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Saturday

News & Views, 11/20/04


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HANGING A MARINE OUT TO DRY

“In the space between the fog of war and the edited news break a young Marine hangs out to dry. . . . What I'm getting at, in this land of free speech and home of brave Marines, is my unequivocal belief that Marine X committed no ‘war crimes’ in that fortified Fallujah mosque last week where he shot and killed a prone and wounded terrorist. He was just doing his job - his hellishly dangerous job - and thank God for him.

“...Seeing may be believing, but a minute of video doesn't tell the whole story. And the whole story is not that an American soldier stormed a house of worship to shoot a pious Fallujah citizen in cold blood - the ‘war crime’ we are led to imagine has happened. The mosque served as a fort; the citizen was an apparently wounded, apparently dangerous combatant; and the Marine was fighting the urban war of his life.

“...Who, among the global millions who have watched NBC's videotaped-shooting, realize that a comrade of the Marine in question was killed by a booby-trapped corpse the day before? That same corpse-bomb wounded five others in the unit. And who, among those same millions, realize that even as Marine X, NBC's global anti-hero, was shooting the enemy he suspected was playing possum, just a block away, another explosive-rigged corpse was killing another young Marine? In that split second of fear and indecision, our guy made the right call.”

- Columnist Diana West

STAND WITH MARINE IN HIS TIME OF NEED

I’ve tried contacting the Marine Corps’ Public Affairs office to find out how to voice community support for this embattled Marine, but the line’s been jammed and the voice-mail boxes are full. However, News & Views reader George Blumel has provided us with an email address where you can send messages of support if you’re so disposed. Send your notes to: sitterpd@hqmc.usmc.mil

ANOTHER POST-ELECTION STAT

“Of the 3,153 counties in this country, Mr. Bush carried 2,542, while his Democratic opponent, Sen. John Kerry, carried only 611.”

- John McCaslin’s “Inside the Beltway,” 11/19/04

IRISH-AMERICAN GIVEN THE O’BOOT

You may recall from a couple days ago that some guy name Tom Madigan of the Irish-American Unity Conference issued a statement referring to President Bush as a “twit” and a “chimp.” Well, apparently such disrespect didn’t set too well with others in the organization, and Tommy was shown the door. We “Micks” know how to take care of our own house!

HEY, BIG SPENDERS!

“Congress is once again engaging in fiscal irresponsibility and endangering the American economy by raising the debt ceiling, this time by $800 billion dollars. . . . Congress has become like the drunk who promises to sober up tomorrow, if only he can keep drinking today. Does anyone really believe this will be the last time, that Congress will tighten its belt if we just grant it one last loan? What a joke! There is only one approach to dealing with an incorrigible spendthrift: cut him off.”

- Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican

CLINTON COMES UNGLUED

“A paranoid-sounding Bill Clinton threatened ABC News anchorman Peter Jennings in an interview broadcast Thursday night, in a bizarre rant about his impeachment that laid bare the ex-president's persecution complex. ‘You don't want to go here, Peter,’ Clinton warned, after Jennings told him that historians ranked him second to last of all presidents in terms of moral authority. Squinting his eyes, an angry Clinton seethed, ‘You don't want to go here. Not after what you people did. And the way you - your network - what you did with Kenneth Starr. The way your people repeated every little sleazy thing he did. No one has any idea of what that's like.’"

- NewsMax.com, 11/19/04


KING OF PARSE

“In an interview with ABC News Clinton is quoted as having said he never ‘lied to the American people about my job.’ The man is a parsing genius. Extra Credit Assignment: Pick a word -- describing the movement of air -- which, if inserted between ‘my’ and ‘job,’ renders Mr. Clinton's statement wholly inaccurate.”

- Rich Galen’s “Mullings,” 11/19/04

FACTS IS FACTS

“The reality is, Mr. Clinton’s self-serving spin to the contrary, myriad errors of omission and commission by his administration weakened this country’s response to the al Qaeda threat and made the horror of September 11 much more likely.”

- Washington Times editorial, 11/19/04

MAKING A BAD PROBLEM WORSE

“There is absolutely no doubt this nation's immigration system is badly broken and needs repair in the worst way. But disregarding the immigration laws already on the books and giving legal status to individuals entering America illegally would only make the problem much worse.”

- Rep. Charlie Norwood, Georgia Republican

SIGN OF BALLOT MEASURES TO COME

“Among the ballot measures that passed resoundingly in the election is one that no conservative can afford to ignore - Arizona's Proposition 200. It is a measure that will require proof of U.S. citizenship for voting and proof of legal residency for many public services.
“...Much is made of the gay marriage bans that passed in other states, but perhaps no ballot measure survived as much opposition from public officials as did this measure. Despite attempts to portray it as xenophobic, more than 40 percent of Arizona's Hispanic voters supported it. It is a textbook example of common-sense grassroots action by citizens fed up with illegal immigration.”

- Columnist Ian de Silva

BRUSHFIRE ALERT

The post office is set to propose yet another double-digit percent increase in the cost of stamps. Any such hike would have to be approved by the Postal Rate Commission (PRC).

There is currently a vacancy on the PRC. A former postal worker and union leader, Dawn Tisdale, has been nominated to fill that vacancy at the behest of soon-to-be former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle. Is there any doubt in anyone’s mind how Mr. Tisdale would vote on a rate hike which would benefit his former employer and union buddies? The conflict of interest and pre-disposed bias this nominee has in such matters is painfully obvious.

Why in the world would Republicans want to put a union leader fox in charge of the post office henhouse?

The Senate is poised to vote on confirming Mr. Tisdale during this “lame duck” session of Congress in a “deal” of some kind that somebody has struck. You know, the kind of “deal” that allowed Arlen Specter to get his Judiciary Committee chairmanship. Why does it seem that all these backroom “deals” come at the expense of limited-government grassroots conservatives?

If you’re sick of these “deals,” please sign our online petition to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist urging that the Tisdale nomination be blocked...immediately and permanently...regardless of any insider “deal.” Enough is enough of this stuff. Add your name by going to: http://www.chuckmuth.com/petition

DINNER IS NOW SERVED...

You can now order your copy of “Ketchup With Your Crow, Mr. Moore?” - a compilation of blurbs and nuggets from the Campaign 2004 trail, sort of a “best of” News & Views book. The full flavor of the 2004 election season is captured in these 150+ pages of quotes and one-liners from the likes of Ann Coulter, Jay Leno, Neal Boortz, Lyn Nofziger, Cal Thomas, John Fund and James Taranto.

Ah, the memories…

· Dean’s scream
· Janet’s boob
· Whoopi’s butt
· John-Boy’s hair
· Gen. Clark bombs
· Al Gore unhinged
· Teresa Heinz unplugged
· Lawrence O’Donnell unglued
· Dems unchained
· Abu Ghraib and the Beheadings
· The president’s amnesty proposal
· Spending like drunken Democrats
· Era of big government returns
· Mutiny on the Conservative Bounty
· Marriage on the rocks
· Spitting on Reagan’s grave
· Girlie Men
· Stupidity epidemic in public schools
· The Wizard of Coz
· Hollywood to the rescue
· Fahren-hate 911
· What’s in Sandy Berger’s pants?
· 86’ing the 527s
· Voting for it before voting against it
· Swifties vs. Kerry
· Kerry vs. Kerry
· Zell gives ‘em hell
· The Terminator’s All-American speech
· CBS & Rathergate
· Kerry’s tan
· Kerry’s “October disguise”
· Kerry’s “global test”
· Kerry’s army (of lawyers)
· The vice president’s daughter
· Bin Laden’s independent expenditure
· The “dumb-decided” vote
· Coastopia vs. Jesusland
· Donkeys sing the “blues”
· And much, much more.

If you like reading News & Views, you’re gonna LOVE reading “Ketchup With Your Crow, Mr. Moore?” And the last chapter is dedicated to post-election blues...including a host of quotes, commentaries and blurbs which were never published in News & Views. Great new stuff. You won’t feel the left’s pain...but you’ll love it!

“Ketchup With Your Crow, Mr. Moore?” is not available in bookstores or on Amazon.com. In fact, I may not sell it retail at all...at least not until after the first of the year. For now there’s only one way to get it. For details, just go to: http://www.chuckmuth.com/crow.htm

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Friday

News & Views, 11/19/04


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LUCY YANKS BALL FROM CHARLIE BROWN...AGAIN

“Sen. Arlen Specter...gained the support on Thursday of fellow Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee, effectively winning his fight to chair the panel that reviews judicial nominees.”

- Reuters, 11/18/04

(Folks, if you’re not subscribed to DC Confidential and missed my rant over this last night...you missed one heck of a DOOZY! Find out how to subscribe to DC Confidential at the end of today’s newsletter under “Special Bonus”)

COMRADES COME TO MARINE’S DEFENSE

“U.S. Marines rallied round a comrade under investigation for killing a wounded Iraqi during the offensive in Falluja, saying he was probably under combat stress in unpredictable, hair-trigger circumstances. Marines interviewed on Tuesday said they didn't see the shooting as a scandal, rather the act of a comrade who faced intense pressure during the effort to quell the insurgency in the city.

“ ‘I can see why he would do it. He was probably running around being shot at for days on end in Falluja. There should be an investigation but they should look into the circumstances,’ said Lance Corporal Christopher Hanson. ‘I would have shot the insurgent too. Two shots to the head,’ said Sergeant Nicholas Graham, 24, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ‘You can't trust these people. He should not be investigated. He did nothing wrong.’

“...Marines have repeatedly described the rebels they fought against in Falluja as ruthless fighters who didn't play by the rules. They say the investigation is politically motivated. ‘It's all political. This Marine has been under attack for days. It has nothing to do with what he did,’ said Corporal Keith Hoy, 23.”

- Reuters

WHO LET THE DOGS OUT?

“In time of war, if you go through a bad neighborhood, I don't want a little French poodle, I want a Rottweiler on my hands."

- Kiss guitarist Gene Simmons on why he voted for George W. Bush

KISS OF DEATH

"When Michael Moore begins to become a symbol and spokesperson for Democrats, we're on the road to losing elections."

- Sen. Joe Lieberman on the Fox News Channel

SOUR GRAPES & WHINE

“The electorate that decided to give this stupid little twit four more years will get exactly what it deserves. No more can the American people hide behind the administration and point to its colossal ineptitude and vacuous foreign policies and claim innocence. The people have now chosen to put this chimp back in the White House for four more years. ..."

- Tom Madigan of the Irish-American Unity Conference, Inside the Beltway, 11/17/04

IT’S THE MESSAGE, NOT THE MONEY

“The myth is that the candidate who raises the most money in the year leading up to the election would surely win. Throughout 2004, the Democrats outraised Republicans by several million dollars. Yet it took only the very straightforward message of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, and their measly $250,000 in initial funding, to do more damage to John Kerry than all the liberal 527s combined did to Mr. Bush.”

- Washington Times editorial

GOIN’ POSTAL OVER NASCAR

“As the NASCAR season closes with this weekend's race, it's hard not to notice that the U.S. Postal Service has traded in its bicycle for a race car. For us poor stamp-buyers, that means the USPS is wasting our money at greater speeds than ever before.

“Its high-profile, seven-year sponsorship of the U.S. Pro Cycling Team, led by six-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, is finally coming to a finish. But the postal service has now embraced the roaring engines of the NASCAR track by slapping its logo onto Johnny Sauter's No. 27 stock car. “If the postal service were a free-market business, veering onto the NASCAR speedway might make sense. . . . But while the USPS tries to walk and talk like a trendy private company, high-octane sports sponsorships and all, it is in fact a lumbering government agency that survives only because of its federally enforced monopoly. U.S. consumers can't move to another low-cost letter delivery service for first-class mail.“...USPS Vice President Jerry Whalen, touting the enormous NASCAR fan base, gushed that ‘every one of those fans is a customer of the postal service.’ You bet. They're customers because, by law, they have little choice. The race is fixed.

“...It's not just ratepayers who pay for these USPS adventures. The red ink also translates into a hefty drain on taxpayers. The postal service is now asking Congress for a $779-million taxpayer-funded handout. And we need more advertising?”

- Sam Ryan, Lexington Institute, Los Angeles Time, 11/19/04

NEW FIGHT FOR CONSERVATIVES

“(President) Bush nominated Dawn A. Tisdale earlier this year to an open seat (on the Postal Rate Commission) for a term expiring in November 2006.

“Postal watchdog PostalWatch and several other groups...oppose Tisdale's nomination because he is a former postmaster, letter carrier and union chapter vice president. Tisdale's status as a former postal service employee ‘has caused us concerns as to his ability to objectively review and evaluate various matters which may come before the Commission,’ the leaders of the seven groups wrote. ‘We fear Mr. Tisdale would be a 'rubber stamp' for the interests of the USPS and its unions rather than an objective, independent citizen/ratepayer watchdog.’

“Insiders said Tisdale's nomination could be confirmed during the current lame-duck session of Congress.”

- DM News, 11/19/04 (Note: Tisdale is actually Tom Daschle’s guy. Daschle’s gone. Tisdale’s nomination should go, as well...especially in light of the double-digit rate hike USPS is threatening us with. Stay tuned. More on this later…)

RICE TO THE RESCUE

“In naming Condoleezza Rice as his pick for secretary of state, President Bush is sending his most loyal adviser to his most disloyal agency.”

- Columnist Joel Mowbray

AMNESTY PROPOSAL PANNED...AGAIN

“I have great respect for President Bush, Secretary Powell and Secretary Ridge; however, granting amnesty by legalizing illegal immigrants is detrimental to our national and economic security.”

- Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Calif.)

ROLLING SNAKE-EYES

“The big losers in the 2004 election were Democrats and gays. Constitutional bans against gay marriage in 11 states have set back gay rights across the country. Gay leaders bet the ranch and lost. . . . In America in 2004, gay marriage was not an idea whose time had come.”

- James Driscoll, member of the Presidential Advisory Council for HIV-AIDS

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Thursday

News & Views, 11/18/04


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LUKE, USE THE FORCE

“So coalition forces strike the city of Fallujah, and Iraqi insurgents respond by attacking in Mosul, Baquba, Kirkuk and Suweira. This, we now hear, proves that the more insurgents the U.S. kills, the stronger the insurgency grows. Call it the Obi-Wan Kenobi school of international relations: Strike him down, and he'll only become more powerful.

“In real warfare, of course, killing the enemy means there are fewer enemies to kill. And in one week in Fallujah, and at the cost of some 40 American soldiers' lives and several Iraqi ones, about 1,200 insurgents were killed and another 1,000 taken prisoner.”

- Wall Street Journal, 11/17/04

WELL, HERE’S A BIG SURPRISE

“Kevin Sites, the NBC cameraman who shot video of the controversial shooting of a Fallujah insurgent by a U.S. Marine, is an anti-war activist whose photographs of Iraqi prisoners are featured on at least one anti-war website.”

- WorldNetDaily.com, 11/17/04

ARMCHAIR GENERALS IN NO POSITION TO JUDGE

“Some 40 Marines have just lost their lives cleaning out one of the world's worst terror dens, in Fallujah, yet all the world wants to talk about is the NBC videotape of a Marine shooting a prostrate Iraqi inside a mosque. Have we lost all sense of moral proportion?

“The al-Zarqawi TV network, also known as Al-Jazeera, has broadcast the tape to the Arab world, and U.S. media have also played it up. The point seems to be to conjure up images again of Abu Ghraib, further maligning the American purpose in Iraq. Never mind that the pictures don't come close to telling us about the context of the incident, much less what was on the mind of the soldier after days of combat.

“Put yourself in that Marine's boots. He and his mates have had to endure some of the toughest infantry duty imaginable, house-to-house urban fighting against an enemy that neither wears a uniform nor obeys any normal rules of war. Here is how that enemy fights, according to an account in the Times of London:

“‘In the south of Fallujah yesterday, U.S. Marines found the armless, legless body of a blonde woman, her throat slashed and her entrails cut out. Benjamin Finnell, a hospital apprentice with the U.S. Navy Corps, said that she had been dead for a while, but at that location for only a day or two. The woman was wearing a blue dress; her face had been disfigured. It was unclear if the remains were the body of the Irish-born aid worker Margaret Hassan, 59, or of Teresa Borcz, 54, a Pole abducted two weeks ago. Both were married to Iraqis and held Iraqi citizenship; both were kidnapped in Baghdad last month.’

“When not disemboweling Iraqi women, these killers hide in mosques and hospitals, booby-trap dead bodies, and open fire as they pretend to surrender. Their snipers kill U.S. soldiers out of nowhere. According to one account, the Marine in the videotape had seen a member of his unit killed by another insurgent pretending to be dead. Who from the safety of his Manhattan sofa has standing to judge what that Marine did in that mosque?”

- Wall Street Journal, 11/18/04

SCREW ‘EM

“The Pentagon says that it's concerned how this (Marine shooting) video is going to play in the Arab world. At this point, who gives a damn? The Arab world is quite proud of the videos it shows of Arabs cutting heads off Americans. They seem to handle that quite well. They even celebrate it. Let them be angered. We're angered too. When they start to adopt some semblance of civilized behavior maybe we'll start being more concerned about their feelings.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz, 11/18/04

DISSING CONDI RICE

If you still haven’t seen the Condi Rice cartoon that has everyone outraged, check it out here: http://postcards.ucomics.com/get/?MsgID=b1b2d4566eed6495df563d90603dca11&site_ref=ucomics

KERRY STILL SITTING ON PILE OF DOUGH

“US Senator John Kerry got the Democratic National Committee to spend lots of money on his behalf in the recent White House race and also gave big bucks to his campaign. So, what does this mean? It means Kerry is holding over $15 million in DNC funds given to his campaign ... PLUS $45 million more leftover in his primary campaign account - which he was able to hold onto, thanks to lavish Dem spending on his behalf. This will allow Kerry to start the 2008 race as the anointed one again, thanks to all of this DNC money he was supposed to have spent.”

- Ron Gunzburger, Politics1, 11/18/04

SPECTER WATCH I

“The conservative groups opposing (Sen. Arlen) Specter's ascension to the chairmanship (of the Judiciary Committee) are picking a fight they cannot win and in the process causing a split in Republican circles.”

- Conservative columnist Alex Ray

SPECTER WATCH II

“Arlen Specter was just re-elected by the people of Pennsylvania, a major industrial state; the Judiciary Committee chairmanship is his by tradition and seniority. Conservatives have been angry with him for a long time and for good reason. They have expressed their unhappiness. They have made their point. Mr. Specter has been chastened and warned; the leadership of his party told him to fight for himself. He knows the Republican Party will expect him to support the nomination of judges free of a Roe v. Wade litmus test, or any litmus test, including a religious test…

“The on-the-ground conservatives who won this election for the Republican Party want to show their force. Understandable. They won. But there's a lot of force being shown lately, and sometimes it's conservative to step back, to hold your fire, to wait.
Give him the slot. If it doesn't work, revisit it later. There are enough battles going on.”

- Conservative Peggy Noonan

SPECTER WATCH III

“Although he still has considerable penance to perform, Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., appears to have withstood a massive campaign by social conservatives who want to block him from the chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee. Specter met for more than an hour Tuesday with Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and other top Republicans. He was to meet with his fellow Judiciary Committee Republicans later in the day.

“...After the meeting, Frist declined to say whether he would support Specter. But several other GOP lawmakers did not hesitate to rally behind him, adding to a list that has grown almost daily. Robert F. Bennett, R-Utah, the chief deputy majority whip, said before the meeting that he ‘absolutely’ backed Specter’s bid for the chairmanship. Bennett called the current controversy ‘a tempest in a teapot.’ After the meeting, Bennett said that once Specter takes the Judiciary gavel, social conservatives’ ‘blood pressure will begin to come down.’

“...Trent Lott, R-Miss., who knows a thing or two about political quicksand, is also backing Specter. ‘He has earned it, and he’s going to be a good chairman,’ Lott said. Gordon H. Smith, R-Ore., who also backs Specter, said he had ‘promised Oregonians in 1996 that while I am pro-life, I wouldn’t have a single-issue litmus test, and I’m not going to have one with Arlen Specter.’

“...Specter’s fellow Pennsylvania Republican, Rick Santorum, has largely been silent in public on the matter. But Specter said that Santorum, who is the lead spokesman for social conservatives in the Senate, has been ‘enormously helpful’ and has gone ‘above and beyond the call of duty’ in helping Specter fend off the onslaught of outside criticism. Santorum is up for re-election in 2006 in a state that Democrat John Kerry carried this year, and one in which the moderate Specter remains highly popular. ‘My No. 1 priority in the next two years is to re-elect Sen. Santorum,’ Specter said.”

- Congressional Quarterly, 11/16/04

SANTORUM WATCH

“Republican members of the club that is the United States senate are quickly falling in line behind Arlen Specter and it is almost a sure bet that the moderate maverick from Pennsylvania will win his fight for the chairmanship of the senate judiciary committee.

“The short term victory for Specter, however, could be a long term loss for the Republican Party in general and some so-called senate conservatives in particular.

“…(Specter) has won the support of outgoing chairman Orrin Hatch, along with that of (Sen. Rick) Santorum, Sen. Larry Craig of Wyoming and several other conservatives. Santorum is up for re-election in two years and Specter has said his priority in the next two years is to help re-elect him. Hitching his political wagon to Specter’s liberal horse, however, might not be that big a plus for Santorum in that it could lose him many of the conservative votes he ordinarily counts on.”

- Lyn Nofziger’s Musings, 11/17/04

THAT OLD GANG OF MINE

“I all the attention being paid to the religious right making you nervous about having voted for President Bush? Here's some advice for moderate and libertarian-leaning Republicans: Don't jump ship quite yet...but keep your life vest ready. . . . (H)ere are some important markers to watch as the first year of Bush's second term unfolds:

“...Bush's pick of Alberto Gonzales...shows the president retrenching once again, promoting old cronies from his days in Texas. The same would be true if Bush, as expected, taps Margaret Spellings to replace Education Secretary Rod Paige. Spellings, an adviser to Bush when he was governor of Texas, was instrumental in shaping the No Child Left Behind Act. But she's no champion of school vouchers - one of the few issues on which libertarian and religious conservatives see eye-to-eye.”

- New York Post columnist Ryan Sager, 11/16/04 (NOTE: It was announced yesterday that President Bush has nominated Margaret Spellings to replace Rod Paige)

WHAT IF A REPUBLICAN HAD SAID THIS…

“In his farewell speech to the Senate yesterday, Fritz Hollings, who has served there since 1966, noted two big changes over the decades: fewer boozers and more yakking women. ‘We had five drunks or six drunks when I got here,’ the South Carolina Democrat told his colleagues. ‘There are no drunks in the United States Senate now. We don't have the time.’

“He also noted that upon his arrival there was only one female senator, Margaret Chase Smith (R-Maine), and she didn't say much. ‘We got 16 or 17 now and you can't shut 'em up. . . . You get in a debate with Barbara Mikulski or Barbara Boxer and they'll take your head off.’"

- Washington Post, 11/17/04

DOWN TO THE WIRE

“The race for Washington State Governor is guaranteed to go to a recount, so we won't know the ultimate winner for a few more weeks. As of Wednesday's state certification deadline, the official winner -- well, interim winner -- is State Senator Dino Rossi (R). With over 2.6 million votes cast, it appears as if Rossi defeated Attorney General Christine Gregoire (D) by a margin of 261 votes. An initial posting on the Secretary of State's website indicated Gregoire won by 13 votes. An hour later -- at 6:30 pm Pacific -- the numbers were adjusted to show Rossi the winner. Secretary of State Sam Reed (R) said he will call for an automatic recount.”

- Ron Gunzburger, 11/18/04

DINNER IS NOW SERVED...

OK, you can now order your copy of “Ketchup With Your Crow, Mr. Moore?” - a compilation of blurbs and nuggets from the Campaign 2004 trail, sort of a “best of” News & Views book. The full flavor of the 2004 election season is captured in these 150+ pages of quotes and one-liners from the likes of Ann Coulter, Jay Leno, Neal Boortz, Lyn Nofziger, Cal Thomas, John Fund and James Taranto.

Ah, the memories…

· Dean’s scream
· Janet’s boob
· Whoopi’s butt
· John-Boy’s hair
· Gen. Clark bombs
· Al Gore unhinged
· Teresa Heinz unplugged
· Lawrence O’Donnell unglued
· Dems unchained
· Abu Ghraib and the Beheadings
· The president’s amnesty proposal
· Spending like drunken Democrats
· Era of big government returns
· Mutiny on the Conservative Bounty
· Marriage on the rocks
· Spitting on Reagan’s grave
· Girlie Men
· Stupidity epidemic in public schools
· The Wizard of Coz
· Hollywood to the rescue
· Fahren-hate 911
· What’s in Sandy Berger’s pants?
· 86’ing the 527s
· Voting for it before voting against it
· Swifties vs. Kerry
· Kerry vs. Kerry
· Zell gives ‘em hell
· The Terminator’s All-American speech
· CBS & Rathergate
· Kerry’s tan
· Kerry’s “October disguise”
· Kerry’s “global test”
· Kerry’s army (of lawyers)
· The vice president’s daughter
· Bin Laden’s independent expenditure
· The “dumb-decided” vote
· Coastopia vs. Jesusland
· Donkeys sing the “blues”
· And much, much more.

If you like reading News & Views, you’re gonna LOVE reading “Ketchup With Your Crow, Mr. Moore?” And as I think I noted the other day, the last chapter is dedicated to post-election blues...including a host of quotes, commentaries and blurbs which were never published in News & Views. Great new stuff. You won’t feel the left’s pain...but you’ll love it!

“Ketchup With Your Crow, Mr. Moore?” is not available in bookstores or on Amazon.com. In fact, I may not sell it retail at all...at least not until after the first of the year. For now there’s only one way to get it. For details, just go to:


http://www.chuckmuth.com/crow.htm

A real collector’s item. A political junkie’s dream. Your liberal brother-in-law’s nightmare. A great Christmas gift for both. I only plan to print a limited number for my first (and maybe only) run...so don’t miss out. Order yours TODAY!

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1315 Wilson Point Road
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chuckmuth@earthlink.net


Wednesday

News & Views, 11/17/04


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ARAFAT UPDATE

“Arafat is in stable condition after dying in a Paris hospital.”

- James Taranto, Best of the Web, 11/16/04

SCOUTS WORSE THAN NAZIS?

“Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union announces that it has intimidated the Pentagon into agreeing ‘to end direct sponsorship of hundreds of Boy Scout units, which require members to swear religious oaths, on military facilities across the United States and overseas.’ . . . The ACLU used to be so committed to free expression that it would even represent Nazis and Klansmen seeking to express their views. But apparently they draw the line at the Boy Scouts.”

- James Taranto, Best of the Web, 11/16/04

GET READY FOR ANOTHER LET-DOWN; THE FIX IS IN

“Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican, likely will assume the chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee on schedule, despite opposition from many conservatives, say insiders familiar with talks among Republican Party leaders.”

- Washington Times, 11/16/04

LOOSE CABOOSE

“Sen. Arlen Specter has not earned elevation to the chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee. . . . . The chairmanship should crown a senator whose loyalties to the Republican Party mainstream are unwavering and enthusiastic.

“...The four Republican (Senate) seats gained Nov. 2 plus Mr. Specter's narrow primary election victory over conservative Rep. Pat Toomey shows that the Pennsylvania solon is more the caboose than the locomotive of the Republican Party train. His views on abortion, racial or ethnic preferences, church-state relations, the Patriot Act and presidential war powers clash with majority Republican Party thinking and central themes of President Bush's campaign. To reward Mr. Specter with the chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee would dishonor the sentiments of the American people voiced through the ballot box.”

- Columnist Bruce Fein

NO SENSE AT ALL

“Jan LaRue, chief counsel of Concerned Women for America, said, ‘Having Arlen Specter chair the Senate Judiciary Committee makes no more sense than having Michael Moore chair’ the Republican National Committee.”

- Washington Times, 11/17/04

SPECTER SUPPORT GROWS

“Sen. Arlen Specter (R.-Pa.) made a private appeal to Senate Republican leaders Tuesday to shore up support for his bid to chair the Judiciary Committee, but it remains unclear if he has enough GOP votes to win the powerful chairmanship. The liberal Pennsylvania Republican made some headway Tuesday when Senators Orrin Hatch (R.-Utah) and Trent Lott (R.-Miss.) both said they planned to support his ascension despite widespread concern among conservatives.“...Senators will conduct a formal vote by secret ballot in January, but Republicans expect to know Specter's fate after their caucus meeting Wednesday. Specter said he would address all Republicans at that meeting in hopes of allaying any concerns.“...Hatch said he expected Specter to be a great chairman. ‘There's not nearly the reason to worry that some conservatives have had,’ Hatch said.”

- Robert Bluey, Human Events, 11/16/04

SANTORUM TO THE RESCUE

“One of (Sen. Arlen) Specter's most ardent supporters has been Sen. Rick Santorum, the Pennsylvania Republican who leads the pro-life forces in the Senate and who has stuck his neck out for his seatmate on several occasions. Mr. Santorum, who faces his own tough re-election in two years, helped Mr. Specter overcome a tough primary challenge earlier this year and has lobbied on Mr. Specter's behalf during this most recent firestorm. 'Sen. Santorum has been enormously helpful,' Mr. Specter said yesterday after meeting with Republican leaders. 'He has gone above and beyond the call of duty. My number one priority in the next two years is to re-elect Senator Santorum,' Mr. Specter added."

- Washington Times, 11/17/04

BRUSHFIRE ALERT

Sen. Santorum is the key here folks...if we’re to have ANY chance of completing a “Hail Mary” and keeping Sen. Specter from the judiciary chairmanship. Unless Santorum comes out PUBLICLY in opposition, Specter is now a shoe in. Santorum himself is saying he has no position on the chairmanship brouhaha; the paper is saying differently. Which is it?

Frankly, this is gut-check time for Sen. Santorum. He’s either with us, or he’s not. This “Pontius Pilot” routine ain’t gonna fly. If he comes out in opposition, the grassroots will back him...and there’s still a chance to “Bork” Specter. That’s why they call it “leadership.” But if he sells out, the grassroots will dump him like yesterday’s garbage.

You might want to help Sen. Santorum decide what to do today...before it’s too late.

Sen. Rick Santorum (R - PA)
(202) 224-6324
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SUPREME DREAM TEAM

“A conservative dream team is Justice Scalia or Clarence Thomas to replace Chief Justice Rehnquist with Miguel Estrada filling the associate's opening.”

- Columnist Melanie Kirkpatrick

LIB-CON EXITS, STAGE RIGHT (OF COURSE)

“I am a libertarian conservative, which is just a small piece of the whole spectrum these days.”

- New York Times columnist William Safire announcing his retirement

GUMMINT DINOSAUR ON BRINK OF EXTINCTION

“The largest postal rate increases in decades are looming on the horizon. By late fall 2005 or early 2006, look for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to raise the price of first-class stamps from 37¢ to about 41¢. . . . The postal rate increases will mark the next move in a vicious cycle that has gripped the USPS since the early 1980s - rate hikes leading to declining postal usage and income, leading to a need for more rate increases, etc. The expanding use of e-mail and other electronic delivery systems accelerated the cycle in recent years and raised the specter of the Postal Service's eventual financial collapse.”

- Hoovers Online, 11/15/04

SCRAPPING MCCAIN

“Not content that the First Amendment still has some life, Sen. John McCain is going to try again to kill it. Just days after the presidential election, McCain announced that he would introduce a new bill, meant to fix ‘loopholes’ in the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance legislation. But the best ‘fix’ for that disastrous law would be to scrap it altogether.

“...Limitations on political spending inevitably infringe upon speech. If McCain is serious about reform, he should scrap cash limits and simply insist on prompt and thorough public disclosure of who's giving what to whom. That is, give folks all the information, and then trust them to sort it all out. In the process, let free speech reign.”

- New York Post editorial, 11/15/04

THE WIZARD OF COZ

“'Let them stay mad,’ Bill Cosby told CNN's Paula Zahn last week. He was speaking of the flak he's catching from African-Americans since he criticized the behavior of some low-income blacks last spring during a commemoration of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision. He angered some black folks, who thought his remarks were insensitive and inflammatory, and that he resorted to ugly racial stereotypes.“But Cosby has no plans to shut up. ‘This is about little children and people not giving them better choices,’ the 67 year-old actor-comedian told Zahn. ‘How long you gonna whisper about a smallpox epidemic in your apartment building when bodies are coming out under the sheets?’"

- Newsday.com, 11/15/04

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTSIE

“If you didn't see the skit involving actress Nicollette Sheridan and Philadelphia Eagles receiver Terrell Owens Monday night, perhaps you heard the click of remote controls everywhere as parents frantically tried to shield their children's eyes. ABC's Monday Night Football game between the Cowboys and the Eagles opened with flirty banter between Owens and a towel-clad Sheridan and ended with the towel, and Owens' jaw, on the floor.

“The racy skit was meant to be nod toward ABC's popular series Desperate Housewives, in which Sheridan plays a less-than-wholesome divorcee, but some viewers didn't see the humor in the promotion. ‘In a word, disgusting,’ said Ken Chrane, a Manor, Texas, resident. ‘I don't understand why ABC feels that this approach makes football any more appealing. ... This type of material has no place preceding a program that is watched by thousands of impressionable children, especially teenage boys.’ “

SURVEY SAYS!

Should ABC have edited out the profanity before broadcasting “Saving Private Ryan” on Veterans Day last week?

· Yes
· No
· I don’t give a $#!+

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

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Tuesday

News & Views, 11/16/04


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READ ABOUT REID

Robert Bluey of Human Events has written a story on what the nation can expect from incoming Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) which includes this quote from yours truly, based upon my first-hand experience dealing with the man when I was living in Las Vegas: “This guy (Reid) will talk a good (bi-partisan) game, but he is as partisan as they get and just as mean. No one should be mistaken about that nice, quiet demeanor of Reid's. He can really lull you into a sense of security, but he'll turn around and bite you really fast."

Read the full article at: http://www.humaneventsonline.com/article.php?id=5755

SCOUTS GET SCREWED AGAIN

“The Pentagon has agreed to warn military bases worldwide not to directly sponsor Boy Scout troops, partially resolving claims that the government has engaged in religious discrimination by supporting a group that requires members to believe in God. The settlement announced Monday is part of a series of legal challenges in recent years over how closely the government should be aligned with the Boy Scouts of America, a venerable organization that boasts a membership of more than 3.2 million members.”

- Associated Press, 11/15/04

INDECENT INCONSISTENCY

“ABC Television broadcast a movie (“Saving Private Ryan”) during family viewing hours that contained more than 20 mentions of the 'F' word and nearly as many mentions of the 'S' word. There is no question that the show violated the federal indecency and profanity prohibitions… [The movie] contains so many sexual references, including repeated mentions of the 'F' word that it should have been scheduled after 10 PM, when FCC indecency and profanity laws do not apply. Or ABC could have used technology which it has to remove those references from the movie. No one would argue that the 'F' word is a central part of this epic film."

“...If the FCC does not enforce indecency law in this incident, its very enforcement authority will be undermined and the networks will challenge all future indecency/profanity rulings as arbitrary."

- Tony Perkins, Family Research Council

ATTACKING PRIVATE RYAN

“Donald Wildmon, the leader of some group called ‘The American Family Association’ has decided that he is going to file complaints with the FCC over the showing of ‘Saving Private Ryan’ on Veteran's Day. . . . Donald Wildmon might be surprised to learn that our soldiers wading through withering German machine gunfire didn't yell ‘Golly!’ or ‘Gosh darn it!’ when they saw their friends fall. They didn't exclaim ‘Nuts!’ when caught in a German ambush.

“...No doubt Wildmon was prompted to take this action by the pathetic TV executives who decided that their stations wouldn't carry the showing of ‘Saving Private Ryan’ last week. When it came to defending the concept of free speech and standing up for the veterans of World War II, these men and women were AWOL. They are in the same league with Donald Wildmon.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz

SURVEY SAYS!

Should ABC have edited out the profanity before broadcasting “Saving Private Ryan” on Veterans Day last week?

· Yes
· No
· I don’t give a $#!+

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

CANNON FODDER

“Congressman Chris Cannon of Utah openly advocates for illegal alien migrants with his support of amnesty for illegals, Dream Act, Ag Bill and outright invitation to break the law. He requested for political contributions from illegal aliens during his campaign for Congress this year. He was celebrated by the Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund, which is one of the most anti-American, pro illegal alien organizations in America.

“To show you HOW out of touch with reality he is, I interviewed him by phone and he said the United States could hold at least a billion people. That is his plank—to grow the USA into one billion people. This shows his lack of knowledge of carrying capacity or what any farmer knows as the Tragedy of the Commons. The man lacks the collective intelligence of a patch of geraniums.”

- Author and columnist Frosty Wooldridge

LOWERING THE THRESHOLD FOR IMPEACHMENT

(Note: The following is primarily for the benefit of Nevadans who are watching the ongoing witch-hunt against Republican state Controller Kathy Augustine, who was hit with three articles of impeachment last week over charges that her office staff did campaign work for her in 2002. It was sent to Nevada newspapers last week.)

Dear Editor:

With the impeachment of state Controller Kathy Augustine now official, perhaps this would be a good time to put things in a little historical perspective. Here's a sample of impeachments in American history:

* John Pickering, U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire: Impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives, 1803, on charges of mental instability and intoxication on the bench.

* West H. Humphreys, U.S. District Court for the Middle, Eastern, and Western Districts of Tennessee: Impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives, 1862, on charges of waging war against the U.S. government.

* President Andrew Johnson: Impeached by the U.S. Congress, 1868, on charges of violating the Command of the Army Act and libeling Congress.

* Mark H. Delahay, U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas: Impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives, 1873, on charges of intoxication on the bench.

* Harry E. Claiborne, U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada: Impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives, 1986, on charges of income tax evasion.

* Gov. Evan Mecham: Impeached by Arizona House of Representatives, 1988, on charges of obstruction of justice, filing false sworn statements and misuse
of funds.

* Alcee L. Hastings, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida: Impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives, 1988, on charges of perjury and conspiring to solicit a bribe.

* Walter L. Nixon, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi: Impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives, 1989, on charges of perjury before a federal grand jury.

* Kathy Augustine, Controller, State of Nevada: Impeached by the Nevada State Assembly, 2004, on charges of having office staff stuff campaign envelopes and mail out fundraising invitations.

Umm, does the phrase "doesn't rise to the level of impeachment" ring any bells here?

Censure? Maybe. But removal from office? Come on. Not even Bill Clinton was removed from office when impeached in 1998 after being caught dead-to-rights committing perjury and obstruction of justice. Indeed, it was Nevada Sen. Harry Reid who maintained at the president's trial that "the crimes alleged do not rise to the level of an impeachable offense."

And Augustine's do?

Chuck Muth
President, Citizen Outreach


MOVE OVER HARRY POTTER!

The book you’ve all been waiting for - “Ketchup With Your Crow, Mr. Moore?” - should be ready for shipment right after Thanksgiving. Subscribers to DC Confidential have until 5 p.m. Wednesday to take advantage of the “Pre-Publication Special.” Everyone else will get details on this “Best-of-News-&-Views” paperback soon, probably later this week.

In the meantime, just to whet your whistle, here are some of the chapters you’ll find in this Campaign 2004 retrospective:

· Remembering the Gipper
· Send in the Clowns (the Democrat primaries)
· Bush-Whacking
· Flipper & the Breck Girl
· Mother Teh-RAY-zah
· Dems Gone Wild
· The Melon-head Vote

There are also chapters covering the party conventions, the debates, the war, spending, the return of big government, immigration, guns, education, gay marriage and much, much more.

There’s also an entire chapter devoted to the hysterics on the left after the smoke cleared November 3rd titled, “Post Election Stress Syndrome,” including blurbs and nuggets which were never posted in News & Views. All new material. Some great stuff, too!

Plus...my special, heartfelt dedication to Michael Moore titled, “Fahrenheit 60 Million.” Stay tuned, Bat fans...

REMINDER to “DC Confidential” subscribers: You only have until 5 p.m. TOMORROW to take advantage of the “Pre-Publication Special.” I’ll send a reminder with the details again in this afternoon's issue.

FAMOUS LAST WORDS

“Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.”

- Ronald Reagan

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News & Views, 11/15/04


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SPEAKING ILL OF THE DEAD

“It is considered bad form to speak ill of the dead, but I will make an exception for Yasser Arafat… There has been no more successful terrorist in the modern age. Yet his biggest victims were not Israelis. His own people suffered the most. . . . The current intifada, launched in September 2000 after Mr. Arafat turned down a generous peace offer from the Israelis at Camp David, has claimed 3 times as many Palestinian as Israeli victims. It also led to a precipitous plunge in living standards in the West Bank and Gaza Strip - not that Mr. Arafat's wife and daughter would notice from their cozy Paris residence.”

- Columnist Max Boot

THE REAL OBAMA

“(Sen.-elect Barack) Obama’s record in the Illinois senate marks him as more liberal than John Kerry. That’s quite a problem for a party that needs to shed its Michael Moore wing.”

- Washington Times editorial, 11/14/04

KILLING US WITH LAWSUITS

“In the 1960s and 1970s, the United States had 26 vaccine manufacturers. Now we are down to just four. . . . The explanation is politicians and trial lawyers. Drug companies can't make profits from producing vaccines any longer because of product liability lawsuits. . . . (T)he trial bar has destroyed a critical medical industry.

“Congress has the power to fix this crisis. Why hasn't it? The reason is the trial lawyers' massive political clout. . . . The trial lawyers are the No. 1 special interest contributor to the Democratic Party, and to many Republican candidates too. This year lawyers have donated some $100 million to federal candidates.”

- Steve Moore, president, Club for Growth

SURVEY SAYS!

Does President Bush’s re-election victory give him a mandate to push through his immigration “guest worker” program?

· Yes
· No
· Hell No!
· Huh?

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

“VALUE VOTERS” IN GLASS HOUSES

“How morally compelling is an institution collectively known as the church when it preaches ‘traditional’ marriage but practices something else in too many cases? . . . In a survey published Sept. 8, 2004, (pollster George) Barna discovered born-again Christians divorce at the same rate as those who are not born again. . . . Worse, though Jesus regarded divorce as a sin (if adultery were not involved), a majority of the born-again (52 percent) disagree that divorce without adultery is a sin. Among Catholic respondents, 69 percent do not agree that divorce absent adultery is a sin.

“It becomes more difficult to expect secular government to impose a marital standard on culture when those who preach that standard too often do not practice it themselves. Furthermore, why is the church spending so much time and money trying to prop up culture when it has done a poor job propping up its own families? Shouldn't repairs be made first in God's ‘house’ before attention is paid to other people's houses? More people might listen.

“...The born again shouldn't absent themselves from politics and government. But these temporal institutions cannot solve the nation's problems or the problems in too many of their own homes. As the president's mother has said, ‘Your success as a family, our success as a society, depends not on what happens in the White House, but on what happens inside your house.’"

- Columnist Cal Thomas

800-POUND PIECE OF TOAST

“New Mexico has a purported 800-pound Democrat gorilla as governor, a Democrat secretary of state and Democrat attorney general who are shameless partisans, a Legislature that has been controlled almost continuously for more than 70 years by Democrats, and a judiciary that has similarly been dominated by Democrats for something like 70 years; 50% of the registered voters are Democrats compared to 33% Republican; and some 80 percent of its voters live in counties with Democrat county clerks.

“Yet New Mexicans sent their electoral college votes to re-elect George W. Bush. Every Democrat leader in the country was depending on Bill Richardson...to deliver the state to Kerry. He didn't get it done. It looks to me like Richardson is political toast - the state he has been using for 25 years as his stepping stone to national office just turned into a lily pad, and it won't support a frog anywhere near his size.”

- Former New Mexico GOP Chairman John Dendahl

PROFANE HYPOCRISY

When Dale Earnhardt Jr. won his fifth Talledega 500, someone asked him on live, broadcast television what it meant to him. “It don’t mean spit right now. Daddy won here ten times.”

Only...he didn’t say “spit.” He used another four-letter word that rhymes with spit. For his “foul mouth,” the superstar driver was fined $10,000 and docked crucial points in the NASCAR championship.

On Saturday, Pitt quarterback Tyler Palko led his Panthers to a major 41-38 upset win against the 24th ranked Fighting Irish. After the game - won on a field goal with just one second left on the clock - the ecstatic sophomore - who threw for 334 yards and five touchdowns - inadvertently dropped the F-bomb on NBC in a post-game interview.

The speech police descended on the poor guy like a ton of bricks. Palko was forced to apologize all over the place. ''Although I was caught in the heat of the moment after our victory, there is no excuse for such language,” the athlete was forced to say afterwards. ''I apologize to the viewing audience, my teammates, coaches, family, the University of Pittsburgh and Notre Dame.''

What about Sparky the Wonder Dog? Doesn’t he deserve an apology, too? This is ridiculous.

Palko used on network television the exact same word that was used over and over again, with nary a peep of complaint, on network television last week with the unedited airing of “Saving Private Ryan.” Either certain four-letter words are bad for network broadcast or they’re not. And I dare say that uttering such a four-letter word in post-game or post-race exuberance is a far more understandable “context” than its intentional airing in a recorded broadcast.

Frankly, I’m OK with both. The problem I have is with the hypocrisy of some folks who are painfully trying to have their cake and eat it too on this one. You lose credibility when you lose consistency. The speech police who gave Private Ryan a pass while taking Junior and Palko to the woodshed have lost their credibility.

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Sunday

Muth's Truths, 11/14/04


FAR-LEFT VS. FAR-RIGHT VALUES

Conservatives can’t help but enjoy the pain and agony running through the ranks of Democrats, assorted Hollywood liberals and “old media” left-wingers over the November 2 results. As is pointed out in my soon-to-be released book on the 2004 election - “Ketchup With Your Crow, Mr. Moore?” - the left pulled out all the stops and stopped at nothing in their effort to win at any cost.

They funneled money from wealthy Bush-hating liberals into the pockets of anti-war front groups who used the money to register voters who, in many cases, weren’t legally eligible to vote...including Mary Poppins and Dick Tracey.

They lied about Bush lying about WMD’s. They over-hyped the Abu Ghraib “abuse” story. They manufactured a story about missing munitions. And they buried the story about John Kerry maybe not getting an honorable discharge from the military until Jimmy Carter “pardoned” him.

Speaking of which, they tried to make a stink about President Bush’s fully-disclosed military service records while steadfastly refusing to release Sen. Kerry’s. Dan Rather and CBS even went so far as to use some “doctored” Bush records to try to make a story out of a story that wasn’t there.

John Kerry made claims of meeting with “foreign leaders” who he claimed were backing him...only he refused to name any names. The only one David Letterman could come up with: Queen Latifah.

They threatened college students with false stories about President Bush bringing back the military draft...even though it was DEMOCRATS in Congress who had actually introduced such legislation.

They ransacked GOP offices, vandalized cars, beat the tar out of a cop at the GOP convention, ripped a Bush sign out of the hands of a 3-year-old sitting on her daddy’s shoulders, slashed tires, kicked, pushed and shoved. Hey, remember Al Franken tackling that Howard Dean heckler in New Hampshire?

They assembled an army of legal vultures who hovered over the election just waiting to swoop down and snatch any close victory away from Republicans. Fortunately, the election results were outside the “margin of litigation.”

John Kerry dressed up as a hunter for Halloween in an attempt to (a) make people think the gun issue is about hunting, not self-defense, and (b) make people think he was actually a friend of gun owners despite his abysmal gun rights record. Talk about an “October Disguise.”

They used a fake voice for an automated phone message falsely telling voters that Gen. “Stormin'” Norman Schwarzkopf was endorsing John Kerry. If Schwarzkopf ever finds out who did that, you can bet they’ll need the jaws-of-life to remove the boot from where the general is going to stick it.

In essence, the other side’s campaign can pretty much be summed up in three words: Lie...Cheat...Steal. And they wonder what “values” people are talking about? Totally clueless.

On the other hand, all this fear-and-loathing about “Jesusland” and the rise of the religious right isn’t completely without merit. Unfortunately, ordinary American church-goers are being broad-brushed into the “Crazy Christian” camp of folks such as Joe Glover, president of an organization called the Family Policy Network. You see, Joe’s really steamed at President Bush. Why? I’ll let him explain...

“The day after George Bush was elected president again, because of this morals revolution taking place in our country, he allows his vice president to not only put his lesbian daughter on the platform, but to bring her lesbian 'partner' up on the stage with him,” Glover laments. “It almost seems to be a slap in the face from the get-go against the very conservatives that re-elected the president at a time when he ought to be paying them some homage and respect."
Yes, the Chicken Little left is running around yelling, “The Christians are coming! The Christians are coming!” But un-Christian, un-American, homo-centric wing-nuts like Joe Glover - who get their knickers in a knot over the gay daughter of the Vice President of the United States joining her father on a victory stage - are giving the rest of us mainstream live-and-let-live Christian conservatives the bad rap.

It’s not just the Democrats who need to reassess their “values.”

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