CHUCK MUTH'S NEWS & VIEWS

The good, the bad & the ugly. Liberal excesses. Conservative successes. Clowns to the Left. Jokers to the Right. Read all about 'em in Chuck's FREE hard-hitting, no B.S. newsletter of current events and political goings-on you won't find in the "mainstream press."

Name:

Chuck Muth is President and CEO of Citizen Outreach and a professional political consultant. Mr. Muth is a professional campaign trainer, a newsletter publisher and talk-show host who regularly appears on political TV and radio programs.

Friday

News & Views, 10/1/04


NO MORE MR. NICE GUY

“(G)et it done. It should be over in 96 hours if we go in with decisive force. . . . Blood is all these thugs understand. In places like Fallujah, the time for softness and compassion is over.”

- Retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor on the failure of diplomacy to put down the insurgents in Fallujah and the need to wipe ’em out with military force

POST-DEBATE OBSERVATIONS

* Watching a presidential debate for a lot of folks is like watching auto racing. The participants simply go round and round and round while the audience gets dizzy. Few people watch racing for the driving in circles part. They watch it hoping for a crash. In debating’s case, they watch hoping to witness a major gaffe. Maybe the candidates’ podiums should be decorated with sponsors’ logos.

* I’ve been predicting a landslide victory for President Bush for over two months now...IF...the president doesn’t blow it. He didn’t blow it last night.

* Nevertheless, it is NOT in the media’s best interest for this election to be a blowout. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that even though last night’s debate was a yawner from both sides and probably a “draw,” the consensus by the pundits and the talking heads was that Kerry “murderized” the prez (tip of the hat to the Three Stooges). They *need* for that perception to take hold in order to bring Kerry’s campaign back from the dead.

* While the president didn’t “blow it,” he also made it painfully obvious that “debating” - if that’s what you want to call last night’s glorified press conference - sure as heck isn’t his strong suit. On the other hand, command of minutiae and blowing hot air...using well-crafted words and sentences to say, well, nothing...is what United States senators DO. And Kerry has 20 years experience in that regard. Of course Kerry “won” the “debate.”

* My friend Lyn Nofziger appears to have been proved correct in saying it was a MAJOR mistake for the Bush camp to agree to three rather than two debates. No blood was drawn in this one...but you get the definite impression that it COULD happen in either of the next two. Remember, THIS debate on foreign policy was supposed to be the one the president had a BIG advantage in. Mr. Bush is WAY vulnerable on the domestic side. Buckle up Republicans.

* OK, “spin” isn’t exactly “lying,” but it also isn’t leveling with you. The president didn’t do “great” last night, as I heard so many of his campaign team and surrogates proclaim in “Spin Alley” afterwards. The people know what they saw with their own two eyes. Don’t try to pull the wool over ‘em. Admit the obvious: The president isn’t as good a debater as John Kerry. In fact, the Bushies should have simply conceded that Kerry is a “master debater.” But endless debate isn’t what the country needs or wants in a president. It’s a person who listens to the debate of others...and then makes a DECISION...and then implements that decision without hesitancy. THAT’S what a leader, not a debater, does. If you want to be a debater, join the United Nations.

* We heard again and again last night exactly what John Kerry would do differently in handling Iraq and other hot spots around the world: Hold a summit. That was his answer to everything. What do they do at summits? Talk. Talk is what John Kerry does best. We saw that last night. But talk is also cheap. Clinton was full of it...in more ways than one. At some point, however, you have to put up or shut up. President Bush “put up” following September 11. If only John Kerry would now shut up.

* “No president, through all of American history, has ever ceded, and nor would I, the right to preempt in any way necessary to protect the United States of America,” John Kerry proclaimed. But then he immediately contradicted himself (I’m shocked!) by qualifying that right, saying “you've got to do it in a way that...passes the global test.” Huh? What “global test”? On the other hand, President Bush consistently says he will not seek a permission slip from anyone to defend this nation. Which candidate’s position do you think Americans agree with on this one?

* What a cute little line Kerry used, repeated more than once, that President Bush “outsourced” the hunt for bin Laden to Afghan warlords. Coming from a man who would “outsource” U.S. security to the United Nations and France.

* Here’s one I’m really sorry the president let slip by. John Kerry compared 2002 Iraq to 1942 Mexico. He said attacking Iraq after September 11th made as much sense as attacking Mexico after Pearl Harbor. No, the president should have replied, attacking Iraq after September 11 was like attacking GERMANY after Pearl Harbor. Germany was PART of the world war sparked by Japan’s attack, just as Iraq was part of the world war against terrorism. If you don’t agree with that assessment, then vote for Kerry. Osama bin Laden was indeed the guy who perpetrated 9/11, but he’s FAR from the only threat to this nation. Fortunately, thanks to President Bush, Saddam is no longer one of them...just as Germany, which didn’t attack us at Pearl Harbor, was brought down before bringing down Japan, which did.

* Oh, here was a good one. When talking about what he’d do to stop worldwide terror, one of the few specifics John Kerry gave was: Sign the Global Warming Treaty. Yeah, that’ll teach al Qaeda! What a boob.

* Kerry also called for another nuclear freeze. Despite that fact that terrorists and despots are building impenetrable fortresses under ground where we can’t get them with conventional weapons, Kerry says he’d immediately stop development of bunker-busting bombs. That’s gotta make you feel safer, huh? I wonder how our soldiers in the field feel about this?

* I don’t know if you picked up on it, but I’d swear Mr. Kerry’s nose extended a full three inches immediately after proclaiming, “I’ve never wavered in my life.”

* It’s a shame the president let Kerry get away with this “rush to war” crud on multiple occasions. Rush to war? This dance with Saddam had been going on for over a DECADE. If anything, the president waited TOO LONG. He wasted MONTHS screwing around with the useless United Nations leading up to the final invasion decision. Surely this gave Saddam ample time to hide or destroy any weapons of mass destruction he may have had. Rush? I don’t think so. Neither does any other clear-thinking American...which certainly leaves out Michael Moore.

* I don’t know if any of you remember a show called “Sledgehammer.” It was about a bumbling cop who’s signature line was, “Trust me, I know what I’m doing.” He always uttered that line just before screwing up something royally. And when you boil it all down, that’s exactly what John Kerry was telling America last night: “Trust me, I know what I’m doing.” Well, I DON’T trust him. I think he WILL screw up everything royally. I just hope a majority of Americans come to the same conclusion.

* I thought the best line of the evening came in President Bush’s closing statement: “If America shows uncertainty or weakness in this decade, the world will drift toward tragedy. That's not going to happen so long as I'm your president.” He should have just stopped right there. Game. Set. Match. That says it all. Back to you, John.

SURVEY SAYS!

Do you think the first debate put John Kerry back in contention?

* Yes
* No
* Not sure

Cast your vote by clicking the “Survey Says!” tab at www.citizenoutreach.com

LONG SAVINGS ON LONG DISTANCE

* Residential or commercial * 6-second billing increments * 24 hours/day, 7 days/week * No access codes * No minimums * No activation fees * Easy sign-up. * Click to get started...

http://www.newsandviewslongdistance.com/

SWIFTIES/POWS KEEPING PRESSURE ON KERRY

The Swiftboat Veterans for Truth have now teamed up with a group of former POWs and continue to hammer away at the man who accused them in a 1971 Senate hearing of committing war crimes. They’ve created an online petition calling for Kerry to come clean and back up his accusations. I hope you’ll join me in signing on. Just go to:

https://www.swiftvets.com/swift/petition.php

DEFEAT & RETREAT

“(John Kerry’s) recent broad-side attacks on President Bush's war against terrorism are right out of the Vietnam-era: Blame America. Blame the commander in chief. Blame the military. Assume we will lose.

“...Mr. Bush's vision is to use American power to promote democracy and freedom in a vital part of the world that has become unimaginably dangerous. Mr. Bush's vision is also one of optimism, of America's ability to succeed in a humanitarian operation that will make the world a better place and leave America safer and more secure.

“Mr. Kerry has no such vision. He is a pessimist and a defeatist whose campaign is doomed to fail.”

- Columnist Lawrence Kudlow

THE DISLOYAL OPPOSITION

“I was raised as a liberal in the era of a patriotic Democratic Party. But the present party and its presidential candidate John Kerry are a source of great disappointment to me and to millions of other former Democrats. That once-honored party has now turned dangerously leftward, establishing itself as the anti-American party, creating an unprecedented defeatist, disloyal opposition. Even during the Vietnam War, there were individual protests, but both parties refused to play partisan politics as long as America faced a difficult struggle.”

- Columnist and former Democrat Party official Martin Gross

COULD YOU REPEAT THAT?

“I am struck, through all of this, by the fact that, no matter how (President Bush) says things, everyone on earth knows exactly what he said and that he means every word of it. On the other hand, despite Senator Kerry's eloquence, his defenders spend their time explaining what he said, when he said it, why he said it and often, what he actually meant."

- Columnist Bob Emmrich

THE TROUBLE WITH TERESA

“...Teresa (Heinz Kerry) talks more about herself than about the man she's married to now. She's graceless as a ‘wife of,’ afflicted with a tin ear. Her coarse vulgarity in calling her husband's critics ‘scumbags’ might work around a kitchen table of partisan feminists having a cup of coffee together, but in a presidential campaign it's a little (or a lot) over the top.”

- Columnist Suzanne Fields

VOTE WITH YOUR REMOTE

“We see no need to shoot a man (or a network news division) already committing suicide. So why does GOP Representative Joe Barton, invoking Dan Rather, want to convene a hearing on TV news operations? Variety reports that Mr. Barton...told a trade group this week that newscasts ‘need to have safeguards to prevent reporters from infusing their opinions into news reports.’ . . . Be it Mr. Rather or (Rush) Limbaugh, Big Brother has no business telling press organs how to do their job. In a democracy, that's a function of the people, who in CBS's case can vote with their remote.”

- Review & Outlook, Wall Street Journal, 9/30/04

WHO ARE JUDGES TO JUDGE

“It is blindingly clear that judges have no better capacity than the rest of us to determine what is moral. . . . I will stipulate that by going beyond what it should be doing, the court can do some good stuff -- so can a king. But that doesn't prove it's good for a democratic system as a whole. A stopped clock is right twice a day.”

- Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on the subject of judicial activism

THANK GOODNESS FOR DRUG COMPANIES

“Americans are living longer, healthier lives. . . . The main reason is development of new drugs. . . . The shame, however, is that the industry and the public-private partnership responsible for all this progress are under vicious attack. It has become fashionable to malign and ridicule the research pharmaceutical companies…

“Drug companies spend $33 billion a year on research and development, the highest proportion of sales of any sector. More than 1,000 promising new medicines are in the pipeline—though it costs an average of $800 million to bring a drug to market…”

- TechCentralStation.com host James Glassman

THE COURAGE TO TAKE ON THE POST OFFICE

“Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's cabinet reshuffle achieved three goals: It solidified his command structure, clarified his priorities, and outlined his next set of reforms. If Mr. Koizumi can deliver on these reforms, he will go down as one of Japan's greatest postwar leaders.

“...In short, Mr. Koizumi has fashioned a cabinet that will follow his orders. And he showed his readiness to give such orders only a few weeks ago, when he overrode objections to parts of his postal reform plan from both the head of Japan's Postal Services Agency and the minister with jurisdiction over it. Not only did Mr. Koizumi get his way, but his popularity rating rose as a result.”

- Robert Alan Feldman, Wall Street Journal, 9/30/04

SHOOT-OUT IN NORTH DAKOTA

The Minot Daily News (ND) is conducting an on-line poll about the race between Duane Sand (R) and Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D) for Congress in North Dakota. This is one of the FEW truly competitive seats where the conservative challenger actually has a good chance to knock off an incumbent liberal. Pomeroy has a dismal lifetime American Conservative Union rating of 23. If you want to help give the conservative Sand a PR boost, you can cast your vote at: http://www.minotdailynews.com/

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Chuck Muth’s News & Views is published by Citizen Outreach, a non-partisan, 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. The opinions and views expressed in Chuck Muth's News & Views reflect those of the writers, editors and columnists therein and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Citizen Outreach, its officers, directors or employees.

Published by: Citizen Outreach
Chuck Muth
Editor/Publisher
611 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, #439
Washington, DC 20003-4303
E-mail: chuck@citizenoutreach.com

To make a secure online contribution to Citizen Outreach, go to the “Donate” page at www.citizenoutreach.com.

Wednesday

News & Views, 9/29,04


AT THE MOVIES

Gia and I were invited to the premier of David Bossie’s new film, “Celsius 41.11: The Temperature At Which the Brain Begins to Die,” in Georgetown last night. The film was produced to show “the truth behind the lies” of Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11.”

And boy did it do that. Celsius 41.11 slices and dices one argument after the other being put forth by the left in this year’s election and highlights the stunning contrast between George W. Bush and John F. Kerry. Undecided voters who watch this documentary aren’t likely to still be undecided by the time they finish their popcorn.

A couple things struck me in the film which I hadn’t fully appreciated before.

First was John Kerry’s “Thurston Howell III” accent and the air of entitled arrogance he displayed while testifying before Congress back in 1971, clips of which are shown in the movie. It’s bad enough to hear *about* what Kerry said in his testimony; it’s quite another to actually hear it in that smarmy, my-sh*t-don’t-stink elitist condescending accent of his - “Jeeves, another Perrier for me and Lovey. Chop-chop, my good man.” He has surely paid a small fortune for a speech coach to remove that accent from his vocal cords. It makes you want to smack him with a wet noodle.

And secondly, there is a perception out there that the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth guys popped up to take on Kerry now simply because he’s running for president. But Celsius 41.11 features a clip I had never seen before from an 30-year-old Dick Cavett show where the co-author of “Unfit for Command” debated and took John Kerry to task for smearing his Vietnam “brothers” in that 1971 congressional hearing. The swifties attack on Kerry isn’t some political brouhaha invented, created and orchestrated by the Bush campaign for 2004; it’s a decades-long blood feud. And now it’s payback time.

Anyway, Celsius 41.11 may or may not be coming to a theater near you. I’m sure this will come as a complete shock, but conservatives don’t have near the money that Hollywood put up to market and distribute Moore’s crockumentary. However, you can still get the film on DVD simply by making a $25 contribution to Bossie’s organization, Citizens United. Just go to http://www.citizensunited-interactive.org/cart.asp

And share it with a liberal you love.

LONG SAVINGS ON LONG DISTANCE

* Residential or commercial * 6-second billing increments * 24 hours/day, 7 days/week * No access codes * No minimums * No activation fees * Easy sign-up. * Click to get started...

http://www.newsandviewslongdistance.com/

SURVEY SAYS!

Do you agree with Teresa Heinz Kerry that Osama bin Laden will be captured before Election Day?

* Yes
* No

Cast your vote by clicking the “Survey Says!” tab at www.citizenoutreach.com

KERRY ON ORANGE ALERT

“Just days before Dem presidential hopeful John Kerry is set to take the stage in a debate opener projected to be seen by 70 million, photos show the senator dramatically taking on color. Is it the late September Wisconsin sun during debate prep that has turned Kerry's face to rich pumpkin-colored hues? Or has he been campaigning in the rust-belt? “Kerry advisers defend the sudden deep tan transition, noting how it simply was from a game of flag football last Friday in Bedford, Mass. But the College Democrats who met Kerry were surprised by his rich tan glow -- before the game even began, the HARVARD CRIMSON reports.”

- The Drudge Report, 9/28/04 [You can see a glowing photo of ol’ pumpkin-head at http://www.drudgereport.com/dnc55.htm]

YOU GOTTA BE KIDDERING

“CBS’ sole source authenticating the forged National Guard documents is Bill Burkett, who’s about as sane as Margot Kidder was when they dragged her filthy, toothless butt out of somebody’s shrubs a few years back.”

- Columnist Ann Coulter

RATHER BIASED

“This '60 Minutes' story never would have happened if the memos had come from Swift Boat Veterans for Truth against John Kerry. Now [Rather] is a joke, and everyone can see it."

- Columnist Jonah Goldberg

SEND IN THE PROS

“Joe Lockhart was supposed to be the Clintonite pro who came in and saved the Kerry campaign. So far he's a) embroiled the campaign in the Dan Rather/Bill Burkett CBS memo fiasco and b) ham-handedly called Iraqi interim P.M. [Iyad] Allawi a 'puppet.' ... But I hear he's a good closer!"

- Slate.com columnist Mickey Kaus

RETREAT & DEFEAT MALAISE

“Mr. Kerry finds himself a month before the election with no platform to run on other than American defeat. He has decided to co-opt the jihadist death-cult, the Ba'athist dead-enders, the suicide bombers and other misfits and run as the candidate of American failure. This would be shameful if he weren't so laughably inept at it.”

- Columnist Mark Steyn

THE PAMPERED CHAMELEION

“...John Kerry, like Al Gore, changes personae as he does his expertly tailored clothes.”

- Columnist Nat Hentoff

FLIP-FLOP COVER

“Ironically, the greatest beneficiary of John Kerry's reputation for flip-flopping is Mr. Kerry himself, because he's not so much a flip-flopper as a fundamentally dishonest person, which his reputation for flip-flopping tends to conceal.”

- Columnist David Limbaugh

THANKS FOR NOTHING, EDWARDS


“Because of lawsuit abuse by trial lawyers like John Edwards, who built a fortune suing OBGYNs while the number of Cesarean section procedures skyrocketed, the cost of malpractice insurance has also skyrocketed. And states are losing doctors who can no longer afford to pay the premiums.”

- NewsMax.com, 9/27/04

IT’S THE STUPID, STUPID

“The real cause of the problems with the Florida vote last time was stupid voters! If you can't figure out a butterfly ballot, or if you can read the simple instructions on how to use a punch-card ballot, then you probably shouldn't be voting anyway. If this is what cost Gore the election, so be it. That would mean that stupid voters are more likely to vote Democrat. Imagine my surprise.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz, 9/28/04

ARE WE NUTS?

“Just think what's happening across the country today. Instead of talking about limiting voting to people who actually have a clue what's going on in our country, we're talking about allowing non-citizens, even illegal aliens, to vote! There's also quite a bit of discussion about getting convicted felons back to the voting booths. Are we nuts? Do we really think that we are inviting anything other than disaster when we open our voting booths to convicted felons, non-citizens, illegal aliens and people who can't even name their own elected officials?”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz, 9/27/04

ELIMINATE THE POSTAL MONOPOLY

“In 1998, the U.S. Justice Department filed an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft, maintaining that the world's largest software maker held an illegal monopoly and stifled competition. The result was that Microsoft was found to hold monopoly power, and used it to harm competitors. This begs the ensuing question, ‘Couldn't then the Justice Department file a lawsuit against the Unites States Federal Government for its blatant monopoly status in postal delivery?’ . . .This taxpayer-funded, legally protected enterprise exemplifies the very definition of a monopoly, and yet it has somehow survived numerous attempts to dismantle it.

“...The rise of technology, from faxes to email to e-commerce, and the success of competitors like UPS and FedEx, have relegated the Constitutional provision of post offices by the Federal government to antiquity. To allow the existence of the United States Postal Service in its current form is inimical to the principles upon which this nation was founded. The time for eliminating this monopoly is long overdue. The laws that protect the USPS must be repealed, letting free market forces (i.e., the will of the people) determine its fate.”

- Columnist Sean Turner

OPEN MOUTH, INSERT HOLY FOOT

“Is it me, or does it really feel like it's a weekly occurrence that a televangelist must apologize for offensive remarks? The latest offender is Jimmy Swaggart, who some may remember as being disgraced in the late 1980s for being caught with a prostitute. He was obliged to apologize again last week for remarks on his televised worship service on Sept. 12. Discussing gay marriage, he said: ‘I've never seen a man in my life I wanted to marry. And I'm going to be blunt and plain: If one ever looks at me like that, I'm going to kill him and tell God he died,’ which caused the studio audience to laugh and applaud, setting off the expected PR fire storm. Rightly or wrongly, President Bush is associated with the Swaggarts, the Falwells, the Robertsons. And comments like those of Mr. Swaggart are no help.”

- Michael Philips, Political Diary, 9/28/04

OTHER THAN MURDER, SHE’S BEEN A MODEL CITIZEN

“Saratha Goggins became mayor of East Cleveland, Ohio, earlier this month when her predecessor, who is in prison for bribery, quit. Now, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports, it turns out that Goggins stabbed a boyfriend to death 22 years ago. ‘In interviews, Goggins said she petitioned a judge to seal the records in September 1991,’ the paper reports. ‘She recalled being convicted but said she could not remember the charge.’

“Well, we suppose that's understandable. After all, do you remember all the details of every homicide you committed more than 20 years ago? Goggins tells the paper: ‘It was an unfortunate incident that occurred in a time of my life. There is nothing I can do to change it. I have moved on. I am going to survive it.’ Of course, usually it's the person on the receiving end of a fatal stab wound whose survival is in doubt.”

- James Taranto, Best of the Web, 9/27/04

PARTISAN ASSISTED SUICIDE

“Outside the merits of the immigration issue, the partisan dynamic is clear: Higher Latin American immigration benefits the Democrats, while digging an ever-deeper demographic hole for Republicans. Pro-immigration conservatives fool themselves into believing being pro-immigration will make it possible for the GOP to convert large numbers of Hispanic voters to their side. This is a party strategy that could have been crafted in Oregon, since it amounts to a kind of partisan assisted suicide.”

- Columnist Rich Lowry

THE FAT SELF-CONTROL POLICE

“Americans are heavier than in the past. The most fundamental issue, though, is individual responsibility. Burger King does not corral lunchgoers at gunpoint. Big Macs do not leap into the mouths of unwilling consumers. Mars does not force feed anyone M&Ms.”

- Doug Bandow of the Cato Institute

THE BAD(NARIK) NEWS BEARS

A little league debate between the Green Party candidate for president, David Cobb, and the Libertarian Party candidate for president, Michael Badnarik, will be held at the Holiday Inn in Miami at 5 p.m. tomorrow...just hours before the Major League dust-up between the two candidates who actually have a chance to win on November 2.

We hope Badnarik takes some time to further expand on his contention, made just a few days ago, that former President Jimmy Carter was an International Man of Genius and that the United States should cut-and-run in Iraq the way we did in Vietnam. And maybe he’ll tell us exactly what he did to earn the Al-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz Malcolm X Award for which he is so proud.

Anyway, if you’re not too busy washing your hair or something at 5 o’clock Eastern tomorrow, you can catch the Badnarik/Cobb debate at: http://www.freemarketnews.com

IF YOU’RE NOT SUBSCRIBED TO DC CONFIDENTIAL...

...Here’s what you missed in just the last two days:

* GOP Senator from Coors Country? Odds look better and better
* Guess which loud-mouthed liberal might be the next to join lib-talk radio?
* Grab your Snickers: The British health nannies are coming! The health nannies are coming!
* REALLY Strange Bedfellows: Political odd couple teams up to oppose PATRIOT Act expansion
* Kill or Capture: What would YOU do considering the revolving door between Gitmo and Afghanistan?
* Some late night jokes at Bush & Kerry’s expense
* How Teresa plans to pay for her hubby’s health care scheme
* Rhode Island RINO Hunt: Open season on Chafee?
* Judge kills “Choose Life” plates in another state
* Ending DC’s deadly gun ban
* Goofy LP’s prez candidate says Jimmy Carter was right
* A major league “dove” throws his support behind the “hawk”
* Ted Kennedy throws Iraqi stones from his Bay of Pigs glass house
* A proposal to force the UN to put its money where its mouth is
* And much, much more...

DC Confidential is Chuck Muth’s daily “insiders” e-briefing published (almost) every weekday afternoon featuring original opinion and in-depth commentary. DC Confidential is NOT posted on a website; rather, it is distributed via email EXCLUSIVELY to paid subscribers.

The cost for DC Confidential is just $2.95 per month (billed automatically each month to your major credit card through our secure PayPal system)...OR...you can save ten bucks by signing up for a one-time annual payment of just $25. Just go to: http://chuckmuth.com/onlinestore.htm

For those without a PayPal account wishing to pay for a full year subscription in advance, you may do so using your Visa or MasterCard by making a $25 or more contribution to Citizen Outreach on our secure website at www.citizenoutreach.com . Donors will automatically receive a free 1-year subscription to DC Confidential.

Or simply mail a check or money order to: Citizen Outreach, 611 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, #439, Washington, DC, 20003.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Chuck Muth’s News & Views is published by Citizen Outreach, a non-partisan, 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. The opinions and views expressed in Chuck Muth's News & Views reflect those of the writers, editors and columnists therein and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Citizen Outreach, its officers, directors or employees.

Published by: Citizen Outreach
Chuck Muth
Editor/Publisher
611 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, #439
Washington, DC 20003-4303
E-mail: chuck@citizenoutreach.com

To make a secure online contribution to Citizen Outreach, go to the “Donate” page at www.citizenoutreach.com.

Monday

News & Views, 9/27/04


To SUBSCRIBE and have News & Views automatically delivered to your email address FREE, just go to: http://www.chuckmuth.com/newsletter/

ABOUT THAT CONTRACT

“Congress doesn't need to write a new Contract with America. Congress needs to implement the one James Madison already made with America.”

- DC Confidential reader Quentin Langley

SURVEY SAYS!


Do you agree with Teresa Heinz Kerry that Osama bin Laden will be captured before Election Day?

* Yes
* No

Cast your vote by clicking the “Survey Says!” tab at www.citizenoutreach.com

THIS GUY’S A REAL RIOT, AIN’T HE?

“Oh, I tell you, things are getting bad over there [in Iraq]. On Wednesday, for example, three severed heads were found by the side of the road outside of Baghdad. Hey, memo to the Iraqi people: severed-head pickup is Tuesday. Look, if you want to sleep late, roll them out on Monday night."

- “Comedian” Bill Maher, HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” 9/17/04

MOURNING IN AMERICA

“Neither Monsieur Kerry nor his men (and women) appear to get it. Americans have never warmed to messages of despair. The Sioux, the Cheyenne and the Crow would still be hunting buffalo, undisturbed on the high plains, if the early European settlers had not been drawn to the new world by optimism, hope and cheerful confidence in their ability to accomplish the difficult, the arduous and the impossible. John Kerry would have been waiting at Plymouth Rock to warn them to go home, that the Indians would eat them if the wild beasts didn't. Fortunately for all of us, on the day the Mayflower sailed into Plymouth, he was wind-surfing off the coast at Cannes.”

- Columnist Wes Pruden

BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND

“Consistently altering one's course with the breeze might come in handy for Popeye, Captain Crunch or a well-mannered dog with terminal flatulence, however it's not a pattern of behavior leading to great respect either at home or abroad. As with all who spend inordinate amounts of time on the water, something about Kerry's weaving, wavering, ducking and dodging smells a bit fishy.”

- Columnist Ron Marr

PLANNING IS EASY...THE EXECUTION IS HARD

“Plans, plans, plans. John Kerry has more plans than a Gypsy pavement contractor with multiple personality disorder.”

- Columnist Ron Marr

POOR JOHN KERRY

Poor John Kerry:He throws away someone else's medals.He drives someone else's SUV.He marries someone else's wife.And he inherits someone else's money.I think we should all vote for him to go be president of someone else's country.

- Forwarded by a News & Views reader

EMASCULATING JOHN KERRY

“Teresa Heinz Kerry’s (Democrat convention) speech, which all but ignored her husband, did more to emasculate him than the opposition ever could. By publicly shining the light on herself rather than her husband, she opened a symbolic breach in Kerry’s archetypal armor. Listen to what the Republicans are hitting Kerry with: Indecisive. Effete. French. They are all but calling this tall, accomplished war hero gay.

“The charges are sticking because of Teresa Heinz Kerry. Let’s start with ‘Heinz.’ By retaining her dead husband’s name—there is no genteel way to put this—she is publicly, subliminally cuckolding Kerry with the power of another man—a dead Republican man, at that. Add to that the fact that her first husband was (as she is herself now) vastly more wealthy than her second husband.”

- Columnist Naomi Wolf

LONG SAVINGS ON LONG DISTANCE

* Residential or commercial * 6-second billing increments * 24 hours/day, 7 days/week * No access codes * No minimums * No activation fees * Easy sign-up. * Click to get started...

http://www.newsandviewslongdistance.com/

ELECTION PROTECTION?

“Beyond requiring applicants to sign a pledge on voter-registration forms affirming that they are U.S. citizens, there is no way to prevent the nation’s estimated 8 million to 12 million illegal aliens from casting ballots in November, area elections officials say.”

- Washington Times, 9/24/04

JUST SAY NO TO BIGGER GOV’T

“Presently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has its hands full regulating the pharmaceutical industry and wrestling with the implications of imported drugs. The last thing the FDA or the American taxpayer needs is to create a vast new FDA bureaucracy to regulate the tobacco industry.

“Yet, the U.S. Senate recently passed a bill that would endow the FDA with almost complete control over the farming, manufacturing, wholesaling and retailing of tobacco. Regardless of your position on tobacco buyout provisions included in the House or Senate passed international tax bills, the Senate's provisions on expanding FDA's authority would give the FDA a level of arbitrary and unchallenged authority over the tobacco industry that is chilling to those of us who favor limited government and minimal regulation.”

- Allison Shulman of the National Association of Convenience Stores, Times-Republican (Iowa), 9/23/04

SUPPRESSING TRUTHFUL INFORMATION

“Many in the health community now acknowledge that adult smokers can reduce health risks for themselves and those around them by switching to noncombustible tobacco products. This public health measure is called ‘tobacco harm reduction,’ but the pending FDA tobacco legislation would suppress the distribution of this information to addicted smokers.”

- Letter to Congress over the weekend from Smokefree Pennsylvania over the issue of granting the FDA new authority to regulate tobacco

GOIN’ POSTAL

“Twenty years ago my brother-in-law got a job as an electrician at the bulk mail center locally. He would brag about just how little he would do in a day. His morning was spent with a newspaper and cup of coffee. After years of working for my self-employed husband, one of his cousins got a job at the same mail center. When asked about his new job, the cousin said that he didn't know how to act. Everyone told him he was working too fast and completing jobs too quickly, making everyone else look bad. It didn't take him long to figure it out.“

- News & Views reader Kathy D.

CRASHING THE PARTIES

PBS is airing a primetime special this week which looks at the role of third parties in our presidential campaigns. “Crashing the Parties” airs Wednesday, September 29 at 10 p.m. ET (check local listings). The special give a behind-the-scenes look at the third party candidates and their conventions, featuring Ralph Nader (Independent), Michael Badnarik (Libertarian), Michael Peroutka (Constitution) and David Cobb (Green). You can find out exactly where and when the program is airing in your neck of the woods by going to: http://www.pbs.org/stationfinder/index.html

VOTE SWAPPING

“If the Internet has done anything to U.S. elections, it has allowed political activists of every stripe to explore increasingly creative ways to affect their outcome. One of the more creative is a project being run out of the votepair.org., a Web site that defines its mission as ‘uniting progressive through strategic voting.’

“Votepair.org wants what it calls ‘swing state progressives whose first instinct might have been to vote for Nader or Cobb’ to pair up with Democrats in states where either Bush or Kerry has a decisive lead and, in essence, swap their votes. ‘As a result, the paired voters' support for progressive third parties is recorded in the popular vote’ -- where it doesn't matter in terms of the ultimate outcome -- ‘and their preference for Kerry over Bush finds voice in the Electoral College.’

“Why, the site asks, would a so-called progressive voter want to do this? ‘They don't want Bush in the office just as much as a Kerry voter. All they want is Federal Funding, but they must get at least 5 percent of the vote in order to accomplish this,’ something their project can help them achieve.”

- Peter Roff, UPI’s “That’s Politics,” 9/26/04 [Gee, I wonder why the Libertarians haven’t thought of this?]

IF YOU’RE NOT SUBSCRIBED TO DC CONFIDENTIAL...

...Here’s what you’ve missed yesterday:

* A blast from the past: Guess who’s playing President Bush in John Kerry’s debate prep?
* The story CBS nixed for the fake document story gets shelved permanently...and you won’t believe the reason why
* Guess who you just gave another big, fat raise to?
* What “Big Tobacco” has in common with Social Security
* Why the conventional wisdom that Republicans have a problem with black voters is...dead wrong
* Meet the new leader of the conservative caucus in the House (you did know we had one, didn’t you?)
* Dissing home-schoolers again...big time
* The director of that taxpayer-funded golf program gets a civics lesson...courtesy of Davy Crockett
* And much, much more...

DC Confidential is Chuck Muth’s daily “insiders” e-briefing published (almost) every weekday afternoon featuring original opinion and in-depth commentary. DC Confidential is NOT posted on a website; rather, it is distributed via email EXCLUSIVELY to paid subscribers.

The cost for DC Confidential is just $2.95 per month (billed automatically each month to your major credit card through our secure PayPal system)...OR...you can save ten bucks by signing up for a one-time annual payment of just $25. Just go to: http://chuckmuth.com/onlinestore.htm

For those without a PayPal account wishing to pay for a full year subscription in advance, you may do so using your Visa or MasterCard by making a $25 or more contribution to Citizen Outreach on our secure website at www.citizenoutreach.com . Donors will automatically receive a free 1-year subscription to DC Confidential.

Or simply mail a check or money order to: Citizen Outreach, 611 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, #439, Washington, DC, 20003.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Chuck Muth’s News & Views is published by Citizen Outreach, a non-partisan, 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. The opinions and views expressed in Chuck Muth's News & Views reflect those of the writers, editors and columnists therein and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Citizen Outreach, its officers, directors or employees.

Published by: Citizen Outreach
Chuck Muth
Editor/Publisher
611 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, #439
Washington, DC 20003-4303
E-mail: chuck@citizenoutreach.com

To make a secure online contribution to Citizen Outreach, go to the “Donate” page at www.citizenoutreach.com.