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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...
  • War Still a Bad Idea - Charley Reese

    04/25/2003 6:07:17 AM PDT · by WoofDog123 · 115 replies · 309+ views
    King Features Syndicate ^ | 25APR03 | Charley Reese
    One can't help but admire the young men and women in the armed forces. It's not only their courage and competence in the military arts that sparks the admiration, but their basic goodness and compassion, which are not to be found in any other army in the world. Clearly, they are better people than their political leaders. One also has to sympathize with the almost unendurable pain experienced by the families who have lost loved ones. As of this writing, 123 young Americans have died in Iraq, and, unfortunately, as long as they stay there, more of them will die....
  • No Participation - Charlie Reese: Anti-American Poison!

    04/09/2003 8:49:10 AM PDT · by steplock · 23 replies · 828+ views
    Focus ^ | 9 april 2003
    Charlie Reese - Anti-American PoisonDate Wednesday, April 09 @ 08:08:34 LIES - RUMORS - and REESEreeseking A mixture of Outright Lies, leftist Psychological babble talk, half-truths, and rumor mongering. Charlie Reese is trying his best to destroy the morale of the United States military and make the Americans feel that they are the "evil-doers" of the world. "...a mercenary Army, and that's what an all-volunteer Army is, despite all the rhetoric used to disguise that fact." "Today we have a large standing Army of paid professionals whose profession is killing whomever they are ordered to kill." NO PARTICIPATION The...
  • Assimilation Is Better Than Diversity

    01/22/2003 6:49:18 AM PST · by George Frm Br00klyn Park · 10 replies · 309+ views
    King Features Syndicate ^ | 1/22/2003 | Charley Reese
    King Features Syndicate Charley ReeseWednesday, January 22, 2003 Assimilation Is Better Than Diversity Affirmative action ought to be killed outright. It's a racist policy, and it's an insult to black Americans. Stripped of all the hogwash rhetoric, affirmative action says to blacks: "We know you can't compete on an equal footing, so we will award you 20 points just for having black skin. Don't forget to be grateful to your white liberal masters." Paternalism is insulting. Liberals try to rationalize affirmative action by extolling the virtues of diversity. Point one: We are a diverse nation with or without affirmative action....
  • Liberals Hate SUV's

    12/02/2002 3:54:46 PM PST · by u-89 · 51 replies · 1,367+ views
    Reese on line ^ | 2 Dec. 02 | Charley Reese
    Liberals Hate SUVs It goes without saying that liberals hate the free market, big business, even democracy when the voters disagree with them. If truth were known, they hate the human race - at least that part of it which is not them. Darn those human beings for not living their lives according to the liberal prescription. A sales pitch, masquerading as a book review, in The New York Times shows the liberal biases perfectly. The book was written by a New York Times reporter about the sport utility vehicle and was reviewed by a college professor who teaches journalism....
  • Various Quotes From March 1998

    09/24/2002 1:47:32 PM PDT · by cd jones · 179+ views
    March 1998 | various
    Bill Bennett- "The Presidency HAS been weakened..Leon is right. Who has weakened the Presidency?...The President has weakened the Presidency. How ? Because of what he's done...because of his failure to TELL us what he's done. He could put an end to this right NOW by the President coming forward and telling us everything....what went on....if he cannot do that then the American people need to know WHY." __________________________________________ Paul Greenberg Ark. Gazette In all this wind, here's what I hold fast to: Truth is mighty and will prevail. It has an existence of its own that nobody can copyright or...
  • Absurd World

    08/11/2002 10:45:14 PM PDT · by GalvestonBeachcomber · 13 replies · 264+ views
    King Features Syndicate ^ | 08/12/02 | Charley Reese
    Arthur Miller, not my favorite playwright, is nevertheless opening a new play in Minnesota, "Resurrection Blues," which attempts to satirize the vicious and absurd state the world has gotten itself into recently. And the world certainly has ventured into the absurd. Marxist guerrillas setting off bombs to protest the inauguration of Colombia's new president kill mostly the poor in Bogot slums. We, of course, kill 500,000 Iraqi children because they (presumably the children) won't overthrow Saddam Hussein. Saddam's neighbors say publicly and directly to the president that they oppose an American attack and do not feel threatened by Saddam, and...
  • Muslims Are Good Folks

    05/09/2002 10:29:31 PM PDT · by GalvestonBeachcomber · 94 replies · 346+ views
    King Features Syndicate ^ | 05/10/02 | Charley Reese
    I wish more Americans had an opportunity to get to know Muslims. Then they would not be susceptible to the silly anti-Muslim propaganda that is floated by some right-wing Christians. Muslims are good folks. One fellow e-mailed me quite convinced that Muslims lop off the heads of every infidel they meet. I've been a guest in the homes of many Muslim friends, and the only thing they lopped off were extra servings of lamb. People believe such nonsense because they are ignorant of the facts. The oldest Christian communities in the world are in Muslim countries. Some of the...
  • Mr. Bush's Albatross

    05/06/2002 1:49:05 PM PDT · by GalvestonBeachcomber · 7 replies · 198+ views
    King Features Syndicate ^ | 05/06/02 | Charley Reese
    President George Bush has made another bad deal with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. In exchange for lifting the restrictions on Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, Mr. Bush has agreed to back Israel in blocking a United Nations investigation of the Jenin refugee camp killings. Way to go, Mr. Prez. In exchange for Israel doing what it should have done anyway, you agreed to block an investigation of a possible war crime. That makes you look real good in the eyes of the world. In case you haven't noticed, your pal Sharon has become a fat albatross around your...
  • Remember The Palestinians

    05/03/2002 3:43:42 AM PDT · by GalvestonBeachcomber · 40 replies · 196+ views
    King Features Syndicate ^ | 05/03/02 | Charley Reese
    Knowing how much Americans are worried about the loss of innocent life in Palestine, I thought I'd summarize the number of Palestinians killed in the past 17 months. This number does not include all those killed in Israel's most recent military invasion of the West Bank. They are still finding bodies in the rubble. This number represents only those killed through March 9, 2002. The toll of Palestinian children 15 and younger is 151. That's a lot of Little League teams. Many of these children were shot through the head by Israeli snipers who, 200 yards away in armored...
  • Peace Is A Bargain

    04/29/2002 1:02:27 AM PDT · by GalvestonBeachcomber · 115+ views
    King Features Syndicate ^ | 04/29/02 | Charley Reese
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For Monday, April 29, 2002 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Archives: Mon.4.29.2002 Fri.4.26.2002 Wed.4.24.2002 Mon.4.22.2002 Fri.4.19.2002 Wed.4.17.2002 Mon.4.15.2002 Fri.4.12.2002 Wed.4.10.2002 Mon.4.8.2002 Fri.4.5.2002 Wed.4.3.2002 Mon.4.1.2002 Peace Is A Bargain After the atomic and hydrogen bombs scared the heck out of everybody, including their inventors, people said that war had become too destructive. Well, that didn't prove to be an impediment. The nuclear powers just resorted to proxy wars with conventional weapons. These conventional weapons are no slackers when it comes to killing. After all, the 55 million people who died in World War II died by conventional means, save the couple of hundred...
  • The End Of America's Prestige

    04/23/2002 11:32:55 PM PDT · by GalvestonBeachcomber · 23 replies · 202+ views
    King Features Syndicate ^ | 04/24/02 | Charley Reese
    A friend of mine once told a college class that nobody ever woke up in 476 A.D. (the date historians define as the fall of the Roman Empire) and said, "Gosh, I'm in the Dark Ages." His point is plain enough. Transitions happen gradually, and the people who live through them never realize what is happening. So it is with Americans. We are living in the ruins of a once-great republic. Now an empire utterly devoid of moral authority, the United States has nothing left but its military power and its capacity to consume on credit. Where the world's...
  • Make Or Break For Bush

    04/18/2002 11:16:59 PM PDT · by GalvestonBeachcomber · 10 replies · 108+ views
    King Features Syndicate ^ | 04/19/02 | Charley Reese
    President George W. Bush faces a crisis that will make or break his presidency. Ironically, to use his words applied to Yasser Arafat, Bush finds himself in a situation of his own making. Last week, the president was publicly humiliated by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who arrogantly ignored Bush's repeated calls for the Israelis to stop their military operation and pull out of the West Bank. The secretary of state was also publicly humiliated. The king of Morocco kept him cooling his heels for two hours before consenting to see him and then, in front of the press,...
  • Operation Humbug

    04/07/2002 11:06:19 PM PDT · by GalvestonBeachcomber · 6 replies · 154+ views
    King Features Syndicate ^ | 04/08/02 | Charley Reese
    One of the attractive ladies of the TV talk channels heard a report from Kabul, Afghanistan, recently. The story was simple: A peacekeeping patrol heard two or three shots in the distance. They determined the shots came from a camp housing one of the warlord's soldiers. The shots were not fired at them. They went on about their business. "Nevertheless," said the lady anchor, her brows tightly knitted in her professional anxiety look, "It was a scary moment." After I got up off the floor where my laughter had put me (it would take a lot more than the sound...
  • Might As Well Call A Pocket A Guerrilla War

    03/26/2002 10:05:12 PM PST · by GalvestonBeachcomber · 4 replies · 145+ views
    King Features Syndicate ^ | 03/27/02 | Charley Reese
    Might As Well Call A Pocket A Guerrilla War The Pentagon has made it quite clear to the press that it does not like the words "guerrilla" or "guerrilla warfare." The Pentagon instead insists on using the words "pockets of resistance." It's amazing that a 21st-century bureaucracy loaded with high-tech weapons still believes in word magic. The Pentagon apparently thinks that if it refuses to call guerrilla warfare "guerrilla warfare," then it won't exist. In fact, though, that is exactly the kind of war the United States will have to fight in Afghanistan from here on out. I think...
  • Flag Is Not The Problem

    03/22/2002 10:50:58 AM PST · by GalvestonBeachcomber · 25 replies · 361+ views
    King Features Syndicate ^ | 3-22-02 | Charley Reese
    Flag Is Not The Problem The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is trying again to boycott South Carolina. It succeeded in getting a Confederate battle flag removed from the Capitol dome. It now flies at a Confederate monument in front of the Capitol. The NAACP wants it removed from the state grounds. The NAACP's campaign against all things Confederate began in 1991, when the organization was wracked with scandals and, having won all of its legal battles, found itself with nothing to do. It needed a new "enemy at the gates," and so it picked the Confederacy...
  • Hubris Should Be Avoided

    03/20/2002 9:17:31 AM PST · by GalvestonBeachcomber · 21 replies · 167+ views
    King Features Syndicate ^ | 3/20/02 | Charley Reese
    Hubris Should Be Avoided A dangerous amount of hubris seems to be settling over Washington like fallout from a bomb. Hubris, of course, is the combination of arrogance and unwarranted assumptions. Recently, Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., said our "victory" in Afghanistan proves that we are the "most militarily powerful country in the history of the world." That's hubris, not to mention ignorance of matters both military and historical. We didn't fight in Afghanistan. We bribed warlords to do the fighting. We just bombed light infantry troops who had no air defense using advanced weapons. The outcome was no surprise...