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Saturday

News & Views, 1/29/05


YOU SPOKE, THE WHITE HOUSE LISTENED

Last October, Citizen Outreach joined a rather large group of conservative organizations who wrote to President Bush urging the White House to side with private property rights and NOT file a brief in an eminent domain case coming before the Supreme Court next month. You can find that letter on our “Letters” page at www.citizenoutreach.com.

Well, as Elizabeth Moser of the Institute for Justice - the group taking the leading role in this case and who put the coalition together - reports this week: “Thanks to your help - property rights prevailed in the latest battle! The U.S. Solicitor General did NOT file a brief in the Kelo v. New London case, due in no small part to your work encouraging the Bush Administration to defend property rights and stay out of the case.” You can read more about the case by going to: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/orl-edpmyword27012705jan27,1,3573661,print.story?coll=orl-opinion-headlines&ctrack=1&cset=true

A victory, for sure. But the big test comes February 22, when the Supreme Court actually hears the case. I’ll keep you all posted.

WHY DO POST OFFICES EXIST?

“It's been said that Americans will put up with anything - as long as it doesn't involve waiting in line. And as I wasted half a day mailing a gift this past holiday season, I asked myself why that sentiment doesn't apply to the US Postal Service. In the age of instant communication, with trillions of dollars crossing borders in nanoseconds and grandmas sending email, why do post offices even exist? . . . Let's take the first step and end the postal monopoly now. As the USPS collapses under its own weight, entrepreneurs will start companies that will offer today's mail carriers more productive jobs.”

- Columnist Andy Kessler, Wired Magazine, February 2005 (To read the full column, which includes actual private-sector alternatives to the postal monopoly, visit www.postalreform.com)

YEAH, BRING BACK SADDAM!

“The nations in the Middle East are independent, except for Iraq, which began the 20th century under Ottoman occupation and is now beginning the 21st century under American occupation.”

- Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Berkley)

DRIVING OVER THE CLIFF (OR OFF THE BRIDGE) WITH UNCLE TED

“The previous Senate Democratic leader, Tom Daschle, is pursuing life in the private sector after, well, let's call it an involuntary retirement. His successor, Harry Reid of Nevada, now has to decide if he wants to lead his party with the same strategy. Mr. Reid is getting lots of advice from his peers, notably Ted Kennedy. . . . Tom Daschle lost his majority and then his own career taking Ted Kennedy's advice. Democrats who want their party to succeed had better hope Harry Reid doesn't make the same mistake.”

- “Review & Outlook,” Wall Street Journal, 1/28/05

PASS THE KOOL-AID

“The most recent folly of the Democrats was to nominate leftist John Kerry as their presidential candidate. . . . Now the Democrats are involved in still another folly, the probable election of their most visible and histrionic leftist, Howard Dean, to lead the party. Democratic National Committee members should, by all means, be encouraged to support him and thus continue their policy of political suicide…

“(Dean) is so identified with the lunatic left that just the sight of his face conjures up an image of defeat for the party, as a prisoner of its radical wing. The Democrats are destined to remain a minority unless they break forcefully with their left, which is now correctly identified as an anti-American, anti-wealth cabal with no legitimacy among the growing middle class.”

- Author and former Democrat Party official Martin L. Gross

WORLD’S SMARTEST DEMOCRAT?

“It used to be the Democrats’ boast that Hillary Clinton is the world’s smartest woman. Maybe yes or may no, but one thing is becoming apparent: she’s smarter than most of her fellow Democrats. Else how to account for Hillary moving rightward while the rest of the party’s leadership remains stuck in a well-to-the-left-of-center rut.”

- Lyn Nofziger’s “Musings,” 1/28/05

HERE COMES HILLARY!

“Memo to the unwary: Hillary's comin,' and she's gonna get you if you don't watch out. (And maybe even if you do.) The junior senator from New York not only has star power, but as strategist and tactician she's miles ahead of the neutered old Democratic bulls in Congress who think the return to power lies through potholed streets trashed by recrimination and reproach...

“Hillary, in fact, is emerging as the bright light in a party of dim bulbs, a fading galaxy of has-beens reeking of halitosis and stale underwear. . . . Hillary Clinton remains the most divisive figure in American politics. But she's also one of the smartest. We live in interesting times.”

- Wes Pruden’s “Pruden On Politics,” 1/28/05

BORDER INSECURITY

“Sixty-four Border Patrol agents have been assaulted in the past three months along a 260-mile stretch of the Arizona-Mexico border - the country's busiest illegal entry point - as the U.S. government continues its fight for "operational control" of the region. As law-enforcement efforts have increased, so have the incidents of violence and the intensity of the attacks on the agents in the stretch known as the Tucson sector - which are averaging one assault every two days and are on pace to increase this year by 80 percent.”

- Washington Times, 1/28/05

HEARTBREAK RIDGE

“Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) issued a statement on Thursday blasting soon to be former Homeland Security Sec. Tom Ridge after reports that funding for 2,000 additional border patrol agents mandated by the recently passed intelligence reform bill would likely not be included in the DHS budget proposal. ‘I'm disappointed but not surprised as Mr. Ridge has never taken border security too seriously,’ said Tancredo, head of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus. ‘It's equivalent to denying a crime ridden city more officers for protection, it simply makes no sense.’"

- Talon News, 1/28/05

MEXICO THREATENS ARIZONA

“A Mexican government official has threatened to use international courts to block an Arizona law meant to limit public benefits and voting rights to legal residents of the U.S. Foreign Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez said in a radio interview Wednesday that an international strategy would be used if other attempts to reverse Proposition 200 fail, the Associated Press reported…

“Mexican officials have repeatedly complained about Proposition 200, which went into effect Tuesday. The statewide measure denies most taxpayer benefits to illegal aliens and requires state workers to report applicants for such benefits who may not be eligible. It also requires anyone registering to vote in the state to show proof of citizenship and bring a government-issued ID to the polling place.”

- WorldNetDaily.com, 1/28/05

CAPTURE THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT

“Students at the University of North Texas protested President Bush's proposed guest-worker program on Wednesday by staging a ‘Capture the Illegal Immigrant’ game on the campus of the school in Denton, about 35 miles north of Dallas. As part of the game, three members of the Young Conservatives of Texas ‘walked around campus wearing bright orange T-shirts with the words 'Illegal Immigrant' on the front and 'Catch me if u can' on the back,’ the North Texas Daily reported.

“People were encouraged to find these members and ask them why the organization does not support Bush's plan. Participants who caught the 'immigrants' were rewarded with a...candy bar.’ The purpose of the game was ‘to bring illegal immigration to the forefront of campus debate,’ said Michele Connole, a UNT junior and publicity director for Young Conservatives of Texas. The game provoked heated confrontations with some Hispanic students.”

- Greg Pierce’s “Inside Politics,” 1/28/05

LISTEN TO YOUR UNCLE BUCK

“John Candy's title character in 1989's Uncle Buck had the right idea, at least as far as smokeless tobacco giant UST is concerned. ‘Hey, I stopped smoking cigarettes. Isn't that something? I'm on to cigars now. I'm on to a five-year plan. I eliminated cigarettes, then I go to cigars, then I go to pipes, then I go to chewing tobacco, then I'm on to that nicotine gum.’

“In this year's annual earnings report, UST noted that the plans it put into place last year to attract some of America's 50 million smokers to switch to smokeless tobacco were well ahead of its original expectations. UST points to a growing segment within the public health community that says that a switch to smokeless tobacco is a pragmatic strategy for smokers to continue enjoy tobacco products without the same level of health risk posed by cigarettes.”

- The Motley Fool, 1/27/05

STIRRIN’ THE POT

“Of all the things that I say on the air, there are two things that are absolutely, positively guaranteed to bring hellfire, damnation, condemnation and the worst wishes of loving people down about my head and shoulders. The first would be any statement which would indicate that I don't hate, fear, loathe and condemn homosexuals. The second would be an expression in my belief in evolution.

“So, just to stir the puddin' a bit more today, let me quote Richard Burton who, if we can draw anything from his experiences with Elizabeth Taylor, was NOT a homosexual: ‘I have never known anyone who took great exception to homosexuals...that there wasn't something drastically wrong with that very person himself.’ Uh oh. Here comes the email. Why do I keep doing this to myself?”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz, 1/28/05

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Thursday

News & Views, 1/27/05


THE GREATEST STORY UNTOLD

“Good things are happening over in Iraq. On the nightly news it looks like all hell is breaking loose, but I know, from being over there, there's another side to the story."

- Actor Gary Sinise, who regularly tours with the USO and who co-founded an organization to collect and distribute school supplies to Iraqi children, Political Diary, 1/26/05

IT’S THE SPENDING, STUPID

“Your money has never been safe in the government’s hands, and it never will be. Governments spend money; it’s just their nature.”

- Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas)

BAD DEAL

“In fact, anyone can end up losing his or her lifelong contributions to Social Security just by dying early.”

- Elizabeth Crowley, Political Diary, 1/26/05

GEE, NOT EVEN TERRORISM?

“Nothing is more threatening to the foundation of our country than the radical homosexual agenda and its assault on marriage and the family."

- Sadie Fields, president of the Georgia Christian Coalition, Washington Times, 1/26/05

HUG-AN-ALIEN PLAN DOA

“…(T)he president’s approach to the illegal [alien] problem, which has been to welcome them with open arms and offer them some sort of guest worker status (amnesty by any other name is still amnesty) has been met with nothing that approaches enthusiasm, largely within his own party. In fact, at present his chances of getting congress to go along with him range from zero all the way to a snowball’s chances in hell.”

- Lyn Nofziger’s Musings, 1/26/05

DRIVING IS A CIVIL RIGHT?

“A bevy of bold-faced celebrities is backing a bill to allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. More than 30 actors, writers and musicians - including Diane Keaton, Carlos Santana and ‘Million Dollar Baby’ writer Paul Haggis - took out an ad Monday in the trade paper Variety urging Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to approve the bill, claiming it would make roads safer and that driving is a civil right. . . . Among the ad's other signatories are Martin Sheen and his son Emilio Estevez, Alfre Woodard, Danny Glover and musician Jackson Browne.

“Opponent Mike Spence disagreed; he is leading a campaign to permanently prohibit undocumented immigrants in California from obtaining driver's licenses and other social services. ‘I think it's another example of how rich Hollywood elites are out of touch with what's going on in California,’ Spence said. ‘They don't see the impact of immigration unless it's hiring someone to help out with chores around their mansions...and they're not in competition with illegal immigrants for jobs.’"

- Associated Press, 1/24/05

EVERYBODY’S GOOD AT SOMETHING

“New York City's government is highly skilled in some matters, such as raising taxes and giving away the store to organized labor.”

- Holman W. Jenkins Jr., Political Diary, 1/26/05

YER PUBLIK SKOOLS INAXION

“Two boys (in Ocala, FL) were arrested for making pencil-and-crayon stick figure drawings depicting a 10-year-old classmate being stabbed and hung, police said. The children, charged with a felony, were taken from school in handcuffs. The 9- and 10-year-old boys were arrested Monday and charged with making a written threat to kill or harm another person. They were also suspended from school.”

- Associated Press, 1/25/05

FROM THE LAND OF FRUITS & NUTS

“The San Francisco Commission on the Environment unanimously approved a proposal Tuesday evening asking the city to charge grocery shoppers 17 cents for every paper or plastic bag they take home. If approved by the Board of Supervisors and mayor, which could take six months, the fee would be the first of its kind in the country…”

- San Francisco Chronicle, 1/26/05

PAY FOR PLAY...AGAIN?

“Remember the Armstrong Williams flap earlier this month? In simple terms, we learned that the Bush Administration paid a company controlled by Armstrong Williams about $250,000 so that Williams would promote Bush's No Child Left Behind Act in his columns and on his television show. Not good. Williams has apologized...and has lost his syndicated column.

“Well...it's happened again. Drudge is reporting this morning that syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher signed a $21,500 contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to promote Bush's $300 million initiative encouraging marriage as a way of strengthening families. (Do we really need to spend $300 million to promote this?) Gallagher says that it never occurred to her that she should disclose the payment when she wrote in favor of Bush's policy objective. Sad...really sad. We'll let you know when Gallagher regains her credibility.”

- Neal Boortz, Nealz Nooz, 1/26/05

ETHICS & DISCLOSURE

“In 2002, syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher repeatedly defended President Bush's push for a $300 million initiative encouraging marriage as a way of strengthening families. ‘The Bush marriage initiative would emphasize the importance of marriage to poor couples’ and ‘educate teens on the value of delaying childbearing until marriage,’ she wrote in National Review Online, for example, adding that this could ‘carry big payoffs down the road for taxpayers and children.’

“But Gallagher failed to mention that she had a $21,500 contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to help promote the president's proposal. . . . ‘Did I violate journalistic ethics by not disclosing it?’ Gallagher said yesterday. ‘I don't know. You tell me.’”

- Columnist Howard Kurtz, 1/26/05

GALLAGHER RESPONDS

“On January 26, 2005, Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post wrote that I ‘had a $21,500 contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to help promote the president's proposal.’

“To me, this is an extremely serious charge. It is also completely false. I was not paid to promote the President’s marriage proposal. In 2001 I was approached by HHS to do research and writing, not on the President’s $300 million marriage initiative, but on marriage: specifically four brochures on the social science evidence on the benefits of marriage for populations serviced by HHS (such as unwed parents), a draft of an essay for Wade Horn, and a training presentation on the social science evidence on the benefits of marriage for regional HHS managers…

“I did not and would not accept any payment to promote anyone else’s policies of any kind in my newspaper column or anywhere else.”

- Columnist Maggie Gallagher

HHS BACKS UP GALLAGHER

“Maggie Gallagher was hired because she is a nationally recognized expert of long-standing on research related to the benefits of marriage for children and families. The Administration on Children and Families (ACF) did not pay Gallagher to promote President Bush’s healthy marriage initiative. Gallagher’s contract was to provide expertise on marriage issues and to help the Administration for Children and Families draft and edit materials. ACF paid Gallagher – as well as several other experts in the field of marriage -- for unique and widely recognized expertise. This is not unusual. When ACF’s objectives were fulfilled, Gallagher’s contract ended.”

- Dr. Wade Horn of Department of Health and Human Services

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Wednesday

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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