"No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders." --Samuel Adams

Sunday, October 31, 2004

A Question of Character
by Jeff Jacoby
...All thinking people change their minds occasionally. But it is one thing to alter an opinion because of new information or further reflection. It is something very different to do so out of a compulsion to tell each audience what it wants to hear. Kerry has many gifts, but political courage is not among them. As president, could he take a tough stand and stick with it, even if there were a price to pay for doing so? All the evidence to date says no...For a nation going to the polls in wartime, no issue matters more than character. Kerry has much to recommend him, and Bush's flaws are many. But Bush has the character and backbone of a leader. And Kerry doesn't.
America's Assignment: Global Challenges Ahead
by Henry A. Kissinger
...No president has faced an agenda of comparable scope. This is not hyperbole; it is the hand history has dealt this generation. Never before has it been necessary to conduct a war with neither front lines nor geographic definition and, at the same time, to rebuild fundamental principles of world order to replace the traditional ones which went up in the smoke of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The newly elected president's task is perhaps most analogous to that inherited by President Truman at the end of the Second World War...
Kerry’s Auxiliary Bishops
by George Neumayr
The presidential race is full of religious ironies, pitting a Protestant who quotes the Pope against a Catholic who rejects the Pope. The Protestant -- campaigning on opposition to abortion and homosexual marriage -- will likely get the Catholic vote. The Catholic -- campaigning on embryo-destruction, partial-birth abortion, and the alternative lifestyles of pagan antiquity -- will get the mainline Protestant vote. In one more irony and historical marker of clerical decadence, the Catholic candidate will receive a higher percentage of support from the Catholic episcopate than the Catholic laity...

Saturday, October 30, 2004

Five Questions to Ask . . . Before You Pull That Lever
by Jack Welch
...On Tuesday, Americans vote in an election with stakes as high as we have ever seen. There is no perfect candidate, in this election or any. But there is a right man for the challenges we face in these tough times--a right leader for this historic moment. Before you pull that lever, ask yourself five questions and see where you come out.
Bush Voters in Baghdad
by Lawrence F. Kaplan
We know what John Kerry thinks of Iraq. But what does Iraq think of him? Since he may soon be presiding over a war there, the question merits an answer...as polls show, the overwhelming majority of Iraqis don't care who wins our election. Their concerns run closer to home--especially how to stay alive. There's an exception, however: the thousands of academics, lawyers, rights advocates and other educated elites leading the effort to create a new Iraq--nearly all of whom have hitched their fortunes to our own and nearly all of whom hope that President Bush wins...
A 'Fahrenheit 9/11' Fan
by John Podhoretz
Congratulations, Michael Moore — America's worst enemy and one of the world's most evil men is a big fan of yours. The most startling moment on the Osama bin Laden videotape shown yesterday was his description of the morning of 9/11, which is certainly derived — albeit in garbled form — from a viewing of Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11"...
Osama Bin Laden's Surrender Proposal
by T. C. Wretchard
...It is important to notice what he has stopped saying in this speech. He has stopped talking about the restoration of the Global Caliphate. There is no more mention of the return of Andalusia. There is no more anticipation that Islam will sweep the world. He is no longer boasting that Americans run at the slightest wounds; that they are more cowardly than the Russians...

Friday, October 29, 2004

What Happened on United Airlines Flight 925?
by Annie Jacobsen
...just recently, several courageous individuals agreed to let me tell their story about a United Airlines flight which flew this past June. Most were nervous to talk to me -- all United Airlines employees sign strict non-disclosures stating that under no circumstances can they discuss "accidents and incidents" with the press. But the incident they were involved in was so threatening, and the way it was handled so appalling, they felt compelled to speak out...
Bush a Tort-Reform Hero
by Sherman Joyce
First as governor of Texas, and now as president, George Bush has consistently supported legislation that would make our legal system more balanced and predictable, while protecting the right of legitimately injured victims to seek fair compensation. By contrast, during his time in the Senate, John Kerry has consistently voted against meaningful legal reform. And as a candidate for president, he has announced legal-reform policies that would do little to solve our health-care litigation crisis. These policies would, however, protect the special interests of personal-injury lawyers who have contributed generously to his campaign...
Abortion: The Swing Issue?
by Paul Kengor
It is the quiet issue of the 2004 presidential election, but it remains etched in the minds of liberals and conservatives, of the most devout secularist and most pious believer: abortion. It is especially salient in Pennsylvania, a battleground state that may have more pro-life Democrats than any other state...
Urgent Warning on Iraqi Cache Issued in 1995
by Eli Lake
...The vice president of the American Enterprise Institute for foreign and defense policy studies, Danielle Pletka, told the Sun yesterday, "What is odd to me is that the Kerry campaign is suddenly concerned about WMD in Iraq and Mohammed ElBaradei after years of indifference, is suddenly concerned about conventional explosives in the Middle East"...

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Kerry, Edwards and “the Lawsuit Lobby”  Why?
by Robert James Bidinotto
The untold story of the 2004 election may well be the extraordinary behind-the-scenes influence on the Democratic Party of organized trial lawyers groups, such as the powerful Association of Trial Lawyers of America...
Baseball And The “Stolen” Election
by Edwin Meese III and Timothy Kane
...As former Vice President Al Gore cynically joked at the Democratic convention: “America is a land of opportunity, where every little boy and girl has a chance to grow up and win the popular vote.” Gore is hinting that he (and therefore democracy) was robbed. By Gore’s logic, the Florida Marlins “stole” last year’s World Series. The Yankees scored more total runs across all the games, 21-17. But they blew their resources on two lopsided wins, while the Marlins won four tight games...
Tax Hypocrisy
by Richard W. Rahn
Sen. John Kerry keeps telling us that "the rich" need to pay more in taxes. The senator and his wife are among the 400 richest Americans. He says that he has "a plan to tax the rich." Under the senator's tax plan, what percentage of the Kerrys' income do you think they would pay the IRS? (a) 50 percent, (b) 40 percent, (c) 30 percent, (d)15 percent. The correct answer is...
Russia Tied To Iraq's Missing Arms
by Bill Gertz
..."The Russians brought in, just before the war got started, a whole series of military units," Mr. Shaw said. "Their main job was to shred all evidence of any of the contractual arrangements they had with the Iraqis. The others were transportation units." Mr. Shaw, who was in charge of cataloging the tons of conventional arms provided to Iraq by foreign suppliers, said he recently obtained reliable information on the arms-dispersal program from two European intelligence services that have detailed knowledge of the Russian-Iraqi weapons collaboration...

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Study: Religious College Students Emotionally Healthier
by Adelle M. Banks
...The results, drawn from a national study of 3,680 college students, indicate that students who are not churchgoers are more than twice as likely to say they have felt depressed or had poorer emotional health than students who frequently attend religious services. The findings, released Monday (Oct. 25), show that religious activity has positive links to emotional health. Those who often attend religious services are far less likely to frequently feel overwhelmed during college...
Goodbye "Regular Joe" Democrat
by Karl Zinsmeister
Democrats: the party of the little guy. Republicans: the party of the wealthy. Those images of America's two major political wings have been frozen for generations...No more...The old way of thinking about U.S. politics--little-guy Democrats vs. wealthy Republicans--is about as accurate and relevant today as a 1930 weather forecast. New fronts have moved in. Expect some exciting squalls ahead.
Iraq’s WMDs: Lost and Found
by James S. Robbins
...The missing explosives from al Qaqaa also raise the possibility that other WMD-related materials met the same fate. The IAEA had seen the al Qaqaa material in January 2003, but by the time U.S. troops showed up on April 10, they had disappeared. The dual-use technologies mentioned in the other IAEA report also had been moved or looted...
About Those Lost Weapons...
by James K. Glassman
...The truth, however, is that Kerry has never offered an alternative strategy for Iraq, except to say that he would work more closely with France and Germany, countries that were not going to hold Saddam to account under any circumstances. Now, as a result of his exploitation of the questionable New York Times story, we know a bit more. The clear implication is that, in a Kerry administration, the 380 tons of weapons would not have been lost; they would have been secured -- even without an invasion. A miracle!
Terror Takes a Stand
by Ralph Peters
...He's an Army veteran of three wars. Now he's working to help Iraq become a democratic model for the Middle East. And he's worried. Not about terrorists or insurgents. He's afraid John Kerry will be elected president. "Kerry's rhetoric is giving the bad guys a thread to hang on," he wrote. "They're hoping we lose our nerve. They're more concerned with the U.S. elections than with the Iraqi ones"...
John Kerry Lies, Cheats and Breaks the Law to Impose “Gay Marriage”
MassNews
...If not elected to the Presidency by the American people, he will never be re-elected by Massachusetts voters to the U.S. Senate. Voters here are finally learning all this...Kerry encouraged our Democratic legislature in 2002 and 2004 to violate the state Constitution in order to help force gay “marriage” on this state...

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Discovered Papers: Hanoi Directed Kerry
by Art Moore
...Jerome Corsi, a specialist on the Vietnam era, told WND the new discoveries are the "most remarkable documents I've seen in the entire history of the antiwar movement." "We're not going to say he's an agent for Vietnamese communists, but it's the next thing to it," he said. "Whether he was consciously carrying out their direction or naively doing what they wanted, it amounted to the same thing – he advanced their cause"...
No Draft
by Ralph Peters
...The outrageous lie that, if our president is re-elected, millions of young Americans will be dragged off to basic training is so shameless that printable language doesn't suffice to describe it. No president is going to ask for a draft that the military doesn't want and the country doesn't need. And if he did, Congress wouldn't give it to him. End of issue.
The Clinton-Gore-Albright Unilateral Strike on Iraq
by Paul Kengor
We’re being told by Democrats that the Bush administration’s war against Saddam was illegitimate because it allegedly lacked United Nations approval and sufficient multilateral support. What Democrats are not saying is that the previous presidential administration—a Democratic one—did not meet this standard in Iraq, nor did it care to. The case in point occurred ten years before the Bush invasion, and involved names like Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Madeleine Albright, and a man named George Bush—George H. W. Bush...
Former Vatican Diplomat Praises Bush International Policy
LifeSite
...In a letter sent to all U.S. Bishops, [Senior Vatican Diplomat] Klink describes how the U.S. under previous administrations was hostile to life and family but under President Bush immediately reversed its position to support life and family...Klink writes, "In consonance with President Bush's directives, successive US delegations to a wide variety of UN conferences have unabashedly promoted marriage, abstinence for unmarried adolescents, faithfulness for adult couples, a ban on sexual trafficking of women and children, and a total ban on human cloning."

Monday, October 25, 2004

Foreign Policy Surprises Lie Just Around the Corner
by Lee Hamilton
...At the top of the list are North Korea and Iran. These hostile countries were addressed in the first debate, but the severity of the threat has not been fully acknowledged. North Korea likely has nuclear weapons; Iran is making progress with its nuclear program. We must soon decide what to do about this...Candidates and voters must keep a difficult truth in mind: Those running for the presidency must prepare for the challenges clearly ahead, but also for those that lie around the corner.
Danger Man John Kerry
by Stephen Morris
...It seems that Kerry's preference for a UN role in conflict resolution is mainly to shackle American power, but not the power of his favourite little dictatorships...He loves to negotiate, but never intimidate foreign adversaries. This and his lack of an intellectually coherent mainstream vision is of no great comfort to a Western world that faces the most complex and dangerous challenges to its way of life. Stephen Morris is a fellow at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School...
John Kerry U
by Ruth R. Wise
At Harvard, a few of us stray from the "herd of independent minds"...One of the most refreshing things about President Bush is his immunity from intellectual intimidation. More than his decision to go to war in Iraq, more than the religious values I share with him (though I do not share his religion), I appreciate that, though he has to struggle for language, he expresses unapologetically his commitment to the strength of our nation. By contrast, through their opposition to the military, my clever colleagues have done everything they could to make America indefensible.
Bubba to the Rescue
by Dick Morris
Bill Clinton has mounted his white charger and rushed to the rescue of his party and John Kerry, appearing in Philadelphia today and perhaps in other cities later in this final week. The likely catalyst for Clinton's last-minute involvement: Kerry's trouble with the black vote. The recent survey by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies showed President Bush pulling 18 percent of the African-American vote, up from only 9 percent four years ago. Most of the converts are older religious men, likely concerned about social values issues like gay marriage...

Sunday, October 24, 2004

The Ignorant American Voter
by Jeff Jacoby
...The dumbing-down of our politics is no small thing. "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization," Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1816, "it expects what never was and never will be." Widespread political ignorance poses a potentially lethal threat to our democratic freedoms. If we were smarter, we'd be worried.
Stretching the Franchise
by George F. Will
...the National Voter Registration Act -- a.k.a. "Motor Voter"...imposed "fraud-friendly" rules on the states, requiring them, for example, to register to vote anyone receiving a driver's license, and to offer mail-in registration with no identification required. Given such measures, perhaps we should not be surprised that, as Fund reports, since 1995, Philadelphia's population has declined 13 percent but registered voters have increased 24 percent. Are we sure we should we be pleased?...
The Faces of Denial
by Raplh Peters
...The nature of terrorism has changed profoundly. It's no longer about ideology, but about slaughter for its own sake. Nothing we could do would placate these terrorists. They must be fought and destroyed, no matter how many decades that requires. For Europe to pretend otherwise harms the general counter-terror effort. But, above all, it sets Europe up for calamity.

Saturday, October 23, 2004

NGOs: Fighting Poverty, Hurting the Poor
by Sebastian Mallaby
The war against poverty is threatened by friendly fire. A swarm of media-savvy Western activists has descended upon aid agencies, staging protests to block projects that allegedly exploit the developing world. The protests serve professional agitators by keeping their pet causes in the headlines. But they do not always serve the millions of people who live without clean water or electricity...
With a Wink and a Nod
by David Limbaugh
Here we are less than two weeks from the election and John Kerry is still playing "hide the ball." The last thing he wants most of us -- excluding his loony, militant base -- to know is who he really is. Kerry knows that if he releases his military records or is forthright about his true beliefs on the issues, he won't stand a ghost of a chance. His entire campaign, therefore, has been little more than an extended "wink and a nod"...
It's About Terrorism, John, Not Testosterone Levels
by Collin Levey
John Kerry is spending the campaign's homestretch looking for some conservative voters. He has been talking more about his faith, dusting off the shotgun and associating himself as much as possible with the Red Sox victory over the Yankees. Campaign spokesman Mike McCurry called it all part of an effort to introduce voters to Kerry as "a guy." That is, he's hoping to look more like a "guy's guy" — the kind who would reach for a brewskie before a glass of chardonnay. The point, of course, is to attract the men who believe in America as a force for good in the world. Instead, the only men Kerry seems to be attracting are Yasser Arafat and Kofi Annan...
The Hysterical Snivelers
by Michelle Malkin
During World War II, young Rose Will Monroe was the face of American women in adversity: strong, supportive and resolute against enemy forces that threatened our existence. Tens of thousands like Rosie rolled up their sleeves, gritted their teeth, and flexed their muscles in factories and shipyards and arsenals across the country. But Rosie is gone. And in her place, we have Hysterical Women for John Kerry. They are self-absorbed celebrities who support banning all guns (except the ones their bodyguards use to protect them and their children)...

Friday, October 22, 2004

The Myth of the Disenfranchised
by Jonah Goldberg
...there's a huge difference between the two sides' tactics. The Republicans' lawyers aren't preemptively declaring the election is fraud if they don't win. Simply put, they aren't trying to undermine the legitimacy of the American political system. The Democrats - who constantly decry Bush's "politics of fear" even as they warn of a draft and tell blacks they'll be disenfranchised - have taken the position that a Bush victory is by its very nature proof of voter fraud. That is the Holder Doctrine. If all the votes are counted, Kerry wins. Period. If Bush wins, the votes must not have been counted...
Faith and Patriotism
by Charles J. Chaput
...Patriotism, which is a virtue for people of all faiths, requires that we fight, ethically and nonviolently, for what we believe. Claiming that "we don't want to impose our beliefs on society" is not merely politically convenient; it is morally incoherent and irresponsible...
Democrats for Bush
by Stephen Green
Famously -- or perhaps infamously -- ABC's influential political blog The Note (fawning New Yorker magazine profile? Check.) claimed that "we still can't find a single American who voted for Al Gore in 2000 who is planning to vote for George Bush in 2004." That was last August. Since then, I've kept a scorecard of exactly which Gore voters are supporting Bush this year. Some of them, even ABC News may have heard of...
Media for Kerry
by Diana West
"Absolutely," most reporters want John Kerry to win the election, declares Newsweek's Evan Thomas, commenting on the media bias he says translates into "maybe" five extra points for the Democratic ticket at the polls. That's down from the 15 points Mr. Thomas first predicted Fourth Estate favor would bestow on Kerry-Edwards, but even five points could tip a race as close as this one...
Terrorism's Silent Partner at the United Nations
By Joshua Muravchik
With the Organization of the Islamic Conference defending any act committed on behalf of "national liberation," the United Nations cannot even issue an unequivocal condemnation of terrorism, let alone join the struggle to eliminate it...

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Anything To Get Elected
by Charles Krauthammer
...I'm not making this up. I couldn't. This is John Edwards on Monday at a rally in Newton, Iowa: "If we do the work that we can do in this country, the work that we will do when John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going to walk, get up out of that wheelchair and walk again." In my 25 years in Washington, I have never seen a more loathsome display of demagoguery. Hope is good. False hope is bad. Deliberately raising for personal gain false hope in the catastrophically afflicted is despicable...
Thousands of New Voter Cards in Ohio Undeliverable
by Jim Siegel
..."Whether it's for profit motive or political motive, fraud is being committed in the registration process in a way that makes more possible fraud on Election Day," [Ed Gillespie] said."I'll bet you this. If Mary Poppins and Dick Tracy vote on Election Day, they'll vote for John Kerry."
Jimmy Carter, Unleashed
by John H. Hinderaker
Reader William Holl alerted us to this unbelievable interview of former President Jimmy Carter by Chris Matthews on Hardball. Given that Matthews once worked for Carter, one might have expected the interview to be "Softball." In fact, it can only be described as "Screwball." It's hard to say who's nuttier, Carter or Matthews. Here are a few highlights, with my editorial comments...
La République des Bananes
by Claudia Rosett
...With the aim of shedding sanctions, Saddam, according to his regime's own records, was throwing billions in business and millions in bribes to France, Russia and, to a lesser extent, China, all veto-wielding permanent members of the Security Council. As it happened, sanctions were indeed eroding, and these three nations opposed the decision of the U.S. and Britain that Saddam either had to shape up or be shipped out. But in Mr. Annan's view, Saddam's oil money had nothing to do with it. Nobody buys the officials of France, Russia and China. They are 'serious and important'...

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Heinz Kerry Asks if Laura Bush Ever Had 'Real Job'
Reuters
Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, questioned whether first lady Laura Bush ever had "a real job," but apologized later on Wednesday after her remarks drew fire from the Bush campaign. Senior Bush campaign adviser Karen Hughes said the "unfortunate" remark was aimed at dividing women. "Teaching is a real job. Working as a librarian is a real job. Staying at home and rearing a family is a real job," Hughes said...
Voter Frauds On the Left
The Washington Times
...Thus far, the evidence suggests that the Bush-bashers are the people engaged in political chicanery when it comes to the question of voting rights.
Relearning War
by Ralph Peters
As the presidential election approaches, the cynical charges of "failure" in Iraq obscure a fundamental truth: The conflict has improved our military dramatically.
War teaches. And we're very good learners. We already had the best-trained, best-equipped armed forces in the world. Now we have the most experienced troops, as well. With enduringly high morale...Our military is evolving with the times — and doing so effectively. But no matter how good we get, we'll never see trouble-free combat. To pretend otherwise is immeasurable folly.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Kerry Off the Leash
by David Brooks
John Kerry wasn't nominated because of his sparkling personality. He wasn't nominated because of his selfless commitment to causes larger than himself. He was nominated because he's a fighter. At the end of every campaign he comes out brawling....The truth, however, is that voters are not idiots. They are capable of independent thought. If you attack your opponent wildly, ruthlessly, they will come to their own conclusions.
Why I Cannot Vote For John Kerry
by Dennis Prager
...Two unimpressive men have been nominated by the Democratic Party to be president and vice president of the world's greatest country. If they win, this country will, for the first time, begin relinquishing that greatness.
Why I'm Voting For George W. Bush
by John Nixon
...And since it's clear Bush didn't lie about Iraq and Kerry would still have voted to authorize making war, we return to the first issue: secularism. George W. Bush has a track record of supporting Judeo-Christian values in society; Kerry does not. In fact, Kerry and the left have been working actively to erode those values. Do I like everything about President Bush? Of course not. But in view of the future of our nation, the choice is clear for me.
"Mainline" Protestants Shill for Abusive Despots
by Johannes L. Jacobse
...Mainline Protestant activists are failing in the defense of human rights abuses around the world. Despite their self-professed role as guardians of the oppressed, their actions differ little from their secular counterpart on the progressive left. They no longer represent the enduring moral tradition of Christianity and cannot be trusted to represent it with honesty, clarity, or courage.

Monday, October 18, 2004

Why Marriage Can't Be Left To the States
by Jeff Jacoby
...It is only a matter of time before a federal judge -- perhaps even the Supreme Court -- brushes aside the federal DOMA and orders other states to give "full faith and credit" to same-sex marriages from Massachusetts. The only way to prevent the confusion and seething discord such a ruling will lead to is by changing the Constitution...Bush is right: It is not in our national interest for so grave a question to be decided by judicial diktat. Far better that it be decided openly and fairly, with public debate and the participation of Congress and the states. Anything else would be profoundly undemocratic -- and unwise.
Down With Capitalism They Chant
by Elizabeth Day
...The European Social Forum, one of the largest global gatherings for Left-wing activists...is full of such contradictions. The 30,000 delegates expected to turn up to the three-day event of seminars, cultural events and workshops across London this weekend, pride themselves on their revolutionary credentials - but only in moderation. Many of them eschew cynical capitalism, but are quite happy to hand over £10 for a Che Guevara visor and sweat-band at the Cuban souvenir stall...
Blue-eyed Sheikhs
by Daniel Hannan
...Icelanders believe that self-government is the natural condition for a sturdy, free-standing citizenry. They understand that there is a connection between living in an independent state and living independently from the state. They have no more desire to submit to international than to national regulation. That attitude has made them the happiest, freest and wealthiest people on earth. Long may they remain so.

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Christianity and the Presidential Election  Why?
by Johannes L. Jacobse
...There is no such thing in politics as the party of God. Christ is always the outsider. But relative good exists and some choices are better than others. The cultural left seeks to enforce a moral vision that mimics the values of the moral tradition through a skillful and clever appropriation of the Judeo/Christian moral vocabulary, but in fact seeks to subvert and finally abolish that tradition. Today the Democratic Party functions as the political agent of the cultural left. Republicans fight this cultural imperialism and thus slow the institutionalization of the decline it portends.
Kerry Taking Campaign Contributions From Pro-Iranian Group
by Jeff Gannon
...In one of his public statements about Iran, Kerry said, "I will be prepared early on to explore areas of mutual interest with Iran, just as I was prepared to normalize relations with Vietnam a decade ago." Following Kerry's advocacy on behalf of the communist government of Vietnam, Hanoi awarded a contract to Boston real estate firm Colliers International. At the time, the senator's cousin Stuart Forbes was head of the company. The Kerry campaign won't comment on the individuals in question.
Kerry's Gay Ploy Backfires
by Zev Chafets
...Despite Kerry's angel-faced sanctimony, this was a piece of premeditated gay-baiting (John Edwards used the same gambit in his debate with Cheney) whose transparent purpose was to keep some of the GOP's evangelical voters from turning out on Nov. 2. This was a miscalculation...

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Change Is Inevitably Not Popular
by Daniel Henninger
...If the people of the United States hand him victory in the 2004 election, George W. Bush could emerge as the Deng Xiaoping of American politics. After three presidential debates, it is clear that George Bush is asking the American people to make a similar, abrupt break with the comforts of the political past. Proposals such as Social Security privatization or individually run health-savings accounts are not being offered as just an intriguing "policy" alternative. These ideas are an historic necessity to surviving in the world economy as it exists today...
Facing Our Madrid
by Powl Smith
No, the real target of the increased insurgent attacks--their strategic grand prize--is American public opinion. The real reason for the surge in violence this fall? The U.S. presidential election. In the same way that al Qaeda changed the outcome of the Spanish elections last March with a single catastrophic bombing in Madrid, the enemies of a free Iraq are increasing the tempo of attacks in order to feed the media, and therefore the American people, a steady diet of blood and carnage in order to convince us that "it just isn't worth it"...

Friday, October 15, 2004

Oil-for-Food Probe Includes Annan's Son
Fox News
From the report's key findings: Saddam’s primary goal from 1991 to 2003 was to have UN sanctions lifted, while maintaining the security of the Regime...Saddam wanted to recreate Iraq’s WMD capability—which was essentially destroyed in 1991—after sanctions were removed and Iraq’s economy stabilized, but probably with a different mix of capabilities to that which previously existed. Saddam aspired to develop a nuclear capability—in an incremental fashion, irrespective of international pressure and the resulting economic risks—but he intended to focus on ballistic missile and tactical chemical warfare (CW) capabilities...
DNC Election Manual: Charge Voter Intimidation, Even If None Exists
by Matt Drudge
...A 66-page mobilization plan to be issued by the Kerry/Edwards campaign and the Democratic National Committee states: "If no signs of intimidation techniques have emerged yet, launch a 'pre-emptive strike.'" The provocative Dem battle plan is to be distributed in dozens of states, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. One top DNC official confirmed the manual's authenticity, but claimed the notion of crying wolf on any voter intimidation is "absurd"...
Democrat Playbook Opened To Criticism
John Kerry's Constitutional Conundrum
by Raymond Kraft
...John Kerry's public record of giving "aid and comfort" to the enemy is so public, and so indisputable, that I believe it is a fact, commonly known and not subject to plausible controversion, of which any Federal Court could, or must, take judicial notice. Now, he seeks to become president, and commander in chief, and will, if he is elected, take the oath again, to protect and defend the Constitution. But if he fulfills that oath, as he should, if he is elected, and if he is to defend the Constitution, then his first official act as President must be to resign from the office of president, because he is barred from the presidency by Article 14, Section 3, of the Constitution of the United States, which he will have sworn (again) to protect and defend...
Bush Merely Fumbled; Kerry Kicked It Away
by Robert Robb
...And Kerry said that Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy would have made the Social Security Trust Fund solvent until 2075. But not if they are being used to pay for a greatly expanded federal health care system, which is precisely what Kerry has proposed.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Hate Speech and Goon Squads
The Washington Times
So far, Democratic Party leaders have not said anything about the rash of drive-by shootings, theft, vandalism, unlawful entry and physical attacks committed by low-level anti-Bush partisans over the last few weeks. It would demonstrate real leadership if they -- and all persons of goodwill, regardless of political affiliation -- were to condemn this behavior in no uncertain terms. Here's a partial selection of what is alleged to have occurred...
Florida Goes National: Democrats Eye Election Lawsuits
by Collin Levey
...You can't make this stuff up. Former Clinton Assistant Counsel Jeff Connaughton says the Republicans are engaged in vote suppression because "when a lot of people vote, Democrats win." In short, the argument is: Any time a Democrat doesn't the win the presidency, it's a miscarriage of democracy. That's a good line to fire up the base, and rationalize defeat to boot...Of course, rationalizing is what lawyers do best. But you'd think vigilance against voter fraud would be a bipartisan issue. As "Stealing Elections" author John Fund points out, at least eight of the 9/11 hijackers were registered to vote in U.S. elections...
Was Kerry's Original Discharge Less Than Honorable?
BeldarBlog
In a front-page article in today's New York Sun entitled "Mystery Surrounds Kerry's Navy Discharge," reporter Thomas Lipscomb asserts that in all probability, Sen. John F. Kerry originally received a less-than-honorable discharge from the United States Naval Reserve — a discharge that was only upgraded to honorable after President Carter's 1977 executive order proclaiming a presidential amnesty for Vietnam War resisters...
Ninety Minutes and You're President?
by Armstrong Williams
...Since the advent of televised debates, presidential campaign ads have gone from 30 minutes to 30 seconds. Our modern leaders ascend as images, as suggestions. They act, speak and think in televisions terms...rousing points fall by the wayside in a debate forum that distills complex issues into a 90-minute personality test. Frightening indeed when, even during a war, our presidential debates are little more than performance art.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Presidential Debate #3 Analysis and Scorecard
by Hugh Hewitt
...Bush wins because of the faith question, the gay marriage question and the emphasis on education and Kerry's Global test. Kerry strong on jobs and health care, but weak on connecting with people. Shieffer probably doesn't even know how in the tank he was, a product of the deep, deep bias at CBS and MSM generally. Kerry on the defensive on many issues that matter to voters, and especially Catholic voters and voters with children. The worst fumble by Kerry: Not answering the cost question on health care...
Transcript
Democracy Takes Root, Big Media Yawn
Manchester Union Leader
...Saturday's peaceful election was an important historical event, made even more important by the lack of widespread violence. Too bad the Big Media have decided that a successful exercise of democracy in al-Qaida's former hideout is hardly worth covering.
The American Chamberlain
by William Tucker
...Kerry is our Neville Chamberlain, assuring us that we are not really at war, that the seeming conflict is all a misunderstanding that can be cleared up with a little clever diplomacy, and that he will bring us "peace in our time"...Meanwhile, al Qaeda or some offshoot will continue burrowing until they accomplish their goal – another major terrorist attack on our soil. At that point, Kerry will have an explanation similar to Neville Chamberlain's: "Everything would have worked if only Hitler had kept his promises."
Mass Grave of Women, Children Uncovered in Northern Iraq
Jerusalem Post
..."Unlike bodies that you've seen in many mass graves they look like cordwood all lined up," he said. "That didn't happen here. These bodies were just pushed in." He said excavators found the body of a mother still clutching her baby. The infant was shot in the back of the head and the mother in the face...Human rights organizations estimate that more than 300,000 people were killed during Saddam's 24-year rule...
Iwo Jima, If Covered by Media Today
by Zell Miller
...Historical note: In one of the bloodiest battles of World War II, when it was said "uncommon courage was a common virtue," 6,000 Marines were killed and 18,000 wounded. Some 21,000 Japanese were killed. The island itself is still barren and only a handful of people live on it. But after it was secured by the Marines, B-29s made over 2,200 emergency landings on it, saving the lives of more than 24,000 crewmen...

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

We Have an Obligation to Eliminate Terrorism, Not Tolerate It
By Rudy Giuliani
...I’m wondering exactly when Senator Kerry thought [terrorists] were just a nuisance. Maybe when they attacked the USS Cole? Or when they attacked the World Trade Center in 1993? Or when they slaughtered the Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972? Or killed Leon Klinghoffer by throwing him overboard? Or the innumerable number of terrorist acts that they committed in the 70s, the 80s and the 90s, leading up to September 11?...The idea that you can have an acceptable level of terrorism is frightening...
Smoking Gun
by John Podhoretz
Conservatives are up in arms about the memo written by the chief pol itics producer at ABC News, which leaked out on Friday. They shouldn't be. Mark Halperin's memo is very useful: It reveals as no other document ever has the existence of a deeply ingrained double standard in the way political news is reported in the United States...So conservatives owe Mark Halperin a debt of gratitude — for proving to all fair-minded people that we right-wingers have been hollering "foul" about media bias all these years with ample reason. After all, how many other memos like this have been written over the decades that we haven't seen? Dozens? Hundreds?
Ask Kerry One Question: What Would Zarqawi be Doing if He Weren't In Iraq
by Dennis Prager
[Would he be] Selling used cars in Amman? Playing cello in the Berlin Philharmonic? The president has said from the beginning that a major reason for invading Iraq was to bring the war to the terrorists, and that if we don't fight them on their soil, we will have to fight them on ours. Therefore, unless one posits that Zarqawi and other Arab sadists would be doing nice things elsewhere, their presence in Iraq seems to vindicate the president entirely -- that they would be busy in the West if they were not kept busy defending their very lives in Iraq.

A Wild and Crazy Guy
by Stephen Moore
...According to the Kerrys’ own tax records, and they have not released all of them, the couple had a combined income of $5.5 million in income last year and paid $704,227 in income taxes. That means their effective tax rate was a whopping 12.8%. And it was all (presumably) done legally...the average federal tax rate — combined payroll and income tax — for a middle-class family is closer to 20% or more. George W. and Laura Bush, who had an income one-tenth of the Kerrys’, paid a tax rate of 30%...The Kerrys have unwittingly made the case for what George W. Bush says he wants to do: radically simplify and flatten out the tax code...

Monday, October 11, 2004

Getting Physical: Union Thugs Target Republicans
by John Fund
...Let's hope the lawyers don't take over this election's aftermath the way they did in Florida in 2000. To prevent that the Justice Department needs to step in now and enforce everyone's civil rights. That means protecting campaign workers from intimidation as well as preventing fraudulent votes from canceling out legitimate ballots. Allowing double voting, ballots to be cast from the graveyard and those who have been disqualified because of criminal convictions to dilute the process only calls into question the sanctity of the election itself. It's no way to run a modern democracy.
President Bush's Campaign Office in Spokane Burglarized, Vandalized
by David Postman
Offices that house President Bush's re-election campaign in Spokane were broken into and vandalized last night, the latest in a string of crimes at Republican offices across the country. Workers arriving this morning found a hole smashed through the wall from an adjacent, vacant office. Bush campaign officials say a small amount of petty cash is missing and a computer and television had been moved and left near the hole...
The Case for Fearmongering
by Charles Krauthammer
...The '90s are over. It's not the economy, stupid. It's Hiroshima — on American soil. If that doesn't scare you, it should. We could use more fear in this election, not less. Cheney should be commended for his candor. Kennedy too.
Russia's Big Deal
by Niles Lathem
A top former aide of Russian President Vladimir Putin was secretly getting sweetheart oil deals from Saddam Hussein during the bitter U.N. Security Council debate over the Iraq war, The Post has learned. The oil trades were among at least three newly uncovered instances of backstage wheeling and dealing by Russian and French businessmen and political figures while their governments were bitterly opposing the Bush administration's war efforts...
Wealth of Others Helped to Shape Kerry's Life
by Robert F. Worth
...Even adjusting for inflation, their net worth far surpasses that of such wealthy predecessors as John F. Kennedy and his wife. In an election driven in large part by the candidates' personalities, that extraordinary wealth and the air of privilege Mr. Kerry seems to carry with him have often been a stumbling block, exacerbating the perception that he is an aloof man whose elite tastes separate him from the concerns of ordinary people...
TV Group to Show Anti- Kerry Film on 62 Stations
by Jim Rutenberg
Up to 62 television stations owned or managed by the Sinclair Broadcasting Group - many of them in swing states [of Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin, Nevada and Pennsylvania] - will show ["Stolen Honor"] a documentary highly critical of Senator John Kerry's antiwar activities 30 years ago within the next two weeks, Sinclair officials said yesterday...

Sunday, October 10, 2004

When Churches Head Left
by John Leo
America's mainline Protestant churches are in trouble. One sign is shrinking membership. Another is turning their political policymaking over to fringe leftists...Anti-Americanism is an old story in the mainline church bureaucracies. During the 1970s and 1980s, these churches generally ignored human-rights abuses in the Soviet Union and focused instead on the United States as the primary source of abuse. One result was to scorn dissident movements, such as Solidarity in Poland, which were pressing Moscow for more freedom...
The Changing Face of Poverty
by Robert J. Samuelson
...The Census statistics are both better and worse than advertised. They're better because the middle class isn't vanishing. Many middle-class families achieved large income gains in the 1990s and—despite the recession and halting recovery—have kept those gains. They're worse because the increase in poverty in recent decades stems mainly from immigration. Until our leaders acknowledge the connection between immigration and poverty, we'll be hamstrung in dealing with either...
Fantasy Land
Jack Kelly
...Kerry can forget more foreign help on Iraq...Within an hour of Prime Minister Iwad Allawi's speech to a joint session of Congress thanking America for our help, Kerry held a news conference to demean Allawi as a puppet. In his debate with Vice President Dick Cheney, Kerry's running mate discounted the sacrifices Iraqi policemen and soldiers are making in the fight against the terrorists. These are peculiar ways to bolster a relationship with a key ally. Last month Kerry's sister, Diana, was in Australia trying to persuade Australians to leave the coalition. This is a most peculiar way to strengthen America's alliances in the war on terror...
The Sordid Truth Aout the Oil-For-Food Scandal
by Con Coughlin
...So now we know the truth. Forget the row about Saddam's non-existent weapons stockpiles. That, after all, should never have been the justification for war in the first place. The proper casus belli for regime change in Baghdad was Saddam's non-compliance with 17 United Nations resolutions over a period of more than 12 years. The real scandal contained in the long-awaited report of the Iraq Survey Group (ISG) that was published last week concerns the fecklessness of the United Nations, not to mention the treacherous conduct of some of its security council members, in its dealings with Saddam's regime between the end of the 1991 Gulf war and last year's Operation Iraqi Freedom...

Saturday, October 09, 2004

When Is Enough [Funding] Enough?
By Michael Fumento
...About 16,000 Americans died from AIDS in 2002, approximately half the number that die annually from flu. Meanwhile, over half a million die from cancer yearly, with the butcher's bill for incurable pancreatic cancer alone about twice that as for AIDS. According to the CDC, 435,000 Americans die each year from tobacco-related disease and another 400,000 from poor diet and lack of exercise. (Though arguably those last two figures are exaggerated.) What Dr. Jaffe views with alarm actually reflects a decrease in national hysteria. It's obscene that almost a fifth of Americans still consider AIDS our prime health problem when heart disease, which kills 700,000 Americans annually, gets a worry rating of merely eight percent. Dr. Jaffe valiantly uses a number of hoary old tricks to exaggerate the AIDS problem, but all crumble into dust when exposed to the rays of the sun...
The Report That Nails Saddam
by David Brooks
...Duelfer makes clear on the very first page of his report that it is a story. It is a mistake and a distortion, he writes, to pick out a single frame of the movie and isolate it from the rest of the tale. But that is exactly what has happened. I have never in my life seen a government report so distorted by partisan passions. The fact that Saddam had no W.M.D. in 2001 has been amply reported, but it's been isolated from the more important and complicated fact of Saddam's nature and intent...
The Duelfer Report's Case For War in Iraq
by Michael Barone
...Intelligence is an inexact business. It deals with things that cannot be known for sure. In this case, it dealt with something that even an ideal intelligence agency could not determine for certain. Our intelligence agencies and those of other countries that concluded that Saddam had WMDs turned out to have erred, but they erred on the proper side, on the side of pessimism, as they had to—because the man had a record of developing WMDs and using them. And he had a record, we now know thanks to Charles Duelfer, of maintaining the capability of using WMDs again. The world and the United States are safer with Saddam in prison.
The President is Back
by Dick Morris
The president finally showed the guts, determination and focus that earned him victories in the three debates with Al Gore. He finally did his homework. He focused on his briefing points and mobilized his rhetoric to win the second debate. It was Reagan-Mondale all over again...

Friday, October 08, 2004

ABC News Political Director: Bush and Kerry Not 'Equally Accountable"
by Matt Drudge
...Halperin's claim that ABCNEWS will not "reflexively and artificially hold both sides 'equally' accountable" set off sparks in St. Louis where media players gathered to cover the second presidential debate. Halperin states the responsibilities of the ABCNEWS staff have "become quite grave." In August, Halperin declared online: "This is now John Kerry's contest to lose"...
Presidential Debate #2: Analysis and Scorecard
by Hugh Hewitt
No way to call this other than a big Bush win, and no amount of spin can change that. Kerry's defending Kyoto and partial birth abortion, and still hoping to turn the war into a win. It will not work. A great forum for the president. Great delivery. "Saddam would still be in power," says Bush...."Not necessarily still be in power, " says Kerry. No fair card can score this any other way...
Transcript
What I Really Said About Iraq
by L. Paul Bremer III
In recent days, attention has been focused on some remarks I've made about Iraq. The coverage of these remarks has elicited far more heat than light, so I believe it's important to put my remarks in the correct context...It's no secret that during my time in Iraq I had tactical disagreements with others, including military commanders on the ground. Such disagreements among individuals of good will happen all the time, particularly in war and postwar situations.
Iraq Amnesia
Opinion Journal
The real "coalition of the bribed" was at the U.N. Judging from the current Iraq debate, you might think Saddam Hussein didn't use poison gas on the Kurds and the Iranians in the 1980s. Or that 500,000 American troops hadn't been sent to the Gulf in 1990-91 to reverse his invasion of Kuwait...It might also be easy to forget that Saddam never came clean about his weapons of mass destruction, resulting in Bill Clinton's Desert Fox bombing of 1998 and the ejection of U.N. inspectors...
Kerry's 'Global' Test
By Lee A. Casey and David B. Rivkin, Jr.
...In truth, this is what Mr. Kerry meant when he suggested a "global" test for the use of American military power, and he should be applauded for his candor. On Election Day, however, the American people will have to decide whether, after 200 years of asserting their right to govern themselves, they agree that the cause of popular sovereignty is lost.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Why Democrats Fear Bush's Domestic Agenda
by George Will
If Sept. 11 had never happened -- if debate about domestic policy had not been drowned out by the roar of war -- the potential domestic ramifications of this election would give it unusual nation-shaping power. To understand why is to understand some of the Democratic rage about the specter of a second term for George W. Bush. He has a multifaceted agenda for weakening crucial components of the Democratic Party, factions that depend on cosseting by the federal government. Consider trial lawyers and organized labor...
Responsible Voting
by Thomas Sowell
...A citizen who cannot be bothered to find out the facts about the issues, not just media spin or party propaganda, is doing a disservice to this country by voting -- especially when electing leaders making life-and-death decisions whose consequences will affect this generation and generations to come. Those who vote on the basis of what the government can do for them are especially short-sighted during a war against worldwide terror networks. What good would it do to get free prescription drugs forever if your forever is likely to be cut short by more attacks like those on September 11, 2001?
Intelligence Stampede
Opinion Journal
Our expectations for Congress are always low, and in the case of intelligence reform the Members are once again meeting them. On second thought, that's too generous. The solons are rushing to accomplish the most extensive reform of U.S. intelligence in 50 years in a few pre-election weeks, and they're doing it without a clue about the consequences...
Neoconservatism’s Liberal Legacy
by Tod Lindberg
...We arrive, therefore, at our politics of the future: Because we favor freedom and equality, and as a consequence of our general support for efforts to extend freedom and equality, we must also oppose such demands for equality that impinge excessively on freedom and oppose such demands for freedom that impinge on equality...

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Climate of Fear
by Glenn Reynolds
Violence, including drive-by shootings, hit Bush-Cheney headquarters in Tennessee, Florida, and Wisconsin. Is this a coordinated event? Some pro-peace, anti war groups seem pleased.
Saddam's Slick Plot
by Ian Bishop, Deborah Orin, and Niles Latham
Saddam Hussein illegally funneled cash skimmed from the U.N. oil-for-food humanitarian program to a devil's workshop of his WMD scientists, The Post has learned.The new bombshell findings about Saddam's pillaging of the oil-for-food program comes as the chief U.S. weapons inspector in Iraq will present a comprehensive report blasting the U.N. sanctions program to a Senate panel today...
Vice Presidential Debate Scorecard
by Hugh Hewitt
..."Global test" is an anchor around Kerry's neck, and Edwards' attempt to say Kerry has been consistent on Iraq is just absurd, which underscores why this election is essentially unwinnable by Kerry. But Edwards set himself up for a comeback in four years...
Debate Transcript
Deer in the Headlights
by Dick Morris
...Normally, vice presidential debates are not significant. But this confrontation should serve President Bush well. With Edwards parroting Sen. John Kerry's line in last week's presidential debate, Cheney gave the answers Bush should have offered but failed to articulate. If the first presidential debate was a contrast of Bush's substance and Kerry's style, the vice-presidential debate gave Cheney a chance to emphasize the president's positions and Kerry's contradictions without tripping over his own words. Cheney looked like a man and Edwards looked like a boy...
The Afghan Miracle
by William Safire
...Such terrorist acts by die-hard Taliban insurgents may be excitingly pictorial, but images of Muslims, especially women, voting for the first time - and of candidates for office literally taking their lives in their hands to campaign - are deemed not sufficiently mesmerizing...
'Keeping Hopelessness Alive' in Iraq
by John Kyl
...Those of us who support the President's policy are not saying everything is rosy. I don't know anyone who has. But as contrasted with those who create this sense of panic, the President has a vision. His commanders have a strategy. When I saw General Abizaid on television last Sunday, he didn't paint a rosy picture. It was a very realistic assessment. But he also showed a calm confidence that if we can persevere, we can prevail. And that's what he asked of the American people: To allow their military commanders as well as the Commander-in-Chief to carry out the vision here to defeat militant Islamic terrorists, wherever they are...
How Kerry Won [The First Debate]
by Dennis Prager
...There is no other explanation for this unassailable fact: John Kerry won the debate because he sounded better; and he sounded better in large measure because he got away with saying whatever any voter wanted to hear. That is one reason President Bush looked so annoyed at times. It is very hard for the principled to listen to the unprincipled...

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Polish President Slams Kerry After Debate Snub
by Matt Drudge
..."There is one thing which should be stated clearly: this coalition is not just the United States, Great Britain, Australia alone; it also involves participation of Polish, Ukrainian, Bulgarian and Spanish soldiers who have died. It is immoral not to recognize the involvement we contributed based on our conviction that there should be unity in fighting terrorism, that there was a need to display international solidarity and that Saddam Hussein was a dangerous individual of this world"...
Hullabaloo Over Halliburton
Opinion Journal
Tonight's Vice Presidential debate is expected to be a bare-knuckled affair--traditionally it's the understudies who go negative while their bosses strike a higher tone. As well as making for good entertainment, this can give the voters some valuable information about the two tickets...By sheer force of repetition the vague accusations hurled at Halliburton have unfairly dragged the company's good name down to the level of Enron...
One War or Two?
by Tom Donnelly
The election is a Rorschach Test about the world of the early 21st century...The real war is a civil war within Arabia and the larger Islamic world. It's between the old, post-colonial autocrats and the Islamic revolutionaries, be they Shia, Iranian, or Sunni, Arab, or otherwise. The era of petty tyrants--protected by Western powers--whose crimes are ameliorated only by their corruption, is passing...
The Army Wins
by Ralph Peters
The two-day sweep through Samarra incorporated lessons learned on the ground over the past several months — especially the need to win swiftly in urban settings. Our soldiers performed flawlessly under difficult conditions...Has Sen. Kerry acknowledged the performance of our troops? Has he thanked them? Of course not. The senator and his posse of defeatists resent American victories in the final weeks before our presidential election. We're supposed to lose, you understand. There's an enormous and troubling disconnect between the situation on the ground in Iraq and the portrait of disaster hawked by Kerry & Co. — abetted by the media. The victims of this disinformation campaign are our soldiers, the American people and the law-abiding citizens of Iraq...

Monday, October 04, 2004

Iraq and Averages  Why?
by Robert Kagan
...Democracy promotion? This may come as a shock to many people, but George W. Bush didn't exactly invent the idea that the United States should promote democracy abroad. It wasn't even original with Woodrow Wilson. Anyone looking at the broad sweep of American history would have to say that urging democracy upon other nations, often after invasions undertaken for other purposes, is more the norm than the exception. As for unilateralism, acting alone or with a "select coalition," that really has been the historical norm. The Cold War system of alliances was an aberration, a welcome one, no doubt, but heavily influenced by geopolitical circumstances that no longer pertain. And preemption? Not only has this been a prominent feature of U.S. foreign policy for two centuries, as historian John Lewis Gaddis has pointed out, but everyone from Michael Walzer to Henry Kissinger to Kofi Annan to John Kerry agrees that preventive action is an unavoidable part of doing business in a world of proliferating weapons of mass destruction and international terrorism. The question is not whether preventive military actions will be taken but how they will be sanctioned by international bodies...
Exclusive: Saddam Possessed WMD, Had Extensive Terror Ties
by Scott Wheeler
...Iraqi intelligence documents, confiscated by U.S. forces and obtained by CNSNews.com, show numerous efforts by Saddam Hussein's regime to work with some of the world's most notorious terror organizations, including al Qaeda, to target Americans...Iraq not only built and maintained relationships with terrorist groups, the documents show it appears to have trained terrorists as well. Ninety-two individuals from various Middle Eastern countries are listed on the papers...The senior government official and source of the Iraqi intelligence memos, explained that the reason the documents have not been made public before now is that the government has "thousands and thousands of documents waiting to be translated...
Journalistic Methodology Used to Report Details of Saddam's Terror Ties
Middle School Teacher In Trouble Over Presidential Photo?
by Ken Rosato
...Parents expressing outrage after a teacher is kicked out of her public school for hanging a picture of President Bush next to pictures of other presidents in her classroom...School officials would not talk on camera but insist nobody here has been fired. To that, Ms. Pillai-Diaz [the teacher] asks what does it mean then when your boss asks you to hand over the keys and kicks you out of the building? She also says she is not sure if she'll be returning to school tomorrow.
Debate Mystery: Did Kerry Have a Cheat Sheet?
by Matt Drudge
...the binding "Memorandum of Understanding" that was negotiated and agreed upon by both political campaigns states: "No props, notes, charts, diagrams, or other writings or other tangible things may be brought into the debate by either candidate.... Each candidate must submit to the staff of the Commission prior to the debate all such paper and any pens or pencils with which a candidate may wish to take notes during the debate, and the staff or commission will place such paper, pens and pencils on the podium..." So what did Dem presidential contender John Kerry take out of his jacket as he approached the stage (with his back to the auditorium's audience)?...

Sunday, October 03, 2004

Voting For a Worldview  Why?
by Kathleen Parker
In divided America, political analysts determinedly seek to peg voters according to demographics, from geography, race, sex and age to religious belief, marital status, education and hobbies...My own theory of voting patterns breaks down as follows. The nation is essentially divided into two cinematic camps: (1) those who believe that America's story was best told in Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, and (2) those who think Peter Jackson pretty much captured the essence of current events in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, based on J.R.R. Tolkien's literary masterpiece of the same name...

Gloom and Doom Purveyors
by Oliver North
...A young Army captain vehemently said: "Ernie Pyle would laugh at what passes for reporting in this war. The networks set up their cameras on a hotel balcony and send out an Iraqi producer to buy videotape from Al Jazeera. Then the reporters all sit inside the 'green zone' and concoct their bad news stories. The next thing you know, it's being used in a political ad back home. For me, this isn't political -- it's personal. We're a whole [expletive] lot better than what people back home are seeing"...
Another Vietnam?
by David Gelernter
...Bush obviously stands with the large contingent of Americans who are determined that, if we ever did face another Vietnam, never again would we pull out in a headlong rush and leave our allies sinking in the mud, clutching at our helicopter skids as we fly away, with the wreck of the new and better nation we had tried to build collapsing around their heads. Never again will we treat America's trustworthiness and honor, and the hopes of our friends, and the blood-sacrifices of our soldiers, like bad debts to be written off with a shudder...
Kerry's Polished, But He Can't Make His Case
by Mark Steyn
...If John Kerry is so polished and eloquent and forceful and mellifluous, how come nobody has a clue what his policy on Iraq is? As he made clear on Thursday, Saddam was a growing threat so he had to be disarmed so Kerry voted for war in order to authorize Bush to go to the U.N. but Bush failed to pass ''the global test'' so we shouldn't have disarmed Saddam because he wasn't a threat so the war was a mistake so Kerry will bring the troops home by persuading France and Germany to send their troops instead because he's so much better at building alliances so he'll have no trouble talking France and Germany into sending their boys to be the last men to die for Bush's mistake. Have I got that right?...
Exhibition Killing
by Amir Taheri
...Triggered by the atrocity at a school in Beslan, in southern Russia, last month, the debate has been further fueled by kidnappings and "exhibition killings" in Iraq. Non-Muslims may find it strange that such practices are debated rather than condemned as despicable crimes. But the fact is that the seizure of hostages and "exhibition killing" go back to the early stages of Islamic history...

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Voting Rights, Voting Wrongs
by Joseph Perkins
...I, for one, am not worried about my voting rights being abrogated. I'm far more concerned that the ballot I cast on Election Day will be neutralized by voting wrongs...The party of Kerry and Edwards and McAuliffe hasn't had nearly as much to say about voting wrongs as it has about voting rights. Maybe that's because the Democrats know they stand to benefit most from vote-swapping, double voting, registration of dementia patients, and noncitizen voting...
Right War, Right Place, Right Time
by Debra Burlingame
...Anyone who has actually read the report would know that the 9/11 Commission had plenty to say about the connections between al Qaeda and Iraq, but because much of its findings were beyond the scope of its charter, important details went unstated in public hearings or were buried in the minutiae of the published narrative. Virtually every reporter I have spoken to has failed to answer this basic question satisfactorily: "Have you actually read the report?" The answer is almost always a sheepish "No." Those who have only given it a cursory scan may have missed the fine-print chapter notes where explosive information about names, dates, places, and conversations concerning the Iraq-al Qaeda connection are outlined in chilling detail...
"Kill-the-Terrorists" Kerry Wants U.S. Nuke Development Halted
by Hugh Hewitt
...This is may be the most astonishing part of Kerry's presentation last night, an authentic moment for the nuclear-freeze favoring, weapons-system hating Senator with 20 years of anti-military votes in the Congress. Kerry's voice actually rose with outrage when he said "[t]he United States is pursuing a new set of nuclear weapons." "It doesn't make sense," he exclaimed. How I wish Jim Lehrer had asked him why not...

Friday, October 01, 2004

Moore's Bush-Bashing On College Campuses Subsidized By Taxpayers
by Jimmy Moore
..."I am a big fan of free speech on college campuses, but using taxpayer funds to pay exorbitant fees for a political operative could hardly be called free," Perkins noted. "And where is the much-needed balance during this political year? Parents should be outraged, taxpayers should be furious, and the boards of these colleges need to be held accountable."
Distortions and Misstatements At First Presidential Debate
Annenberg Political Fact Check
...Bush glossed over significant problems with US reconstruction efforts in Iraq when he claimed that the US is "spending money" and that 100,000 Iraqi security forces have been trained. And Kerry overstated the case when he said Bush allowed Osama bin Laden to escape from Tora Bora by "outsourcing" fighting to Afghans. Bush misquoted Kerry, distorting his position on withdrawing troops from Iraq. And Kerry said the Iraq war has cost $200 billion, when the cost so far is actually just over $120 billion...
Debate Transcript & Video
Bush Won First Debate
by Hugh Hewitt
...Kerry's distrust of our weaponry is really a distrust of our national purpose. As the president kept saying, it is about the core of the candidates, and at Bush's core is a certainty about America's purpose in the world and its essential goodness. At Kerry's core, despite many protestations to the contrary, is a deep suspicion of America with its nukes, its weapons, its preemption and its resolve to go it alone if necessary...
Scorecard