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Saturday

News & Views, 12/4/04


GOV’T SQUASHES SEX PATCH FOR WOMEN

“Sorry, ladies. The Food and Drug Administration yesterday turned thumbs down on a hormone patch that aimed to do for women what Viagra did for men - put them in the mood. Saying it does not have enough data yet to ensure the long-term safety of Intrinsa, the Reproductive Health Drugs advisory committee sent drug maker Procter & Gamble back to the lab to do more testing.”

- New York Daily News, 12/3/04

‘TIS THE PC SEASON

In his “Inside the Beltway” column, John McCaslin reported yesterday that the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve no longer accepts “items that have a connection to violence” for its Toys for Tots program. That means the Marines will no longer accept donations of toy guns or knives. However, retired Maj. Brian A. Murray, vice president of operations, says this decision is not due to “political correctness.” I understand he even said it with a straight face.

BRUSHFIRE ALERT: If you’d like to wish Maj. Murray a Merry Christmas, you can reach him at: bamurray@toysfortots.org

TARGETING TARGET

“A couple of years ago Target opened one of their big box stores in our neighborhood and since it opened I’ve done a lot of my shopping there. But no more. Target has told the Salvation Army it can no longer set up its Christmas kettles at its store entrances. And that’s good enough for me. I’ll go do my shopping elsewhere.”

- Lyn Nofziger’s “Musings,” 12/3/04


FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH

“We receive an increasing number of solicitation inquiries from nonprofit organizations and groups each year and determined that if we continue to allow the Salvation Army to solicit, then it opens the door to any other groups that wish to solicit our guests. While some of our guests may welcome the opportunity to support their favorite charity or cause, allowing these organizations to solicit means that Target would also have to permit solicitation by organizations whose causes or behavior may be unacceptable to our guests.”

- Target Corporation statement

BRUSHFIRE ALERT: You can send Scrooge, Inc. a Merry Christmas email message to their Investor Relations department at: InvestorRelations@target.com

Or, use their webform to send comments by going to:

http://www.targetcorp.com/targetcorp_group/contactus/contact_general.jhtml

Other contact information:

Target Corporation
1000 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis MN 55403
(612) 304-6073

KOFI BREAK

“Abuse was rampant in the oil-for-food program. Senate investigators believe more that $21 billion may have gone back to Saddam's regime. Some of those funds may be financing the insurgency we face today. . . . Obviously it is time for (Kofi Annan) to go.” - Columnist R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

“United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan should resign. On his watch, the United Nations finds itself in the biggest scandal in its checkered history.” - Columnist Joseph Perkins

“It’s time for Kofi Annan to step down. The massive scope of this debacle demands nothing less.” - Sen. Norm Coleman, Minnesota Republican

“Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) is calling on United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to step down over the growing U.N. oil-for-food scandal.” - CNS News, 12/3/04

JOIN the growing list of folks calling for anti-American Kofi Annan to step down by signing our online petition to the Secretary-General urging him to resign. Just visit: http://www.chuckmuth.com/petition

BROKEN RECORD

“This morning on CNN, Soledad O'Brien asked Democratic operative Doug Hadaway what he thought about suggestions that Kofi Annan should resign. Hadaway, you will recall, was one of Al Gore's closest advisors during the 2000 elections. Well, did Hadaway actually address whether or not Annan should resign at the UN? Of course not! He said that George Bush should resign because of all the controversies over Halliburton! Yup, you got it! The question is about Kofi Annan and the oil-for-food scandal, and this Democrat hack answers with Halliburton! Gets old after a while, doesn't it?”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz

GOP SPLIT OVER IMMIGRATION

“When House Republicans blocked the intelligence overhaul bill two weeks ago, some congressional Republicans say they were showing President Bush he will split the party if he goes ahead with his broader immigration-reform plan.

“‘It would cause a break in the party that would be extremely unhealthy for the party,’ said Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican and chairman of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus. ‘I can tell you right now, the feelings are deep. This is not a superficial argument with the president. We were all willing to shut up during the campaign. We were not going to attack the president. But the campaign is over with and the gloves are off on this issue." Mr. Tancredo said….

“Not everyone thinks the Republican Party is divided on immigration. ‘I don't know that there's a split,’ said Ken Mehlman, who ran Mr. Bush's campaign and likely will be the next chairman of the Republican National Committee.”

- Washington Times, 12/3/04

SURVEY SAYS!

Do you think there is a serious divide between many Republican Party leaders and a majority of Republican grassroots voters over the immigration issue?

· Yes
· No
· Haven’t got a clue

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

THE BOOK IS IN THE MAIL…

The “Ketchup With Your Crow, Mr. Moore?” books have arrived and are being mailed out this weekend. So everything is now in the hands of your trusty post office.

Uh-oh...

HOW TO SUBSCRIBE

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PUBLISHED BY:
Chuck Muth
1315 Wilson Point Road
Middle River, MD 21220
E-mail: chuck@chuckmuth.com


News & Views, 12/4/04


GOV’T SQUASHES SEX PATCH FOR WOMEN

“Sorry, ladies. The Food and Drug Administration yesterday turned thumbs down on a hormone patch that aimed to do for women what Viagra did for men - put them in the mood. Saying it does not have enough data yet to ensure the long-term safety of Intrinsa, the Reproductive Health Drugs advisory committee sent drug maker Procter & Gamble back to the lab to do more testing.”

- New York Daily News, 12/3/04

‘TIS THE PC SEASON

In his “Inside the Beltway” column, John McCaslin reported yesterday that the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve no longer accepts “items that have a connection to violence” for its Toys for Tots program. That means the Marines will no longer accept donations of toy guns or knives. However, retired Maj. Brian A. Murray, vice president of operations, says this decision is not due to “political correctness.” I understand he even said it with a straight face.

BRUSHFIRE ALERT: If you’d like to wish Maj. Murray a Merry Christmas, you can reach him at: bamurray@toysfortots.org

TARGETING TARGET

“A couple of years ago Target opened one of their big box stores in our neighborhood and since it opened I’ve done a lot of my shopping there. But no more. Target has told the Salvation Army it can no longer set up its Christmas kettles at its store entrances. And that’s good enough for me. I’ll go do my shopping elsewhere.”

- Lyn Nofziger’s “Musings,” 12/3/04


FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH

“We receive an increasing number of solicitation inquiries from nonprofit organizations and groups each year and determined that if we continue to allow the Salvation Army to solicit, then it opens the door to any other groups that wish to solicit our guests. While some of our guests may welcome the opportunity to support their favorite charity or cause, allowing these organizations to solicit means that Target would also have to permit solicitation by organizations whose causes or behavior may be unacceptable to our guests.”

- Target Corporation statement

BRUSHFIRE ALERT: You can send Scrooge, Inc. a Merry Christmas email message to their Investor Relations department at: InvestorRelations@target.com

Or, use their webform to send comments by going to:

http://www.targetcorp.com/targetcorp_group/contactus/contact_general.jhtml

Other contact information:

Target Corporation
1000 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis MN 55403
(612) 304-6073

KOFI BREAK

“Abuse was rampant in the oil-for-food program. Senate investigators believe more that $21 billion may have gone back to Saddam's regime. Some of those funds may be financing the insurgency we face today. . . . Obviously it is time for (Kofi Annan) to go.” - Columnist R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.

“United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan should resign. On his watch, the United Nations finds itself in the biggest scandal in its checkered history.” - Columnist Joseph Perkins

“It’s time for Kofi Annan to step down. The massive scope of this debacle demands nothing less.” - Sen. Norm Coleman, Minnesota Republican

“Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) is calling on United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to step down over the growing U.N. oil-for-food scandal.” - CNS News, 12/3/04

JOIN the growing list of folks calling for anti-American Kofi Annan to step down by signing our online petition to the Secretary-General urging him to resign. Just visit: http://www.chuckmuth.com/petition

BROKEN RECORD

“This morning on CNN, Soledad O'Brien asked Democratic operative Doug Hadaway what he thought about suggestions that Kofi Annan should resign. Hadaway, you will recall, was one of Al Gore's closest advisors during the 2000 elections. Well, did Hadaway actually address whether or not Annan should resign at the UN? Of course not! He said that George Bush should resign because of all the controversies over Halliburton! Yup, you got it! The question is about Kofi Annan and the oil-for-food scandal, and this Democrat hack answers with Halliburton! Gets old after a while, doesn't it?”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz

GOP SPLIT OVER IMMIGRATION

“When House Republicans blocked the intelligence overhaul bill two weeks ago, some congressional Republicans say they were showing President Bush he will split the party if he goes ahead with his broader immigration-reform plan.

“‘It would cause a break in the party that would be extremely unhealthy for the party,’ said Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican and chairman of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus. ‘I can tell you right now, the feelings are deep. This is not a superficial argument with the president. We were all willing to shut up during the campaign. We were not going to attack the president. But the campaign is over with and the gloves are off on this issue." Mr. Tancredo said….

“Not everyone thinks the Republican Party is divided on immigration. ‘I don't know that there's a split,’ said Ken Mehlman, who ran Mr. Bush's campaign and likely will be the next chairman of the Republican National Committee.”

- Washington Times, 12/3/04

SURVEY SAYS!

Do you think there is a serious divide between many Republican Party leaders and a majority of Republican grassroots voters over the immigration issue?

· Yes
· No
· Haven’t got a clue

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

THE BOOK IS IN THE MAIL…

The “Ketchup With Your Crow, Mr. Moore?” books have arrived and are being mailed out this weekend. So everything is now in the hands of your trusty post office.

Uh-oh...

HOW TO SUBSCRIBE

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PUBLISHED BY:
Chuck Muth
1315 Wilson Point Road
Middle River, MD 21220
E-mail: chuck@chuckmuth.com


Friday

News & Views, 12/3/04


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SURVEY SAYS!

Who should President Bush nominate to be the next chief justice of the Supreme Court when Justice Rehnquist retires?

· Judge Clarence Thomas
· Judge Antonin Scalia
· Somebody else

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

FEEL THE LOVE

“You're evil, horrible people. You're awful people. You represent horrible ideas. God hates you and He wants to kill your children. You should all burn."

- PBS reporter Rachel Buchman in a recorded voice-mail message to a conservative activist group over the Thanksgiving weekend. Buchman has resigned from PBS-affiliate WHYY-FM in Philadelphia after the phone message was made public.

NEW STRATEGY FOR NEW REALITY

“Defense alone is not a sufficient strategy. There is only one way to deal with enemies who plot in secret and set out to murder the innocent and the unsuspecting: We must take the fight to them."

- President Bush in Canada on Monday

WHEN GOOD GUYS GO BAD

“Once upon a time, the International Committee of the Red Cross was a humanitarian outfit doing the Lord's work to reduce the horrors of war. So it is a special tragedy to see that it has increasingly become an ideological organization unable to distinguish between good guys and bad. . . . No longer careful, scrupulous and neutral, the ICRC has become just another politicized pressure group like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.”

- Wall Street Journal, 12/2/04

COULTERGEIST

“When Madeline Albright was appointed the FIRST WOMAN secretary of state, the media was euphoric. . . . But Bush nominates a brilliant geopolitical thinker (Condoleezza Rice) who happens to be black and female and all of a sudden she's Butterfly McQueen, who don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' no Middle Eastern democracies. . . . Apparently, liberals believe Rice compares unfavorably to Madeline Albright, whose principle accomplishment before becoming secretary of state was managing to attain the age of 60 without realizing she was Jewish…

“Or how about Clinton's first secretary of state, Warren Christopher, a lawyer whose dazzling foreign policy experience consisted of being President Carter's chief negotiator for the hostages in Iran? That's almost as impressive a resume entry as ‘Chief Iceberg Lookout, the Titanic,’ ‘Senior Design Engineer, the Edsel,’ ‘Navigator, Exxon Valdez,’ or ‘Writer/Executive Producer, 'Alexander.' “

- Columnist Ann Coulter

SIGNIFICANT VICTORY

“With Congress’ completion of its work on the 2005 budget this week, President Bush and congressional leaders have achieved a significant victory in the battle for spending discipline in Washington.”- OMB Director Josh Bolten

SPENDING DISCIPLINE, DC-STYLE

“Lawmakers defend the special projects they routinely insert into a spending process that has become their political slush fund drawn from the Treasury to help them win re-election. Here's a few examples (from the 2005 budget bill):

• $100,000 for the High Falls Film Festival, Rochester, N. Y.
• $35,000 for the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.
• $250,000 for the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville, Tenn.
• $250,000 for the Alaska Statehood Celebration, University of Alaska.
• $25,000 to develop a curriculum to study mariachi music in the Clark County School District in Nevada.
• $97,000 for the Franco-American Heritage Center, Lewiston, Maine.
• $200,000 for the Aviation Hall of Fame.
• $200,000 for the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum, Greenville, Tex.
* $250,000 for "traffic calming" in Windermere, Fla.
• $921,000 for hardwood tree improvement and regeneration in Indiana.
• $3 million for the Center for Grape Genetics, Geneva, N.Y.
• $500,000 for Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York City.
• $150,000 for the Coca-Cola Space Science Center, Columbus, Ga.
• $100,000 for the Punxsutawney (Groundhog) Weather Museum in Pennsylvania.

“The list goes on and on, thousands of low-priority or, more to the point, no-priority, spending that needlessly fattens the federal budget, leaving taxpayers to foot the bill - often to benefit wealthy special interests from the lumber industry to wine producers to upper-income communities like Bakersfield, Calif., which gets $280,000 for ‘sidewalks, street furniture and facade improvements.’"

- Columnist Donald Lambro

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FLIRTIN’ WITH DISASTER

“Social Security is a disaster. If any corporation were run the way the federal government runs Social Security, it would be shut down and the corporate officers marched off to jail in handcuffs.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz


OH, HERE’S A REAL SHOCKER

“A federal judge has blocked from enforcement an Arizona proposition that denies illegal aliens welfare benefits, just hours before Gov. Janet Napolitano was to proclaim it into law yesterday.”

- Washington Times, 12/2/04

THE NEW COSBY SHOW?

“Kweisi Mfume's sudden departure after nine years as president and chief executive officer of the NAACP signals a seismic quake that rattles far beyond the doors of the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. . . . That leaves the NAACP to launch a search for a new leader. I suggest Bill Cosby. He might not jump at the opportunity, but he seems to have his priorities straight.”

- Columnist Clarence Page

BIG BROTHER WANTS IN ON THE ‘NET

“For the millions of people who cannot afford high-speed Internet access, some local officials think they've hit on the answer: Build government-owned networks to provide service at rates below what big telecommunications companies charge.”

- Washington Post

THE LIBERAL-MINDED PROFESSOR

“Academic freedom is not only meant to protect professors; it is also supposed to ensure students' right to learn without being molested. When instructors use their classrooms to indoctrinate and propagandize, they cheat those students and betray the academic mission they are entrusted with. That should be intolerable to honest men and women of every stripe -- liberals and conservatives alike.”

- Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby

PARENTAL PRIORITIES

“There is no job more important than that of raising a child. It's the very reason for our existence. If both parents have to work for pure survival, that's one thing. But when the second parent goes to work to enhance lifestyle it's quite another.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz

UNWILLING FREEDOM FIGHTERS

“(Most people) like the idea of government taking care of them and making decisions for them and they’re willing to give up certain amounts of their freedom in exchange for the security government promises them. As a matter of fact they have been so brainwashed they don’t even realize that they are giving up some of their freedom when, for instance, government tells them they must wear seatbelts, or they must contribute to Social Security or they must accept Medicare or they can have no say in what their kids are taught in public schools.

“Nor do they see anything wrong when government limits the use of private property, or takes away their constitutional right (what a laugh) to keep and bear arms, or in a hundred other little ways infringes on their rights and their ability to make their own decisions, accept their own responsibilities, use their property as they see fit and in a large variety of other ways limits what they can do or legislates what they must do--all in the name of the common good…

“Back in (circa) 1775 Patrick Henry declared, ‘Give me liberty or give me death.’ It meant something then. Today he’d be a voice crying in the wilderness.”

- Lyn Nofziger’s “Musings,” 12/2/04

FAMOUS LAST WORDS

"Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread."

- Thomas Jefferson

“If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."

- Samuel Adams

“They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

-Benjamin Franklin

“Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one…”

- Thomas Paine

“If all that Americans want is security, they can go to prison. They’ll have enough to eat, a bed and a roof over their heads.”

- President Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Government is not the solution, it’s the problem.”

- Ronald Reagan

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PUBLISHED BY:
Chuck Muth
1315 Wilson Point Road
Middle River, MD 21220
E-mail: chuck@chuckmuth.com

Thursday

News & Views, 12/2/04


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YOUR KETCHUP, SIR...

The “Ketchup With Your Crow, Mr. Moore?” books arrived late yesterday afternoon...and I’ll be mailing them out starting today. So it’s all in the hands of the your trusty post office now.

Uh-oh.

Last chance to order the few books we have left in time for Christmas. Go to: http://www.chuckmuth.com/crow.htm

W TO KOFI’S RESCUE

“The Bush administration yesterday defended U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan after a prominent U.S. senator (Sen. Norm Coleman) demanded his resignation,” reports the Washington Times this morning.

Hmmm. This smells an awful lot like the old “good cop/bad cop” routine to me. The Prez knows he has Kofi by the proverbial short hairs and I’m sure is making him squirm like a worm. In any event, it can’t but help for the rest of us to keep the pressure on Annan to step down. So please join me in signing our online petition to the Secretary-General urging his immediate resignation. You can add your name to the list by going to:

http://www.chuckmuth.com/petition

P.S. Yes, I would prefer we got rid of the existing United Nations altogether, as some of you have written; however, that is decidedly NOT doable at this time. On the other hand, getting rid of the corrupt, anti-American Annan administration IS. So please sign the petition. A half a loaf in this instance is certainly better than none at all.

SAID WITH A STRAIGHT FACE

“With Congress’ completion of its work on the 2005 budget this week, President Bush and congressional leaders have achieved a significant victory in the battle for spending discipline in Washington.”

- OMB Director Josh Bolten

“OINK, OINK” = “SPENDING DISCIPLINE”

“Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) said it is giving the entire U.S. Congress its November ‘Porker of the Month’ award, which singles out wasteful spending. . . . CAGW noted that the (2005 budget) bill includes more than 11,000 special-interest earmarks, such as $3.5 million for bus acquisition in Atlanta, Ga.; $2 million for kitchen relocation in the Fairbanks North Star Borough in Alaska; and $100,000 for the Punxsutawney Weather Museum in Pennsylvania. . . . Most insulting of all to taxpayers, CAGW said, is that ‘this sloppy, bloated, budget-busting, overdue piece of legislation guarantees a pay raise for Congress.’”

- CNS News, 12/1/04

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WHAT IS A “CONSERVATIVE”?

“(L)et me explain what a conservative is. A conservative believes that not only should the Supreme Court strictly construe the Constitution, but so should the president, the House, the Senate, governors, mayors and everybody else. . . . To strictly construe the Constitution is to recognize that it is not a ‘living document’ to be amended by interpretation, but rather is a contract between the states and the federal government. To be properly construed, it must be read in the context of the times in which it was written and adopted.

“A conservative is against foreign aid. Nowhere in the Constitution is Congress authorized to tax the American people and then hand their money to a foreign government as either a gift or a loan. Nowhere in the Constitution is the federal government authorized to provide welfare, health care, housing or education. Nowhere in the Constitution does it mention abortion or gay marriage. Nowhere in the Constitution is the federal government authorized to subsidize either individuals or corporations.

“Philosophical and moral issues are to be decided by the legislatures of the states, not by federal courts or even by Congress, whose duties and powers are strictly limited by the Constitution. Whether homosexuals should be allowed to marry or form civil unions and whether abortion should be legal or illegal are both questions to be decided by the state legislatures. No state or federal judge should have a say in the matter, and Congress likewise has no authority to intervene one way or the other.

“A conservative Christian believes that his own soul is not imperiled if other people down the street decide to do some sinning. A conservative Christian recognizes that he is commanded to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and comfort the sick and dying. He is not commanded to shift this responsibility to government. He is not commanded to judge other people's lives and to regulate their behavior. A conservative Christian recognizes that something does not have to be illegal in order for him to refrain from doing it.

“A conservative believes in the real, traditional values of this country: courage, hard work, self-reliance, frugality, chastity before marriage, faithfulness after marriage, loyalty to family and loyalty to the Constitution. Loyalty to a political party or to a politician is profoundly un-American.”

- Columnist Charley Reese

SURVEY SAYS!

Who should President Bush nominate to be the next chief justice of the Supreme Court when Justice Rehnquist retires?

· Judge Clarence Thomas
· Judge Antonin Scalia
· Somebody else

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

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Published by:
Chuck Muth
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E-mail: chuck@chuckmuth.com


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News & Views, 12/1/04


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ABOUT THAT INTELLIGENCE CZAR

Pressure is mounting on House Republicans to cave in and pass a hurriedly drafted intelligence reform bill which has a humongous problem. A provision in the bill creates a new “intelligence czar.” This guy (or gal) would have complete control over all aspects of America’s intelligence gathering assets, including those at the Pentagon. Why is this a potentially serious problem? Here, let our friend Rich Galen of “Mullings” explain…

“Let's say there is an intelligence satellite which is positioned over Afghanistan looking for Osama bin Laden. Now, let's say that field commanders in Iraq believe they have a line on Abu Musab al-Zarqari near Fallujah and need satellite imagery to zero in on him. Who decides whether, when, where, and for how long to move the satellite?

“By the time the decision moves up the chain from a commander on the ground in al-Anbar province to Central Command to the Pentagon, then hops across the national security synapse to the new intelligence agency, then back down to the folks with the joy stick controlling the satellite, the French will be our friends again.”

That long, huh?

ODE TO DAN RATHER

Dan Rather at last is leaving

No longer will he be deceiving
Though his work was deft
He slanted it left
Which is why nobody is grieving.

- Lyn Nofziger’s “Musings,” 11/24/04

MAJOR LEAGUE SPIN FROM THE NO-SPIN ZONE

“I worked with Dan Rather and have known him for more than 20 years. Listen to me: There is no way on this Earth that he would have knowingly used fake documents on any story. . . . Dan Rather was slimed. It was disgraceful.”

- Fox News host Bill O’Reilly

THE IMPERIAL CONGRESS

“Rob Richie, executive director of FairVote-The Center for Voting and Democracy, said in a memo last week that ‘this House election was the least competitive in history.’ He based that claim, he told me, on the fact that outside of Texas, where a controversial Republican redistricting in 2003 succeeded in defeating four of five targeted Democrats, only three incumbents lost their seats. That's a 99 percent success rate outside Texas...“At the founding of this republic, House members were given the shortest terms -- half the length of the president's, one-third that of senators -- to ensure that they would be sensitive to any shifts in public opinion. Now they have more job security than the queen of England -- and as little need to seek their subjects' assent.”

- Columnist David Broder

THE PRESIDENT’S MANDATE

“The Christian right has sought to portray the president's re-election as a victory for their moral agenda, claiming that it was a mandate to legislate further curbs on abortion and to approve draconian Supreme Court nominees. In fact, the president's victory was about terrorism, terrorism and terrorism.”

- Columnist Dick Morris

THE COMING CONSERVATIVE LET-DOWN

“Many (social conservatives) only supported Mr. Bush so he would owe them big. And the Supreme Court will most likely be the place where they will expect to collect the debt. Fat chance. When Mr. Bush nominates a moderate Supreme Court judge, the conservatives won't waste any time calling him a traitor. But they shouldn't be surprised. The president has said he has no agenda to see Roe vs. Wade overturned and would rather see such an important social issue fought in Congress and at the state level -- by the will of the people -- where it belongs.”

- Blogger Chris Ward

MELON-HEAD AMERICANS

“A poll shows that most Americans want a mandatory retirement age for Supreme Court Justices. So what! Most Americans think that the United States is supposed to be a democracy. Fact is that the ‘most Americans’ they're talking about are almost completely ignorant about the basics of American government and should be kept away from the polls with pit bulls.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz

THE CASE AGAINST THE “NUCLEAR OPTION”

“(Senate) Republicans could get a ruling from the chair - from Vice President Cheney presiding - that filibustering judicial nominees is an abuse of the Senate's power to advise and consent to nominations (the “nuclear option”). The ruling, which 51 senators could enforce, would be that such filibusters are unconstitutional because they prevent the president from fulfilling his constitutional duty to staff the federal judiciary.

“But that argument fails, on two counts. First, his duty is not to staff the judiciary but to initiate a staffing process in which the Senate has a constitutional role. . . . Second, a filibuster, which effectively requires a supermajority for a confirmation, does not prevent the president from doing his duty; it prevents him only from getting exactly what he wants, when he wants it...

“The filibuster is an important defense of minority rights, enabling democratic government to measure and respect not merely numbers but also intensity in public controversies. Filibusters enable intense minorities to slow the governmental juggernaut. Conservatives, who do not think government is sufficiently inhibited, should cherish this blocking mechanism. And someone should puncture Republicans' current triumphalism by reminding them that someday they will again be in the minority.”

- Columnist George Will

NEW SURVEY SAYS!

Who should President Bush nominate to be the next chief justice of the Supreme Court when Justice Rehnquist retires?

· Judge Clarence Thomas
· Judge Antonin Scalia
· Somebody else

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

APOLOGIZE? FOR WHAT?

“The principal of Cedar Shoals High School in Athens, Ga., apologized Monday for reading a poem called ‘The New School Prayer’ over the school's intercom, which brought complaints from some parents who said it violated the principle of separation of church and state. Tommy Craft said he wanted not to promote religion but to provoke thought and discussion among students about the changing political climate in school when he read the poem the Tuesday before the Thanksgiving break.

“The poem, which has circulated on the Internet since at least 1992, is written in the rhyming style of the children's prayer that begins ‘Now I lay me down to sleep.’ It refers to prayer not being allowed in school, although students can ‘dress like freaks, and pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks’ or ‘elect a pregnant Senior Queen.’ The poem mentions the ability to get condoms and birth control, as well as study ‘witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.’

"‘But the Ten Commandments are not allowed, no word of God must reach this crowd,’ the poem said.

“Some parents have complained to both Craft and Clarke County School Superintendent Lewis Holloway. ‘Basically, I found the poem offensive, but even if I didn't, I still would believe it crossed the line between church and state,’ said Ginger Smith, whose daughter is a junior at Cedar Shoals.”

- Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 11/30/04

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Tuesday

News & Views, 11/30/04


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YEAH, AND IF YOU BELIEVE THIS ONE…

“Everybody is going to write what they're going to write, think what they're going to think, but we know the fact of the situation is my stepping out of the anchor chair is not connected to the storm over the 60 Minutes (Bush/National Guard fake documents) story. This is separate and apart from that."

- Dan Rather, soon-to-be former CBS Evening News anchor, New York Observer

CLIFT NOTES

“Eleanor Clift wrote a column calling (Howard) Dean ‘a centrist.’ What's next? Is Clift going to run a column calling Bill Clinton a symbol of morality?”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz, 11/29/04

JUDGING ANNIE

“Liberals cannot win when Americans are allowed to vote, so they jam their insane ideas down our throats through the courts.”

- Columnist Ann Coulter

THE TROUBLE WITH DICTATORSHIPS

“Democracy is messy. It is messy whether you've been doing it since 1789 or whether you're going to do it for the first time in 2005. The trouble with Democracy is, you hold elections. The trouble with dictatorships is … you don't.”

- Rich Galen’s “Mullings,” 11/29/04

GANSTA-BALL

“Just when everybody was getting bored with the Terrell Owens/'Desperate Housewives' teaser, the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers put on a nice little riot for television to run and rerun. . . . The fracas in Detroit was not scripted but it was, nevertheless, inevitable. The NBA sells a product that might as well be called 'gangstaball.' The players are world-class dunkers, exhibitionists, and malcontents.”

- Columnist Geoffrey Norman

VALUES SCHMALUES

“A country whose political dialogue is all about values is either a country with no serious problems or a country hiding from its serious problems. When I want values, I go to Wal-Mart."

- Liberal columnist Michael Kinsley

PARTISAN STOOGES? NOT.

“What most liberals don’t understand is that, while most talk radio hosts are Republicans they are only incidentally Republicans; they are first and foremost conservatives and the agenda they push is a conservative agenda based largely on individual freedom, apple pie, the constitution, national sovereignty and the American way. They are not tools of the Republican party.”

- Lyn Nofziger’s “Musings,” 11/29/04

YER GUMMINT SKOOLS INAXION

“Steven Williams is a fifth grade teacher at Stevens Creek. He has filed a lawsuit against Stevens Creek principal Patricia Vidmar and other school officials claiming discrimination. Williams claims that he has been forbidden to use the Declaration of Independence in his classroom instruction. And why? Because it contains references to God and to Christianity, that's why...


“Need I say that this is a government school we're dealing with here? Is this story going to be enough to convince some of you out there to at least give some thought to sending your child somewhere other than to the government for an education? You know in your hearts that government doesn't do anything real well, few things well and most things horribly. Why, then, do you continue to entrust the most precious things in your life to government? Maybe I just heard a few heads being pulled out of the sand.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz, 11/29/04

OFF ON THE WRONG FOOT

“At last weekend's APEC summit, President Bush made clear the administration will try to justify its planned amnesty of illegal aliens as something necessary for greater border security. Despite unending criticism of his January call for the amnesty, the overwhelming passage of an Arizona state ballot initiative that prevents the use of public money on services for illegal aliens and every poll showing roughly 80 percent of Americans favor greater enforcement of our immigration laws, the president has decided the first political capital expenditure will be on an item Americans decidedly do not want.”

- Columnist Matt Hayes

TWO PEAS IN A POD

“Republicans in Congress have been patting themselves on the back since Election Day, but maybe they should pay more attention to the pummeling they've been taking in the past two weeks. Democrats have been scoring by attacking the majority GOP as the party of big, intrusive government. Never mind the irony, Republicans have only themselves to blame.

“...One terrible habit is to pass most of the annual federal budget in one, giant, last-minute spending bill. Democrats refined this technique to escape Ronald Reagan's veto scrutiny, but now Republicans use it to stuff their own goodies into corners that might be overlooked by the media and White House.”

- Review & Outlook, Wall Street Journal, 11/29/04

OMNI-BOMINATION

“There is no discipline, no sense of responsibility, apparently not even a love of country or sense of patriotic duty among most members of Congress, for if there were you would never get the 3,000-page, omnibus-bill abomination that is economically threatening and virtually an act of mass thievery.”

- Columnist Jay Ambrose

THE EVEREADY BUNNY OF FEDERAL PROGRAMS

“The 1996 Republican National Platform called for ‘defunding’ the NEA (National Endowment for the Arts). In 1997, a Republican House voted to do just that. But a House-Senate conference committee revived the agency, giving it $98 million. . . . In the catchall fiscal 2005 spending bill it approved last week, Congress provided about $121.26 million for the NEA, up about $291,000 from last year and more than 23 percent from 1998.

“...Article 1, Section 8 provides a short list of things ‘Congress shall have the power’ to do. The section was designed to limit the power of federal legislators. It says nothing about funding an arts agency. . . . Our constitutional republic flourished for 176 years before liberal Democrats discovered this ‘necessity.’ It may never be solvent again if, even in a time of war and mounting debt, conservative Republicans cannot discover the will to shut down the NEA.”

- Columnist Terence Jeffrey

IT’S THE SPENDING, STUPID

“Given the irresponsible behavior of past, present, and I'm sure, future Congresses, the only way I would be in support of a national sales tax would be if the tax rate were mandated by a Constitutional amendment; and that rate could only be increased by a 3/4 ratification vote of all the respective states. That way, tax rates could not be increased at the whim of some future reckless Congress. If a restriction of this nature is not applied, politicians being what they are, might, and probably would, create an out of control monster that would soon be devouring 50, 60, 70, or even as much as 85 percent of our income in the sales tax rate.”

- News & Views reader Bill Corbett

REEFER MADNESS

“Ten states have legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The Bush administration will be before the U.S. Supreme Court today (Monday) arguing that federal laws prohibiting such uses overrule any state laws. The Bush administration is arguing that these state laws set back the war on drugs.

“The war on drugs needs some setbacks. In fact, the war on drugs needs to be ended ... the sooner the better. It accomplishes almost nothing while criminalizing some poor sap who is trying to make life a little easier for his wife suffering from terminal cancer.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz

TOTALLY UNACCOUNTABLE

“If you traveled by air last week for the Thanksgiving holiday, you undoubtedly witnessed Transportation Security Administration agents conducting aggressive searches of some passengers. A new TSA policy begun in September calls for invasive and humiliating searches of random passengers; in some instances crude pat-downs have taken place in full public view. Some female travelers quite understandably have burst into tears upon being groped, and one can only imagine the lawsuits if TSA were a private company. But TSA is not private, TSA is a federal agency--and therefore totally unaccountable to the American people…

“TSA has created an atmosphere of fear and meek subservience in our airports that smacks of Soviet bureaucratic bullying. TSA policies are subject to change at any moment, they differ from airport to airport, and they need not be in writing. . . . Think you have a right to know the laws and regulations you are expected to obey? Too bad. Get in line and stay quiet, or we'll make life very hard for you. This is the attitude of TSA personnel.

“Passengers, of course, have caught on quickly. They have learned to stay quiet and not ask any questions, no matter how ludicrous or undignified the command. It's bad enough to see ordinary Americans bossed around in their stocking feet by newly-minted TSA agents, but it's downright disgraceful to see older Americans and children treated so imperiously. But any objection, however rational and reasonable, risks immediate scrutiny. At best, complainers will be taken aside and might miss their flight. If they don't submit quickly and attempt to assert any rights, they will end up detained, put on a TSA list that guarantees them hostile treatment at every airport, and possibly arrested or fined for their ‘attitude.’"

- Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Straight Talk, 11/29/04

FEDERAL GROPERS

“Several weeks ago we took my 84-year-old mother-in-law to the Tulsa airport for a return flight to Houston. As she passed through security she was asked to leave her wheelchair and walk through the metal detector. She had nothing metal in her pockets, but the metal arch supports or eye leys in her shoes set off the alarm. She was asked to remove her shoes and take a seat.

“When she was seated, a security agent asked her to stand and proceeded to do a full body pat-down. She patted her legs, inside and out, all the way up to her crotch, and then proceeded to examine her breasts. My wife was appalled at this treatment and said, under her breath, ‘This is ridiculous.’

“The agent heard her and yelled, ‘SUPERVISOR!’ My wife thought she would spend the rest of the day in a jail cell. If all of these indignities are taking place because liberals are afraid of racial and ethnic profiling, perhaps we should start doing full body cavity searches on all liberals. They would very quickly demand racial and ethnic profiling.”

- News & Views reader Paul R. Hollrah of Locust Grove, Oklahoma

WHAT’S THE FUSS ALL ABOUT?

“I went through three airports each way for Thanksgiving - Tampa, Charlotte, and Fayetteville - and had no problems. Why is it others are so sensitive? I did wear drawers this time in case I had to take off my pants again or be strip-searched, but no one blew up the plane and I got home safely. So why snivel about a little extra procedure in boarding?”

- News & Views reader Wayne Rutland

FAMOUS LAST WORDS

“They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

- Benjamin Franklin

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

Monday

News & Views, 11/29/04


FOR THE RECORD...

I was being facetious (“playfully jocular; humorous”) when I noted last week that no Libertarian Party member of Congress voted against the omnibus spending bill. That’s because there ARE no Libertarian Party members in Congress. And for those of you who wrote reminding me about Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, the fact is Dr. Paul is a registered REPUBLICAN member of Congress. He may be a small “l” libertarian by philosophy and a dues-paying member of the LP, but he’s a Republican by party registration.

There might just be a lesson in that fact, for those LP’ers willing to consider it...

SPORTS DIVERSIONS

OK, if you are even MILDLY a boxing fan...and you missed Saturday night’s Berrera-Morales pay-per-view slugfest...hoo-hah!...man, you missed a doozy. It wasn’t just that it was a great fight...it was that it was the THIRD straight great fight between these two guys. The previous two were barn-burners, as well. Considering those two fights and all the pre-fight hype for this one, Berrera-Morales III had all the makings of a let-down. It was no such thing. Hope HBO re-runs this one. And I’m not going to tell you who won...just in case they do re-run it and you missed it.

Now...if you get bored with tonight’s Monday Night Football game, channel-surf over to WWE’s RAW and look for my nephew and me on national TV. We’ll be in Section 228 keeping our eyes peeled for a be-toweled Trish Stratus! Are ya ready for some wresting?

HOLLYWOOD GENIUS

“Somebody get Nicolas Cage's new wife, Alice, an American history book--and quick! Spies at the L.A. premiere of ‘National Treasure’ last week said Alice, 20, seemed befuddled when someone talked to her about the Declaration of Independence. ‘She looked at them and said, 'What is the Declaration of Independence?' ’ our witness relates--an account confirmed by another attendee.”

- New York Post

GOVERNMENT GROPERS

“Millions of holiday travelers nationwide are experiencing an all-too-intimate form of security screening that some say amounts to sexual groping - a ‘pat-down’ by government officials. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) initiated the approach to airline security Sept. 22 in response to the August terrorist bombing of two passenger planes in Russia.

“...Female passengers say the experience is humiliating and men also are complaining of unexpected checks of their private regions. . . . In a report on WJLA Channel 7 News last night, unidentified screeners at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport said women were being selected for private screening based on breast size and strip-searched. The searches were required after screeners kicked equipment to set off alarms.”

- Washington Times, 11/25/04

FLYING THE OVERLY-FRIENDLY SKIES

“The government's airport screeners are determined now to eliminate modesty and manners in the world aloft. They're conducting intimate body searches, reaching into secluded nooks and sequestered crannies with the boisterous abandon that aggressive cruisers in gay bars can only dream of. . . . ‘People should be outraged, fuming, doing something to change this,’ says Rhonda Gaynier, a New York City lawyer who submitted to an airport ‘breast exam’ in Tampa, Fla., that was more thorough than any she ever got from her gynecologist.

“...George W. promised to take sex out of the Oval Office, and he delivered. We just didn't know he was going to send it to the airport.”

- Wes Pruden’s “Pruden On Politics”

DEPENDS ON YOUR DEFINITION OF “VOLUNTARY”

“I took my wife to the airport Tuesday to see her great-grandchildren. The airport is in Eugene, Oregon, so it is quite small and she was flying to Boise, ID. My wife is an insulin dependent diabetic and wears an insulin pump. The pump is plastic but the battery (AAA) isn't. As the only metal on her body it should not have set off the detector, but since Eugene is so small and the TSA people don't have anything to do besides rifle through our ‘unlocked’ luggage, it did. They used a wand on her and the pump beeped it.

“She showed them the pump but their ‘procedure’ was that since she beeped, she had to be patted down. They also told her that it was voluntary. She could be patted down voluntarily or she could not fly. Quite a choice. She was totally humiliated and went into the bathroom and cried until it was time for the flight to board. Two days later she was still upset and now doesn't want to fly again.

“What is it with these Gestapo TSA agents that they can humiliate a great-grandmother for no other reason than they can?”

- News & Views reader Fred Chamberlin

POLITICAL KISS OF DEATH

“No one is talking about it, but Bill Clinton might be this year's biggest political loser. . . . Every candidate that Clinton endorsed, raised money for, or conducted a campaign appearance on behalf of, lost. Tossup Senate races in which Clinton appeared all went against the Democrats: Betty Castor in Florida, Chris John in Louisiana, James Hoeffel in Pennsylvania and outgoing Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle in South Dakota. In swing states where Clinton put in appearances, such as Arizona and his home state of Arkansas, Kerry also lost."

- Weekly Standard columnist Eric Pfeiffer

NO. REALLY. HE ACTUALLY SAID THIS...

“With Congress’ completion of its work on the 2005 budget this week, President Bush and congressional leaders have achieved a significant victory in the battle for spending discipline in Washington.”

- OMB Director Josh Bolten

EXAMPLES OF THAT “SPENDING DISCIPLINE”

* $70,000 for the Paper Industry Hall of Fame in Appleton, Wisconsin.

* $80,000 for the San Diego Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Center.
* $335,000 to shield North Dakota's sunflowers from blackbirds.
* $1.5 million for a demonstration project to transport naturally chilled water from Lake Ontario to Lake Onondaga.
* $2 million to relocate a kitchen in Fairbanks, Alaska.

- Source: Citizens Against Government Waste

PORK-BARREL SHRIMP

“I am hoping that the appropriators could explain to me why we need $1 million for (the Wild American Shrimp Initiative). Are American shrimp unruly and lacking initiative? Why does the U.S. taxpayer need to fund this ‘no shrimp left behind’ act?”

- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)


LBJ FAN CLUB

“Can Capitol Hill Republicans ever convene without humiliating themselves? Evidently not. The lame-duck 108th Congress recently considered matters left unfinished before the November election. After just a week in Washington, the GOP Congress once again spent money like the LBJ Fan Club. They voted on immaculately-conceived legislation and lowered their own ethical standards. They fouled things so badly that the 109th Congress will have difficulty lampooning themselves so swiftly.”

- Columnist Deroy Murdoch

WASTED DAYS AND WASTED NIGHTS

“Americans spend more than six billion hours a year complying wit the tax code, just figuring out how much they owe. That is more man hours than are used to build every car, van, truck, and airplane manufactured in America. What many Americans want most from tax reform is clarity and simplicity: They want the postcard tax return, or, better yet, no tax return at all.”

- Steve Moore of the Club for Growth

FLAT TAX STILL KICKING

“(President Bush) shouldn’t try to mend the unmendable. He should start over. Replace (the current tax system) with a flat tax, which would also be a tax cut. You could have generous exemptions for adults and individuals. Under the proposal I proffered in the 1990s, a family of four would owe no federal income tax on its first $36,000 of income. You could literally fill out a federal income tax return on a single page. Half the lobbyists in Washington would have to find new employment, as would most of the Internal Revenue Service staff and countless tax lawyers. Compassionate conservative George Bush would probably be willing to provide these folks federally funded job retraining.”

- Steve Forbes, Forbes magazine, 11/29/04

IS A SALES TAX A FAIR TAX?

“The flat tax will not cause the people who are not turning in tax returns now to do so then. The only way to tax all equally is with a sales tax. Then all pay. The rich who spend more would pay more, and the drug dealers who pay none now would pay, and all the ones getting paid under the table would pay also. It's the only way to go and a fair tax for everyone.”

- N&V reader Robert Lippincott

SALES TAX WILL HIT THOSE WHO CAN LEAST AFFORD IT

“I must take exception to a sales tax in place of the present income tax system. I am one of thousands of Americans who is on a ‘fixed income.’ My Social Security and widow’s pension amounts to $1,021 per month, out of which I must pay rent, Medigap insurance, auto insurance, prescriptions that are not covered under any program, food, clothing and other little incidentals of life. At present I do not pay any income tax. With a sales tax, please tell me what I should give up in order to pay my ‘share’.”

- News & Views reader Del Stutzman of Washington, NC

SURVEY SAYS!

Which do you think should be the #1 priority for any tax reform efforts next year?

* Lowering tax rates
* Establishing a single flat-tax rate
* Simplifying the tax code
* Moving toward a national retail sales tax

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

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