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Friday

News & Views, 2/18/05

DEFENDING A DEFENDER

“Retired Marines set up a security watch yesterday around the North Carolina home of accused 2nd Lt. Ilario Pantano, after a Pakistan-connected Web site depicted a beheading of the Marine Corps officer. ‘It's a show of solidarity for Pantano,’ Charles Gittins, his civilian attorney, said of the former Marine volunteers. Mr. Gittins said Lt. Pantano has been charged unfairly with premeditated murder by the Corps at Camp Lejeune, N.C., arguing that he killed two Iraqi insurgents in self-defense.”

- Washington Times, 2/17/05 (Read this week’s “Always Right” interview with Charles Gittins about the Pantano case, as well as the other high-profile cases Mr. Gittins has taken on behalf of accused military men, by clicking on the Always Right link at www.citizenoutreach.com)

DONKEY-DEATH WISH

“It would appear that in their quest for left-wing ideological purity, the Democratic Party is determined to fall off the proverbial election cliff. So be it. While George W. Bush is bringing the country into the 21st century, the Democrats are stuck somewhere between the 1930s and the 1970s. It's a political death wish. But they don't seem to realize it.”

- Columnist Lawrence Kudlow

FAIR WEATHER FEDERALISTS

“Republicans swept to power in Congress 10 years ago championing state prerogatives, and one of their first acts was to repeal federal speed-limit requirements. Another was aimed at ending unfunded state mandates. So last week's House vote to require costly and intrusive federal standards for state drivers' licenses is a measure of how far the party has strayed from these federalist principles.”

- “Review & Outlook,” Wall Street Journal, 2/17/05

A TAX HIKE BY ANY OTHER NAME…

“Democrats and some Republicans, however, have argued that the partial privatization plan needs to be offset by raising the amount of a person's annual income subject to the payroll tax above the current $90,000. The president was asked about an increase in the cap at a press conference yesterday and refused to rule it out...

“Steve Moore, an influential conservative and president of the Free Enterprise Fund, said Mr. Bush's refusal to rule out increasing the cap is ‘only compromising with himself.’ ‘I've talked to a lot of leading conservatives today who are extremely irritated that he's opening the door to raising taxes,’ Mr. Moore said.”

- Washington Times, 2/18/05

IT’S THE SPENDING, STUPID

“The fact is, Congress has a spending addiction, and appears to be incapable of curbing its appetite regardless of which party is in the majority. And, the mainstream media continues to poison the public discourse with its unrelenting attacks on even modest proposals to cut spending. At the same time, the administration has done itself no favors by failing to make a serious attempt at controlling spending. Social Security reform, overhaul of the tax code, and even the permanence of the president's previous tax cuts are in jeopardy as a result.”

- Veronique de Rugy of the Cato Institute and Tad DeHaven of the National Taxpayers Union

WAY PAST TIME

“It is time to rethink the nearly half-billion dollars in aid we send to U.N. peacekeeping operations.”
- Columnist Michelle Malkin

THE NUTTY PROFESSOR

“I am conflicted by this whole Ward Churchill business. Churchill is the University of Colorado professor who made disgusting comments in an essay comparing 9/11 victims to Adolph Eichmann or more precisely ‘little Eichmanns.’

“...Tenure at the University of Colorado is awarded to promote academic freedom, which is, according to University documents, ‘defined as the freedom to inquire, discover, publish and teach truth as the faculty member sees it, subject to no control or authority save the control and authority of the rational methods by which truth is established.’

“...Which brings us around to the question of whether (Prof. Ward) Churchill's views were arrived at by ‘rational methods’ and whether the publication of those views constitutes ‘serious misconduct or incompetence.’ The answer is no. On both. Churchill's statement (is) disgusting, but is not so virulently dangerous that it merits his dismissal as a tenured member of the university faculty.”

- Rich Galen, Mullings, 2/17/05

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Thursday

News & Views, 2/17/05

BLOWING CHUNKS

“So now we learn that Jane Fonda used to suffer from bulimia. For 35 years this woman has been gagging herself to induce vomiting. There's some justice there. Jane Fonda has been making a lot of us throw up for decades.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz

HELP WANTED: ONE SACRIFICIAL LAMB

“One obstacle to Hillary on her way to 2008 is rapidly melting into the air -- reelection to her New York senate seat. Today's New York Times trumpets a poll showing Gov. George Pataki, her most frequently cited rival, experiencing his lowest favorable rating in a decade -- down to 50% of New Yorkers. . . . Republicans talk up Ed Cox, the lawyer and Nixon son-in-law, as a potential candidate. They talk up Rep. Peter King. Mostly they have just given up, acknowledging that nobody on their side can raise $40 million in an election cycle the way Mrs. Clinton can. Rudy Giuliani has shown little interest in the race, and Colin Powell none at all. So Senator George Allen, head of the GOP's Senate efforts, has apparently quit looking for a giant killer. He will be happy at this point just to find a sacrificial lamb.”

- Holman W. Jenkins Jr., Political Diary, 2/16/05

SAD...BUT TRUE

“No longer are Republicans arguing with Democrats about whether government should be big or small. They are at odds over what kind of big government the United States should have."

- Los Angeles Times, 2/7/05

ABANDON ALL HOPE, YE WHO ENTER

“Unfortunately, like every effort at controlling federal spending in the last quarter century (except for the House Republican effort of fiscal 1995-1996), Mr. Bush's cuts, even if they are fully enacted won't make any measurable difference to the level of federal debt for our children.”

- Columnist Tony Blankley

SAFETY...BUT NOT AT THE EXPENSE OF LIBERTY

“No one doubts that a legislative battle is looming with respect to whether the Patriot Act’s provisions will expire or be made permanent. Policymakers should not make the mistake of underestimating the American people. Of course, the electorate wants safety, but it wants the federal government to secure that safety by fighting the terrorists themselves, not by turning America into a surveillance state."

- The Cato Institute

EYES IN THE SKIES

“Not only will the government track our mileage for tax purposes when GPS is mandated for all autos but the next step will be to ticket everyone speeding. Talk about a gold mine! The computers will generate the tickets and no human will need to be involved with the process. An email will advise of our infraction and we can pay with credit card or Paypal. What a deal.”

- News & Views reader Commander Jay D. Crouthers of Crownsville, MD

LAYING BLAME WHERE IT BELONGS

“One hundred percent of the blame for the (Prof. Ward) Churchill debacle rests with the University of Colorado’s board of regents that hired, granted tenure to, and promoted an individual whose scholarship and personal qualifications are now, and must always have been, in serious question.”

- Columnist Dahlia Lithwick

SKOOL DAZE

“Nothing will get a politician in more trouble than the clear statement of an obvious fact. Just ask Gov. Mark Sanford, who is in trouble again for suggesting (elderly readers, expectant mothers and those with heart conditions may wish to skip this shocking portion of the column) that some of South Carolina's public schools aren't very good. . . . You would think he had hired University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill to lead the ‘Pledge of Allegiance.’ . . . How can anyone, from Mark Sanford to Fred Sanford, get in trouble for making the painfully obvious observation that South Carolina's public schools suck?”

- Columnist Michael Graham

SOCIAL INSECURITY

“I just wonder how many people would pay attention to preparing for retirement if they didn’t have the mistaken idea that the money they are now forced to contribute to Social Security would be adequate to live on when they are no longer working. For the life of me I cannot figure out why it is the job of government, through the nation’s taxpayers, to worry about every citizen’s old age. Somebody tell me, please.”

- Lyn Nofziger, “Musings,” 2/16/05

OUT OF STEP WITH REALITY

“Our existing immigration system is out of step with the realities of American life. Our economy continues to produce opportunities for low-skilled workers in important sectors of our economy such as retail, services, construction, and tourism. Meanwhile, the pool of Americans willing and happy to fill those jobs continues to shrink as the average American worker grows older and becomes better educated. Yet our immigration system has no legal channel for workers from Mexico and other countries to come to the United States even temporarily to fill those jobs. The result is widespread illegal immigration."

- Daniel Griswold of the Cato Institute

OPENING A NEW CAN OF WORMS

“If social conservatives really wanted to protectmarriage, the Marriage Protection Amendment wouldprohibit divorce. . . . Social conservatives have been getting a free ride on this marriage protection thing. It is time to ‘out’ the divorced ones. Everyone should be made aware of how many spouses have been discarded by proponents and how many have had, or are having, extramarital affairs as they protect marriage.”

- Columnist Dimitri Vassilaros

A SYSTEM ONLY A COMMIE COULD LOVE

“The current (gerrymandered redistricting) system is an incumbent-protection scam, fiercely protected by Republican and Democrat alike. And why not? In November, every single incumbent (in California) won. Asked (California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger) the other day in his State of the State address: ‘What kind of democracy is that?’"

- Wes Pruden, “Pruden on Politics,” 2/15/05

A SUCKER BORN EVERY MINUTE

“Bookings at hotels in New York are up. Way up for February. The reason is that absurd work of so-called ‘art’ by some character named Christo. $23 million dollars to hang a bunch of orange sheets from boards in Central Park. Now people are actually going there to see this crap. I'll venture a guess that no less than 95% of the people who would travel to New York City to see this display vote Democratic.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz

YESTERDAY IN DC CONFIDNETIAL...

* The real reason President Bush may be naming conservatives to the bench * Paper-thin conservatives, tracking devices and government schools * USANext gets a VERY profane response from an AARP backer * How to make a union guy’s head explode * Gov’t schizophrenia on gas mileage * Maryland judge tells liberal rag to stick it where the “Sun” don’t shine * Cheerleading for Title IX

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E-mail: chuck@chuckmuth.com

Wednesday

News & Views, 2/16/05


ERROR OF OMISSION


The News & Views item yesterday titled “NATIONAL ID TROJAN HORSE” was penned by Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican. An editing error clipped off his attribution. Mea culpa.

NEW! NEW! NEW!

Got something new for DC Confidential subscribers which I think many of you are REALLY gonna like.

Until about a year ago I hosted a one-hour political talk-show - which was only available via the internet - featuring prominent public policy experts and government officials discussing “hot” topics of the day. Unfortunately, if you weren’t sitting in front of your computer when the interview aired...tough luck.

Which was a shame...as those “Always Right with Chuck Muth” interviews went WELL beyond the 5-minute surface coverage of such issues you generally get from watching Hannity or O’Reilly, et. al. These interviews were not only entertaining, they really got into the “meat” of the issues; a treat for the SERIOUS grassroots activist.

Well, although I no longer do the “live” internet show, I’ve found a way to automatically have phone interviews transcribed into text by an internet service which can be posted on the web (God bless Al Gore for inventing this thing!). And I *think* I’ve also found a service whereby I will be able to post the actual AUDIO interview on our website so folks can listen to it whenever it’s convenient for YOU.

Anyway, these EXCLUSIVE “Always Right” interviews will now be provided to DC Confidential subscribers as an additional “thank you” for your financial support of Citizen Outreach.

But I’m going to share the one I did yesterday with EVERYBODY...for two reasons.

First, we have a lot of new News & Views subscribers who probably never caught an “Always Right” interview when we were doing them over the ‘net. In fact, a lot of old subscribers probably never heard them either. So I want to give you a taste of what you were MISSING.

Second, the interview I did yesterday was truly “hot.” I mean, the topic is deadly serious - with potentially catastrophic consequences for our military service personnel and our national defense. It’s an interview EVERYBODY should read.

So without further ado…

ALWAYS RIGHT WITH CHARLES GITTINS

When there’s something strange...in the neighborhood...who ya gonna call? Ghost-Busters!

And when a member of the U.S. military finds himself in legal trouble associated with his military service...who’s he gonna call? Well, there’s a good chance it’ll be...Charles Gittins.

Mr. Gittins is an attorney who has not only handled some of the highest profile cases in recent years involving members of the United States military...but has an impressive win/loss record in those cases, as well. See if you don’t recall some of these cases from the headlines over recent years…

* Commander Robert Stumpf, a decorated Navy pilot falsely accused of misconduct in the Tailhook scandal, who was being denied a promotion by Sen. Sam Nunn and the Senate Armed Services Committee
* Sergeant Major Gene McKinney, the Army’s first black sergeant major, who was accused of sexual misconduct by six military women after the Army created a “sexual harassment” website
* Commander Scott Waddle, skipper of the USS Greenville, a nuclear submarine which collided with and sank a Japanese fishing boat near Hawaii, resulting in the deaths of nine Japanese students
* Major Harry Schmidt, a fighter pilot and former Top Gun instructor accused of manslaughter in the “friendly fire” deaths of four Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan in 2002

Mr. Gittins is currently representing Marine Second Lieutenant Ilario Pantano, accused of murdering two Iraqi insurgents who were attempting to speed away in an SUV last April. If you haven’t heard or read about this one yet, make sure you’re sitting down...and take your blood pressure medicine. You’re about to get REALLY hot under the collar.

When it comes to military legal trouble, Charles Gittins is the American GI’s best friend. Find out about his remarkable career “defending the defenders,” the military’s outrageous prosecution of Ilario Pantano (if you don’t know already, you won’t BELIEVE the job this guy left to do his patriotic duty in Iraq!) and what YOU can do to help Lt. Pantano...and others who may come after him.

Just go to www.citizenoutreach.com and click on the “Always Right” button in the left-hand column. Then click on the “Interview with Charles Gittins” link at the top of the page.

And when you’re finished...make sure you don’t miss any future “Always Right” interviews by subscribing to DC Confidential TODAY (subscription information below).

YESTERDAY IN DC CONFIDNETIAL...

* Budgetary money games and that “emergency” $80 billion request for Iraq/Afghanistan operations * Alan Keyes’ gets an unwanted Valentine from his daughter * Harry Reid gets an unwanted Valentine from President Bush * Stuart Butler of the Heritage Foundation takes AARP to the woodshed * Party-pooping on the party parties * The REAL reason many white conservatives are happy to just let blacks stay in the Democrat Party (an no, it’s not racism) * A Republican governor (good grief) leads a new and ridiculous fight against “Big Tobacco”

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E-mail: chuck@chuckmuth.com

Monday

News & Views, 2/15/05

THREE WORDS, LADY: GET A LIFE

“OK .. here's the deal. It's January 15th; the MLK Holiday. They're having a civil rights march in Columbus. A woman writes a letter complaining about the conduct of a Columbus police officer during the march. Did the officer insult anyone? Did he yell racial epithets? Did he abuse or shove someone? Nope, none of the above.

“So, just what did the officer do? Well, he ate a banana. That's it. The police department sent around a snack van to give the officers who were working the march something to eat. This particular officer chose a banana. . . . So the complaining woman sees the officer eating a banana...and she's ‘deeply offended.’

“OK...you're on the edge of your seats now, aren't you. You know there's more to the story, and you want me to fill it in, right? Sorry...that's pretty much the story; except, that is, for the woman's reasoning. Here you go. Since it was a civil rights march, and since most of the participants were black, the woman felt that the officer eating a banana was actually trying to humiliate the black marchers by somehow relating black people to apes, since apes are reported to enjoy bananas.

“I'm not joking, folks. Believe it or not, this woman has such a huge racial chip on her shoulder that she actually thinks that if a white person eats a banana in the presence of a black person that white bigot is somehow sending the message that he considers black folks to be apes. Now wouldn't this woman just be a delight as a next door neighbor? Wouldn't you absolutely love to have to work closely with her? Every day you would have to pack your lunch oh so carefully. No bananas. Oh, and I'd be really careful about having any watermelon in that fruit cup.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz, 2/14/05

HOWARD WANTS YOU, REV. FALWELL

“We are definitely going to do religious outreach. We’re definitely going to reach out to the evangelical community.”

- Newly-elected Democrat National Committee Chairman Howard Dean

TWO TRILLION DOLLAR QUESTION

“If the history of the Republican revolution were being written today, a single overarching question would have to be answered: Whatever happened to the promise of smaller government?"

- New York Times columnist Sheryl Gay Stolberg

BUSH’S EXPLOSION

“Although President Bush and Congress have passed some important tax cuts in recent years, they have let federal spending and the resulting budget deficits explode in size. ... This big-spending policy was remarkably irresponsible -- because the resulting deficits will create political pressure to let the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts expire, which would wipe out Bush's primary fiscal achievements."

- Chris Edwards of the Cato Institute

HOW WE LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE BIG GOVERNMENT

“A major reason government has grown to where President Bush has submitted a record $2.57 trillion budget to Congress is that too many Americans have ceded personal responsibility to the state. Most children expect to leave home and lead independent lives. Most parents expect them to do so. But government is the omniscient (not to mention omnipotent and omnipresent) parent that never kicks out the ‘children’ no matter how old they are. Too many ‘kids’ think it perfectly normal to have a permanent ‘allowance’ and take no responsibility for their own lives or retirement.”

- Columnist Cal Thomas

WHO COULD VOTE “NO” ON THIS?

“Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), in light of new reports that the Medicare prescription drug benefit could cost considerably more than anticipated, announced that he would reintroduce legislation to cap the cost of the benefit at the initial $400 billion-over-ten-years estimate.”

- Republican Study Committee Update, 2/14/05

...OR THIS?

“Rep. Gresham Barrett (R-SC) is seeking original co-sponsors on his Common Sense Spending Act, which would, among other things, limit the growth in all discretionary spending to the inflation rate, reduce by one percentage point the growth in mandatory spending, and strengthen the definition of what constitutes emergency spending.”

- Republican Study Committee Update, 2/14/05

AMERICA THE STINGY, PART DEAUX

“The U.S. has already committed $350 million to the tsunami relief efforts underway in Southeast Asia and President Bush wants Congress to approve another $600 million, but a humanitarian aid expert Friday nevertheless asserted that ‘when it comes to relative generosity, [America has] a long way to go.’ The remarks by Dr. Susan Rice, a senior fellow at the liberal Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., were similar to those made by United Nations Undersecretary for Human Services Jan Egeland, who shortly after the Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunami declared that America's early response to the crisis was ‘stingy.’”

- CNS News, 2/14/05

THE LAWSUIT LOTTERY SCHEME

“Class-action lawsuits have been in need of reform ever since the lawyers figured out how to game the system: By ‘shopping’ their cases around state courts in search of a sympathetic judge and jury, the lawyers would draw whatever business was in their cross-hairs into a zero-sum game, since the targeted business would usually just settle out of court rather than face bankruptcy. Over the last 10-year period, this little scheme averaged billions of dollars per year in payouts, much of it going straight into the lawyers' bank accounts. And all the while the lawyers had the gall to uphold the facade of helping out the ‘little guy,’ a la Erin Brockovich.”

- Washington Times editorial, 2/14/05

TYPHOID MARY AT THE GATES

“Contagious diseases are entering the United States because of immigrants, illegal aliens, refugees and travelers, and World Health Organization officials say the worst could be yet to come.”

- Washington Times, 2/13/05

WEARING THE UNION LABEL

“The latest from the wonderful world of unions? Menstrual leave. That's right, time off for your period. The Manufacturing Workers Union is asking for menstrual leave -- 12 extra days off a year with pay -- for menstrual pain. The union says that women shouldn't be disadvantaged against men that don't have periods.

“OK, so this is happening in Australia. How long before this nifty idea gets here? Oh, and don't forget. Once women get their menstrual leave in the U.S. it will still be illegal to discriminate against them in hiring. You'll just have to hire them knowing that you'll have to pay them for 12 extra days a year that they're not working.”

- Talk show host Neal Boortz, 2/11/05

AN UNNECESSARY NUISANCE...OR WORSE

“The bottom line is that mandatory national ID cards aren't going to help us catch many bad guys. ... Instead of providing such a meaningful solution, national ID cards will become, at a minimum, an unnecessary nuisance for most citizens. Worse yet, in extreme cases, it could produce massive breaches of individual privacy."

- Adam Thierer of the Cato Institute

NATIONAL ID TROJAN HORSE

“The U.S. House of Representatives passed a national ID bill last week that masqueraded as ‘immigration reform.’ The bill does nothing to address immigration policy, however, nor does it propose deporting a single illegal alien already in our country. It does nothing to address the porous border between the U.S. and Mexico, which is the fundamental problem. In reality, the bill is a Trojan horse. It pretends to offer desperately needed border control in order to con a credulous Congress into sacrificing more of our constitutionally protected liberty.

“Supporters claim the national ID scheme is voluntary. However, any state that opts out will automatically make non-persons out of its citizens. The citizens of that state will be unable to have any dealings with the federal government because their ID will not be accepted. They will not be able to fly or to take a train. In essence, in the eyes of the federal government they will cease to exist. It is absurd to call this voluntary, and the proponents of the national ID know that every state will have no choice but to comply. Federal legislation that nationalizes standards for drivers’ licenses and birth certificates creates a national ID system pure and simple.

“...A national ID card will have the same effect as gun control laws: criminals will ignore it, while law abiding people lose freedom. A national ID card offers us nothing more than a false sense of security, while moving us ever closer to a police state. The national ID proposal should die a well-deserved death in the Senate, and it should be denounced as authoritarian and anti-American.”

GUILTY AS CHARGED

“According to the government lawyers, anyone still skeptical about claims that secondhand smoke kills is perpetrating a fraud. I guess that makes me a racketeering accessory.”

- Reason magazine columnist Jacob Sullum

SURVEY SAYS!

Should government-assistance programs such as Social Security and prescription drugs be “means tested” - that is, provided only to people who earn under a certain income level?

* Yes
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* Not sure

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Published by:
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1315 Wilson Point Road
Middle River, MD 21220
E-mail: chuck@chuckmuth.com