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Mark Steyn: Stop frisking crippled nuns
The Spectator (U.K.) ^ | 06/01/2002 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 05/30/2002 8:23:31 AM PDT by Pokey78

New Hampshire

When political correctness got going in the Eighties, the laconic wing of the conservative movement was inclined to be relaxed about it. To be sure, the tendency of previously pithy identity labels to become ever more polysyllabically ornate (‘person of colour’, ‘Native American’) was time-consuming, but otherwise PC was surely harmless. Some distinguished persons of non-colour, among them Sir Peregrine Worsthorne, even argued that conservatives should support political correctness as merely the contemporary version of old-fashioned courtliness and good manners.

Alas, after 11 September, this position seems no longer tenable. Instead, we have to ask a more basic question: does political correctness kill?
Consider the extraordinary memo sent three weeks ago by FBI agent Coleen Rowley to the agency’s director Robert Mueller, and now, despite his best efforts, all over Time magazine. Ms Rowley works out of the Minneapolis field office, whose agents, last 16 August, took action to jail a French citizen of Middle Eastern origin. Zacarias Moussaoui had shown up at a Minnesota flight school and shelled out 8,000 bucks in cash in order to learn how to fly 747s, except for the landing and take-off bit, which he said he’d rather skip. On investigation, he proved to have overstayed his visa and so was held on an immigration violation. Otherwise, he would have been the 20th hijacker, and, so far as one can tell, on board United Flight 93, the fourth plane, the one which crashed in a Pennsylvania field en route, as we now know, to the White House. In Mr Moussaoui’s more skilled hands — Flight 93 wound up with the runt of Osama’s litter — it might well have reached its target.

Ms Rowley and her colleagues established that Moussaoui was on a French intelligence watch list, had ties to radical Islamist groups, was known to have recruited young Muslims to fight in Chechnya, and had been in Afghanistan and Pakistan immediately before arriving in the US. They wanted to search his computer, but to do that they needed the OK from HQ. Washington was not only unco-operative, but set about, in the words of Ms Rowley’s memo, ‘thwarting the Minneapolis FBI agents’ efforts’, responding to field-office requests with ever lamer brush-offs. How could she be sure it was the same guy? There could be any number of Frenchmen called ‘Zacarias Moussaoui’. She checked the Paris phone book, which listed only one. After 11 September, when the Minneapolis agents belatedly got access to Moussaoui’s computer, they found among other things the phone number of Mohammed Atta’s room-mate.

What was the problem at HQ? According to the New York Times’s William Safire, ‘Intimidated by the brouhaha about supposed ethnic profiling of Wen Ho Lee, lawyers at John Ashcroft’s Justice Department wanted no part of going after this Arab.’ Wen Ho Lee was a Taiwan-born scientist at Los Alamos accused of leaking nuclear secrets to the Chinese and arrested in 1999. His lawyers mobilised the Asian-American lobby, his daughter embarked on a coast-to-coast speaking tour, and pretty soon the case had effectively collapsed, leaving the Feds with headlines like ‘Investigator Denies Lee Was Victim of Racial Bias’ (the San Francisco Chronicle).

This was during an election campaign in which Al Gore was promising that his first act as president would be to sign an executive order forbidding police from pulling over African-Americans for ‘driving while black’. Dr Lee had been arrested, wrote the columnist Lars-Erik Nelson, for ‘working in a nuclear weapons laboratory while Chinese’. In August 2001, invited to connect the dots on the Moussaoui file, Washington bureaucrats foresaw only scolding editorials about ‘flying while Arab’.

Example number two: another memo from last summer, this time the so-called ‘Phoenix memo’ sent by Kenneth Williams. This is Kenneth Williams the crack FBI Arizona agent, not Kenneth Williams of Carry On Up the Khyber fame, though in the end it might just as well have been. Agent Williams filed a report on an alarming trend he’d spotted and, just to make sure you didn’t have to plough through a lot of stuff to get to the meat, the Executive Summary at the top of the memo read, ‘Usama bin Laden and Al-Muhjiroun supporters attending civil aviation universities/colleges in Arizona’.

Three weeks ago, FBI director Mueller was asked why the Bureau had declined to act on the memo. He said, ‘There are more than 2,000 aviation academies in the United States. The latest figure I think I heard is something like 20,000 students attending them. And it was perceived that this would be a monumental undertaking without any specificity as to particular persons.’

A ‘monumental undertaking’? OK, there are 20,000 students. Eliminate all the women, discount Irv Goldbloom of Queens and Gord MacDonald of Winnipeg and Stiffy Farquahar-ffarquahar of Little Blandford-on-the-Smack and just concentrate on fellows with names like ...oh, I dunno, Mohammed, and Waleed, and Ahmed. How many would that be? 150? 200? Say it’s 500. Is Mueller really saying that the FBI with all its resources cannot divert ten people to go through 2,000 names apiece and pull out the ones worth running through the computer?

Well, yes, officially, he is. But what he really means is not that the Bureau lacked ‘any specificity as to particular persons’, but that the specificity itself was the problem. In August 2001, no FBI honcho was prepared to fire off a memo saying ‘Check out the Arabs’.

On 15 September Robert Mueller said, ‘The fact that there were a number of individuals that happened to have received training at flight schools here is news, quite obviously. If we had understood that to be the case, we would have — perhaps one could have averted this.’ Indeed. There weren’t a lot of dots to connect. Last summer, within a few weeks of each other, the Phoenix flight-school memo and Moussaoui warrant request landed on the desk of Dave Frasca, head of the FBI’s radical-fundamentalist unit. He buried the first, and refused the second.

Example three: On 1 August, James Woods, the motion-picture actor, was flying from Boston to Los Angeles. With him in the first-class cabin were half-a-dozen guys, four of whom were young Middle Eastern men. Woods, like all really good actors, is a keen observer of people, and what he observed as they flew west persuaded him that they were hijackers. The FBI has asked him not to reveal all the details, but he says he asked the flight attendant if he could speak to the pilot. After landing at LAX, the crew reported Woods’s observations to the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA did ...nothing. Two of the four were on board the 11 September planes. There are conflicting rumours about the other two. Woods turned out to be sitting in on a rehearsal for the big day.

After 9/11, the standard line was that Osama bin Laden had pulled off an ingenious plan. But he didn’t have to be ingenious, just lucky. And he was luckiest of all in that the obviousness of what was happening paradoxically made investigating it all the more problematic. His men aren’t that smart — not in the sense of IRA smart, or Carlos the Jackal smart. The details Woods is permitted to discuss are in themselves very revealing: the four men boarded with no hand luggage. Not a thing. That’s what he noticed first. Everyone going on a long flight across a continent takes something: a briefcase, a laptop, a shopping bag with a couple of airport novels, a Wall Street Journal or a Boston Globe.

But these boys had zip. They didn’t use their personal headsets, they declined all food and drink, they did nothing but stare ahead to the cockpit and engage in low murmurs in Arabic. They behaved like conspirators. And Woods was struck by the way they treated the stewardess: ‘They literally ignored her like she didn’t exist, which is sort of a kind of Taleban, you know, idea of womanhood, as you know, not even a human being.’

So they weren’t masters of disguise, adept at blending into any situation. They weren’t like the Nazi spies in war movies, urbane and charming in their unaccented English. It apparently never occurred to them to act natural, read Newsweek, watch the movie, eat a salad, listen to Lite Rock Favourites of the Seventies, treat the infidel-whore stewardess the way a Westerner would. Everything they did stuck out. But it didn’t matter. Because the more they stuck out, the more everyone who mattered was trained not to notice them. The sort of fellows willing to fly aeroplanes into buildings turn out, not surprisingly, to be fairly stupid. But they benefited from an even more profound institutional stupidity. In August 2001, no one at the FBI or FAA or anywhere else wanted to be seen to be noticing funny behaviour by Arabs. In mid-September, I wrote that what happened was a total systemic failure. But, as the memos leak out, one reason for that failure looms ever larger. Thousands of Americans died because of ethnic squeamishness by federal agencies.

But that was before 11 September. Now we know better ...don’t we? The federal government surely wouldn’t want to add to that grim body-count ...would they?

Well, here’s an easy experiment that any Spectator reader can perform while waiting to board at Newark or LaGuardia. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers were young Saudi males, Osama himself is (was) a youngish Saudi male, and some 80 per cent of all those folks captured in Afghanistan and carted off to Guantanamo turn out to be young Saudi males (though, out of the usual deference to our Saudi friends, the administration is keeping studiously quiet on the last point). So you’re at Newark standing in line behind a young Saudi male and an 87-year-old arthritic nun from Des Moines. Who’ll be asked to remove his or her shoes? Six out of ten times, it’ll be the nun. Three out of ten times, you. One out of ten, Abdumb al-Dumber. Even if this is just for show, what it’s showing is profound official faintheartedness.

Norm Mineta, the transportation secretary, is insistent that fairness demands the burden of inconvenience be spread among all ethnic and age-groups. ‘Any specificity as to particular persons’ is strictly forbidden. Meanwhile, his colleagues have spent the last three weeks assuring us that another catastrophe is now inevitable. ‘There will be another terrorist attack,’ Robert Mueller told the National Association of District Attorneys the other day: ‘We will not be able to stop it.’

We must, I suppose, take him and Cheney and Rummy and all the rest at their word. They wouldn’t scare us if they hadn’t done all they believe they can do. So, naturally, the mind turns to all the things they haven’t done: as I write, young Saudi males are still arriving at US airports on routinely issued student visas. If it lessened the ‘inevitability’ of that second attack just ever so slightly, wouldn’t it be worth declaring a temporary moratorium on Saudi visitors, or at least making their sojourns here extremely rare and highly discretionary? Oh, no. Can’t be done.

Ask why the Saudis are allowed to kill thousands of Americans and still get the kid-gloves treatment, and you’re told the magic word: oil. Here’s my answer: blow it out your Medicine Hat. The largest source of imported energy for the United States is the Province of Alberta. Indeed, whenever I’m asked how America can lessen its dependence on foreign oil, I say it’s simple: annex Alberta. The Albertans would be up for it, and, to be honest, they’re the only assimilable Canadian province, at least from a Republican standpoint. In 1972, the world’s total proven oil reserves added up to 550 billion barrels; today, a single deposit of Alberta’s tar shales contains more than that. Yet no Albertan government minister or trade representative gets the access in Washington that the Saudis do. No premier of Alberta gets invited to Bush’s Crawford ranch. No Albertan bigshot, if you’ll forgive the oxymoron, gets Colin Powell kissing up to him like ‘Crown’ ‘Prince’ Abdullah and ‘Prince’ Bandar do. In Washington, an Albertan can’t get ...well, I was going to say an Albertan can’t get arrested, but funnily enough that’s the one thing he can get. While Bush was governor of Texas, he even managed to execute an Albertan, which seems to be more than the administration is likely to do to any Saudis.

So it’s not oil, but rather that even targeting so obvious an enemy as the Saudis is simply not politically possible. Cries of ‘Islamophobia’ and ‘racism’ would rend the air. The Saudis discriminate against Americans all the time: American Jews are not allowed to enter the ‘Kingdom’, nor are American Episcopalians who happen to have an Israeli stamp in their passports. But America cannot be seen to take any similar measures, though it has far more compelling reasons to.

James Woods puts it very well: ‘Nineteen of 19 killers on 11 September were Arab Muslims — not a Swede among them.’ But au contraire, in a world where the EU officially chides the BBC for describing Osama as an ‘Islamic fundamentalist’, we must pretend that al-Qa’eda contains potentially vast numbers of Swedish agents, many female and elderly. Even after 11 September, we can’t revoke the central fiction of multiculturalism — that all cultures are equally nice and so we must be equally nice to them, even if they slaughter large numbers of us and announce repeatedly their intention to slaughter more. National Review’s John Derbyshire calls this ‘the reductio ad absurdum of racial sensitivity: better dead than rude’.

Last October, urging Congress to get tough on the obvious suspects, the leggy blonde commentatrix Ann Coulter declared, ‘Americans aren’t going to die for political correctness.’

They already have.


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1 posted on 05/30/2002 8:23:32 AM PDT by Pokey78
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To: Howlin; Riley1992; Miss Marple; deport; Dane; sinkspur; steve; kattracks; JohnHuang2...
Ping for the MSPL.
2 posted on 05/30/2002 8:24:54 AM PDT by Pokey78
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To: Pokey78
Pop Quiz:

Whose phrase is "Islam is a religion of peace?"



3 posted on 05/30/2002 8:29:32 AM PDT by Sabertooth
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To: Pokey78
Pretty soon even conservatives will be asking why other conservatives collude with the Left in the game of Smoke and Mirrors.
4 posted on 05/30/2002 8:30:38 AM PDT by junta
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To: Pokey78
...as I write, young Saudi males are still arriving at US airports on routinely issued student visas.

There's an old Polish saying that goes something like this:
When a nation turns its back on God, he allows them to lose their minds.


5 posted on 05/30/2002 8:32:54 AM PDT by ppaul
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To: Pokey78
Hey! I went to school with Stiffy Farquahar-ffarquahar!

BRILLIANT, even for Stein, who is always at-least half brilliant.

6 posted on 05/30/2002 8:34:22 AM PDT by dead
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To: Pokey78
Now there's a ping list I want to be on.

Please add my name.

Thanks.

7 posted on 05/30/2002 8:34:58 AM PDT by dead
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To: Pokey78
YEEE-HAW!   Our beloved polysyllabically ornate Mark Steyn defines the monosyllabic PC morons!   I just wish the idiots could read and, in reading this, learn.   I can't believe things like saying it is too much work to investigate the flight schools!!!?   It's like the DC police when they said the park was too big to search the whole thing for Chandra.   Where were these lazy bass turds raised?
8 posted on 05/30/2002 8:36:03 AM PDT by Lady Jag
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To: dead
Done.
9 posted on 05/30/2002 8:41:14 AM PDT by Pokey78
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To: dead
Classic Steyn--headed for the office e-mail.
10 posted on 05/30/2002 8:41:52 AM PDT by SteamshipTime
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To: Pokey78
Great column! Not much I could add to it.

Please add me to the ping list, too.

D

11 posted on 05/30/2002 8:45:03 AM PDT by daviddennis
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To: Pokey78
I am convinced that Wen Ho Lee was a definate spy, but the PC crowd never let the case happen. I wonder whatever happened to that Chicom spy? Someone shoudl write a book about it. (Oh yeah, I see that Lars Nelson got a mention in the article - I can't say that I'm sad that he died)
12 posted on 05/30/2002 8:46:01 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: Pokey78
Political Correctness Kills. And while I second Ann Coulter's hopes, its too much to expect our institutions to realize that in the mean time their stupidity is leaving us wide open to another terrorist attack. I mean think about it: our government had ADVANCE warning, ADVANCE notice of the KIND OF PEOPLE who were going to pull off something never seen before in the United States. And it did NOTHING because it was afraid of being accused of the dreaded crime of giving Arabs a closer second look. Which might have saved all those lives lost on 911. Mark Steyn is right about two things: we can't be bothered to suck up to friendly conservative oil-rich Alberta even which we're kissing the Saudis behinds and crippled nuns will still be mindlessly frisked in our nation's airports.
13 posted on 05/30/2002 8:46:45 AM PDT by goldstategop
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To: Sabertooth
"Militant Islam is an insane death cult; "moderate" Islam is the Trojan horse of radical Islam." - FReeper Travis McGee
14 posted on 05/30/2002 8:47:24 AM PDT by metesky
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To: daviddennis
You have been added.
15 posted on 05/30/2002 8:50:21 AM PDT by Pokey78
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To: Pokey78
I wanna be on the Steyn ping list, too. He's great, and too prolific for me to keep up with....
16 posted on 05/30/2002 8:51:13 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty
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To: Pokey78
Excellent Steyn. And a ping for James Woods, who, despite his forays to the left, is still, IMO, one of the best and most intelligent actors out there -- which I thought even before 9/11.

BTW, I saw somewhere that Woods has signed to play Mayor Guiliani in a TV movie.

17 posted on 05/30/2002 8:51:44 AM PDT by Celtjew Libertarian
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To: Pokey78
I'm relatively new to FR. It's my understanding that a bunch of Republican legislators, Congressional staffers, and administration officials check out the site regularly. What is their response to the obvious truths that PC has killed thousands of Americans and that it will do so again under Norm Mineta's policies??
18 posted on 05/30/2002 8:55:02 AM PDT by mondonico
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To: Cyber Liberty
Done.
19 posted on 05/30/2002 8:56:39 AM PDT by Pokey78
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To: mondonico
I would suggest that until the downside of the PC pandering outweighs the rewards, we'll see it continue.

The politicians will have to hear the angry voices of the people, and they aren't inclined to listen, just yet.

I guess 3,000 dead civilians isn't loud enough.

20 posted on 05/30/2002 8:59:26 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty
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To: Pokey78
Thanks!
21 posted on 05/30/2002 8:59:43 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty
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To: Pokey78
In mid-September, I wrote that what happened was a total systemic failure. But, as the memos leak out, one reason for that failure looms ever larger. Thousands of Americans died because of ethnic squeamishness by federal agencies.

Fantastic article. Thanks, Pokey78!

22 posted on 05/30/2002 9:00:54 AM PDT by Amelia
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To: mondonico
What is their response to the obvious truths that PC has killed thousands of Americans and that it will do so again under Norm Mineta's policies??



23 posted on 05/30/2002 9:02:08 AM PDT by Sabertooth
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To: Pokey78
Example three: On 1 August, James Woods, the motion-picture actor, was flying from Boston to Los Angeles. With him in the first-class cabin were half-a-dozen guys, four of whom were young Middle Eastern men. Woods, like all really good actors, is a keen observer of people, and what he observed as they flew west persuaded him that they were hijackers. The FBI has asked him not to reveal all the details, but he says he asked the flight attendant if he could speak to the pilot. After landing at LAX, the crew reported Woods’s observations to the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA did ...nothing. Two of the four were on board the 11 September planes. There are conflicting rumours about the other two. Woods turned out to be sitting in on a rehearsal for the big day.

Huh? Has anyone else heard this?

24 posted on 05/30/2002 9:02:45 AM PDT by KayEyeDoubleDee
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To: Pokey78
Great column. Thanks for posting this. It's a keeper.
25 posted on 05/30/2002 9:05:42 AM PDT by Boxsford
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To: Sabertooth
One can be a Bush supporter without being a s***head. I wish I could say the same about the Bush-bashers.
26 posted on 05/30/2002 9:07:09 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty
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To: Pokey78
Sure, he's complaining now, but when heroic airline security officers apprehend a feeble, 83 year-old nun who was trying to smuggle explosives and weapons onto a plane so that she could hijack and blow it up he'll be singing a different tune.
27 posted on 05/30/2002 9:08:10 AM PDT by Dimensio
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee
Huh? Has anyone else heard this?

I saw him in an interview on Fox News discussing this.
28 posted on 05/30/2002 9:08:54 AM PDT by Dimensio
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To: Pokey78
BUMP
29 posted on 05/30/2002 9:09:16 AM PDT by B Knotts
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To: Cyber Liberty
One can be a Bush supporter without being a s***head. I wish I could say the same about the Bush-bashers.

Each side is a mixed bag.

There are Bush-bashers who never give Bush any credit, and Bushbots who won't assign him any blame.

This thread is about the weaknesses of the Domestic Front in the War on Terror, where our national response han't been as forceful or well-conceived as it has been in the international theater.




30 posted on 05/30/2002 9:12:40 AM PDT by Sabertooth
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To: Sabertooth
The problems we have are the results of Bush's Democrat in the cabinet, and FBI holdovers. What I will soundly criticize Bush for is not getting rid of Mueller, and picking up Mineta.
31 posted on 05/30/2002 9:16:20 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty
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To: Pokey78
the leggy blonde commentatrix Ann Coulter declared

Awww,, why did he have to do that! I was going to comment on what a great article it was concerning Political correctness and the lack of will to profile Arabs.....

Now I can't think......................

32 posted on 05/30/2002 9:18:31 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: goldstategop
And it did NOTHING because it was afraid of being accused of the dreaded crime of giving Arabs a closer second look.

This is not going to be a popular POV but so what.

We still have a government of, for and by the people. Unlike Europe where the government decides and the people abide our government reacts to the public opinion. That is why we still have the death penalty, no socialist healthcare and $1.50 a gallon gas.

This can be both a good and a bad thing. Ask your co-workers if they think that "racial profiling" is wrong. You will probably still have a majority that says yes. Before 9/11 the number was probably half again as large. Like it or not, they were doing what the vocal section of the country wanted.

a.cricket

33 posted on 05/30/2002 9:22:21 AM PDT by another cricket
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To: Pokey78
Good Post, well written, sad but true.
34 posted on 05/30/2002 9:24:04 AM PDT by #1CTYankee
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To: Dimensio
I was in Madrid at the time of and for several weeks after 911. I guess international CNN didn't see fit to interview him.
35 posted on 05/30/2002 9:24:45 AM PDT by KayEyeDoubleDee
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To: Cyber Liberty
I'll second that. Bush's worst failing so far has been to leave the clintonoids in place all over his government.

You can be very sure that clinton never would have made that mistake in a million years.

36 posted on 05/30/2002 9:26:15 AM PDT by Cicero
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To: Pokey78
Ping for the MSPL. Please add me.
37 posted on 05/30/2002 9:29:26 AM PDT by surely_you_jest
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To: Pokey78
Even after 11 September, we can’t revoke the central fiction of multiculturalism — that all cultures are equally nice and so we must be equally nice to them, even if they slaughter large numbers of us and announce repeatedly their intention to slaughter more. National Review’s John Derbyshire calls this ‘the reductio ad absurdum of racial sensitivity: better dead than rude’.

Last October, urging Congress to get tough on the obvious suspects, the leggy blonde commentatrix Ann Coulter declared, ‘Americans aren’t going to die for political correctness.’

38 posted on 05/30/2002 9:30:19 AM PDT by remaininlight
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To: Cyber Liberty
The problems we have are the results of Bush's Democrat in the cabinet, and FBI holdovers. What I will soundly criticize Bush for is not getting rid of Mueller, and picking up Mineta.

Some Democrats lke to claim that Cheney is a ventriloquist, and that Bush is his talking dummy. I don't believe this.

Therefore, I conclude that "Islam is a religion of peace" are Bush's words.

Some Democrats like to claim that Bush's foreign policy team (Rice, Rumsfeld, Powell, etc.) is responsible for the successful policies and war abroad. I believe that the fundamental policy is the President's, and give him the credit.

So, when I look at the fundamental policy that allows chumps like Mineta and INS Director James Ziglar to operate to the detriment of our war effort and our country in general, to whom should I assign credit or blame?




39 posted on 05/30/2002 9:30:21 AM PDT by Sabertooth
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To: Pokey78
"...Better dead than rude."

That sums it up.

40 posted on 05/30/2002 9:31:41 AM PDT by headsonpikes
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bump
41 posted on 05/30/2002 9:34:06 AM PDT by GuillermoX
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To: Pokey78; 2sheep; Thinkin' Gal
Just wait till you get a load of...

Jorge & Abdul's
Used Peace Plans!

42 posted on 05/30/2002 9:34:26 AM PDT by Jeremiah Jr
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To: Sabertooth
Fine with me. I don't think you're one of those, "Damn if I'll ever vote for him," help-put-a-'Crap-in-office-instead nut.
43 posted on 05/30/2002 9:34:46 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty
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To: Pokey78
Great article. Please add me to the ping list, thanks in advance.
44 posted on 05/30/2002 9:38:37 AM PDT by ThinkDifferent
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To: Cyber Liberty
I don't think you're one of those, "Damn if I'll ever vote for him," help-put-a-'Crap-in-office-instead nut.

Oh, I might be... if he doesn't get off his Amnesty horse.

But I would seriously suggest that if he goes that route and looses, the responsibility would be his. He doesn't own my vote and he works at my pleasure.

The danger to my State and this country of another Amnesty, especially one originating from within the GOP, cannot be underestimated. Such a green light would open the floodgates to Illegals in numbers beyond our comprehension.




45 posted on 05/30/2002 9:55:56 AM PDT by Sabertooth
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To: Jeremiah Jr; dighton; 2sheep
The blinking neon sign overhead must have been cropped.

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made.
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming.
And the signs said: "The words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls,
And whisper'd in the sound of silence."

The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls...

http://www.subway.com/sub1/student_ed/timeline.htm#1984

46 posted on 05/30/2002 9:57:32 AM PDT by Thinkin' Gal
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To: Sabertooth
Works for me. He'll "loose" for sure if he keeps walking on top of his conservative base. I would have hoped he'd have learnt something from his father, but we'll see.

He is keeping an eye on the 2002 elections, which could cripple him if they go badly.

47 posted on 05/30/2002 10:00:50 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty
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To: Sabertooth
Although the substance of your reply is depressing, its form made me smile.
48 posted on 05/30/2002 10:05:51 AM PDT by mondonico
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To: Pokey78
‘the reductio ad absurdum of racial sensitivity: better dead than rude’

Perfect.

49 posted on 05/30/2002 10:06:00 AM PDT by beckett
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To: KayEyeDoubleDee
Woods told the whole story on The O'Reilly Factor earlier this year.
50 posted on 05/30/2002 10:07:40 AM PDT by mondonico
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