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Friday

News & Views, 12/17/04


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DEAR KEN...

A copy of my letter to incoming RNC chairman Ken Mehlman over the results of our recent Survey Says! question regarding illegal immigration is now posted on our new “Letters” page at www.citizenoutreach.com

NEW SURVEY SAYS!

Should Congress approve another $80 billion in “emergency” aid for Iraq and Afghanistan?

· Yes
· No
· Not sure

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

THE GRINCH WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS CARDS

“A veteran U.S. mail carrier from Worcester (Massachusetts) was caught red-handed last month stealing a Target gift card from the Auburn post office and using it to buy items from the store, officials said. Federal investigators were hot on the trail of would-be-grinch Kenneth Bobin, 45. The letter was actually inserted into the mail stream by authorities. Yesterday, Bobin was charged with stealing mail. He faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Bobin, presented with surveillance video from Target, admitted to stealing the letter and many others during his 18 years as a postal employee at the Auburn post office, according to a federal court affidavit.”

- Boston Herald, 12/14/04

IS IT SAFE?

“A story out of New Jersey earlier this week continues to prove the point that we are no safer at airports today than we were before 9/11. Baggage screeners at Newark Liberty International Airport lost a fake bomb that was planted in luggage for a training exercise. It was later recovered by security officials in Amsterdam, after making its way onto a flight there. The ‘bomb’ even had wires, a detonator and a clock. Hard to miss, but the TSA did.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz

CHRISTMAS ADVICE FOR DEMOCRATS

“I know something the Democratic Party can do right now that will improve its standing and increase its popularity. It can be done this week. Its impact will be quick and measurable. It is this: Stop the war on religious expression in America. Have Terry McAuliffe come forward and announce that the Democratic Party knows that a small group of radicals continue to try to ‘scrub’ such holidays as Christmas from the public square…

“Have Terry McAuliffe...put up a big sign that says ‘Merry Christmas’ on the sidewalk in front of the Democratic National Committee Headquarters on South Capitol Street. . . . This would be taking a stand on an issue that roils a lot of people, and believe me those people don't think conservatives are scrubbing America of Christmas, they think it's liberals; and they don't think it's Republicans, they think it's Democrats. Confound them, Terry! Come forward with a stand. . . . Pick up that Christmas tree, Terry, take it outside and put a star on top, stand next to it, yell Merry Christmas and ring a bell.”

- Columnist Peggy Noonan

TURN OUT THE LIGHTS, THE PARTY’S OVER

“The Democratic Party is in disarray and going in the wrong direction. . . . Current Democratic members of the US House and Senate will never again be in the majority in their professional lifetimes. That realization will lead to a larger-than-normal Democratic retirements meaning just maintaining their current levels in the House and Senate may be impossible. . . .It is time for the Democrats to quit wringing their hands and get to work to repair the damage they have done to themselves. It is time to move on.”

- Rich Galen’s “Mullings,” 12/16/04

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PROPAGANDA MACHINE OF THE GOP

“No one can honestly question my commitment to pro-life, pro-family, conservative causes. That being said, the Religious Right, as it now exists, scares me. For one reason, on the whole, the Religious Right has obviously and patently become little more than a propaganda machine for the Republican Party in general and for President G.W. Bush in particular. This is in spite of the fact that both Bush and the Republican Party in Washington, D.C., have routinely ignored and even trampled the very principles which the Religious Right claims to represent.

“Therefore, no longer does the Religious Right represent conservative, Christian values. Instead, they represent their own self-serving interests at the expense of those values. It also appears painfully obvious to me that in order to sit at the king's table, the Religious Right is willing to compromise any principle, no matter how sacred. As such, it has become a hollow movement. Sadly, the Religious Right is now a movement without a cause, except the cause of advancing the Republican Party.”

- Columnist Chuck Baldwin

COULTERGEIST: FROM BORKING TO SHRUMMING

“Lawyer Mark Geragos should go into business with political consultant Bob Shrum and defend Sen. Arlen Specter's claim to the chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee. They should advertise exclusively on MSNBC. Maybe they could even get Al Gore to endorse them and hire Howard Dean as their spokesman. Our motto: ‘A HUMILIATING DEFEAT EVERY TIME – OR YOUR MONEY BACK!’“...This year, Shrum racked up his eighth loss in an unblemished 0-8 record of losing Democratic presidential campaigns. He's the embodiment of the Democratic Party ideal: Screw up, keep getting hired or promoted. One more loss and his last name officially becomes a verb, as in ‘we were ahead by 6 points but we ended up 'shrumming.' ‘ At least Shrum's client only has to go back to the Senate. Geragos' client Scott Peterson has been sentenced to death.”

- Columnist Ann Coulter

NANNY-STATERS AT 60,000 FEET

“Now the ‘water cooler’ talk is all about the FCC giving us permission to use our cell phones whilst winging our way across the Fruited Plain. Let's think (as opposed to ‘feel’) about this…

“First, doesn't it strike you as a tad condescending our Public Servants are cast - or cast themselves - as ‘granting permission’ to us to exercise various legal activities, like talking on a phone? If you had a maid, would you ask her permission to make yourself a sandwich? Would you ask your gardener if he would permit you to ride the lawnmower?“...Our Servants are still studying the only relevant issue in all this blather: Do cell phones hamper the safe operation of the aircraft? If the Wizards of Ohms conclude those little transmitters do not represent a safety hazard, then ridiculous nanny regulations should be dropped immediately; freedom of expression can then be exercised and enjoyed at 60,000 feet. Don't like it? Call Amtrak and reserve a seat in the Quiet Car.”

- Talk show host Brian Wilson

LEAVING TRADITIONAL GRADING SYSTEM BEHIND

“Albuquerque Public Schools is following a growing trend of scrapping traditional grading systems for one that measures No Child Left Behind Act proficiency levels. Within a few years, A's, B's, C's, D's, and F's will be history on Albuquerque elementary and middle school report cards. In their place will be a new system of ‘performance levels’ - emerging, nearing proficient, proficient and advanced - that evaluates students against New Mexico education standards.

“APS officials say this new system is necessary in a No Child Left Behind environment. Because the federal law requires annual testing on state standards, they say the new grading shows how well students are learning those standards so they will do well on tests. ‘The traditional report card doesn't meet our needs anymore in New Mexico,’ says Denise Brigman, principal of John Baker Elementary.”

- Albuquerque Journal, 12/15/04

FAMOUS LAST WORDS

“In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.”

- Mark Twain

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Thursday

DC Confidential, 12/16/04


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WE INTERRUPT OUR REGULAR PROGRAMMING…

A little variation in publishing this afternoon. Due to various circumstances and timing...I’m combining this afternoon’s DC Confidential with an important Brushfire Alert. And because of the importance of the Brushfire Alert, I’m sending this issue of DC Confidential out to the entire News & Views list, as well.

If you haven’t subscribed to DC Confidential yet - just $25 per year - you may do so by going to: http://chuckmuth.com/onlinestore.htm . Or simply mail a check or money order to: Citizen Outreach, 611 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, #439, Washington, DC, 20003.

Now, on with the show...

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HELLO, OPERATOR...GIVE ME MICHAEL POWELL

You know, between John Kerry and Abu Musab Zarqawi, you’d think folks would have learned by now NOT TO MESS WITH American servicemen and servicewomen...active OR retired.

It was the retired Swift Boat Veterans for Truth who did in the Kerry campaign as payback for slandering Vietnam veterans as war criminals. Mary Beth Cahill, Kerry’s campaign (mis)manager, admitted this week to a liberal audience that her biggest mistake was underestimating the Swifties.

This is something Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Michael Powell might want to keep in mind this holiday season.

According to a December 13, 2004, column by Francisco Ivarra - a past commander of the American GI Forum - appearing in the Florida Sun-Sentinel, Powell is “trying to raise the prices for the very pre-paid, inexpensive telephone calling cards that 95 percent of the troops use to communicate with their anguished family members who wait with hope of life reassured with the telephone's ring.”

Ivarra writes that Powell is trying to “rush through a heavily lawyered new federal regulation that will raise the prices for pre-paid calling cards - the telephone service of choice for our troops.”

This is all part of the ongoing and (seemingly) never-ending telecom battle raging on Capitol Hill - where K Street lobbying firms have been providing an unending stream of Gucci boots on the ground. The problem is, now they’ve sucked American GI’s into the fight. And the GI’s...active and retired...are fighting back.

Much like how the Swift Boat Veterans quickly organized and got engaged in the presidential campaign, this week a group of retired military officers formed The Concerned Veterans Communication Coalition (CVCC) to fight the proposal to jack up the fees on pre-paid calling cards...cards our soldiers - who are busy kicking al Qaeda’s tail from one end of Iraq to another - use extensively to keep in touch with their wives, moms and daughters back in the states.

For many of these soldiers in the field, pre-paid calling cards are their SOLE lifeline to their families. Why Chairman Powell would want to make that lifeline more expensive in a time of war is anyone’s guess.

BRUSHFIRE ALERT: Many of you have written asking me for something good and positive we can do for our troops in the field. Well...THIS certainly fits the bill.

Although its been my practice lately to create our own in-house petitions on various issues, I’m going to make an exception in this case and urge you all to visit the CVCC’s website to send a message to Chairman Powell NOT to raise the fees on pre-paid calling cards. I wanna give these vets all the credit and support possible on this one.

Just go to: http://www.concernedvets.org

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TAKING IT AS GOSPEL TRUTH

James Taranto’s Best of the Web yesterday noted a quote by Newsweek’s Jon Meacham about the Bible’s version of Jesus’ birth. Meacham told “Hardball’s” Chris Matthews that “the scriptures can be true without being accurate.”

If so, then either Mathew, Mark, Luke or John would make an ideal replacement for Dan Rather over at CBS News.

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IS IT SAFE?

Michelle Malkin has written an excellent column on Air Marshal Director Thomas Quinn’s suit-and-tie “kill me first” dress code for air marshals...which does anything BUT conceal their identity on domestic flights. Malkin reveals where Quinn’s dress code likely came from: His days with the Secret Service.

This is the problem with the bureaucrat mentality. Although his “mission” is dramatically different in protecting airliners from hijackers from protecting the president, Quinn can’t seem to divorce himself from the notion of agents dressing “professionally” - no matter what the circumstances.

If we really want someone adept at concealing their identity and blending in with the crowd, maybe it’s time to fire Quinn and hire an illegal alien to replace him. Perfectly consistent with the president’s guest-worker proposal, as well.

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HOW TO STEAL AN ELECTION

The News Tribune in Tacoma, WA, reported this morning that the King County Canvassing Board voted 2-1 yesterday “to check the signatures on 573 ballots mistakenly rejected in the Nov. 2 election, and later decide whether to count them in the oh-so-close Washington governor’s race.” That race was decided in the Republican candidate Dino Rossi’s favor by 42 votes in the first recount. As of the close of hand re-counting yesterday, Rossi had extended his lead to 121 votes.

The safest bet in the country right now is that if the Democrat candidate continues to trail in a close recount, the Democrat-majority King County Canvassing Board will make SURE those Democrat-friendly “found” ballots are counted...come hell or high water.

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RIGHT MOVE FOR LP

The Libertarian Party is showing more signs of political progress. LP executive director Joe Seehusen attended for the first time a well-known but highly secret (hey, oxymorons such as that are par for the course in your nation’s capital) weekly gathering of the vast, right-wing conspiracy in Washington...which yours truly joins on a regular basis.

Although most folks in the room are registered Republicans, many harbor libertarian leanings and often find themselves locking horns with the Bush White House and congressional Republicans over limited government issues. Just being in that meeting can’t help but help the LP in broadening its support and coalition-building.

And then today the LP hopped on an issue which Republicans in the District of Columbia won’t touch with the proverbial 10-foot pole: Moving the Expos baseball team to DC.

First, let’s put this in a little context. Consider the response by many Republicans to Sen. John McCain’s recent threat to have the government get involved in the steroid issue facing professional baseball. The general consensus has been that this is a baseball issue which should be dealt with by baseball, its players and its fans...NOT government.

OK, then. We’re all on board that one, right?

Now comes the question of public funding to build a new stadium in Washington, DC, in return for Major League Baseball moving the Montreal Expos to the city. It’s been 30 long years since the Washington Senators fled the District for greener pastures and most elected officials inside the beltway, especially the Democrat mayor, appear prepared to have DC taxpayers pay any price and bear any burden to bring the nation’s pastime back to the nation’s capital.

So for Republicans, the CONSISTENT position here would be: Keep government out of baseball...whether it’s regulating steroid use OR funding stadiums. But don’t hold your breath waiting for a flood of Republicans - already salivating over the possibility of luxury box seats at the expense of K Street lobbyists - lining up to call for PRIVATE funding for the team’s new stadium.

But Seehusen and the LP are. “Let's play ball,” he says in a press release today, “but let's play it with private money. Let's put an end to taxpayer-funded stadiums, and quit turning baseball into a political football."

Here, here! (Or is it “Hear, Hear”?) I’m sure a similarly-stated news release opposing public financing for the new DC stadium from the Republican National Committee is forthcoming. As are a host of press releases from GOP members of Congress.

I’m also pretty sure that was a pig that just flew over my house.

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THE GOLDWATER DOCTRINE

“I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed in their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is 'needed' before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents' interests, I shall reply that I was informed their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can.”

- Barry Goldwater, “The Conscience of a Conservative”

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News & Views, 12/16/04


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MERRY CHRISTMAS, DARN IT!

“In case anyone would like to know, we have now entered the Christmas season. Christmas as in Jesus Christ. This is not the ‘happy holidays’ season. It isn’t even Ramadan, which until recently I thought was a hotel chain. It’s okay by me, however, if you want it to be the Hanukkah season or the Chanukah season... But don’t ‘Happy holidays’ me because I will ‘Merry Christmas’ you in return. And, please, don’t bother to send me cards wishing me ‘happy holidays’ or that other euphemism, ‘season’s greetings.’ To these I say, Bah! Humbug!”

- Lyn Nofziger’s Musings, 12/14/04

A REAL BLABBER-MOUTH

“Once, I was going to meet John Kerry, and I called Bill Clinton for advice. He talked to me all the way from the airport to a restaurant and all the way though lunch and back in the car, a good 50 minutes. Just before I went in to see Kerry, I said goodbye - and when I got inside, Kerry was on the phone with Clinton."

- Al Sharpton in the current issue of Esquire

LAUGHABLE INTELLIGENCE

“The recently signed intelligence reform bill was passed with vastly publicized claims of trying to make America safe from terrorists - a claim that is laughable as long as illegals can enter and stay in America without obstruction.”

- Columnist Tony Blankley

SURVEY SAYS!

Results of last week’s Survey Says! poll: “Do you think there is a serious divide between many Republican Party leaders and a majority of Republican grassroots voters over the immigration issue?” An overwhelming 94 percent of you responded “Yes.” Only the GOP leaders inside the beltway appear not to recognize this reality. I’ll be forwarding these results to incoming RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman.

Now, here’s this week’s question...

Should Congress approve another $80 billion in “emergency” aid for Iraq and Afghanistan?

· Yes
· No
· Not sure

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

QUINN’S KILL-ME-FIRST DRESS CODE

“No idiot would send his men on a covert mission wearing clothes that would give them away, right? Wrong. Meet Federal Air Marshal Service Director Thomas Quinn. The man in charge of our in-flight cops, who are supposed to be spying secretly on would-be terrorist hijackers, refuses to allow his employees to dress in a way that would allow them to blend in with their fellow passengers. How many more people will die before we learn that bureaucracy and security don’t mix?”

- Columnist Michelle Malkin

SPAWNS OF HILLARY’S MAGICAL BILLING RECORDS?

“The Washington Supreme Court (Tuesday) unanimously rejected a Democratic lawsuit that called for some 15,000 invalid ballots to be reexamined as part of the statewide recount of the nation's closest race for governor in decades. At last count, Republican Dino Rossi was leading Democrat Christine Gregoire by 104 votes out of 2.8 million cast.

“But Democrats are optimistic they will prevail because yesterday, for the seventh time, election officials in Seattle's liberal King County found extra votes they say should be counted. Monday's treasure trove consisted of 561 absentee ballots that clerks say were wrongly disqualified. That number was revised upward to 573 ballots on Tuesday. Then, late yesterday evening, another pile of 22 previously undiscovered ballots were found at a recount facility.”

- John Fund, Political Diary, 12/15/04

COPS APOLOGIZE AFTER ARRESTING SCISSOR-KID

“The police chief and the head of the city's schools apologized Monday to the mother of a 10-year-old girl who was arrested and handcuffed after she brought a pair of scissors to school in her backpack. Although officers were following protocol when they drove the girl to a police station with her hands cuffed in front of her, discretion will be used in future cases involving young children, Police Chief Sylvester Johnson said…”

- Associated Press, 12/14/04

DRUG INDUSTRY GETS NEW CHIEF

As was widely expected, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) announced yesterday that former Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-La.) would assume the role of President and CEO of PhRMA, effective January 3, 2005. Congressman Tauzin announced early in 2004 that he would be retiring from Congress. Shortly thereafter, he was diagnosed with intestinal cancer, a battle that he survived, in part, due to advanced, life-saving medicines.

OPEN YOUR EYES AND PRIVATIZE

“The United States prides itself on being a free-market leader - a country where big government famously takes a back-seat to private competition. But amazingly, when it comes to its $900 billion mail industry, the U.S. lags far behind much of the rest of the world. As other nations move rapidly towards postal privatization, the U.S. government simply refuses to let go of its gargantuan, money-losing postal monopoly.

“Industrialized nations from New Zealand to Sweden now allow competition in mail delivery, and many have already begun privatizing their national postal services. . . . U.S. lawmakers could take a lesson from these pro-competition neighbors.

“Perhaps the most important lesson is that preserving ‘universal service’ is not the deal breaker American postal negotiators make it out to be. This concept of six-day-a-week delivery, at uniform rates, to every single address in America is outdated. It predates the telegraph, let alone email. Quite simply, it’s time for the Americans to recognize that the personal letter is no longer the glue that holds society together.

“America - like the rest of the world - doesn’t need a government monopoly to deliver the mail anymore. Private companies can get the job done just fine. In fact, the vast majority of what USPS delivers these days is bills, advertising and business correspondence...

“The benefits of real, meaningful postal reform to consumers are enormous. It’s happening all around the world – in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. It’s time for America to take a cue from the rest of the world for once, and begin to privatize the mail.”

- Don Soifer, President of the U.S. Consumer Postal Council

OPENING PANDORA’S BOX

“FCC Chairman Michael Powell has asked that no action be taken against the ABC stations that aired over 20 uses of the ‘f’ word and at least 12 ‘s’ words during ‘Saving Private Ryan,’ which shown during prime time last month. Powell...believes there should be no action because the use of the profanity was part of an accurate representation of the events depicted, and this made them acceptable…

“If Powell can get only two other Commissioners to agree with him, then the networks and local broadcasters will be free to show anything. Everything they show, no matter how indecent, could be classified as being an accurate representation…

“We realize it is important for families, especially our children, to recognize the sacrifices made by our loved ones during wartime. However, airing excessively profane language during prime-time television hours is not necessary to convey that sacrifice. . . . The movie could have easily have been edited for TV, but ABC refused. Powell is now defending ABC's move, making it possible to open Pandora's box on program content.”

- Don Wildmon, American Family Association

FAMOUS LAST WORDS

“Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government."

- James Madison

"I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it."

- Benjamin Franklin

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Tuesday

News & Views, 12/14/04


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MOORE-ON IN CLINICAL DENIAL

“The days of trying to move the Democratic Party to the right are over. We lost a very close election - a one-state difference - by running the #1 liberal in the Senate. Not bad. The country is shifting in our direction, not to the right.”

- Michael Moore on his website yesterday

POLITICAL DR. KEVORKIANS

“The United States is in danger of becoming a one-party nation. This may happen not by an old-fashioned coup d'etat in which the opposition party is purged, but by a suicidal Democratic leadership that has purged itself. Even after the disastrous Kerry presidential campaign, Democratic leaders still act as if September 11, 2001 and Nov. 2, 2004, are unrelated.”

- Columnist Arnold Beichman

OH, HERE’S A SHOCKER

“Billionaire Marc Rich has emerged as a central figure in the U.N. oil-for-food scandal and is under investigation for brokering deals in which scores of international politicians and businessmen cashed in on sweetheart oil deals with Saddam Hussein, The Post has learned. Rich, the fugitive Swiss-based commodities trader who received a controversial pardon from President Bill Clinton in January 2001, is a primary target of criminal probes under way in the U.S. attorney's office in New York and by Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, sources said.”

- New York Post, 12/13/04

IMMIGRATION AGITATION

“(W)e have never really tried to enforce the nation's existing immigration laws, only to create an illusion of trying to do so. Nearly half of the illegal aliens now in the United States did not run the border. They came in through ports of entry, such as airports, as did the 19 al Qaeda terrorists who attacked our country on September 11, 2001…

“The president and those who support his planned amnesty say amnesty will enable us to finally know who is in the United States. They say in fighting the war on terror, this would help make us more secure. Sad to say, that is not so. . . . If we ultimately enact the amnesty program, in my opinion, based on 30 years with the INS, criminals and terrorists will apply for amnesty under assumed identities and some will succeed. The identity documents they get will enable them to live and work ‘normally’ in the United States…

“The United States tried a similar amnesty program in 1986 under President Reagan. Some 3.5 million aliens were granted amnesty with the promise this was a ‘one shot’ program to at last bring millions of illegal aliens out of the shadows. Those aliens were indeed brought out of the shadows, only to be replaced by as many as 12 million illegal aliens who now live in the very same shadows. It has been said history repeats itself. I hope not this time.”

- Michael W. Cutler, retired INS veteran, Washington Times, 12/13/04

HILLARY GETS TO THE RIGHT OF W ON IMMIGRATION

“Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is staking out a position on illegal immigration that is more conservative than President Bush, a strategy that supporters and detractors alike see as a way for the New York Democrat to shake the ‘liberal’ label and appeal to traditionally Republican states. Mrs. Clinton - who is tagged as a liberal because of her plan for nationalized health care and various remarks during her husband's presidency - is taking an increasingly vocal and hard-line stance on an issue that ranks among the highest concerns for voters, particularly Republicans.”

- Washington Times, 12/13/04

AND YOU KNOW, IT JUST MIGHT WORK

“More than any other leader of either political party, U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton has been focusing on immigration reform and border security - taking hard-line positions that appeal to frustrated Republicans in a move that could guarantee her enough support in red states to win the White House in 2008."

- Carl Limbacher of NewsMax.com

VICTIM LACKED “PERMIT” TO DEFEND SELF, PROPERTY

“Leonard Gamage is sore today, which is understandable since he spent more than 45 minutes fighting off an intruder late Friday. Gamage, 87, suffered some bumps and bruises in a pair of fights with the intruder, who is an unidentified 20-year man…

“Gamage said the ordeal started just after 9 p.m. He was watching television at his home when someone came to his front door. Gamage said he went to the back door since both doors face the patio. Gamage did not recognize the young man. When he went to open the door, he said the man grabbed the screen door and forced himself inside the house…

“Gamage said he remembered having a pair of rifles in a gun rack inside the house. As he started in that direction, he and the man began to fight again at the back door, in the kitchen/patio area. ‘I was finally able to get my hands on one of the guns and hit him in the back with the gun stock,’ Gamage said. . . . Gamage said he was thinking that he would hate to kill the young man, but would if he were left with no choice.

“Gamage then fired a pair of warning shots, one at each foot, but that did not deter the intruder, according to Gamage… ‘When he said he was still going to get me, I realized this was serious. I shot him in the left foot. It hit him in the arch and he screamed and started jumping around like a chicken with his head cut off.’

“...Ironically, Gamage lost the very rifle that may have saved his life. ‘I do not have a gun permit so (the sheriff) had to take my rifles,’ Gamage said. ‘The sheriff told me if I get my permit, he would see what he could do to help me get them back. I never use them, but they have been in the family a long time.’”

- Macomb Journal, 12/5/04

THE BOOB TUBE

“The Parent's Television Council seems to be targeting South Park. How about a Parent's Responsibility Council? How about parents getting together to share ways that they can control television use in their own homes? Maybe one parent can share stories with another parent about how to use the built in controls most televisions have that won't permit the children to access certain channels! Who knows, maybe parents can even share stories about how they control the number of hours their children can use the ‘plug-in-drug’ every week. If these parents are really concerned maybe they need to remove televisions from every room in their home except the parent's bedroom. There's something to be said for getting the TV out of the parent's bedroom too.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz

FAMOUS LAST WORDS

"Life is tough. Life is tougher if you're stupid."

- John Wayne

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Monday

News & Views, 12/13/04


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KOFI KLUTZ

“(UN Secretary-General Kofi) Annan, in fact, was invented, and by the very Americans the apologists loathe, when the stink of the Boutrous-Boutrous Ghali administration finally became so overpowering that nearly everyone agreed that he had to go. His replacement had to satisfy the requirements of the Lilliputians of the Third World who are forever fantasizing about how to tie down Gulliver, and the Americans scrounged through what was available and came up with Mr. Annan, fresh from mismanaging the U.N. ‘peacekeeping’ operations in Rwanda and Bosnia. Wherever Mr. Annan went, massacres followed. But he apologized nicely and that was that. The man and the hour had met.”

- Wesley Pruden, “Pruden On Politics,” 12/10/04

GET THE U.S. OUT OF THE U.N.

“The United Nations does not serve the interests of the United States or the objectives of democracies. . . . What does the United States get for its money? We pay 22 percent of the U.N. budget, but get 100 percent of the grief from nations who hate us and what we stand for. . . . The world would be better off without this body and with an association of democracies in its place.”

- Columnist Cal Thomas

SEEDS OF FREEDOM MUST BE HOME-GROWN

“George Bush, clearly and much to the surprise of many people, is a visionary. And his vision is that of a world in which every nation is a democracy. Nice, but hardly practical. Therefore, while I hate to disagree with President Bush, (well, not really) the more I think about it the more I am convinced that the United States has not been ordained by God to spread freedom to the rest of the world. Neither do I find anywhere in the Constitution, or even in our history, any hint that that is supposed to be our mission…

“Ronald Reagan saw the United States as a beacon of freedom to the world and an inspiration to all those who yearn for it. He did not see it to be our duty to impose it on those nations and peoples who are not willing to fight for it. . . . Where a people seeks freedom George Bush can help, but he cannot bring freedom to those who are not willing to fight for it.”

- Lyn Nofziger’s “Musings,” 12/10/04

ANOTHER CAMEL’S NOSE UNDER FREEDOM’S TENT

“The (Intelligence) reform bill gets the federal government into the business of driver's licenses by requiring it to set standards for the states. You don't have to be a black-helicopter paranoid to see that this is the first concrete step to a national ID card and whatever that portends for our fast-diminishing privacy.”

- Columnist Dale McFeatters

UNDER-STATEMENT OF THE YEAR

“We had a message problem. We are too coastal, too urban, and most of all too dovish. . . . The public simply didn't trust us to keep them safe."

- Former Kerry campaign manager Jim Jordan

THREE CHEERS...HIP, HIP, HORRAY!

“The Democrat Party’s liberal wing will cheer lustily in the antiwar (Howard) Dean becomes the party’s new face, but Republicans will cheer even louder…”

- New York Post columnist Deborah Orrin

ALLEN SEEKS POLE POSITION

“In a sign that US Senator George Allen Jr. (R-VA) is planning a 2008 White House run, he just hired Dick Wadhams to be his new Chief of Staff. Wadhams, who ran the campaign that just ousted Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD), is viewed as one of today's hottest GOP political strategists.”

- Ron Gunzburger’s Politics1

YER GUMMINT SKOOLS INACTION

“We have long known teenagers in Japan scored much higher on international math tests than American teenagers. But did you know teenagers in Poland, the Slovak Republic, Iceland, Canada and Korea - among other places - also score higher than our teenagers? Out of 29 countries whose teenagers took a recent international math test, American teenagers ranked 24th.”

- Columnist Thomas Sowell

TALK ABOUT RHETORICAL OVERKILL

“The political and public campaign to change the current Postal Reform bills is already high and will get much louder and stronger throughout the winter and spring. They want your wages, retirement, and health benefits reduced through Congressional legislation and they want bigger postage discounts for presorting mail. They also want to have the ability to open mailbox delivery to anyone so that they can establish their own processing and delivery system to completely bypass the USPS.

“In your corner - fighting for you - is only one group, your Union. And the opposition is large, well financed, and politically connected. Despite all of this, your Union will be fighting the fight of our lives - of YOUR lives - to protect you. ...if you are not a member - join the group that is the ONLY group fighting for you. If our Union loses this fight - we all lose.”

- Kevin Gallagher of American Postal Workers Union

UPHILL CLIMB IN THE PR BATTLE

“It doesn't matter that paying taxes will be voluntary under the Fair Tax plan. It doesn't matter that nobody pays the retail sales tax on the basic necessities of life. It doesn't matter that lower income Americans will virtually get a free ride when their entire federal tax liability disappears, including Social Security and Medicare taxes. What does matter?

“Some people are afraid the evil, hated rich won't pay enough. How dare these people work hard, make good decisions, and save all that money? How dare they achieve that much more than I have? Make 'em pay! The Fair Tax can overcome a lot of things. I don't know how it can overcome the angry jealousy so many Americans feel toward those who achieved more than they?”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz

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Chuck Muth
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