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~

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

We Can All Sleep Better Tonight!

Two Democratic senators just back from reviewing U.S. detention facilities and interrogations at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, said they saw no signs of abuse and said it would actually be worse to close the facility and transfer the detainees elsewhere. Gee, sure glad we got that vote of confidence. When do Kennedy and Durbin go for a visit? Their to busy dealing with rhetoric and innuendo, no facts.

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Attic Knave of The Day!

"The president's frequent references to the terrorist attacks of September 11 show the weakness of his arguments. He is willing to exploit the sacred ground of 9/11, knowing that there is no connection between 9/11 and the war in Iraq."

~Nancy Pelosi (Rep. CA-D)
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Who do Ms. Pelosi think we are fighting in Iraq? The insurgents are foreign fighters with direct links to Al-Qaeda. Broken down correctly, Iraq has two wars linked to it. First the fall of Saddam Hussein, next the ongoing battle against insurgent terrorists. Rhetoric is all that spews from Liberal mouths, they are an insult to our troops and a personal disgrace to Americans.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Koran Desecration Issue Cleared Up!

Pakistanis freed from Guantanamo Bay claimed they saw American interrogators throw, tear and stand on copies of Islam's holy book, and one former detainee said naked women sat on prisoners' chests during questioning. It's nice to know the freed combatants have learned the Al-Qaeda field book well; i.e. lie like hell about your captures. We're still waiting on the "naked women on prisoners chest" complaint. Hopefully Ted Kennedy and Dick Durbin will find time to comment. Maybe they can get Nancy Pelosi to demonstrate this unique torture technique! On second thought, that would be torture. Source: Left Wing of the Associated Press

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John Kerry Back On The Stump!

John Kerry is an "Op-Ed" Contributor in today's NY Times. The junior reporter thinks he knows what President Bush (The Real President) should say in his prime time speech tonight. "TONIGHT President Bush will discuss the situation in Iraq. It's long past time to get it right in Iraq. The Bush administration is courting disaster with its current course - a course with no realistic strategy for reducing the risks to our soldiers and increasing the odds for success. The reality is that the Bush administration's choices have made Iraq into what it wasn't before the war - a breeding ground for jihadists. Today there are 16,000 to 20,000 jihadists and the number is growing. The administration has put itself - and, tragically, our troops, who pay the price every day - in a box of its own making. Getting out of this box won't be easy, but we owe it to our soldiers to make our best effort." The haughty Massachusetts Senator goes on to critique the President and the military who have far more expertise at things such as troop levels and war. Kerry actually believes he has some expertise on things military. He will simply never get it. The Attic could only hope Mr. Kerry will get over it. Does anyone believe Kerry statements are relevant? Sorry but John Kerry couldn't lead a whore to bed!

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eBay losing allure for some entrepreneurs!

Entrepreneurs grumble that eBay executives pander to big-ticket electronics vendors and industrial manufacturers -- not the teddy bear enthusiasts and numismatists who were faithful a decade ago, when eBay was founded and enjoyed a kitschy obscurity. They complain about shoddy customer service, including site crashes and anti-fraud software that too often mistakes a legitimate business for a huckster. Jewelry dealer Michael Jansma used to be one of eBay's biggest cheerleaders. The entrepreneur from Largo, Fla., sells roughly $250,000 worth of baubles every month on the auction site. But the revenue Jansma gets from eBay has declined over the past year, and in January the company raised fees, denting his profits. To compensate, he added inventory on his own site. In February, he began selling on Amazon.com, where sales have more than doubled each month. "I hope eBay gets the message: People have choices, and if we're not happy we'll look elsewhere," Jansma said. In mid-January, eBay warned sellers in a terse e-mail that the monthly fee to operate an "Basic eBay Store" would increase from $9.95 to $15.95, and standard listing fees would double, to 40 cents. Sellers peppered eBay executives with angry mail, forcing the company to reduce some fees. Attic Opinion: eBay is a cash-cow, but the venue was successful despite lack of support and customer service for the entrepreneurs who made eBay. The media enjoys playing up CEO Meg Whitman as a darling executive but in reality, it's easy to look good when your sitting on billions of cash. Now that the warts are beginning to show it's plain Whitman is not as skillful as advertised! Source: Boston.com

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Hey Teddy!

A group of senators who traveled to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, this weekend to observe the conditions at the detention facility held separate news conferences on Capitol Hill Monday, but seemed to agree on one point — that the facility should not be shut down. The office of Senator Ted Kennedy, who last week told Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld that U.S. forces in Iraq were caught in a "quagmire," and suggested he should resign, has now confirmed that the Massachusetts Democrat has never been to Iraq. According to the Pentagon, some 265 members of Congress have visited the embattled nation, including 57 senators and every member of the Senate Armed Services Committee — except three. West Virginia Democrat Robert Byrd hasn't been there for health reasons, and North Carolina Republican Elizabeth Dole has plans to go. There's been no explanation as to why Kennedy has never been. Teddy Kennedy likes to wobble into Congress and make grandiose allegations about war and detention centers but has yet to visit Iraq or Guantanamo Bay. Seems he can't get too far away from his liquor cabinet! Source: FoxNews

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Left Wing Blogger Fighting Govt. Regulation

"I like to think of myself as just a guy with a blog, but it's clear that 'just a guy with a blog' is different today than it was when I started three years ago," said Markos Moulitsas Zuniga founder of the Web log DailyKos. "One sign of having arrived is when government regulators start wanting to poke their fingers into what you do." Moulitsas also is working with a lawyer who volunteered to help bloggers fight new government regulations and whose efforts were promoted in a PR firm press release Monday. He is prepared to lobby Congress himself if necessary, and he is the treasurer of BlogPac, a political action committee formed last year by bloggers. Oh Yeah, bring in the lawyers, that will fix everything. Bring out a side order of vaseline with that please! Well Kos, you support these wing-nuts from the left who want to control your life, so quit the belly aching, move to China! Imagine, a left-wing nut fighting government regulations. A novel idea!

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Saturday, June 25, 2005

Rumors of Truth Drugs at Guantanamo Bay!

Along with all the allegations of abuse and torture at Guantanamo Bay, aka, Camp X-Ray, it has been said truth drugs have been used on detainees. If only we could get the liberals in Congress to apply these same drugs to their bottled water.

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Poll On Guantanamo Bay

20% of the 1,000 likely voters in the survey "believe prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have been treated unfairly." 34% think the treatment of the prisoners is "about right." 36% think America is treating them "better than they deserve". 14% agree with people who say that prisoner treatment at Guantanamo Bay is similar to Nazi tactics. 69% disagree with the comparison that prisoner treatment at Guantanamo Bay is similar to Nazi tactics. Source: Rasmussen Reports

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Attic Quote of The Day!

"In just two weeks, the Supreme Court has rendered two major decisions on the limits of government. In Raich v. Gonzales the Court said there are effectively no limits on what the federal government can do using the Commerce Clause as a justification. In Kelo v. City of New London, it's now ruled that there are effectively no limits on the predations of local governments against private property. These kinds of judicial encroachments on liberty are precisely why Supreme Court nominations have become such high-stakes battles. If President Bush is truly the "strict constructionist" he professes to be, he will take note of the need to check this disturbing trend should he be presented with a High Court vacancy."

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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Senator Durbin...Liar, Liar, Liberal Pants On Fire!

A critical outburst by Mayor Daley blindsided Sen. Dick Durbin and triggered the Illinois Democrat's decision to apologize Tuesday for comparing the U.S. treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo to genocidal Nazis, Soviets and Pol Pot. Durbin started Tuesday with no intention of backing down from his June 14 remarks, delivered from the Senate floor, which touched off a fire storm and the biggest crisis of his career. Democratic senators were gearing up to defend Durbin, the No. 2 Democratic leader. Daley's off-the-cuff criticism Tuesday morning forced a change of strategy. Daley's strong words came at the end of a Navy Pier press conference. At the end of the press conference, Daley was asked if Durbin should apologize. The question hit a nerve. "It's a disgrace and [Durbin] is a good friend of mine. But I think it's a disgrace to say that any man or woman in the military acts like [Nazis] or that a report is like that," Daley said. "You go and talk to some victims of the Holocaust, and they will tell you horror stories and there are not horror stories like that in Guantanamo Bay." Meanwhile, Durbin staffers were told about the mayoral hit and called Heard to find out what happened. Handling an attack from the White House, GOP senators and the rabid right wing was one thing for Durbin's team. A slam by one of the nation's most prominent Democrats -- the mayor of the largest city in Durbin's state -- was another. Source: Lynn Sweet, Washington Bureau Chief, Chicago Sun-Times

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Liberal Supremes Gone Nuts!

The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday ruled that local governments can seize property for private economic development. The ruling means governments will have more latitude in taking people's homes or businesses against their will -- if the development serves a broad "public use." In her dissent, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor wrote: "Any property may now be taken for the benefit of another private party, but the fallout from this decision will not be random. The beneficiaries are likely to be those citizens with disproportionate influence and power in the political process, including large corporations and development firms. As for the victims, the government now has license to transfer property from those with fewer resources to those with more. The founders cannot have intended this perverse result." The Attic, believing in capitalism and free markets, does not believe seizing private property falls under either category. Justice John Paul Stevens, Anthony M. Kennedy, David H. Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer turned eminent domain on it's ear. The Constitution says government may take private property "for public use" if it pays the owners "just compensation." Originally, public use meant the land was used for roads, canals or military bases. In the 19th century, railroads were permitted to take private lands because they served the public. In the mid-20th century, the court said officials could condemn homes and stores in "blighted" areas as part of a redevelopment plan. That 1954 decision helped trigger various urban renewal projects across the nation. In today's decision, the court went a step further and said officials need not claim they were condemning blighted properties or clearing slums. Now, as long as officials hope to create jobs or raise tax collections, they can seize the homes of unwilling sellers, the court said. This "public purpose" is a "public use" of the land, the court said in 'Kelo vs. New London.'

This is typical of government control by tyrants and out of control against the people.

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Attic Quote of The Day!

"Liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers. Conservatives, saw the savagery of 9/11 and the attacks and prepared for war."

~Karl Rove
White House Advisor

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Ted Kennedy Living in Quagmire!

Today the Senate Armed Services Committee is holding hearings with testimony from Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense; General Richard B. Myers, USAF, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; General John P. Abizaid, USA Commander, United States Central Command; General George W. Casey, USA, Commanding General, Multi-National Force - Iraq. It was a pleasure to watch the Generals all look directly at Teddy and unequivocally state; "There is no quagmire in Iraq and to say so is a direct mischaracterization to the truth." Teddy just doesn't get it, but to watch him put his head down and his tail between his legs was a pleasure. He couldn't look into the faces of the men he wishes to denounce because he is the gutless drunk we all realize the Senator from Massachusetts really is. Kennedy is an embarrassment to himself, Massachusetts and the United States of America! While accusing the honorable with his rhetoric, Ted Kennedy is truly dishonorable.

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Oil Price Factoid

Crude oil prices settled in at an all time high of $59.37 per barrel, but as they say in the TV info-mercials, "But wait, there's more!" The 1980 inflation adjusted crude oil price hit a whopping $90.00 per barrel. Ahhhhh, the days of Jimmy Carter, gas lines and closed service stations. Just the thought of Jimmy Carter gives me gas!

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Celestial Grouping

Starting Friday night, Mercury, Venus and Saturn will appear to be so close together that the bright trio will look like a new constellation. The rare grouping, which can be viewed through Sunday night, will be followed Monday night with Mercury and Venus separated by such a small distance that some observers may mistake the two planets for one large star. The planets won't be in any danger of a galactic collision. They'll still be millions of miles away from one another, but from Earth they'll look as if they're side by side. The best time to view the phenomenon is 30 to 45 minutes after sunset (set to take place at about 8:30 p.m. EDT). Observers will find the planets in the western sky. Source and Full Article: YahooNews!

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Attic Knave of The Day!

"As long as privatization is on the table, there will be no compromise on Social Security."

~Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
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Schumer is just one more obstructionist Democrat without a plan who fails to introduce any substantive Social Security reform. The left doesn't like any reform unless they can spend the taxpayers money, including taxpayer money placed in trust accounts. Oops! I forgot, IOU's are in those accounts.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Florida Donkey Has Ass..ets Frozen!

Florida's Democratic Party has had its assets frozen by the IRS for failing to pay tens of thousands of dollars in Social Security and income taxes. The party owes about $124,000 in back payments and another $78,000 in interest and penalties. The Tallahassee Democrat states in its story, "In a time of intense fund-raising during a non-election year, not paying Social Security and income-withholding is extra embarrassing for the Democrats. The party has always cast itself as the protector of Social Security and depicted the Republicans as greedy tax dodgers. My, My....May The Truth Be Told!!!

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Associated Press in Quagmire

Today the Associated Press is comparing a battle in Afghanistan to an Iraq-style quagmire similar to language used by Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and also used heavily when referring to Vietnam. The story relates to U.S. and Afghan forces decimating scores of Taliben fighters on the mountainous border region in the south. Does this sound like a "quagmire?" "American warplanes pounded a suspected Taliban safe haven in the mountains of southern Afghanistan during an assault that killed up to 76 insurgents. Their camps were decimated. Bodies lay everywhere. Heavy machine guns and AK-47s were scattered alongside blankets, kettles and food. Some of the Taliban were also killed in caves where they were hiding, and U.S. helicopters came and pounded them." Some quagmire!

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Attic Knave(s) of The Day!

"I am sorry if anything I said caused any offense or pain to those who have such bitter memories of the Holocaust, the greatest moral tragedy of our time. Nothing, nothing should ever be said to demean or diminish that moral tragedy. I am also sorry if anything I said cast a negative light on our fine men and women in the military ... I never ever intended any disrespect for them. Some may believe that my remarks crossed the line to them I extend my heartfelt apology."

~Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
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Attic Side Note: It was also reported Senator Durbin was "choking on his words." I bet he was!
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The Democratic follow-up by Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was to blame Republicans for Durbins problems.

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Attic Quote of The Day!

"People say that the heavens are closed and God no longer answers prayers. We are here to unequivocally tell you that the heavens are not closed, prayers are answered and children come home."

~Jody Hawkins
Mother of Boy Scout Brennan Hawkins
Recovered alive after 4 days missing in Utah wilderness

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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Butcher of Baghdad....No to Fruit Loops

Saddam Hussein is gaining weight and is very fond of American cuisine. He doesn't, however, like Fruit Loops cereal. The Attic would suggest, based on where Saddam is going, he try Lucky Charms!

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Monday, June 20, 2005

You Don't Say???

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Attic Quote of The Day!

"Alongside this breakdown is the growing tendency of prosecutors at all levels of government to abandon their obligation to show restraint, or to exercise what lawyers call 'prosecutorial discretion.' Apart from going to war, the ability to bring criminal indictments is the most awesome power a government has. In the hands of the politically ambitious, or personally vindictive, the power can be easily abused. According to news reports, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has twice threatened to indict entire firms -- and thus put them out of business -- unless Marsh & McLennan and AIG ousted their CEOs. In deciding how to use his power, a wise prosecutor has to balance the severity of the crime with the costs and benefits of prosecution. But don't punish innocent employees and the broader economy for the sake of flexing some prosecutorial muscle."

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Sunday, June 19, 2005

eBay...It's Own Worst Enemy!

Here is a quote from an article concerning eBay and the people who made it happen...The Sellers and Buyers. "Currently the community is both the solvent and the glue driven there by a company that has become so aloof it will not communicate directly with its own team , the Buyers and Sellers, except in press releases, limited notices on the announcement board, faceless extended email campaigns, and the promise of token access to phone service if the user ‘pays‘ for the extra service - excepting stores where it will be provided as one of the benefits. So much for the team effort - that would take discussion and that is non existent. Thousands of new online auction platforms are springing up to compete as the exodus continues but the new platforms do not escape unscathed. The fall out - the entire online auction community as it struggles to gain credibility in the eyes of the public with all the bad publicity spread so efficiently with the search engine spiders." Read the entire article The eBay Community - Both the solvent and the glue.

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Saturday, June 18, 2005

Question for Senator Durbin

Mr. Durbin, do you have a problem with the following report? KARABILAH, Iraq U.S. and Iraqi Troops searching the town found four Iraqi hostages beaten, handcuffed and chained to a wall in a bunker. Source: Associated Press

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False Imprisonment...Not at Guantanamo Bay!

Kevin Fox spent seven months in jail on the most heinous charge a father could face -- that he sexually assaulted and murdered his own 3-year-old daughter Riley. Fox was held for a heinous crime he did not commit and could have been released much sooner except for more incompetence coming out of our judicial system. DNA, provided from the beginning of this case was handled incorrectly and it took an election and new DA too correct the system. Will County Judge Daniel Rozak agreed with State's Attorney James Glasgow that DNA evidence failed to implicate Fox in the June 2004 murder. Glasgow's court motion asked for Fox's release "in the interests of fairness and justice" because DNA samples from Kevin Fox "excluded Kevin Fox" as the source of DNA evidence recovered from the girl's body. Such comparisons were not done by Glasgow's predecessor Jeffrey Tomczak during the five months between the June 2004 murder and Kevin Fox's arrest in October, according to Glasgow's motion. "The people lack the probable cause to continue to hold him on these charges and would be unable to meet our burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt." Glasgow. The previous DA, Jeffrey Tomczak's office sent DNA evidence recovered from Riley's vagina and a sample of DNA from Kevin Fox to the FBI laboratory for comparison last June, but the lab never did the tests and the prosecutors did not follow up. Glasgow did not directly criticize his predecessor but suggested he had dropped the ball in the investigation by sending the samples to the FBI lab, which is known for its backlog of work, and for failing to question why the lab never completed the tests. Illinois has a history of false convictions. Previous Governor George Ryan had to release up to 18 prisoners from death row after DNA evidence proved them not guilty. Some of these men served many, many years in jail. What price do we put on these peoples lives and who repays them? What consequences does the previous DA face for "dropping the ball?"

The Attic supports Guantanamo Bay, we do not support lawyers, prosecutors or judges who use their power and influence to falsely malign and incarcerate individuals without probable cause.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

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Friday, June 17, 2005

How Thoughtful!

CHICAGO - The nation's Roman Catholic bishops agreed Friday to a five-year extension on their unprecedented policy of permanently barring sexually abusive clergy from church work. However, the bishops' committee said that church leaders agreed now was not the time to soften the policy. Chicago Cardinal Francis George, a leader in reviewing the plan with Vatican officials, said he was aware it created tensions between bishops and priests. He went as far as calling the permanent ban on offenders "draconian." It would be unprecedented if these perverts had a permanent policy. Do they think the lude activity will go away soon?

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Silence in the MSM

As Howard Dean runs his mouth spewing his opinion and slandering Republicans it should be noted the main stream media has ignored his comments. While Dean called Republicans "brain dead" and "evil" the Media Research Center shows none of the broadcast networks had reported on Dean's controversial comments in their evening newscasts. The National Review's Byron York writes that even after Dean's appearance on "Meet the Press" last month, the Times ignored Dean's past diatribes, reporting only what he said in his own defense. Maybe the MSM doesn't think enough of Mr. Dean, as anything thing he says doesn't qualify as new.

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Thursday, June 16, 2005

Got Energy?

Lawmakers are disclosing their energy firm stock holdings as the debate and vote for an energy bill moves forward. Massachusetts Democrat John Kerry said that his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, has a financial portfolio so large that "I couldn't even tell you what energy stocks I have." Mr. Kerry usually lacks the energy to show up for Senate hearings or votes. Mr. Kerry claims the portfolio belongs to his wife and in the next sentence mentions the stocks as "his". The haughty French looking Senator, Mr. Kerry also ran for President and has claimed to have served in Vietnam.

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Attic Knave of The Day!

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
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"I believe every member of Congress should have to explain why they don't travel at least once a year to an important place."
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Senator Durbin, shouldn't each member of Congress also have to explain when they take trips to "important" places?
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The Aspen Institute paid for a 15-day trip by Senate Minority Whip and his wife, Loretta, to a conference on U.S.-Russian relations in Venice. It's important to note the conference was only 5-days!
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Durbin was one of the Senate's most frequent international fliers. He also reported taking a six-day trip to Cape Town, South Africa, for a conference on international affairs and "fact finding trip," paid for by the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations and the South African Institute of International Affairs.
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Durbin took a trip to India and Bangladesh Feb. 13 to 21, 2004, paid for by Results, a nonprofit poverty and hunger group. This trip was not reported on the disclosure form, because the paperwork on it had been misfiled. OOPS! Does Mrs. Durbin report her "gift trips" to the IRS?
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When not traveling the world for free, Senator Durbin took time out to compare U.S. Troops at Guantanamo Bay to Nazis and Russian Gulags.
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"If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime--Pol Pot or others--that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners."

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Attic Quote of The Day!

"Political Parties Can Take One Of Two Approaches. One Approach Is To Lead, To Focus On The People's Business, To Take On The Tough Problems. And That Is Exactly What Our Party Is Doing. The Other Approach Is To Simply Do Nothing - To Delay Solutions, Obstruct Progress, Refuse To Take Responsibility. Political Parties That Choose The Path Of Obstruction Will Not Gain The Trust Of The American People. If Leaders Of The Other Party Have Innovative Ideas, Let's Hear Them. But If They Have No Ideas Or Policies Except Obstruction, They Should Step Aside And Let Others Lead. On Issue After Issue, They Stand For Nothing Except Obstruction, And This Is Not Leadership. It Is The Philosophy Of The Stop Sign, The Agenda Of The Roadblock, And Our Country And Our Children Deserve Better."

~President George W. Bush

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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

What Was I Watching?

Reuters has an interesting headline for NASA's next planned moon landing.

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Are you telling me Neil Armstrong and NASA lied to us in 1969?

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Attic Knave of The Day!

Debating U.N. Ambassador Nominee John Bolton: "Ever since Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, got all weepy on the Senate floor a few weeks ago, he has been widely mocked by pundits, wags, bloggers, editorial writers and just about everybody else with a sense of emotional superiority."

~Michael Collins
Scripps Howard News Service
The Attic suggests Mr. Voinovich save the tears for his next election. Holding up the nomination without attending the hearings certainly made me want to cry.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Attic Knave of The Day!

The Michael Jackson Web site mjjsource.com featured graphics declaring "Innocent" and showing a hand giving a victory sign as a fanfare plays. A scrolling calendar highlights historic events such as "Martin Luther King is born," "The Berlin Wall falls," "Nelson Mandela is freed," and finally, "June 13, 2005, Remember this date for it is a part of HIStory." The reference was to Jackson's 1995 album "HIStory: Past, Present, and Future Book I." I suppose the whole bunch can now be indicted for over-indulging in crack cocaine!

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Was It A "Thriller?" I Think NOT!

The poor press. Michael "Jacko" Jackson found innocent. The poor, pathetic DA of Santa Barbara county. And.....poor me. The last thing I wanted to see was Marcia Clark, the blundering prosecuter from O.J. Simpson fame, now a bleach blond, adding to the list of lawyers and legal imbeciles making their way to the TV analysis. The media clowns needed guilty verdicts to keep the circus moving. They needed to blab, ad nausea, awaiting the sentencing. Discussing the prison where Michael would live, maybe a free video tour. It just didn't happen, poor pundits. The burning questions for me were this: Where were Liz Taylor, Diana Ross and Bubbles the Chimp? (Did the Chimp die?)

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Monday, June 13, 2005

Attic Quote of The Day!

Now, how do we treat these people? I sent down yesterday for the menu from Guantanamo so that the average American could understand how we're brutalizing people in Guantanamo, and I've got it right here. For Sunday, they're going to be having -- let me see -- orange glazed chicken, fresh fruit grupe, steamed peas and mushrooms, rice pilaf -- another form of torture for the hijackers. We treat them very well. If you go back to Sunday, it looks like it's honey-baked -- or lemon-baked fish as an entree. And if you look at the food and you also look at the list that has been prepared for the Armed Services Committee which lists abuses of the -- a way that you can abuse a prisoner, feeding them the food that we feed our soldiers, that is, the MREs, which is the new C-rations, is considered actually to be a form of abuse, something probably the manufacturers of C-rations or the new rations don't agree with.

~Duncan Hunter
U.S. Representative (R-CA)

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Sunday, June 12, 2005

Attic Knave of The Day!

On comments about Wrigley Field, Home of the Chicago Cubs. "It's kinda like playing in the weeds out there."

~Joe Morgan
Former 2nd Baseman
Cincinnati Reds
ESPN Color Commentator
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There was "Shoeless Joe Jackson" and now we have "Clueless Joe Morgan." If Mr. Morgan doesn't like the national shrine known as Wrigley Field, pristine and weed free as ever, he should stay out!

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Small College Professor, Big Viet Cong Sympathizer

Ben Stein comments in "The American Spectator" on an article by a University of Albany professor who takes glory unto a spy who helped young Americans die in Vietnam. Stein aptly states: "I am not sure how many mothers or fathers or children or widows of Vietnam war casualties read the New Yorker. I am not sure if anyone who edited the piece -- and it is edited well, although utterly without moral input -- had friends or family who fought there (such as my late father in law, Col. Dale Denman, Jr.). But how insulting, how insulting must an article like this be to them. How insulting it is to us all: to lavish praise on a man who helped kill our fellow Americans, to describe him in endearing terms, to try to make him seem like a kindly uncle."

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Saturday, June 11, 2005

Attic Quote of The Day!

"In the face of such danger, free nations must move decisively to defend ourselves against attack, yet we also understand that this war cannot be won on the defensive. In this new era, all civilized nations have a duty — we must defeat the terrorists and we must not allow them to obtain weapons of mass murder."

~Dick Cheney
Vice-President
United States of America

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Friday, June 10, 2005

Attic Knave of The Day!

"I think we all understand what's happening with you all, the right wing has got the agenda moving. Fox and everybody's got the agenda. It's all about Howard Dean. You've bought into it."

~Richard Durbin
Senator (D-IL)

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Ground Zero Memorial - Updated Info

The Attic has written reports on issues and far-left liberal agendas concerning the Ground Zero 9/11 memorial below in two separate posts. I am following this closely, here are two websites related to the cause of keeping the memorial on track and related to 9/11 and not prescribed Liberal causes. TakeBackTheMemorial and WTCMemorialFoundation. Do your part in keeping this memorial focused and on target!

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Arianna Huffington and the Liberal Cause

It is sometimes said, 'This can only happen in America." The reference is about the limitless opportunity we have as citizens with liberty and freedom to choose. Our ability to speak and write freely, take risks as entrepreneurs and educate ourselves the way we wish. Americans have decision making power if we choose to use it. Last evening I happened upon an interview with Arianna Huffington and Fox's Bill O' Reilly. It took some intestinal fortitude for me since I am not particularly comfortable with either person. Huffington is a perfect example of a "Liberal Mouthpiece" repeating the mantra of abuse and torture, of closing down prisions such as Abu Grabib and Guantanamo Bay except to quote and defend Amnesty International. Huffington can't site any specific examples of abuse or torture beyond what has already been documented, but she thinks prisons such as Attica or Leavenworth are better places for terrorist detainees. Does Ms. Huffington believe American prisons are "Country Clubs" and abuse is non-existent? Does she believe we are better off mixing the general prison population with terrorist detainees who have fought to kill Americans, in mass when possible? Does she want the rich, unemployed Republicans to pay for the prisoner transfer and set up costs? When asked the hard questions Liberals like Huffington cannot come up with solutions or ideas, they stomp their feet, cry like babies and want our fight on terrorism to go away along with Conservative thought. Ms. Huffington went to Cambridge and has an M.A. in Economics. I went to Northwestern University, have an MBA with emphasis on Economics and years of entrepreneural experience. Ms. Huffington and I are worlds apart on what we believe makes America tick. I come from blue collar stock, Ms. Huffington is from Greece and resided in England. The difference must be I was able to differentiate the Liberal bias at Northwestern while she was comfortably nurtured in European socialist ideals. It sunk in all too well! Huffington's web site mentions her Presidency in the Cambridge Union debating society. I challenge Ms. Huffington to debate me, on radio or TV so I may provide her real world lessons of economics, free markets and suffocating government regulations. She sputtered with O'Reilly, she would drown in front of me. Only in America can the Liberals like Huffington spew their socialist mantra and not be put in prison, tortured or liquidated. Only in America!

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Thursday, June 09, 2005

Too Funny!

A group of protesters organized by MoveOn.org has gone to the office of Michigan Republican Congressman Mike Rogers in Lansing to denounce his ties to embattled House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. According to the Lansing City Pulse newspaper, the 20 or so protesters carried documents detailing financial contributions between the two Republicans — including a $20,000 campaign donation from DeLay to Rogers — and a petition signed by more than a thousand voters in Rogers' Michigan district, demanding he cut ties with DeLay. But they had the wrong man. MoveOn meant to target Republican Congressman Mike Rogers of Alabama, not Republican Congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan.

Oops!

Source: Brit Hume, FoxNews

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Pay Back Time for Germany

The Bush administration has again rebuffed Germany's effort to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice relayed the U.S. position in private to the German foreign minister, Joschka Fischer, on Wednesday, suggesting that expansion of the Security Council was secondary in importance to other changes in the United Nations, such as streamlining management.

Auf Wiedersehen Mr. Schroeder!

Source: Chicago Tribune

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Attic Knave of The Day!

"In a modern democracy, the debate is not between the liberal and the social, it is between immobilism and action. Solidarity and initiative, protection and daring: that is the French genius."

~Dominique de Villepin
French Prime Minister
xxx
Attic Side Note: This quote also falls into the "most ridiculous and delusional" column. "French Genius, Democracy?" Mr. Villepin exudes the arrogance and sham we are so familiar with coming out of France. Further, doesn't liberal equate to social(ism)?
xxx
Bon Appetit!

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International Freedom Center Responds

The Attic first reported that the International Freedom Center has it's own agenda for the 9/11 memorial at "Ground Zero." In today's Wall Street Journal (OP-ED), Richard J. Tofel, President of The IFC, puts his own spin on why and what the memorial should stand for. Mr. Tofel begins describing the infrastructure of the memorial and performs some PR for the IFC. Tofel states, "First, of course, the World Trade Center site must include a fitting and powerful memorial. And so it will. Michael Arad and Peter Walker's "Reflecting Absence" will transform the footprints of both of the Towers into "voids," each nearly an acre in size, and including perhaps the largest continuous man-made waterfalls in the world, surrounded by a veritable forest in the middle of the nation's third-largest business district. The Memorial will dominate the site, and provide its soul. Then there will be the Memorial Center, a museum devoted to the events of September 11 itself, with exhibit space roughly equal in size to that at the International Freedom Center. The Memorial Center will tell the stories of the day -- of heroism and sacrifice, of rescue and service, of courage and resolution, of memory and loss. It is the Memorial Center that will contain the iconic artifacts of September 11." Tofel explains, "the International Freedom Center's building will serve as a buffer between the sacred Memorial. The International Freedom Center's building will serve as a buffer between the sacred Memorial. Does this buffer include a left-wing agenda? Mr. Tofel describes the waterfalls and forest but never specifically addresses what was described in our original blog as "human rights failures." Tofel asks why some question an "institution" completely sidestepping the blogoshere's discussion, which is the IFC agenda and it's powerful left-wing contingency. Tofel discusses hope, tragedy and the rise above politics. He discusses Gettysburg and quotes Lincoln but never talks about American failures, indiscretions, slavery or abuse to Native Americans, something that Ms. Burlingame says is part of the IFC memorial theme. Conservative bloggers everywhere must continue the dialogue, and yes, question the hidden agenda of the International Freedom Center. As the NY Post states, "We also don't see how any facility located on the ashes of the World Trade Center can include anyone who uses the 9/11 attacks as a political battering ram. America has done more to advance the cause of freedom than any other nation on earth. And nothing less than an unambiguous celebration of American values will be appropriate for this memorial." The International Freedom Center was selected by the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. to be at the 9/11 memorial, and the chairman of the LMDC is John Whitehead (212-962-2300). The LMDC board was appointed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (311 in NYC or 212-NEW-YORK outside NYC) and New York Governor George Pataki (518-474-8390).

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Attic Quote of The Day!

"It is precisely the same cognitive dissonance that allowed the Democratic Party to nominate John Kerry and John Edwards - combined net worth, about $1 billion - to bash the rich, bemoan the split of the "two Americas" and beat up on George and Dick for being pals of the rich. When the rich, or those profiting from the rich, condemn other, less enlightened rich people, skin crawls. And many Americans - to the chagrin of Democrats, Marxists and Europeans - tend not to begrudge the rich and hyper-rich their riches. Johns Kerry and Edwards did bash the rich a lot, and it flopped. It flopped partly because Americans who are not rich simply do not have a European-style, class base resentment. Americans aspire to being rich. That's the American way. But the '04 Democratic rhetoric also flopped because the guys spewing looked like such phonies; they weren't just rich, they were richer than the Republicans: they were hyper-rich."

~Dick Meyer
Editorial Director
CBSNews.com

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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Hack This!

A Briton wanted in the United States for what U.S. authorities call the biggest successful hacking effort against American military computer networks was freed on bail Wednesday after a court appearance. The court heard allegations that Gary McKinnon, 39, illegally accessed 97 U.S. government computers between February 2001 and March 2002, causing $700,000 in damages. U.S. officials said two years ago that no classified material was obtained. McKinnon's lawyer, Karen Todner, confirmed a published report that McKinnon was motivated by a desire to expose the ease with which a civilian could breach government computer systems and by a strong conviction that the U.S. government was concealing evidence of UFOs. This sounds like one for Fox Mulder and the X-Files!

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Attic Quote of The Day!

"A Senate tradition called the 'hold,' by which an individual Senator can delay indefinitely a Presidential nomination. It's an abuse of the Constitution's advice-and-consent power, and the Senate would be better off without it."

Op-Ed
xxx
Without the "hold" what would Senate Democrats have to hold onto, Howard Dean?

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Attic Knave of The Day!

"The U.S. continues to suffer terrible embarrassment and a blow to our reputation ... because of reports concerning abuses of prisoners in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo."

~Jimmy Carter
Peanut Farmer, Carpenter & Socialist
xxx
Knave Carter should not rely on allegations via "reports" from his pals in the anti-American international community including the MSM.

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This Took A Study?

The SITE Institute, a respected counter-terrorism organization, claims only 9 percent of suicide bombings sponsored in Iraq by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi are conducted by native Iraqis.

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Look Who's Coming to Supper?

A man's leg and part of his torso dropped out of the wheel well of a jetliner near Kennedy Airport and plunged into a Foral Park, NY, suburban neighborhood Tuesday, coming to rest in a home's backyard. The flying body parts made for a ghastly discovery for Pam Hearne, who heard "a loud crash" and later was stunned to see a foot clad in an Adidas sneaker and a sock in the middle of her lawn. The leg and torso dented the shingled roof of her garage. The flight originated in Johannesburg, South Africa and made one stop in Senegal. So much for border control.

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California Dreamin' in Pakistan

Dateline Sacramento, California: Federal authorities arrested a father and son after the younger man allegedly acknowledged that he attended an Al Qaeda camp in Pakistan to learn "how to kill Americans." Hamid Hayat and his father, Umer Hayat, 47, were arrested over the weekend on charges of lying to federal agents. Umer Hayat was charged in the complaint with lying about his son's involvement and his own financing of the terror camp. The detained men are both U.S. citizens. The elder Hayat just returned from Pakistan where he built a new home and contributed financial assistance to an al-Qaida sponsored program training his son and others to kill Americans whenever and wherever they can be found. Here is the kicker. Hayat's attorney, Johnny Griffin III, called the allegations "shocking" but said his client "is charged with nothing more than lying to an agent." Didn't Martha Stewart do time at "Camp Cupcake" for lying to Federal agents? The Attic always supports Father/Son bonding and mutual participation in activities that will help pursue their interests. Maybe fishing would have been a better choice instead of armaments and target practice. Might we suggest "Take Me Fishing"

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Senate Democrats Visit Proctologist

Senate Democrats jumped on a bus to visit an Army proctologist at Walter Reed Hospital to have their "Judicial Filibuster" removed so the business of up or down votes can now take place for Janice R. Brown and other Bush judicial nominees. The pathetic creatures, aka elected officials, needed special attention to this "delicate" issue before the nuclear option of using a suppository was needed.

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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

NY "Ground Zero" Memorial - Liberals in Charge!

Today's Wall Street Journal "Letters" section has a very disturbing column written by Debra Burlingame, sister of Charles F. "Chic" Burlingame III, pilot of American Airlines fight 77, which was crashed at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Ms. Burlingame is also a member of the board of directors of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation. Ms. Burlingame writes the principal tenant (300,000 sq.ft.), International Freedom Center (IFC) has a memorial theme, not so much about 9/11 but about human rights failures, but featuring Native American abuse, the Jim Crow South, Chinese dissindents, Chilean refugees, the Third Reich and so on. Following is a list of the predominant players of the socialist left:

  • Tom Bernstein, activist lawyer, and member of Human Rights First. joined by the American Civil Liberties Union, that filed a lawsuit three months ago against Donald Rumsfeld on behalf of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Michael Posner, executive director at Human Rights First who is leading the world-wide "Stop Torture Now" campaign focused entirely on the U.S. military. He has stated that Mr. Rumsfeld's refusal to resign in the wake of the Abu Ghraib scandal is "irresponsible and dishonorable."
  • Anthony Romero, executive director of the ACLU, who is pushing IFC organizers for exhibits that showcase how civil liberties in this country have been curtailed since September 11.
  • Eric Foner, radical-left history professor at Columbia University who, even as the bodies were being pulled out of a smoldering Ground Zero, wrote, "I'm not sure which is more frightening: the horror that engulfed New York City or the apocalyptic rhetoric emanating daily from the White House." This is the same man who participated in a "teach-in" at Columbia to protest the Iraq war, during which a colleague exhorted students with, "The only true heroes are those who find ways to defeat the U.S. military," and called for "a million Mogadishus."
  • George Soros, billionaire founder of Open Society Institute, the nonprofit foundation that helps fund Human Rights First and is an early contributor to the IFC. Mr. Soros has stated that the pictures of Abu Ghraib "hit us the same way as the terrorist attack itself."
Commenting on the IFC's misguided memorial theme, Ms. Burlingame aptly asserts, "This is a history all should know and learn, but dispensing it over the ashes of Ground Zero is like creating a Museum of Tolerance over the sunken graves of the USS Arizona." A list of "power players" influencing this project is frightening.

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Attic Knave of The Day!

The honor goes to Ceci Connelly of the Washington Post and occasional panel guest on Brit Hume's Fox News broadcast. Liberals like Connelly enjoy spewing out unsubstantiated statements and then smirk, unchallenged, without providing any material facts. While discussing the outrageous claims of Amnesty International concerning Guantanamo Bay and Abu Grabib, Connelly asserts: Connelly: "There have been many homicides of prisoners." Brit Hume: "How many?" Connelly: "I believe close to 100." Brit Hume: "A hundred murders?" Connelly: "Homicides around the world. In Afghanistan. In Iraq. That have come through Pentagon investigations." This was left completely unchallenged. I was upset and swearing at the TV, while Fred Barnes and Brit Hume sat there giving Connelly a pass. She had the dumbest smirk on her face, looking straight into the camera, knowing she just got away with a big fat indiscretion.

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Monday, June 06, 2005

Attic Quote of The Day!

"The critics have never accepted that the mass murder of civilians by non-uniformed combatants requires special detention or military-justice practices. The Pentagon could close Guantanamo tomorrow, and the critics would quickly find other anti-terror policies to deplore: military commissions, or the 'rendition' of terror suspects to third countries, or interrogation techniques, or something else. Their goal is to accord terrorists the same legal protections as everyday criminals."

Op-Ed

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Attic Knave of The Day!

xxx "Republicans, I guess, can do that because a lot of them have never made an honest living in their lives."

~Howard Dean
DNC Chairman
xxx
Dean is a Socialist, what does he know about honest?

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Sunday, June 05, 2005

Amnesty International and Terrorist Rights

This week we took note of Amnesty International's Secretary General, Irene Kahn, and her flagrant comments about the U.S. Military and Guantanamo Bay, referring to it as a Gulag. Today on FoxNews Sunday, Chris Wallace did a superb job cornering William Shulz, Director of Amnesty Intl. USA. Shulz wanted to change the subject and not answer the tough questions. Primarily he could not adequately defend statements concerning Kahn. What does this group of nobody's stand for? This is their mission: "Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights. AI’s vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. In pursuit of this vision, AI’s mission is to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights." Unfortunately Kahn's statement and Shulz defense cannot substantiate their claim of abuse, torture or using the term Gulag. Reading further into the mission statement we find: "AI is independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion." Wallace asked Shulz about his political donations and Shulz looked trapped like cat who swallowed the canary. Shulz admitted, reluctantly, that he donated the maximum $2,000 to John Kerry for President, and has contributed $1,000 to Ted Kennedy for Senate. No political idealogy??? What we have is more international and national Bush bashing, socialist ideals, hidden behind organizational fronts. Kahn likes to be photographed with children and women from Afghanistan forgetting why these people are now free to vote, become educated and not free persecution and execution in soccer stadiums. Do they think the executioners who hide behind hoods deserve human rights while being legitimately held in jail and interrogated? Let us clear up some definitions: Gulag -

- A network of forced labor camps in the former Soviet Union. - A forced labor camp or prison, especially for political dissidents. - A place or situation of great suffering and hardship, likened to the atmosphere in a prison system or a forced labor camp.

Amnesty -

A general pardon granted by a government, especially for political offenses. To grant a general pardon to.

Maybe we should ask if Canada will take the prisoners like they did draft dodgers. These organization freeloaders should remember the American taxpayer, the U.S. Government and foremost, the U.S. Military are doing the heavy lifting on the war on terror. We don't anwer to these whiners, naysayers and pundits who would never get their hands dirty or drop their own blood for freedom around the world.

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Friday, June 03, 2005

Attic Knave of The Day!

"2002, the retail industry in this country spent $13.5 billion telling us what to buy, and we must have been listening, because in 2003 we spent nearly $8 trillion on all kinds of crap. That's right trillion. How insane is that? … We buy almost twice as much crap as our nearest competitor, Japan. We spend more on ourselves than the entire gross national product of any nation in the world."

~Morgan Spurlock
Author: Don't Eat This Book
Movie Producer: Super Size Me
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Mr. Spurlock is capitalizing on renouncing capitalism, therefore, he is a "Supersized Hypocrit." If people want to quit consuming, it's their choice. Obesity is not McDonald's fault, that problem lies with the fat ass consumer who is a glutton. Ronald McDonald is not forcing a Big Mac down your throat, it's an individual choice.

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Thursday, June 02, 2005

Chris Matthews..Liberal Hack...Hee Hawwww!!

Chris Matthews of MSNBC's "Hardball" called those who have criticized Mr. W. Marc Felt, aka Deep Throat, "hacks and flacks," whereas reporters "are looking for the truth" and can be trusted. No wonder MSNBC resides in the ratings cesspool!

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Attic Knave(s) of The Day!

W. Marc Felt and Daughter Joan As his daughter, Joan, waved her father's hand toward the assembled reporters, Mr. Felt said, in a strangley falsetto voice, "I'm a man of honor -- a true American hero. I deserve the money that Bob Woodward was going to get for revealing my identity." Joan Felt, the faithful daughter at his side, said, "My father is not motivated by greed, but only by honor and duty to country." This about sour grapes, belated glory seeking and of course, MONEY!

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Attic Quote of The Day!

"For the major media, Watergate was the "good war," in which purely heroic reporters brought down the thoroughly villainous Richard Nixon. So the belated revelation that W. Mark Felt was 'Deep Throat' is being cheered by the press establishment - even if those cheers sound a bit like last gasps."

~Jim Pinkerton
Newsday

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Freedom of Speech vs. Freedom of Religion

Our society is becoming very sensitive when it comes to expressing religious or moral values. However, in an effort to suppress one freedom, the naysayers wish to suppress another, namely, Freedom of Speech. In one instance Timothy Shortell of Brooklyn College made some statements on religion and is being branded as anti-religious. His article, Religion and Morality is quite good and provokes considerable thought. An Air Force cadet, Wing Commander Nicholas Jurewicz, sent an e-mail with religious themes based on Christianity and has created a firestorm. The Air Force Academy has been under investigation because of complaints that evangelical Christians have harassed cadets who do not share their faith, in violation of the constitutional separation of church and state. Fundamentalists of religion wish to aggressively promote their beliefs to anyone who is in shouting distance, regardless of their belief system, but protest when anyone has a different point of view. Sorry folks, you can't have religious freedom without freedom of speech. Suppressing ideas and thought in favor of religious zeal is how terrorists think and kill in the name of religious fervor. Our constitution is the "sum of its parts" not to be dissected to suit ones own beliefs or thought process.

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Show Me The Money!

The family of W. Mark Felt, the former FBI official whose alter ego as Deep Throat has been revealed, appears ready to cash in on his newfound fame. Felt's family stands to reap a huge financial windfall, according to literary agents, who estimated Wednesday that a book deal could be worth up to $1 million. "We could make at least enough money to pay some bills like the debt I've run up for the kids' education. Let's do it for the family," stated Felt's daughter Joan. As the Attic stated yesterday, Felt became a Washington Post "source" because he was passed up as successor to Hoover at the FBI. Felt's responsibility was to use judicial means to expose a crime, not clandestine meetings with a reporter. Felt kept quiet for years, suddenly his relatives wish to exploit his so-called fame for their benefit. Felt's most famous words to Bob Woodward were, "Follow the money." Seems his family is doing just that!

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Democrats...er Liberals...er uh Progressives

What are they??? Democrats, Liberals, Progressives. They are a party without a plan, an identity and a name. This bunch of misfits meet in Washington D.C. to have a three day "brainstorming" meeting mainly to denounce Republicans, Conservatives and of course, George W. Bush. History, when told accurately, tells a different story about the term Progressives, the chosen title of this far left wing of the Democratic Party. FDR, and his "New Dealers" were "Progressives." This was a name used to sweeten their true identity, which was "Socialists." Anti-business, anti-employer, pro-tax, pro-union, pro-government control, anti-capitalism, anti-free markets..............Anti-American! The American Heritage Dictionary describes "Progressive" as this: pro·gres·sive (pr-grs v)

  1. Moving forward; advancing
  2. Proceeding in steps; continuing steadily by increments: progressive change
  3. Promoting or favoring progress toward better conditions or new policies, ideas, or methods: a progressive politician; progressive business leadership.

Anyone with an ounce of education and political knowledge knows Democrats don't qualify for the above definitions in a positive sense. However, Heritage is closer to the real Liberal ideals further into their list.

Increasing in rate as the taxable amount increases: a progressive income tax.

Liberals always progress in thought and ideals with their mantra of increasing taxes, spend like hell, widen government control with the citizens money. The so-called Progressives of FDR prolonged the Great Depression, increased unemployment and defined business as the "Great Enemy" of society. Progressives of the 20's and 30's looked at the Marxist society of Russia as a model for economic reform. The name of their conference is "Take Back America 2005."

Take us where? Back to 1935 and economic reform of the New Deal Socialists? George W. Bush talks of an "ownership society" where individuals control their own destiny. Progressives believe ownership society is where government owns everything, controls society and prevents individual thought. Progressives long for '1984' and Orwellian thinking. The correct definition of progessive is "Communist."

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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Attic Quote of The Day!

"As a former high school teacher…I could teach a class for a few weeks and then have a pretty good idea which kids had fathers in their lives and which ones didn't. I had few discipline problems…but I always knew that there was one truly effective way to get an errant boy to change his ways--call his dad and explain…that he needs to leave work and come to the school to talk to me about his son's behavior. It was 100 percent effective."

~Glenn Stacks
Radio Talk Show Host

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Massachusett's Liberals Learning "Fathers Rights"

A determined father in Massachusetts has delivered an early Father's Day gift to non-custodial parents, the overwhelming majority of whom are dads. Dr. Henry M. Fassler has successfully contested a 1998 Massachusetts law that requires a non-custodial parent to have court certification as a non-batterer on a yearly basis before he (or she) is allowed access to their children's school records. The school system currently views all non-custodial parents as guilty of battery until proven innocent. But all that is going to change. Specifically Dr. Fassler wanted to see the academic class list for his 17-year-old daughter Lindsay, who had asked him for help. No charge or complaint had ever been filed against Fassler; he is on good terms with his ex-wife and children. The government cannot stand between parent and child when no evidence of abuse is present. As this blogger well knows, gender-biased laws, activist judges and poor lawyering are the best advocates for excluding Father's from their childrens lives. Further, State's Rights are crucial in a democracy but state's laws cannot be allowed to override Federal laws and Constitutional authority. See "Attic Quote of the Day" above. Source: FoxNews

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"Deep Throat" No Hero

W. Mark Felt, former No. 2, at the FBI has finally come clean, he was apparently "Deep Throat" and fed Woodward and Bernstein of the Washington Post information on the Watergate scandal through clandenstine meetings and phone calls. Felt's family thinks he is a hero, they are delusional and uninformed. In addition, it has been suggested money is a motivation to have Felt come clean in his waning years at age 91. Lets be clear, Felt was bypassed to become FBI Director after Hoover. Felt was convicted in the 1970's for authorizing illegal break-ins at homes of people associated with the radical Weather Underground. He was pardoned by President Reagan in 1981. An official of the government, especially of such high rank, should not have been leaking information to reporters. Felt lied about his involvement in his autobiography. Any FBI agent with information concerning a crime should have reported this in a manner which would have brought indictments through a grand jury but Felt ignored protocol and good judgement. In fact, his acts were probably punishable by law at the time. The Felt family should understand "Great American Hero's" are serving the United States in the military today, they are not leaking secrets about the President of the United States to the press or breaking into homes of American cititzens without proper authorization.

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More Judicial Abuse

New York Attorney General, Elliot Spitzer continues his politically motivated fishing expedition, this time charting his boat into Federal jurisdiction. Mr. Spitzer is attempting to expand his powers by casting bait into the territory of the Federal Reserve and Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). Mr. Spitzer is an "out of control" AG setting one more example of judicial abuse of power. Spitzter is currently trying to override bank laws put in place in 1864 separating state and federal authority. Legislators who crafted the National Bank Act in 1864 designed it specifically to keep state politicians like Mr. Spitzer from undermining national banks. The law clearly states that national banks are not subject to "visitation", meaning examination, inspection, enforcement or regulation, other than by federal authorities.

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Abuse of Discretion

Thomas Jefferson warned that judges, always eager to expand their own jurisdiction, would "twist and shape" the Constitution "as an artist shapes a ball of wax." U.S. District Judge Melinda Harmon, on June 14, 2002, handed the prosecution a significant victory, ruling that jurors don't have to agree on who at the firm obstructed justice as long as each juror believes someone did. The ruling meant the jurors could disagree on which Andersen employee destroyed Enron-related documents as long as all of them think someone "acted knowingly and with corrupt intent." The ruling removed a stumbling block for a jury that earlier in the week told the judge it was deadlocked. Judge Harmon denied a defense motion for a mistrial and adjourned the case for the day. Yesterday, in a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the 2002 criminal conviction that doomed accounting giant Arthur Andersen LLP, a ruling that won't revive the nearly defunct firm. However, this was simply a "Post Execution" triumph for Anderson. The 89-year-old firm, once an illustrious U.S. company that at its peak employed 28,000 (85,000 worldwide), lost its licenses to practice and today employs just 200 people who mainly handle the remaining lawsuits against the firm. Abuse of discretion occurs when a court does not apply the correct law or if it bases its decision on a clearly erroneous finding of a material fact. A court may also abuse its discretion when the record contains no evidence to support its decision. Abuse of discretion is one of the reasons a court of appeals may use to reverse the trial court judgment. A judge may be found to commit an abuse of discretion by not allowing an important witness to testify, making improper comments that might influence a jury, showing bias, or making rulings on evidence that deny a person a chance to tell his or her side of the matter.

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