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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Thursday, September 30, 2004

Sun Tan, Botox & Haircut Won't Help Kerry in Debate

John Kerry has shot so many holes into his stance(s) on Iraq and the war on terror he will simply look like a piece of Swiss cheese in tonights debate. I have watched several analysts from both sides of the aisle attempt explanations of Kerry's recent interviews and the analysis ends up like a twisted car wreck. The struggle to explain what Kerry stands for is impossible and here is why, aside from his changed positions, Mr. Kerry doesn't get it. John Kerry will enlist France and Germany to send troops to Iraq.

  • Peter Struck, the German Defense Minister, recently told Der Spiegel that "No German soldier shall enter Iraq."
  • "French and German government officials say they will not significantly increase military assistance in Iraq even if John Kerry, the Democratic presidential challenger, is elected." Foreign Minister Michel Barnier added last week that France had no plans to send troops "either now or later, " as told to the Financial Times.

John Kerry claims that the U.S. has "borne nearly 90% of the casualties" in Iraq.

  • 800 U.S. Casualties, 1,053 including non-combat deaths. Uniformed Iraqi allies have suffered 750 casualties. Real math shows the number at 50%.

John Kerry claims the U.S. provides 90% of the troops and he will train Iraqi's to quickly build their military capabilities.

  • 100,000 Iraqi police and soldiers have been trained and equipped, in addition to the 74,000 Iraqis who are guarding oil pipelines as part of the country's new facilities protection service. Factoring in 138,000 U.S. military and 25,000 coalition forces, the number is 50% of U.S. share in providing military forces.

John Kerry asserts the war has cost the U.S. over $200 billion.

  • $120 billion is for Iraq and $80 billion is allocated for Afghanistan.

John Kerry went to Yale but apparently never studied mathematics. Or...is he simply a liar? A suntan, botox and nice haircut won't be enough to convince voters to place a bet on John Kerry. The electorate wants a plan and substance, not mistatement of facts.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

9/11 Commission Report...What John Kerry Doesn't Want You to Know

Democrats and Kerry on the campaign trail enjoy telling Americans there was no connection with Iraq and Al-Qaeda. Upon reading this report, which mainstream media also seems to have skipped, I find it quite enlightening as well as consistent with Bush administration claims. The connection, in fact, was there to see. The Commission states that Saddam Hussein -- wanting to curry favor with other Arab governments wary of Osama bin Laden -- was not responsive to a 1996 request by bin Laden for safe haven in Iraq when the Sudanese government was poised to give him the boot. After bin Laden declared war against the U.S. in 1998, two al Qaeda operatives went to Iraq to meet with Iraqi intelligence. Later, a delegation of Iraqi officials traveled to Afghanistan and offered to set bin Laden up. Taliban leaders, concerned with the increasing possibility of retaliatory strikes by the U.S., urged bin Laden to go. During heated discussions with other Clinton administration policy-makers about the effect of launching missile strikes on bin Laden's camps in Afghanistan, then NSC Counterterrorism Coordinator Richard Clarke worried that bin Laden would "boogie to Baghdad" where he would put his network at Saddam's service and be all the harder to root out, given Saddam's formidable security apparatus. The Commission further reported that terrorist training camps, now eliminated by the coalition forces of Operation Iraqi Freedom, were set up in Northern Iraq with bin Laden's help. Al Qaeda associate Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was given safe haven by Saddam Hussein after he fled Afghanistan. It is Zarqawi, a chemical weapons expert, who is believed to be the leading force behind Ansar al-Islam, the terrorist organization bin Laden assisted in founding several years ago and which is carrying out beheadings and suicide bombings in Iraq today. Ms. Debra Burlingame, a lifelong Democrat, and co-founder of "9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America" (www.911familiesforamerica.org) aptly describes her feelings about our war in Iraq and against terrorism. "Rather than waiting until it was too late to prevent a fully materialized threat, President Bush acted. We believe history will support his courageous decision. We believe the president has demonstrated strength, consistency and a laser-like focus, sending a clear message to America's friends and foes that he will not waver in his resolve as the winds of political fortune change." Ms. Burlingame continues, "There are many of us 9/11 families who fear that John Kerry would turn this crucial historic opportunity into a losing war with no hope. We think George W. Bush got it right. We believe this is the right war, in the right place, at the right time. We think the good guys are winning." Her brother, Chic Burlingame, was the pilot of American Airlines flight 77, which was crashed at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

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John Kerry....Liberal or Extreme Leftist

Martin L. Grossman, author and one time Democratic Party official writes an interesting piece in the Washington Times demonstrating the formation of Leftist politics in the ranks of the Democrats which links Kerry to McGovern. I have authored several pieces using the term, "anti-American", in referencing Mr. Kerry and Mr. Grossman mirrors my opinion much the way Zell Miller has in his book and recent speeches. Mr. Grossman states, "The Democrats, in their not-so-slow drift leftward, have crossed the bounds of decent patriotic conduct during wartime, undermining the effort by impugning the honor and honesty of the president and commander in chief." "Over the years, the man who-would-be-president has shown himself not only a critic but a lifelong enemy of America, obsessed with weakening the nation's power," Grossman continues. Quoting Kerry from speeches at age 19 studying at Yale, in 1971 in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Grossman provides insight into Kerry's rhetoric referring to America as "Imperialists." "Judging by his words and his record, Kerry himself is best described as an "ultra-leftist" or even as an "extreme leftist," who now seeks to make anti-Americanism popular," Grossman concludes. Kerry continues to denegrate a war-time President and troops in the field with his desperate attempt to move his anti-American theme into the White House. The Disloyal Opposition

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Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Voter Fraud... Myths, Dems and Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter and the Democratic scare tactics are in full swing. Frightening "disenfranchised" voters is already gearing up as the new grass roots technique for getting voters to the poles. Let's look at some facts that turned up after thorough investigations into the so-called election fraud in Florida during the 2000 election. Keeping in mind of course, New Mexico, Missouri (St.Louis), Wisconsin and Chicago were never questioned. The commission on Civil Rights said, "Potential voters confronted inexperienced poll workers, antiquated machinery, inaccessible polling locations, and other barriers to being able to exercise their right to vote." But the report found no basis for the contention that officials conspired to disenfranchise voters." However, their report issued in June 2001 found no basis for these claims "Moreover," the commission said, "even if it was foreseeable that certain actions by officials led to voter disenfranchisement, this alone does not mean that intentional discrimination occurred." However, facts are facts, as stated here in a previous blog. 24 of the 25 Florida counties with the highest ballot spoilage rate, the county supervisor was a Democrat. In the 25th county, the supervisor was an Independent. And as for the "felon purge list," the Miami Herald found that whites were twice as likely to be incorrectly placed on the list as blacks. Exploiting the wrongs of previous generations towards minorities serves no purpose in any election. Placing blame on opponents, when in fact, a political party refuses to take responsibility for it's own failures does not serve the public. The Democrats are simply further alienating the voters they wish to attract with their highly unethical tactics. Jimmy Carter helped certify the election of a dictator while suggesting an election was stolen when facts don't support his claims. Carter is simply demonstrating his failure as a leader and supporting the obvious, that John Kerry refuses to discuss issues and doesn't have a plan for America's future. Changing positions on important issues, lack of vision, hiring teams of lawyers for perceived voter fraud, inviting foreigners to supervise our elections is not what our electoral process is about. Unfortunately the Democratic Party is no longer supporting a Democracy.

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Friday, September 24, 2004

Star Wars IV finds John Kerry in Starring Role

OpinionJournal discovered a blogger "bkm" who suggests John Kerry may actually be C-3PO, the neurotic, English-sounding metallic droid, who by the way served in the Clone Wars. OpinionJournal and "bkm" offer a list which resembles Kerry. Uncanny indeed.

  • "We'll be destroyed for sure! This is madness! We're doomed."
  • "Hey! You're not permitted in there! You'll be deactivated for sure! Don't you call me a mindless philosopher, you overweight glob of grease!"
  • "Secret mission? What plans? What are you talking about? I'm not getting in there! I'm going to regret this."
  • "How did we get into this mess? I really don't know how. We seem to be made to suffer. It's our lot in life."
  • "Where do you think you're going? Well, I'm not going that way. It's much too rocky. This way is much easier."
  • "What mission? What are you talking about? I've just about had enough of you! Go that way! You'll be malfunctioning within a day, you nearsighted scrap pile! And don't let me catch you following me, begging for help, because you won't get it!"
  • "No more adventures! I'm not going that way."
  • "That malfunctioning little twerp! This is all his fault! He tricked me into going this way, but he'll do no better."
  • "Protocol? Why, it's my primary function, sir. I am well versed in all the customs."
  • "No, I don't think he likes you at all. No, I don't like you either."
  • "It wasn't my fault, sir! Please don't deactivate me! I told him not to go, but he's faulty, malfunctioning. Kept babbling on about his mission."
  • "I suggest a new strategy, R2: Let the wookie win."
  • "Help! I think I'm melting! This is all your fault!"

OpinionJournal adds, Perhaps the Kerry as Threepio and Bush as R2D2 thing would work well in the debates. Just picture it: Kerry can blather on and on in his Threepio fashion and Bush can just beep in response--it's not like anything Kerry will say will warrant a real response anyway. The level of discourse might actually be raised by such a tactic!

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Attic "Quote of the Day"

The Old Giant Stumbles In regard to Victor Davis Hanson's Sept. 23 editorial-page commentary "The U.N.? Who Cares?": "I was struck by the parallel of this piece on the U.N. with CBS News. Both have wonderful pasts with old idealisms that sustain their organizations to this day. But they are gaunt shadows of what they were. They are impediments to their missions rather than forces for good. It is much more encouraging to hear about those who build on their history, but discouraging to watch the death of old giants who have lived too long. Instead of modeling long-term strength of purpose, they instead become negative examples for what can happen to us when we depart from the fundamentals of morality and truth." Paul Sauer Denver, CO [Letters to the Editor, Wall Street Journal]

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Prime Minister Allawi Rebutts Kerry

John Kerry and the main stream media insist on pointing out the "hotspots" of Iraq while ignoring the accomplishments in most of the country in which Iragi Prime Minister Allawi insists are peaceful and reconstruction back to a normal, free and independent life for ordinary citizens. "Some 15 of Iraq's 18 provinces," Allawi said, "are safe enough for elections today, and progress is being made in securing violent pockets in time for January's elections." "Oil pipelines are being repaired," he said. "Basic services are being improved. The homes are being rebuilt. Schools and hospitals are being rebuilt. . . . There are now over 6 million children at school, many . . . attending one of the 2,500 schools that have been renovated since liberation." He cited the polio vaccination campaign, which has now reached 90 percent of Iraqi children. Oliver North has made several trip as an embedded reporter in the heart of the violent Sunni Triangle. He reports a more realistic picture than Kerry, who has never been to Iraq. Mr. North reports,"As our cameras documented, U.S. soldiers, Marines – and increasing numbers of Iraqi National Guardsmen – are very much engaged in countering those who would prevent Iraq from ever becoming a democratic country. And despite terrorist efforts to disrupt reconstruction efforts and attack Iraqi civil infrastructure, U.S. Army, Navy “Sea Bee” and Marine civil affairs officers continue to open new schools, electrical facilities, water plants, hospitals and police stations." Lt. Col. North concludes, "Unfortunately, the pessimists in the press – “reporting” from hotel balconies in Baghdad using videotape bought from Arab cameramen traveling with the enemy – rarely get out in the field to see any “good news.” Candidate Kerry ought to know better, but he retains the same “blame America first” mentality that has governed his thinking since Vietnam. From what I’ve seen first-hand, the Kerry-Media spin of a bloody disaster for the U.S. in Iraq is as phony as Dan Rather’s documents." John Kerry has a great deal of experience denouncing fighting American troops from safe ground. He uses surrogates and false words to enhance a political agenda. I would suggest Mr. Kerry place his own boots on the ground in Iraq by visiting the troops and surveying all of Iraq. Once again, John Kerry's words demean our U.S. Military and encourage the enemy.

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Thursday, September 23, 2004

Hey John Kerry....Listen Up!

It didn't take long for John Kerry to denounce Iraq Prime Minister Ayad Allawi suggesting Mr. Allawi's assessment of his own country is "unrealistic." When is the last time Mr. Kerry has been to Iraq? Prime Minister Allawi named 15 of 18 Iraqi provinces where elections could be held now because of safety. John Kerry negatively responds that this is impossible. Kerry, in so many words, has called the Prime Minister a shill for George W. Bush. I also wonder if Nedra Pickler, Associated Press Writer, isn't promoting an agenda with her biased reporting, quoting Kerry repeatedly but not once mentioning comments from Mr. Allawi, while following Kerry on his campaign trail. How can any journalist claim to have credibility if they don't quote both sides of an argument? Maybe the media dislikes Allawi for suggesting the Western press start reporting the positive side of Iraq too. Allawi had three important messages for America, the first one being: "We are succeeding in Iraq." Mr. Allawi continued, "We Iraqis know that Americans have made and continue to make enormous sacrifices to liberate Iraq, to assure Iraq's freedom," the prime minister said. "I have come here to thank you and to promise you that your sacrifices are not in vain." "My friends, today we are better off, you are better off and the world is better off, without Saddam Hussein," Allawi said. "Your decision to go into Iraq was not an easy one, but it was the right one." "I know that some have speculated, even doubted, whether this date can be met. So let me be absolutely clear -- elections will occur in Iraq, on time in January, because Iraq wants elections on time," Allawi vowed. "For the skeptics who do not understand the Iraqi people, they do not know how torture and oppression feed our desire for freedom. In every step of the political process, the courage and the resilience of the Iraqi people has proved the doubters wrong … I pledge to you today, we'll prove them wrong again over elections." As in the early 70's, John Kerry will go to any extreme and suggest anything he can to promote his political agenga. No matter if it's voting for a war only to vote against arming our forces, lying about atrocities in Vietnam, having his words used against POW's or being in favor of ad's showing our current troops sinking in quick sand. It makes no difference to John Kerry. In this bloggers opinion there is no moral clarity in anything John Kerry stands for. He consistently promotes anti-American, anti-American Military causes. His voting records and comments in campaign speeches are living proof he has no qualifications to be Commander-In-Chief.

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Regain Our Real Estate...Ship the U.N. Out

As the President continues to engage the world about problems that should be the world's responsibility, the U.N. and Kofi Annan shirk any connection with their duty to come to the aid of so many people desperate for help. Rogue regimes are only one of many extreme problems facing the world which effects everyone while the "Global Watchdog" remains silent, states Victor Davis Hanson in OpinionJournal. When facing international lawlessness the U.N. prefers ostracizing those states that harbor such mass murderers, instead of organizing a multilateral posse to bring them to justice. Well beyond global terrorism the U.N. shirks it's responsibility on a number of issues including AIDS in Africa, international women's rights, bribery, scandal, protection for tyrants including having them serve on prominent positions within the U.N. The list goes on in OpinionJournal. The United States should remove the tenants and regain some valuable real estate by moving the U.N. out. The promise of hunger relief and peacekeeping are no longer a part of the U.N. agenda. Filling their pockets with money and increasing their power is, serving the world is not.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Cat Back in the Cradle...Peace Train Diverted

Gosh how I used to love the Cat Stevens songs. I had most of his albums of the 60's and 70's. His music never seemed radical to me while singing of love and peace. That was then and this is now. Cat Stevens is now and has been Yusuf Islam, considered a "Peace Activist" by some, was denied entrance to the U.S. on national security grounds. However, Associated Press reports, "Islam drew some negative attention in the 1980s when he supported the Ayatollah Khomeini's death sentence against Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses." ABC reports, Islam allegedly gave thousands to the militant Palestinian group Hamas, and to the son of blind cleric Omar Abdel Rachman who was believed (see note) to have masterminded the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Yusuf Islam denies giving money to terrorists, and claims he thought he was donating to the poor. (Attic Note: Rachman was convicted of the 1993 WTC bombing) Islam was also denied access to Israel in the past year because of his alleged donations to Hamas. "When internationally-respected Islamic personalities like Yusuf Islam and Professor Tariq Ramadan are denied entry to the United States, it sends the disturbing message that even moderate and mainstream Muslims will now be treated like terrorists," said The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Executive Director Nihad Awad in a press release. CAIR describes Yusuf Islam as an internationally-known Muslim activist and educator who recently spoke out against the Russian school massacre. His reputation as a peace activist dates back to his pop music days in the 1970s, when he had a string of hits, including "Wild World" and "Peace Train." Apparently Israel and U.S. Homeland Security believe the Stevens (Islam) "Peace Train" derailed and he has been supporting the "Jihad Train."

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John Kerry's Jockstrap..er..ah...Supporter(s)?

I was casually browsing Powerlineblog this morning and ran into an article from March that was too amusing not to share. As the author so accurately states, "This is really not a guy that we want to be President." John Kerry's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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JFK Quotes...Sorry, Not John F. Kerry

John Kerry's hero, besides himself, is John F. Kennedy. Here are some interesting quotes from President Kennedy. "Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction. I hear it said that West Berlin is militarily untenable, as so was Bastogne, and so, in fact, was Stalingrad. Any danger spot is tenable if men, brave men, will make it so." "Pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe." "Only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility, I welcome it." Now let's look at John F. Kerry's most recent switch, "Anti-War", and his vision for America's defense. In Iraq, "we have traded a dictator for a chaos that has left America less secure." "The principles that should guide American policy in Iraq now and in the future are clear: We must make Iraq the world's responsibility..." Mr. Kerry shirks the responsibibility that America must defend itself at all costs. He refuses to bear the burden and assume the hardships for liberty which John F. Kennedy spoke of. Kerry wishes to put the American responsibility in the hands of weak, dictatorial United Nations. John Kerry is the Wrong Massachusetts Senator, at the Wrong Time, the Wrong Place, with the Wrong Principles. He pretends to be a "War Hero" but he lacks a vision, a purpose, decisiveness, resolution. John Kerry could never be an adequate war-time leader.

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Kofi Annan's "Oil For Fraud"

Claudia Rosett writes a column for the Wall Street Journal and originally broke the story on U.N. "Oil-For-Food" corruption. Today Ms. Rosett compares Kofi Annan's words "illegal" about the U.S. war against Iraq and "baby food". "When Oil-for-Food was launched in 1996, it was advertised by the U.N. as a response to such horrors as pictures of starving Iraqi children and alarming statistics about infant mortality in Iraq, released by one of the U.N.'s own agencies, Unicef," Ms. Rosett writes in OpinionJournal. Ms. Rosett further writes, "and when it came to overpricing, which any veteran aid worker should surely recognize as a flashing red sign of probable graft, one of the most roundly abused categories under Oil-for-Food appears to have been the original rationale for the program: food itself." "Mr. Annan is due to step down next year. If he wants to leave a legacy more auspicious than having presided over Oil-for-Fraud, he might want to devote his twilight time at the U.N. to mending a system in which a U.N. Secretary-General feels free to describe the overthrow of a murderous tyrant as "illegal," but no one at the top seems particularly bothered to have presided over that tyrant's theft of food from hungry children," Ms. Rosett concludes. I have written several pieces on Kofi Annan in the past week in hopes of staying aware of serious issues beyond CBS scandals and dirty tricks, which appeal and titillate the public. The graft at the U.N. easily gets swept under the rug. The issue goes well beyond bribery and oil. Ignored in the story and probably in Paul Volckers investigation, is the "food." As usual France and Russia are predominately implicated in Saddam Hussein's dealings. The corruption was so rampant, my questions are these. Why is the world so silent when so much evidence is out there? Why has the U.S. Congress suddenly become quiet on this subject? Is Paul Volcker really going to bring the total package of U.N. corruption to the surface?

What's 'Illegal'? (Free Registration to OpinionJournal Required)

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Monday, September 20, 2004

Attic "Quote of the Day"

"If, hypothetically, Bill Burkett or anyone else, any other individual, had prepared or had typed on a word processor as some of the journalists are presuming, without much evidence, if someone in the year 2004 had prepared on a word processor replicas of documents that they believed had existed in 1972 or 1973--which Bill Burkett has absolutely not done--what difference would it make?" Lawyer David Van Os explains to the New York Times why his client, whom many suspect of providing the forged Texas National Guard memos to CBS News. I ask, What difference would it make? Apparently none to CBS, Dan Rather and anyone else who thinks forgery is legal. Is Bill Burkett et al, above the law? Do we see a trend here?

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Kerry & Surrogates Using Race to Bait

Hook, Line and Sinker, the Democrats are stirring the pot of race and the 2000 election claiming "disenfranchisement." One more attack from a desperate group to further alienate voters and place blame on Republicans. Unfortunately, the Democrats are ignoring a June 2001 Civil Rights Commission report concerning "spoilage rates." A close look shows Florida Democrats were at the helm. The commission stated, "Rates of ballot spoilage in Florida 2000 were statistically unconnected to the race of voters. In 24 of the 25 counties with the highest spoilage rates, Democrats supervised voting. There was no racial discrimination involved with the "purge list" of felons who were ineligible to vote. And, most important, no evidence was ever produced that Florida police racially profiled at roadblocks or otherwise hindered black voters." John Kerry and company should read the report. Of course Kerry fails to mention a commissioned report or Al Gore's efforts to disenfranchise the voting rights of our military.

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Kofi's Law

I have opined recently in two posts about Kofi Annan and the lack of moral clarity in the United Nations. Today, in the OpinionJournal, the one media outlet with consistently fair and accurate coverage, the moral standing of Kofi Annan is layed out in some detail. This discussion is generating more coverage as Mr. Annan proclaimed last week the war in Iraq is "illegal." Mr. Annan has a poor record of resolve in his career with the U.N. For example, there was that splendidly legitimate U.N. operation in Bosnia, where its blue-helmeted peacekeepers watched with indifference as Serbian soldiers rounded up for slaughter thousands of Muslim men in the so-called U.N. "safe haven" of Srebrenica. Or Rwanda in 1994, where Mr. Annan--then head of the U.N. peacekeeping office--shrugged off panicked warning calls from the U.N. commander on the ground, thereby allowing the slaughter of 800,000. OpinionJournal presents a list that goes on and on including Mr. Annan's suggestion of the need for a second resolution requirement authorizing war in Iraq. U.N. Resolution 1441 was the 17th resolution demanding that Saddam verifiably disarm, behave with some modicum of respect for the rights of his own citizens, and otherwise comply with conditions of the ceasefire following the end of the 1991 Gulf War. The Secretary-General's latest posturing is far from harmless. The U.N. has been given the lead role in organizing the elections in Iraq scheduled for January. But Mr. Annan's "illegal" comments, which have been replayed across the Arab world, have given an added feeling of legitimacy to every jihadist hoping to disrupt the vote. Could the corrupt Oil for Food program and all the revenues it generated for the U.N. have anything to do with it? Read the full story (free registration required) in the Opinion Journal.

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Saturday, September 18, 2004

Hanoi John....Is Treason A Part of His Resume`?

John Kerry's opposition to the Vietnam War led him to many places, including Paris, where he met with the North Vietnamese in 1970. Kerry said then, and says now, that the meeting was a part of an effort to learn more about U.S. POWs. But some question the propriety of a commissioned Naval officer meeting with the enemy at a time of war. "I have been to Paris. I have talked with both delegations at the peace talks, that is to say the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the Provisional Revolutionary Government," Kerry said. "Senator Kerry had no role whatsoever in the Paris peace talks or negotiations. He did not engage in any negotiations and did not attend any session of the talks. Prior to his Senate testimony, he went to Paris on a private trip, where he had one brief meeting with Madame Binh and others. In an effort to find facts, he learned the status of the peace talks from their point of view and about any progress in resolving the conflict, particularly as it related to the fate of the POWs," said Kerry spokesman Michael Meehan. Kerry's meeting with Binh occurred while he remained a commissioned officer with the U.S. Navy. Kerry was, by then, a member of the Navy Reserve and not on active duty. Kerry's meeting might have violated the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which prohibits members of the armed services from meeting with the enemy at a time of war. "According to FBI files Kerry made a second trip to Paris that summer to learn how the North Vietnamese might release prisoners," according to historian Gerald Nicosia. Nicosia said he discussed the article with Kerry's authorized biographer, Douglas Brinkley, who told him that Kerry had confirmed he'd met with the Vietnamese in 1970 and 1971. Kerry spokesman Meehan also said that Kerry met with the North Vietnamese only once. Meehan said the code of military justice did not apply to inactive reserve officers and that Kerry "did nothing wrong."

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Uniform Code of Military Justice
802. ART. 2. PERSONS SUBJECT TO THIS CHAPTER (a) The following persons are subject to this chapter: (1) Members of a regular component of the armed forces, including those awaiting discharge after expiration of their terms of enlistment; volunteers from the time of their muster or acceptance into the armed forces; inductees from the time of their actual induction into the armed forces; and other persons lawfully called or ordered into, or to duty in or for training in the armed forces, from the dates when they are required by the terms of the call or order to obey it. (2) Cadets, aviation cadets, and midshipman. (3) Members of a reserve component while on inactive-duty training, but in the case of members of the Army National Guard of the United States or the Air National Guard of the United States only when in Federal Service. (6) Members of the Fleet Reserve and Fleet Marine Corps Reserve. In this case I can only present the charges, quotes, and direct testimony of John Kerry. The Uniform Military Code of Justice, in this case, is self-explanatory.

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Kudos to the Bloggers...Surprise Party on CBS

CBS and Dan Rather were quickly undressed and exposed for what they really are, frauds. Thanks to the Blogoshere, the emperor Dan Rather, now has no clothes. Part of what makes bloggers well-suited for the role of fact-checking is that there are so many of them. With millions of people blogging and reading blogs, you're bound to find a handful of real experts on any given topic, and these experts can coalesce quite easily. Jonathan V. Last of the Weekly Standard writes a compelling article on how the guys sitting at their computers in pajamas humiliated the suits at CBS News. What Blogs Have Wrought

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Kofi Annan Looking for Olympic Gold in Back Pedaling

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan sought yesterday to soothe friction with the Bush administration over differences on the Iraq war in a telephone call to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell. "It was not the secretary-general's intention to stir things up in this way," said U.N. spokesman Fred Eckhard. "His talk with Secretary Powell this morning was an attempt to reassure the United States of that." The "toothless" Mr. Annan can't retract what all Americans understand about his anti-American policies and belief our destiny passes through the United Nations. His feckless interview with BBC cannot be retracted with a phone call to Colin Powell one week before President Bush addresses the U.N. at the annual meeting of the General Assembly. Diplomacy aside, dependency on resolutions from the U.N. Security Council is a sign of weakness. Offensive preparedness and preemption when necessary are signs of strength. The U.S. outspends the rest of the free world on policing terrorism and humanitarian efforts while the U.N. ignores starvation and engages in business deals with terrorists and tyrants. The Olympics are over Mr. Annan and they don't hand out gold medals for back pedaling. Annan makes peace with Powell

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Friday, September 17, 2004

Attic "Quote of the Day"

"I grew up in a lower-middle-class household. I studied hard and put myself through a good college. Ten years ago, I started my own company and for the past four years my income has exceeded $200,000 a year. Last year, I paid 40% of my income for self-employment, state and federal income taxes. From the remaining, I support five people, pay for health insurance and save for retirement. Teresa Kerry, with assets exceeding $500 million, pays less than 2% (includes her foundation income). Instead of raising the taxes on the person flying around the world on the Gulfstream G5, John Kerry wants to put a bigger tax burden on the one driving the ’97 Intrepid with more than 100,000 miles on it. While his rhetoric attacks the wealthy, his policies attack the middle class." Michael O’GuinDove Canyon, CA[Courtesy of “Letters to the Editor,” Wall Street Journal]

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Bush Bounce Significant

In a new Gallup Poll, conducted Sept. 13-15, President George W. Bush leads Democratic candidate John Kerry by 55% to 42% among likely voters, and by 52% to 44% among registered voters. These figures represent a significant improvement for Bush in the past three weeks. Bush Bounce Keeps On Going

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Wall-Street Bullish on Bush!

If the president is re-elected, tax rates on capital will stay low and may even drop some more. Wall Street likes this. Without capital, there is no investment funding for the very businesses — large, small, old or new — that create jobs. Levying tax penalties on capital, as Sen. John Kerry would do if elected, would curtail the supply of the very seed corn necessary to grow the American economy. The stock market is not only a barometer of future wealth-creation, it has become a measure of future safety and security upon which wealth-creation depends. The economy may not be perfect. Homeland security may not be foolproof. But the polls and the stock market predict a strong Bush victory. Bullish Bush Indicators

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What's "Fair and Balanced" to the Left?

The First Amendment, of course, does not mandate that journalism, or any form of expression, be fair and balanced. If you are Liberal and part of CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, PBS or NPR, this may not be to your liking. However, our framers of the Constitution were concerned with freedom and rights, not agendas. Friends of FOX?

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Kofi Annan is not President of the World

With elections in the U.S. and Australia looming, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan is playing politics. 18 months into the war in Iraq, Annan tells BBC News, "From our point of view, from the [U.N. Charter] point of view, it was illegal." It would serve Mr. Annan well to clean up his own corrupt backyard before playing politics in other countries. While allowing starvation and aids to prosper in Africa, failing to properly investigate the corrupt oil for food program, Annan believes defense of a countries homeland is dependent upon his approval, along with France, Russia, Germany and China. With John Kerry as President, American would first seek counsel with approval from Annan and his lackeys. U.N. Resolutions are "toothless" as are Annan's claim that America's fight against terrorism is "illegal." Maybe the United Nations should move out of New York and relocate to the Sudan. This way Kofi Annan could get a close look at what is really illegal.

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Thursday, September 16, 2004

Attic "Quote of the Day"

"It sure is a great country (America), where someone like Moore trashes the president and gets away with it--and makes so much money! And how pathetic are Iran's mad mullahs that they have to import anti-American propaganda from America?" An Anonymous Iranian Student upon watching Fahrenheit 911

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CBS...Cooking the Books or Simply Cooked?

Why Congress should hold hearings on CBS's 60 Minutes forgery scandal by Hugh Hewitt. Call In Congress

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More Kerry Camp Confusion

On September 7 Kerry said that the soldiers who have died in Iraq have done so "on behalf of freedom in the war on terror." "There was no terrorism in Iraq before we went to war." --Stephanie Cutter, chief spokesman, John Kerry for President Los Angeles Times, September 9, 2004 There is much, much more. It's like watching the Aflac duck after hearing Yogi Berra state, "It's just like cash, only they give you money." No Terrorism in Iraq Before the War?

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IMUS dumbfounded after speaking to Kerry

When asked about the justification for the war by radio talk-show host Don Imus, John Kerry stated, "I voted based on weapons of mass destruction. The president distorted that, and I've said that." Kerry further opined, "I now can see no reason why the United States went to war in Iraq," yet added that he, "still stands by his vote to authorize the war." Mr. Kerry then said, however, "it was right to threaten Saddam Hussein in order to force him to comply with U.N. weapons-inspection demands and that the senator was "prepared to use the force." "I think it was the right vote based on what Saddam Hussein had done, and I think it was the right thing to do to hold him accountable," he told Mr. Imus, saying his position "can't be clearer." "I asked him a number of questions about Iraq, and I can't tell you what he said," Mr. Imus (a Kerry supporter) said after Mr. Kerry hung up. The bottom line: Anyone who listened to Imus, anyone who reviews the transcript, now recognizes that on the most important issue facing our country today — the question of how we deal with global terrorism — John Kerry's position has deteriorated into complete and total incoherence. Kerry supports 'right vote, 'while decrying 'wrong war'

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Shifting Winds in the Media

For years the media elistist have been able to define debates and steer public opinion in their news print and editorial pages. I recall reading in John Adams by David McCullogh, how a political and vicious media would convey their views, opinions and make attempts to effect an election. So times haven't changed much, or have they, and now we are going backwards again while the mainstream media slips further from integrity with a displaced moral compass, contempt for the public, even fraudulent activity. Talk Radio, FOX Cable News and the Blogoshere are leveling the playing field to the chagrin of the Liberal elite. Dan Rather and the end of the liberal monopoly, must reading on OpinionJournal.com A Media Watershed (Free Registration Required)

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Kerry Hires Clinton/Gore Staff & So Does CNN

Observing a drop in the polls for John Kerry and the direct correlation of CNN ratings for the RNC it's no wonder the combined effort resembles the Titantic. Deperate may be an understatement, yet it's fun to watch the Liberal media such as CBS and CNN falter, continue to back fraudulent stories and come back for more. James Carville, Paul Begala join the Kerry staff (unpaid of course) and use CNN like Saddam Hussein did in CNN's hay day! These people are actually getting on Dan Rather's ship, uh, band wagon. Kerry's still windsurfing for a message, a theme, a bio that doesn't end in the Mekong" says Kane Webb of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. So enter the Clintonoids stage not-to-far left to save the day. "I think Carville and company can help them sharpen the focus, simplify the message, put things in terms ordinary people can relate to," says Gene Lyons of Little Rock, a longtime Clinton-watcher and syndicated columnist. "They need wit. Very badly. Those guys have it." But even the world's greatest gag writer needs a frontman who can deliver the lines. Because a celebrity political consultant can't be a celebrity unless his client can be, too. Kerry can't and won't deliver on stage or as Commander-In-Chief. 20 years from now some explorer will be searching for the CNN- Kerry off the chilly and deep waters of Nantucket!

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Wednesday, September 15, 2004

A Debate on Islam vs. Christianity...Part I

This is the first installment of a new UPI book review series on the chasm between Islam and Christianity. Three authors, one American, two Germans, show with scholarly precision their differences the discussion of which is stifled by political correctness.

Review: Jesus vs. Mohammed Part I

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Kerry as CEO! Of What, A Lemonade Stand?

I thought the John Kerry train wreck couldn't get worse but there it was, spattered across the Wall Street Journal. Should I drink my morning coffee or simply drown myself in it? Kerry is actually trying to convince the American public he is CEO material. "As I travel across this country, I meet store owners, stock traders, factory foremen and optimistic entrepreneurs. Their experiences may be different, but they all agree that America can do better under an administration that is better for business" Kerry professes. He compares stock traders with store owners? And yes Mr. Kerry, one of the criteria for entrepreneurs is "optimism." The top liberal in congress says he is better for business. I also still believe in the tooth fairy. Kerry is back to "fuzzy math" quoting statistics of lost jobs without mentioning new jobs, with the fact these new jobs are actually paying more. Income is up but Kerry only discusses the expense side of the income statement. Unemployment is the lowest since 1996 and adjusting for inflation it is gauging towards full employment. Kerry loves to discuss the Great Depression and Herbert Hoover, Vietnam, and his famous on again, off again trivial pursuit. "Today, American companies are investing less and exporting less than they were in 2000 -- the first time investment and exports have been down during any presidential term in over 70 years. At the same time, our trade deficit has grown to more than 5% of the economy for the first time ever, a troublesome and unsustainable development." Time for a reality check! With the Bush tax cuts, investment by small business is up, the economy is steadily growing at 3.3% and adjusting for inflation, the trade deficit is not the worst ever. Kerry and Edwards are using the Great Depression to scare votes out of the unassuming public. Small Business, who Kerry wishes to tax, are the wheels of the economic vehicle. Small Business creates new jobs and sustains economic growth, yet Kerry is proposing increases in spending, tax increases on the percentage of Americans who produce jobs. When more money is invested in more productive economic activities, there is more output and more jobs are created while increasing output. The Kerry campaign believes in "Trickle Down Economics", taxing the "Rich" and paying the poor, which is revisiting welfare reform in reverse and not investing in the economic future. Kerry is comparing the war on terror to previous administrations. Not once does he mention the military downturn created by the Clinton administration, which left the American defensive capabilities vulnerable. Nor does Kerry mention the huge costs of rebuilding our military (which was downsized by 285,000 by Clinton/Gore) and the addition of Homeland Security. The sudden attack on the American homeland invoked billions in economic suffering, yet the economy has steadily recovered. President George W. Bush came into office inheriting an economic downturn that began at the end of the Clinton administration. Then the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the reactions to them disrupted the economy. Kerry likes to use the deficit as a scare tactic but his facts and interpretation of economics doesn't add up. THE FEDERAL DEFICIT, measures the difference between how much money the government takes in and how much it spends. Most economists say deficits aren't necessarily a bad thing. "When the economy is underemployed, government deficit spending helps put people back to work to get businesses profitable and get the economy back where it's supposed to be," said Benjamin Friedman, a professor of economics at Harvard University. "At times deficits are unavoidable, notably during war." In fairness, Friedman argues fueling a deficit is dangerous business and it's difficult to grow out of huge deficits without reduced spending. The problem with Kerry's proposals are he can't pay for his increased social spending plans based on the tax increases he proposes. Taxing job creators further displaces a Kerry economic plan. However, steady economic growth does, in fact, lower deficits. If you provide the entrepreneur with incentives (seeds, water and tools) businesses will grow the economy and create jobs. If you take away the seeds, water and tools the economy suffers, unemployment grows and further business investment dies. Kerry doesn't understand this premise, he has married twice into wealth while consistently voting for anti-military measures and voting for advanced social programs and more government control. "I am not trying to stop all outsourcing, but as president, I will end every single incentive that encourages companies to outsource" Kerry said. (Notice the Flip-Flop in one sentence) Outsourcing U.S. service jobs abroad is probably a plus for the economy in the long run because foreign workers can do the jobs more cheaply, reducing costs for U.S. consumers and companies. Outsourcing is just a new way of doing international trade. In addition, lost jobs in Wisconsin may very well reappear in California, not in India. Outsourcing is an easy target as a political football. Many of these jobs, like low-level computer programming and call-center operators, usually have low retention and high turnover in the U.S., but in India, you can fill them with computer-science engineers who are way overqualified. Companies often can get better work from a stable, low-cost work force by going overseas. Between 1995 and 2002, annual U.S. gross domestic product grew about 0.3% faster than it would have without globalization. More "Fuzzy Math." "By rolling back the recent Bush tax cuts for families making over $200,000 per year, we can pay for health care and education" Kerry proclaims. Kerry wants to punish the entrepreneurs who create jobs and the numbers don't equal the spending proposals for social programs. "By cutting subsidies to banks that make student loans and restoring the principle that "polluters pay," we can afford to invest in national service and new energy technologies" Kerry suggests. Kerry believes incentives are subsidies and he would cut incentives to encourage advanced edcuation while also criticizing the Bush education plan, "No Child Left Behind." But pork barrel subsidies are Kerry's best friend. Kerry wishes to increase costs of corporations who "pollute" while promising 5% tax cuts to 99% of corporations. The net effect will remove income incentives for further business growth. "I am not waiting for next year to change the tone on fiscal discipline", Kerry exclaims. Kerry is the number one liberal in the Senate. His fiscal discipline is for military cuts and increasing social programs. He believes incentives to his union pals and taxing businesses is the best way to increase government regulation while reducing capitalistic policies. Kerry has great disdain for the corporate environment as if they are big brother and he is Robin Hood. We live under Capitalism, it's our form of democracy. The free marketplace is one of our great freedoms. Kerry proposals shift fiscal responsiblity further into the hands of big government. In the end Mr. Kerry, you don't make Lemonade with social programs and government regulations. Please, America doesn't want to participate in your train wreck!

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Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Keeping In Step With Our Founding Fathers

If George W. Bush is re-elected and the seats of Justices O'Connor and Stevens open on the Supreme Court, constitutional decrees in pivotal areas concerning presidential war powers, church-state relations, freedom of speech, the death penalty, the powers of the police and prosecutors, racial, ethnic and gender discrimination and private property will display a markedly more conservative hue consistent with the judicial role envisioned by the Founding Fathers. And that judicial modesty should persist indefinitely. Electing the Supreme Court

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Dan Rather & CBS...Democratic Shills

With questions of typography, superscript and proportional spacing filtering through cyberspace over the past week, it seems fairly clear that the memos CBS revealed on "60 Minutes II" are in fact forgeries. The news-magazine program reported on its Wednesday edition that it had copies of newly discovered documents from the private files of Lt. Col. Jerry B. Killan, Mr. Bush's Texas Air National Guard commander. The memos suggested that Mr. Bush received special treatment in the National Guard and failed to carry out certain orders. "If the documents are proven to be fake, it will be a terrible, devastating blow," says Larry Grossman, former president of NBC News. "People will be fired, the program loses its credibility and Dan Rather ends a distinguished career with his reputation besmirched." A Rather False Story

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Kerry Blames America

The Kerry-Edwards dynamic duo are once again blaming America as proliferators of arms and atttempting to sell the idea that returning to cold war era detente, which didn't work, is going to appease North Korea and Iran into arms control. The idea -- much loved during the "detente" with the Soviet Union during the 1970s -- is that the way to make the U.S. secure is to persuade adversaries to sign treaties promising not to build more weapons, or in the present era not to become nuclear powers in the first place. We will then dispatch U.N. inspectors to verify compliance, and everyone can sleep better at night. This past weekend, Mr. Kerry suggested that President Bush is to blame because North Korea unilaterally withdrew from its nuclear nonproliferation agreement with the U.S. in 2002, and is now believed to possess at least a couple of nuclear warheads. There's one slight problem with this argument: North Korea is the party that broke its promise. The same arms-control mentality also marks the Kerry strategy toward Iran. Mr. Edwards recently said that a Kerry Administration would allow Tehran to fire up its Russian-built nuclear reactors, and even provide them with fuel, so long as the mullahs agreed to let the international community repossess the weapons-usable byproducts. The fresh nuclear fuel that Messrs. Kerry and Edwards want to give the mullahs is already halfway along the enrichment process toward being weapons-usable. The essence of the Kerry-Edwards proposals is that if Iran and North Korea have a history of dealing in bad faith it's because we Americans aren't being cooperative enough. If voters think that arms-control agreements like those in the 1970s and during the Clinton years are the best way to rein in rogue states with nuclear ambitions, they should vote for the Kerry-Edwards ticket. Be very careful what you ask for!

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Monday, September 13, 2004

Wake Up Call in Beslan

"It ought to be a wake-up call for the whole world that any collection of humanity that will go out and kill hundreds and hundreds of schoolchildren has to be coped with ... [and] cannot be allowed to run free. There really are no free passes in this struggle, this war. No free passes for countries, no free passes for individuals...It underscores how the war on terrorism is a global struggle ... [it] is the circumstance of our generation and we need to face up to it and stay on the offense." Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld The Children of Beslan

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Sunday, September 12, 2004

Taking Flip-Flops Seriously

On fundamental matters of war and peace, John Kerry will not or cannot hold to a position under pressure. "I said at the time I would have preferred if we had given diplomacy a greater opportunity, but I think it was the right decision to disarm Saddam Hussein. And when the president made the decision, I supported him, and I support the fact that we did disarm him." John F. Kerry, May 3, 2003 "Those who doubted whether Iraq or the world would be better off without Saddam Hussein, and those who believe that we are not safer with his capture, don't have the judgment to be president or the credibility to be elected president." John F. Kerry, December 16, 2003 "Yes, I would have voted for the authority. I believe it's the right authority for a president to have. But I would have used that authority as I have said throughout this campaign, effectively." John F. Kerry, August 9, 2004 Iraq was "the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time." John F. Kerry, September 6, 2004 "We should not send more American troops. That would be the worst thing." John F. Kerry, September 4, 2003 "If it requires more troops . . . that's what you have to do." John F. Kerry, April 18, 2004 "I will have significant, enormous reduction in the level of troops." John F. Kerry, August 1, 2004 "We're going to get our troops home where they belong." John F. Kerry, August 6, 2004 "We should increase funding [for the war in Iraq] by whatever number of billions of dollars it takes to win." John F. Kerry, August 31, 2003 "$200 billion [for Iraq] that we're not investing in education and health care, and job creation here at home. . . . That's the wrong choice." John F. Kerry, September 8, 2004

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Stupid Then and Stupid Now

Running for the Senate in 1984, John Kerry included in a list of military programs he would cancel, the B-1 bomber, the B-2 bomber, the Apache helicopter, the Patriot missile, the F-15, F-14A, and F-14D jets, the AV-8B Harrier jet, the Aegis air-defense cruiser, and the Trident missile system. He further urged reductions for the M1 Abrams tank, the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, the Tomahawk cruise missile, and the F-16 jet. Source, Boston Globe article by Brian C. Mooney, published June 19, 2003.) Kerry was elected lieutenant governor of Massachusetts in 1982 as a nuclear-freeze candidate. Source, Boston Globe, 1982. "Kerry opposes the major new weapons systems sought by the President and goes substantially further than the mainstream of his party, as represented by Walter Mondale, by calling for outright reductions in defense spending rather than a mere slowdown in growth." Source, Boston Globe Editorial, 1984. Last year, in an interview with the Boston Globe, Kerry allowed that some of his positions on national defense in the 1980s were "ill-advised." He added: "I think some of them are stupid in the context of the world we find ourselves in right now and the things that I've learned since then." I propose a bumper sticker: "John Kerry: Stupid Then, Stupid Now."

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Holding to Standards of "Earth Logic"

It's an interesting exercise, in futility, to make any attempt to find out exactly what John Kerry stands for. Placing his positions on any issue takes an organized and logically based sequence of careful analysis and reconstruction of public statements and written words. At that end, it is impossible to find anything John Kerry believes in or will provide the American public a substantive reason to vote for him. Let Kerry Be Kerry

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Desperate Democrats...Desperate Media

60-Minutes, CBS and left-winger Dan Rather put on a show in their attempt to "expose" President Bush as a "liar" and to dispute his military record. They claim to have spent 6 weeks investigating and verifying their evidence. As the chips fall and the stories are rooted out, the evidence is clearly showing a television network with substantial bias, and reporting flaws which are bordering on fraud. If CBS has any credibility left it is quickly disintegrating. Rather Flawed

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Friday, September 10, 2004

More Kerry vs. Kerry....His Self-Debate

John Kerry could well be our next President, which is why we keep looking for signs that he'd be a good one, especially on national defense. Even a hint of Harry Truman would make us sleep better. But the more he talks about Iraq, the more the Senator seems bent on proving that his critics are right: He really is in a Presidential debate with himself. First, back in October 2002 when the polls showed large public support, Mr. Kerry voted for the war. "I think it was the right decision to disarm Saddam Hussein," he said in one of the early Democratic debates. "And when the President made the decision, I supported him, and I support the fact that we did disarm him." But then Howard Dean rose in the polls as the antiwar candidate, and Mr. Kerry suddenly turned against the war too. "Are you one of the anti-war candidates?" asked Chris Matthews back in January on MSNBC's "Hardball." Mr. Kerry: "I am -- Yes..." Or at least he was until he routed Mr. Dean, when he became prowar once again. Throughout the spring he vowed to stay the course, saying in April that "it would be unwise beyond belief for the United States of America to leave a failed Iraq in its wake." His positions were so close to Mr. Bush's that pundits were suggesting Iraq wouldn't be an issue in the fall. Only last month, Mr. Kerry declared that even knowing everything he knows now about events in Iraq, "yes, I would have voted for the authority" of President Bush to wage war. But now, suddenly and in the campaign's home stretch, Mr. Kerry has again turned antiwar -- and with a passion that would make Mr. Dean proud. His latest line is that Iraq is "the wrong war, in the wrong place, at the wrong time," and that he would have done "everything differently" from Mr. Bush. Presumably by "everything" he means voting against the war that only three weeks ago he repeated he would have again voted for. Mr. Kerry is even reviving the old liberal isolationist line that money spent fighting our enemies in Iraq should be better spent at home. "$200 billion for Iraq, but they tell us we can't afford after-school programs for our children," the Democrat said in Cincinnati on Wednesday. "$200 billion for Iraq, but they tell us we can't afford to keep the 100,000 police officers we put on the streets in the 1990s." And like George McGovern promised about Vietnam in 1972, he's clearly signaling that he'll bring Americans home from Iraq, as early as his first six months in office. It's anyone's guess why Mr. Kerry has taken this latest flip. Perhaps now that he's trailing in the polls, and his image on national security has suffered, he feels he can only win as the antiwar candidate. Perhaps he's trying to win back those of his core liberal supporters who've drifted to Ralph Nader in the wake of Mr. Kerry's spring-summer hawkishness. Or perhaps he's hoping that nasty events in Iraq in the next 50 days will somehow sour enough Americans on Mr. Bush to sneak him into office. Perhaps, but we doubt it. Americans aren't looking for perfect consistency in a candidate. But in the wake of 9/11 in particular, they do want some proof of conviction and constancy, especially on national security. Agree with him or not, President Bush has told Americans pretty clearly where he stands -- on Iraq, and on the war on terror, which he argues are part of the same fight. Mr. Kerry argues -- what, exactly? We're not the only ones who've noticed that Mr. Kerry's statements on Iraq aren't so much "nuanced" as simply irreconcilable. Just yesterday the New York Times implored him to stake out a clear position on the war. And the liberal and anti-Bush New Republic magazine recently observed that on Iraq Mr. Kerry has gone from "inscrutable" to "indefensible." The great lost Democratic opportunity here is that Mr. Bush's Iraq policy is open to criticism: his under-estimation of the postwar insurgency, preventing the Army and Marines from dealing decisive blows to Moqtada al-Sadr in Najaf and the Baathists in Fallujah, failing to train enough Iraqi allies quickly enough, and prolonging the U.S. occupation. But all of these criticisms come from the prowar right, for not fighting in Iraq with the force and tenacity to win. Other Democrats -- Joe Lieberman, Dick Gephardt -- could have made that critique with some credibility, but Mr. Kerry seems incapable of it. Now even if Iraq blows up in October, as it well might, Mr. Kerry will find it just about impossible to convince voters that he would prosecute the war with any more vigor than Mr. Bush. Back in February, we warned Mr. Kerry as he followed Mr. Dean into the antiwar fever swamps that voters would likely be looking for "some sort of consistency on matters of war and peace." Everything he has done and said since only reinforces his image as a sailor who tacks with the political winds. OpEd 9/10/04 WSJ/DowJones

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Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Vietnam Veteran's Are Still Waiting

In 1988, Jane Fonda said: "I would like to say something ... to men who were in Vietnam, who I hurt, or whose pain I caused to deepen because of things that I said or did. I was trying to help end the killing and the war, but there were times when I was thoughtless and careless about it and I'm ... very sorry that I hurt them. And I want to apologize to them and their families." Kerry and his surrogates are still out there making a 4 month tour of duty in Vietnam an issue while slamming George W. Bush. The facts are, Kerry was worse than his draft dodging pal Bill Clinton. In fact, Kerry admitted to war crimes and is guilty of treason by visiting with the enemy while still in service. These crimes are by his own admission. Today Veterans began testifying to the Senate about Iraq and one Captain said the returning GI's biggest sorrow is the media coverage skipping all the good our men and women are doing in Iraq while highlighting trouble spots as if that is all there is to report. Kerry adds more hurt to our military by discussing Iraq in his negative terms and once again does a disservice to our hero's!

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Kerry vs. Kerry

September 6, 2004: JOHN KERRY said that Iraq was "the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time." Translation: We would be better off if Saddam Hussein were still in power. December 16, 2003 At Drake University in Iowa, Kerry asserted that "those who doubted whether Iraq or the world would be better off without Saddam Hussein, and those who believe today that we are not safer with his capture, don't have the judgment to be president or the credibility to be elected president." Stay alert, Kerry's position changes daily, but for now he realizes he doesn't have the judgement or credibility to be President.

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Colonel Oliver North's Letter to John Kerry

"Of course, the president keeps telling people he would never question my service to our country. Instead, he watches as a Republican-funded attack group does just that. Well, if he wants to have a debate about our service in Vietnam, here is my answer: 'Bring it on.'" -- Sen. John Kerry Well Mr. Kerry, here is your reply: Bring it on John

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Made In France Part I

A new book by author, Bill Gertz, reveals how the French continued to supply Saddam Hussein with arms and why they resisted the United States in the U.N. Security Council. French Connection Armed Suddam Hussein (Excerpt I)

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Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Viewers Out-FOX the Media

Fox News Channel achieved another milestone last week when its coverage of the Republican National Convention won more viewers than those of the major broadcast networks. For President Bush's speech on Thursday, some 7.3 million viewers tuned into Fox, compared with the 5.9 million who watched second-place NBC. On Wednesday, Fox's 5.9 million viewers matched the number who watched ABC and CBS combined. This is remarkable for a cable channel that reaches 25 million fewer homes than do the broadcast networks. The elite reaction to Fox's success has moved from denial, to vituperation, to (most recently) blaming the viewers. It's always possible that Americans, especially Republicans and conservatives, are flocking to Fox because they don't believe what they hear on the other networks. And, just to posit another alternative theory, maybe it's also better for democracy if these viewers tune into Fox rather than tune out politics altogether. One thing I know for sure: In any other American industry, a business that was losing market share as fast as the TV networks are losing it wouldn't be blaming the customers.

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Monday, September 06, 2004

Labor Unions - Democrats Cash Cow

"To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical." -Thomas Jefferson- Republican presidential candidates have received an average of more than 41 percent of the union-household votes cast for the candidates of the two major parties. On the other hand, Democrats are the beneficiaries of well over 95 percent of union funds spent on politics. Big Labor Pains

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Sunday, September 05, 2004

Notable Quote of the Week

Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele: "The promise of America is the promise of endless possibilities. America remains that place President Reagan called 'a shining city on a hill.' "What truly defines the civil rights challenge today isn't whether you can get a seat at the lunch counter. It's whether you can own that lunch counter in order to create a legacy of wealth for your children."

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It Was The Economy Stupid

As James Carville, advisor to Bill Clinton said, "It's The Economy Stupid." Advisors to John Kerry are telling him to switch his focus on the American Economy and jobs. We already know from the 2000 Election Democrats believe in "Fuzzy Math" and possibly the tooth fairy. So let me present some facts for Mr. Kerry and his band of socialists to chew on. Revised data reveal that the economy actually contracted during the third quarter of 2000, foreshadowing the recession that officially began less than two months after Mr. Bush entered office. Next, consider the consider the burgeoning corporate scandals (whose origins, like the stock market's collapse, are traceable to the late 1990s) and the September 11 terrorist attacks. These instances are the legacy of 8 years with Clinton. What has the Bush administration done to correct the ignorance of the Clinton Administration? Following is a list: Well over 250 Corporate fraud convictions or guilty pleas have been obtained. 25 of these were former CEO's. Penalties for corporate fraud were increased to a whopping 25 years in prison and fines up to $2 million. Enactment of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to require corporate managers to install internal accounting controls to prevent fraud including SEC oversight for publicly traded companies. Mr. Bush successfully pursued a stimulus package in 2002. And in early 2003, he instigated an acceleration of the 2001 tax cuts and achieved major relief from the double taxation of corporate profits by reducing the maximum tax on dividends from nearly 40 percent to 15 percent, while lowering the top rate for long-term capital gains from 20 percent to 15 percent. As a result, beginning with the second quarter of 2003, business investment has now increased by double-digit rates during four of the past five quarters, and major stock indexes (the Dow, the S&P 500 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq), despite recent retreats, have still increased about 20 percent. Further Tax Cuts have signifcantly stimulated the American economy as follows: 1) lowered the top tax rate from 39.6 percent to 35 percent, which is still 7 percentage points above the top rate in effect after passage of tax reform in 1986; 2) reduced the middle-class brackets by 3 percentage points; 3) introduced a new 10 percent bracket, which saves married couples $700 and singles $350; 4) doubled the child tax credit from $500 to $1,000; 5) effectively eliminated the marriage penalty, which forced tens of millions of married couples to pay an average of $1,500 in higher taxes than they would pay if they co-habitated. Instead of prosecuting a war on terror, which started in the 1990's, the Clinton's were prosecuting a war at Waco, TX; Ruby Ridge, and against Microsoft. Their stance was to ignore Osama Bin Laden, the growth of Al Qaeda and de-militarize our country. For all the things the Bush administration inherited; a recession, a ransacked military, and terrorist buildup abroad, the American economy is growing at 3.3% and unemployment is steadily dropping. Furthermore, George W. Bush has laid out an economic plan, an education plan, a tax reform plan, a health care plan, and a plan to further prosecute the war on terror.

As late night talk show host Jay Leno has recently observed: "Instead of campaigning and explaining his plan for America, John Kerry is out wind surfing. It seems even Kerry's hobbies depend on which way the wind blows."

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Saturday, September 04, 2004

An Empty Glass

The saying goes, "Is your glass half empty or half full?" For John Kerry the glass is empty! Let's look at the facts, yes facts, about Kerry's latest campaign gimmick at midnight in Springfield Ohio. After a very successful and uplifting Republican convention with the President providing a plan with both economic and homeland security outlines, John Kerry begins by discussing the military record of Dick Cheney. Kerry insists on discussing Pre-1971 but avoids the past 35 years and refuses to take the playing field of today and provide any platform for the future of America. "For the past week, they attacked my patriotism and my fitness to serve as commander in chief," Kerry complained. Close examination of a full week of campaigning and convention speeches demonstrates no one questioned Kerry's patriotism. In fact, he received applause twice from Republican delegates when his name was mentioned in context of his military service. "This president rushed to war without a plan to win the peace," Kerry said. Over 55 million people liberated in two countries with elections set. Women's rights invoked and children now attending schools. Hospitals and other public services being rebuilt. Kerry voted to authorize the war yet not fund it. Kerry said the president was "unfit to lead this nation" because of the war in Iraq and his record on jobs, health care and energy prices. America was attacked on it's homeland September 11, 2001 and the President has taken out 3/4 of al Qaeda leadership. The largest overhall of Medicare in 40 years was signed into bi-partisan law (which Kerry & Edwards voted against) offering a progression of benefits to seniors. World markets are expanding and countries such as India and China are requiring more energy, placing burdens on the world oil markets. Jobs have steadily grown 12 consecutive months, after a recession which began before George Bush was elected and after 9/11 had severe effects on our economy. The American economy is growing at 3.3% and the stock market is thriving above 10,000. John Kerry has not laid out any economic plan, no recommendation on health-care, no strategic objective for the war on terror. He is locked into Vietnam and offers no vision. He simply exemplifies his record as a protestor which he has polished for 35 years. Kerry's Senate voting record speaks for itself.

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