Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Terror declines in Israel. Another Domino Falling?

Is this the mark of another domino falling as a result of the Good Guys' war on terror? Only time will tell. The war on terror is not likely to end with Osama waving a white flag and then cut to a commercial followed by some scenes from next week's show. Instead, it's news stories like this in seemingly small bits here and there overtime that will continue to mark the progress. These positive stories are unlikely to gain the attention of the left-lovin' liberal media. So if I don't tell you, how else will you know? :-)

WorldNetDaily: Here's shocker: Peace in Israel! -- June 29, 2004

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Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Viewer beware: In "Bowling for Columbine," Michael Moore once again puts distortions and contradictions before the truth

This is a review of Moore's last film 'Bowling for Columbine'. Although I have not yet viewed his latest creation (fabrication?), from most of the analysis I've read there's no reason to believe he's changed his spots.

Spinsanity - Viewer beware: In "Bowling for Columbine," Michael Moore once again puts distortions and contradictions before the truth

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The Untold 9/11 Story

How many times do we have to say it? George Bush never said there was a direct Iraq - 9/11 link. If you're touting 'Bush Lied!', "Bush said Saddam was in on 9/11" then you're repeating Democrat lies. The liberal media continues to repreat the lie rather than report the truth. Why?

The Untold 9/11 Story -- Monday, June 28, 2004

Michael Barone: The media joins the Big Lie game -- June 28, 2004

Clinton first linked al Qaeda to Saddam - The Washington Times: Nation/Politics - June 25, 2004

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OpinionJournal - THE ROE EFFECT: The Empty Cradle Will not Rock the Vote

I wrote this paragraph back in January prefacing the OpinionJournal piece below. Now comes an expanded article explaining 'The Roe Effect' in greater detail: The Empty Cradle Will Rock.


Democrats Kill Their Voters Jan 29, 2004

30 years of abortion on demand, primarily by Democrats -- or those who subscribe to their liberal ideology -- has taken its toll on their numbers. The demographics are showing a shortage of young would-be Democrat voters. Aw gee. I bet they didn't think of that way back then. My Mom, ever the optimist, God rest her soul, always said 'Nothing bad ever happens but what some good comes out of it.' Democrats support abortion on demand, claiming it is a right to kill off their unborn young. Now that "right" is biting them in the ass.

As the years pass and the "Roe effect" continues to evolve, those millions of voters that don't exist will be voting from their graves against the party and the ideology that killed them.

Larry Wright
Wrightclick.com


THE ROE EFFECT

The Empty Cradle Will Rock

How abortion is costing the Democrats voters--literally.

BY LARRY L. EASTLAND

Monday, June 28, 2004 12:01 a.m. EDT




OpinionJournalBY
JAMES TARANTO




Wednesday, January 28, 2004 11:01 a.m. EST
http://www.opinionjournal.com/best/?id=110004615

Roe v. Dean

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Saturday, June 26, 2004

Kudos to Judge William Young!

It couldn't have been said better by John Wayne or Dirty Harry. Judge William Young really put that clueless little perp-wannabe in his place.

But did you read or hear about this in the media? I didn't, and I read several online papers almost every day. A friend just sent a copy of this to me. I confirmed it at Snopes.com and found this CNN article.

Every American, every High Schooler should read the words Judge William Young said to this puny would-be mass killer. Read it now and Stand Tall. Be Proud to be an American!

CNN.com - Reid: 'I am at war with your country' - Jan. 31, 2003

Here is the text of the transcript located at that link. I wanted to preserve a copy here in case it disappears.


Reid: 'I am at war with your country'
Friday, January 31, 2003 Posted: 11:10 AM EST (1610 GMT)

Reid sentenced to life in prison

(CNN) – The following is a partial transcript of Thursday's court hearing in which Richard Reid was sentenced to life in prison for his confessed plan to try and blow up a jetliner with explosives he had hidden in his shoes. The exchange is between Reid and Judge William Young.


RICHARD REID: I start by praising Allah because life today is no good. I bear witness to this and he alone is right to be worshiped. And I bear witness that Muhammad Sa'laat Alayhi as-Salaam is his last prophet and messenger who is sent to all of mankind for guidance, with the sound guidance for everyone.

Concerning what the Court said? I admit, I admit my actions and I further, I further state that I done them.

JUDGE WILLIAM YOUNG: I didn't hear the last. I admit my actions and then what did you say?

REID: I further admit my allegiance to Osama bin Laden, to Islam, and to the religion of Allah. With regards to what you said about killing innocent people, I will say one thing. Your government has killed 2 million children in Iraq. If you want to think about something, against 2 million, I don't see no comparison.

Your government has sponsored the rape and torture of Muslims in the prisons of Egypt and Turkey and Syria and Jordan with their money and with their weapons. I don't know, see what I done as being equal to rape and to torture, or to the deaths of the two million children in Iraq.

So, for this reason, I think I ought not apologize for my actions. I am at war with your country. I'm at war with them not for personal reasons but because they have murdered more than, so many children and they have oppressed my religion and they have oppressed people for no reason except that they say we believe in Allah.

This is the only reason that America sponsors Egypt. It's the only reason they sponsor Turkey. It's the only reason they back Israel.

As far as the sentence is concerned, it's in your hand. Only really it is not even in your hand. It's in Allah's hand. I put my trust in Allah totally and I know that he will give victory to his religion. And he will give victory to those who believe and he will destroy those who wish to oppress the people because they believe in Allah.

So you can judge and I leave you to judge. And I don't mind. This is all I have to say. And I bear witness to Muhammad this is Allah's message.


Judge William Young: Mr. Richard C. Reid, hearken now to the sentence the Court imposes upon you.

On counts 1, 5 and 6 the Court sentences you to life in prison in the custody of the United States Attorney General. On counts 2, 3, 4 and 7, the Court sentences you to 20 years in prison on each count, the sentence on each count to run consecutive one with the other. That's 80 years.

On Count 8 the Court sentences you to the mandatory 30 years consecutive to the 80 years just imposed. The Court imposes upon you on each of the eight counts a fine of $250,000 for the aggregate fine of $2 million.

The Court accepts the government's recommendation with respect to restitution and orders restitution in the amount of $298.17 to Andre Bousquet and $5,784 to American Airlines.

The Court imposes upon you the $800 special assessment.

The Court imposes upon you five years supervised release simply because the law requires it. But the life sentences are real life sentences so I need not go any further.

This is the sentence that is provided for by our statutes. It is a fair and a just sentence. It is a righteous sentence. Let me explain this to you.

We are not afraid of any of your terrorist co-conspirators, Mr. Reid. We are Americans. We have been through the fire before. There is all too much war talk here. And I say that to everyone with the utmost respect.

Here in this court where we deal with individuals as individuals, and care for individuals as individuals, as human beings we reach out for justice.

You are not an enemy combatant. You are a terrorist. You are not a soldier in any war. You are a terrorist. To give you that reference, to call you a soldier gives you far too much stature. Whether it is the officers of government who do it or your attorney who does it, or that happens to be your view, you are a terrorist.

And we do not negotiate with terrorists. We do not treat with terrorists. We do not sign documents with terrorists.

We hunt them down one by one and bring them to justice.

So war talk is way out of line in this court. You're a big fellow. But you're not that big. You're no warrior. I know warriors. You are a terrorist. A species of criminal guilty of multiple attempted murders.

In a very real sense Trooper Santiago had it right when first you were taken off that plane and into custody and you wondered where the press and where the TV crews were and you said you're no big deal. You're no big deal.

What your counsel, what your able counsel and what the equally able United States attorneys have grappled with and what I have as honestly as I know how tried to grapple with, is why you did something so horrific. What was it that led you here to this courtroom today? I have listened respectfully to what you have to say. And I ask you to search your heart and ask yourself what sort of unfathomable hate led you to do what you are guilty and admit you are guilty of doing.

And I have an answer for you. It may not satisfy you. But as I search this entire record it comes as close to understanding as I know.

It seems to me you hate the one thing that to us is most precious. You hate our freedom. Our individual freedom. Our individual freedom to live as we choose, to come and go as we choose, to believe or not believe as we individually choose.

Here, in this society, the very winds carry freedom. They carry it everywhere from sea to shining sea. It is because we prize individual freedom so much that you are here in this beautiful courtroom. So that everyone can see, truly see that justice is administered fairly, individually, and discretely.

It is for freedom's seek that your lawyers are striving so vigorously on your behalf and have filed appeals, will go on in their, their representation of you before other judges. We care about it. Because we all know that the way we treat you, Mr. Reid, is the measure of our own liberties.

Make no mistake though. It is yet true that we will bear any burden; pay any price, to preserve our freedoms.

Look around this courtroom. Mark it well. The world is not going to long remember what you or I say here. Day after tomorrow it will be forgotten. But this, however, will long endure. Here, in this courtroom, and courtrooms all across America, the American people will gather to see that justice, individual justice, justice, not war, individual justice is in fact being done.

The very President of the United States through his officers will have to come into courtrooms and lay out evidence on which specific matters can be judged, and juries of citizens will gather to sit and judge that evidence democratically, to mold and shape and refine our sense of justice.

See that flag, Mr. Reid? That's the flag of the United States of America. That flag will fly there long after this is all forgotten. That flag still stands for freedom. You know it always will. Custody, Mr. Officer. Stand him down.


REID: That flag will be brought down on the Day of Judgment and you will see in front of your Lord and my Lord and then we will know. (Whereupon the defendant was removed from the courtroom.)

YOUNG: We'll recess. All rise.

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Are We Safer? Yes!

Bet your booties we are!

Count the number of would-be terrorists in this article who are in jail. Also, count the number of buildings/planes/trains that have been blown up in the U.S. since 9/11 (Hint: ZERO). So the next time someone says to you 'We're no safer' you can laugh at him or her for being so ignorant.

Andrew C. McCarthy on John Ashcroft & War on Terror on National Review Online -- June 21, 2004

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Friday, June 25, 2004

No IRAQ - Al Qaeda link, eh? BULL!

You know I'm getting tired of listening to the folks who just will not accept the facts. They keep ignoring the truth and continue to shout their mantra about how 'Bush Lied' to get us into an unnecessary war with Iraq.

Now it comes out that Clinton knew damn well there was linkage between Saddam and Bin Laden. WAKE UP, PEOPLE! Do you know why you don't know this? It's because if you watch the news at all, you're only watching the pablum-fed left-leaning news that will not tell you the whole truth.

Expland your mind and ye shall know the truth...

Clinton first linked al Qaeda to Saddam - The Washington Times: Nation/Politics - June 25, 2004

Even the Mouth of the Left, the New York Times finally prints some truth.

The New York Times > Washington > The Intelligence: Iraqis, Seeking Foes of Saudis, Contacted bin Laden, File Says -- June 25, 2004

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Thursday, June 24, 2004

Good summer reading for your kids

As Neal Boortz says: Looking for some good books to give your children to read this summer in order to de-program them from the leftist government school teachings?

Thomas Sowell has a list.

Thomas Sowell: Summer de-programming -- June 23, 2004

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Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Celsius 488.3? Moore of Same

Michael Moore's latest rant (a.k.a. "Fahrenheit 9/11") is due to hit movie theaters. Don't waste your time.

Un-Moored from Reality
From the July 5 / July 12, 2004 issue: Fahrenheit 9/11 connects dots that aren't there.
by Matt Labash
07/05/2004, Volume 009, Issue 41

Un-Moored from Reality

Slate.com is not exactly known to be an integral part of the 'extreme right-wing conspiracy'. This piece was written by a long time liberal.

Unfairenheit 9/11: The lies of Michael Moore.



Perhaps Mike should consider my title suggestion, since he has apparently ruffled Ray Bradbury's feathers, the author of the book titled 'Fahrenheit 451'. Bradbury called Moore 6 months ago to protest Moore's lifting the title and premise from his book, and Moore claims he 'forgot' to call Bradbury back ... until the movie was printed, in the can and ready to open, that is. Bradbury mentions in the article that he hopes he can avoid litigation, hoping to "shake hands and settle this as two gentlemen". Unfortunately, he's not dealing with a gentleman. I hope he sues his ass off.

'Fahrenheit 451' author challenges Moore


UPI: Analysis: 'Fahrenheit' ready for market

"After his film won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Moore told reporters his main wish was that it would motivate people to vote in the Nov. 2 presidential election. However, he recently told the New York Times he hoped the picture would be known as the first big-audience, election-year film that helped unseat a president."

What a piece of work this guy is. Talk about delusions of grandeur. No Mike, you're not going to unseat a president. You're just a pebble in the pond. No one with above average intelligence will be swayed by your propaganda.

Whatever it Takes

Moore's distributor is not even too proud to take terrorist-affiliated help in spreading this piece of garbage into the Arab world. If this does not border on -- or embody -- a treasonous act, what does? As the new lefty watchdog site, MediaMatters.org opined:

"From the United States Constitution: "Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court."

Well I'd say anyone who openly tries to work with the enemy to try to undermine the President, and try to sway public opinion against U.S. policy in a time of war, is certainly "adhering to their [our] enemies" and is "giving them Aid and Comfort." The result will be to embolden the terrorists and cause even more soldiers to be killed.

Ok that's one "witness", can I see a show of hands for another?

WorldNetDaily: Moore film distributor OK with terror support June 22, 2004

Thank GOD the Motion Picture Association of America gave it an 'R' rating, despite his efforts to get it rated as PG-13.

'Fahrenheit 9/11' R rating appeal fails


One final addition. This from last year...

Unmoored from Reality -- John Fund March 21, 2003

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Not Kerry, Not Now, Not Ever

How anyone with a functioning brain could ever consider voting for this guy is totally beyond my realm of comprehension. READ, people.

So let's recap... :: Cape Cod Common Sense :: Common Sense News & Opinion

Swift boat Veterans forTruth www.wintersoldier.com -

Swift Boat Veterans Tell Kerry to 'Cease and Desist' -- 06/02/2004



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Tuesday, June 08, 2004

So long, Mr. President

So long, Mr. President

Ronald Reagan was the greatest President of the 20th century. His vocal opposition to communism and the Soviet Empire ended in the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the end of the Cold War in which one super power could wage nuclear war against another. As Margaret Thatcher said, he headed off World War III without firing a shot.

"How do you tell a Communist?" Reagan asked in 1987. "Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin."

I'm proud to have been part of his military buildup in the 80's that ended the Cold War and defeated the Communist Empire. I worked at Martin Marietta from 1981-1993. President Reagan served from 1981 to 1989. I supported the computer labs that worked on projects such as the development of new Pershing missiles, Tomahawk cruise missiles, and even the Strategic Defense Initiative (called 'Star Wars' by the media), which was a plan to create a defensive shield from incoming nuclear missiles, essentially rendering their entire missile program useless. Oh, how they howled at that one.

On the home front, by lowering taxes he created the biggest economic expansion in America's history. And he proved that it's not big deficits that will ruin this country. It is big spending. Even today, the libs howl about the deficit and President Bush's tax cut (a paltry 3% cut), yet they say little about runaway spending being the problem.

Ronald Reagan believed solutions were to be found by the people, not the government. Freedom and liberty were paramount, not servitude (through high taxes) and Socialism (forced re-distribution of wealth).

"You and I are told we must choose between a left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man's age-old dream -- the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order -- or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. Regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would sacrifice freedom for security have embarked on this downward path. Plutarch warned, "The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits."

-- Ronald Reagan -October 27, 1964

Although George W. Bush may come close (Kerry is not even in the running), we will likely not see another President in my lifetime like Ronald Reagan, who held to the ideals and the spirit of the Founding Fathers, and who was willing to take action to preserve and to protect those ideals in a rapidly changing world.

"Some may try and tell us that this is the end of an era. But what they overlook is that in America every day is a new beginning, and every sunset is merely the latest milestone on a voyage that never ends. For this is the land that has never become, but is always in the act of becoming. Emerson was right: America is the Land of Tomorrows." -- Ronald Reagan

There's not a shed of doubt in my mind that my life, your life and the lives of tens of millions of others around the world is better thanks to Ronald Reagan. Except for the successful effort in Desert Storm to oust Saddam from Kuwait, George Bush Senior was a largely ineffective one-term president which, along with the Presidential run by Ross Perot in 1992, put Clinton in the driver's seat. Clinton coasted through, and claims credit for, the largest economic expansion in the history of the world. But it was all due to the Reagan policies put into place in the 80's.

Never let anyone re-write history for you. I've lived it. I know. I know what the 80's were like under Jimmy Carter, and then under Ronald Reagan. Believe me I'll take Reagan's policies every time.

So long, Mr. President. And Thank You. You will be missed. But your dream will be fulfilled. America will continue on its path of greatness. Its goal of personal freedom, liberty forall and the spirit of what the Founders called The Pursuit of Happiness will live on. As long as we never forget great Americans like you, Mr.President.

Larry



In the end, he outwitted them all
http://www.suntimes.com/output/osullivan/cst-edt-osul08.html


June 8, 2004

BY JOHN O'SULLIVAN

In summer 1987 I was invited to a dinner party while vacationing in Rome. The other guests, some American, some European, were mainly diplomats and international civil servants. Before long the conversation had veered round to Ronald Reagan. Those present were almost all either hostile or contemptuous toward him -- "an amiable dimwit . . . sleepwalking through crises . . . out-of-control deficits . . . reckless warmonger . . . prisoner of his own prejudices . . . waging an unwinnable arms race with the Soviets . . .'' And so on and so forth.

Before long, largely because I was then working in Margaret Thatcher's Downing Street, I found myself cast as chief counsel for the defense. Patiently I responded by pointing out that Reaganomics had led to ''the longest peacetime economic expansion in U.S. history.'' That was dismissed as the calm before the Slump.

But it was a defense of Reagan's foreign policy that aroused the most derisive and bitter opposition. The Soviet empire, I was told, was stable and increasingly prosperous. Reagan's ''confrontational'' approach was doomed to fail while risking a nuclear war. His arms buildup, including ''Star Wars,'' would bankrupt America before it even inconvenienced the Soviets.

Only one other person seemed unsure of these verities. He sat looking more and more uncomfortable as the other guests hooted at the claim that Reagan's economic, military and ideological competition with the Soviets was undermining their power in Europe. Eventually, he intervened with obvious reluctance: ''Well, I don't think much of Reagan either. But I have just come back from a tour of Eastern Europe. And everyone there says exactly what our Downing Street friend is saying. They all think Reagan is a hero and a great statesman. And they predict he will bring down the Soviet Union.''

For a moment it was The Perfect Squelch. The guests went quiet. And then the rationalizations, tentative at first but growing in confidence as one followed another, began to pour forth: ''Yes, doubtless some East Europeans did believe such things . . . that was understandable since they had only very limited information about the West . . . they had an exaggerated view of Reagan because the Kremlin's attacks had exaggerated his importance. . . the East's growing prosperity would gradually erase such discontent . . . Gorbachev's reforms would soon undercut Reagan . . . yes, Gorbachev offered real hope.''

Even at the time, these dismissals of Reagan and Reaganism should have struck well-informed people as transparently false. Only one year previously, dissident intellectuals from every East European country, inspired by Reagan, had signed a joint declaration calling for freedom and independence. It was an unprecedented act of defiance against Moscow.

In Poland a Western academic visitor was told the following joke: The Polish Communist Party is launching a recruitment drive -- with valuable prizes. If you recruit one person to join the party, you win a two-week vacation in New York. If you get five people to join, you are allowed to resign from the party yourself. And if you bring in 10 new recruits, you get a certificate stating that you had never been a member of it. What is even more significant is that the man telling the joke was a senior member of the Polish Politburo. By summer 1987 the signs of communist decay were all around -- and two years later they would bring the entire empire crashing down.

Reagan sensed all this. He could repeat anti-communist jokes by the bushel -- and he knew that jokes in a totalitarian society were the only permissible form of truth-telling.

Yet these sophisticated diplomats in Rome could not see what was in front of their noses. They were ''amiable dimwits . . . sleepwalking through crises.'' No -- that's not quite right. They were the ''prisoners of their own prejudices.'' In their case the prejudice that animated them was anti-anti-communism, which transformed itself effortlessly into anti-Reaganism. They did not want to believe that communism was both oppressive and declining since that would have made their policies of appeasement needless and shameful. They did not want Reagan to be right since that would mean they had been outsmarted by a dimwit and an icon to the great unwashed.

And they seized on Gorbachev as a way of denying Reagan or the West any credit for the liberation of half a continent -- not grasping, of course, that Gorbachev's reforms were made necessary by Reagan's ruthless military and economic competition. (In shorthand, without Reagan, no Gorbachev.)

My dinner party companions were not alone in these opinions. They were merely voicing the conventional wisdom of the foreign policy establishments, the political class, and the media elites on both sides of the Atlantic. Some in those circles went a great deal farther than merely sneering at Reagan. Vladimir Bukovsky, the great anti-Soviet dissident, later discovered in the archives of the Soviet Communist Party that a delegation of German social democrats had appealed to the Kremlin to crack down on Eastern Europe on the grounds that a Soviet collapse would weaken the left everywhere. (A false prediction, alas.)

Reagan did not stand entirely alone against these chic appeasers. Even an abbreviated list of his allies would have to include the pope, Margaret Thatcher, Helmut Kohl, some politicians whose staunch role is unappreciated outside their own countries such as Italy's Francesco Cossiga, dissidents of great courage such as Vaclav Havel and Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Western sovietologists like Robert Conquest and Richard Pipes, and the enslaved peoples of the Soviet bloc.

But Reagan was the leader of the free world. His leadership of this freedom coalition made all the difference. It meant that the power of the United States stood behind the striking shipbuilders of Gdansk, the ''velvet revolutionaries'' of Charter 88, and brave individuals like Andrei Sakharov in the very shadow of the Kremlin. And that ultimately enabled them to win.

In what will remain his best epitaph, Lady Thatcher said: ''President Reagan won the Cold War without firing a shot.'' He did so because he knew that the people on the other side of the barricades were his friends -- and ours. The diplomats have been calling him a lucky dimwit ever since.

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