Liberally Conservative

"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~

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Bon Apetite' Mr. Chirac

French reject Jacque Chirac and Frances determined effort to control the European Union and its interests. The French citizens are cozy benefactor's to Socialism, and welfare programs. However, who could blame them for not wanting an influx of cheap labor. French leadership was the architect of the EU constitutional efforts but lost out because of their own social programs despite over 10% unemployment. In reality the "Non" vote was anti-Capitalism destined to strip Europe of its Social-Welfare model. However, Mr. Chirac asserted that the constitution was France's only bulwark against the encroachment of Anglo-Saxon-style capitalism. Chirac's main political opponent in his own ruling party, Nicolas Sarkozy, argued for the constitution on the same grounds that the no camp argued against it -- that it would help France by forcing it to reform its bloated welfare state, create more jobs and increase economic growth.

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Attic Quote of The Day!

"Those Europeans who still care about international affairs and security know, anyway, that if worse comes to worst, they'll have to dial 911 and wait for the U.S. cavalry to save the day."

~Michael Stuermer
Historian and Columnist for Die Welt

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Sunday, May 29, 2005

My Personal Memorial Day Tribute

A Tribute
My family had one personal loss during WWII which hurt many people for years to come. This loss is extrapolated by the thousands upon thousands of families who lost loved one's in defense of American principles and support of our allies abroad. One death, an Uncle I never met. My only connection to this brave soul were hickory shaft golf clubs and a few pictures of a skinny infantryman destined to death and a foreign burial. A young man who would never experience life beyond age 21, would never return home to Gary, Indiana, would never set foot on American soil in life or death.

Milan Babich

104th Regiment, 26th Infantry Division

Serial Number 35577002

Date of Death: 30-Dec-44

Battle of The Bulge, Ardennes, Belgium

Plot F, Row 13 Grave 2
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"Wars May Be Fought with Weapons, But They Are Won By Men."
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~General George S. Patton~

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Friday, May 27, 2005

One More Republican Looking Left

The Attic has previously denounced Republican Governor's, Mitch Daniels (R-IN) and Bob Taft (R-OH) for their reliance on tax increases to tend to fiscal problems. Now New York Governor, George Pataki, is attempting to side-step the recent Supreme Court ruling concerning out-of-state wine sales. Pataki has unveiled a bill this week that would limit the amount of wine that any vineyard could ship to any consumer to two cases a month. He says his bill is designed to "help New York wineries," but the real beneficiaries are local alcohol distributors who are terrified of the competition. Economic policies that prevent free markets, free trade, and open competition smacks of FDR New Deal protectionism and anti-business policy. Republicans who ignore the premises of sound fiscal policy by limiting trade and increasing taxes have lost their way along the conservative trail.

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TV Law Shows Biased

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has fired off an angry letter to NBC, saying a character on Wednesday's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" slurred him. In the episode, Detectives Goren and Eames were investigating a right-wing group's connection to the murder of an appellate judge. "Maybe we should put out an APB [all-points bulletin] for somebody in a Tom DeLay T-shirt," said Eames. In his letter to NBC entertainment chief Jeff Zucker, DeLay wrote, "This manipulation of my name and trivialization of the sensitive issue of judicial security represents a reckless disregard for the suffering initiated by recent tragedies and a great disservice to public discourse." "Law & Order" creator/executive producer Dick Wolf fired back, "Up until today, it was my impression that all of our viewers understood that these shows are works of fiction . . . "but I do congratulate Congressman DeLay for switching the spotlight from his own problems to an episode of a TV show." Fact is I used to watch "Law and Order" and a couple other shows with "court room drama" and found references to the Bush administration, the Pentagon and Military in non-flattering dialogue that obviously has a political message from the left. One show directly ripped John Ashcroft and the Patriot Act and only this week, "Law and Order" slowly and methodically determined the military and Pentagon were "experimenting" with drugs used to prevent malaria but with murderous consequences. The Attic is not denying the military has a sordid history of this nature but a show is not fiction if it is going well beyond subliminal messages with the writers own political message. In the DeLay inference "Right-Wing" was also used and a "Tom DeLay" T-Shirt is not fiction. Left-Wing media bias is now prominent in TV programming well beyond news, it has found itself deeply entrenched in so-called dramatic presentations.

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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Attic Quote of The Day!

'If ratified by the Congress, Cafta will level the playing field. Three quarters of the tariffs U.S. firms now pay would be eliminated immediately and the rest phased out. It would immediately save U.S. manufacturers $1 billion each year in foreign taxes. U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman notes that American farm and manufacturing groups estimate American sales to Central America will annually increase by "$1.5 billion in farm products and $1 billion in manufactured goods" once it is fully in force. So Cafta would expand foreign markets for U.S. products and services and substantially increase job opportunities in America.'

~Pete du Pont
National Center for Policy Analysis
Former Delaware Governor
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Of course free trade is the anti-thesis to the FDR progressives in Congress known as liberals.

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Attic Knave of the Day

In reference to Guantanamo Bay: "The apparent high-level architects of torture should think twice before planning their next vacation to places like Acapulco or the French Riviera, because they may find themselves under arrest."

~William Schultz
U.S. Director
Amnesty International
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Mr. Schultz also called Guantanamo Bay the "gulag of our times." If, in fact, the U.S. releases these terrorists, should they be provided R & R in Acapulco or the French Riviera, or should the military simply drop them off in Mr. Schultz backyard.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Senators and Pundits Poor at Math

As many Senator's from the "Gang of Fourteen" pat themselves on the back for saving the Senate as well as the Republic one must ask, "What did they really accomplish?" 100 Senators less 14 Senators = 86 Senators who were not directly involved in this "compromise", who have leanings away from the center one way or another and Republicans who simply aren't on board. If Democrats attempt a filibuster Senator Frist will invoke a cloture vote and force an up or down vote to demonstrate majority rules. The MSM is acting as though something was accomplished in the "compromise." What happened to anyone not paying attention is obstruction of up to fours years on judicial nominees has ended. Attempting to block a judicial nominee will be political suicide in the end. We could only hope some from the media jump overboard as well.

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Gang of Fourteen

Here is a list of gutless Senator's who brokered a deal on judicial nominees then applauded themselves in a self-serving manner only weak politicians could muster. John McCain (R-Az) Joe Lieberman (D-Ct) John Warner (R-Va) Robert Byrd (D-WVa) Olympia Snowe (R-Me) Ben Nelson (D-Ne) Mike DeWine (R-Oh) Mark Pryor (D-Ak) Susan Collins (R-Me) Mary Landrieu (D-La) Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Ken Salazar (D-Co) Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) Daniel Inouye (D-Hi) The Founding Father's are rolling over in their graves!

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Attic Quote of The Day!

'Judging by all of the self-congratulation, you'd think the 14 Senators who reached a deal Monday on judicial nominations were the moral equivalent of the Founding Fathers. "We have kept the Republic," declared Democrat Robert Byrd, with all due modesty. "The Senate won" and "the country won," added Republican John McCain. All 14 are apparently destined for Mount Rushmore, as soon as Mr. Byrd can stuff the money for the sculpture into an appropriations bill. What a charade. This ballyhooed "compromise" is all about saving the Senators themselves, not the Constitution. Its main point is to shield the group of 14 from the consequences of having to cast difficult, public votes in a filibuster showdown. Thus they split the baby on the most pressing nominees, giving three of them a vote while rejecting two others on what seem to be entirely arbitrary grounds, so Members of both parties can claim victory. Far better to cashier nominees as a bipartisan phalanx, rather than face up to their individual "advice and consent" responsibilities.'

Op-Ed

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Lawyers...Mo Money...Mo Money...Mo Money!

I have personal experience and knowledge of others escapades into the slimy world of law. The bottom line is this. Show me the money! No matter what level or nature of the case, criminal or civil, the lawyers either smell your bank account or they don't. I have actually had lawyers ask as their first question, "How much money do you have?" With all the high profile cases, predominantly in California and exploited on cable news, one thing stands out. The lawyers are not necessarily well prepared to defend the person on trial. Mark Geragos, attorney for Scott Peterson had trouble appearing in court each day, leaving Peterson in the hands of secondary attorneys. Michael Jackson's attorney put Jay Leno on the stand and Leno not only didn't produce for the defense, he took the prosecutions case to late night television. In no way am I defending Peterson or Jackson, however, they both should be asking for a refund. OOPS! Lawyers don't have a refund or exchange department, they cash your checks and move on!

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Voinovich...Off Base and Unprepared

Senator George Voinovich (R-OH) has asked his Senate colleagues to vote against John Bolton as U.N. Ambassador. One will recall Mr. Voinovich provided Democrats with rhetorical ammunition by delaying confirmation of Mr. Bolton's Senate hearing. The peculiar nature of the Voinovich delay is the Senator was absent from the hearings, yet he felt he had the "facts" to obstruct an up or down vote based on allegations which have never proved valid. "In these dangerous times, we cannot afford to put at risk our nation's ability to successfully wage and win the war on terror with a controversial and ineffective ambassador to the United Nations," Sen. George Voinovich, wrote to all 99 other senators. "I worry that Mr. Bolton could make it more difficult for us to achieve the important U.N. reforms needed to restore the strength of the institution." Voinovich said he will make his case on the Senate floor. His job is to attend hearings and make his case there. If he can't participate on committees he belongs to he is no better than John Kerry, who sets the standard for Senate absenteeism.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Thin Skinned Congressman

Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., takes issue with remarks on HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher," in which Maher points out the Army missed its recruiting goal by 42 percent in April. "I think it borders on treason," Bachus said. "In treason, one definition is to undermine the effort or national security of our country." The Attic is no fan of Bill Maher, he is far left, biased and distasteful. However, Maher is a comedian and U.S. Citizen. Freedom of speech is part of this countries foundation, part of its fabric, like it or not! "More people joined the Michael Jackson fan club," Maher said. "We've done picked all the low-lying Lynndie England fruit, and now we need warm bodies." Legal Definition of Treason: A breach of allegiance to one's government, usually committed through levying war against such government or by giving aid or comfort to the enemy. The offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance; or of betraying the state into the hands of a foreign power. Treason consists of two elements: adherence to the enemy, and rendering him aid and comfort. Cramer v. U. S., U.S.N.Y., 325 U.S. l, 65 S.Ct. 918, 9327 89 L.Ed. 1441. See 18 U.S.C.A. § 2381. A person can be convicted of treason only on the testimony of two witnesses, or confession in open court. Art. III, Sec. 3, U.S. Constitution. Congressman Bachus is bordering on McCarthyism, which is more frightening than the late night comedians comments. We don't need to be "politically correct" in the eyes of elected officials who can't stand the criticism.

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Attic Opinion

Fourteen (14) Senators claim to represent the whole Senate and the whole United States. They have come to the conclusion that they somehow "saved" the Senate. Saved from who? Themselves? So called bi-partisan Senators agreed to allow up or down votes on judicial nominees of the President. Nominees who long ago had that right when they passed through Senate hearings and their names were brought up for a vote. Senator Robert Byrd (D-WVA) is part of this group. How could they be bi-partisan with this man on board. He loves obstruction in the name of filibuster. He is a former Ku Klux Klansman who loves to hear himself spew venon in the name of Democracy. And John McCain (R-AZ) is looking more and more the pathetic sole instead of a possible Presidential candidate in 2008. The Constitution is not a very long document and something difficult to amend. The Founding Fathers were much wiser than any elected official today. The Constitution is about a Democracy where the elected majority rules. This means the Senate has an obligation to debate and vote. Not four years late, but when a nominee for judiciary is sent to the Senate floor. The Senate is claiming "Victory" on both sides of the aisle. What Victory? They agreed to vote and not obstruct. This is their obligation, this is their duty.

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Attic Knave of the Day!

"Tonight the Senate has worked its will on behalf of reason and behalf of responsibility. We have sent President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and the radical arm of the Republican base an undeniable message: Abuse of power will not be tolerated, will not be tolerated by Democrats or Republicans. And your attempt, I say to the vice president and to the president, to trample the Constitution and grab absolute control is over."

Senator Harry Reid
Minority Leader (D-NV)
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Reid is the biggest goof since Tom Daschel. He is ridiculous, unprofessional and a disgusting excuse of a "Leader." This rhetoric is no less than filth draining from his mouth. The same nut that called President Bush a "loser", apologized, then came right back spewing more garbage. And to think....there are people out there who vote for this guy. What good does this man represent?

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Monday, May 23, 2005

Attic Quote of The Day!

XXX Quote written: May 11, 2000 "I want my life to account for something more than just a game. In life there are no winners, everyone eventually loses their life. I only have so much time; I can't waste it with a game. I don't want those close to me to look at me and tell me that I was good at a game. I want to be good at life; I want to be known as the best of the best at my job. I want people to need me, to count on me. I am never late; I am either on time or early. I want to help people. I want to fight for something, be part of something that is greater than myself. I want to be a soldier or something of that caliber, maybe a cop or a secret service agent. I want to live forever; the only way that one could possibly achieve it in this day and age is to live on in those you have affected. I want to carve out a niche for myself in the history books. I want to be remembered for the things I accomplished. I sometimes dream of being a soldier in a war. In this war I am helping to liberate people from oppression. In the end there is a big parade and a monument built to immortalize us in stone. Other times I envision being a man you see out of the corner of your eye, dressed in black fatigues, entering a building full of terrorists. After everything is completed I slip out the back only to repeat this the next time l am called. I might not be remembered in that scenario, but I will have helped people."

~Sgt. Michael C. Carlson
St. Paul, Minnesota
Killed In Action, Jan.24, 2005
Mohammed Sacran, Iraq
Age 22
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Attic Knave of The Day!

"You people are no better than and no different than the Nazi concentration camp guards."

~Unidentified Representative
International Committee of the Red Cross
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In reference to U. S. Military at Camp Bucca in Iraq.

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Sunday, May 22, 2005

Attic Quote of The Day!

"The creation of Social Security in 1935 wasn’t just a beneficent gesture to seniors. From then on we had the cult of youth, the belief that each generation brought more and better and smarter young people than ever, we had to move the old people out."

~Ken Dychtwald
President of AgeWave

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The 'New Deal' Comtemplated

"Socialism concentrated all the wealth in the hands of an oligarchy in the name of social justice, reduced peoples to misery in the name of shar[ed] resources, to ignorance in the name of science. It created the modern world's most inegalitarian societies in the name of equality, the most vast network of concentration camps ever built [for] the defense of liberty."

~Janice Rogers Brown
Associate Justice, California Supreme Court
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Sounds like FDR's "New Deal" to me!

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Boxers or Briefs?

Butcher of Baghdad
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Shows Off His BVD's

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Federal Site Offers Sex Offender Registries

State-by-state information on sex offenders will be available on a new Internet site run by the federal government, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced Friday. Participation by states is voluntary. If only the sex offenders would take a "time out" from their grisley work to register!

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Understatement of The Year!

In the paperback edition of "My Life," former impeached President Bill Clinton acknowledges that his memoir may have been too long. Writing his farce in the first place was a mistake and waste of good lumber. 2.2 million copies of his "memoir" has sold in hard copy and he hopes the soft cover will become accessible to more of the public because the cost is much lower. 2.2. million copies! Seems like there are too many bored and desperate people out there already. This is a book which could find a place in the toilet and make a Newsweek cover story!

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Afgan President Short On Memory

Afghan leader Hamid Karzai should demonstrate some diplomacy before sounding off as "anti-American", complaining about prisioner abuse accusations fueled by the false Newsweek story concerning the Koran. The Afgan president wants more control of U.S. Military in his country, whom without their prescence, Karzai wouldn't have a government. If Mr. Karzai wants more control of his country he should do something about the illegal poppy farms which rank Afganistan number one in poppy cultivation and is his top economic stimulus. Ridiculing the people who freed his country publicly sends the wrong message and he should get the facts from somewhere other than a second rate news magazine.

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Friday, May 20, 2005

Attic Quote of The Day!

"The trouble with American journalism, in short, isn't that it's too skeptical, but that it's too willing to throw skepticism to the wind when it suits the agenda of proclaiming every war a Vietnam and every Republican president a Nixon." XXXX

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Saddam Becoming Domesticated

Published photos Friday showing an imprisoned Saddam Hussein clad only in his underwear and washing his laundry. The U.S. Military, President Bush, the Red Cross are condemming the photos. Others, however, were not so kind. "Saddam Hussein and his regime were bloody and practiced mass killing against the people, therefore, whatever happens to Saddam, whether he is photographed naked or washing his clothes, it means nothing to me. That's the least he deserves," said Hawre Saliee, a 38-year-old Kurd. The Attic is wondering if possibly Mr. Hussein will become a pajama blogger!

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Hmmmm...Not So "Fair and Balanced"

"As a Muslim, I am able to purchase copies of the Quran in any bookstore in any American city, and study its contents in countless American universities. American museums spend millions to exhibit and celebrate Muslim arts and heritage. On the other hand, my Christian and other non-Muslim brothers and sisters in Saudi Arabia--where I come from--are not even allowed to own a copy of their holy books. Indeed, the Saudi government desecrates and burns Bibles that its security forces confiscate at immigration points into the kingdom or during raids on Christian expatriates worshiping privately.

~Ali Al-Ahmed
Director, Saudi Institute
Washington D.C.
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Newsweek and Mr. Isikoff failed to meet journalistic standards, they lied and innocent people died. Furthermore, the press refuses to take real responsibility for their actions, or inaction and now wish to solidly place the blame on the Bush administration. How about a Newsweek story reflecting the above quote?

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My, My, How Time Flies!

It has been six (6) months since Presidential candidate and traitor, John Kerry, promised Tim Russert he would sign SF-180 and release all of his military records. Tick, Tock.......We're still waiting!

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Thursday, May 19, 2005

Attic Knave of The Day!

"The Senate is not a rubber stamp for the executive branch and the GOP is trying to rewrite the Constitution and reinvent reality in their push to confirm controversial judicial nominees."

~Harry Reid
Senate Minority Leader
Re-inventing Reality????

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Should We Not Criticize Judges?

U.S. District Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow (LEF'-koh) told the Senate Judiciary Committee the safety of judges around the country is at stake. The federal judge whose family was murdered is urging the Senate to condemn harsh remarks about the judiciary. She says, "Fostering disrespect for judges can only encourage those who are on the edge, or the fringe, to exact revenge on a judge who ruled against them." In her prepared remarks for today's hearing, she also urged Congress to "publicly and persistently repudiate" what she calls "gratuitous attacks on the judiciary" that occurred after the Terri Schiavo (SHY'-voh) case. Ms. Lefkow's family was murdered by an apparently emotionally disturbed person. However, freedom of speech is not to be somehow restricted because Judge's may have thin skin or become targets of the disturbed. My experience with the judiciary would not leave me with any forthcoming compliments of a judge's opinion. In fact, I would be harshly critical of family court judge's who repeatedly show gender bias in family cases and refuse to simply enforce laws. A friend of mine created a website which was used against him by the Indiana Supreme Court in a stated opinion overturning the Indiana appeals court which ruled in his favor. They went so far as referring outside of the parameters of the case itself to site my friends website and his criticism of judges. Why are the judges immune from activism which goes beyond their duty to follow the law? When do judges become accountable? Is this blog against the laws of this countries Constitution, the Bill of Rights or state law because it's writer expresses an opinion on judges? I think not but I would refer you to PigCircus.com to see how criticizing judges and the judiciary is blatantly used to set judicial opinion and guidance! The Attic would never condone violence against judge, we will opine with free will and would suggest judges look into the mirror before suggesting we change our Constitution to satisfy their deficiencies. In many cases activist judges, ones with personal prejudice and agendas, contribute to aiding someone on the "edge" to jump over the proverbial cliff.

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Media Refuses to take Responsibility

Yesterday the White House press corp took aim at President Bush and his administration via press secretary, Scott McClellan. Mr. McClellan asked that Newsweek, "do all that they can to help repair the damage that has been done, particularly in the region." ABC's Terry Moran couldn't handle this comment and followed with: "With respect, who made you the editor of Newsweek? Do you think it's appropriate for you, at that podium, speaking with the authority of the President of the United States, to tell an American magazine what they should print?" Apparently freedom of the press only goes one-way for the press when they are asked to answer the hard questions. With respect, Mr. Moran, you and your colleagues should get your act together!

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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Attic Knaves of The Day!

"Clearly there were mistakes here," Dan Klaidman, Newsweek's Washington bureau chief, told FOX News on Tuesday. "It was in good faith, they were honest mistakes, and we are trying to be transparent about it." Klaidman should quit and take reporters Isikoff and Barry with him. Of course they are using the CBS playbook for damage control. Unfortunately their damage is out of control. Honest mistakes aren't ones in which sources and "facts" don't get thorughly checked out in lieu of being first with the story. Heads rolling at Newsweek would be transparent.

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Attic Quote of The Day!

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"The Liberal media is Liberal!"
~Deborah Pryce
Representative (R-OH)
Thanks for clarifying that!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Attic Knave of The Day!

Blasting Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., and his colleagues as being a "group of Christian fundamentalists and Zionist activists under the chairmanship of neo-con George Bush and the right-wing hawks."

~George Galloway
Left-Wing Member of British Parliament
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Coleman named Galloway as the recipient of payoffs totaling 20 million barrels of oil through the corrupt Oil-for-Food program. Saddam Hussein's chief lieutenant, Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan, confirmed in an interview with the subcommittee that Galloway received allocations. In addition ... Ramadan confirmed that Galloway was granted allocations, quote, 'because of his opinions about Iraq. He wants to lift embargo against Iraq.'
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Source: FoxNews

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Aiding and Abetting the Enemy!

Today's journalists feel they have "carte blanche" to rush stories to press without flushing out facts from fiction. Left-wing media bias is a well known fact, substantiated by their own admission. When reporter's with well established credentials file stories that are not properly checked and verified severe consequences may be the only result. In the case of Newsweek magazine the May 9th story, now retracted, concerning the Koran being flush down a toilet at Guantanamo Bay, has created unrest in the Muslim world with extreme danger to American citizens abroad. The face of America, the burning of our flag, the anti-U.S. attitude is growing exponentially. The fighting men and women in the Middle East are now at increased risk because of faulty reporting which now borders on fraud. Michael Isikoff is a well known, well respected reporter, albeit, with a liberal tilt. His reporting with colleague, John Barry is now beyond suspect. Admission of guilt has come out of the house known as Newsweek. Did Isikoff simple feel he could slip this story into the world media without extreme and dangerous consequences? Michael Isikoff and John Barry must now face the music for knowingly printing a story that did not pass muster. Newsweek magazine must not be let off the hook for what is not only shabby journalism, but an act which caused death and diplomatic consequences not easily repaired. Certainly this false story will help al-Qaeda's recruiting efforts. This story must continue to have legs and Newsweek magazine, it's writers and editorial staff must be held accountable. The anti-Bush liberals in the main stream media must be put on notice. The best way to do this is for Isikoff, Barry and editors at Newsweek to be fired and fired now!

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Attic Quote of The Day!

On Newsweek Magazine: "You can't go back and undo or retract the damage that has been caused not only to this nation, but to those who have been attacked, injured or killed as a result of these false allegations."

~Bryan Whitman
Pentagon Spokesman

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Monday, May 16, 2005

Much Too Little, Way To Late!

Newsweek magazine, under fire for publishing a story that led to deadly protests in Afghanistan, said Monday it was retracting its report that a military probe had found evidence of desecration of the Quran by U.S. interrogators at Guantanamo Bay. With at least 18 dead, rioting and burning the American Flag, a retraction is not enough. Reporters Michael Isikoff, John Barry and Washington Bureau Chief, Mark Whitaker should be fired. This is a diplomatic nightmare and undermines any foreign policy and diplomatic initiatives established over the last several years. In fact, this makes the fiasco with Dan Rather and CBS seem miniscule in comparison.

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Cheers!

Wine lovers may buy directly from out-of-state vineyards, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, striking down laws banning a practice that has flourished because of the Internet and growing popularity of winery tours. The state bans are discriminatory and anti-competitive, the court said. "States have broad power to regulate liquor," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority. "This power, however, does not allow states to ban, or severely limit, the direct shipment of out-of-state wine while simultaneously authorizing direct shipment by in-state producers." Source: Wall Street Journal

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More John Kerry "Flip-Flop"

In his 1984 Senate campaign Kerry said he wanted to cancel the 102nd Fighter Wing - F15-Eagle. On Friday however, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., condemned the proposal to close Otis Air National Guard Base on Cape Cod, saying, "Otis is the number one base for homeland defense on the entire East Coast. ... It simply makes no sense to close Otis in the post 9/11 world." The haughty. French looking Democrat, who incidently "served" in Vietnam, seems to like the F15-Eagle, 20 years later.

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Michael Ross is Executed.....And

Michael Ross was executed in Connecticut for murdering eight (8) people. Outside the prison were protestors carrying a placard which stated, "Stop The Cycle of Violence." Seems to me they just did. With Ross dead at least his string of violence is officially over!

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Attic Quote of The Day!

"If [Newsweek] had wrongly reported the race of a criminal and produced a lynching, they'd feel much worse--which is why they generally don't report such things, a degree of sensitivity they don't extend to reporting on, you know, minor topics like wars. . . . People died, and U.S. military and diplomatic efforts were damaged, because--let's be clear here--Newsweek was too anxious to get out a story that would make the Bush Administration and the military look bad."

~Glenn Reynolds
InstaPundit

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Attic Knave of The Day!

Florida Congressman Robert Wexler will propose that both employer's and worker's pay an additional 3% payroll rate on all earnings above $90,000. They already pay a combined rate of 12.4% on all earnings up to $90,000, so Mr. Wexler is proposing one of the largest marginal-rate tax increases in decades. Finally a Democrat places a Social Security plan on the table. Unfortunately the table is missing some legs!

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Newsweek's Credibility In Toilet!

Newsweek magazine has done more to destroy any goodwill the Bush Administration, our troops and millions of private American citizens have done in Muslim countries around the world than any terrorist organization. No matter if it's the fight against terrorism, freeing enslaved countries from tyranny, or donating time and money to Tsunami victims, whatever good was realized from these efforts, Newsweek magazines inept reporting has caused violent protests against America. An apology is not enough and the editors at Newsweek should be fired immediately, including any reporters and staff involved with the report a Koran was flushed down a toilet at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba by interrogators. "We regret that we got any part of our story wrong, and extend our sympathies to victims of the violence and to the U.S. soldiers caught in its midst," Newsweek Editor Mark Whitaker wrote in the apology. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said the original story was "demonstrably false" and "irresponsible," and "had significant consequences that reverberated throughout Muslim communities around the world." "Newsweek hid behind anonymous sources, which by their own admission do not withstand scrutiny," Whitman said. "Unfortunately, they cannot retract the damage they have done to this nation or those that were viciously attacked by those false allegations." In the Attic's opinion this is simply more liberal reporting in an attempt to "get" the Bush Administration. This weak and biased effort has resulted in anti-American sentiments around the world. How does Newsweek fix this? They can't! Heads should roll at Newsweek and roll fast. What laws does the press have to protect itself from a criminal indictment for bogus reporting that has cost lives and endangered every American citizen? At the very least writers Michael Isikoff and John Barry as well as Editor Mark Whitaker should be ousted and face a thorough investigation by the Criminal Justice department. Source: Associated Press

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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Attic Quote of The Day!

"Ladies and gentlemen, the lower-economic people are not holding up their end in this deal. These people are not parenting. They are buying things for kids — $500 sneakers, for what? — and won't spend $200 for Hooked on Phonics. They're standing on the corner, and they can't speak English. I can't even talk the way these people talk: 'Why you ain't,' 'Where you is.' ... And I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk. And then I heard the father talk. ... Everybody knows it's important to speak English except these knuckleheads. ... You can't be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth!"

~Bill Cosby

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You're Kidding Me!!!!!

XXX Just in! Associated Press: WASHINGTON — Gay men's brains respond differently from those of heterosexual males when exposed to a sexual stimulus, researchers have found. We needed a study for this information?

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Got Public Transportation?

Congestion delayed travelers 79 million more hours and wasted 69 million more gallons of fuel in 2003 than in 2002, according to the Texas Transportation Institute's 2005 Urban Mobility Report. Overall in 2003, there were 3.7 billion hours of travel delay and 2.3 billion gallons of wasted fuel at a total cost of more than $63 billion. I commuted for years from suburbia to downtown Chicago (the Loop). When Amtrak service was available the train actually crossed one highway (Dan Ryan) and we past over the gridlock. Once you finally make it to a parking lot or parking garage you spend plenty of time looking for a place to park your vehicle. Then you have to locate the exit to street level. The cost for parking often requires a second mortage or other loan. The excuses for not using public transportation are amazing. "I like the convenience of driving my own car," exclaims one co-worker. Another colleague states, "I like the control driving my own car provides me." Let's compare. Driving your car allows you to participate in demolition derby scenarios. Driving your car allows you to practice switching lanes (sometimes four or more) to get your exit. Driving your car allows you to watch other drivers apply makeup, eat a donut, drink coffee and talk on the phone, sometimes all at once. YIKES! Driving your car let's you pretend your on the NASCAR circuit. Commuting by train shortens your drive. Train travel allows for a nap, reading the newspaper or book, safely sipping your coffee or listening to music on your IPod. Train travel offers meeting colleagues, conversation or a game of cards. You can even safely take a nap. It seems some people try this while commuting by car. The cost of commuting by train is exponentially cheaper than driving and parking. The stress level is reduced dramatically when commuting by train. The benefits of using public transportation to commute in and around large metropolitan areas are dramatic. Unless of course you're into S and M.

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Monday, May 09, 2005

Hanoi Jane on "Her Tour of Duty"

Hanoi Jane Fonda is appearing at a theatre near you, an advertisement on your web browser, on talk shows, talk radio and bookstores! Yes, Hanoi Jane is out making making money as any good capitalist would and should. Except.................she is also claiming to apologize for committing treason during the Vietnam War. Let's take a look back. "I'm charging the government with genocide, with genocide. And exocide and biocide. We have no right to bomb military targets in Vietnam. We have no right to attack that country." Ms. Fonda certainly had a right to voice her opinion, except she decided to do it on Hanoi Radio while our POW's were being tortured and our troops shot at. Ms. Fonda has not used the word "apologize", she only regrets having said those things as well as dressing in Viet Cong clothing, climbing onto an anti-aircraft weapon and pretending to take aim at American pilots. Ms. Fonda sat down with American POW's for a Communist propaganda film, aiding and abetting the enemy. Regrets?! While signing autographs, promoting her book and herself. Article 3, section three of the Constitution defines treason as "levying war against the United States or adhering to their enemies or giving them aid and comfort." There is no statute of limitations for treason.

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Sunday, May 08, 2005

Senator Reid is the Real Loser

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid called President Bush "a loser" during a civics discussion with a group of teenagers at a high school on Friday. He later apologized. It's tough to get those feelings and words back into your mouth. A White House spokeswoman referred to a statement issued by the Republican National Committee. RNC spokesman Brian Jones called Reid's statement "a sad development but not surprising from the leader of a party devoid of optimism, ideas or solutions to the issues people care about most." The Attic concurs!

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President Bush Has Intestinal Fortitude

President Bush is visiting the Balkans while the History Channel promotes it's one-sided special on FDR. This presentation on FDR "revealed" is missing about 90% of the facts about FDR, his flawed economics, domestic and foreign policy including intense socialism, isolationism and disregard for the U.S. Constitution. History Channel fails to interview historians with validity as they use a relative of FDR from his library as a mouthpiece and Doris Kearns Goodwin, infamous Massachusetts Liberal who specialized in the Kennedy's and Roosevelt's with a touch of plagiarism in some of her historical recounts. Mr. Bush's Balkan visit also comes at a time in which I am reading "FDR's Follies", a historical analysis of New Deal policies. FDR, his cabinet and advisors were socialists with a taste for European and Communist domestic policy who were blind to free market capitalism, many of whom were lawyers with anti-banking and anti-corporation prejudice. Not only was the New Deal flawed, Roosevelt mismanaged U.S. foreign policy and gave in to the Soviet Union which led to 50 years of "Cold War" and oppression in Eastern Bloc countries. Today the Associated Press claims President Bush is "second guessing" FDR when Mr. Bush singles out the 1945 Yalta agreement as flawed. "We will not repeat the mistakes of other generations, appeasing or excusing tyranny, and sacrificing freedom in the vain pursuit of stability," the president said. "We have learned our lesson; no one's liberty is expendable. In the long run, our security and true stability depend on the freedom of others," proclaims the President. Simply put the Yalta accord gave Stalin control of the whole of Eastern Europe, leading to criticism that Roosevelt had delivered millions of people to communist domination. Who can deny this? President Bush is correct when stating, "Once again, when powerful governments negotiated, the freedom of small nations was somehow expendable," the president said. "Yet this attempt to sacrifice freedom for the sake of stability left a continent divided and unstable." Many wish to refer criticism of FDR as "Far-Right" bluster. Research and historical analysis reveal an FDR flawed.

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Saturday, May 07, 2005

Passing the SAT..Quantity Not Quality

XXX Recommendation for the written portion of the SAT exam: "I would advise writing as long as possible, and include lots of facts, even if they're made up."

~Les Perelman
Director of Undergraduate Writing
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
XXXX
Attic Side Note: Seems like more "dumbing down" American education.

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Thursday, May 05, 2005

Social Security???? Retirement????

XXX "You retire, you die. When you love your work, it's not work." XXX

~Summer Redstone
Chairman and CEO
81 Yrs. Young
Viacom Inc.

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Attic Quote of The Day!

Today's Quote seems to fit politicians, both men and women. "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation."

~ Henry Thoreau

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ACLU Should Be Aborted!

The first woman charged in Wyoming [Riverton] for allegedly using methamphetamine while she was pregnant is back in jail for an alleged drug violation. She was arrested last October shortly after she gave birth to a son after blood tests allegedly showed both Foust and the infant had meth in their bloodstreams. The American Civil Liberties Union has criticized Fremont County Attorney Ed Newell for bringing the case. Foust's attorney, Gordon Ellis, said the law shouldn't apply to Foust because a fetus is not a child. Opinion Journal states: "To say 'a fetus is not a child' is to say that the act of birth somehow instantly transforms a mere clump of cells into a human being. If that is true, then birth really is a miracle--and Gordon Ellis is a creationist."

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