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News & Views, 10/29/04


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BEST OF NINE, ANYONE?

“The best thing about the Red Sox winning the World Serious is that it took the nation’s mind off of the presidential campaign for a little while. In that regard it’s too bad the series didn’t go the full seven games.”

- Lyn Nofziger, Musings, 10/28/04

DON’T JUST VOTE...THINK!

“While many people are urging us to vote - regardless of for whom, for what, or for what reason - there are very few urging us to do what is far more important: Stop and think.”

- Columnist Thomas Sowell

HISPANDERING FOR VOTES

“Sadly, with the electorate as closely divided as it is, no administration of either party is going to enforce control of our borders. That is the brutal fact. Most of the public may want the borders better controlled and some teeth put into our immigration laws. But neither party dares risk alienating the Hispanic vote - especially now that there are more Hispanics than blacks and the Hispanic population is growing faster.”

- Columnist Thomas Sowell

IN LESS THAN A WEEK…

“In less than a week, we will finally be spared the coma-inducing drone of John Kerry. His interminable lies will cease to dirty the airways, his false posturing will drop from the scene. No more fake hunting vignettes. No more windsurfing. No more staged shots of the elitist forcing down Chex Mix and a bottle of Miller Genuine Draft. His followers will no longer rob and trash the campaign headquarters of his opponents.


“His chance to commit voter fraud -- Democratic thugs and henchmen registering the dead and suing to overturn the choice of legal voters -- will have come and gone. He will return to his life as an ineffectual senator -- fetching Teddy Kennedy his hourly rum ration and toting his wife's massive ego.

“Speaking of which, in less than a week we will finally be spared the mushroom cloud of insanity that surrounds Teresa Heinz Kerry. It will be back to the Xanax cabinet and ketchup trust for Teresa. No more grimaces as she is forced to touch the hands of commoners. No more slams at the president's wife. No more spastic shouting matches with reporters who overstep their bounds by asking her a question which she has not pre-approved.”

- Columnist Ron Marr

POLITICAL EXPRESSION WITH A DEADLY WEAPON

“A Florida man has been charged with attempting to run over controversial Republican congresswoman Katherine Harris with his Cadillac. According to the Sarasota Police Department report, Barry Seltzer, 46, told cops that he was simply exercising his ‘political expression’ when he drove his car at Harris and several supporters, who were campaigning last night at a Sarasota intersection.

“Seltzer allegedly drove up on a sidewalk and headed directly for Harris before swerving ‘at the last minute.’ Harris told officers that ‘she was afraid for her life and could not move as the vehicle approached her,’ according to the report. For his part, Seltzer--who's a registered Democrat--told cops, ‘I intimidated them with the car. They were standing in the street.’ He added, ‘I did not run them down, I scared them a little!’ That explanation did not stop investigators from arresting Seltzer for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a felony.”

- The Smoking Gun, 10/27/04

DEM-OLITION DRIVER

“In Maryland, State Senator E.J. Pipkin -- the GOP nominee for US Senate -- is having to deal with a political stalker. A former police officer who apparently has an axe to grind with Pipkin has placed a large ‘Vote Pipkin’ sign on top of his car...and then covered his car with hand-drawn swastikas.

“Pipkin's wife is Jewish and he is rather upset by the guy's actions. He's already obtained a restraining order from a local judge that bars the man from coming within a set distance of Pipkin, his family, and his campaign offices. So, for now, the man continues to drive his car around in the general vicinity of Pipkin events (but just far enough away to not get arrested) and parks the vehicle in visible spots along the highway.”

- Politics1.com, 10/28/04

VIOLENT WHITE LIBERALS

“White liberals have been indulging their fantasies of violence against conservatives lately – physically attacking conservatives, ransacking Bush-Cheney headquarters (though not any NRA headquarters, I note). The white wife of vice presidential candidate John Edwards recently warned of riots unless Kerry is elected. In the midst of this rash of violence by white liberals, this week Al Gore admonished a group of BLACKS not to engage in violence over the election.”

- Columnist Ann Coulter

IT’S DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN

“The bottom line is that, if the explosives were ever there, the Iraqis moved them before our troops arrived. There is no other plausible scenario. Sen. Kerry knows this is a bogus issue. And he doesn't care. He's willing to accuse our troops of negligence and incompetence to further his political career. Of course, he did that once before"

- New York Post columnist Ralph Peters

BENEDICT ARNOLD WAS A WAR HERO, TOO

“If a decorated combat veteran must be believed, then why are the many decorated combat veterans who served with Mr. Kerry in Vietnam - and served longer - not to be believed, or not even have their very different picture of him in Vietnam examined against the facts, instead of being dismissed? Even Benedict Arnold was an American war hero wounded in combat but that doesn't stop us for criticizing him for what he did later.”

- Columnist Thomas Sowell

THE MEN FROM MASSACHUSETTS

“The conclusions are irrefutable: Mr. Kerry is a virtual clone of Mr. Kennedy; and a vote for Mr. Kerry is a vote for the radical liberal agenda both he and Mr. Kennedy so enthusiastically embrace.”

- Washington Times editorial, 10/28/04

JIMMY CARTER JR.

“I remain totally unimpressed by John Kerry. Outside of his opposition to the death penalty, I've never seen him demonstrate any real political courage.

“...His Senate vote against the 1991 Gulf War demonstrates an instinctive aversion to the use of American force, even when it's clearly justified. Kerry's major policy proposals in this campaign range from implausible to ill-conceived. He has no real idea what to do differently in Iraq. His health-care plan costs too much to be practical and conflicts with his commitment to reducing the deficit.

“At a personal level, he strikes me as the kind of windbag that can only emerge when a naturally pompous and self-regarding person marinates for two decades inside the U.S. Senate. If elected, Kerry would probably be a mediocre, unloved president on the order of Jimmy Carter."

- Jacob Weisberg, ENDORSING John Kerry, Slate, 10/26/04

UNFIT FOR BATTLE

“I know few people enthused about John Kerry. His record is undistinguished, and where it stands out, mainly regrettable. He intuitively believes that if a problem exists, it is the government's job to fix it. He has far too much faith in international institutions, like the corrupt and feckless United Nations, in the tasks of global management. He got the Cold War wrong. He got the first Gulf War wrong. His campaign's constant and excruciating repositioning on the war against Saddam have been disconcerting, to say the least. I completely understand those who look at this man's record and deduce that he is simply unfit to fight a war for our survival.”

- Columnist Andrew Sullivan ENDORSING John Kerry

BUILDING A DIVIDED PARTY

“…(W)hile President Bush may have inflicted his big government and so-called compassionate conservatism on the nation, he has not changed the views of most members of his party who remain small government Reagan Republicans. (I)f Bush is such a great party builder why is it that so many members of the Republican party are unhappy?

“Now don’t misunderstand. Nine-nine percent of the unhappy Republicans are going to vote for Bush because John Kerry is infinitely worse. But if Bush had truly built the party in the last four years this nip-and-tuck presidential election would be neither nip nor tuck, it would be going overwhelmingly for Bush. You will not find a consensus among Republicans, at least in this town, that Bush has built or rebuilt the party.”

- Lyn Nofziger, Musings, 10/28/04

CONSERVATIVE & REPUBLICAN AREN’T THE SAME THING

“Since 1980 the Republicans have occupied the White House in all but eight years. In more than half of those years, the Senate has had a Republican majority; and since 1994, the Republicans have controlled the U.S. House of Representatives. But conservatives have been frustrated often in these same years by a failure to bring conservative legislation to final approval. Conservatives have learned that there is a big difference between a Republican majority and a conservative majority. Conservatives never had a true working ideological control of either house of Congress.”

- Steve Moore, Club for Growth, 10/28/04

INCREASING THE MAJORITY

“With virtually all the major issues where conservatives may feel disappointed with the Bush administration, the closeness of the electorate and the consequently thin Republican margin in Congress is at the root of the problem. . . . If conservatives want Republicans to fight for conservative principles, then the answer is to give them a real majority to fight with, not their current thin majority on paper that can easily collapse under pressure if a few liberal or timid Republicans lose their nerve. Voting is not about finding soul mates or venting your frustration when you don't. It's about choosing between alternatives for shaping the future direction of this country.”

- Columnist Thomas Sowell

YESTERDAY IN DC CONFIDNETIAL...

· Money Quotes from Curt Shilling, Tom Sowell, Jeff Jacoby and the irrepressible Ann Coulter
· Puff Daddy gets ripped a new one in South Park; PETA, too
· My overly insensitive “best” wishes for Yasser Arafat
· Terror suspects whip out American-made WMD on...Don Rumsfeld
· Nightmare scenario in the Electoral College
· Libertarians get ridiculed on C-SPAN
· Gay activists having a cow over a different kind of “coming out” event at UCLA
· My conversation with a Republican telemarketer

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News & Views, 10/28/04


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MOVE OVER HOWARD STERN

Looks like I’ll beat Howard onto Sirius radio by about a year or so. My friend and talk-show guru Brian Wilson will be anchoring an ABC radio “Live At 125” election-week special on the Sirius satellite network all next week. I’ll be joining him on Monday to discuss...ummm...I guess Tuesday’s election or something. The show airs from 1 to 3 p.m. EST. If you’re a Sirius subscriber, dial up the program on Monday and/or give us a call. The toll-free listener hotline is 1-800-318-TALK.

SURVEY SAYS!

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PRESCRIPTION FOR FEAR

Last week, Frontiers of Freedom released a report titled "Prescription for Fear: Scaring Seniors Away from Savings." The report lists some pretty outrageous statements by HillaryCare socialists who are trying to scare the pants off seniors over the new prescription drug cards. Despite the fact that many Democrats voted FOR the new drug benefit, many of those same Democrats are now trying to undermine the cards’ effectiveness by trashing them on the campaign stump. Who’d a thunk it?

Contrary to the accusations being made in this latest incarnation of Medi-Scare, the average time it takes to sign up for the new discount card is only about 11 minutes...and seniors are seeing savings of 17-24 percent off retail prices. Not too shabby. Read "Prescription for Fear" at www.RxforFear.com


TEAMING UP AGAINST HOLLYWOOD

“Something strange happened after the first screenings of 'Team America: World Police': The Left squealed and squealed - not with delight, but in indignation, disbelief and fury. They were being skewered in this movie, and they weren't used to it. They are never skewered in movies. They own the movies! How could this happen?”

- Columnist Jay Nordlinger

THE KERRY KISS OF DEATH

“Campaigning with the party's presidential nominee normally is seen as a plus for candidates, but not for many of this year's crop of Democratic Senate hopefuls. In the states featuring the tightest Senate contests - Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma, North Carolina, South Carolina and South Dakota - the Democrats appear to be deliberately avoiding Mr. Kerry for fear of alienating moderate and undecided voters.”

- Washington Times, 10/27/04

COMMIES FOR KERRY

“The media are too busy repackaging old Iraq news in an October offensive against President George W. Bush's reelection to investigate truly startling evidence unearthed this week that the Communist Party may have been directing John Kerry's anti-war activities in the early 1970s. . . . The objective was to organize high-profile activities to undermine support for the Vietnam War, including holding hearings on alleged war crimes, lobbying Congress to oppose the war, exploiting the families of American POWs and urging servicemen to return their service medals.


“Not only did John Kerry and his group Vietnam Veterans Against the War follow this game plan, but Kerry went to Paris to meet with the communist official designated as the point of contact for guiding these activities. In June 1970, Kerry met with Madame Binh, foreign minister of the Provisional Revolutionary Government (Viet Cong) of South Vietnam and a delegate to the Paris Peace Talks. The documents discovered this weekend are available for viewing at www.wintersoldier.com.”

- Columnist Linda Chavez

TERRORISTS FOR KERRY

“American elections and Iraq are linked tightly together. We’ve got to work to change the election, and we’ve done so. With our strikes, we’ve dragged Bush into the mud.”

- Terrorist Abu Jalal explaining what he and his band of brothers are doing in Iraq on behalf of their chosen candidate, John Kerry

THE APPEASEMENT KING

“Now you have to ask yourself just why would America-hating Islamic terrorists be against George Bush? Easy. Because they fear him, that's why. Because he has vowed to destroy them, and they believe him, that's why. Terrorists like to be appeased, not destroyed. They like to be given numerous chances to clean up their behavior, then slapped on the wrist when they keep chopping off innocent people's heads. They know that they will get their way, that America will cower in fear, when John Kerry is elected president of the United States.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz, 10/27/04

MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION

“Why is no one stressing this point: If Kerry had his way, not only would Saddam still be in power, he'd still be in Kuwait!”

- News & Views reader

TRILLION DOLLAR QUESTION

“To my knowledge, John Kerry is the first candidate to run for the Presidency that has a ‘prenuptial’ agreement with his wife. Think about it: If John Kerry’s wife doesn’t trust him with her money, why should we trust him with ours?”

- News & Views reader

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PROTECTING THE VOTE

“The right to vote is precious, the politicians preach. Our democracy hangs in the balance, the pundits screech. Yes, but if we all value the sanctity of the voting process so highly, why is it that I've never once been asked to produce identification of any kind in the 16 years I've been a voter, from Ohio to California to Washington state to Maryland? And why is it that we can't protect our elections from people who have no right to vote, no right to be here, and no right to undermine our safety or sovereignty?


“While unhinged Democrats spread fear about the alleged discriminatory disenfranchisement of American citizens, they have supported the indiscriminate enfranchisement of untold numbers of foreign outlaws-including suspected al Qaeda operatives and terrorist sympathizers. Last week, the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch reported that illegal alien Nuradin Abdi, the suspected shopping mall bomb plotter from Somalia, was registered to vote in the battleground state of Ohio by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), a left-wing activist group.”

- Columnist Michelle Malkin

GOIN’ POSTAL

“The head of the postal services letter carriers union, one Bill Young, is ‘outraged at the allegation’ made by a Bush/Cheney lawyer that letter carriers just might not deliver campaign materials to homes in Florida ‘that appear Republican.’ Regardless of Young’s outrage my own personnel experience tells me that what the lawyer is concerned about is possible.

“I take you back to November of 1960. I am a reporter covering the Kennedy/Nixon campaign and two days before the election find myself in Hyannis Port, Mass., with the Kennedys. Knowing I would be there I had my wife airmail (we had airmail in those days ) my absentee ballot to me care of the Hyannis Port post office. In those days I voted in California and my vote would be valid if my absentee ballot was postmarked by midnight of election day.

“I go to the post office and ask if there is mail for me. The man looks and says no. and I said I’ll be back tomorrow because it’s important because it’s my absent ballot. Of course you’re voting for Kennedy, he said. Stupidly I replied, in a pig’s eye.

“To make a long story short somehow or other my ballot never arrived in Hyannis Port until the day after the election. Gee, that’s too bad, the clerk at the post office said, handing me my ballot and shedding great crocodile tears.

“So there you are. Don’t think for a moment that post office employees aren’t capable of not delivering your mail when they don’t like what it is.”

- Lyn Nofziger, Musings, 10/26/04

TOWARD A MORE CIVIL UNION

“’President Bush said in an interview this past weekend that he disagreed with the Republican Party platform opposing civil unions of same-sex couples and that the matter should be left up to the states,’ The New York Times reports. In ‘Live and Let Live,’ Cato adjunct scholar Richard A. Epstein writes: ‘When President Bush, for example, talks about the need to 'protect' the sanctity of marriage, his plea is a giant non sequitur because he does not explain what, precisely, he is protecting marriage against. No proponent of gay marriage wants to ban traditional marriage, or to burden couples who want to marry with endless tests, taxes and delays. All gay-marriage advocates want to do is to enjoy the same rights of association that are held by other people.’ "

- Cato Dispatch, 10/27/04

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YESTERDAY IN DC CONFIDNETIAL...

· South Park & the Curse on the tube
· German paper’s brutal evaluation of Kerry; endorsement of Bush
· Governator toasts Kerry, smashes Uncle Ted
· Election plague unleashed in Florida
· Immigration activists win early round; big fight still ahead
· Kiddie porn and the football coach
· Dems ducking debates...literally
· Fight on the right: social conservatives vs. libertarians

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News & Views, 10/27/04


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HANOI JANE RIDES AGAIN

“Actress and activist Jane Fonda has agreed to join a lawsuit against a web site that included her on a parody ‘traitor list.’ . . . Fonda has increased her activism during 2004, leading a feminist pro-Kerry program called ‘Vagina Votes.’ "

- GOPUSA.com, 10/27/04

A TIME FOR CHOOSING

Today is the 40-year anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s “A Time for Choosing” speech, delivered on behalf of 1964 Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater. Thanks to a heads up from my friend Rick Sincere, here’s a link where you can go online and listen to this timeless speech: http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/reaganatimeforchoosing.htm


THIS AIN’T YOUR DADDY’S GOP

“The most surprising change (in Bush’s first term) has been the rise of ‘big government conservatism.’ Ever since the Goldwater campaign of 1963-64, conservatism has defined itself as an antigovernment creed. Barry Goldwater proclaimed that he had little interest in reforming government, ‘for I mean to reduce its size.’ Ronald Reagan proclaimed that ‘government is the problem, not the solution.’ The Republican Class of '94 believed that ‘government is dumb while markets are smart’ (to borrow a phrase from Dick Armey)--and set about balancing the budget and cutting popular government programs. But Mr. Bush has been different: an avowed conservative who is nevertheless willing to embrace big government.”

- John Micklethwait and Adrian Woodlridge, Wall Street Journal, 10/27/04

THE POLITICAL DISASTER SCALE

“I, for one, think that President Bush lights up the political disaster scale at about a 5.2 while John Jerry tips in at roughly 9.8, a new record. The liberals in this country, wrong as usual, would reverse those figures although, surprisingly, the leftwing nuts such as Alec Baldwin and Barbra Streisand have yet to issue their quadrennial threat to leave the country should the Republican win. Too bad. Nor have I heard similar threats from any on the far right, should Kerry win.

“I, for one, am not going anywhere. Regardless of whether Bush or Kerry wins, I’m going to stay and fight him. And to be honest about it, it would be more fun fighting Kerry; he is everything Americans who love their country and the constitution should oppose. For that matter, George W. Bush ain’t exactly perfect.”

- Lyn Nofziger, “Musings,” 10/25/04

ON THE POSITIVE SIDE

“Hi Chuck. Couldn't resist telling you about my brother who drives a big truck out of Portland, OR (part of the left coast). Dan is a conservative and he says ‘it rips his lips off’ to see his dues going into the 'Demon'crat coffers. So when he was handed a bunch of bumper stickers he decided to do a little surgery with the old X-acto knife. His truck is now sporting a ‘Teamsters for Bush’ bumper sticker, logo and all. After several days of driving around and getting a bunch of "thumbs up" from other drivers, several of his coworkers are now sporting the same sticker. Way to go Dan.”

- News & Views reader Jennifer Leinart

HERE ARE SOME DEPRESSING THOUGHTS

“We're one week away from the election, so here's my prediction. As much as it pains me to say this, I'm still predicting a Kerry win. The left is simply going to do a better job at voter turnout than the right. A huge part of the Democratic party base doesn't have to worry about such inconveniences as jobs to prevent them from voting. They have all the time in the world, and these early voting locations give the unions and other leftist activists all the time they need to get out there, pick up their myrmidons, and get them to the polls.

“The productive class, on the other hand, has distractions .. distractions that may prevent them from getting to the polls. Besides, it's difficult to herd individuals. Liberals don't have to try to herd individuals ... their followers gave up their individuality decades ago.

“Then, of course, there's the problem with stupid voters. It is beyond understanding that we actually allow decisions like this to be made by millions of people who have no understanding of government or of the candidates. They decide which candidate is going to give them the most stuff ... and that's how they vote.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz, 10/26/04

YEAH...THE ABSOLUTE BAREST

“Educating oneself about the important public policy questions of the day is the barest minimum we should ask of citizens.”

- Columnist Mona Charen

MORE DISCOURAGING WORDS

“The (presidential) race is close, but Bush's numbers are weak for an incumbent. Late breaking undecideds typically go against an incumbent, especially in Presidential races. Senator Kerry will defeat President Bush, but it won't be a Reagan-style landslide. In fact, it is possible that we could see a reverse of 2000: Bush may win the popular vote and lose the electoral vote. I think Bush will score wins by landslide vote margins in many of the states he carries, while Kerry will only score modest (or even razor thin) wins in many of the states he carries. That will cause the national vote total to look much closer than the race will be in terms of electoral votes.”

- Ron Gunzburger, Politics1, 10/26/04

THE SPOILER FACTOR...NOT

“(Libertarian candidate Michael) Badnarik is unlikely to play a Nader-like role in costing President Bush re-election. His appeal is concentrated in Western states that are now strongly leaning to either Mr. Bush or Mr. Kerry.”

- John Fund, Political Diary, 10/26/04

IS IT SAFE?

“My husband and I vote by mail, as I work the elections. I was sooooo freaked this time I would not leave our ballots in the mail box to be picked up by our carrier. I took them to the post office myself to mail. I only hope now that the P.O. has endorsed Kerry that even that was safe.”

- News and Views reader Iris

SOMETHING’S FISHY IN PHILLY

“Liberal registration groups have turned in so many new voter registration cards in Philadelphia that the City of Brotherly Love now has as many registered voters as the number of people over the age of 18 that the Census Bureau estimates live there. Republicans bought a copy of the voter file for Philadelphia last month and sent every voter who had registered between March and August a letter congratulating them and urging them to consider voting for the GOP. Nearly 10% of the 131,000 letters came back marked ‘Return to sender’ because there was ‘no such number’ or no one by the voter's name living at the address. Among the other names returned as unreachable were people who were in prison or dead.”

- John Fund, Political Diary, 10/26/04

HORRIBLE PROSPECT

“Between new voting equipment all over the country and a ballot initiative in Colorado that would retroactively divide the state's electoral vote, it's easy to imagine not one Florida this year, but several. This is a horrible prospect.”

- Washington Post editorial

ELECTION BY LITIGATION

“(R)egardless of turnout and your preferred candidate, everyone ought to hope that the victor wins by a big enough margin to avoid an aftershock of contested ballots, lawsuits and court decisions. The U.S. doesn't need a repetition of Florida on a grander scale. The danger is not simply a delay in knowing who the next president is, or the prospect that he'll be hampered in governing or the probable fury of the loser's supporters that the election was ‘stolen.’

“The more unsettling danger is that, having engaged in two rounds of post-election combat, party warlords will make this a permanent part of the American political process. Election by litigation is a sensationally bad idea. Undertaken piously to guarantee voters' ‘rights’ or to prevent ‘fraud,’ it would erode popular confidence in elections' integrity. . . . Here's what the U.S. really needs: The winner takes 52% of the popular vote and enough electoral votes so that a few close states don't matter.”

- Washington Post columnist Robert J. Samuelson

SURVEY SAYS!

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

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Tuesday

News & Views, 10/26/04


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UNCLE SAM IN HOCK UP TO HIS EARS

“Once again the federal government has reached its ‘debt ceiling,’ and once again Congress is poised to authorize an increase in government borrowing. Between its ever-growing bureaucracies, expanding entitlements, and overseas military entanglements, the federal government is borrowing roughly one billion dollars every day to pay its bills. Federal law limits the amount of debt the U.S. Treasury may carry, and the current amount-- a whopping $7.4 trillion-- has been reached once again by a spendthrift federal government. Total federal spending, which now exceeds $2 trillion annually, once took more than 100 years to double. Today it doubles in less than a decade, and the rate is accelerating.”

- Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), Texas Straight Talk, 10/25/04

HOSTILE TO GUNS AND GEESE

“Michael Dukakis's Snoopy-like tank ride did nothing to burnish his defense credentials in 1988, other than to highlight his utter inadequacy on national-security issues. And photographs of John Kerry brandishing a double-barreled shotgun while emerging from an Ohio cornfield with a dead goose will not change his well-earned image as the leader of the most anti-gun rights presidential ticket in history.”

- Washington Times editorial, 10/24/04

A POX ON BOTH YOUR CANDIDATES

The Detroit News has never endorsed a Democrat presidential candidate. Twice, way back in the FDR years, it chose not to endorse either candidate. So the Detroit News is a well-established and respected conservative editorial page. And it declined to endorse John Kerry OR George W. Bush on Sunday.

The reasoning for the non-endorsement is a well-articulated stinging indictment of both candidates. Whether or not you’ve made up your mind already in this race, it would be instructive to read this editorial. Go to: http://www.detnews.com/2004/editorial/0410/24/a16-312995.htm

SHE’S A REAL RIOT, AIN’T SHE?

Kerry Supporter: Kerry's going to take PA.

Mrs. John Edwards: I know that.

Kerry Supporter: I'm just worried there's going to be riots afterwards.

Mrs. John Edwards: Uh, well, not if we win.

- Exchange in Pennsylvania caught by C-SPAN

ABOUT THAT “UNGUARDED STOCKPILE”

“The NYTIMES urgently reported on Monday in an apparent October Surprise: The Iraqi interim government and the U.N. nuclear agency have warned the United States that nearly 380 tons of powerful conventional explosives are now missing from one of Iraq's most sensitive former military installations. Jumping on the TIMES exclusive, Dem presidential candidate John Kerry blasted the Bush administration for its failure to ‘guard those stockpiles.’“...But tonight, NBCNEWS reported: The 380 tons of powerful conventional explosives were already missing back in April 10, 2003 -- when U.S. troops arrived at the installation south of Baghdad! An NBCNEWS crew embedded with troops moved in to secure the Al-Qaqaa weapons facility on April 10, 2003, one day after the liberation of Iraq. According to NBCNEWS, the HMX and RDX explosives were already missing when the American troops arrived.”

- The Drudge Report, 10/25/04

ANOTHER FOREIGN LEADER WHOPPER

“During the second presidential debate, John Kerry had this to say in explanation for his vote in favor of the war with Iraq: ‘I went to meet with the members of the Security Council in the week before we voted. I went to New York. I talked to all of them to find out how serious they were about really holding Saddam Hussein accountable...’

“We wondered at the time if he was telling the truth about his diplomatic efforts, and now the Washington Times has evidence that he wasn't: ‘Of the five ambassadors on the Security Council in 2002 who were reached directly for comment, four said they had never met Mr. Kerry. The four also said that no one who worked for their countries' U.N. missions had met with Mr. Kerry either.’

“(I)n addition to the debate, (Kerry) claimed during a 2003 speech at the Council on Foreign Relations that ‘I sat with the French and British, Germans, with the ENTIRE Security Council, and we spent a couple of hours talking about what they saw as the path to a united front in order to be able to deal with Saddam Hussein.’ At the very least, this would seem to be one of those exaggerations. Oh well, at least he didn't say it was seared--seared--into his memory.”

- James Taranto, Best of the Web, 10/25/04

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LIAR, LIAR...PANTS ON FIRE

“It's one of the many lies that the book advances. To me the most interesting lie, John O'Neill, that I would submit to you that you should answer, is, you make a lying claim that John Kerry's antiwar activity prolonged the amount of time that prisoners of war were held in Vietnam. . . . That's a lie, John O'Neill! Keep lying, it's all you do! . . . Lies! . . . Which is not in John O'Neill's book, 'cause it's a lie! . . . That's a lie! It's another lie! That's a lie! Absolute lie! You lie in that book endlessly! . . . You lie about documents endlessly! . . . You're just lying about it!

“And you lied about Thurlow's Bronze Star! You lied about it as long as you could until the New York Times found the wording of what was on the citation that you as a lying writer refused to put in your pack of lies! . . . Disgusting, lying book! . . . You have no standards, John O'Neill, as an author, and you know it! It's a pack of lies! You are unfit to publish! . . . He just lied to you! He spews out this filth! Point to his name on the report, you liar! Point to his name, you liar! . . . You just spew lies! . . .

“I just hate the lies of John O'Neill. I hate lies. It's not an argument; they're proven lies. . . . O'Neill's a liar, he's been a liar for 35 years about this, and he's found other liars [unintelligible]. . . . They lied! . . . They're lying somewhere! . . . Lies! Just tell me the initials, you liar! Creepy liar! . . . You are a liar who makes things up! . . . You want the lies! That's how you make your living, on lies!”

- MSNBC political analyst Lawrence O’Donnell coming unglued during an interview with Swift Boat veteran and author John O’Neill on Friday. If you’re not subscribed to DC Confidential yet, you missed the link in yesterday’s edition where you can actually watch this stunning liberal meltdown on camera. OK, I’m a softy. Here’s the link for the rest of you, too: http://64.91.230.181/~recycler/videos/windbag.WMV

GOIN’ POSTAL

Speaking of DC Confidential, another item in yesterday’s edition reported on how the union boss of the letter carrier’s union went “postal” on a Bush-Cheney attorney who dared to suggest that maybe some Bush literature wasn’t being delivered properly in Florida. Well, it appears it’s not just in Florida.

A good friend of ours was in South Carolina working for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim DeMint over the weekend. She reports that volunteers were walking neighborhoods attaching flyers TO mailboxes, not putting them IN the mailboxes. You see, the post office has monopoly access to what goes in YOUR mailbox.

Nevertheless, our friend notes that a postal worker was following the volunteers, removing the flyers and throwing them on the ground. Not only is this a violation of free speech rights...it’s littering. How is it that union activists get away with things such as this? If you or I were caught in this kind of monkey-business, we’d have the book thrown at us.

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LP’S TRUE MOTIVATION

For anyone still not sure of the Libertarian Party’s true and only motivation this election cycle - to defeat Bush, not elect its candidate - columnist Bob Novak strips away mask:

“The Libertarian Party, appealing to Democrats for funds, is targeting the battleground state of Wisconsin as a place where they could make the difference in preventing President Bush's re-election. Wisconsin Libertarians are asking money for their presidential candidate, computer consultant Michael Badnarik.

“Their appeal promises Democrats that ‘we will use 100 percent of your donations to run television and radio commercials that specifically target conservative voters who might otherwise vote for Bush. We don't want Bush to win in Wisconsin any more than you do,’ says the Libertarian Web site. ‘As a Kerry supporter, you may disagree with our message, but you win and we win when you donate to this project and get your friends to do likewise.’ “

The LP is, and continues to be, nothing but a “spoiler” party. Spoiled sports actually.

BADNARIK THE PACIFIST

Speaking of the Libertarian Party...

One of Badnarik’s most ardent supporters has been haranguing me for the last two days, maintaining that the LP presidential candidate is NOT a pacifist...although he has yet to provide a single statement indicating under what circumstance his candidate would ever use “violence or war” as president of the United States.

The supporter quotes Tommy Jefferson from Jefferson’s first inaugural address articulating a foreign policy of “Honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none" without mentioning that Jefferson himself made an “exception” to that policy shortly thereafter when he sent the fledgling U.S. Navy to the Barbary Coast...an act that Badnarik would certainly characterize as “international military adventurism.”

But if the Badnarikians (or is it Badnarikites) wish to play semantics, I’ll withdraw the charge of pacifism and simply note, for the record, that in the area of national security, Mr. Badnarik is simply a naïve fool.

Feel better, Tom?

FAMOUS LAST WORDS

“History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.”

- Ronald Reagan

SURVEY SAYS!

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 www.citizenoutreach.com

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Middle River, MD 21220
E-mail: chuckmuth@earthlink.net

Monday

News & Views, 10/25/04


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GIA’S WALK

Thank you, thank you…THANK YOU! Thanks in no small part to the generosity of so many News & Views readers, my wife Gia was the #1 online fundraiser for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Baltimore yesterday. She shattered her $500 goal...raising well over $2,000. Thank you all for not only supporting a good cause, but supporting something so important to my better half.

STOLEN HONOR

If you still haven’t seen the “Stolen Honor” documentary on John Kerry’s anti-war activities and were disappointed at Sinclair Broadcastings decision not to air it in its entirety Friday night, you can now watch it FREE online at: http://www.buttondepress.com/BostonManifesto/stolenhonor.wmv

POLITICAL BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

Another funny online animation making fun of both candidates set to the tune of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Catch it at: http://i.euniverse.com/funpages/cms_content/6019/bohemianrhapsody.swf

BRUSHFIRE ALERT: INTELLIGENCE VS. IMMIGRATION

Democrat (and some GOP) members of the Senate are attempting to strip provisions in the pending intelligence re-organization bill which would, among other things, prohibit the issuance of driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants...the kind of driver’s licenses used by the 9/11 hijackers to board those four planes that fateful morning. Another provision would, for example, provide for the speedy deportation of illegal alien gang members caught on American streets.

But big-time pressure by various open border groups is being brought to bear on congressional negotiators to scuttle these tough border and interior immigration enforcement measures. So please take a minute to urge the chief House negotiator not to cave in to demands to drop these important security provisions. Click here to sign this latest Brushfire Alert petition: http://www.chuckmuth.com/petition/

MORE ON THE MELON-HEAD VOTE

“According to polls taken this year, nearly 65 percent of the public doesn't know that Congress has banned partial-birth abortion. Seventy percent is unaware that a massive drug benefit has been added to Medicare. At least 58 percent say they have heard "nothing" or ‘not much’ about the Patriot Act, notwithstanding the enormous amount of coverage the controversial law has drawn. “…(W)e hear endlessly about the need to increase voter turnout. But more alarming than the tens of millions of non-voting adults are the tens of millions of adults who *do* vote despite knowing next to nothing about the candidates and the issues. . . . Widespread political ignorance poses a potentially lethal threat to our democratic freedoms. If we were smarter, we'd be worried.”

- Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby

HOPPING ON THE “DON’T VOTE” BANDWAGON

“Here they come -- the earnest exhortations to get out and vote. You'll be hearing it from television newscasters, MTV, newspaper ads, radio talk show hosts, weathermen, schoolteachers ... you get the idea. Everyone has a duty to vote, they will say. No they don't. If a person is utterly ignorant about matters of public policy, then he or she has a solemn obligation TO REFRAIN FROM VOTING.”

- Columnist Mona Charen

BIG WIN PREDICTED...BUT FOR WHOM?

“My working theory is this: One of the two candidates will win enough states by a large enough margin so that the political pressures to call off the legal dogs will overcome the natural desire of lawyers to file paperwork and the natural desire of clerks of court to accept them, stamp them, accept the required filing fees, issue receipts and inform the media who has filed what against whom.”

- Rich Galen, “Mullings,” 10/25/04

WHITE EYES & MUSHROOM CLOUDS

“Who said, ‘If you hold your fire until you see the whites of his eyes, you will never know what hit you’? It was President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and he said it on May 27, 1941. It applies even more today. If you are going to go to war against terrorists in a nuclear age ‘only as a last resort’ and also only when it meets international approval, you might as well not bother. You could see a mushroom cloud before you see the whites of their eyes.”

- Columnist Thomas Sowell

USELESS UN

“First and foremost, of course, is the fact that five days after we dug Saddam [Hussein] out of his hole in northern Iraq, Moammar Gadhafi, the leader of Libya, went public and announced he was giving up all of his nuclear materials. He had the uranium. He had the centrifuges to enrich the uranium. He had a design for a weapon. All of that is now under lock and here in the United States. He saw the wisdom of no longer pursuing those aspirations and contacted Tony Blair and President Bush. He didn't call the United Nations."

- Vice President Dick Cheney on the positive results of our liberating Iraq

PEANUT MAN’S RE-INVENTED HISTORY

“Earlier this week, Mr. Carter was on MSNBC's ‘Hardball with Chris Matthews.’ Mr. Matthews asked his guest if, as an amateur historian, he sees any parallels between the war in Iraq and the Revolutionary War. Mr. Carter: ‘Well, one parallel is that the Revolutionary War more than any other war until recently has been the most bloody war we've fought.’

“Stop right there. . . . (I)n the Revolutionary War which took place from 1775 to 1783 there were 4,435 American deaths. In a single battle in the Civil War (The Wilderness, May 5 to May 7, 1864), Gen. Ulysses S. Grant lost 17,666 men in two days.

“Wait, it gets worse: ‘I think another parallel is that in some ways the Revolutionary War could have been avoided. It was an unnecessary war.’ What could possibly account for this falsehood? Well, here's the rest: ‘Had the British Parliament been a little more sensitive...we would gotten our independence in a non-violent way...the British were very misled in going to war against America …’

“So, by Mr. Carter's revisionism, a shortage of sensitivity and bad intelligence led the British to wage an eight-year, ‘unnecessary’ war. Sound familiar?”

- Washington Times, 10/23/04

LP PREZ CANDIDATE ENDORSES BUSH

John Hospers, the Libertarian Party’s first presidential candidate back in 1972 and author of the first full-length book describing libertarianism, has penned a ringing endorsement for the re-election of George W. Bush over John Kerry. “When the stakes are not high it is sometimes acceptable, even desirable, to vote for a ‘minor party’ candidate who cannot possibly win, just to ‘get the word out’ and to promote the ideals for which that candidate stands” Hospers writes. “But when the stakes are high, as they are in this election, it becomes imperative that one should choose, not the candidate one considers philosophically ideal, but the best one available who has the most favorable chance of winning.”

You can read the entire column by going to: http://americanbacklash.com

SURVEY SAYS!

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 www.citizenoutreach.com

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Published by:
Chuck Muth
1315 Wilson Point Road
Middle River, MD 21220
E-mail: chuckmuth@earthlink.net


Sunday

Muth's Truths, 10/24/04


STILL UNDECIDED AFTER ALL THESE FEARS

OK, I admit it. With just over a week to go, I’m STILL an “undecided” voter. Not because I don’t know the candidates, don’t know the issues and don’t know what’s at stake. It’s because I’m a limited-government Reagan conservative...and I DO.

Let me first point out that the presidential candidates are playing Electoral College chess. They’re NOT trying to win a plurality of the popular vote. They’re trying to win a majority of the electoral vote. Which is fine with me, since that’s the rule of the game as the Founders established it.

This means some states are safely in the Bush column and some are safely in the Kerry column...and some could go either way. Bush and Kerry are pretty much ignoring states which are safely in their opponent’s column and are focusing almost all of their time, effort and money on about a dozen “battleground” states.

Now, if it’s OK for the candidates to play Electoral College chess, it’s OK for voters to do the same. Which puts me in the unique position of being able to cast a “protest” vote on November 2 without risking the fate of the nation.

See, I live in Maryland. Maryland is as safely in Kerry’s column as you’re likely to get. If Maryland is somehow by some miracle in play for the Bush-Cheney team, they sure as heck aren’t going to need MY vote...because that will mean Kerry-Edwards will be getting slaughtered in the battleground states.

If, however, I still lived in Nevada...a key battleground state...this would be a no-brainer: Bush all the way. The country can’t afford to risk the security of the nation and the safety of our families to John Kerry and his “global test” for dealing with the terrorist threat. Nor can it afford to have a hair-obsessed ambulance-chaser a “heartbeat away” from the Oval Office. And I sure ain’t thrilled with the prospect of listening to four years of Mother Teresa calling opponents of her husband’s liberal agenda “idiots” and telling the nation to “shove it.”

But then you have the President.

While I’m with him 100 percent on pre-emptively killing bad guys who mean to do us harm, that’s about as far as it goes for this limited-government conservative. Of course, there’s also the tax cuts...but they’ve been relatively small compared to the GIGANTIC increases in spending...spending which has yet to earn a single presidential veto. In addition, Mr. Bush has done nothing of note in making this abomination of a tax code simpler and fairer via a flat tax or national retail sales tax.

On the other hand, he does have Dick Cheney and Laura Bush going for him. Plus Dr. Wade Horn.
Who?

Glad you asked. Dr. Horn is the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families at the Department of Health and Human Services. He’s a darn good conservative who understands the balance required between philosophical purity and practical reality. Anyway, with President Bush you get folks such as Dr. Horn running the wheels of government. With John Kerry you’re going to get people who think Michael Moore is a genius.

This is a consideration not much considered by the average voter. It should be. Remember, we didn’t just get Bill Clinton for eight years; we got Janet Reno, too.

Nevertheless, compassionate conservatism is nothing but big government liberalism packaged in the soft rhetoric of high expectations. And it’s darn expensive, at that.

Frankly, I’m seriously worried about the fate of limited-government conservatism should the president be re-elected. I fear the Bush crowd will then claim a mandate to enact even MORE high-cost “compassionate” government programs over the next four years while promoting the notion that limited-government candidates of the Reagan model can’t be elected. This notion could have implications on our national politics for a generation or more.

But good Lord, look at the alternatives for those of us not in battleground states who have the freedom to cast a vote of conscience.

Ralph Nader? You’d have to be, as Sen. Joe Biden would say, brain dead.

Michael Peroutka of the Constitution Party? Well, that “Constitution” part sounds good, but remember not to judge a book by its cover. Peel back the label and you find a candidate and a party bent on imposing a biblical governing agenda couched in constitutional rhetoric. This is consumer fraud and I don’t like bait and switch politics.

Then there’s Michael Badnarik of the Libertarian Party. One would think I’d find a natural home here with these principled limited-government folks, but the fact remains: Mike Badnarik makes Howard Dean and Jimmy Carter look like a hawks when it comes to the war.

The LP touts itself as THE principled party with regard to limiting the government to its constitutionally proscribed role. Well, national defense IS one of the few legitimate roles for the feds. Yet Badnarik is either too naïve not to know that the war in Iraq is part of the overall war on terrorism or, worse, simply believes we should withdraw from the world and only respond if and when attacked directly.

That may sound nice...until you consider that in this day and age 3 million of us could be dead from a suitcase nuke before Badnarik decides to use force. Heck, if that’s what you’re looking for in a presidential candidate, vote for Kerry. At least HE has a chance to win.

Not me. I choose life. I, indeed, want limited government...but that limitation is not extended to doing it to them before they do it to us.

I know, I know. It’s only a protest vote. Badnarik isn’t actually going to get elected. So there’s nothing to fear, right? Right. But I simply do not want to encourage the Libertarian Party to nominate another empty suit pacifist such as Badnarik...or Harry Brown from four years ago...in the future.

Frankly, I...and a LOT of other voters...am prepared to consider casting some third-party ballots. But we’re not going to do it just “because.” The LP needs to grow up and gain some political maturity. They need to take seriously the need to actually WIN some elections by giving us credible alternatives and campaigning like they mean it.

Howard Stern and Michael Badnarik are not credible alternatives.

And this LP campaign “strategy” to simply “spoil” George W’s re-election in battleground states doesn’t cut it either. If the overall objective is a limited federal government, never actually electing anyone to Congress...but spoiling the election for Republicans in favor of Democrats...is hardly the way to do it.

So my choice appears to come down to President Bush...or writing in the name of another candidate (staying home is a cop-out). And if I go that way, I think I’ll take my friend Rick Sincere’s suggestion and cast my “protest” vote for Ronald Reagan. If the point is to “send a message,” that would pretty much say it all. After all, the heart of Reaganism is: “Government is not the solution, it’s the problem.” That sure isn’t what “compassionate conservatism” is all about.

On the other hand, I might still be persuaded to cast my lot with President Bush and Dr. Horn. Highly respected limited-government conservative friends of mine - such as former Reagan adviser Lyn Nofziger and former New Mexico GOP Chairman John Dendahl - make very persuasive cases for re-electing W...and then fighting him aggressively over the next four years when his administration inevitably strays too far from the reservation.

Plus...John Kerry really IS that bad.

So, yes, with nine days to go I’m still an undecided voter. The president has done a fine job of securing his base of social conservatives, but he’s yet to seal the deal with limited-government conservatives, especially those of us who don’t live in battleground states. And for that, he has only himself and his record to blame.

All that being said, I still predict President Bush wins this thing going away. When push comes to shove, conservatives of all stripes really have nowhere else to go, and the national security threat really is THE issue in this campaign. On that issue alone, I still may cast a vote to re-elect. Decisions, decisions.

Prediction: Bush 54 percent, Kerry 44 percent...with the prez getting around 320-340 electoral votes.

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