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Friday, August 27, 2004
Greatest Website Ever
It's not just Baptists....
...do some men feel the need to be in public without shirts on? And it's always the ones who should not have their shirts off. Keep the shirts on, guys.
Thursday, August 26, 2004
Because It's True
This is just asinine
The question is: Why are we Catholic?
"The difficulty of explaining why I am a Catholic is that there are 10,000 reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true." --G.K. Chesterton
President Bush wants to work with Sen. John McCain to take legal action against "shadowy" outside groups that have been spending millions of dollars on ads criticizing the president and Democratic rival Sen. John Kerry, the White House said Thursday.
We used to have this thing called the 1st Amendment here in America. It was apparently repealed with the Supreme Court decision on McCain-Feingold, but we should be trying to increase
freedom of speech, not decrease it.
The fact is, as over the top as some of the attacks by 527 groups have been, they're still allowed to do it under the 1st Amendment. And they should be. It's completely wrong that MoveOn.org has been comparing Bush to Hitler and accusing him of trying to create a dictatorship. But that's their right. We can't prevent that sort of over-the-top behavior with preventing legitimate speech, like that of Swift Boat Veteran for Truth, despite what the media tels you about them.
Another nugget from the article:
Also Wednesday, Rep. John Dingell, D-Michigan, called for a Justice Department investigation into the possible connection between ads run by the swift boat group and the president's re-election campaign.
What about the even closer ties between Kerry's campaign and MoveOn.org and Americans Coming Together? They also share lawyers and have even traded staff members.
Cleland called the campaign by the veterans' group "a campaign of character assassination"[...]
Meanwhile, the Kerry campaign has responded to Swift Boats Veterans for the Truth by accusing them of breaking the law, being racists, anti-Catholics and threatening to release more dirt on them. And as long as the press is on their side, they get away with stuff like that.
Another Great Impromptus column from Jay Nordlinger
From a Marine who served in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968:
Last night on a talk show…the Kerry spokesman said that the atrocities in Vietnam are well documented matters of record, and Kerry had every right to talk about them in 1972. My blood began to boil again.
As a military lawyer, I knew of the atrocities being committed by Marines in Vietnam. The atrocities were isolated incidents, and they were punished by every level of command at the time and before it became trendy for the media to sensationalize the crimes. They are matters of record because the perpetrators were court martialed, and you can read about them in the court martial reports.
Kerry's characterization of Vietnam atrocities as being widespread on a daily basis with the knowledge of all levels of command is a lie.
The Kerry machine’s sending spokesmen out to attest to widespread atrocities in Vietnam multiplies the insult. Not only should Kerry apologize, but every spokesman from the nameless man I saw last night to James Carville should apologize. Until they do, I will support the Swiftvets with my money and with my voice.
From The Corner
I must tell you which people I most contemn right now, here in America: conservatives who will not vote for Bush, or who have "reservations," because he's not pure enough. "Oh, his spending, oh, his steel tariffs [which were imposed for like two seconds]!" Come on: There's a war on. Don't these people know it? Will there ever be a weightier contrast between the two major candidates? Will the stakes ever be higher? I mean, this is 1864-ish.
I must say I retch at these conservatives, about whom I read. (I'm not talking about the anti-war, anti-Bush conservatives: I'm talking about the ones who are for the war, but who draw back from support of Bush because, like just about every politician — necessarily — he's impure.) They seem to me, above all, immature: to misunderstand democracy, to reject politics, to give off whiffs of totalism.
Yuck! (Don't you wish I'd express myself more forthrightly?)
No, I did not mean "condemn" in that first sentence above.
Oh, hang on, one more thing: Vietnam vets were once "baby-killers"; now they're heroes, and the only ones who get to pronounce on war and peace, as long as they're for Kerry.
That's an improvement, isn't it? Sort of? Or not?
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
"No one can read our Constitution without concluding that the people who wrote it wanted their government severely limited; the words 'no' and 'not' employed in restraint of government power occur 24 times in the first seven articles of the Constitution and 22 more times in the Bill of Rights." --Edmund A. Opitz
"Whosoever is out of patience is out of possession of his mind, body and soul." --Sir Francis Bacon
"The chief cause of problems is solutions." --Eric Sevareid
"To insist on strength...is not war-mongering. It is peace-mongering." --Barry Goldwater
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
This is all Mike Tyson was doing
WILM to be purchased by Clear Channel
...women and men with asymmetrical extremities -- ears, fingers or feet of different sizes or shapes -- were more likely to react aggressively when annoyed or provoked.
no doubt knew this also.
This is kind of sad. WILM is the best news radio station in Delaware, and I hope this purchase doesn't affect that.
I really hope this doesn't take the excellent Flynn-Larrimore
show off the air. According to their site, Clear Channel already owns the following stations in Delaware: WDOV, WDSD, WRDX (The River!), and WWTX (1290 the Ticket). They're the ones responsible for taking off WJBR-AM, home of the 40s and 50s? That's it! Clear Channel is
the source of all evil in radio broadcasting.
Monday, August 23, 2004
Walter Williams Tells It Like It Is
Why The War On Poverty will never be won by Government
"What is socialism? We miss the boat if we say it's the agenda of left-wingers and Democrats. According to Marxist doctrine, socialism is a stage of society between capitalism and communism where private ownership and control over property are eliminated. The essence of socialism is the attenuation and ultimate abolition of private property rights. Attacks on private property include, but are not limited to, confiscating the rightful property of one person and giving it to another to whom it doesn't belong. When this is done privately, we call it theft. When it's done collectively, we use euphemisms: income transfers or redistribution. It's not just left-wingers and Democrats who call for and admire socialism but right-wingers and Republicans as well. Republicans and right-wingers support taking the earnings of one American and giving them to farmers, banks, airlines and other failing businesses. Democrats and left-wingers support taking the earnings of one American and giving them to poor people, cities and artists. Both agree on taking one American's earnings to give to another; they simply differ on the recipients. This kind of congressional activityconstitutes at least two-thirds of the federal budget. Regardlessof the purpose, such behavior is immoral. It's a reduced form of slavery. After all, what is the essence of slavery? It's the forceful use of one person to serve the purposes of another person. When Congress, through the tax code, takes the earnings of one person and turns around to give it to another person in the forms of prescription drugs, Social Security, food stamps, farm subsidies or airline bailouts, it is forcibly using one person to serve the purposes of another. The moral question stands out in starker relief when we acknowledge that those spending programs coming out of Congress do not represent lawmakers reaching into their own pockets and sending out the money. Moreover, there's no tooth fairy or Santa Claus giving them the money. The fact that government has no resources of its very own forces us to acknowledge that the only way government can give one American a dollar is to first -- through intimidation, threats and coercion -- take that dollar from some other American." --Walter Williams
My Current Reading
"The war on poverty created a great new upper-middle class of bureaucrats that found they had a fine career as long as they could keep enough needy people there to justify their existence." --Ronald Reagan
Who knew Coolidge could talk enough to write an entire book? Should be interesting, though.