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News & Views, 1/26/05

JOHNNY CARSON...LIBERTARIAN-CONSERVATIVE?

"Once on the show, somebody asked me where tomorrow's comedians were coming from, and I told him, based upon my recent observations, from the Democratic and Republican parties."

"If you don't hurt anybody else, what you do is your own business."

"Giving students latitude for personal freedom doesn't result in everybody jumping into the hay with everybody else. They're still just as selective about whom they have sex with. It's not promiscuity; it's just that private behavior is left up to the individual. I'm for that."

"(Marijuana is) just a mild stimulant, actually. And I think that the laws against its use are repressive out of all proportion. But that doesn't mean I'd want to try it myself -- or any of the other hallucinogens; it's tough enough to navigate in this world without drugs."

"I get the feeling that George Orwell may have been right when he predicted that Big Brother might be watching all of us someday."

"I just don't feel that Johnny Carson should become a social commentator. . . . Who cares what entertainers on the air think about international affairs? Who would want to hear me about Vietnam? They can hear all they want from people with reason to be respected as knowledgeable."- Johnny Carson in a 1967 Playboy interview with Alex Haley

FAHREN-HYPE LAYS OSCAR GOOSE-EGG

“Michael Moore's Bush-bashing film ‘Fahrenheit 911’ did not receive a single Academy Award nomination on Tuesday morning, when the list of contenders was read in Hollywood. However last May, about five months before the U.S. presidential election, Moore's film became the first documentary in decades to win the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival.”

- CNS News.com, 1/25/05

AND THE LOSER IS...

“That Michael Moore's ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ was shut out from the Academy Award nominations yesterday should come as no surprise. . . . To be nominated for an Academy Award, Mr. Moore had to win the election. You can say many things about Hollywood, but there is one Tinseltown verity that will never change: It doesn't reward losers.”

- “Review & Outlook,” Wall Street Journal, 1/26/05

TAKE CARE OF BIZ AT HOME FIRST

“Spreading liberty throughout the world, as the president wants to do, is a nice idea, but he is living in a dream world if he thinks it is practical or even possible. When you come right down to it, it’s a full time job just maintaining liberty in these United States, what with 98 percent of our elected officials forever wanting to pass laws placing new limits on American rights and freedom. . . . Even in this land of the free, even a casual observer can see that more and more people are willing to trade bits of their freedom in exchange for government-mandated security.”

- Former Reagan senior adviser Lyn Nofziger, “Musings,” 1/25/05

TURNER COMPARES FOX TO HITLER

“Former media mogul Ted Turner said at a television conference on Tuesday that the Fox News Channel's popularity is similar to what Adolph Hitler experienced in Germany prior to World War II. . . . A Fox News spokesman responded to Turner's biting remarks by stating, ‘Ted is understandably bitter having lost his ratings, his network, and now his mind. We wish him well.’”

- Talon News, 1/26/05

BLOWING THEIR OPPORTUNITY ALREADY

“Given the fact that Republicans are just all over the map on Social Security, the chance of getting reform done this year is looking to be unlikely."

- Stephen Moore of the Free Enterprise Fund

THE CURE FOR WHAT AILS SOCIAL SECURITY

“Social Security reform promises to be the biggest domestic issue this year in Washington, but most of the proposals are nothing more than flim-flam. The only honest solution to the future insolvency of the program is for Congress to stop spending so much money. Unless Congress makes real cuts in spending-- and stops spending Social Security taxes on completely unrelated programs-- millions of Americans simply will not receive even a fraction of the money they paid into Social Security. Ignore the rhetoric about tax increases and cuts in benefits, as though you are to blame for the problem! All Social Security obligations could be met if Congress did not spend so much on other things.”

- Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), Texas Straight Talk, 1/24/05

SNARLIN’ ARLEN’S REVENGE

“Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) has outraged conservatives by hiring a former NAACP legal staffer. Hannibal G. Williams II Kemerer was most recently the liberal group's assistant general counsel. Conservatives are seeing the move as revenge for their efforts to keep the Pennsylvania Republican from taking over the chairmanship of the committee that will determine which judicial nominations come to the Senate floor...

“Kay Daly, president of the Coalition for a Fair Judiciary, told Talon News, ‘This is precisely why many of us opposed Specter's ascension to the chairmanship in the first place. I don't know what the surprise would be here -- this is a classic Arlen Specter move. He is clearly oblivious as to why this would be a terrible choice.’"

- Jeff Gannon of Talon News

MULTI-FAMILY VALUES

“A Tennessee state lawmaker who heads a committee on child welfare has acknowledged that he lives in separate homes with two women whose children he fathered. Sen. John Ford testified in a Juvenile Court hearing in November as part of his defense in a child-support case over increasing his financial support of another child he fathered with a third woman, the Commercial Appeal newspaper of Memphis reported Sunday.

“The Memphis Democrat has tried to make use of a law he authored that keeps court-ordered support lower when a father is financially responsible for other children. Mr. Ford said he lives some days with ex-wife Tamara Mitchell-Ford and the three children they had together. On others, he said, he stays with his longtime girlfriend, Connie Mathews, and their two children.”

- Greg Pierce’s “Inside Politics,” 1/25/05

SUPER-SIZED COMMON SENSE

“If I choose to supersize and I don't exercise and I become overweight and develop diabetes, I shouldn't be able to turn around and sue the manufacturer of the food for my poor health decisions. You cannot sue your way to good health.”

- Virginia state Delegate Bill Janis, Henrico Republican, Washington Times, 1/25/05

MONOPOLY DEATH SPIRAL

“What is a $60 billion annual industry that is supported by 9 million jobs and is in a ‘death spiral’? If you guessed the U.S. Postal Service, you're right.”

- John McCaslin’s “Inside the Beltway,”

SUNDAY POSTAL SERVICE

“I am ambivalent about Sundays, but the post office could expand their Bankers Hours. They don't need to close at 1 or 2 pm on Saturdays. And their parking lots don't need to be for Employees Only, as some are. They don't need to have their lobby machines rigged to give change in Susan B. Anthonys. And I think their general work attitudes might improve somewhat if they didn't ban possession of firearms by customers.”

- News & Views reader

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