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Friday

News & Views, 12/10/04


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TURNING A NEW PAGE

Sometimes an issue, or an aspect of an issue, is too complicated to explain in a “blurb” - and other times such an issue is better explained by someone with more knowledge and experience in it than I have. Thus, I created a new webpage for the Citizen Outreach webpage titled, “Issues & Answers” where I’ll occasionally post entire columns, opinions or reports authored by somebody else with expertise in the issue.

To launch the page, I’ve posted "Amnesty vs. Border Control" by Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican this morning which consists of “12 Questions the White House Must Answer About Bush's Temporary Worker Plan.” In addition, I’ve also posted a recent column by Dr. Michael Clifford on the Tort Reform issue as it relates to all the pending class-action lawsuits hanging over the heads of Vioxx.

Catch either or both simply by clicking on the new “Issues & Answers” page at www.citizenoutreach.com

YEAH. RIGHT. UH-HUH. SURE. WHATEVER.

“Honesty is a moral value. If this election had been decided on moral values, the Democrats would have won.”

- Howard Dean

527 AD CARRIED DAY FOR W IN OHIO

“(T)he Bush side's most expensive and, in my view, most emotionally powerful television ad was a $14.5 million spot by the Progress for America Voter Fund (an IRS 527 organization). It features a digital snapshot that ran in the Cincinnati Enquirer of Bush hugging 15-year-old Ashley Faulkner at a campaign stop in Lebanon, Ohio.

“He had just heard that she lost her mother in the World Trade Center disaster. Without a word, he stopped and hugged her to his chest. The look on his face is one of genuine grief, empathy and comfort. The ad ends with Ashley Faulkner's voice saying: ‘He's the most powerful man in the world, and all he wants to do is make sure I'm safe, that I'm OK.’

“The power of the ad comes from something you seldom see in a presidential campaign, a moment of genuine human feeling without any prompting from handlers or spin doctors. The result in this case was a powerful narrative that made the president a part of the larger story in just the way Bush wanted to be seen.”

- Columnist Clarence Page

DISSING THE COLORED FOLKS

“Still furious about the election, liberals are lashing out at blacks. First it was Condoleezza Rice. But calling a Ph.D. who advised a sitting president during war ‘Aunt Jemima’ apparently hasn't satiated the Democrats' rage. Even the racist cartoons didn't help.

“So this week, they've turned with a vengeance to Clarence Thomas. Only the Democrats would try to distract from their racist attacks on one black Republican by leveling racist attacks against a different black Republican. If Democrats don't nip this in the bud, soon former Klanner and Democratic Sen. Bob Byrd will be their spokesman.

“…(L)ast Sunday Harry Reid, the Democratic leader in the Senate, had this to say about Justice Clarence Thomas: ‘I think that he has been an embarrassment to the Supreme Court. I think that his opinions are poorly written.’ You'd think Thomas' opinions were written in ebonics. . . . If Democrats are all going to read from the same talking points, they might want to get someone other than David Duke to write them.”

- Columnist Ann Coulter

POLITICAL PROSTITUTE

“All of John Kerry's one-time rivals in the Democratic presidential primary eventually lined up to support him as the nominee, but only one got paid for it -- Al Sharpton. The Democratic National Committee paid Sharpton $86,715 in travel and consulting fees to compensate for his campaigning for Kerry and other Democratic candidates"

- Associated Press, 12/8/04

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TERMINATOR TERMINATES PC

“Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger struck a blow against the anti-Christmas agenda of the P.C. Scrooges. As California's first lady Maria Shriver flicked on the state Christmas tree's 5,000 bulbs, the governor terminated the preposterous practice of referring to the traditionally trimmed symbol as a ‘holiday tree.’"

- Left Coast Report, 12/8/04

YOU KNOW YOU’RE A REDNECK-PHOBIC…

“A song found offensive by a local parent has been pulled from the Onalaska Elementary School's (OES) upcoming Christmas program. Jennifer Scott, the mother of a third-grader at OES was offended by the song ‘Leroy the Redneck Reindeer,’ which was to be performed by the third-graders. Scott claims the song is racist and disrespectful, specifically the line ‘Santa wrapped his bag with a Dixie Flag, he was having the time of his life.’ She said the flag is symbolic of the Ku Klux Klan.”

- Emily Banks, Polk County (TX) Enterprise, 12/5/04

HISPANDERING WINS

“So what happened to the (immigration) provisions in the intelligence bill? They didn't make it. They were cut out during House-Senate negotiations. The reason was simple: Hispandering. (Pandering for the Hispanic vote.) Neither party wants to offend this increasingly powerful group of voter. even when it comes to protecting Americans from terrorists who may cross the borders.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz

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

WRONG PRESCRIPTION

“In reality, despite over-whelming support in polls, (drug) importation is a terrible idea. Drug costs are lower in other countries because they impose price controls, so importation amounts to imposing price controls in the United States.”

- Columnist Morton Kondracke

LET THE 2008 GAMES BEGIN

“With 2008 just four years away, it's not too early to rule New York governor George Elmer Pataki unfit for the GOP nomination. Republicans should study his record and keep him as far from their party's ticket as Albany is from Albuquerque. After 10 years as governor, Pataki's legacy rests on three legs: an anemic economy, a listless state Republican party, and a deteriorating ethical climate.”

- Columnist Deroy Murdock

AND...THEY’RE OFF!

“You can never be too rich or too quick off the mark to express interest in the White House. Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., on Wednesday became the first to declare his 2008 intentions, if not his candidacy, in what may well turn into a stampede of hopefuls in both parties. ‘Are you going to run this time?’ Don Imus asked him on MSNBC's Imus in the Morning. ‘Well, I'm going to proceed as if I'm going to run,’ Biden said.”

- USA Today, 12/9/04

POT POLITICS

“Ashcroft v. Raich, the Supreme Court's medical marijuana case, isn't really about medical marijuana. It's about power -- the power of Congress to exert control, and the power of the Constitution to rein Congress in. . . . (California’s) Compassionate Use Act of 1996...exempts the use of marijuana under a doctor's supervision from criminal sanction… But under the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970, the possession of marijuana for any reason is illegal.

“The question for the court is which law should prevail in this case: state or federal? . . . Does Congress have the right to criminalize the possession of minuscule amounts of marijuana, not bought on the illicit drug market, and used as medicine? . . . Where does the Constitution empower Congress to bar pain-wracked patients from using the marijuana their doctors say they need?”

- Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby

LEGISLATING FROM THE BENCH

“With the agenda of the political left increasingly rejected by voters at the polls, the only way to get the items on that agenda enacted into law is to have judges who will decree the liberal agenda from the bench. . . . With activist judges guided only by their own ideology and conservative judges reluctant to overturn precedents, the agenda of the left is easy to enact from the bench and hard to dislodge afterward.”

- Columnist Thomas Sowell

FAMOUS LAST WORDS

"…(T)he opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves in their own sphere of action but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make the Judiciary a despotic branch."

- Thomas Jefferson

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Wednesday

News & Views, 12/8/04


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CONSERVATIVES LOSE...AGAIN

Folks, you need to keep one thing painfully in mind for the next two years: Republicans won the election on November 2, not conservatives. There is a Republican majority in Congress, not a conservative majority.

That’s why Republican Arlen Specter will be chairing the Judiciary Committee next year rather than a conservative senator. And that’s why provisions cracking down on illegal immigration were stripped from the Intelligence reform bill yesterday before the measure was passed by a Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

Get used to these kinds of disappointments. They won’t be the last.

- Chuck Muth, Editor

WHAT’S A FEW BILLION AMONG FRIENDS?

“Illegal immigration costs the taxpayers of California - which has the highest number of illegal aliens nationwide - $10.5 billion a year for education, health care and incarceration, according to a study released yesterday. A key finding of the report by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) said the state's already struggling kindergarten-through-12th-grade education system spends $7.7 billion a year on children of illegal aliens, who constitute 15 percent of the student body.”

- Washington Times, 12/7/04

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

GOIN’ POSTAL

“For the first time, Americans' use of credit cards, debit cards and other electronic bill paying has eclipsed paper checks,” reported the Associated Press on Tuesday.

Hmmm. If that’s true, then that means there is FAR less mail to be handled these days. And if there’s FAR less mail being handled, that should mean we need FAR fewer postal employees. And if we have FAR fewer postal employees, that means the cost of running the post office should go down.

So tell me again why the post office is going to ask for a double-digit rate hike in the cost of stamps next year?

- Chuck Muth, Editor

PAPERS, PLEASE

“National ID cards are not proper in a free society. This is America, not Soviet Russia. The federal government should never be allowed to demand papers from American citizens, and it certainly has no constitutional authority to do so."

- Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, objecting to a provision in the Intel reform bill establishing a national ID system, complete with internal checkpoints

THE FREE MARKET IN ACTION

“An Iraqi businessman was negotiating several months ago to sell a prime piece of commercial real estate in central Baghdad. He had tentatively agreed on a price with a Kuwaiti investor, who planned someday to build an electronics superstore on the 9,850-square-foot property. But after President Bush was reelected in November, the Iraqi jacked up the price 25 percent. The prospect that a reelected Bush administration would stay and fight -- and ultimately stabilize Iraq -- had instantly made his property more valuable.”

- Washington Post columnist David Ignatius

HIGH-TECH LYNCHING FOR UPPITY BLACK - THE SEQUEL

“Tom Daschle may be gone, but his method isn't forgotten. At least not by his successor as Senate Minority Leader, Harry Reid, who got his tenure off to a rousing start on Sunday by calling Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas an ‘embarrassment,’ who writes ‘poorly’ besides.

“We doubt this was a slip of the tongue. By attacking Mr. Thomas personally and suggesting he's not too bright, Mr. Reid was signaling to President Bush that if he promotes Mr. Thomas to Chief Justice the fight will be mean and bloody and not limited to Constitutional issues. Democrats will try to destroy the Justice personally, much as they did the first time around…”

- Wall Street Journal, 12/7/04

GETTING REAL

“After watching the umpteenth TV report on the national media's new favorite politician, Barack Obama, I figure it is time for someone to say the obvious: Let's get realistic about the new senator's near-term political future. . . . (F)orgive me for being just a bit tired of the fawning. The coverage of him simply has been over the top. He's been on magazine covers and virtually every TV talk show. Heck, he's probably received more face time than Wolf Blitzer. I've even heard his name floated as a potential Democratic presidential nominee in 2008. C'mon, let's get real."

- Political analyst Stuart Rothenberg

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GEE, THANKS FOR THE IDEA

“Oh, this is great: Tommy Thompson announced Friday that he's leaving his post as secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Associated Press reports he made this comment: ‘For the life of me, I cannot understand why the terrorists have not attacked our food supply because it is so easy to do.’ Uh, maybe it's because until Friday, NO ONE HAD SUGGESTED IT TO THEM?”

- James Taranto’s Best of the Web, 12/6/04

DRIVING UNCLE SAM TO THE POOR HOUSE

“We’re now spending $572 billion a year on Medicare and Medicaid. These programs are critically important to millions of Americans. But they’re also driving our country into bankruptcy. . . . So our country has a choice. We can either radically restructure Medicare and Medicaid to limit their growth, or we can go the way of Argentina, Brazil and other fiscal malfeasants.”

- Laurence J. Kotlikoff, Chairman of Boston University’s Economics Department, Forbes, 12/13/04

SOCIAL INSECURITY FOR KIDS

“Young people, by and large, just can't seem to get worked up about matters political. That's too bad, because they might be interested in knowing that one of America's largest and most effective lobbying organizations has just declared war on them. The AARP has now decided that it's going to fight any effort by President Bush to privatize, even partially, that debacle known as Social Security. . . . Sadly, these young Americans who are getting so royally screwed by Social Security and the AARP are far more concerned with sports, pop culture and who they're going to 'hook up" with this weekend.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz

THE McCAIN PAIN

“If John McCain had his way the federal government would control every phase of our lives from our political system to our sports. Which is why, Republican or not, I wouldn’t vote for him for president if he were the only person running. McCain, who inflicted the notorious McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform measure on the nation, thus bringing about the rise of the 527 political organizations, now wants to control organized baseball. He is threatening to introduce legislation that would ban the use of muscle-building, performance-enhancing steroids.

“Somebody should introduce legislation banning McCain.

“Now, I don’t approve of athletes using steroids. I think it is cheating. I think it warps the record book. I think it is wrong. But I approve even less of government, including the Congress, butting in where it doesn’t belong. And it sure as heck doesn’t have any business regulating how baseball is played, by whom it is played and under what conditions it is played, and what legal substances a player can ingest. The steroid problem is baseball’s problem, it is not the problem of the federal government.”

- Lyn Nofziger’s Musings, 12/7/04

STUPIDITY VIRUS STRIKES LOUISIANA

“In Jefferson Parish, La., 8-year-old Kelli Billingsley ‘brought homemade Jell-O cups to school at Boudreaux Elementary,’ reports WGNO-TV in New Orleans. ‘The girl's mom says her daughter was just trying to make a treat for her friends,’ but ‘the school suspended the girl for having a look alike drug,’ despite having tested the Jell-O and finding no trace of alcohol or any other forbidden substance. Things sure have changed since we were young. At our elementary school they had a drinking fountain that dispensed a liquid that looked just like vodka!”

- James Taranto’s Best of the Web, 12/7/04


JUST SAY NO TO (LEGAL) DRUGS?

“Let the Un-Drugging of America begin. The pharmaceutical industry, despite a golden age of biology that has unraveled mysteries of the genetic code and yielded miracle drugs that save thousands of lives, may be on the brink of a backlash. Millions of us are popping prescription pills for innocuous ills, when simple lifestyle changes - harped on by physicians for decades - are more effective and a lot cheaper…

“Epidemiological studies have found that bad living - smoking, drinking too much alcohol, feasting on cheeseburgers - is responsible for 80% of one’s risk of heart disease and almost all the risk of diabetes. Cleaning up your act would do more to reduce that risk than popping a plethora of new pills.”

- Forbes, 11/29/04

NO INJURY, NO FOUL

“Nobody's right to life, liberty or property is threatened when someone hires a prostitute. Prostitution has always been with us, and prostitution will always be with us. It has been and will be a fact of life so long as humans roam the Earth. Time to legalize.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz

FAMOUS LAST WORDS

“The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others.”

- Thomas Jefferson

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News & Views, 12/7/04


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REMEMBER THE ARIZONA

In case your local government skool forgets to mention it, it was on this day back in 1941 that Japan launched its sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, ushering the United States into World War II (that’s a “two,” not an “eleven” class). The two-hour attack resulted in the sinking of 21 American ships, including the USS Arizona, which alone lost 1,177 crewmen when the ship went down. All told, 2,403 Americans were killed that morning, including 68 civilians.

May they rest in peace. May we never forget their sacrifice.

KEEPING CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS

“Frankly, I'm getting a little weary of this ‘Happy Holidays’ nonsense. Could be I need to calm down. Lately I've been just a wee bit terse with people who hit me with the ‘Happy Holidays’ line. It's Christmas, dammit! About 85% of the people in this country celebrate this time of the year as Christmas, and that's enough for me. If 43% of the voters could decide that Bill Clinton would be president for four years, I'm willing to accept the mandate from 85% of the people that this particular season of the year is Christmas.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz

AMERICA’S INTERNAL PASSPORT

“One of the first things the Sept. 11 terrorists did when they arrived in the United States was to get driver's licenses. They went to extraordinary lengths to obtain them. The 19 terrorists traveled all around the country, to states that granted licenses to virtually anyone, and acquired 63 of them, begging the question ‘Why?’ Why did al Qaeda go to the trouble of getting 63 driver's licenses when planning its attacks? The answer is simple: Because it needed them. It had to have licenses to operate here unnoticed. It knew that the driver's license is America's de facto national identification card, our internal passport that opens doors to everything, everywhere in this country...


“Make no mistake about it. That wallet-sized document is one of the most powerful tools available to terrorists behind our lines. Al Qaeda knew it. The September 11 commission learned it. And now many in Congress want to ignore it.”

- Columnist Amanda Bowman

HERE COMES ANOTHER CONSERVATIVE LOSS

Conservatives in the House opposed the hastily stitched-together Intelligence reform bill last week for two reasons: One, it could inhibit the military’s ability to use spy satellites in the field, and two, a crackdown on illegal immigration and identification fraud had been dropped from the measure. House conservatives have insisted on anti-terror measures which include denying driver’s licenses to illegal aliens and limiting the use of foreign-issued “matricula consular” cards as acceptable identification.

Well, it appears the powers-that-be in the White House and the Senate have crafted language to satisfy objections to the Intelligence czar having complete control over the satellites...and GOP leaders are now likely to vote on the intel bill tomorrow WITHOUT the immigration reform provisions and over the objections of conservatives.

Or, in the words of Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican and immigration reform champion, “We’re screwed.”

Again.

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

NOTHING FOR SOMETHING

“U.S. taxpayers provide 22 percent of the United Nations operating budget. And what do they get in return? More often than not, failure. By last year, for example, it had become obvious that diplomatic inducements were not going to be able to persuade Saddam to comply with myriad Security Council disarmament resolutions he had flouted. But the council was unable to agree to the use of force against his regime, due at least in part to the fact that prominent political figures in countries like France and Russia were receiving bribes through the oil-for-food program.”

- Washington Times editorial, 12/6/04

PRESSURE ON KOFI TO QUIT BUILDS

“Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that due to the allegations of fraud, mismanagement, and abuse within the United Nations oil-for-food program, Kofi Annan should resign from the position of Secretary General of the United Nations to help restore confidence that the investigations into those allegations are being fully and independently accomplished.”

- House resolution being introduced by Rep. Roger Wicker (R-MS)

BRUSHFIRE ALERT

If you haven’t done so already, please consider adding your name to our online petition urging Kofi Annan to step down by going to: http://www.chuckmuth.com/petition

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THE FRENCH CONNECTION

“Leave it to the French. French cops hide explosives in an unsuspecting airline passenger's baggage. Not only do their screeners fail to find the explosives, but they lose the baggage to boot!”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz

OVERKILL

“The farewell to (NBC News’) Tom Brokaw was so overdone that the tributes began to sound like a wake…”

- Columnist Suzanne Fields

BEST OF THE WORST

“During his long tenure as NBC News anchorman, Tom Brokaw took that program from last place among the big three broadcast networks to first place. But he had more viewers when he was in last place, more than 20 years ago, than he had in first place this year. That is because fewer people now watch NBC, ABC, or CBS News. Good!”

- Columnist Thomas Sowell

HILLARYCARE FLOPS

“In 1994, Tennessee passed what was then a very hot New Democrat idea--call it government managed care--a version of the reform the former first lady (Hillary Clinton) was also pitching nationwide. TennCare promised the impossible dream of politicians everywhere: Lower health-care costs while covering more of the ‘uninsured.’ They got the impossible, all right. After 10 years of mismanagement and lawsuits, TennCare now eats up one-third of the state's entire budget and is growing fast. Governor Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, is preparing to pull the plug and return the state to the less lunatic subsidies of Medicaid.”

- Review & Outlook, Wall Street Journal, 12/6/04

VICTIM TO BE CHARGED IN FONDLING CASE

“A woman who objected to being frisked might be charged with assault for slapping an airport security guard's face with her boarding pass, police said. The 48-year-old woman swatted the agent after being told that she had to be patted down for repeatedly setting off metal detectors before her flight last week, Lt. Tod Dahle said. . . . The woman was allowed to leave on another flight, but police plan to pursue a misdemeanor assault charge, Mr. Dahle said.”

- American Scene, Washington Times, 12/6/04

LEADING THE WAY BACK TO PRIVATE SCREENERS

“Nevada's Elko Regional Airport last week became the first airport in the country to apply to get rid of uniformed TSA screeners and return to private employees. The airport, which handles just 15 flights a day, has 14 screeners. Elko director Cris Jensen said there were no problems with the government screeners, but he feels his airport can do the same job more efficiently by better matching its personnel with demand. Dozens of other small airports are expected to apply for a similar exemption in the coming weeks.”

- TIME magazine

RELIGIOUS RIGHT LEADER SEZ: FIRE THE FAGS!

“A pro-family activist from Virginia says voters who put Republicans in office should demand that politicians not employ key personnel who don't hold the conservative views that the party promotes. That activist says the Capitol Hill office of Virginia Senator George Allen is a good example.

“Senator Allen is head of the Republican Senatorial Committee and was a key figure in the GOP's big victories in November. But Joe Glover, president of the Virginia-based Family Policy Network, says something is very wrong. Glover says homosexual publications have outed at least six members of the senator's office as homosexuals. He says one homosexual activist even went so far as to say Allen had the ‘gayest office on Capitol Hill.’

“Pro-family conservatives, he says, need to make sure Senator Allen hears their voices. ‘If someone is going to run the day-to-day operations for the Republican apparatus to elect U.S. senators across the country, then dog-gone-it, it better not be somebody who practices a lifestyle that is diametrically opposed to the evangelical Christian base that delivered George W. Bush and the Republicans in the Senate the victory they saw in November,’ he says.”

- Agape Press, 12/6/04

WHOPPEE!! BOOK-BURNING IS BACK!

“Alabama State Representative Gerald Allen (R) -- emboldened by the recent spate of ballot victories for state bans on gay marriage -- has a new idea. He announced last week he will introduce a bill in the next legislative session to ban novels with gay characters from all public libraries, schools and state universities. The proposed law would prohibit books and materials ‘that recognize or promote homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle.’

“Allen told the Birmingham News that -- as he envisions his own bill -- all novels with gay protagonists and college textbooks that suggest homosexuality is natural would have to be removed from library shelves and destroyed. ‘I guess we dig a big hole and dump them in and bury them,’ boasted Allen.

“When asked about works of fiction like Tennessee Williams' classic Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Allen told the newspaper that universities would not be allowed to perform productions of the play, use the book in classrooms, or carry copies of the book in libraries under his law. Allen also agreed that the ban could extend to works of fiction like The Color Purple, Brideshead Revisted and The Portrait of Dorian Gray, as they all have gay characters.

“Wait, folks, 'cuz that's not all! According to the newspaper, the bill would also ‘ban materials that recognize or promote a lifestyle or actions prohibited by the sodomy and sexual misconduct laws of Alabama.’ Allen explained that books with heterosexual couples committing those acts -- things like adultery or engaging in oral sex -- also likely would be banned.”

- Ron Gunzburger, Politics1, 12/6/04

FAMOUS LAST WORDS

“Religion and government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.”

- James Madison

"I think it's very important for people who are serving (in office) to make sure there's a separation of church and state."

- George W. Bush

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E-mail: chuck@chuckmuth.com

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News & Views, 12/6/04


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SADDLE UP!

With the final results in from Louisiana over the weekend, the 2004 campaign is now officially behind us (except for that little gubernatorial race out in Washington). Time to start preparing for 2006.

Hello, Sunshine State readers. I’ll be in Florida in January for some other business, so if any of you might be interested in having me conduct a grassroots activist/candidate training seminar while I’m in the neighborhood, let me know. I’m looking at possibly Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale and/or Jacksonville. Maybe Orlando. Will entertain other possibilities. Shoot me an email to chuck@citizenoutreach.com and we’ll see what we can put together.

KOFI BREAK


“Kofi Annan has had better weeks. On Monday, the UN secretary general woke up to a Wall Street Journal column by Glenn Harlan Reynolds, publisher of the influential InstaPundit website, urging that he be replaced by Vaclav Havel, the much-admired former president of the Czech Republic. In The New York Times, op-ed eminence William Safire (wrote that the) corruption enveloping the UN will not begin to dissipate until Annan resigns…

“Meanwhile, the latest National Review was out, with its cover photo of Annan and the headline, in large red letters: ‘You're Fired!’ An editorial inside insisted that ‘Annan should either resign, if he is honorable, or be removed, if he is not,’ while an essay by Nile Gardiner, a former aide to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, explained why ‘Kofi's hour is up.’ With his record, Gardiner observed, ‘if Annan were the CEO of a Fortune 500 company...he would have been forced to resign months ago.’"

- Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby ( EDITOR’S NOTE: If you haven’t done so already, please sign our online petition to Secretary-General Annan urging him to resign at: http://www.chuckmuth.com/petition )

MINORITY LEADER SLAMS BLACK JUSTICE

“I think that (Justice Clarence Thomas) has been an embarrassment to the Supreme Court. I think that his opinions are poorly written. I don't--I just don't think that he's done a good job as a Supreme Court justice.”

- Incoming Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), “Meet the Press,” 12/5/04

RESULTS OF LAST “SURVEY SAYS!”

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

41% - Justice Clarence Thomas
48% - Justice Antonin Scalia
10% - Somebody else

IMMIGRATION CONFLAGRATION

“A fierce fight is brewing among Republicans over President Bush’s plans for sweeping immigration reform during his second term, pitting one of the president’s highest priorities against a determined conservative opposition on Capitol Hill. . . . The immigration debate has awakened deep divisions among Republicans, between some members of Congress and a president they fear will drift too far to the center in his quest for a lasting legacy.”

- Baltimore Sun, 12/5/04

BLIND...OR IN DENIAL?

“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

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GOING TO POT

“Is growing marijuana in your own home for your own medical use ‘interstate commerce,’ as the government claims. I think the answer is clear: No, it isn’t. Therefore, Congress has no power to restrict...personal consumption activity, no matter how much you or I or a majority of voters disapprove of the California law that permits it.”

- Columnist Maggie Gallagher

‘BAMA BACKS STATE’S RIGHTS

“Alabama, which has some of the nation's toughest drug laws, has become an unlikely ally of California on medical marijuana use. In a legal brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, which heard arguments Monday on California's medical marijuana law, Alabama Attorney General Troy King said states, not the federal government, should have the right to decide drug-control policies.
“’I could not disagree more with the public policy that underlies the California law. I think it's flawed. I think it's bad public policy,’ Mr. King said in an interview. ‘But if somebody can go in and tell California you can't regulate drugs the way you want to regulate them in California, the next step is they could come to Alabama and tell us we can't do it.’"

- Associated Press, 12/5/04

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Chuck Muth
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Middle River, MD 21220
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