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  • Threat Of Terrorism

    01/18/2004 11:23:03 PM PST · by Burkeman1 · 15 replies · 164+ views
    You know, I'm sure, that the Bush administration has greatly exaggerated the threat of terrorism. Those who employ the tactic of terrorism do so because they are weak. They have no army. They have no great popular following. Osama bin Laden was a crank living in the mountains of Afghanistan with only a small following in the Islamic world — until George W. Bush elevated him to world celebrity status. It's true that bin Laden knocked down the World Trade Center towers and struck the Pentagon — or at least we're pretty sure he was behind those attacks. He was...
  • Conflicts of Interest

    01/16/2004 5:46:37 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 6 replies · 140+ views
    King Features Syndicate, Inc. ^ | 01-16-04 | Reese, Charley
    Conflicts Of Interest I'm a little late this time around with my annual declaration of potential conflicts of interests. I do this every year because I think readers have a right to know where journalists are coming from. I admit that being a blue-collar guy who doesn't take $25,000 consulting fees like George Will, it's a bit easier for me than some of journalism's six-figure stars. When Will quoted tycoon Conrad Black in a column recently, he neglected to mention his financial arrangement with the man, which, when it was exposed, he said was none of your business. I respectfully...
  • Credibility and Virginity

    01/05/2004 5:05:51 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 17 replies · 195+ views
    King Features Syndicate, Inc. ^ | 01-05-04 | Reese, Charley
    Credibility And Virginity What President Bush does not understand (don't worry, I'm not going through the whole list) is that credibility, like virginity, cannot be recovered once it's lost. He thinks it's unimportant that he took the country to war based on the false claim that Saddam Hussein had amassed large amounts of chemical and biological weapons and was on the verge of handing them to terrorists. His attitude is: "Hey, what's your problem? We got rid of a bad guy." Well, the problem is that now any American who believes anything the Bush administration says without a ton of...
  • Worthy Causes

    12/29/2003 6:25:38 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 9 replies · 251+ views
    King Features Syndicate, Inc. ^ | 12-29-03 | Reese, Charley
    Worthy Causes I grew up in a Protestant church that believed in a literal interpretation of the King James Bible. Since there is no mention in the Bible of Dec. 25, the church refused to make Christmas a religious observance. Baldwin pianos and Hammond organs were verboten for the same reason. In that they are probably right, since Christmas was adapted to a pagan festival. There is no written record of when the Christ child was born. Nevertheless, that didn't stop my family from observing Christmas, since, like most families with small children, Christmas was more about Santa Claus than...
  • Dr. Dean and Dixie

    11/15/2003 8:55:17 AM PST · by WoofDog123 · 17 replies · 165+ views
    King Features Syndicate ^ | 11/19/03 | Charley Reese
    Dr. Dean And Dixie Dr. Howard Dean was born in New York City and has spent his life there and in Vermont. I guess he's about as Yankee a Yankee as you can get. Yet he reached out to Dixie and got burned by his fellow Democrats. The thing to note is that Dr. Dean first made his remark about wanting the votes of guys with Confederate decals on their pickup trucks at a meeting of national Democrats about three months ago. His remarks drew thunderous applause. It was only after he became a front-runner that his tag-along rivals decided...
  • Phooey On Tough Talk

    11/09/2003 9:14:53 PM PST · by WoofDog123 · 42 replies · 170+ views
    King Features Syndicate ^ | 11/10/03 | Charley Reese
    Phooey On Tough Talk I would feel better about President George Bush's tough schoolboy rhetoric if he were in Baghdad, Fallujah or Tikrit instead of lolling about on his ranch or at Camp David in between fund-raising trips and photo ops. He ought to go to Iraq to see what his policy has wrought. Dwight Eisenhower went to Korea during that war. Why shouldn't President Bush go to Iraq? He could even stop by Ramallah and the Gaza Strip on the way back to see what his Palestinian-Israeli policy has wrought. The president has said that the "terrorists and killers"...
  • Choose the Right Gun

    11/09/2003 9:08:06 PM PST · by WoofDog123 · 138 replies · 769+ views
    King Features Syndicate ^ | 11/12/03 | Charley Reese
    Choose The Right Gun If you saw the recent video of "Old Mr. Grump" shooting the "Lucky Lawyer" in Los Angeles, you can learn a valuable lesson about which firearm to choose for self-defense. The press rarely reports what kinds of guns are used in crimes, and usually gets it wrong when it tries. Nevertheless, I have concluded Mr. Grump used a .22-caliber pistol. Otherwise, the Lucky Lawyer would not have remained on his feet for so long. Now, a .22, a .25 and a .32 will kill you, provided the bullet strikes a vital organ. Sometimes the person will...
  • Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest

    11/09/2003 9:03:04 PM PST · by WoofDog123 · 8 replies · 186+ views
    King Features Syndicate ^ | 11/14/03 | Charley Reese
    Dumb, Dumber And Dumbest The positions of most urban liberals on firearms are dumb, dumber and dumbest. It is dumb to suppose that the way to decrease crime is to make sure all potential victims of violent crime are disarmed. It is dumber yet to believe that a criminal will obey a gun-control law. No bank robber or rapist has ever set out and then stopped and said, "Gosh, I don't have a permit for this weapon, so I guess I'd better not rob that bank or rape that girl." No serial killer has ever said: "Gosh, I can't kill...
  • Charley Reese: 1937 Was My "Lucky Year"

    10/13/2003 6:11:49 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 4 replies · 173+ views
    King Features Syndicate, Inc. ^ | 10-13-03 | Reese, Charley
    A Lucky Year I am of the same generation as Sen. Bob Graham and Saddam Hussein. All of us in that generation were born at the tail end of the Great Depression, were children during World War II and came of age in the 1950s. The only good thing to say about Saddam is that he is pretty darn spry as a fugitive. I'm not sure that I could elude 146,000 Americans soldiers and who knows how many angry Iraqis for five months. Maybe swimming the Tigris River every year has kept him in better shape than he ever looked...
  • Columnist Reese Reflects on New Yorkers in Wake of 9-11: "A Fine Hour"

    09/18/2003 10:03:14 PM PDT · by Theodore R. · 257+ views
    King Features Syndicate, Inc. ^ | 09-19-03 | Reese, Charley
    A Fine Hour The best thing to remember about Sept. 11, 2001, is the magnificent way that New Yorkers and indeed all Americans responded to the tragedy. Being a country boy, I've never been fond of any big city, but on that day and in the days following, I would have been proud to be called a New Yorker. The way the people of that city opened their hearts, their arms and their pocketbooks to each other should stand forever as a rebuke to cynics. What a grand example they were of human beings at their very best. That I...
  • Quagmire Or Expensive Mud

    08/22/2003 6:44:21 AM PDT · by RaginCajunTrad · 53 replies · 213+ views
    King Features Syndicate, Inc. ^ | August 22, 2003 | Charley Reese
    An American Officer came to the home of an Iraqi family. American soldiers had killed the family's young son by mistake. The boy was taking his mattress to the roof to sweat out the hot Baghdad night when a nervous American on patrol mistook him for a sniper. "How much compensation would you accept?" the officer asked. "Ten dead Americans," the father replied. Maybe that anecdote will give you some idea of what we've stepped into. It might not be a quagmire. I understand that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld doesn't like that word. OK, then let's call it a...
  • Columnist Reese: "The News as Trivia"

    08/15/2003 5:18:50 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 9 replies · 208+ views
    King Features Syndicate ^ | 08-15-03 | Reese, Charley
    Trivia As News The decline of the American television media is evident in its inordinate attention to the Kobe Bryant case. The Los Angeles Laker is charged with rape. OK, a not-unusual occurrence for professional athletes. It is legitimate to report his arrest, his arraignment and his trial. It is illegitimate in the extreme to report hearsay stories and tales and to conduct endless speculation with lawyers who want to be on television but who know nothing about the facts of the case. We're still months away from a trial, and I'm sick of the whole business already. In first...
  • Bush Could Make A Deadly Blunder [mega chunks Reese barf]

    07/30/2003 8:34:49 AM PDT · by Chancellor Palpatine · 57 replies · 665+ views
    Where else? Lew Rockwell ^ | 7/30/03 | some dork named Charley Reese
    Regardless of how bad a regime North Korea has, its demands of the United States are reasonable. They are four: one-on-one talks, a nonaggression treaty, economic aid and normal diplomatic relations. The Bush administration's obstinate refusal to consider these could prove to be one of the deadliest blunders in the history of stupid diplomacy.
  • Strange Reactions

    07/31/2003 1:02:21 PM PDT · by Gore_ War_ Vet · 21 replies · 141+ views
    King Features Syndicate, Inc. ^ | 8/1/2003 | Charley Reese
    Strange Reactions All of the "experts" who rushed to say that killing Saddam Hussein's two sons would discourage American attackers were immediately refuted when two more ambushes killed two more Americans the day after the raid. I support the troops, but I'm continually appalled by the unrealistic assessments and reactions of the top brass and politicos in Washington. They seem cut adrift from reality. If three men and a boy can fight off 200 American soldiers backed by helicopters and TOW missiles for six hours, I wouldn't brag about it being a successful operation. According to Central Command, the three...
  • Language (modern corruptions and long term effects)

    07/29/2003 6:34:51 AM PDT · by u-89 · 21 replies · 262+ views
    Reese.king-online ^ | 28.07.03 | Charley Reese
    LanguagePoliticians and the media are perpetually corrupting the language. I was reminded of that yet again when the New York City mayor, understandably excited, described the shooting of a city councilman as an "attack on democracy." No it wasn't. The councilman, God rest his soul, was killed by some guy who apparently had a grudge against him. It was private murder that just happened to occur in a public place. It was not an attack against the institution or even the City Council itself, much less against democracy.So many people play loose with the language that it is being...
  • Charley Reese Sees a "Weimar Republic" in Our Future

    07/23/2003 8:42:39 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 31 replies · 432+ views
    King Features Syndicate | 07-23-03 | Reese, Charley
    Weimar Republic I have a theory that nations are like individuals. Those whose leaders are smart, strong and lucky prosper, and those whose leaders are stupid, weak and unlucky suffer or perish. That's why it matters which leaders we choose. There are relatively few people in the United States who actually have the power to make important decisions. The Constitution, for example, vests 100 percent of the power of the federal government in only 537 individuals — one president, one vice president, 435 members of the House and 100 members of the Senate. Everybody else in the entire federal government...
  • Columnist Reese Examines Supreme Court's Sodomy Decision

    07/07/2003 7:33:48 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 4 replies · 196+ views
    King Features Syndicate ^ | 07-07-03 | Reese, Charley
    Kind Of Weird The large amount of attention many newspapers and television anchors gave to a recent Supreme Court decision knocking down an old law against sodomy frankly startled me. What's the big deal? It was an old law that many states had already repealed and that no state was making any effort to enforce as long as homosexuals stayed in their bedrooms. In all my years on the cop beat, I never saw or heard of any law-enforcement agency arresting homosexuals, except when they took their sex to public parks and public restrooms. Cops and prosecutors have many more...
  • Road Map to Nowhere - Charley Reese

    06/20/2003 8:01:41 AM PDT · by WoofDog123 · 18 replies · 199+ views
    King Features Syndicate ^ | 20JUN03 | charley reese
    Road Map To Nowhere The president's "road map to peace," which is blowing up in his face even as I write this, was riddled with defects to begin with. It does not recognize the basic facts of the conflict. It ignores the rule of law. It turns normal human behavior upside down. The basic facts of the conflict are that the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip is illegal. Israel was ordered to withdraw from those territories by the United Nations Security Council in 1967, when Israeli forces in the Six-Day War captured them....
  • "If I Knew More About Economics, I'd Be Even More Worried," says Columnist Charley Reese

    05/30/2003 8:01:04 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 24 replies · 210+ views
    Charley Reese Syndicated Column ^ | 05-30-03 | Reese, Charley
    Charley Reese Economic Worries I'm worried about the economy, and I suppose if I knew more about economics, I'd be even more worried. I recently read an article by an economist, David Hale, in the Financial Times. He sounded plenty worried. He said the U.S. dollar has lost 30 percent of its value recently, and that U.S. Treasury yields have fallen to a 45-year low and are 37 basis points under the yields of German government debt bonds. He cited three reasons why insiders are worried: 1. They're afraid that the president's budget will balloon the deficit to $400 billion...
  • "Time Is Short," Columnist Charley Reese Distinguishes Between Knowledge and Wisdom

    05/28/2003 6:56:58 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 5 replies · 178+ views
    Charley Reese Syndicated Column ^ | 05-28-03 | Reese, Charley
    Time Is Short I've always been struck by the fact that knowledge seems to be specific to people, places and times, whereas wisdom spans both millennia and different cultures. Often, sloppy use of language obscures that fact. I used to hear "If we can put a man on the moon, then why can't we solve traffic jams, etc." Actually, take your pick of the problems people felt should be easy to solve. Well, the truth is that "we" can't put a man on the moon. Out of all the millions of people in the United States, a specific few have...