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  • Hell hath no fury like a political party scorned [WA gov race]

    12/24/2004 4:08:32 PM PST · by sionnsar · 74 replies · 2,516+ views
    Seattle PI ^ | 12/24/2004 | ROBERT L. JAMIESON Jr.
    All Washington state wants for Christmas is a new governor.Just when it seems as if Indecision 2004 could not get more serpentine, surreal or saddled with conspiracy theories, some monstrosity, like a fanged beast from an old black-and-white movie, jumps out. The latest twist involves bloodsuckers with briefcases: lawyers. Attorneys and political consultants are now scrambling after the results of a second recount yesterday gave Democrat Christine Gregoire a 130-vote edge. That margin appears to give her a decisive victory over Republican Dino Rossi in the closest and most bizarre governor's race in American history.Legal shrieks and cries of electoral...
  • NYT: Democrats Weigh De-emphasizing Abortion as an Issue - Reassessing touchstone election issues

    12/24/2004 7:08:45 AM PST · by OESY · 50 replies · 1,596+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 24, 2004 | ADAM NAGOURNEY
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 - Democratic leaders say their party needs to de-emphasize the issue of abortion rights, concerned that Republicans have hurt the Democratic Party by portraying it as an uncompromising champion of abortion. In interviews and public appearances since Election Day, Democratic officials have said that the party should open its doors to abortion opponents and that candidates should make abortion a less central focus of future campaigns. Party leaders said they were not abandoning their fundamental support for abortion rights, but said Democrats should consider accepting some restrictions that enjoy popular support - like parental notification when teenagers...
  • Mississippi leads the nation in charitable giving (Good Red/Blue State Comparison-See Comment #1

    11/10/2004 3:31:03 PM PST · by pookie18 · 100 replies · 5,439+ views
    Sun Herald ^ | 11/10/04 | LAURA WALSH (AP)
    HARTFORD, Conn. - New England states making more, giving less Mississippi retains its title as the most giving state for the eighth consecutive year, according to the 2004 Generosity Index created by Catalogue for Philanthropy. Following right behind are Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alabama and Tennessee. New England residents continue to earn more and give back less, according to the annual index of charitable giving. Connecticut ranks first when it comes to making money, but joins New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island in falling to the very bottom of the 2004 Index. The survey is based on the average adjusted income...
  • Former CT Governor Rowland will plead GUILTY, may do JAIL TIME for corruption

    12/23/2004 5:59:17 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 50 replies · 3,114+ views
    Hartford Courant ^ | 12/23/04 | RaceBannon
    Rowland Plea Deal Expected 8:26 AM EST,December 23, 2004 By JON LENDER, The Hartford Courant Former Gov. John G. Rowland, who resigned July 1 amid a scandal over his acceptance of gifts and favors from state contractors and others, is expected to appear today in U.S. District Court in New Haven to enter a guilty plea under an agreement that would send him to jail, the Courant has learned. The potential plea is the result of sensitive plea negotiations between Rowland and federal prosecutors who were gearing up to seek an indictment of the Republican former governor early next year...
  • Kerry Jumps Into Ohio Recount

    12/23/2004 9:55:38 AM PST · by Lazamataz · 235 replies · 10,114+ views
    Unnamed Sources | 12/23/2004
    John F. Kerry has indicated through sources close to the Democrat party that he intends file papers supporting the Green Party/Libertarian Party recount effort in Ohio. Kerry's filings will consist of a request for expedited discovery as it pertains to a voting machine system known as Triad Systems, and secondly, a motion for a preservation order to preserve evidence in the same matter. These filings are to be made in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Rep. John Conyer of Michigan and the ranking minority member of the House Judiciary Committee, has plans to ask...
  • Bush to Renominate 20 Judges Whom Democrats Have Resisted

    12/23/2004 2:28:48 PM PST · by neverdem · 143 replies · 4,010+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 23, 2004 | DAVID STOUT
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 - President Bush plans to renominate 20 candidates for federal judgeships who have been unable to win confirmation in the Senate, the White House said today, in a signal that the president is ready for a showdown early next year. "An effective and efficient judicial system is vital to ensuring justice for all Americans," the White House said. "The president nominated highly qualified individuals to the federal courts during his first term, but the Senate failed to vote on many nominations." Senate Democrats have maintained for months that they have routinely confirmed nominees who are not right-wing...
  • **Wilson's Armor Question Unfounded! 800 of the 830 Vehicles were Armored!**

    12/22/2004 7:53:02 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 46 replies · 3,590+ views
    Special Report with Brit Hume - The Grapevine ^ | 12/21/04 | Brit Hume/Michael Levine
    It now appears that the premise of the question that caused an uproar around Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was off base. In Kuwait two weeks ago, Army Specialist Thomas Wilson (search) told Rumsfeld, "our vehicles are not armored ... We do not have proper armament vehicles to carry with us north [into Iraq]." But, according to senior Army officers, about 800 of the 830 vehicles in Wilson's army regiment — the 278th Cavalry — had already been up-armored when he asked the question. What's more, 20 vehicles remaining to be modified were in the process of being up-armored — and...
  • Woman pleads guilty to threatening the president

    12/20/2004 9:25:56 PM PST · by SmithL · 50 replies · 3,393+ views
    AP ^ | 12/20/4
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) -- A woman pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of threatening President Bush. A grand jury indicted Catherine M. Guertin, 24, in August and she was arrested the next month. Her guilty plea was entered as part of an agreement with federal prosecutors, according to court documents. The threats were made in May while Guertin was living in Independence, the indictment says. The woman allegedly threatened Bush by saying, "I want him gone" and "If I ever have a gun, I will shoot him between the eyes."
  • ABC Deceivingly Paints Bush Haters as Average Military Families

    12/20/2004 6:21:25 PM PST · by lowbridge · 17 replies · 943+ views
    ABC Deceivingly Paints Bush Haters as Average Military Families In a Sunday night ABC story, the brother and mother of soldiers killed in Iraq denounced Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for having an auto-pen machine sign his letters of condolence. But while World News Tonight/Sunday anchor Terry Moran portrayed the two as representative of how "some military families" are "upset" with Rumsfeld, the two are dedicated Bush and Rumsfeld haters with a political axe to grind. Ivan Medina spoke in June at a pro-Fahrenheit 9/11 publicity event and in May took part in an anti-Rumsfeld protest where he charged: "This...
  • Which Conservative/ Republican/ Fascist Website Is Stupid?? [FReep This Poll!!!]

    12/19/2004 7:34:01 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies · 707+ views
    Best and Worst ^ | February 2004 | Tabucky
    Choose which conservative website is imbecilic, idiotic, and created and visited by cretins. ALL OF THEM!, None of them,,,,,,,, Ballot #19581: has 24 total votes.
  • Group takes aim at full state ban on hunting

    12/08/2004 9:02:24 PM PST · by Calpernia · 27 replies · 699+ views ^ | December 08, 2004 | Terrence Dopp
    Buoyed by the defeat of a planned black bear hunt this year, one animal rights group has announced it has a statewide hunting ban in its sights. The newly formed Animal Protection Political Action Committee hopes to craft a network of more than 50,000 voters to oppose pro-hunting legislation and candidates. It's creation comes less than one week after the state Supreme Court halted the six-day bruin season, ruling Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bradley Campbell had the authority to stop it. "The (National Rifle Association) and all these other groups pull together all of these people who are 100...
  • Wa Gov. Race: Rossi Counter-Demonstration vs. Gregoire Demonstration

    12/18/2004 8:30:31 PM PST · by Publius · 31 replies · 2,013+ views
    Washington State Republican Party | 18 December 2004 | Chris Vance
    Red Alert to all Dino Rossi supporters!!!Rally for Dino this Sunday the 19th in Bellevue at 2:30 PM!!!330 112th Ave. NE, at the corner of 112th Ave. NE & NE 4th St.Christine Gregoire's allies in the Democratic Party are planning a protest in front of Rossi headquarters in Bellevue tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 19. Please help us send the message that we must only count legal votes, and that the rules can't be changed midway through the recount! The Gregoire people are showing up to protest at 3 PM, so please be at Rossi HQ by 2:30 PM. Feel free to...
  • A.C.L.U.'s Search for Data on Donors Stirs Privacy Fears

    12/17/2004 8:57:47 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 89 replies · 6,351+ views
    NY Times ^ | Dec 18, 2004 | STEPHANIE STROM
    The American Civil Liberties Union is using sophisticated technology to collect a wide variety of information about its members and donors in a fund-raising effort that has ignited a bitter debate over its leaders' commitment to privacy rights. Some board members say the extensive data collection makes a mockery of the organization's frequent criticism of banks, corporations and government agencies for their practice of accumulating data on people for marketing and other purposes. Daniel S. Lowman, vice president for analytical services at Grenzebach Glier & Associates, the data firm hired by the A.C.L.U., said the software the organization is using,...
  • Corrupt? Absolutely. Tom DeLay unites the critics of the Republican Congress.

    12/03/2004 6:24:52 AM PST · by buddyholly · 17 replies · 739+ views ^ | 12/03/2004 | Chris Sullentrop
    Earlier this year, Tom DeLay correctly diagnosed the disease that infects his congressional majority. "If 1994 was the year we stopped thinking like a permanent minority," DeLay told Republicans gathered for a February party retreat in Philadelphia, "2004 is the year we start thinking like a permanent majority: unified, aggressive, rightfully confident of victory." DeLay, of course, thought permanent-majority status would be a good thing for the GOP, but nine months later he's become the symbol of a party corrupted by its lock on power. When House Republicans voted last month to allow members who have been indicted to keep...
  • The passionate side of DeLay

    12/07/2004 6:50:57 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 11 replies · 583+ views
    The Inquirer ^ | Dec. 07, 2004 | Mona Charen
    The first thing that crossed my mind when ethics charges were lodged against Rep. Tom DeLay (R., Texas) was: "I wish Mary McGrory were still alive." McGrory, the pungent liberal columnist who died last April at the age of 85, was, improbably enough, a Tom DeLay fan. Why did this scourge of Nixon and Reagan appreciate "the Hammer" from Texas? She liked him because she was able to put aside partisan and philosophical differences in the name of a greater good. That greater good was a love of children. McGrory volunteered at St. Anne's Infant and Maternity Home and was...
  • 100,000 Dead—or 8,000 - How many Iraqi civilians have died as a result of the war?

    12/18/2004 11:57:50 PM PST · by sigarms · 47 replies · 2,511+ views
    Slate ^ | Oct. 29, 2004 | Fred Kaplan
    <p>There is one group out there counting civilian casualties in a way that's tangible, specific, and very useful—a team of mainly British researchers, led by Hamit Dardagan and John Sloboda, called Iraq Body Count. They have kept a running total of civilian deaths, derived entirely from press reports. Their count is triple fact-checked; their database is itemized and fastidiously sourced; and they take great pains to separate civilian from combatant casualties (for instance, last Tuesday, the group released a report estimating that, of the 800 Iraqis killed in last April's siege of Fallujah, 572 to 616 of them were civilians, at least 308 of them women and children).</p>
  • Will The Real Michael Moore Ever Re-Emerge? (Nader-Moore catfight!)

    12/16/2004 12:21:50 PM PST · by gopwinsin04 · 23 replies · 1,231+ views
    Nader/Camejo '04 ^ | Week of 12/15/04 | Ralph Nader
    Dear Michael, Will the real Michael Moore ever re-emerge and shut the door on the theatre of the absurd? Weeks of standing before large college audiences mixing a portion of book and movie promotions with a message that was more laughable than producing laughter.Now that you no longer have to pose as a 'least worster' with no more tatical excuses, what is your post election confession? So far your website has dodged this question, unless that is you have no reflections on the merit of abandoning your principals and your authentically progressive friends for candidates--US Sens. John Kerry & John...
  • Petition to Recall Christine Gregoire should she steal the election

    12/17/2004 1:32:56 PM PST · by connectthedots · 38 replies · 7,924+ views
    connectthedots | 12/17/2004 | Don Railsback
    The following documents will form the vasis for the filing of a petition to recall Christine Gregoire should she steal the election for governor for the state of Washington. Many people at Free republic have been aware of my fight against corruptyion with the government and courts of the state of Washington, including racketeering by Gov. Locke, AG Gregoire and even the Chief Justice of the state supreme court. Unfortunately the FBI and US Attorney, even though they have admitted to me in telephone conversations that the Chief Justice of the Washington state supreme court has been obstructing justice in...
  • Judge Blocks Count Of Newly-Found King Co. Ballots

    12/17/2004 3:13:20 PM PST · by fidelio · 118 replies · 4,388+ views
    AP ^ | 17 Dec 04 | AP
    <p>BC-APNewsAlert,0039 TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A judge has granted a Republican request to block elections officials from counting hundreds of recently discovered King County ballots in the Washington governor's race.</p>
  • WA Gov. Race: Republicans to Sue King County Over 573 Ballots

    12/16/2004 11:59:33 AM PST · by Publius · 256 replies · 7,034+ views
    KOMO-TV ^ | 16 December 2004
    Republicans announced plans Thursday morning to sue King County over 573 newly discovered ballots that could change the outcome of the closest governor's race in Washington state history. The county's Canvassing Board voted Wednesday to prepare the 573 absentee ballots for inclusion in the hand recount, over the objections of Republicans who urged the county to investigate the ballots first. State GOP Chairman Chris Vance said Thursday the party would seek a court order Thursday afternoon in Pierce County, aimed at slowing down the processing of the previously rejected ballots to allow them to be better tracked and verified. Specifically,...
  • Bellevue couple protests Christmas tree in City Hall

    12/15/2004 7:54:28 AM PST · by vox_freedom · 111 replies · 2,403+ views
    King County Journal ^ | 12/15/2004 | David A. Grant
    BELLEVUE -- The latest flare-up over Christmas trees in public places has longtime Bellevue chiropractor and resident Sidney Stock protesting the large tree standing in the lobby of City Hall. The tree is a symbol of Christianity, Stock and his wife, Jennifer, told City Council members this week. They said it is inappropriate to display symbols of any religion in a public place. Their objection follows a recent flap over Christmas trees at branch libraries in the King County Library System, which first banned trees then decided to allow them at the discretion of branch librarians. ``I think it's inappropriate,''...
  • McPhail announces candidacy for 2005 Detroit mayoral election (Here we go again)

    12/14/2004 9:51:08 PM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 8 replies · 715+ views
    AP ^ | 12-14-04
    McPhail announces candidacy for 2005 Detroit mayoral election 12/14/2004, 8:29 p.m. ET The Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Detroit City Council member Sharon McPhail held a Tuesday evening rally to kick off her campaign for the city's 2005 mayoral election. McPhail announced her candidacy along with former Detroit Police Chief Benny Napolean, who is running as McPhail's choice for the appointed Deputy Mayor position. The pair has adopted the campaign theme "Elect the Power of 2." "We multiply possibility by two, we multiply strength by 2, we multiply hope by two," McPhail told supporters gathered at the rally. "Walk with...
  • Al Qaida may have tried to kill Clinton (2002)

    12/13/2004 4:02:17 PM PST · by Calpernia · 33 replies · 737+ views
    United Press International ^ | 10/18/2002 6:34 PM | By Martin Arostegui
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Al Qaida may have tried to kill former President Clinton, apparently while he was in office, and perhaps planned further attempts on world leaders, United Press International has learned. Specific references to Clinton were found among handwritten notes and sketches of U.S. Secret Service protective methods recovered from the Shomali compound near Kabul where al Qaida members received specialized training in assassination and hostage taking. "We have attempted to kill Clinton, but failed," documents in Arabic released exclusively to United Press International Monday state. Although the text indicates the attack was planned around some...
  • Vote for Edwards instead of Kerry shocks Minnesota Electors

    12/14/2004 9:31:06 AM PST · by jimthewiz · 126 replies · 9,064+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 12/14/04 | Dane Smith
    Voting irregularities were few in Minnesota this year -- until it really counted. Defeated Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry likely is going to get one less electoral vote nationally than he should have -- 251 instead of 252 -- because of an apparent mistake Monday by one of Minnesota's 10 DFL electors. One of the 10 handwritten ballots cast for president carried the name of vice presidential candidate John Edwards (actually spelled "Ewards" on the ballot) rather than Kerry. "I was shocked ... this will go in the history books," said Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer, who presided over a...
  • Sources: Paula Zahn Gripe Leads to Arrest

    12/14/2004 9:11:16 PM PST · by rapture-me · 14 replies · 1,335+ views
    AP ^ | Dec 14, 10:55 PM EST | LARRY McSHANE
    Paula Zahn Gripe Leads to Arrest December 14, 2004 10:54 PM EST NEW YORK - An advocate for two red-tailed hawks evicted last week from their nest at a luxury Manhattan apartment building was arrested Tuesday and charged with harassing CNN anchor Paula Zahn, who lives in the building, and her family, law enforcement sources said. Lincoln Karim, 43, was arrested by plainclothes detectives as he prepared to lead a demonstration outside Zahn's Fifth Avenue building across from Central Park. Karim, a video engineer for Associated Press Television News who was on vacation Tuesday, was charged with multiple counts of...
  • Boxer criticizes vetting of security nominee . . .

    12/14/2004 8:09:58 AM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies · 491+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/14/4 | Carla Marinucci
    Boxer criticizes vetting of security nominee She also speaks out on drugs in baseball and Rumsfeld's war Sen. Barbara Boxer warned Monday that Americans "should feel concerned" about the administration's "very bad job of vetting" Bernard Kerik, who withdrew as President Bush's nominee to head the Department of Homeland Security last week within days of his selection because of questions about his career and personal life. "They're not doing their job over there," Boxer, D-Calif., said of the White House in reaction to the embarrassing developments over Kerik, whose troubles included a failure to disclose immigration problems and pay taxes...
  • Ohio Electors Vote Despite Challenge

    12/13/2004 11:54:37 AM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 78 replies · 4,595+ views
    AP ^ | December 13, 2004 | CARRIE SPENCER
    The Ohio delegation to the Electoral College cast its votes for President Bush on Monday, hours after dissident groups asked the state Supreme Court to review the outcome of the state's presidential race. The 20 GOP electors voted unanimously for Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. "The vast majority of people understand this election is over," said Gov. Bob Taft, who was at the electors' voting session in the state Senate chamber. The challengers who went to the Supreme Court question whether Bush won the key swing state by 119,000 votes, guaranteeing his victory over Democrat John Kerry. The court...
  • Sen. Clinton against illegal immigration [By primary-time, she'll belong to the NRA]

    12/13/2004 9:38:09 AM PST · by johnny7 · 134 replies · 2,212+ views
    (UPI) ^ | Dec. 13, 2004 | wire
    Washington, DC, -- Sen. Hillary Clinton's hard-line against illegal immigration is seen by some as the Democrat's attempt to solidify support for a 2008 presidential bid. Clinton, D-N.Y., who has received the liberal moniker for her efforts as first lady in the 1990s, may be trying to win support in conservative states by coming out against illegal immigration, the Washington Times reported Monday. In fact, the paper reported, Clinton's stance is more conservative than President Bush's, calling for an entry and exit ID system for immigrants.
  • The Enemies List

    12/13/2004 8:22:10 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 152 replies · 5,824+ views
    'civ ^ | begun December 13 2004 | 'civ
  • America s Dumbest Intellectual (Anarchist Noam Chomsky)

    07/10/2002 10:55:33 AM PDT · by SJackson · 49 replies · 2,263+ views
    City Journal ^ | Summer, 2002 | Stefan Kanfer
    Walk onto the popular-music floor of Virgin Records in midtown Manhattan, and you encounter, as you’d expect, kids with shoulder tattoos and pierced body parts, wandering through rows of the latest hip-hop, altrock, and heavy-metal CDs as heavily amplified beats thunder. At the checkout counter, though, is a surprise. A single book is on display: perennial radical Noam Chomsky’s latest anti-American screed, 9/11—an impulse item for the in-your-face slackers of the Third Millennium. Strictly speaking, 9/11 is a non-book, a hastily assembled collection of fawning interviews with Chomsky conducted after the terrorist attack on New York City and the country,...
  • The hypocrisy of Noam Chomsky

    05/16/2003 11:57:59 AM PDT · by robowombat · 18 replies · 732+ views
    The New Criterion ^ | May 2003 | Keith Windschuttle
    The hypocrisy of Noam Chomsky by Keith Windschuttle There’s a famous definition in the Gospels of the hypocrite, and the hypocrite is the person who refuses to apply to himself the standards he applies to others. By that standard, the entire commentary and discussion of the so-called War on Terror is pure hypocrisy, virtually without exception. Can anybody understand that? No, they can’t understand it. —Noam Chomsky, Power and Terror, 2003 Noam Chomsky was the most conspicuous American intellectual to rationalize the Al Qaeda terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. The death toll, he argued, was minor compared to...
  • The Sick Mind of Noam Chomsky (Part I & II)

    06/07/2002 5:49:34 PM PDT · by vannrox · 35 replies · 936+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | October 2001 | By David Horowitz       Return to normal view The Sick Mind of Noam Chomsky | September 26, 2001URL: WITHOUT QUESTION, the most devious, the most dishonest and -- in this hour of his nation’s grave crisis – the most treacherous intellect in America belongs to MIT professor Noam Chomsky. On the 150 campuses that have mounted "teach-ins" and rallies against America’s right to defend herself; on the streets of Genoa and Seattle where "anti-globalist" anarchists have attacked the symbols of markets and world trade; among the demonstrators at Vieques who wish to deny our military its training grounds; and wherever...
  • Recall Davis Supporters Attacked - BREAKING!!

    08/09/2003 12:37:49 PM PDT · by Impeach98 · 343 replies · 719+ views
    Fox News Xhannel - Recall Gray Davis Committee ^ | 08/09/2003 | Recall Gray Davis Committee
    This news release was issued... our people are at the ER right now... shouldn't be anything serious - making sure no broken bones or fractures... RECALL SUPPORTERS ATTACKED IN SACRAMENTO PROTEST AT TAXPAYER-FUNDED ANTI-RECALL WORKSHOP TURNS VIOLENT - DAVIS THUGS ATTACK RECALL SUPPORTERS ATTACK CAUGHT BY FOX NEWS CHANNEL CREW Charges To Be Filed as Recall Supporters Rushed to Emergency Room (SACRAMENTO) – Recall Gray Davis supporters were violently attacked a little more than one hour ago by Gray Davis supporters. Those who were assaulted have been taken to a local hospital emergency room in Sacramento. A protest was underway...
  • Karzai Says Bin Laden Will Be Caught

    12/12/2004 1:20:51 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 20 replies · 870+ views
    CNN ^ | Sunday, December 12, 2004
    Afghan President Hamid Karzai predicted Sunday that luck would play a role in catching terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, but he promised "we will get him sooner or later." Karzai, hand-picked by the Bush administration as interim leader before he handily won election to the presidency in October, told CNN's "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer" that he believed bin Laden was still "around the region." "No fugitive can run forever," he said. "We will get him sooner or later. And trust me on that. We will do that. "In terms of the specifics of the Afghan nation and the coalition...
  • What the soldiers in country REALLY want/need

    12/12/2004 8:45:49 AM PST · by Armedanddangerous · 48 replies · 1,818+ views
    Marinelink ^ | Story by Sgt. Clinton Firstbrook , 1 Marine expeditionary
    Over the past few months, I've seen numerous posts from concerned parents and friends of members of our armed forces about what these brave men and women really need. Here is a list I came across this AM and it makes more sense than any I've seen. For those interested in buying some of this stuff it can be found on line at places like or
  • Democrats in Defeat: An Earful of Free Advice (7 Letters)

    12/11/2004 9:42:12 PM PST · by neverdem · 58 replies · 3,327+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 12, 2004 | NA
    To the Editor: Re "Directions for the Democrats" (Op-Ed, Dec. 8): We Democrats should start by recommitting ourselves to the party and what it stands for. Rather than connect his campaign with the record of the Democratic Party, John Kerry constantly said that he and John Edwards "had a plan." Voters need to be reminded that the Democratic Party brought them Social Security, Medicare, environmental protection and civil rights. Because of these successes, the party can be counted on to deliver a foreign policy that develops peaceful relations with the international community, a domestic platform nurturing families young and old...
  • The Life of Ben Franklin - History Channel Attempts to Re-Write History

    12/11/2004 7:38:35 PM PST · by Dman626 · 44 replies · 5,955+ views
    Go to this link and click "Contact Us" near the bottom. A Letter to the History Channel (feel free to copy, paste and edit): To Whom it May Concern - I would like to express my displeasure with your recently broadcast program about the life of Benjamin Franklin. One-hundred-five minutes into the 120 minute broadcast is when the comment of one of your "experts" completely ruined and brought into question the veracity of the entire program. The comments by this "expert" demonstrate either a historical error made the the HISTORY Channel, or an attempt by the HISTORY Channel to...
  • Democratic soul-searching

    12/09/2004 5:11:18 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies · 668+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 9, 2004 | Donald Lambro
    The Washington Times Democratic soul-searchingBy Donald LambroPublished December 9, 2004 The Democratic governors were in town the other day to talk about why Democrats keep losing presidential elections and what can be done to stop their party's political erosion.     Ironically, one of their complaints was that their party has become too Washington-fixated, though this is where they decided to hold their daylong strategy sessions. But this is where the national news media is, and they were looking for some attention and knew they wouldn't get it if they met in Altoona or Cleveland.     Even so, many of them,...
  • Senator Inserts Education Policy in Spending Bill

    12/07/2004 12:24:09 PM PST · by immigrationreformactivist · 4 replies · 244+ views ^ | December 7, 2004 | Wyatt DuBois
    "U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd, promoting his life-long passion for the U.S. Constitution, has inserted into a massive federal spending bill a requirement that schools devote at least part of a day each year to teaching about the document," according to the Los Angeles Times. "The provision applies to all schools, elementary through college, that receive federal aid. Education groups worry the provision could be the opening wedge in a campaign by Washington to influence what schools teach." In the Cato Handbook for Congress, David Salisbury, director of Cato's Center for Educational Freedom, writes: "The U.S. Constitution gives Congress no authority...
  • The Nazional Socialist Party

    12/05/2004 6:59:14 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 1 replies · 462+ views
    It's recently been said that political correctness is inverted McCarthyism. Well, this is not going to be politically correct. But I need to say the following, and hope it is heard by someone. I'm really not very political, even though I take an almost obsessive interest in what's going on in the world of politics. I liked and agreed with Charles Colson's comment in the Patriot Newsletter the other day saying that, no matter who the president is, or how competent he might be, the Kingdom of God will not be found in Washinton. Even so, it just irritates and...
  • Pres. Bush Vote Total Now Exceeds 62 Million (exceeding all pre-election estimates).

    12/10/2004 5:24:36 PM PST · by calreaganfan · 215 replies · 9,201+ views
    SOS websites | 12/10/2004 | calreaganfan
    The conventional wisdom of the political punditry has been proven wrong again. A huge national voter turnout was thought to favor the Democrat candidate, but Pres. Bush's national popular vote count from the Nov. 2, 2004 general election has now exceeded 62 million votes. As of 12/10/04, Pres. Bush has received 62,019,003 votes. The states of NY and PA have certified their official results in the past two days which pushed Pres. Bush's vote count over the 62 million mark. CA will certify its results tomorrow, but almost all CA votes are already included in the Bush total (by obtaining...
  • Sean Penn in al-Qaida Fantasy Film

    12/11/2004 5:45:11 PM PST · by txradioguy · 30 replies · 2,265+ views ^ | 12 Dec. 2004 | Staff Writer
    In a movie that's being described as "the feel-good al-Qaida date flick of 2005," Bush-hating actor Sean Penn will star as a suicidal hijacker who tries to crash a commercial airliner into Bush's official residence, the White House. The Penn presidential assassination movie is fiction, of course, as clearly indicated by the title: "The Assassination of President Nixon." Still, Penn's decision to make a film that parallels the only part of the 9/11 attacks that wasn't successfully executed (thanks to the brave passengers aboard United Flight 93) has even Bush-hating Hollywood nervous. "It was very hard to find distribution for...

    12/11/2004 7:02:34 PM PST · by STARWISE · 5 replies · 739+ views
    USASOC NEWS SERVICE ^ | 12-8-04 | Sgt. Joe Healey
    DATE POSTED: DECEMBER 8, 2004 Women donate quilts to injured special operations Soldiers at Walter Reed By Sgt. Joe Healy U.S. Army Special Operations Command WASHINGTON (USASOC News Service, Dec. 8, 2004) — In Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s Ward 57 here, Soldiers receive medical attention from doctors and occupational specialists for injuries suffered during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Now, because of a pair of volunteers' efforts, some of those Soldiers are also getting attention of a different kind. “Can I offer you a hand-made quilt and a hug?” Gloria Kelly asked Dec. 2 to a number...
  • It’s Not Liberals Who Don’t ‘Get It’ – It’s Conservatives-(New Joan Swirsky BLOCKBUSTER!)

    12/09/2004 12:49:19 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 18 replies · 1,943+ views
    My conservative friends continue to tell me that the liberals (who just lost the election) “just don’t get it.” That is, liberals “don’t get” the destructiveness of the American Civil Liberties Union’s relentless efforts to ban any allusion to Christianity and any mention of God in a country that is 96 percent Christian. They “don’t get” that the vote recounts in Ohio and elsewhere – which are costing taxpayers millions of dollars – are not, as they claim, to insure the sanctity of the voting process, but rather a colossal example of sour grapes at its worst.
  • Liberalism on Fumes

    12/11/2004 8:49:29 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 3 replies · 553+ views
    Roger L Simon ^ | Dec. 11, 2004 | Roger L Simon
    Liberalism on Fumes Jonah Goldberg has drummed Kevin Drum's arguments on the War on Terror into the ground and stomped on them pretty successfully, but as one who defined himself as a liberal or a leftist for most of my life, let me throw myself into the breach on this, at least briefly. Jonah was writing in response to a much talked about Peter Beinart piece urging liberals to take a harder line on Islamofascism in the manner many did on Communism back in the forties and fifties. Drum seems to have been peeved by Beinart's suggestion, making the risible...
  • Writing Off Europe (Worse than a stuffed Dutchmen)

    12/11/2004 9:16:42 AM PST · by quidnunc · 10 replies · 1,022+ views
    The Asia Times ^ | December 7, 2004 | Spengler
    Every German schoolroom should display a stuffed Dutchman as a horrible example to youth, wrote the poet Heinrich Heine in 1831. For Americans, the horrible example to youth at the taxidermist shop is Western Europe. Last month the US re-elected a president despised by enormous European majorities. Europeans hate and fear the United States, but Americans barely can summon the energy to ignore Europe, which they have written off as a decadent and soon-to-disappear civilization. In the major newspapers of the US east coast, to be sure, Europeans continue to read about their sad little concerns. What "red state" Americans...
  • Secretary Rumsfeld Town Hall Meeting in Kuwait (entire transcript)

    12/11/2004 10:29:31 AM PST · by Former Military Chick · 12 replies · 522+ views
    Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) ^ | Wednesday, December 8, 2004 | Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld
    SEC. RUMSFELD: Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. My goodness. What a group this is. Impressive gathering. General Steve Whitcomb, thank you so much for your kind words. Sergeant Major Kellman, it’s good to see you again. I appreciate your able leadership as well. First, I want to say thank you to each of you, to your families for your superb service to our country. You are doing noble work, it’s vitally important work and your country is deeply grateful. Today’s December 8th. Sixty three years ago today our nation declared war on an enemy that had launched...
  • Democrats dust off old rule (WA, Rossi vs. Gregoire)

    12/10/2004 3:45:48 AM PST · by JosefK · 215 replies · 9,968+ views
    The News-Tribune ^ | 10 December 2004 | KENNETH P. VOGEL
    Even if Republican Dino Rossi wins the hand recount of the state’s extraordinary governor’s race, a never-before-used provision in the state constitution could allow the Democrat-controlled Legislature to hand the election to Democrat Christine Gregoire. Experts are unsure how to interpret the provision. But the state Democratic Party says it gives Democrats the ability to contest the results of the election before the Legislature. The Legislature would hold a trial of sorts, like an impeachment hearing, with lawmakers voting on the final outcome, according to a Democratic Party lawyer. That scenario would seem to favor Gregoire, because Democrats will hold...
  • Chancellor: U. of I.'s student paper spews anti-Semitism (University of Illinois)

    12/09/2004 6:17:09 AM PST · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 13 replies · 531+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | December 9, 2004 | Dave Newbart
    The University of Illinois' student newspaper, the Daily Illini, is in hot water with the chancellor over what he says is a series of items offensive to Jews in the last two years. Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Richard Herman is demanding staff journalists undergo better training and do more to fight error. If they don't, he threatens to start a newspaper to compete with the campus paper, which is financially independent from the university. "Seeing a newspaper intentionally or otherwise continue to spew out what is broadly seen as anti-Semitic comments is just not appropriate,'' Herman said this week. Quote published twice...
  • "Silent Night" Reinstated in Mustang Christmas Program

    12/09/2004 10:38:26 PM PST · by Kryptonite · 35 replies · 1,666+ views
    ChannelOklahoma ^ | 12/09/04 | ChannelOklahoma
    School District Critics Plan Nativity Scene, 'Silent Night' Performances MUSTANG, Okla. -- Lakehoma Elementary School's annual Christmas performance was to include a rendition of "Silent Night" on Thursday evening after Mustang school officials reached a compromised in a dispute over Christian religious elements in the program. The decision came after a number of Mustang residents complained and others announced plans to stage a silent protest Thursday night during the evening performance. Superintendent Karl Springer had originally banned a staged nativity scene and the singing of "Silent Night" because of First Amendment concerns. However, during an early performance of the program...