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News & Views, 10/22/04


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Members of the Senate are attempting to strip provisions in the pending Intelligence bill (an oxymoron of major league proportions) which would crack down on illegal immigration. Urge the House negotiator not to cave in to demands to drop these important security provisions. Click here to sign this latest Brushfire Alert petition:


“The world's whales, porpoises and dolphins have no standing to sue President Bush over the U.S. Navy's use of sonar equipment that harms marine mammals, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, widely considered one of the most liberal and activist in the country, said it saw no reason why animals should not be allowed to sue but said they had not yet been granted that right.”

- Reuters, 10/21/04


And this one might be the most powerful of them all. As a camera slowing rolls down a line of 84 Vietnam veterans and former POWs, the announcer intones:

“They served their country with courage and distinction. They're the men who served with John Kerry in Vietnam. They're his entire chain of command. Most of the officers in Kerry's unit, even the gunner from his own boat. And they're the men who spent years in the North Vietnamese prison camps being tortured for refusing to confess to what John Kerry accused them of -- of being war criminals. They were also decorated. Many very highly. But they kept their medals. Today they are teachers, farmers, businessmen, ministers, and community leaders; and of course, fathers and grandfathers with nothing to gain for themselves except for the satisfaction that comes from telling the truth. They have come forward to talk about the John Kerry they know, because to them honesty and character still matter, and John Kerry cannot be trusted."

If you are not in a “battleground” state, the Swifties’ “They Served” ad might not appear on your local TV station. So if you want to check out this latest shot across John Kerry’s bow, go to the Swift Boat Veterans’ website at:


“John Kerry is not a Clinton-Lieberman Democrat. His near obsession with gaining the approval of the U.N., and for that matter of France and Germany, for the conduct of U.S. foreign policy would make him the riskiest commander in chief of any presidential candidate since George McGovern - and surely makes Kerry unsuitable to govern in a post-9/11 world."

- Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, 10/20/04


“Sen. Joe Biden rallied supporters for John Kerry's presidential campaign Tuesday with a blistering attack on Bush administration policies that he said hurt retirees and working-class Americans. Biden criticized the administration's prescription drug policies and their impact on consumers. ‘He is brain dead,’ Biden said of the president. His comment was greeted with loud applause at the UAW Local 435 union hall in Cranston Heights…”

- The News Journal, 10/20/04


“Last week I wrote that President Bush’s chances for re-election may be in danger because disgruntled Republicans, more, by the way, than I have seen in previous elections, are threatening either to vote for John Kerry or, more likely, not vote at all. I understand their disgruntlement because I share many of their concerns. However, I made up my mind some time ago that despite my problems with many of the president’s policies and actions my only choice is to vote for him because Kerry is infinitely worse.

“In the piece I wrote I noted that three of my friends, all life-long Republicans, were threatening to sit on their hands come Nov. 2. While not prepared to vote for Kerry they were saying they could not vote for Bush for a variety of reasons, ranging from disillusionment with his handling of the situation in Iraq to his domestic policies. Last night I received an email from one of the three saying he had decided he had no choice but to vote for Bush because Kerry is a threat to all we stand for as Americans and all that America stands for. It’s purely a lesser-of-two-evils vote.

“And I think that’s what it boils down to and I think that is the reason why, when it comes to crunch time, most of those Republicans who are unhappy with Bush will vote for him. If the president is re-elected, and I think he will be, he needs to be reminded that many Republicans who voted for him did so reluctantly; in no way were they giving him a mandate.

“And for their part disgruntled Republicans have to do more than just sit around and complain. They will need continually to remind him of what they expect and why they are unhappy on an ongoing basis via letters, faxes, emails, phone calls, letters to editors and public criticism. The president cannot be allowed to take it for granted that Republicans who voted for him approve of all he has done or sets out to do. It is not in either his best interests or the nation’s.

“Republicans cannot afford to sit on their hands on Nov. 2 because the fate of the nation is at stake. And if they sit on their hands after Nov. 2 and fail to hold the president (accountable) on issues that they think are important they will have only themselves to blame when he goes off on tangents that are counterproductive or not in the best interests of the nation, the people and the party.”

- Former Reagan adviser and card-carrying conservative Lyn Nofziger, Musings, 10/21/04


Making your prediction WITHOUT going over, what percentage of the national popular vote do you think President Bush will receive on November 2?

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* Over 56 percent

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Brushfire Alert, 10/21/04


In response to the recommendations by the September 11 Commission, Congress has hurriedly put together a bill to overhaul the nation’s intelligence services in hopes of further protecting the country from terrorist well as give them a campaign issue to run for re-election on.

The House bill includes provisions tightening up our border security and cracking down on illegal immigration. Democrats, the Senate and the White House are opposing those provisions, which include beefed up border and interior enforcement, speedier deportations, a crackdown on the use of matricula consular ID cards and bans on illegal aliens obtaining driver’s licenses.

House and Senate negotiators are trying to craft a compromise bill in order to pass something - anything - before Election Day. That means either the Senate allows the immigration provisions...or the House caves and abandons them.

BRUSHFIRE ALERT: Rep. Pete Hoekstra, Michigan Republican, is in charge of the negotiations. Please sign this petition urging Rep. Hoekstra to hang tough and keep these common-sense anti-terror provisions in bill.

Also, please send this Brushfire Alert to folks in your email address book. The politically correct forces of open borders are leaning hard on Congress. We need to show exceptionally strong support for tougher immigration enforcement measures.

To sign this Brushfire Alert online petition, click here.

News & Views, 10/21/04


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Making your prediction WITHOUT going over, what percentage of the national popular vote do you think President Bush will receive on November 2?

* 46 percent
* 48 percent
* 50 percent
* 52 percent
* 54 percent
* 56 percent
* Over 56 percent

Cast your vote by clicking the “Survey Says!” tab at


“ABC News actually conducted a poll this week on the comparative sex lives of Democrats and Republicans. 56% of Republicans and 47% of Democrats said they were ‘very satisfied with their sex life.’ . . . (Ralph) Nader, presumably, will call a press conference to denounce the Dems and media for trying to block him from having sex - although I think Nader sex would likely be a solo act with a full-length mirror. No word about Libertarian sex lives...but I'd think that would probably involve a trapeze, numerous consenting adults, some handguns, a bunch of marijuana, and Mike Badnarik giving participants a lengthy lecture on constitutional rights.”

- Rob Gunzburger, Politics1, 10/20/04


“Well, you know, I don't know Laura Bush. But she seems to be calm, and she has a sparkle in her eye, which is good. But I don't know that she's ever had a real job--I mean, since she's been grown up.”

- Teresa Heinz in a USA Today interview, letting the world know that she doesn’t believe being a teacher or a librarian are “real” jobs


“Kerry got a flu shot last week. And out of force of habit, the doctor gave him the shot between those two wrinkles in his forehead.”

- Tonight Show host Jay Leno


“Honor the solitude and beauty of wilderness areas and our National Parks by keeping snowmobiles and jet skis out of Yellowstone and other sensitive areas, and by honestly addressing visitor and wildlife needs in our National Parks. John Kerry will reinstate the Clinton Administration’s phase-out of noisy and direct snowmobiles that have been overrunning some of our most precious lands, including Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.” - John Kerry for President website

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“It is so important that we preserve our rural way of life, it’s part of who I am, part of what I’ll always be. And that includes, making sure...that your right, your ability to hunt and fish is protected; making sure that you can go in the national parks and national forests and ride on a snowmobile.” - John Edwards, St. Paul Pioneer Press, 10/24/04


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“Celsius 41.11,” a film produced by our friend David Bossie over at Citizens United, debuts in theaters across the nation today. The movie is a counter to Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9-11.” You can view a trailer for the flick and find a theater near you where it will be playing by going to:


“Score one for the pro-Kerry thugs trying to stifle free speech. ‘Stolen Honor,’ the controversial documentary in which former prisoners of war in Vietnam speak out about John Kerry's antiwar activities, was to have been screened at a theater in Jenkintown, Pa., last night. But ‘management of the Baederwood Theater cancelled the showing after threats of civil disturbances,’ reports Philadelphia's WPVI-TV. Imagine the outcry we would have heard if Republicans had threatened ‘civil disturbances’ at theaters showing Michael Moore's ‘Fahrenheit 9/11.’”

- James Taranto, Best of the Web, 10/20/04


By now, you’ve probably heard that big time pressure and threats from the Kerry campaign,, congressional Democrats and a union class-action lawyer forced Sinclair Broadcasting to nix airing the full 42-minute documentary about Kerry’s anti-war activities tomorrow night. But you can still view the entire film on the internet via pay-per-view ($4.99) by going to:


“I'm an internationalist. I'd like to see our troops dispersed through the world only at the directive of the United Nations."

- Then-congressional candidate John Kerry in a 1970 interview with the Harvard Crimson


“There's a reason that they're saying Kerry is the No. 1 liberal in the Senate. It's because he IS the No. 1 liberal in the Senate."

- Crockumentary producer Michael Moore at the University of Oregon on Monday


“The behavior of candidates for political office often reflects what they are seeing in their private polls. That being so, I suspect that the Kerry-Edwards private polls look pretty grim, unlike the public polls which purport to show them running neck-and-neck with the Bush-Cheney ticket."

- Talk show host Michael Reagan


“Rosie the Riveter has given way to Sally the Sniveler.“

During World War II, young Rose Will Monroe was the face of American women in adversity: strong, supportive and resolute against the enemy forces that threatened our existence. Tens of thousands like Rosie rolled up their sleeves, gritted their teeth, and flexed their muscles in factories and shipyards and arsenals across the country. They made rockets and rifles and bombs and boats. They painted and drilled and welded. When they got home to their kids, they cooked and cleaned and collapsed in bed after praying for their husbands and brothers and uncles on the battlefield.

“Rosie and her sisters in arms didn't have the luxury of complaining about their lack of ‘me time.’ There was a war to be won. And so, as this presidential campaign season has constantly reminded us, there is today. But Rosie is gone. And in her place, we have Hysterical Women for Kerry.”

- Columnist Michelle Malkin


“According to a poll by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, an African American think tank, Mr. Bush is currently pulling 18% support from black voters. A New York Times poll also released this week showed Mr. Bush with 17% black support. He got 9% of the black vote in 2000. . . . Whatever the reason, Democrats may have to stop treating the black vote as something that merely must be ‘mobilized’ rather than ‘won’."

- Holman Jenkins, Political Diary, 10/20/04


“Scandal-hit Bill O'Reilly's accuser had a crush on the talk show host and voluntarily engaged in ‘intimate’ phone talks with him, according to a former friend of the woman. But at some point, the ex-pal said, O'Reilly's relationship with Andrea Mackris went sour - and she vowed to take her boss down in a juicy tell-all book. Restaurateur Matthew Paratore gave a sworn statement to O'Reilly's lawyers, saying he thought he had ‘something they should know.’

“...Paratore suggested that Mackris may have been motivated to file suit because of her proposed book. ‘He told us that Mackris confided in him that she wrote a book and the purpose of it was to take down Bill O'Reilly and Fox News,’ said O'Reilly's lawyer Ronald Green. ‘She spoke to a well-known publisher in January this year. She was told it had to have more impact, she had to do more to make the book more interesting and exciting.’ Green said he did not know which publisher she allegedly approached.”

- New York Daily News, 10/19/04

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News & Views, 10/20/04


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Progress for America’s new 60-second ad featuring young Ashley Faulkner, who lost her mom in the September 11 attacks, saying of President Bush, “He’s the most powerful man in the world, and all he wants to do is make sure I’m safe, that I’m OK.” Ashley was referring to a chance meeting in Ohio where the president, upon learning that Ashley was in the crowd at a rally, embraced her in a very touching moment captured on film by Ashley’s dad. The picture ran in papers all across the country.

PFA is spending some $15 million to retell the story in their television ad scheduled to run in 9 states between now and election day. The ad is so moving and so well produced that one Republican operative told Greg Pierce of Inside Politics, “The election is over and Bush just won.” If you haven’t seen the ad yet, go to:


“Right now we just have to come to the understanding that to allow people without a clue into a voting booth is dangerous to our Republic and the future of freedom.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz, 10/19/04


“No, it turns out Saddam Hussein didn't have weapons of mass destruction. And how crazy does that make Saddam? All he had to do was tell Hans Blix, ‘Look anywhere you want. Look under the bed. Look beneath the couch. Look behind the toilet tank in the third presidential palace on the left, but keep your mitts off my copies of Maxim.’ And Saddam could have gone on dictatoring away until Donald Rumsfeld gets elected head of the World Council of Churches. But no…”

- Humorist P.J. O’Rourke


“Bill Clinton could say "I feel your pain," and he seemed sincere even if you suspected it was bunk. But Kerry is just too haughty to fake sincerity convincingly.”

- James Taranto, Best of the Web, 10/19/04


“Why is Kerry attacking with such venom? First, because in the insular Democratic world, George Bush is presumed to be guilty of everything, so the more vicious you can be about him, the better everybody feels. But there is a deeper assumption, which has marred Democratic politics for years. Some Democrats have been unable to face the reality that people have been voting for Republicans because they agree with them. So these Democrats have invented the comforting theory that they've been losing because they are too virtuous for the country.”

- New York Times columnist David Brooks


“There are two organizations pushing for change in November--al Qaeda and the Democratic party. And they both have the same message: ‘We're going to fix you, America.’ On the whole, the terrorists have a more straightforward plan for fixing things. They're going to blow themselves up. Although, come to think of it, Howard Dean did that.”

- Humorist P.J. O’Rourke


“A vote for John Kerry is a vote for Michael Moore, the ACLU, Ted Kennedy, trial lawyers, George Soros, the leftist academics who morally confuse generations of young Americans, and for Dan Rather, CBS News, and nearly the entire news complex that daily presents a proctologist's view of America. A vote for John Kerry is a vote for Jesse Jackson, whom Kerry has named a top adviser; and for Al Sharpton, with whom Kerry campaigns; for Sean Penn and his Hollywood world; and for the passionately pro-Kerry MTV, the greatest destroyer of young people's minds and souls in American history. And a vote for John Kerry is a vote for the countries that have abandoned us and against the countries that are helping us.

“Two unimpressive men have been nominated by the Democratic Party to be president and vice president of the world's greatest country. If they win, this country will, for the first time, begin relinquishing that greatness.”

- Columnist Dennis Prager


“An Ohio man has been arrested for allegedly filing more than 100 false voter registrations in exchange for crack cocaine from a woman working on behalf of the NAACP's voter registration drive. . . . Toledo police searched the home of Georgianne Pitts, the woman working for the NAACP, and found more voter registration forms. She admitted to paying the man crack for his services, and says she was hired by the NAACP, which of course denies any charge of voter fraud. Yeah right...dry that one out and you could fertilize the lawn.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz, 10/19/04


Here’s the list of cities and Sinclair Broadcasting stations scheduled to air on Friday the controversial look at the “Stolen Honor” documentary which chronicles John Kerry’s post-Vietnam antiwar activities:

Baltimore WBFF Friday 10/22 8PM Birmingham WTTO Friday 10/22 7PM Buffalo WUTV Friday- 10/22 8PM Cedar Rapids KGAN Friday 10/22 7PM Champaign, IL WICD Friday 10/22 7PM Charleston, SC WMMP Friday 10/22 8PM Charleston, WV WCHS Friday 10/22 8PM Cincinnati WSTR Friday 10/22 8PM Columbus WSYX Friday 10/22 8PM Dayton WKEF Friday 10/22 8PM Des Moines KDSM Friday 10/22 7PM Flint WSMH Friday 10/22 8PM Greensboro WXLV Friday 10/22 8PM Greenville/Asheville WLOS Friday 10/22 8PM Kansas City KSMO Friday 10/22 7PM Las Vegas KVWB Friday 10/22 8PM Lexington WDKY Friday-10/22 8PM Madison WMSN Friday-10/22 7PM Milwaukee WVTV Friday-10/22 7PM Minneapolis KMWB Friday-10/22 7PM Nashville WZTV Friday 10/22 7PM Norfolk WTVZ Friday 10/22 8PM Oklahoma City KOKH Friday 10/22 7PM Paducah KBSI Friday 10/22 7PM Pensacola/Mobile WEAR Friday 10/22 7PM Peoria WYZZ Friday 10/22 7PM Pittsburgh WPGH Friday-10/22 8PM Portland WGME Friday 10/22 8PM Raleigh WLFL Friday 10/22 8PM Richmond WRLH Friday-10/22 8PM Rochester WUHF Friday 10/22 8PM Sacramento KOVR Friday 10/22 7PM St. Louis KDNL Friday 10/22 7PM San Antonio KABB Friday 10/22 7PM Springfield, MA WGGB Friday 10/22 8PM Springfield, IL WICS Friday 10/22 7PM Syracuse WSYT Friday 10/22 8PM Tallahassee WTWC Friday 10/22 8PM Tampa WTTA Friday 10/22 8PM Tri Cities WEMT Friday 10/22 8PM


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

* Beer baron hops into Senate lead for first time
* Troubling numbers for Specter, but don’t hit panic button...yet
* “Daily Show” Kerryite comes unglued on Crossfire; watch the video
* The real reason we have a flu vaccine shortage
* A John Edwards video showing the “Breck girl” fussing over his hair WAY more than any man ever should
* Kerry smacks police unions right in the kisser
* Early voting has started; so has the vote fraud
* And much, much more...

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News & Views, 10/19/04


On September 11th, Ashley Faulkner lost her mom at the World Trade Center. Earlier this year, she was comforted by President Bush on the campaign trail. You may have read about this incident in some papers. Now the country is being reminded of this extremely touching moment in a 60-second television spot featuring Ashley and her dad being released today by the Progress for America Voter Fund.. Click here to see Ashley's story:

This is powerful. Bring a tissue. Tell a friend.


With two weeks to go, there are still a significant number of folks on the right who haven’t yet committed to voting for President Bush. Former Reagan press secretary and senior adviser Lyn Nofziger acknowledges the trouble many conservatives have with the president...and explains why he’s voting for him anyway. Very enlightening and an important read. Check it out on my News & Views EXTRA page at:


“I love that bit in every debate where John Kerry pledges to ‘hunt down and kill the terrorists.’ You can see him thinking, ‘Must remember to say 'kill' very loudly and in a deep voice. And sound as if I'm not gonna be some pantywaist president who uses special forces or unmanned drones. I'm gonna kill — sorry, KILL — 'em myself.’

“This is to dispel suspicions that in reality he would hunt down the terrorists and serve them with a subpoena, possibly from one of the less robust judicial systems, such as the Hague or Massachusetts, and possibly for mail fraud, if the whole mass murder thing looks like it won't stick.”

- Columnist Mark Steyn


“As election time nears, we are bombarded with political ads and speeches by candidates telling us their great plans for running the country. At the end of the recent presidential debate, for example, the Democratic nominee recited a litany of supposed cures for nearly everything that ails us, beginning each sentence with the phrase ‘I have a plan…’

“The problem is that government is not supposed to plan our lives or run the country; we are supposed to be free. That our public discourse strays so far from this principle is an unhappy sign of our times. Those who believe in limited constitutional government should worry every time a politician says, ‘I have a plan.’ ”

- Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), Texas Straight Talk, 10/18/04


“Another note about ambulance chasing trial lawyers. I suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and am angry over the legal vultures circling over the Vioxx recall. There are ads all over attempting to recruit class action clients to use in reaping huge legal fees in their lawsuits against the makers of Vioxx. The drug was voluntarily recalled by its maker who has attempted to provide relief from the constant pain suffered by millions of arthritis suffers. The drug was approved by FDA, and no one set out to cheat the public.

“It's exactly this type of legal harassment that discourages drug companies from developing new drugs to improve the lives of millions. Not one attorney has ever provided one hour of pain relief or saved one life from the ravages of cancer. It's high time that the laws regarding class action lawsuits be changed so that sometime during my life a drug company will be able to use their resources to develop new drugs rather than pay ambulance chasing attorneys. These greedy attorneys are having a very negative impact on my health and I am angry!”

- News & Views reader Dick Horak of Spearfish, SD


“In 1981 Galveston County in Texas decided to remove county employees from the Social Security system. They replaced it with a county plan where every employee owned his own account. The tax structure was virtually the same as with Social Security. A percentage was taken from the employee's paycheck to fund the private plan, and the county matched that amount with a corresponding ‘contribution.’

“Like Social Security, the Galveston plan offered a retirement, death and disability benefit. Today when a county worker retires in Galveston County his retirement income exceeds what he was making when he was retired! After privatization of the Galveston retirement plan people see their income go UP, not down when they retire.

“So...why haven't more local governments done what Galveston County did? Because congress passed a law prohibiting it just two years later. Politicians need Social Security. John Kerry was illustrating that need in Florida over the weekend. He was telling wizened citizens that George Bush was going to take their Social Security away. He knows it's not true, but he also knows that these oldsters don't realize frighten them to get their votes. The only plan the Democrats offer is fear, dishonesty and fraud.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz, 10/18/04


OK, I’m taking a point of personal privilege here to make an appeal of a decidedly non-political nature.

Over the summer, Gia and I found out that our sister-in-law Jennifer had been diagnosed with breast cancer. She’s now in the midst of the chemo treatments. The news had a profound effect on my better half, and she’s taking a very active interest in this fight, noting, “It never becomes important to you until someone you love is touched with the disease.”

So on Sunday, Gia’s participating in a 5-mile walk sponsored by the American Cancer Society to raise both awareness and funds to combat breast cancer. She hopes to raise $500...and considering all the sacrifices she’s made over the years while I’ve toiled over this newsletter, I thought it was appropriate to bring this to your attention and ask that any of you who may be so inclined kick in a few bucks to help her reach her goal.

$5, $10, $20 bucks...whatever. Any amount would be greatly appreciated. And you can make your secure online contribution by going to a dedicated web page Gia set up HERE:

Thanks, everybody. I really appreciate ANY support you might give.


Big, big BIG edition of DC Confidential yesterday. Here’s what you missed if you haven’t subscribed yet:

* A Democrat mayor in Ohio ridicules John Kerry, endorses George Bush
* A wheelchair-bound columnist rips John Edwards a royal new one over his claim that John Kerry will perform miracles for the handicapped if elected
* Disturbing figures on Gitmo’s revolving door for terrorists
* Why I hope there’s massive fraud in this year’s election
* The latest scheme to get Ralph Nader out of the race: Bribery
* Dark clouds hanging over the GOP majority in the Senate
* Judge rips up Clinton’s snowmobile ban
* More anti-gun hysteria
* The unions may have finally gotten a foot in Wal-Mart’s door, but there’s a good chance Wal-Mart will close the doors completely and put everyone out of work. Thanks, unions.
* Speaking of which, the postal union is going postal over the nomination of a person who (gasp!) thinks postal worker pay should be comparable to similar work in the private sector
* Blood-sucking class action lawyers clean up over an oil change lawsuit; “victims” get suckered...again.
* The Libertarian Party crows...but ends up looking like turkeys...again
* A two-thumbs-up movie review of “Team America, World Police”
* And much, much more...

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News & Views, 10/18/04


“After the third presidential debate, Mrs. Cheney, the vice president's wife, had a few choice words for Mr. Kerry after the Democratic candidate slung some campaign mud at her daughter, Mary. Her angry rebuttal — ‘[Mr. Kerry] is not a good man’ — was more than justified. Mrs. Edwards apparently doesn't think so.

“Speaking on ABC Radio, Mrs. Edwards said: ‘[Mrs. Cheney] overreacted to this and treated it as if it's shameful to have this discussion [on Mary Cheney's lesbianism]. I think that's a very sad state of affairs ... I think that it indicates a certain degree of shame with respect to her daughter's sexual preferences.’

“Wrong, Mrs. Edwards. But to explain why you're wrong would bestow a degree of respectability on your comment, which, frankly, speaks for itself. For taking the Kerry-Edwards campaign to a new low, Mrs. Edwards is our Knave of the Week.”

- Washington Times, 10/16/04


In response to both Sen. Edwards and Sen. Kerry going out of their way to bring up on national television the fact that Dick Cheney’s daughter is gay - and Mrs. Edwards saying that Mrs. Cheney must be “ashamed” of her daughter - News & Views reader Petty Thomas of Fort Worth raises an excellent point: “What would the Democrats have said if President Bush had noted that obesity is the new serious health danger, and had asked Sen. Edwards what his wife's reaction was to this problem?”

Oh, man! Would the fur be flying on THAT one!


Haiti is a mess. A day without violence there is like a day without sunshine in Las Vegas. Almost never happens. And the head of the UN peacekeepers there blames it on...John Kerry.

You did hear about this didn’t you? It was in all the local papers and on every local news broadcast, wasn’t it? Sure it was.

According to Brazilian Gen. Augusto Heleno Ribeiro, statements John Kerry made about the situation there have given supporters of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide hope that if Kerry gets elected “a change in American policy could contribute to Aristide’s return.” So the “insurgents” continue to keep the country unstable while praying for a Kerry victory on November 2.

Gee, I wonder if Kerry’s “defeat and retreat” statements on Iraq may be similarly contributing to the violence which continues there, as well? Duh.


In a letter to the president of Sinclair Broadcasting Company on Friday, Kerry-Edwards 2004 attorney Marc Elias is demanding that Sinclair afford the Democrat ticket “equal time” on each and every one of Sinclair’s 62 affiliate stations that dare to air the “Stolen Honor” documentary which chronicles John Kerry’s post-Vietnam anti-war activities. These people are SCARED TO DEATH over the possibility that the untold story of Vietnam veterans and POWs will get out before election day. I wonder why?


Carlton Sherwood is a Pulitzer Prize winner who produced the “Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal” documentary. Naturally, the Kerry campaign wants people to believe this film is nothing more than a political advertisement for the Bush-Cheney campaign, suggesting it’s just a partisan smear. But Mr. Sherwood tells the Scripps Howard news service, “There’s nothing political about this. It’s personal.”

Here’s how Scripps Howard describes this “partisan” hack: “A self-proclaimed Navy brat who eventually settled in New Jersey, Sherwood attended high schools in New Jersey and Philadelphia, then enlisted in the Marines, becoming a sniper. When he was discharged after four years of service, part of it with the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines in Vietnam, he had earned a sergeant's ranking and three Purple Hearts for wounds to his head, neck and arms, he says.”

Sounds like this man has earned the right to have his side of the story told.


Get this: A study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center reveals that military men and women prefer President Bush over Vietnam war hero John Kerry in the November 2 election by a huge margin of 3 to 1. Go figure.

And now you know why the Kerryites are working so feverishly to suppress the military vote overseas.


“Earlier this year, Edward Koch, the popular former mayor of New York City who once served in the U.S. House, shocked his party with a ringing re-election endorsement for President Bush. Koch has never been anything if not a consistently liberal Democrat. Koch’s sentence of endorsement was: ‘President Bush has earned my vote because he has shown the resolve and courage necessary to wage the war against terrorism.’ He added that John Kerry and all but one of the other Democrat contenders ‘...inspire no such confidence. In order to get their party’s nomination, they must pander to its radical left wing.’ "

- Columnist and former New Mexico GOP Chairman John Dendahl


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“Bruce Bartlett, a domestic policy adviser to Ronald Reagan and a treasury official for the first President Bush, told me recently that 'if Bush wins, there will be a civil war in the Republican Party starting on Nov. 3.' The nature of that conflict, as Bartlett sees it? Essentially, the same as the one raging across much of the world: a battle between modernists and fundamentalists, pragmatists and true believers, reason and religion.

'' ‘Just in the past few months,' Bartlett said, 'I think a light has gone off for people who've spent time up close to Bush: that this instinct he's always talking about is this sort of weird, Messianic idea of what he thinks God has told him to do.' . . . ‘This is why he dispenses with people who confront him with inconvenient facts,' Bartlett went on to say. 'He truly believes he's on a mission from God. Absolute faith like that overwhelms a need for analysis. The whole thing about faith is to believe things for which there is no empirical evidence.'

“...But faith has also shaped his presidency in profound, nonreligious ways. The president has demanded unquestioning faith from his followers, his staff, his senior aides and his kindred in the Republican Party. Once he makes a decision -- often swiftly, based on a creed or moral position -- he expects complete faith in its rightness.

“The disdainful smirks and grimaces that many viewers were surprised to see in the first presidential debate are familiar expressions to those in the administration or in Congress who have simply asked the president to explain his positions. Since 9/11, those requests have grown scarce; Bush's intolerance of doubters has, if anything, increased, and few dare to question him now.”

- Author and former Wall Street Journal reporter Ron Suskind, New York Times, 10/17/04


“While in London collecting a song-writing award from Q magazine, pop pianist Elton John launched into a tirade after finding out that Madonna had been nominated for Best Live Act. ‘Anyone who lip-synchs in public on stage when you pay 75 pounds to see them should be shot,’ John said. ‘Madonna, best f***ing live act? F*** off,’ John added. ‘Since when has lip-synching been live?’ “

- James Hirsen’s Left Coast Report, 10/14/04


“South Africa has more public holidays than almost any other country. Human Rights Day, National Women’s Day, Youth Day, Heritage Day and Workers’ Day are among the 14 statutory holidays celebrated. The country’s business leaders say that at least one of the holidays has to go, insisting that the country can’t afford the $600 million each of them costs. But the powerful trade unions are fighting back. Not only do they say they won’t allow any holidays to be canceled, but they also are lobbying for more days off.”

- Toronto Globe & Mail


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Muth's Truths, 10/17/04

The Melon-head’s Civic Duty: DON’T Vote!

Matt Stone has really stirred up a hornet’s nest. The co-creator of Comedy Central’s controversial “South Park” cartoon has a new movie out, “Team America, World Police.” The puppet film is filled with violence, sex, foul language and features a black panther ripping to shreds actor/international terrorism expert Sean Penn.

But that’s NOT what got under Penn’s skin. No, it was Stone’s suggestion that clueless people maybe shouldn’t vote. “My whole thing is I just wish uninformed people would just stay home,” Stone told the Associated Press. “If you don't know who you're going to vote for, there's no shame in not voting.”

Whoa! Can he actually SAY that?

The notion that people in this country have an obligation to show up and cast a ballot on election day is a sacred cow. Government officials from coast-to-coast spend millions, if not billions, of dollars every election cycle urging people to do their “civic duty” and get out and vote.

Why? Why should fully informed and actively involved citizens such as you and I have our votes cancelled out just because some clueless melon-head has been persuaded by Puff Daddy that he had better “Vote or Die”?

There is no “civic duty” to vote. But what there SHOULD be is an obligation to cast an INFORMED vote. Folks like Puff Daddy, Michael Moore and Sean Penn are doing the country a terrible disservice by badgering, coaxing and even bribing boobs and bozos into the polling booth. Stone is absolutely correct. These people should stay home, wash their car, darn their socks, fix their hair…anything but vote.

Thankfully, more and more responsible people are coming out and saying just that. Columnist Thomas Sowell recently wrote, “A citizen who cannot be bothered to learn the facts about the issues, not just media spin or party propaganda, is doing a disservice by voting.” And columnist Catherine Seipp asks, “Why should the lazy-idiot demographic be encouraged to influence society even more than it already does?”

Then there’s this from talk-show host Neal Boortz: “Let's get about the job of limiting voting to people who actually have a clue. If you claim to be ‘undecided’ at this point in this particular election you fall into that ‘don't have a clue’ category. Do future generations of Americans a favor and stay home on election day.” Indeed.

Over the summer I caught a column by Bob Maginnis in the Hagerstown (Md.) Herald Mail. He wrote about a 24-year-old named Michael Myers who has never voted in his life and who wanted folks to tell him why he should. After reading this melon-head’s “thoughts” on current events and public policy, my answer to Mr. Myers is simple: Don’t. PLEASE don’t.

Myers’ says he’s willing to pay higher taxes in order to adopt a national health care system such as Canada’s. He believes you “have to be a wealthy person to run for office” and thought the Democrat presidential candidate who was most in tune with the average guy was race-hustler Al Sharpton. Myers also believes the Iraq war was all about boosting the economy and suspects that President Bush won the 2000 election simply because his brother was governor of Florida. He also thinks perhaps the Green Party should be funded by the government to give its candidates a chance to win.

Good grief. Uneducated and ill-informed citizens such as Mike Myers are exactly the reason why we have the cradle-to-grave nanny-state Great Society government we have today.

All rights come with responsibilities. Sure people like Mike Myers have the “right” to vote, but they also have an obligation to do so responsibly. That means doing more than getting your political news from Leno, Letterman, Conan and Stewart. It means reading the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution at least once in your adult lifetime. It means reading more than the Sports section of your daily newspaper.

The only patriotic thing for Myers-type voters to do is: Stay home. Frankly, this nation simply can’t afford - literally - to continue paying the price for the damage uninformed, melon-headed citizens do in the voting booth.

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