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

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Our Quality U.S. Military Troops

John Kerry has been denouncing the U.S. Military Troops this week as written about here but the Heritage Foundation presents a study which demonstrate our troops are the best in many ways. While Kerry makes idiotic and disparaging "jokes" at the expense of our military forces here is what the very extensive study says.
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Over the past three years, the quality of recruits to the U.S. military has improved, a finding contrary to the conventional wisdom that troop quality has declined.
xxx “Those who have been so quick to suggest that today’s wartime recruits represent lesser quality, lower standards, or lower class should be expected make an airtight case,” Tim Kane writes. “Instead, they have cited selective evidence, which is balanced by a much clearer set of evidence showing improving troop quality.”
xxx Kane’s analysis considers the household income, level of education, race and ethnicity, and regional origin of military recruits.
xxx “U.S. military recruits are more similar than dissimilar to the American youth population,” Kane finds. “The slight dif­ferences are that wartime U.S. mil­itary enlistees are better educated, wealthier, and more rural on aver­age than their civilian peers.”
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John Kerry Is A Disgrace - One More Time

"You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq." ~John Kerry - Oct. 30, 2006
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Happy Halloween from John Kerry. He is a disgrace all by himself and I'm so sick of the MSM telling us how "decorated" Kerry is, and what a "war hero" Kerry is.
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John Kerry is nothing if he is not a treasonous coward and liar of the utmost proportions. He condemned U.S. troops during Vietnam and post-Vietnam. Kerry is joining his Liberal ilk to insult our troops during the war in Iraq.
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The only thing Kerry is consistent about is his disdain for anything military and being two-faced about everything else.
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Here are some thoughts on the latest Kerry comments:
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American Legion:
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INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 31 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The National Commander of The American Legion called on Sen. John Kerry to apologize for suggesting that American troops in Iraq are uneducated.
xxx "As a constituent of Senator Kerry's I am disappointed. As leader of The American Legion, I am outraged," said National Commander Paul A. Morin. "A generation ago, Sen. Kerry slandered his comrades in Vietnam by saying that they were rapists and murderers. It wasn't true then and his warped view of today's heroes isn't true now."
xxx While addressing a group of college students at a campaign rally in Pasadena, CA., Monday, Kerry suggested that they receive an education or "if you don't, you'll get stuck in Iraq."
xxx "While The American Legion shares the senator's appreciation for education, the troops in Iraq represent the most sophisticated, technologically superior military that the world has ever seen," Morin said. "I think there is a thing or two that they could teach most college professors and campus elitists about the way the world works.
xxx "And while we are on the topic of education, why doesn't the senator and his comrades in Congress improve the GI Bill so all of today's military members - reserves and guard included - can achieve the educational aspirations that the senator so highly values?" Morin said. "The senator's false and outrageous attack was over-the-top and he should apologize now."
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John McCain:
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"Senator Kerry owes an apology to the many thousands of Americans serving in Iraq, who answered their country's call because they are patriots and not because of any deficiencies in their education. Americans from all backgrounds, well off and less fortunate, with high school diplomas and graduate degrees, take seriously their duty to our country, and risk their lives today to defend the rest of us in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.
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They all deserve our respect and deepest gratitude for their service. The suggestion that only the least educated Americans would agree to serve in the military and fight in Iraq, is an insult to every soldier serving in combat, and should deeply offend any American with an ounce of appreciation for what they suffer and risk so that the rest of us can sleep more comfortably at night. Without them, we wouldn't live in a country where people securely possess all their God-given rights, including the right to express insensitive, ill-considered and uninformed remarks."
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The White House:
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"Senator Kerry not only owes an apology to those who are serving, but also to the families of those who've given their lives in this," White House press secretary Tony Snow said. "This is an absolute insult."
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Kerry Post-Comments:
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“Let me make it crystal clear, as crystal clear as I know how,” Kerry said. “I apologize to no one for my criticism of the President and his broken policy. If anyone owes our troops in the fields an apology, it is the president and his failed team.”
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Kerry then admitted “my statement yesterday, and the White House knows this full well, was a botched joke about the president and the president’s people, not about the troops.”
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Once again the tragic Kerry drum beats on:

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Political Trick or Treat

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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Democrats and Appeasement

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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Moonbat of the Week Award!

Mohamed ElBaradei
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Director General
United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency
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Not only is Mr. ElBaradei a Moonbat he is disingenuous and deceitful. While he job is to report facts on nuclear proliferation, especially in Iran and North Korea, he has decided to provide advise and lessons to the U.S. State Department and Condoleeza Rice.
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Mr. ElBaradei's advice? "I don't think sanctions work as a penalty." ElBaradei continued that North Korea is testing nuclear devices because, "they feel isolated, they feel they are not getting the security they need."
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In reference to Iran Mr. ElBaradei has a change of heart. "the jury is still out on whether they are developing a nuclear weapon." However, he was quite certain that "at the end of the day, we have to bite the bullet and talk to North Korea and Iran," he proclaims.
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Mr. ElBaradei has lost his objectivity and impartiality, something absolutely necessary in his job, which is fact finding, not providing advice or opinion.
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Mr. ElBaradei's IAEA removed Chris Charlier, its chief weapons' inspector for Iran, after Mr. Charlier said publicly that he thought the Iranians were intent on building a nuclear weapon.
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Instead of practicing diplomacy ElBaradei should do his job and point out the failures of rogue regimes, i.e. Iran and North Korea, instead of publicly advising the U.S. Secretary of State.

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Friday, October 27, 2006

I Thee Wed....er....I Take This Man....er

Breitbart reports former Gov. James McGreevey, who resigned after acknowledging a gay affair, said he would tie the knot with his partner if state lawmakers decide to allow gay marriage. xxx "Marriage would offer the ability to bless our relationship in a committed way," McGreevey, 49, told The New York Times.

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McGreevey's comments followed a New Jersey state Supreme Court ruling Wednesday that same-sex couples must be given the same rights as married people. The court left it up to the Legislature to decide whether to extend those rights under the structure of marriage or something else.
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Some gay-rights advocates said the decision didn't go far enough. McGreevey, who told The Associated Press last month that he had publicly opposed gay marriage while in office as a way to keep his homosexuality hidden, hailed the ruling.
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"I applaud the court's courage," McGreevey told the AP. "I regret not having had the fortitude to embrace this right during my tenure as governor."
The former governor stepped down in 2004 after announcing he was gay.
McGreevey now lives with Mark O'Donnell, a 43-year-old Australian businessman. Before they could marry, the former governor would have to finalize his divorce from his second wife.
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McGreevey applauds the court's courage? Activist Judges once again legislating from the bench. More good reasons to seek out conservatives to elect and govern. When does the New Jersey constituency wake up?

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Jim Webb and His October Surprise

Payback isn't usually flattering but when the facts are in writing it's difficult to hide from the truth. Jim Webb, Democrats candidate to unseat Republican George Allen in Virginia, has gotten his October surprise.
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Drudge reports on a late Thursday press release exposing Webb's fictional writing in books authored by Webb and for his reaction to the Navy's Tailhook Association scandal, in which women were assaulted at a Las Vegas convention in 1991.
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– Lost Soldiers: “A shirtless man walked toward them along a mud pathway. His muscles were young and hard, but his face was devastated with wrinkles. His eyes were so red that they appeared to be burned by fire. A naked boy ran happily toward him from a little plot of dirt. The man grabbed his young son in his arms, turned him upside down, and put the boy’s penis in his mouth.”
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– Something to Die For: "Fogarty . . . watch[ed] a naked young stripper do the splits over a banana. She stood back up, her face smiling proudly and her round breasts glistening from a spotlight in the dim bar, and left the banana on the bar, cut in four equal sections by the muscles of her vagina."
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– A Country Such as This: "[He] could see Jawbone and Ashley Asthmatic [two guards at a Vietnamese prison camp] napping together in the grass. They faced inward, their arms entwined. It looked like they were masturbating each other. It didn't surprise him. … It was common to see men holding hands, embracing, playing with each other. Some of them [the guards] had wanted him. He could tell in those evanescent moments between his bao cao bow, the obligatory deference when a guard entered his cell, and the first word or blow that followed it… Quick, grinding voices, turgid with repressed passion. An exploratory reaching of the hand near his groin…”
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A 1979 article Webb wrote in Washingtonian magazine called "Women Can't Fight." Webb said women are unfit to lead male troops. He said their presence at the academy had spawned promiscuity and turned a dormitory with 4,000 men and 300 women into "a horny woman's dream."
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A 1992 New York Times article in which Webb said, "A botched internal investigation and the ongoing revelations of inexcusable harassment of women . . . have also left in their wake a witch hunt that threatens to swamp the entire naval service."
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The "Tailhook debacle has been seized upon and used by feminists to attack the military culture and bring about major concessions."
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The Webb campaign is out doing damage control but how do you keep the truth out of the public eye. Webb, who served as President Ronald Reagan's Navy secretary, is being insincere now by seeming to repent on his essays. As an author he displays his continued sexist attitude and demeaning of women.

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Belgians Get "Gored"

Crazy Al Gore was stumping his environmentally safe movie "An Inconvenient Truth" in Belgium recently and so impressed was their parliament they named a new tax package after him.
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When Belgians come to realize what has happened we suppose global warming will be wrapped around the heat coming from their increase blood pressure.
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The new tax would penalize users of aluminum or plastic and give them incentives to switch to paper or cardboard, whose production releases less CO2 into the atmosphere. The details have yet to be worked out, but the idea is for milk sold in a plastic bottle to cost more than milk sold in a cardboard container. This scheme would apply to all products contained in similar packaging.
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Can you imagine drinking your favorite soft drink from a cardboard box? Tasty!
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Speaking of global warming how about that snow storm in Colorado leaving 3 feet of snow in its path? Tax that! Another October surprise.

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Thursday, October 26, 2006

FairTax Blogburst (Homework Included)

By Jonathan of Publius Rendezvous With this heated election approaching faster than one could imagine, we thought it would be a time to throw the FT BB into the debates to see where each of our respective candidates reside in these matters. We have grown fast and have expanded further than Terry and I anticipated in such a short time, which should prove to be interesting as we will hopefully see. Since we have members of numerous states, and numerous districts of the House of Representatives, let us see where the incumbents and their challengers reside when it comes to the Fair Tax.
xxx This is where Terry and I ask for a small Homework assignment, but Terry and I will be participating, as well..... What we shall do is send a letter to each of the respective campaigns for the district you reside asking them how they feel in regards to the Fair Tax. It can be something as simple as an e-mail, and you can tell them that the Fair Tax BlogBurst will be curious to see their answers....that way, when we hear back from them, we can all report for our readers where these individual candidates stand.
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We have provided a form letter below, so feel free to borrow this letter and use it/modify it for your convenience. Readers of the FT BB, we encourage you to do the very same and send either Terry or I an e-mail and let us know what they have to say. This should prove interesting, and should prove to be informative for voters, as well.
xxx Good Luck! Here is a valuable resource to look up the individual e-mail addresses of your Representatives. Sample letter to Congress: The Fair Tax Act, a nonpartisan bill (rewrite this to be your letter) [Date] The Honorable [First and Last name of congressman or senator] United States [House of Representatives or Senate] Washington, D.C. 20510 Re: The FairTax replaces the current tax system. Dear [Congressman or Senator Last name]: The Fair Tax Act, a nonpartisan bill sponsored by Representative Your Representative (XX) and Senator Your Senator (XX), removes the burden of the income tax and other federal income-based taxes. The current tax system is incomprehensible. It is beyond reform. It simply has to go.
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The Fair Tax Act replaces the current tax system with a national consumption tax that:
  • Allows Americans to keep 100 percent of their paychecks, pensions, and Social Security payments.
  • Provides a prepaid, monthly rebate for every registered household.
  • Allows families to save more for home ownership, education, and retirement.
  • Raises the same amount of money for the federal government.
  • Makes American products more competitive overseas.

I urge you to heed the vast majority of voters who will surely support you if you are seen as responsible for passage of this historical tax reform measure. As a constituent, I would like to know where you stand on the FairTax.

Sincerely, Your Constituent [Name] [Address] [City, State ZIP] [Phone number] The FairTax Blogburst is jointly produced by Terry of The Right Track Blog and Jonathan of Publius Rendezvous. If you would like to host the weekly postings on your blog, please e-mail Terry. You will be added to our mailing list and blogroll.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

When Great Friends Part

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

What Would A Democratic Congress Look Like?

Let's not pretend having the Democrats in power will be good for America. The spend mongers will make the earmark Republicans look like misers or the Scrooge at Christmas.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has promised that election of a Democratic House would insure a rollback of the current Bush tax cuts.
  • Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY), would be chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. Mr. Rangel voted against the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts and the bill that later extended the tax cuts until 2010. In September Mr. Rangel said that he "cannot think of one" Bush tax cut he would agree to renew."
  • Social Security revamping and privatization would be dead on arrival. The Democratic National Committee's "6-Point Plan for 2006" puts it in writing.
  • Democrats like to talk about energy independence yet they are on record as against any off shore drilling or drawing oil and gas from ANWAR.
  • Democrats have promised to eliminate the $18 billion the oil companies now get in various business tax deductions, which will serve as an increase in taxes to these companies. Who do Democrats believe will endure the cost of this? It will show up at the gas pump most certainly.
  • John Murtha wants our troops out of Iraq immediately and Charles Rangel wishes to quit funding our troops.
  • Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) would become the Government Reform Committee chairman, and believes domestic terrorist surveillance is illegal. Ninety percent of House Democrats opposed the terrorist surveillance program, and 80% voted against the recent terrorist interrogation legislation. Feel safer now?
  • Representative John Conyers (D-MI), who would become chairman of the Judiciary Committee and has already said he would seek impeachment of President Bush.
  • Nancy Pelosi has said she would like to put Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida in charge of the House Intelligence Committee. As a federal judge, Hastings was impeached in the House by a 413-3 vote, and removed from the bench by the Senate for bribery, corruption, and perjury. Rep. Hastings would lead the oversight of America's anti-terrorism policies.

I blame Republicans for doing a horrible job when they had an opportunity to achieve great things. The candidates may get removed at the ballot box but Americans will suffer the consequences of their stupidity. Democrats in power will make our economy sputter and we will become less safe.

In addition, while consumer spending drops, unemployment will rise. These are the effects of tax and spend mentality, especially when groups of small business owners, who Liberals feel are rich and must pay up. Democrats will demand higher minimum wages, providing pay raises not authorized by employers. This too will cause a rise in unemployment.

While Democrats spend cash out of the Social Security pool, system bankruptcy will be ensure. Sure I see doom and gloom with a Liberal in charge. The 90's boom was everything about technology and entrepreneurs not the Clinton administration or their fiscal policy.

The current economy is about tax cuts, especially to business owners who reinvest, create jobs and insure people. Small business will suffer and the trickle down effect will ripple across the country. Haste makes waste, so be careful when voting. Going left may mean no turning back.

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Monday, October 23, 2006

The Democrats Had A Plan - Only for Winning Congress

Democrats only recently allowed us a peak into their plans if they win control of the U.S. Congress, it's not pretty. But don't fear, Democrats were busy planning victory. Power and control, it's all they care about. Here is some proof:
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Republicans are three steps from a November shellacking _ each a grim possibility if habitually divided Democrats get their acts together.
xxx First step: Voters must focus on the national landscape on Nov. 7 rather than local issues and personalities that usually dominate midterm elections.
xxx That would sting Republicans, who trail badly in national polls.
xxx Second step: Voters must be so angry at Washington and politics in general that an anti-incumbent, throw-the-bums-out mentality sweeps the nation.
xxx That would wound Republicans, the majority party.
xxx Third step: Americans must view the elections as a referendum on President Bush and the GOP-led Congress, siding with Democrats in a symbolic vote against the Iraq war, rising gas prices, economic insecurity and the nagging sense that the nation is on the wrong track.
xxx That would destroy Republicans, sweeping them from power in one or both chambers and making Bush a lame duck.
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When was this Associated Press piece written? May 29, 2006. The attack dogs from the left were grinding their bone well beyond this however. It's all they have to do.

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Spin City - The Sequel

Michael J. Fox has entered the political ad venues with a piece out of St. Louis concerning stem cell research and why he supports Democratic candidate Claire McCaskill while criticizing incumbent Republican Senator Jim Talent.

Unfortunately Mr. Fox thinks he's still on the sit-com Spin City while not necessarily checking the facts on federal funding for stem cell research. If you suffer from a disease one might feel one way, as Mr. Fox does, but they shouldn't receive a free pass based on political rhetoric.

The debate, pros and cons can be found in this Time article, The Great Debate Over Stem Cell Research. You can get views forever. Moral vs. Scientific, the part Mr. Fox and Democrats never mention, is that research is ongoing and we are only talking about federal funding, which requires tax dollars from people who opose funding it. Opposition is considerable and that should be considered.

Science should be required to provide substantive evidence that federal funding is necessary to extend research. They should also provide evidence this in no way causes the taking of human life with medical support.

A nice spin ad on stem cell research is great theater but slimy politics. Mr. Fox shouldn't have lowered himself to get into the political fray.

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Sunday, October 22, 2006

I'm Mad As Hell.........Therefore

Ask yourself what a vote for a Democrat is worth. Is it worth a Majority Leader Harry Reid, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Chairman Charlie Rangle or Majority Leader John Murtha? These are not options!
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Ask yourself if the Iraqi Government should stand up or get out. Ask yourself if the Iraqi Government is feckless and controlled by terrorist clerics. Ask yourself if its time to cut and run. It's not an option!
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Watch the video below, then write or call your Representative and Senator. Tell them to get on board with the brave men and women in the Armed Forces. Ask them to demand victory in the Middle East and that the Iraqi government and Liberal ilk defend democracy and quit using Iraq as a domestic political tool. Victory for the terrorists is not an option!
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Tell the politicians that cutting off funding, leaving a job unfinished are not options. Tell them a weak government in Iraq and tool of the terrorists is no longer an option. Demand victory now. Remove the terrorist clerics and feckless leaders in Iraq. Use the tools at our disposal to stop the militias and clean up the corruption in Iraq. Walking away is not an option!
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Tell the gutless whiners from Middle Eastern web sites to get in the fight for freedom, put down their keyboard and start defending their homeland from foreign insurgents, terrorist clerics and corrupt government officials. It's your country start fighting for it. Waiting for the U.S. to save you is not an option!
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Now watch the entire 8.5 minute movie and tribute. Is that too much to ask? Then please...........on election day, don't stay away from the voting booth. If you must, hold your nose and but by all means vote Republican. Democrats controlling the United States government is not an option!

Hat Tip: iAmericanRight

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Poll Watching....Barron's Disagrees - Buying the Election

The pundits are spewing out poll information as if it were the gospel of each election, yet we have an equal chance of predicting a horse race, maybe better if solid analysis of the current racing form is applied.
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Barron's Online, based on its own historical data, is bullish on Republicans keeping both houses of Congress this election cycle. Here is what Barron's has to say:
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Based on a race-by-race examination of campaign-finance data -- suggests that the GOP will hang on to both chambers, at least nominally. We expect the Republican majority in the House to fall by eight seats, to 224 of the chamber's 435. At the very worst, our analysis suggests, the party's loss could be as large as 14 seats, leaving a one-seat majority. But that is still a far cry from the 20-seat loss some are predicting. In the Senate, with 100 seats, we see the GOP winding up with 52, down three.
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We studied every single race -- all 435 House seats and 33 in the Senate -- and based our predictions about the outcome in almost every race on which candidate had the largest campaign war chest, a sign of superior grass-roots support. We ignore the polls.
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Is our method reliable? It certainly has been in the past. Using it in the 2002 and 2004 congressional races, we bucked conventional wisdom and correctly predicted GOP gains both years. Look at House races back to 1972 and you'll find the candidate with the most money has won about 93% of the time. And that's closer to 98% in more recent years, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Polls can be far less reliable. Remember, they all but declared John Kerry president on Election Day 2004.
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Tracking each candidate's funding is "exceptionally valuable because it tells you who has support," says William Morgan, executive director of the renowned Mid-West Political Science Association in Bloomington, Ind. The cognoscenti, he says, give the most money to the candidate they believe has a good chance of winning.
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There are plenty of naysayers and numbers to demonstrate Barron's is too bullish on the election outcome. We believe Republican retention of a majority in both houses will be based on huge grass roots efforts, an advertising blitz and willingness of Republicans to put aside their differences, hold their noses, and vote Republican. It's alot to depend on.
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One week ago Liberally Conservative provided its own perspective in Will Money Bail Out the Republicans. We contend money is not a free pass to election victory.

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What Democrats Will Do for You!

The Democrat Agenda?
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In light of ongoing Democrat criticisms of the Republican legislative agenda, the following is an abridged list of actual bills that have been introduced by House Democrats this or last year. Justice for the Unprotected against Sexually Transmitted Infections among the Confined and Exposed Act (JUSTICE) Act (Lee, D-CA)—H.R. 6083. Requires community organizations to be allowed to distribute sexual barrier protection devices (e.g. condoms) in federal prisons. Also prohibits a federal prison from taking adverse action against a prisoner who possesses or uses a sexual barrier protection device. Crack-Cocaine Equitable Sentencing Act (Rangel, D-NY)—H.R. 2456. Eliminates the mandatory minimum sentence for crack-cocaine convictions. Tupac Shakur Records Release Act of 2006 (McKinney, D-GA)—H.R. 4968. Enshrines copies of government records concerning rapper Tupac Shakur in a specially created collection at the National Archives. Antibullying Campaign Act (Nadler, D-NY)—H.R. 3787. Creates a new federal grant program aimed at reducing bullying in public schools “based on any distinguishing characteristic of an individual.” To provide for coverage under the Medicare and Medicaid Programs of incontinence undergarments (Frank, D-MA)—H.R. 1052. Makes adult diapers a covered item under Medicare and Medicaid. Gas Stamp Act (McDermott, D-WA)—H.R. 3712. Creates billions of dollars in gas stamps each year for people to get free gas, to be distributed to those already eligible for food stamps. States’ Rights to Medical Marijuana Act (Frank, D-MA)—H.R. 2087. Allows physicians in states with medical marijuana laws to prescribe marijuana without violating federal law. Ex-Offenders Voting Rights Act (Rangel, D-NY)—H.R. 663. Allows those convicts who are just out of prison to vote. Department of Peace and Nonviolence Act (Kucinich, D-OH)—H.R. 3760. Establishes a U.S. Department of Peace and Nonviolence, as well as a Peace Day. The department would promote “human rights,” international conflict prevention, nonviolent intervention, structured mediation, and peaceful conflict resolution. National Health Insurance Act (Dingell, D-MI)—H.R. 15. Institutes a new 5% value-added tax on property and services and creates a board to oversee payment to any individual for medical services not covered by Medicare. Freedom of Choice Act (Nadler, D-NY)—H.R. 5151. Creates a right to unrestricted pre-viability abortions, and late terms abortions for the life and health of the mother. End the War in Iraq Act (McGovern, D-MA)—H.R. 4232. Defunds the War in Iraq, forcing immediate troop withdrawal. Public Interest Lawyer Assistance Relief Act (Andrews, D-NJ)—H.R. 1753. Forgives the law school debt for attorneys working for a tax-exempt organization or the government. A Living Wage, Jobs for All Act (Lee, D-CA)—H.R. 1050. Builds on and strengthens FDR’s “Economic Bill of Rights,” creating rights to “decent” jobs, income for individuals unable to work, a “decent” living for farmers, freedom from monopolies, “decent” housing, “adequate” health care, Social Security, education, work training, collective bargaining, a safe working environment, information on trends in pollution sources and products and processes that affect the well-being of workers throughout the world, voting, and personal security. The bill also requires the Attorney General to create a registry of all corporations convicted of violating state or federal law. Social Security Forever Act (Wexler, D-FL)—H.R. 2472. Imposes a new income tax on workers, employers, and self-employed businessmen to fund Social Security. Health Security for All Americans Act (Baldwin, D-WI)—H.R. 2133. Requires states to create programs to ensure universal health coverage, and allows states to force employers to pay for health insurance for their employees. Universal National Service Act (Rangel, D-NY)—H.R. 4752. Makes it an obligation of every U.S. citizen, and every other person residing in the U.S., between the ages of 18 and 42, to perform a two-year period of national service, either as a member of an active or reserve component of the armed forces or in a civilian capacity that promotes national defense. Living American Wage Act (Green, D-TX)—H.R. 5731. Mandates that the federal minimum wage be equal to or greater than 112% of the federal poverty threshold beginning in 2007, and states that the minimum wage should be revised every four years. Media Ownership Reform Act (Hinchey, D-NY)—H.R. 3302. Restricts ownership of radio and television stations, forcing some owners to divest their holdings, and regulates broadcast content. Universal Education Act (Kind, D-WI)—H.R. 3930. Creates a Universal Education Corporation that provides taxpayer dollars to foreign countries that enter into education reform agreements with the U.S. Medicare for All Act (Dingell, D-MI)—H.R. 4683. Increases taxes on workers and employers to offer to all citizens, and other individuals legally present in the U.S., Medicare benefits equivalent to the health care plans federal employees receive. Menu Education and Labeling Act (DeLauro, D-CT)—H.R. 5563. Regulates what certain restaurants must print on their menus. Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States regarding the right of all citizens of the United States to a public education of equal high quality (Jackson, D-IL)—H.J.Res. 29. Creates a constitutional right to equal public education. Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States regarding the right of citizens of the United States to health care of equal high quality (Jackson, D-IL)—H.J.Res. 30. Creates a constitutional right to equal health care. Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States respecting the right to decent, safe, sanitary, and affordable housing (Jackson, D-IL)—H.J.Res. 32 and Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States respecting the right to a home (Rangel, D-NY)—H.J.Res 40. Creates a constitutional right to housing. Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States respecting the right to full employment and balanced growth (Jackson, D-IL)—H.J.Res. 35. Creates a constitutional right to full employment.
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Marxist policy is alive and well among the left-wing nuts of the Democratic party.
xxx Take a very close look at key proposals, socialist ideas, anti-Freedom, anti-Free Market ideas, which tax select individuals, grow government controls and provides no impetus to new ideas. They actually wish to give attorney's debt relief and solidify abortions as a freedom of choice issue in all cases and suggest amending the Constitution at least four separate times.
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More democracies exist in the world than ever before, but left up to the Liberals in the United States Congress we would turn the foremost Democracy, the model of individual freedom, into a vast government state.
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Where do the Liberals plan on building the Gulags?
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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Moonbat of the Week Award!

Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)
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The woeful Senate Minority Leader is continuing his "end run" and spin control on his now infamous property deals. The Nevada Senator is "gambling" off the strip in hopes of escaping more scrutiny and closer examination of his personal "business", something he and his cohorts love discussing when it comes to Republicans.
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Mr. Reid collected a $1.1 million windfall on a Las Vegas land sale even though he hadn't personally owned the property for three years, property deeds show.
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The Nevada Democrat's deal was engineered by Jay Brown, a longtime friend and former casino lawyer whose name surfaced in a major political bribery trial this summer and in other prior organized crime investigations. He's never been charged with wrongdoing, except for a 1981 federal securities complaint that was settled out of court.
  • In 1998 when Reid bought undeveloped residential property on Las Vegas' booming outskirts for about $400,000. Reid bought one lot outright, and a second parcel jointly with Brown. One of the sellers was a developer who was benefiting from a government land swap that Reid supported.
  • In 2001, Reid sold the land for the same price to a limited liability corporation created by Brown. The senator didn't disclose the sale on his annual public ethics report or tell Congress he had any stake in Brown's company. He continued to report to Congress that he personally owned the land.
  • After getting local officials to rezone the property for a shopping center, Brown's company sold the land in 2004 to other developers and Reid took $1.1 million of the proceeds, nearly tripling the senator's investment. Reid reported it to Congress as a personal land sale.

The Reid denial began early on when he hung up the phone when questioned about the deal during an AP interview. Senate ethics rules require lawmakers to disclose on their annual ethics report all transactions involving investment properties, regardless of profit or loss, and to report any ownership stake in companies.

The Dirty Details:

Kent Cooper, who oversaw government disclosure reports for federal candidates for two decades in the Federal Election Commission, said Reid's failure to report the 2001 sale and his ties to Brown's company violated Senate rules.

Reid and his wife, Landra, personally signed the deeds selling their full interest in the property to Brown's company, Patrick Lane LLC, for the same $400,000 they paid in 1998, records show.

Despite the sale, Reid continued to report on his public ethics reports that he personally owned the land until it was sold again in His disclosure forms to Congress do not mention an interest in Patrick Lane or the company's role in the 2004 sale.

Reid isn't listed anywhere on Patrick Lane's corporate filings with Nevada, even though the land he sold accounted for three-quarters of the company's assets. Brown is listed as the company's manager.
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Brown sometimes paid a share of the local property taxes on the lot Reid owned outright between 1998 and 2001, while Reid sometimes paid more than his share of taxes on the second parcel they co-owned.
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Reid paid about 74 percent of the property taxes, slightly less than his actual 75.1 ownership stake, according to canceled checks kept at the local assessor's office. One year, the property tax payments were delinquent and resulted in a small penalty, the records show.
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Nevada land deeds show Reid and his wife first bought the property in January 1998 in a proposed subdivision created partly with federal lands transferred by the Interior Department to private developers.
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In the Zone or Out:
xxx Reid's two lots were never owned by the government, but the piece of land joining Reid's property to the street corner _ a key to the shopping center deal _ came from the government in 1994.
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In 1994, Reid wrote a letter with other Nevada lawmakers on behalf of Del Webb, and then met personally with a top federal land official in Nevada. That official claimed in media reports he felt pressured by the senator. Reid denied any pressure.
xxx The next year, Reid collected $18,000 in political donations from Del Webb's political action committee and employees. In December 1996, Reid wrote a second letter on behalf of Del Webb, urging Interior to answer the company's concerns. The deal came together in summer and fall 1997, with Perma-Bilt joining in.
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Clark County intended for the property Reid owned to be used solely for new housing, records show. Just days before Reid sold the parcels to Brown's company, Brown sought permission in May 2001 to rezone the properties so a shopping center could be built.
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Career zoning officials objected, saying the request was "inconsistent" with Clark County's master development plan. The town board in Spring Valley, where Reid's property was located, also voted 4-1 to reject the rezoning.
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Brown persisted. The Clark County zoning board followed by the Clark County Commission voted to overrule the recommendation and approve commercial zoning.
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With the rezoning granted, Patrick Lane pursued the shopping center deal. On Jan. 20, 2004, the company sold the property to developers for $1.6 million. Today, a multimillion dollar retail complex sits on the land.
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Time to Collect:
xxx On Jan. 21, 2004, Reid received more than $1.1 million of the sale proceeds. Reid disclosed the money the following year on his Senate ethics report as a personal sale of land, not mentioning Patrick Lane.
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Pardon My Denial:
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"Everything I did was transparent," Reid told a Las Vegas news conference after the AP story was published. "I paid all the taxes. Everything is fully disclosed to the ethics committee and everyone else. As I said, if there is some technical change that the ethics committee wants, I'll be happy to do that."
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Is it disclosed or not Harry? Technical change? Is he blaming the IT department? Should we send the Geek Squad?
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Reid's "Culture of Corruption":
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"The idea of Republicans reforming themselves is like asking John Gotti to clean up organized crime. I thought I’d seen the last of corruption when I helped clean up Las Vegas thirty years ago. But, while its not quite the mafia of Las Vegas in the 1970s, what is happening today in Washington is every bit as corrupt and the consequences for our country have been just as severe."
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Jay Brown, the longtime friend of Reid, is a former casino lawyer whose name surfaced in a major political bribery trial this summer and in other prior organized crime investigations, engineered Reid’s deal. He's never been charged with wrongdoing, except for a 1981 federal securities complaint that was settled out of court. Is Brown going to be Harry's "Jack Abramoff"?
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OOPS! It's funny how a Moonbat like Harry Reid sounds like a broken record only to find out that Harry may have broken a few laws. This story broke 10 days ago but Harry remains in total denial. Now that he's fumbled we hope the Republicans are smart enough to jump on the ball and score a political touchdown, at Reid's expense.

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Friday, October 20, 2006

Promoting Welfare "Reform" in Reverse

Some politicians and government agencies are all for rolling back welfare reform. So desperate to dish out freebies even the self-sufficient Amish are being solicitated as well as Latino's in Los Angeles. xxx Amish Oppose Receiving Government Assistance
xxx Two northeast Ohio counties are being ordered by the state to try to boost the number of Amish receiving food stamps.
xxx Geauga and Holmes counties plan to start advertising campaigns to encourage Amish to enroll in the subsidy program. Holmes may use a billboard to get the message out.
xxx State officials said it's important that the Amish know the benefit is available.
xxx But county officials question whether the effort is a waste of time and money. Amish oppose accepting government assistance.
xxx The head of the Geauga Department of Job and Family Services says no matter how much they do, the Amish won't sign up.
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Though it goes against the conventional wisdom of anti-illegal immigration supporters, those who enroll the poor in the federal food stamp program say they've struggled for years to get immigrant Latino families signed up.
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Now a Spanish-language news report and television ad campaign have spurred thousands of immigrants in Orange County over the last several weeks to contact a nonprofit organization that offers a Spanish-language class called "Food Stamps in Four Hours."
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"The Mexican man is macho. He doesn't want to come to this country and beg," said Alfonso Chavez, the Community Action Partnership's outreach coordinator. "I tell them this is a program that will help the children. The kids are American-born, and they have a right to this program."
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A Los Angeles County Department of Social Services task force is looking at ways to find eligible families to enroll. County workers have signed up families at food banks with only minor success."We recognize that people in Orange County are ahead of us," said task force member Bruce Rankin, the executive director of the Westside Food Bank in Los Angeles. "The rest of us in the state are looking at Orange County for ideas." Low participation, he said, "is a dilemma in the state."
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An American virtue of self-reliance is being ignored while non-profits and government agencies work like hell to make people wards of the state. This is one area Liberals can tout as their "moral authority"........Jesse Jackson style!

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Who's The Enemy in Iraq?

Yesterday I saw Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki greeting anti-American cleric Muqtada al Sadr. Next I saw a press conference with General William Caldwell who looked stumped as to why al-Maliki ordered the release of a prisoner wanted for murder. al-Maliki was busy negotiating with terrorist al-Sadr and gave in to his demands.
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To further the embarrassment of Iraq's feckless government the Shiite militia run by anti-American cleric Muqtada al Sadr seized control of the southern Iraqi city of Amarah.
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Who is running the "elected" government in Iraq? The clerics have too much power and it's a fact the word "democratic" government is a farce. al-Maliki is nothing more than a puppet for al-Sadr and al-Sistani.
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The latest headline from Iraq:
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The Mahdi Army fighters stormed three main police stations Friday morning, planting explosives that flattened the buildings, residents said. About 800 black-clad militiamen with Kalashnikov rifles and rocket-propelled grenades were patrolling city streets in commandeered police vehicles, eyewitnesses added. Other fighters set up roadblocks on routes into the city, and sound trucks circulated telling residents to stay indoors.
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If our forces are taking orders from al-Maliki and he is beholden to the clerics, it is in fact, time to either remove al-Sadr and al-Maliki or move our forces into nearby bases outside of Iraq and let the so-called Iraqi government have a wakeup call.

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Now You Can Die A Cub Fan and Take It With You

Forget 1969, forget 1984, forget 1989, forget 2003, forget the misery of being a part of Cub Nation! It's not bad enough to suffer endlessly from having the disease known as, "Diehard Cub Fan", I'm actually a Charter Member to the actual group.
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But now the Boston Globe reports we can take our loyalty and stupidity to the grave:
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Many crazed baseball fans have said they would die for a championship. But are they willing to take that devotion to the grave? Major League Baseball and a company that makes funeral products will soon find out just how many fans want to be decked out for all eternity in tribute to their team.
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Starting next season, fans of the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers will be able to have their ashes put in an urn or head six feet under in a casket emblazoned with their team colors and insignia. Yes the Cubs are on the first list! Life is Good.
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MLB has entered a licensing agreement with Eternal Image, which hopes to eventually make urns and caskets for all 30 teams. The company also hopes to have similar agreements with NASCAR, the NHL and the NFL, but baseball was the first to sign on.
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Can we also get live games piped in?

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Kim Jong Il has Seoul

I watched Condoleeza Rice and her South Korean counterpart have a new conference yesterday. It was odd how South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon walked in front of Ms. Rice on the way to the podiums, then rigidly motioned to her podium.
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That wasn't what stirred me however. South Korea is "talking tough" against North Korea but they are exempted to trade prizes with North Korea from their sanctions.
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Kaesong industrial park and Mt. Kumgang resort are the centerpieces of South Korea's "sunshine policy" of engagement with the North. They are also money machines for Kim Jong Il, contributing to the record $1 billion North-South trade last year.
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South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun said the two sites would be exempt from the new sanctions passed unanimously earlier by the U.N. Security Council.
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A free trade pact is currently being negotiated between South Korea and the United States. Apparently the South Koreans wish to prop up Kim Jong Il while, depend on the U.S. for protections and straddle the diplomatic fence.
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Today's Wall Street Journal reports South Korea has demanded that Kaesong products be included in the free trade pact. Jay Lefkowitz, U.S. envoy for human rights in North Korea, raised the issue in an April article for The Wall Street Journal Asia. Mr. Lefkowitz pointed to the exploitation of North Korean workers at Kaesong and noted that the industrial park provided a convenient channel for the South to funnel money to Pyongyang. South Korea responded by demanding that Mr. Lefkowitz be fired.
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Thirteen South Korean companies operate factories at Kaesong, employing 8,200 North Koreans to produce watches, clothes, shoes, plastic containers, electrical cords, car parts and other items. More companies plan to launch operations at Kaesong soon, with the aim of employing 730,000 Northerners by the end of 2012.
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This may seem like an economic success for the North, employing more of it's citizens. Official figures showing that Kaesong workers toiled an average of 54.9 hours a week last year and received an average of $64.40 a month -- a sum that fell to $42 after Pyongyang took its cut. Talk about minimum wage and slave labor!
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South Korea wants it both ways, free trade with the United States and North Korea. If South Korea wishes to openly deal with the U.S. and seek their protection from a nuclear North, they must certainly stop their form of a Kabuki dance with Kim Jong Il.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The Liberal's America

"With the rise of materialism, greed and corruption in American society, people want a return to a better sense of community--sort of a shared sacrifice, a return to the ethic of service and duty."
~John Halpin
Senior Fellow
Center for American Progress
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What is the "Center for American Progress" you ask. It's a Washington D.C. "think-tank", which supports liberal ideals and so-called "progressive" thinking from the left.
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I recently traveled through parts of Ohio, both North and South skipping most large cities. What was particularly interesting was all the farm land and grazing land, rural residences. Hundreds of miles of homes and small family businesses out of the way of the clamor of the Beltway and big cities.
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I thought out loud that people of the world, including many in this country don't really understand the makeup of America. If you work in a huge city, as I did in Chicago for years, one comes to think America resides only in the big city.
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Even with the movement out of big cities traditional rural America is thriving, small towns are thriving and the picture of America is much different than portrayed by the media and blind "think-tanks."
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So if Mr. Halpin and his ilk feel a statement about "a better sense of community" is a blanket opinion on America, Halpin should get in his car and travel America. In addition, when discussing "shared sacrifice, a return to the ethic of service and duty," Halpin should take his cohorts and visit military bases in Iraq. He might get a sense of reality in both cases.

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How Not to Take A Statistical Sampling

In early days of college we are forced to take mandatory courses as Sociology and Psychology and I still remember discussing taking random samples of the statistical nature, discussing sampling size, sampling group and validity.
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One must wonder why a "group", associated with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, had so much trouble adding up numbers of casuality numbers in Iraq where they claim 655,000 Iraqis have died as a result of the war. the figure is at odds, with numbers from several sources.
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Instead of a margin of error of plus or minus 3% - 5% the margin is closer to 1200%. Stephen Moore, a political consultant with Gorton Moore International, knows of such matters. Mr. Moore trained Iraqi researchers for the International Republican Institute from 2003 to 2004 and conducted survey research for the Coalition Forces from 2005 to 2006.
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Here is what Mr. Moore explains about the methods employed by John Hopkins group:
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The group employed cluster sampling for in-person interviews, which is the methodology that I and most researchers use in developing countries. However, the key to the validity of cluster sampling is to use enough cluster points. In their 2006 report, "Mortality after the 2003 invasion of Iraq: a cross-sectional sample survey," the Johns Hopkins team says it used 47 cluster points for their sample of 1,849 interviews. This is astonishing: I wouldn't survey a junior high school, no less an entire country, using only 47 cluster points.
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For its 2004 survey of Iraq, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) used 2,200 cluster points of 10 interviews each for a total sample of 21,688. A 2005 survey conducted by ABC News, Time magazine, the BBC, NHK and Der Spiegel used 135 cluster points with a sample size of 1,711 -- almost three times that of the Johns Hopkins team for 93% of the sample size.
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With so few cluster points, it is highly unlikely the Johns Hopkins survey is representative of the population in Iraq. However, there is a definitive method of establishing if it is. Recording the gender, age, education and other demographic characteristics of the respondents allows a researcher to compare his survey results to a known demographic instrument, such as a census.
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Dr. Les Roberts, one of the key authors in the Hopkins group said his team's surveyors did not ask demographic questions. In the 2006 Johns Hopkins study, nobody, according to Dr. Roberts, recorded demographic information for the living survey respondents. Without demographic information to assure a representative sample, there is no way anyone can prove -- or disprove -- that the Johns Hopkins estimate of Iraqi civilian deaths is accurate.
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We ask what other purpose the John Hopkins study serves, as it's released so close to an election? With numbers so blatantly out of the norm, we should believe this is one more "October Surprise" based on partisan fiction.
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Source: Wall Street Journal (Subscription)

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Monday, October 16, 2006

John Kerry Is Still A Dunce - Wind Sailing On His Mind

John Kerry appeared on FOXNews Sunday with Chris Wallace complete with a pancake laden face and shifty grin as Mr. Wallace played previous quotes of Kerry counterdicting himself again and again. Kerry remained inept and two-face as ever.
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Kerry who conveniently married for money twice and decorated himself as a "war hero", while aiding and abetting at least one "wound" in the buttocks he received, still believes he can be President and still believes he knows something about leadership.
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Because carry can't keep his eye on more than one ball at a time he believes the Bush administration can't either. Actually he believes our military is incapable of doing this too. Kerry confuses military strategy in one country with diplomatic strategy in another.
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Kerry believes because Osama bin Laden hasn't been captured the war on terror is a failure. Kerry now believes bilateral talks with North Korea is more important than six-party talks although during the last Presidential election Kerry beat the diplomacy drum and proclaimed we have distanced ourselves from allies and the U.N. Kerry defends Jimmy Carter, his great pal who kept Kerry from facing a dishonorable discharge from the Navy for his anti-war activities while still on active duty.
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Besides repeatedly using the word "failure" while discussing the Bush administration, Kerry enjoys telling what he would do. Kerry seldom shows up for a Senate vote, how could he do anything as Commander-in-Chief?
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Kerry Appeasement:
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I would do precisely — I would do precisely what I said for the last five years consistently, which is engage in bilateral, face-to-face negotiations with North Korea, make it absolutely clear to North Korea that we are not intending to invade and have a regime change, and work on the entire set of issues that are outstanding since the armistice with regard to the north.
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Kerry Blames America:
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One of the reasons that North Korea can misbehave the way it is today is because the United States has lost its leverage, lost its credibility and doesn't have the capacity to be able to bring countries together in the way that it used to. That's number one.
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Kerry Contradicts Himself:
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America is stronger. Our troops are safer. And our success is more certain when we build and lead strong alliances, not when we go it alone.
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Kerry Aligns with Republicans:
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Just as Ronald Reagan was prepared to go negotiate with the evil empire and come to an agreement with Gorbachev, we have to be prepared to go negotiate with North Korea, just as Nixon...was prepared to send Kissinger to China — the leverage of the stakes between the two nations.
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Eisenhower taught us this. I mean, Richard Nixon taught us this. By working through the diplomatic process and doing it in a legitimate way that builds you credibility, you bring people to your side so that if and when it comes to the moment of crisis, they're prepared to be with you. (Kerry isn't quite sure who did what.)
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Kerry Contradicts Himself (Part 2)
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Nations are not prepared to be with us today because this administration has broken faith with all of that kind of effort.
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When George W. Bush turned his back on diplomacy, Kim Jong Il turned back to making bombs, and the world is less safe today because a mad man has the Bush bomb.
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Kerry Blames America (Part 2)
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It's a bomb that has been developed because of the unwillingness of this administration to engage in opportunities that every expert says have been there all the time.
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And the fact is that they have so left people out of this process, so disregarded all the advice that they've been given, even their own advice in their administration, that they've now isolated themselves in the world.
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So I ask you, Chris, and I ask the president, where is the summitry? Where is the statesmanship? Where is the diplomatic effort similar to those we've seen in the past in American history to resolve those differences and end the civil war? (Diplomacy ended the civil war?)
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Kerry Contradicts Himself (Part 3)
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No. I was for the $87 billion if we paid for it and if we had a plan, and we voted on that in the Senate. And when the vote lost, then I voted against it because I thought it was a matter of conscience and principle. And I should have said that more clearly.
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Summary:

And the Beat Goes On!

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Sunday, October 15, 2006

Will Money Bail Out the Republicans

With a $55 million advantage in their war chest Republicans at the highest levels in the White House believe a blitz in the final three weeks before elections will "bail out" the candidates.
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How many chances does Karl Rove believe he has? Reports claim Rove and Co. believe retention of control in the House and Senate are not only probable but inevitable. Are they hanging out in the Rose Garden or the poppy fields of Afghanistan?
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The facts, regardless of the outcome, is Republican have squandered their political capital and embarrassed their base as well as the general constituency. The Iraq war is a dismal setting with Shite death squads and Sunni payback killing dozens on a daily basis. It's just not al-Qaeda anymore but civil strife with a corrupt government in place. If we continue the heavy lifting the Iraqi army will standby and watch.
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On the homefront the Republican scandals have mounted, enhancing the spending spree the so-called Conservatives have gone on in recent years. Irresponsibility has cost Republicans votes as much as Iraq. Earmarks have done harm while Democrats sit around and issue negative talking points, which are beginning to gain momentum because the scandal drum beat continues.
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It seems even "allegations" of a scandal are gaining traction along with the Mark Foley October surprise. He left Congress because it's an election year otherwise he would have stuck around in complete denial. The accusers have yet to prove the accuracy of reports if the "victims" were actually underage but the fact Foley was seeking out same sex relationships with male congressional pages is despicable.
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The embarrassment of irresponsibility has grown:
  • Jack A. Abramoff, lobbyist with deep Republican ties pled guilty on January 3, 2006, to three criminal felony counts in a Washington, D.C., federal court related to the defrauding of American Indian tribes and corruption of public officials. The following day, on January 4th, he pled guilty to two criminal felony counts in a Miami federal court related to fraudulent dealings with SunCruz Casinos
  • Rep. Tom Delay (R-TX) left the House because of partisan politics, probably false accusations but he could have been much more careful. Delay's ties to Jack Abramoff didn't help.
  • Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) admitted guilt in the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling investigation on charges of conspiracy and making false statements.
  • Rep. Randy Duke Cunningham (R-Ca) was sentenced to prison for accepting at least $2.4 million in bribes and underreporting his income for 2004. He pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud, and tax evasion.
  • Rep. Doolittle accepted campaign money from Abramoff, interceded on behalf of his clients and used the lobbyist's luxury sports box for a fundraiser without initially reporting it. In addition, Doolittle's wife and one of his former aides worked for the lobbyist.
  • Ralph Reed, the former Christian Coalition executive director, lost the Republican primary for Georgia's lieutenant governor after being tarred by his ties with Abramoff.
  • Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) accepted and returned $150,000 and pressured the Interior Department to award a $3 million grant to a wealthy Indian tribe that was an Abramoff client.
  • Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform with deep Republican ties, allegedly served as a "conduit" for funds that flowed from Abramoff's clients to surreptitiously finance grass-roots lobbying campaigns. A second group Norquist was involved with, the Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy, received about $500,000 in Abramoff client funds.
  • Michael Scanlon is a former communications director for Rep. Tom DeLay, lobbyist, and public relations executive plead guilty to corruption charges.

The list will probably grow and the embarrassment continue. Golf trips, paid vacations, private jets, dirty deals, promises of donations. The Democrats have avoided the downfall although many of them, including Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) have ties to Abramoff and have committed other indiscretions if not criminal acts.

Mark Foley's indiscretions have taken over the front page while the media and Democrats sniff the chum in the political waters and go on a feeding frenzy. The Foley scandal simply produces more ammunition to the already mounting scandal list that Republicans created for themselves.

The only thing besides a healthy war chest that can keep Nancy Pelosi out of the House Speakers chair is the reality setting into the Republican base. This fear alone may provide the impetus to get out the vote, despite an inept party who took political success and squandered it.

If Republicans stay in control of Congress will they have learned their lessons or will the next free trip to St. Andrews become too tempting?

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