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Platt Liebau - editorial director CaliforniaRepublic.org]
5:09 am [link]
Take Back: Yesterday, at a rally for Senator
Barbara Boxer in San Francisco, Hillary Clinton announced:
of you are well enough off that . . . the tax cuts may have
helped you. We're saying that for America to get back on track,
we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you.
We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common
some questions for Senator Boxer:
she agree with Hillary Clinton that tax cuts are something
that the government "gives" to the people? Does the
money belong to the government -- so that it's a gift when
taxes are cut, or does tax money belong to the people who pay
taxes from what they have earned?
she believe that the American people are children, who need
to have their own money "taken away" from them by
the likes of her and Hillary Clinton? Does she believe in Hillary
Clinton's formulation that it's a good thing for government
to "take away" some things from some people in order
to fulfill certain officials' vision of what constitutes "the
common good"? And how does she define "the common
ridiculous and outrageous quote.
Cucullu - author, columnist] 5:15
excellent columnist and scholar Daniel Pipes notes
below, diplomatic ties between the PLO and North Koreans
are progressing beyond the point of buying each other flowers.
This behavior is amusing at the level of stray dogs sniffing
respective hind ends, but worrisome when one considers
that one of the dogs is manufacturing dirty weapons or
full up nuclear bombs and the other is insane enough to
use them. We Americans have a culture that likes to categorize
people and organizations and assign exclusivity to each
category. In other words if someone is a North Korean terrorist
we would automatically think that person would not necessarily
interact with an Islamic fascist. The reality is that they
are working frantically together to hurt us. As the stakes
grow larger we must pay more attention to these connections,
as Pipes so accurately points out. We cannot afford to
allow ourselves to miss a critical threat simply because
it is out of the analytical box of our cultural norms.
These terrorists of all kinds have joined like a pack of
dogs. And they are looking hungrily at the West.
Platt Liebau - editorial
director CaliforniaRepublic.org] 7:02 pm [link]
to the Iraqis and to all the brave Coalition forces and leaders
who made this moment possible! Not only has sovereignty been
restored to the Iraq, but those who would have marred the handover
with terrorism have been thwarted. Let's all say a prayer for
Iraq, its people and its future.
. . can the press get over Vice President Cheney saying the "f-word" to
Patrick Leahy? The word came out in a private conversation
that was leaked to the press by Leahy or someone on his staff
(and remember -- Leahy has a "leaking" problem .
. . recall when he leaked classified Intelligence Committee
info to the press back in the late '80's?). The expletive wasn't
being used for publication by a struggling candidate to create
a macho effect, a la John Kerry in Rolling Stone. It was an
honest man objecting to attacks on his integrity by a human
weasel. Enough said.
Pipes - author, activist CRO contributor] 5:02
Palestinian Flowers to "Leader Kim Jong Il" For years, I have
a low-key interest in the Palestinian "diplomatic" representation abroad,
that ambitious effort to endow first a terrorist group (the PLO) and then a terrorist
authority (the PA) with the trappings of a legitimate state. I reported on one
personal encounter in 1993, "Dining
out with the PLO in Prague," where I noted "two oddities: that
the PLO should reach out to someone like me and that it should host such an elegant
and thoroughly bourgeois dinner party."
from Pyongyang, included the riveting fact that "Leader
Kim Jong Il received floral baskets and congratulatory letters
from the diplomatic corps and officials in charge of the
cultural and friendly relations of foreign embassies here
on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of his start of work
at the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea." Of
particular note is that "The floral basket and congratulatory
letter from the diplomatic corps here were conveyed to Foreign
Minister Paek Nam Sun by Palestinian Ambassador E. P. Shaher
Mohammed Abdlah who is doyen of the corps." How reassuring
to learn that things
may be an anarchic shambles at home, but in North Korea,
the Palestinian pretence to constitute a state is proceeding
ahead as ever.
- radio talk show host KTKZ -
Sacramento] 5:03 am [link]
Everyone: Hearing reports that a US Marine has been taken captive by
terrorists and they are threatening to behead him unless the US and Iraq government
had me wondering if the elite media might change their tune.
we treat these prisoners as POW’s according to the Geneva
Convention rules? Or should we treat them as enemy combatants,
being as tough as morally possible to get as much information
out of them before another innocent human being is beheaded
by Army of Islam slime.
review - we have three Turkish captives, one Pakistan captive
and now a US Marine, held by the terrorists in Iraq and Saudi
Arabia. They want PRISONERS that we have in PRISON freed -
I'll say again - they want their evil brethren released
or they will cut the heads off of innocent people. Do
you think those we are holding in prison are simple POW’s
or are they members of terrorism?
- into the opinion bin]
5:02 am [link]
radical liberal judiciary? The NY
Times mentions a Clinton appointee
Circuit, "In a way that occurred before but is rare in the United States,
somebody came to power as a result of the illegitimate acts of a legitimate institution
the right to put somebody in power," Judge [Guido] Calabresi told an annual
meeting of the American Constitution Society in Washington on Saturday, in remarks
that were first reported by The New York Sun. "That is what the Supreme
Court did in Bush v. Gore; it put somebody in power," he said, referring
to the decision that cleared the way for Mr. Bush to claim victory in the election.
// "The reason I emphasize that is because that is exactly what happened
when Mussolini was put in by the king of Italy," he said. "That is
what happened when Hindenburg put Hitler in." Oh, yeah... What about the
Florida Supreme Court that wrote new law to make sure that their guy Mr. Gore
would squeak by? So, bouncing out that kind of radical liberal judicary high-handedness
is equivalent to a fascistic grab for power? Hmmm... I wonder how his rulings
read? Probably not a whole lot different from our state’s lovely Stephen
Reinhardt’s on the 9th, eh?
Leonard, contributor, Member CA Board of Equalization] 5:13
Mississippi Bests California: Last week the Wall
Street Journal ran an
article describing Mississippi’s move out of the bottom slot for having
the worst business climate in the U.S. The article attributed this jump to the
state’s embrace of tort reform. The bad news for us is that for the past
several years, business magazines have listed California and Mississippi as having
the worst, or second-worst, business climates in the nation. Well, it appears
because of Mississippi’s reforms, California now has a virtual lock on
being the very worst. Yes, things seem to be getting a little better for Californians
as the economy improves. Nonetheless, all of us elected officials need to keep
this ignominious distinction in the front of our minds and get to work.
I never cease
to be amazed by the number of Democrat policymakers who ignore
the ranking of states. They really do not believe that businesspeople
make decisions based on public policy. They should all give
ear to something Senator Dick Ackerman reported this week.
He met with HP’s CEO, Carly Fiorina, recently. She told
him that she gives her corporate officers this direction about
how they should determine business expansion opportunities
or relocation decisions: anywhere but Germany, France or California.
That is not a list that we should be on.
DeVore - columnist] 5:02
Michael Moore’s Islamofascist Propaganda Machine: Premise - Mr. Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 plumbs new depths of national
self-loathing (he is an American, isn’t he?) and provides aid and
comfort to the
leftist Christopher Hitchens puts it, “To describe this
film as dishonest and demagogic would almost be to promote
those terms to the level of respectability… Fahrenheit
9/11 is a sinister exercise in moral frivolity, crudely
disguised as an exercise in seriousness. It is also a spectacle
of abject political cowardice masking itself as a demonstration
of ‘dissenting’ bravery.” (See: Slate)
goes on to suggest that Mr. Moore has the “…filmic
standards, if not exactly the filmic skills, of Sergei Eisenstein
or Leni Riefenstahl.”
me to thinking. Leni Riefenstahl. The infamously brilliant
German filmmaker, who, at 33, made the notorious Triumph of
the Will in 1935 – a “documentary” that promoted
Hitler’s new Germany. Perhaps Moore isn’t engaged
in self-loathing. Maybe he really is an agent for the Islamofascists
who seek to impose a new world order, complete with public
beheadings and progressive attitudes towards polygamy.
We now find
out that Hezbollah (the terrorist group, not the movie distributor),
wants to boost Fahrenheit 9/11 in the Middle East. Mr. Gianluca
Chacra, the Managing Director of Mr. Moore’s film distributor,
Front Row, said of Hezbollah, “We can't go against these
organizations, as they could strongly boycott the film in Lebanon
useful idiot, shameless self-promoter, or Islamofascist agent – you
In the meantime,
one emerging reason for undecided voters to reelect President
Bush is that Mr. Kerry’s defeat would spare us all from
the inevitable Michael Moore “documentary” of Kerry’s
life. ]Chuck DeVore is the Republican nominee in California's
70th Assembly District. www.ChuckDeVore.com]
Cucullu - author, columnist] 5:15
Selective Torture. Why
is it that mainstream media finds no news value in a recently-released
four-minute compilation that the Pentagon assembled from hours of video
recovered from Saddam Hussein's torture chambers? Meanwhile, they gleefully
re-run Abu Ghraib tapes until viewers' eyes glaze. Also the media threatens
to run 'newly uncovered, even more horrible' tapes of American abuse but
will ignore a Senate screening of some of the most horrific torture film
Schultz in an excellent piece carried on NRO details the scenes
from pre-liberation Iraq. It is a must-read column.
question- is the American public being intentionally isolated
from film that may remind us of why we are fighting the war
on terror? The media sanctimoniously decided that shots of
the poor souls flinging themselves from the burning WTC buildings
are too intense for us to see. Also up close video of Daniel
Pearl's murder, Michael Berg's beheading, and Paul Johnson's
beheading are, like Saddam video, too graphic for our sensitive
eyes in their opinion. I challenge that premise: if American
troops were commiting these atrocities they would show it to
us. Repeatedly. Ad nauseum. Instead the press has become so
politicized and bent on destroying George W. Bush that it would
distort through the censorship of selective omission.
us all to make certain that the word on this egregious Saddam
tape is spread. Even if the public can't see it they can read
about it, though as the NYT reporter said so sanctimoniously
about Abu Ghraib, 'you really can't appreciate the horror of
the event until you see it.' So show us what life was like
in Saddam's prison, people. We're big kids and can handle it.
Pipes - author, activist CRO contributor] 5:54
Asylum: How America Welcomes Terrorists. Among
Michelle Malkin's many virtues as a columnist is her keeping
tabs of patterns
that the rest of us might have missed. In a column last
week she notes a particularly distressing one: immigrants
asylum" who are later accused or indicted on terrorism
charges. She points to four instances:
Yousef: He arrived from Pakistan with an Iraqi passport
but no U.S. visa. Claiming political asylum, he was briefly detained
for illegal entry, then allowed to enter the United States because
the immigration authorities lacked space to hold him. Yousef
went on to plot the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, for which
he now sits convicted in a U.S. jail.
Kansi: A Pakistani who received a business visa in 1991
to enter the United
States, despite his known history as
an Islamist. After arrival, he claimed political asylum based
on his ethnic minority status in Pakistan. He obtained a driver's
license and an AK-47, then went on a murderous rampage outside
the CIA headquarters in January 1993, killing two employees
and wounded three others. He was convicted in 1997 of capital
and nine other charges, for which he now sits convicted in
a U.S. jail.
Ibrahim Abu Mezer: A Palestinian who entered the United
States illegally from Canada in about 1996, claiming
asylum based on alleged persecution by Israel. Released on
a $5,000 bond (posted by a another illegal alien), he skipped
asylum hearing. In June 1997, a federal immigration judge
ordered Mezer to leave the country on a "voluntary departure
Mezer ignored. He was arrested in July 1997 as he
was about to bomb the New York City subways, for which he now sits
convicted in a U.S. jail.
M. Abdi: A Somali, whom prosecutors allege received
a bogus "refugee" status in 1999, then fraudulently
obtained a refugee travel document which he used to fly to
Ethiopia for Al-Qaeda's jihad training. On returning he began
to blow up a shopping mall in Ohio, for which he now sits
accused in a U.S. jail.
In addition, here are more "political asylum" immigrants
whom Malkin does not mention but who fit the same pattern:
Abdel Rahman: The blind Egyptian sheikh who, although
already on a terrorism "watch list" when
he arrived in the United States, nevertheless acquired a tourist
then permanent residency. When it was understood who he was,
this was revoked and Abdel Rahman applied
for political asylum.
He was allowed to remain while his application was being considered,
which time he used to guide his disciples who blew up the World
Trade Center in 1993 and then plotted to blow up New York City
landmarks in 1995; he now sits convicted in a U.S. jail for the
Mohamed Ali Hedayet: An
Egyptian who entered the United
States as a tourist in 1992, he then applied for
claiming discrimination on account of his religious beliefs – shorthand
for being an Islamist, indeed a member of al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya
("the Islamic Group"), a group engaged in terrorism
since 1981 and listed in the State Department's 1992 edition
of Patterns of Global Terrorism. The immigration authorities
ruled against his asylum application in March 1995 and formally
began the deportation procedures but Hedayet disappeared. In
July 2002, Hedayet engaged in a shooting spree against the
El Al counter at Los Angeles International Airport, killing
before being shot dead himself.
also related cases, for example that of
Ahmed: An Egyptian associate of Omar Abdel Rahman who applied for
political asylum in 1996, spent
three years in American
jail on charges kept secret for reasons with "national
security implications," and then set free.
As Malkin sardonically puts it, "The feds
deserve credit for tracking down asylum abusers suspected of
homeland security would be easier to achieve if they did a better
job of keeping murderous frauds out in the first place."
Cucullu - author, columnist] 11:55
the Korean hostage situation: Chances of rescue or survival are unfortunately very
protests in Seoul, particularly among students, for removal
of all South Koreans from Iraq and against dispatching the
3,000 troops later in the summer.
will issue condemnatory language, especially designed to divide
South Korea and the US.
My call is
that after much wavering the South Korean Roh Moo Hyun
administration will end up sending the troops. They may cut back the 3,000
to a smaller number in order to offer a concession to their audience. It will
require much diplomacy and probably some quiet inducements on the part of the
Korean leadership is not enthusiastic about commiting troops
to Iraq and is vulnerable to criticism from the left since
that is its support base. This is very different leadership
than that of previous decades that stood shoulder to shoulder
with the US in tough times.
all foreigners in Arab countries will be targeted from here
on out in order to break the US public and allied will. This
is not an attack directed against individuals for the sake
of killing them it is a psychological warfare attack directed
against the morale of populations, especially the US in the
midst of a heated election season. We must hold firm, refuse
to negotiate and actively hunt down and kill these barbarians.
All the best,
and let us pray for these poor hostages.
- into the opinion bin] 5:02 am [link]
to the NY Times & LA Times
Here is the proper form for your lying, weasely
Panel Finds No
Qaeda-Iraq Tie (uh,
at least in 9-11 attack)
Platt Liebau - editorial
director CaliforniaRepublic.org] 5:02 am [link]
On Clinton: Last
night's "60 Minutes" broadcast
served to remind Americans why we are so well-served to have Bill Clinton
out of the White House. The entire interview was little more than a prolonged
exercise in "spin," from a pitiful ex-President who has realized
that, without some significant burnishing, his presidency is likely to
go down in history as the Harding administration of 20th century's second
Clinton denied that the Sudan had ever offered Osama bin Laden
to his administration, despite the existence of a speech where
he, himself, admitted as much! (Not surprisingly, Dan Rather
didn't bring up that inconvenient fact). Nor was Clinton asked
why UN support was unnecessary, from his party's perspective,
for our involvement in the Balkans, but a vital precursor to
was plenty on the defining event of the Clinton years: the
Monica Lewinsky matter. Here's one questionj that could have
been asked: "Without the discovery of the infamous blue
dress, do you think you would ever have admitted to improper
behavior with Miss Lewinsky?" (Don't forget, all the president's
underlings in this supposedly "woman friendly" administration
were getting ready to cast Monica as a psychopathic stalker).
telling us a lot of other things we really didn't need to know,
Clinton asserted that he and his wife had attended a full day
of marital counseling for a year after his affair with Monical
Lewinsky was "discovered." That admission, in itself,
explains why "character counts." The President of
the United States (#42) is spending 1/7 of his time in marital
counseling -- and the liberals used to fume about President
Reagan allegedly taking the occasional nap!
it was simply sad to see how little insight the former President
has -- either about himself or his adversaries. He is simply
a faulty, mistreated but brilliant President; they are intractable
enemies of the wonderful "change" the Clinton years
brought about (like what? welfare reform?). And once again,
impeachment wasn't about him perjuring himself . . . it was
just about sex. He's proud, yes, proud of how he handled the
rewriting history, Mr. Clinton. We remember. We were there.
- radio talk show host KTKZ -
Sacramento] 5:01 am [link]
in California: Jobs
up. California’s economy created 23,600 payroll jobs in May. It now has
110,200 more payroll jobs than a year ago. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,
seasonally adjusted, 6/18/04)
economy is adding good-paying jobs. Three quarters (74%) of
California’s gross payroll job growth in May was in industries
that pay more than the national average. For example, the information
industry comprised 23% of the gross job growth. The average
hourly pay of a non-supervisory job in that industry is $21.40.
That’s well above the national average for all non-supervisory
jobs of $15.64 per hour. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
down. California’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.2%
from 6.8% a year ago. The national average is 5.6%. California’s
average unemployment rate in the 1990s was 7.3%. (Source: U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, seasonally adjusted, 6/18/04)
incomes swell. California personal incomes increased 1.4% to
$1.2 trillion during the fourth quarter of 2003. On a per capita
basis, personal incomes increased $760 to $33,749 last year.
(Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, 4/27/04)
increase. California housing values increased 13.9% in the
past year. Over the last five years, home values have risen
by 77.0%. (Source: U.S. Office of Federal Housing Enterprise
California exported $27.1 billion in goods and services in
the first three months of 2004. That’s 25% more than
a year ago. (Source: Office of Trade and Economic Analysis,
U.S. Department of Commerce, 5/18/04)
jobs. Over 713,500 jobs are ”nsourced” to California
from companies based in other countries. About 11.1% of all
manufacturing jobs in State are with foreign companies. (Source: “Survey
of Current Business,” U.S Department of Commerce, 8/02)
on the rise. Total state tax collections in California, adjusted
for legislation and inflation, increased by 9.5% in March from
the same period a year ago (Source: “State Tax Revenue
Recovery Gathering Steam,” Fiscal Studies Program: The
Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, 6/04)
Cucullu - author, columnist] 5:14
Gipper Effect: Did anyone else notice that suddenly
George W. Bush seems to have regained his poise, confidence
and steely eye? Could it have been the very timely exposure
to All Things Reagan? In my column A
Bright Dawn Ahead, I
wondered what possible affects that Ronald Reagan's death
could have. My hope continues to be that GWB and those around
him will simply have the faith and confidence to be themselves,
rely on their innate sense of what is morally right for the
country, and stay the course. If I were filming ads I'd like
to see one of RR giving one of his famous 'we must stay the
course' speeches in discussing the USSR then juxtapose it
with GWB saying 'we must win this war on terror.' I think
it would be extremely effective and point out the real differences
in this campaign. Not health care, not Social Security, not
jobs and the economy, but the very core security and safety
of this nation. Such a sacred mission cannot be entrusted
to anyone but the legitimate successor of Ronald Reagan -
George W. Bush.
Cucullu - author, columnist] 7:24
America: Wednesday evening I attended a book signing in NYC for Endgame,
by Generals Paul Vallely and Tom McInerney. Both spoke about the 'Web of
Terror' that they outline in this excellent book. One of the most chilling
points the generals raised is their nightmare scenario of 5 to 10 nuclear
weapons - ground or sea delivered - exploding virtually simultaneously
in American cities. With North Korea beavering away at its nuclear program
and Iran thumbing its nose at the UN the specter of Islamo-fascist groups
acquiring these bombs seems increasingly possible. Their point is that
America must wake up and realize that September 11 was not an aberration
but part of a pattern of war on the US. Second that this is war, not crime,
and third that we must act swiftly and as the world leader we are in order
to eliminate the threat. I am heartened by presentations by the President
and Vice President in the past few days but we need more of it. The media
is reporting only what it perceives as news that fits its political agenda.
In this case a clueless America equals a helpless America. We must all
work to educate our audience.
Platt Liebau - editorial
director CaliforniaRepublic.org] 5:17 am [link]
A Selective Media: The New York Post's invaluable Deborah
Orin has a piece today
reporting that more horrific films from Abu Ghraib have been released --
but strangely, the media isn't interested. Perhaps it's because the films
detail stomach-churning torture -- not by Americans -- but by Saddam Hussein.
From Orin's description, it sounds like these films makes the (admittedly
appalling) behavior by some U.S. troops look like spirited hijinks by comparison.
Perhaps we ought to turn to Teddy Kennedy for comment . . . he's the one
who seems to think that the unauthorized ill-treatment by American troops
has the moral equivalency of the Saddamite regime's official policy of
barbarous torture and mutilation. Will the New York or Los Angeles Times
bother to cover the Saddam torture tapes? Don't hold your breath -- we'd
better count on the blogosphere and other "fair and balanced" outlets
to make sure the American people get the rest of the story.
Member CA Board of Equalization] 5:13 am [link]
Governor’s Faith: One
of the most touching aspect of honoring Ronald Reagan last week was seeing and
hearing how many public officials react to matters of faith. Those for whom faith
is a motivating factor in their lives put the spiritual touches on their decisions
and actions every day, but unless one is looking for it, that inspired leadership
may go unnoticed. As Governor Schwarzenegger addressed the California Prayer
Breakfast last Wednesday, it was impossible for his faith to remain unnoticed.
I want to share with you some of the words he spoke at the breakfast to let you
know that in addition to a man of action, you have a man of faith leading our
state. He remembered his experience being raised Catholic and attending church
schools. He said,
of those things had a big impact on me growing up. I learned
faith and discipline from the church, but I also learned faith
and discipline from my parents. My parents did not allow me
to just hang out, or to just watch things be done. They wanted
me to be responsible, always be active. My father, especially,
always was asking me, every day, ‘What were you doing
today? What did you accomplish?’ ….It didn’t
matter really what it was, he just wanted me to create something,
build something, invent something, or do something. It didn’t
matter what it was, if it was just building a little whistle
from a wood stick, or if it was studying, creating a kite from
scratch, or going to school, or doing homework, or doing sports… He
wanted me to be active, and to grow and develop myself, because
he wanted me to have faith in God, but he also wanted me to
have faith in myself. He always said it was God who gave me
my body and my mind, but it was now up to me to achieve 100
percent of my potential. And he always would say it’s
criminal for people not to achieve 100 percent of their potential.”
did not go on to talk about achieving his potential in terms
of his political work. Rather, he focused on instilling the
same values in his children. He spoke highly of his wife and
her abilities as well as of her parents and their faith. He
talked about teaching his own children to read the Bible daily,
do well in school, complete their chores and be physically
active. In doing all of that, our Governor gives an example
of faith in action and reminds us that we uplift each other
in our efforts to reach our divine potential. [Leonard
Leonard, contributor, Member CA Board of Equalization] 5:05
Honoring Ronald Reagan: I
did not have a better idea than Governor Schwarzenegger's Proclamation to honor
Ronald Reagan, which reduced state offices to skeleton crews last Friday. However,
I must admit that to honor a President and Governor who railed against waste
in government by paying government workers for extra time off is, at the very
thought was remembering my father's advice to Governor Reagan
when he served as a Reagan appointee to the California Highway
Commission. Dad said that Cal Trans would probably get more
transportation projects built if half the department was sent
home with pay. Perhaps Governor Schwarzengger, with thanks
to Ronald Reagan, is belatedly implementing this advice.
thought was also not mine originally. A thoughtful commentator
on the state budget suggested that Governor Schwarzenegger,
again with a nod to Ronald Reagan, has found a way for state
employees to self- identify themselves as either "essential," which
means that they worked last Friday, or "non-essential," which
means they may end up on that layoff list now buried in the
Department of Finance. [Leonard
- CRO contributor & blogger] 5:35
Times: Yesterday's Los Angeles Times coverage of
an anti-Bush letter signed by 26 former diplomats gets Page One treatment.
Facts showing that the signatories are partisan Democrats are buried on the
back pages. Meanwhile, where was the L.A. Times story when John Kerry's
entire chain of command in Vietnam signed a letter questioning his honesty
and fitness to serve as Commander-in-Chief? I'll tell you where: page A21.
The post is here...
I won't provide the entire text, which is long, but here are the first two
paragraphs, so you can see whether you might be interested in the rest:
get much clearer than this. The lead story in today's Los
Angeles Times trumpets a letter, written by 26 former
diplomats, calling for the defeat of President George W.
Bush. On the front page, the story goes out of its way to
suggest that the letter is a bipartisan effort. The editors
save for the back pages (or entirely omit) significant evidence
suggesting that the signatories are partisan Democrats. Not
one word of the Bush perspective appears on the front page.
It's all on page A26, safely out of the view of the average
Times's prominent and sympathetic treatment of this
letter stands in marked contrast to its coverage of a letter
that was released in May by hundreds of former military
men, many of whom served with John Kerry, questioning Kerry's
honesty and fitness to serve as Commander-in-Chief. The
letter, which was signed by every officer in Kerry's chain
of command in Vietnam, was buried by the L.A. Times in
stories appearing on pages A21 and A20. In the little coverage
the paper did provide, the stories ignored the central
accusations of the letter, and gave prominent play to the
spin that the letter was a partisan hit job.
5:07 am [link]
Tribute to Ronald Reagan:Perhaps only one
generation in four is fortunate enough to actually know a truly
great leader – and ours
was that generation. That’s a reason for thanksgiving and gratitude and
celebration. But our children and their children will know him too, through the
power of his words and the force of his ideas – his boundless faith in
freedom and belief in America. And they will know because our generation will
make sure they know.
This is not
an end of an era – Ronald Reagan marked the beginning
of an era – an era of American renaissance and resurgence – an
era where America rediscovered its belief in liberty and its
faith in its ultimate destiny. Ronald Reagan opened that era;
it is now for our generation to continue it.
can only die if he is forgotten. Every flower left in his honor,
every flag now flying at half staff, every kind word spoken
to his memory is a solemn pledge that this will not happen.
Indeed, with the perspective of time his spirit can only grow.
reminded us that for America, the best is yet to come. He should
know, since he will be walking beside us and counseling us
and guiding us to those bright decades and centuries ahead.
All that we must do is listen to his words and heed them. [via
email - remarks given from the Senate Floor]
Hogue - radio talk show host KTKZ -
Sacramento] 5:34 am [link]
Hymn of the Republic: As the President's casket was provided to the
rotunda, my thoughts were directed toward the theme of 'battle'. There are always
new battles, but the same demand upon America is required.
played long with emotion, as they had to use the west steps
of the Capitol Building due to construction. The west steps
are longer, higher and harder to climb for the military pallbearers.
A great reminder of endurance, the endurance needed to see
a battle through to the end.
side was also the location that President Reagan chose for
his Inauguration. More people could watch due to the higher
elevation and more of the city of Washington DC could be seen
by the cameras of the media - a city that was returned to its
glory during the Reagan Administration.
that this grand hymn was offered for this grand man.
Battle Hymn of the Republic"
have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord; He is trampling
out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored. He hath
loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword; His
truth is marching on!
Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.
I have seen
Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps; They have
builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps. I can read
His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps; His day
is marching on!
I have read
a fiery gospel writ in burnished rows of steel; "As ye
deal with my contemners, so with you my grace shall deal; Let
the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel, Since
God is marching on."
He has sounded
forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat; He is sifting
out the hearts of men before His judgment-seat; Oh, be swift,
my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet! Our God is marching
In the beauty
of the lilies Christ was born across the sea, With a glory
in his bosom that transfigures you and me; As he died to make
men holy, let us die to make men free, While God is marching
line again...AS HE DIED TO MAKE MEN HOLY, LET US DIE TO MAKE
Leonard, contributor, Member CA Board of Equalization] 5:05
Remembering Reagan: I have spent the last few days remembering
Ronald Reagan. At one end of my life he signed my college diploma and at the
other end my 1978 election to the State Assembly was part of the conservative
movement that Reagan led to the Presidency. One of the reasons I am so honored
and humbled to serve in public office it that has afforded me the opportunity
to meet people who make history. I had the privilege of introducing President
Reagan at campaign events twice. I called Maureen Reagan a friend. I will never
forget what this man of iron will did for America. It is why I am so taken with
Steve Hayward's new book "The Age of Reagan" that I finished just last
I had the
joy of meeting two of the people who I believe ended the Cold
War and proved the emptiness of communism and the value of
capitalism and faith in God: Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.
I lack only John Paul II to complete my personal history of
the 20th century.
I am so happy
that Reagan is now with God and released from his pain.
- into the opinion bin] 5:13 am [link]
Thanks Danny: You might
have read Danny Glover’s remarks about President Reagan at an anti-war rally in L.A.
over the weekend – as recorded by the AP: "We
all know Reagan's legacy, from the Iran-Contra affair to the funding of the
Nicaraguan military in which over 200,000 people died. The groundwork for the
move steadily to the right happened with the Reagan administration. People
want to elevate him to some mythic level; they have their own reason for doing
a lot of people are all twisted by Glover’s comments.
I’m not one of them. Glover spoke his mind and stuck to his beliefs.
People who despised Reagan for his whole political career are this week falling
over themselves to praise him. Kerry, Kennedy, Hilary...can’t say enough
course, they’re lying. They wish they could really
speak their minds like Danny Glover... Oh how they wish they
could. They hate Reagan's “ash heap of history” thing...
They hate that he put worldwide socialism in check...
you Danny Glover for reminding us how true Progressives think...
Hey! Why don’t you take Kerry, Kennedy, and Hilary
to task and tell them to stick to their principles and publicly
curse the Gipper’s legacy. We all know that’s
in their small socialist hearts, right?
- radio talk show host KTKZ -
Sacramento] 5:07 am [link]
Personal Reagan Thoughts: It
has been a whirlwind over the past four days, sixty years since D-Day...the passing
of one of our
Presidents in Ronald Reagan and the first annual "Capitol
Clear Speak" events in Sacramento. These are powerful days for the United
States, California and the Republican Party.
to President Reagan, I was a high school sophomore when He
took over the Republican Party. For the next eight years He
was my President through college, into my first "real" radio
job and the early days of my marriage.
Reagan drove me to pay attention, think for myself and join
the political conversation - a personal hero!
One of the
many thoughts that I have of this leader is his 'timing'...this
man knew when to take the stage. He knew when to offer the
lines and pepper the script. His timing was PERFECT.
that President Ronald Reagan's life of service ended the
'cold war', now his death may help to defeat terrorism! -
a point to ponder in his passing. Thank you President Reagan...thank
you for leading America to that shining city on the hill.
question "The Gipper" leaves us with in his death
is whether this grand ole land can be defended by this generation
of the blessed!
Platt Liebau - editorial
director CaliforniaRepublic.org] 5:02 am [link]
Reagan: It is fitting that President Reagan is being remembered
today, together with the soldiers of freedom who liberated Western Europe
on D-Day. President Ronald Reagan, too, was a soldier of freedom -- he
did more than any other man to liberate the 500 million trapped behind
the Iron Curtain in Eastern Europe. There is much to write and much to
say about President Reagan's wonderful life and the legacy he left us,
but no one can hope to touch the eloquence of this greatest of believers
and greatest of speakers. Surely President Reagan is with God, our prayers
are with his family, and his legacy will live in our hearts and in our
Mark Reynolds, columnist] 5:00 am [link]
Reagan: Ronald Reagan was president when I was
a young man. As a conservative, I believed in losing well. Reagan taught me the
hope of winning in politics. He made me cry for he was not cynical in a hopeless
age. He was a beautiful soul. Ronald Reagan was a Christian gentleman, Christendom's
shining knight, our own Galahad. He defeated Lenin, that antichrist, by the grace
will try to damn him by faint praise by reducing him to a smile
or his heart. Both were great, but his ideas were greater.
He defeated communism by out thinking it. He defeated godless
Soviets by having more faith. He was a man who fought when
no one else would do so. Reagan stood up for unborn children
when politicians ran away. He had integrity and was brilliant.
He read books and was impacted by ideas. He was no intellectual,
thank God, but a thoughtful man of substance.
I loved him.
If he had ever needed my service, it would have been offered
gladly. When Torrey
Institute wanted to honor men of courage,
we gave Ronald Reagan one of our first Phillip E. Johnson Awards.
son Michael came to receive it for him along with his own award
for his own great courage. Hearing about him from his son made
me realize that Reagan was that rare man. . .one as great as
one imagined. [John Mak Reynolds blog]
Platt Liebau - editorial
director CaliforniaRepublic.org] 11:12 pm [link]
Fingering Kerry: The Florida Times-Union,
citing newsmax.com, has a story today that feeds a growing perception
about John Kerry -- he has a "temperament problem." According
to the report, Kerry -- who was getting ready to talk to a group
of children -- was approached by a former Green Beret who is heading
up Vietnam Veterans Against Kerry. The man did behave provocatively,
flashing a "Hanoi Jane" t-shirt and telling the schoolchildren
that Kerry had "betrayed the brave soldiers who fought in
the candidate's response that's most notable. He gives his
critic "the finger" -- right in front of the schoolchildren.
Make no mistake -- the detractor was annoying. But does Kerry
feel so entitled to deference, is he so out of touch, that
he sees this response as in any way appropriate? Or is he so
sensitive, and his temper so ungovernable, that he simply can't
this incident wasn't widely reported. Imagine if President
Bush engaged in such behavior . . . . Not a comforting thought
to envision a defensive, irritable Kerry as Commander in Chief
of the world's biggest army, is it?
Platt Liebau - editorial
5:12 am [link]
ACLU Intimidation: It looks like a majority of the County
Board of Supervisors (with the honorable exceptions of Mike Antonovich
and Don Knabe) have caved in to bullying by the ACLU. The cross will be
removed from the county's seal, so as to avoid litigation from the ACLU,
who have become so zealous in practicing their own secularism that the
existence of a cross ANYWHERE is deemed per se offensive.
the "ceremonial deism" rationale (that is, the ironic
state of affairs where religious symbols are allowed to remain
part of American civic life, so long as they are denuded of
any real religious meaning) seemed actually to jibe with history.
The cross really does appear to have been placed on the county
seal in 1957 to reflect California's history and settlement
as missions. What's next? Will Los Angeles (angels) have to
be renamed? Or San Francisco (St Francis)? What about San Diego,
San Fernando, San Jose, Santa Ana, Santa Monica, Santa Rosa
and the rest?
who gave in to the ACLU's high-handed demands are trying to
argue that the expense of litigation is what prompted their
pragmatic decision. What about the costs of slapping the new,
cross-less seal on everything from stationery to county cars?
What a waste of time. If the Christian Right were as overbearing,
zealous, humorless and sanctimonious in pursuing their religious
beliefs as the ACLU is in pursuing their own secular/atheist
creed, THEN the left might truly have something to cry about.
DeVore - columnist] 5:04
ACLU vs. LA County: The
ACLU sued Los Angeles County to remove a small gold cross
from the county seal. Los Angeles County capitulated, fearing
an expensive lawsuit that they may well have lost.
At last reading, the Los Angeles County seal still includes a cow, a tuna fish,
a Spanish galleon, the Hollywood Bowl and the Goddess Pomona cradling an armful
of fruit, so it seems we still have a problem.
Many religions worship cows, so, the cow’s got to go!
Everyone knows that the fish is a religious symbol – no fish!
The Goddess Pomona is, well, a Pagan goddess, so she’s gone!
Spanish galleons are a symbol of European oppression: outta here!
Hollywood is a symbol of American cultural imperialism: bye-bye!
Now, what do we have left? The armful of fruit! It can stay as an appropriate
symbol for Los Angeles County.
Wait, doesn’t Los Angeles mean The Angels? Egad! We have a problem
here. Scanning the list of nearby counties, I see San Bernardino, San Diego,
and Santa Barbara – three saints of the One True Church? Say it ain’t
so! Perhaps we can rename Los Angeles County “Fruit County”, San
Bernardino County could be named “Nut County”, San Diego County “Sandy
Ego County”, and Santa Barbara might be named, “Santa Claus County” since
Santa is make-believe and totally secularized these days anyway.
I’m just trying to be helpful – the ACLU has a lot more work to
do to make California safe for atheists, curmudgeons, and humorless busybodies
of all persuasions.
- Chuck DeVore Republican Nominee California’s 70th State Assembly District
in the safely named Orange County
Pipes - author, activist CRO contributor] 5:02
Elected Official: Arabs Need Nukes vs. Israel His
name is Paul
Marie Coûteaux, he is the author of books with
titles like Let Us Not Permit France to Die and A
Little Séjour in France, and he is a member
of the European Parliament. And here were
his remarks three years ago today to parliament in the
original French <>
y a un autre déséquilibre grave où notre
responsabilité est engagée, c'est le déséquilibre
des forces. Il faut que nous envisagions - je n'hésite
pas à le dire - à doter la partie arabe d'une
force suffisante, y compris d'une force nucléaire
suffisante, pour qu'Israël ne se croit pas tout permis.
EU translation renders them thus in
however, another serious imbalance for which we are in part
responsible, namely the imbalance of forces. I have no hesitation
in saying that we must consider giving the Arab side a large
enough force, including a large enough nuclear force, to
persuade Israel that it cannot simply do whatever it wants.
For a rather
different take on the ways in which Arab states might use their
nuclear weapons against Israel, see my "Deadly
Denial [of Muslim Anti-Semitism]." (May 16, 2004) [Pipes blog]
Hogue - radio talk show host KTKZ -
Sacramento] 5:02 am [link]
New California Democratic Leader: The California Democratic
Party has been looking for a hero, and it has found one in
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.
After the recall election, Art Torres, the state Democratic
Party chairman, had a problem - he had no voice or new leadership
(vision) for the state party. Torres had to find someone to ride
toward the future.
In San Fran, Newsom won a close election vs. the Green Party
candidate. Newsom was elected with just over 50 percent approval
ratings and immediately a newly organized recall drive cropped
up against his administration within his first weeks as mayor.
So how does
the Democratic strategist plot for Newsom's
survival? Being hand-selected by Willie Brown, Mayor Newsom narrowly
wins the election, so within days of taking office Newsom rides
roughshod over the state law and orders city officials to begin
issuing same-sex marriage licenses.
This costs homosexual couples time, money, travel and effort
- then heartbreak with the state Supreme Court ruling that these
marriages are nothing more than bogus political tactics orchestrated
by the Democratic Party and the mayor.
In the end, it was a big victory for Newsom and his future.
Despite the narrow election in the past, the mayor is now enjoying
an approval rating of nearly 80 percent with San Fran voters.
He has demonstrated on a practical level the fundamentals of
the left - that is, forcing through their liberal social agenda
by extreme political acts, and looking for a liberal court to
back up the act or write new law from thin air.
On the day the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the legality
of his same-sex marriage licenses, Newsom was not in San Fran
... he was in Sacramento speaking to the Press Club, playing
the role of the victim. The more he talked, the more it sounded
like the former president himself, Bill Clinton.
With this behavior - what the Democrats call leadership - Newsom
has found his place in the statewide Democratic Party. Look for
his face and campaign coming to a U.S. Senate race near you.
- radio talk show host KTKZ -
Sacramento] 5:09 am [link]
Leads Buckeye State by Six! My beloved Ohio...these
people (moral Buckeyes) are starting to get it.
Bush leads John Kerry by six percentage points in the battle
for Ohio, a state that could decide who wins the White House,
according to a statewide Plain Dealer poll."
voters surveyed say they favor Bush over Kerry, 47 percent
to 41 percent.
is given low marks for his handling of the economy and the
war in Iraq, those who say they favor him cite his moral character
and his stewardship over the war on terrorism and homeland
security as reasons."
very concerned about what a change of administration would
mean, primarily about security," says Bob Saul, a retired
General Electric Co. marketing manager from Cincinnati who
participated in the poll."
two major reasons for President Bush to win in November:
(1) The obvious,
the war on terrorism. If Kerry wins, the war is over and the
Islamic Terrorists have America right where they believer her
to be, a paper tiger!
(2) The Supreme
Court is the other. This is not mentioned enough. There are
a possible three - maybe four - retirees from the bench in
the next term. Can you imagine an administration under John
Kerry and the placement of judges we would get in the Supreme
Court! Time to talk this major issue up and make it loud for
ALL of the voters of America! Save the judiciary from liberal,
anti-Constitutional terrorists and vote George W. Bush!
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