.” She was obviously on Cloud Nine. What a damn shame that thug had to ruin such a wonderful experience for a little 3-year-old kid.

But it gets worse...

Apparently, Mr. Parlock’s 82-year-old mother-in-law was living with the family back in 1999 when she passed away after a short illness. Her obituary appeared in the Charleston Gazette on February 19, 1999.

What’s this have to do with anything?

Well, once Sophia Parlock’s photo appeared in the Associated Press story, one of the whacked-out Democratic Underground jerks, “displacedtexan,” posted the link to the obituary on the DU website Discussion Board under the title “Did the Parlocks OFF Granny,” along with these comments:

“Short Illness?????????????????? The Parlocks let Granny die while in their care???????? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm… 10 kids on a real estate agent's salary????????????? I wonder what Granny's house was worth!”

These are some sick puppies.

Anyway, I asked Mr. Parlock if it might help for Sophia to get some emails from folks who saw her picture and wanted to send their greetings and some words of encouragement after her unfortunate experience. He asked that anyone wanting to reach out and contact Sophia do so by sending an email to:

I’ll let you all take it from here.

Chuck Muth
Citizen Outreach


News & Views, 9/16/04


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As a number of readers very quickly pointed out following Monday’s News & Views, Rep. Tom Osborne is a Cornhusker, not a Sooner. And if I make another mistake as grievous that boner, I’ll be a Goner!


“Meanwhile, the Associated Press reports that Massachusetts' Sen. Ted Kennedy ‘is launching a seven-week election drive’ on Kerry's behalf. As if Kerry needs help running his campaign off a bridge.”

- James Taranto, Best of the Web, 9/15/04


“Republicans may be the only actors still in a closet in Hollywood…”

- John Fund, Political Diary, 9/14/04


“The Jordanian Ministry of Information and Communications Technology has announced that privatization of the post company will commence beginning of next year. . . . 'The privatization programme has already seen successful moves of this kind in the telecommunications sector in Jordan, which shows the very rapid pace of transformation that can be achieved through privatization,' said Al Saeed.”

- AME, 9/16/04 ( Jordan? What’s it say when even a country such as JORDAN sees the value of privatizing the post office, but here in the U.S. we can’t even get a little competition against the government monopoly, let alone privatize it altogether? )


“The U.S. Senate has added $2.9 billion in emergency drought, frost and flood aid for farmers to a $32 billion 2005 homeland security spending bill. Approved by the Senate Tuesday, the aid was included at the behest of farm-state lawmakers eager to jump on the emergency-aid bandwagon started by the Senate's approval of $2 billion in aide for victims of hurricane damage in Florida last week.”

- Peter Roff, UPI’s Political Briefs, 9/15/04


“James Pengov of Elyria, Ohio, has been stopped by authorities from selling his vote to the highest bidder on eBay. Pengov, who says he did it to pay medical bills, apparently had no idea that it was impersonate a congressman.”

- Bruce Tinsley’s “Mallard Fillmore” comic, 9/15/04


“How long before they start including a laugh track in the ‘CBS Evening News’? Each night anchor Dan Rather appears to offer an increasingly hilarious defense of his reliance on fraudulent documents for last week's abortive hit piece against President Bush.”

- James Taranto, Best of the Web, 9/14/04


“CBS News and top anchor Dan Rather are digging in their heels - and just may be digging their own journalistic graves.”

- New York Post editorial, 9/14/04


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“I know it sounds trite...but freedom isn't free. Americans have paid the price many times over. Now Iraqis are. There are, however, many people who don't want freedom. They just want a dictator they can live with.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz


“They (the Bush administration) haven't even engaged in a legitimate effort to try to really transform the ability of Israel to find a legitimate entity to negotiate with."

- John Kerry in a Time magazine interview


“Sign up as a volunteer. Pledge to contribute to a non-profit organization. Drop off some groceries at a food bank. Give blood. Clean up a park. Help a neighbor. Help a stranger."

- Washington state Gov. Gary Locke (D) giving bone-headed advice on how to fight terrorism. By the way, I wonder who Locke is endorsing in this year’s presidential race?


“A Freedom of Information Act request by the Post for Kerry's (military) records produced six pages of information. A spokesman for the Navy Personnel Command, Mike McClellan, said he was not authorized to release the full file, which consists of at least 100 pages."

- Washington Post


“Now, everyone knows that information circulated on the Internet may or may not be reliable, but there is a piece running around on it that alleges facts that bear further investigation. Among other things it says that Kerry’s military records do not show his honorable discharge from the service until March 12, 2001. Also it claims Kerry’s Silver Star was awarded in 1969 but the citation for it was signed by John Lehman, Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of the Navy from 1981 to 1987. These and other charges really do need to be looked into.”

- Lyn Nofziger, 9/14/04


“Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry called the best-selling book Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry ‘a pack of lies’ in an interview with syndicated radio and MSNBC TV host Don Imus Wednesday morning. . . . Kerry said the only reason the book has been on the New York Times best seller list for the last several weeks is because ‘right wing people’ are buying the books in bulk. (Jerome) Corsi, the book's co-author, questioned how Kerry can criticize a book he admits he has not read.”

-, 9/15/04


“Presidential candidate John Kerry promised over the weekend that he would ‘take on the terrorists’ who attacked the U.S. on 9/11 by forcing them to obey America's gun control laws. . . . The top Democrat did not explain why the Assault Weapons Ban failed to protect America against the 9/11 attacks, which were executed by al-Qaida operatives armed with small knives. Nor did Kerry say how many terrorists had been arrested and charged with violations under the Assault Weapons Ban.”

-, 9/13/04


“There are fools like Bill Clinton and John Kerry who try to con the people into believing that the second amendment is little more than a hunting license. It isn’t. It is what federal judge Alex Kocynski calls a ‘doomsday’ provision. Meaning, when government moves to take away those freedoms guaranteed by the constitution the people will have the means to resist.

“...But why do we need assault weapons if we’re not soldiers or cops? Well, probably we don’t. But there a at least a couple of things to consider. First you take away the assault weapons. Next the rifles and shotguns. Next the pistols. Next the cap guns. Pretty soon there ain’t nothing left except, maybe, slingshots and spit wads. It’s called a slippery slope.

“Second, assault weapons in the hands of citizens are the great equalizers. When these are available to the people...the power-hungry people who run government will be just a little more reluctant to misuse their authority. Am I paranoid? Perhaps. But it is a truism that even paranoids have enemies. And it is also true that any government, no matter how benevolent, can and will misuse its power and authority if there are no restraints on it.”

- Lyn Nofziger’s “Musings,” 9/15/04


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“Our current unemployment rate — 5.4 percent — is one of the lowest in the world and one of the lowest in U.S. history. Why then the hysteria about jobs? Because this is an election year and Sen. John Kerry is desperate for some issue that will rescue his faltering campaign.”

- Columnist Thomas Sowell


“Last week, though, Ralph Nader made it clearer than ever that he's running against Mr. Kerry and the Democrats, not George Bush and the Republicans. At a press breakfast in Washington, St. Ralph declared he would spend the next seven weeks touring the swing states, ripping Dems for trying to keep him off the ballot and John Kerry for running as a me-too candidate incapable of expressing any coherent thought not programmed by his campaign consultants. ‘We're exposing all the pus and the bile. We're flushing the system out,’ Mr. Nader said.”

- Holman W. Jenkins Jr., Political Diary, 9/13/04


“To be fair, the president demands an end to all so-called 527 groups, not just those critical of him. Mr. Kerry, by contrast, has focused objections on Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, alleging the group illegally coordinates with the Bush campaign. . . . Under Mr. Bush's approach...527s simply would disappear - a welcome development for Republicans, who have not been nearly as successful as Democrats at collecting money that way. So let's give the president his due: He is a more consistent opponent of free speech.”

- Columnist Jacob Sullum


“He's supposed to be protecting the public from terrorists. But investigators say a federal baggage screener was lining his pockets with jewelry. The screener was busted in a sting that recovered a stash of laptop computers, watches, and other merchandise -- all stolen authorities say, by Transportation Security Administration workers. . . . (Daniela) Sassoun is one of at least 17,000 passengers who've filed baggage theft complaints with the TSA since a new rule requiring checked bags be left unlocked. Her family's lost thousands of dollars in clothing.”

-, 9/14/04


“Consider the Railway Labor Act, the law governing airline union negotiations. The immediate cause of US Air's ‘Chapter 22’ filing (that is, Chapter 11 twice) was the refusal of its unions to accept necessary cost reductions. Though high labor costs are the well-known core of airline struggles, there's little management can do short of entering Chapter 11 to reduce them. The 1926 Railway statute gives unions extraordinary power to wait out the bargaining process and threaten a strike that no airline can survive.

“...Meanwhile the airlines are still asked to collect high ticket taxes from passengers, and pay segment fees, security charges, facility charges, infrastructure fees and frequent flier taxes (for starters). Continental Airlines chief Gordon Bethune noted in testimony this summer that in a year when the industry will lose $3 billion, it will hand the federal government $14 billion in taxes. This is nuts.”

- Review & Outlook, Wall Street Journal, 9/15/04


“The next time you pass through an airport and have to produce a photo ID to establish who you are and then must remove your shoes, take off your belt, empty your pockets, prove your laptop is not an explosive device and send your briefcase or purse through a machine to determine whether it holds weapons, think about this: In a single day, more than 4,000 illegal aliens will walk across the busiest unlawful gateway into the U.S., the 375-mile border between Arizona and Mexico. No searches for weapons. No shoe removal. No photo-ID checks. Before long, many will obtain phony identification papers, including bogus Social Security numbers, to conceal their true identities and mask their unlawful presence.”

- The John & Ken Show blog, 9/14/04


“Asa Hutchinson told the Washington Times ‘law-enforcement officials aren't even bothering to look for illegals’. Is this guy nuts? I have been a police officer for 21 years, the last 14 of which I have been a Sergeant. I have seen the police contact the immigration people on numerous occasions when they have found illegal aliens, only to be told ‘call us when you have a bus load’ or ‘tell them to call this number tomorrow’ or ‘give us an address where we can send them some papers.’ Mr. Hutchinson, if you want to find illegal aliens, there are thousands of local police departments that are willing to help you out. You just have to get your own people on board.”

- News & Views reader William Brunt of Middletown, NJ


“On another controversial issue, the House voted to remove language in the bill that would have barred American banks from accepting as identification a document the Mexican government issues to Mexicans in the United States, many of whom are illegal immigrants. The Treasury Department allows financial institutions to accept the ‘matricula consular’ cards as part of Patriot Act requirements that customers produce identification in opening bank accounts.

“The aim is to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, but Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, who attached the ban on the Mexican IDs during a subcommittee vote, contended that the IDs are easily forged. ‘This is a straight-up national security issue.’

“But the Bush administration opposed the Culberson language, and it was stricken from the bill by a bipartisan vote of 222-177.”

- Associated Press, 9/14/04


“St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly vetoed a citywide smoking ban in bars and restaurants for the second time on Monday, saying at a news conference in his office Monday morning, “What we have found is that there are many reasonable and different options about how fast and how far to go." The Tobacco Wackos say they’ll never give up their fight to deny private property owners the right to make such decisions for their own businesses. “St. Paul is eventually going to go smoke-free,” city council member Dave Thune pledged.


“ ‘A majority of the U.S. House of Representatives is supporting legislation that would repeal virtually all of the District of Columbia gun restrictions, targeting one of the nation's most stringent handgun bans while the presidential candidates are battling over gun limits,’ The Washington Post reports. In ‘Taking the D.C. Gun Ban to Court,’ Robert A. Levy, senior fellow in constitutional studies, writes: ‘The D.C. government has done little or nothing to disarm violent criminals; yet it has done a really effective job of disarming decent, peaceable residents.’ “

- Cato Daily Dispatch, 9/14/04


“A presidential initiative called The ‘New Freedom Commission on Mental Health’ has issued a report recommending forced mental health screening for every child in America, including preschool children. The goal is to promote the patently false idea that we have a nation of children with undiagnosed mental disorders crying out for treatment.

“...The greater issue is not whether youth mental health screening is appropriate. The real issue is whether the state owns your kids. When the government orders ‘universal’ mental health screening in schools, it really means ‘mandatory.’ Parents, children, and their private doctors should decide whether a child has mental health problems, not government bureaucrats.

“That this even needs to be stated is a sign of just how obedient our society has become toward government. What kind of free people would turn their children’s most intimate health matters over to government strangers? How in the world have we allowed government to become so powerful and arrogant that it assumes it can force children to accept psychiatric treatment whether parents object or not?

“...Forced mental health screening is just the latest of many state usurpations of parental authority: compulsory education laws, politically-correct school curricula, mandatory vaccines, and interference with discipline through phony ‘social services’ agencies all represent assaults on families.”

- Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), Texas Straight Talk, 9/14/04


Nathan Tabor, an unsuccessful (thankfully) Republican candidate this year for North Carolina’s 5th congressional district, is still smarting from the website I put up about him ( during the GOP primary race. He should have heeded the age-old wisdom to not pick a fight with someone “who buys ink by the barrel and bandwidth by the gigabyte.”

Anyway, the election is over and Nathan desperately wants me to take the website down. In fact, he threatened me (again) a couple weeks ago, and gave me a 5 p.m. deadline to do as he instructed. Apparently the boy hasn’t learned a darned thing from this experience. Naturally, I told him to pound dirt and suggested he get an adult to negotiate this matter on his behalf.

At least he took THAT bit of advice. The selected and mutually agreed upon intermediary extracted a statement from Nathan last Saturday in which he finally admits he was wrong to falsely accuse me of being a shill for the Vernon Robinson campaign. He also admits he was “foolish” to have picked such a dumb fight in the first place, although he’s still dumb enough to further taunt the tiger with, “I don’t believe the site hurt me in my campaign.”

Well, maybe it did and maybe it didn’t...but it sure didn’t HELP. And it was completely avoidable.

The bottom line, though, is that I resolved during my August sabbatical not to waste so much of my valuable time on I’ve “disabled” the website. However, with just a couple clicks of a mouse, I can put it back up in a heartbeat. So long as Nathan keeps his mouth shut and leaves me alone...I intend to leave him alone.

However, as Vito Corleone would say, if he breaks the peace I’ve offered here today, Katy bar the door.


...Here’s what you’ve missed over the past couple of days:

* Zell Miller returning more than spitballs at his critics
* The surprising demographic which one pollster says is entirely responsible for Bush’s post-convention bounce
* A libertarian-friendly columnist blasting Libertarian Party presidential candidate Michael Badnarik for ““wandering off onto the conspiratorial boulevards of Lyndon LaRouche-ville”
* The modern-day Davids-with-slingshots who may well have brought network giant Dan Rather crashing to his knees
* Why Dan Rather hates the Bushes
* The growing signs of a landslide on the campaign trail up ahead
* Why Supreme Court judicial nominations might not be such a great reason for re-electing President Bush after all
* The identity of the group of folks who have probably gained the most, financially, from McCain/Feingold
* Some really bizarre and goofy candidates running in Washington state
* The funniest politically incorrect TV show to hit the airwaves this fall
* How unions and the government are killing the airline industry
* How misguided activist legislators in Pennsylvania have inadvertently put the screws to car-crash victims
* This political season’s “new nasty blood sport”
* And much, much more...

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Brushfire Alert, 9/15/04


Here’s a little call-to-action background information from the September 14 edition of National Review Online…

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It appears likely that CBS News based a blockbuster report on George W. Bush's National Guard service on faked documents. If so, either through negligence or malfeasance, it has attempted to perpetuate a gross fraud on the American public. In its defenses aired so far, it has been evasive and downright misleading. Needless to say, this is not the work of a reputable news division.

The strategy that now makes most sense from the perspective of the selfish interests of those responsible at CBS is to batten down the hatches and hope the document flap blows over and is eventually just chalked up as a "controversial report," instead of dealing seriously on air with the doubts and retracting and apologizing if — as appears likely at this point — the evidence shows the documents to be forgeries.

This strategy cannot be tolerated by the broader political and journalistic community. Until CBS cleans its own house, it cannot be considered just another news organization, in good journalistic standing. Which brings us to the presidential debates.

The Commission on Presidential Debates has scheduled a debate on foreign policy for October 13 at Arizona State University. The moderator the commission has seen fit to anoint for this encounter is Bob Schieffer of CBS News. In other words, one of the greatest gifts in terms of exposure and responsibility in the fall campaign is being handed to a representative of the CBS News division.

This cannot stand, and Republicans in particular ought to scream about this choice, given the evident disregard CBS has for fairness and accuracy. Schieffer should be replaced by someone from some other organization.

This is not to say that Schieffer himself is not a decent guy or a professional, nor it is to suggest that he personally had any role in the National Guard story. But the CBS controversy is about more than one stubborn icon, Dan Rather. The credibility of the entirety of CBS News is at stake. If outsiders are being stonewalled, it is up to insiders who care about the reputation of CBS to step up — insiders like Schieffer.

In the meantime, getting bumped from the moderator role would just be the price Bob Schieffer pays for being affiliated with an increasingly disreputable and discredited news organization.

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BRUSHFIRE ALERT: If you agree that under the circumstances Bob Schieffer should be replaced as the moderator for the October 13 presidential debate with someone from an organization that is a little more fair and balanced, not to mention reputable, here’s the contact information for the Commission on Presidential Debates:

Janet H. Brown, Executive Director
Commission on Presidential Debates
1200 New Hampshire Ave NW Suite 445
Washington, D.C. 20036


News & Views, 9/13/04


“The common man doesn't look at me as some rich witch.”

- TerAYza Heinz Kerry, 9/9/04


“The defeat of America in Iraq and Afghanistan has become a matter of time, with God’s help. The Americans in both countries are between two fires, if they continue they bleed to death and if they withdraw they lose everything.”

- Al Qaeda butcher Ayman al-Zawahri


"Obviously not all Muslims are terrorists but, regrettably, the majority of the terrorists in the world are Muslims. The kidnappers of the students in Ossetia are Muslims. The kidnappers and killers of the Nepalese workers and cooks are also Muslims. Those who rape and murder in Darfour are Muslims, and their victims are Muslims as well. Those who blew up the residential complexes in Riyadh and Al-Khobar are Muslims. Those who kidnapped the two French journalists are Muslims. The two [women] who blew up the two planes [over Russia] a week ago are Muslims. Bin Laden is a Muslim and Al-Houthi [the head of a terrorist group in Yemen] is a Muslim. The majority of those who carried out suicide operations against buses, schools, houses, and buildings around the world in the last ten years are also Muslims.

“...Islam has suffered an injustice at the hands of the new Muslims... We will only be able to clear our reputation once we have admitted the clear and shameful fact that most of the terrorist acts in the world today are carried out by Muslims.”

- Abdel Rahman Al-Rashed, former editor of the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, reprinted in Andrew Sullivan’s “Weekly Dish” column


“John Kerry could well be our next President, which is why we keep looking for signs that he'd be a good one, especially on national defense. Even a hint of Harry Truman would make us sleep better. But the more he talks about Iraq, the more the Senator seems bent on proving that his critics are right: He really is in a Presidential debate with himself.”

- Review & Outlook, Wall Street Journal, 9/10/04


“The story of George W. Bush's ‘scandalous’ service in the Texas Air National Guard arrived on little legs months ago. Baby Boomer correspondents and pundits, who missed the war and imagine the authentic heroes of Vietnam were Sgt. Pepper and the Lonely Hearts Club Band, were shocked — shocked! — that George W. missed not only the Vietnam War, but had never shot down a single MiG over Corpus Christi.

“...Monsieur Kerry and his friends just can't leave the Vietnam War alone. If Monsieur Kerry, who opened this can of demons and worms, will ever agree to releasing his complete military records, this could all get verrrry interesting.”

- Wesley Pruden, Pruden On Politics, 9/10/04


“Which is more important; (a) whether or not President Bush showed up for National Guard duty 35 years ago, or (b) whether he showed up for duty as Commander in Chief for the past four years. If Bush were basing his entire set of presidential qualifications on his National Guard duty, then we might have a problem.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz


“There are two things that are now almost certainly true about the presidential race: (1) George W. Bush is winning for the first time all year. (2) John F. Kerry's campaign is, internally, in disarray. Combined, the two points mix like nitroglycerine in a blender.”

- UPI’s Peter Roff, 9/10/04


“Things have been going wrong for Kerry ever since he reported for duty at the Democratic National Convention. He still has eight weeks to turn things around. But off of his record to date it’s beginning to look like he won’t make it.”

- Lyn Nofziger, “Musings,” 9/10/04


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“Hurricanes come through Florida every year about this time. And, every year, politicians get to parade their compassion by showering the taxpayers' money on the places that have been struck. What would happen if they didn't?

“First, not as many people would build homes in the path of a well-known disaster that comes around like clockwork virtually every year. Those who did would buy insurance to covers the risks they choose to take. That insurance would not be cheap — which would provide yet another reason for people to locate out of harm's way. The net result would be fewer lives lost and less property damage. Is it not more compassionate to seek this result, even if it would deprive politicians of television time?”

- Columnist Thomas Sowell


“Most Americans adamantly oppose increasing the amount of legal immigration to the United States and legalizing those immigrants here illegally. On no other foreign-policy issue do average Americans disagree more with government and business leaders and other ‘elites’ than on immigration.”

- Washington Times, 9/10/04


“US Airways Group filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy-court protection after talks with its labor unions to cut costs fell through.”

- Wall Street Journal, 9/12/04


“The problem with the USPS (post office) is the unions. Matter of fact, unionism is the root of the problems with most of our government. The worst President the United States ever had was John F. Kennedy...because in March of 1963 he signed Executive Order 10988 which authorized and encouraged the formation of government employee unions.”

- News & Views reader “Bob in Amarillo”


“Congress (has) little time to pass postal reform or other (Direct Mail)-related legislation before the targeted adjournment date of Oct. 1. . . . Though reform gained momentum earlier this year, most industry insiders say there is little time to pass either bill, especially as neither has been scheduled for debate on the House or Senate floors.”

- DM News, 9/7/04


Rep. Tom Osborne, Oklahoma Republican, is trying to ban beer commercials from all televised college sports events. "Alcohol abuse is the leading cause of death on college campuses," he tells CNN/Money.

Really? How many alcohol abuse deaths occurred on college campuses last year? Out of how many college students? Now, what’s the percentage of college students who died of alcohol abuse on college campuses last year? Then tell me how that figure justifies congressional action to ban free speech?

I think I’ll go pop a cold Coors while I’m waiting for the answers. On second thought, make it two Coors. No, make it two Samuel Adams! In a frosted mug, please.


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DC Confidential, 9/12/04


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Not only was Saturday the third anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks, it was also the 190th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore...a battle in the War of 1812 which inspired Francis Scott Key to write what is now our nation’s national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner. The kids and I attended an evening re-enactment of the battle at Ft. McHenry, along with a wonderful concert by the United States Army Band (including the all-time crowd-pleaser, “The 1812 Overture”) and a fabulous fireworks display.


Before all that good stuff took place, the crowd was sentenced to about 45 minutes of one boring political speech by a Democrat elected official after another...the low-light being remarks by Sen. Barbara Mikulski, whose grating voice and mangled diction make fingernails across a chalkboard seem like a nighttime lullaby by comparison.

Darn near made me nostalgic for the days when the British were landing cannonballs on the very spot where the stage was.

I’m sorry. Was that insensitive?


Salt Lake City’s aviation code requires small aircraft to maintain an altitude of more than 2,000 feet, with one exception: Santa Claus and his reindeer. However, the city’s airport board is proposing that Santa’s exemption be withdrawn, which means Santa would no longer be allowed to land on rooftops on Christmas Eve to deliver presents to all the good little boys and girls. The Salt Lake City Council still must OK the airport board’s Santa-ban at a meeting next month.

BRUSHFIRE ALERT: Maybe you’d like to help ‘em in their deliberations. Here’s the council’s general email address: . But remember, this wasn’t the City Council’s was the airport board’s. The Council members aren’t getting coal in their stockings...yet. Let’s help them be good for goodness sake.


Massachusetts passed a statewide ban on smoking in public facilities earlier this year. The result appears to be a surge in business at the local VFW and American Legion in the town of Southwick, where patrons can light up if they got ‘em due to an exemption from the smoking ban for private clubs. This, naturally, has sparked complaints from local bars and taverns who say they are losing business to the veterans’ clubs because of the smoking ban. So the Board of Health has summoned the managers of the VFW and American Legion facilities to ‘splain themselves at a hearing on October 7.

Seems to me it would be appropriate for these veterans’ organizations to show up with all their members decked out in their dress uniforms and demand that the Board of Health explain where the hell a bunch of namby-pamby government health nannies and desk jockeys think they got the right to tell men and women who took a bullet in defense of this nation whether or not they can light up a Camel while drinking a Bud and telling war stories.

Now THAT’S a Board of Health meeting I’d pay to see.


In a recent poll, 53% of the people support the Japanese plan to privatize its postal service. Only about a third oppose. Not only is this a GREAT idea, it appears to be a winning and popular issue as well. Too bad nobody has the backbone to propose such a breakup of the postal monopoly here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. I guess they’re afraid they might offend Dawn Tisdale’s postal union buddies.

If you don’t know who Dawn Tisdale is, check out “The Tisdale Files” at


The pundits seemed unanimous in their praise of President Bush for “asking for the sale” during his acceptance speech at the Republican convention in New York. Asking for the people’s vote is something John Kerry had neglected to do in his own acceptance speech at the Democrat convention.

But the problem is, although the President has ASKED for the sale, he still hasn’t closed the deal with many conservatives who are struggling mightily with the choice between a weak-on-defense Democrat and a big-government Republican. Many conservatives are finding themselves between the proverbial rock and a hard place.

Now, in a stinging indictment of the incumbent, Doug Bandow - a former Reagan official and senior fellow at the Cato Institute - has inked a column this weekend titled “Why Conservatives Must Not Vote for Bush,” which gets to the heart of this conundrum.

“Indeed, many conservatives react like the proverbial vampire at the sight of a cross when they consider casting a ballot for Kerry,” Bandow writes. However, “the president, despite his well-choreographed posturing, does not represent traditional conservatism -- a commitment to individual liberty, limited government, constitutional restraint and fiscal responsibility.”

When it comes to limited government, Bandow is certainly no shrinking violet...and although I may disagree with his assessment on the issue of Iraq, this is an extremely thoughtful piece which raises some extremely serious and tough questions for conservatives.

You may or may not agree with Bandow’s conclusions, but you owe it to yourself and the conservative movement to read what he has to say. I’ve reprinted it on our News & Views EXTRA page at:


“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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