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  • Democrats lash out at Benson, Free State Project (MORE WHINE FROM NH DIMS)

    10/01/2003 7:47:31 PM PDT · by Sparta · 24 replies · 246+ views
    Newsday ^ | October 1, 2003 | KATE McCANN
    CONCORD, N.H -- State Democrats lashed out against Gov. Craig Benson and the Free State Project, which said Wednesday it wants to bring 20,000 libertarians to New Hampshire to influence public policy.
  • Making American Companies More Competitive

    09/26/2003 12:39:46 PM PDT · by Sparta · 2 replies · 366+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | September 25, 2003 | Daniel J. Mitchell, Ph.D.
    Making American Companies More Competitiveby Daniel J. Mitchell, Ph.D.Backgrounder #1691 September 25, 2003 | Executive Summary | The World Trade Organization (WTO) has repeatedly sided with the European Union (EU) and ruled that provisions of U.S. tax law provide impermissible "subsidies" because business income from exports is sometimes not taxed at the same rate as other forms of corporate income. More specifically, the WTO twice ruled that the Foreign Sales Corporation (FSC) portion of the tax code violated trade rules, leading U.S. lawmakers to replace FSC with the Extraterritorial Income Act (ETI). But the EU argued that the new...
  • Slash Domestic Spending to Pay for Rising War Cost

    09/26/2003 12:28:53 PM PDT · by Sparta · 17 replies · 332+ views
    Cato Institute ^ | September 26, 2003 | Charles V. Peña and Veronique de Rugy
    Charles V. Peña is director of defense policy studies and Veronique de Rugy is fiscal policy analyst at the Cato Institute.Before the war, President Bush asserted that the United States "will remain in Iraq as long as necessary, and not a day more." Now, he adds: "We will do what is necessary, we will spend what is necessary." In other words, $87 billion is likely to be a down payment on what will probably be a long-term and expensive mortgage. And with the administration unable to persuade allies who opposed the war to help finance the reconstruction, it looks as...
  • Clark calls for a new American patriotism (BARF ALERT)

    09/22/2003 9:16:54 PM PDT · by Sparta · 101 replies · 2,239+ views
    NY Slimes ^ | Sept. 22, 2003 | Eric Schmidt
    Clark Calls for a 'New American Patriotism'By ERIC SCHMITT HARLESTON, S.C., Sept. 22 — Gen. Wesley K. Clark called today for "a new American patriotism" that would encourage broader public service, respect domestic dissent even in wartime and embrace international organizations like the United Nations.General Clark, a former NATO commander and Army officer who last week announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination, accused the Bush administration of neglecting economic problems and of pursuing a dangerous go-it-alone foreign policy. But he also used the setting of the Citadel, the military college here, to appeal to about 150 cadets and...
  • Blanco gets endorsement from Jeff Parish president (RINO TRAITOR ALERT)

    09/16/2003 2:55:01 PM PDT · by Sparta · 10 replies · 283+ views
    New Orleans Times-Picayune ^ | September 16, 2003 | Brian Thevenot
    <p>In the first major endorsement of her gubernatorial campaign, Democrat Kathleen Blanco picked up the support Monday of Republican Jefferson Parish President Tim Coulon, a surprising development that observers said could help solidify her standing as the front-runner with less than three weeks left before the Oct. 4 primary.</p>
  • Turkish Troops Will Provide Peace in Iraq

    09/15/2003 7:22:18 AM PDT · by Sparta · 12 replies · 133+ views ^ | 9/15/03
    Donald Rumsfeld, U.S. Defense Secretary, said that in Iraq they wanted to work in cooperation with Turkey, which he qualified as the biggest ally of U.S. in the Middle East. According to Rumsfeld, the incidents of the past would not affect the Turco-American relations. Rumsfeld said; Procedures on sending troops to Iraq are about to be completed. Turkish troops will provide peace to Iraq. Rumsfeld voiced his belief that Turkey would do what she could in the restructuring process of Iraq. Rumsfeld stressed that he was optimistic about the issue of Turkey’s sending troops to Iraq and that; We want...
  • Victory for a Smear

    09/04/2003 9:54:28 PM PDT · by Sparta · 17 replies · 191+ views
    Washington Post ^ | September 5, 2003 | Editorial
    "AVICTORY FOR the Constitution, for the nation's judicial system and for the American people," crowed Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) of the decision by Miguel A. Estrada to withdraw as President Bush's nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • Judge Throws Out Charges Against DEA Agent Who Shot Unarmed Suspect

    09/03/2003 8:52:20 PM PDT · by Sparta · 41 replies · 424+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 3, 2003 | Tom Hays
    NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge on Wednesday threw out a manslaughter case against a Drug Enforcement Administration agent who fatally shot an unarmed drug suspect in the back, calling it an "ill-advised prosecution." The charge had outraged DEA officials, who said the veteran agent acted in self-defense last year while struggling with a dangerous suspect. The suspect, Egbert Dewgard, was carrying more than six pounds of cocaine before he was killed, authorities said. The agent, Jude Tanella, "demonstrated restraint, sound judgment and courage in the proper exercise of his sworn duty to protect the public," U.S. District Judge...
  • Horowitz’s Academic Freedom: It Sounds Good, But . . .

    08/29/2003 8:56:41 AM PDT · by Sparta · 70 replies · 413+ views
    Washington Dispatch ^ | Aug 29, 2003 | Cathryn Crawford
    In an article entitled “The Problem With America’s Colleges and The Solution”, published on September 3, 2002, David Horowitz outlined the problems that he sees with college and university campuses across America. In a fairly detailed manner, he discussed the lack of diversity concerning political ideologies and viewpoints among faculty members. He correctly said that universities and colleges have an overload of generally liberal professors, and, quite often, only have one or two token conservatives, if that. In the article, he went on to discuss his ideas for a solution to this problem. His ideas, which are condensed into an...
  • Transcript: President's Weekly Radio Address

    08/09/2003 8:36:00 AM PDT · by Sparta · 11 replies · 175+ views
    Fox News ^ | 8/9/03 | George W. Bush
    <p>Good morning. Friday of this week was the 100th day since the end of major combat operations in Iraq. For America and our coalition partners, these have been 100 days of steady progress and decisive action against the last hold-outs of the former regime. And for the people of Iraq, this has been a period like none other in the country's history, a time of change and rising hopes after decades of tyranny.</p>
  • Bigger Is Better

    08/06/2003 12:25:04 PM PDT · by Sparta · 14 replies · 112+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 08/06/2003 | Gary Schmitt
    SECRETARY OF DEFENSE Donald Rumsfeld can study the issue of active-duty troop strength all he want but it won't change the obvious: U.S. land forces are two divisions short of being able to carry out effectively its present responsibilities. Winning wars is not enough. We must also be able to maintain the peace globally and win the peace after the battles have been fought. It is clear that we don't have sufficient troops on the ground in Afghanistan; we don't have sufficient combat troops in reserve to handle a serious conflict on the Korean Peninsula; we are running around the...
  • U.S. Military Helicopters Land in Liberia

    08/06/2003 9:17:22 AM PDT · by Sparta · 25 replies · 339+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8/6/03 | GLENN McKENZIE
    By GLENN McKENZIE Associated Press Writer MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) - Three U.S. military helicopters landed at Liberia's high-walled U.S. Embassy on Wednesday, a day after President Bush promised to send a first American team to Liberia's war-divided capital. U.S. officials declined to immediately confirm whether the helicopters contained the promised six- to 10-member U.S. military team. The team is moving in as Nigerian troops at Monrovia's airport - the vanguard of a West African peacekeeping force - prepared to enter the capital for the first time. American authorities barred journalists from the embassy for the landing. They would confirm only...
  • Taylor reneges on pledge to quit Liberia

    08/06/2003 8:34:49 AM PDT · by Sparta · 37 replies · 263+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 8/6/03 | UPI
    <p>MONROVIA, Liberia, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- President Charles Taylor of Liberia has reneged on his promise to step down once peacekeepers arrived, a London newspaper reported Wednesday.</p> <p>Taylor said Tuesday night war crimes charges against him must be dropped before he accepts Nigeria's offer of sanctuary, the Telegraph said.</p>
  • Land mine Blast Kills U.S. Contractor in Iraq

    08/05/2003 9:56:58 AM PDT · by Sparta · 19 replies · 162+ views
    Reuters (Iraqi propaganda outlet) ^ | 8/5/03 | Alastair Macdonald
    TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) - An American civilian contractor working with the U.S. military was killed in Iraq on Tuesday when his truck detonated an anti-tank mine in the hostile territory around Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit. Major Josslyn Aberle of the 4th Infantry Division in Tikrit told Reuters the contractor, who worked for engineering and construction firm Kellogg Brown & Root, was traveling in a military convoy when the land mine exploded. "The employee died as a result of injuries sustained when his truck hit an anti-tank mine while on a routine mail run from central to northern Iraq,"...
  • Why go to Liberia and what awaits U.S.

    08/04/2003 8:29:28 PM PDT · by Sparta · 3 replies · 126+ views
    USA Today ^ | 8/4/03 | Bill Nichols
    <p>Q: Why is Liberia in crisis?</p> <p>A: A country of 3.3 million, Liberia has been mired in civil war since 1989, when Taylor launched a coup attempt. A peace pact in 1996 led to elections the next year, which Taylor won. New fighting began in 2000, when rebels began trying to oust Taylor. Hundreds of thousands have died in the past 14 years. More than 1 million Liberians have been made homeless.</p>
  • Report: U.S. To Punish Israel

    08/04/2003 10:50:15 AM PDT · by Sparta · 6 replies · 172+ views
    AP ^ | 8/4/03
    JERUSALEM -- The United States may turn up the heat in an effort to force Israel to halt construction of a long security fence. An Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, says the State Department is proposing that American loan guarantees be cut by the amount that Israel spends building the 370-mile-long barrier. The barrier runs east of the so-called "Green Line" -- Israel's border with Jordan before it captured the West Bank in the Six-Day War of 1967. The newspaper also says money spent on building roads to bypass the West Bank would be included in the total cut from the loan...
  • Transcript: John Ashcroft on Fox News Sunday

    08/03/2003 2:44:44 PM PDT · by Sparta · 6 replies · 128+ views
    Fox News ^ | Sunday, August 03, 2003 | Brit Hume
    <p>The following is a transcribed excerpt from "Fox News Sunday," Aug. 3, 2003.</p> <p>HUME: I'm Brit Hume in for Tony Snow, and this is "Fox News Sunday."</p> <p>Al Qaeda in America: Are terrorist sleeper cells preparing new attacks? We'll ask Attorney General John Ashcroft (search).</p>
  • Shut Up, Charlie

    07/25/2003 6:37:22 AM PDT · by Sparta · 66 replies · 649+ views
    Washington Dispatch ^ | July 25, 2003 | Cathryn Crawford
    Poor Uday and Qusay. We all know how persecuted they were, and Charles Rangel, a Democratic (what a surprise!) representative from New York, is genuinely upset by their untimely passing at the hands of U.S. troops. "We have a law on the books that the United States should not be assassinating anybody," he grumbled Tuesday night on Hannity and Colmes. Well, Charlie, thanks so much for living up to your reputation. Charlie didn’t even vote for the resolution that simply supported the troops in Iraq. My question is, what is Charlie still doing holding office when he makes these stupid...
  • HK pro-democracy rally attracts 20,000

    07/13/2003 2:24:53 PM PDT · by Sparta · 37 replies · 260+ views
    Financial Times (UK) ^ | 7/13/03 | Angela Mackay
    Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement scored another victory on Sunday when more than 20,000 protesters braved searing temperatures to rally in the territory's third mass demonstration in less than two weeks. About 10,000 people had been expected to attend Sunday's rally in the central business district but the higher turnout appears to reflect widespread dissatisfaction with the performance of Tung Chee-hwa, Hong Kong's leader, over the stagnant economy, Sars and other local issues. Organised by the Democratic Development Network, the rally was originally scheduled for April, but the onset of Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) meant the date was postponed. The...
  • Winter at Valley Forge

    07/04/2003 7:55:43 PM PDT · by Sparta · 21 replies · 1,907+ views ^ | unknown | Ron Avery
    • Introduction •The images are heartrending, dramatic and so powerful that they are embedded in the nation's historical consciousness: Bloody footprints in the snow left by bootless men. Near naked soldier wrapped in thin blankets huddled around a smoky fire of green wood. The plaintive chant from the starving: "We want meat! We want meat!" These are the indelible images of suffering and endurance associated with Valley Forge in the winter of 1777-78. "An army of skeletons appeared before our eyes naked, starved, sick and discouraged," wrote New York's Gouverneur Morris of the Continental Congress. The Marquis de Lafayette wrote:...