WHAT DO THEY KNOW THAT WE DON’T?
“More than 25 percent of public school teachers in Washington and Baltimore send their children to private schools, a new study reports. Nationwide, public school teachers are almost twice as likely as other parents to choose private schools for their own children, the study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute found.”
- Washington Times, 9/22/04
“Once created, federal programs are nearly impossible to eliminate.”
- Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, “Texas Straight Talk,” 9/20/04
SIGN OF THE TIMES
“Patience hell. Let’s sue somebody.”
- Video projection beamed at a public health conference of trial lawyers and health nannies at Northeastern University last weekend, Washington Times, 9/20/04
JEFFREY DAHMER WOULD BE PROUD
“Every time the president has extended his hand in friendship to Senator Daschle, he’s bit it off.”
- John Thune, Daschle’s opponent in November U.S. senate contest in South Dakota, “Meet the Press,” 9/19/04
“...Asma Jehangir, a special United Nations envoy on human rights...thinks Islam ‘needs to be revitalized’ to meet the intellectual challenges confronting it in the 21st century. Asked what she would suggest to improve Islam's image in the world, Miss Jehangir replied: ‘Separation of religion and politics.’ ‘As long as people can use religion to justify their political motives, we will continue to have problems,’ she said.
“Maulana Ahmed Javed, a religion scholar based in Karachi, Pakistan, and author of several books on Islam, agrees. ‘Politics is mundane,’ said Mr. Javed, who is Muslim. ‘Religion is profound. It gives you an identity, a sense of belonging. Mixing religion and politics hurts religion. We have not done any service to religion by bringing it down to the level of politics. In politics, you make mistakes. Your policies fail, and when you mix politics and religion, your failure also reflects upon your religious beliefs.’ "
- United Press International, 9/22/04
"I think it's very important for people who are serving (in office) to make sure there's a separation of church and state."
- George W. Bush, 6/15/04
TO PROFILE...OR NOT TO PROFILE
“Should law enforcement profile Muslims? Amnesty International USA answers emphatically no. Law enforcement, of course, categorically denies any form of profiling. But in the murky area of pre-empting terrorism, it matters who one is. So, yes, profiling emphatically does take place. Which is how it should be.”
- Columnist Daniel Pipes
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SAVE DAN RATHER!
“You know what I hope? I hope Rather doesn’t quit. I hope he isn’t fired. He is indeed the CBS anchor - and now that the boat is taking on water, his dead weight is going to sink it for good.”
- New York Post columnist John Podhoretz
DEPENDS ON YOUR DEFINITION OF “MISTAKE”
“Without the bloggers digging up the facts that put the lie to the phony and forged documents (Dan) Rather used the old TV anchor would be sitting smugly in the Walter Cronkite chair at CBS hurling his left-wing brickbats at any conservative who came by. He may be sitting in that chair today but you can bet that some of the smugness is gone, now that he has been forced publicly to apologize for his ‘mistake.’
“Mistake, hell! If there was ever a deliberate effort to smear someone it was this one.”
- Lyn Nofziger, Musings, 9/21/04
A MISERABLE FAILURE
“Presidential candidates must pass many tests before voters are willing to put them in charge of the country's government. One of them is being able to put together a smoothly run, problem-free campaign organization that instills confidence in his ability to be commander in chief. So far, John Kerry is failing that test.”
- Columnist Donald Lambro
DEFINING ISSUE OF CAMPAIGN 2004
“Pundits who say outsourcing or health care of ‘same sex’ marriage or the deficit are the main issues in this campaign are kidding themselves. What people really care about is their safety. . . . Right or wrong, most voters believe Mr. Bush gets credit for making them safer. He took the battle to the enemy.”
- Columnist James Glassman
BLACK GAY REPUBLICANS BACK BUSH
The Abe Lincoln Black Republican Caucus (ALBRC), a group of young urban Black gay Republicans, voted Wednesday in a special meeting in Dallas, Texas, to endorse President Bush for re-election. The endorsement was fueled by the Log Cabin Republicans' refusal to endorse President Bush earlier this month. ‘We think that the 'Republican Tent' is inclusive and there is room for differences, but one does not pick up their marbles and go home if there are a few points of disagreement,’ stated Anthony Falls, the ALBRC National Spokesperson.
ON THE ROAD TO LANDSLIDE, USA
“Well, we're down to the wire. The debates are coming, and the election is in six weeks. George Bush is surging in the polls....(John Kerry) is between 11 and 14 points behind with signs pointing to a Bush electoral landslide. Another liberal defeat to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Mondale's 49-state loss to Ronald Reagan in 1984.”
- Talk show host Neal Boortz, 9/20/04
“Harold Meyerson, editor of the liberal magazine The American Prospect, tells a story of a friend of his who had a dream. He was walking through the headquarters of the Kerry campaign. Behind a door marked ‘Campaign Manager’ he found Kerry manager Mary Beth Cahill. As he drew nearer, however, the woman suddenly ripped off her Cahill mask, behind which was . . . Susan Estrich, Michael Dukakis's campaign manager! Mr. Meyerson's friend woke up screaming. Lots of Democrats are having similar nightmares about 1988, when Mr. Dukakis, once ahead 17 points in the polls, lost by eight to George W. Bush's father.”
- John Fund on the Trail, 9/20/04
ALL THE CANDIDATE’S LOUD-MOUTHED MEN
“Add to those elements the self-promotion of Kerry’s advisers who cannot keep their mouths shut and insist on grabbing the limelight from their candidate, and you have one of the worst-run campaigns since the time this same team made its national debut: The ill-fated campaign against Bush’s father by another liberal Democrat from Massachusetts, Gov. Mike Dukakis, in 1988.”
- Columnist Dick Morris
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JAY LENO IS NO CONSERVATIVE
“And reports are that the Bush White House has been chatting with ‘The Tonight Show’ about a possible presidential appearance. . . . But now, according to the New York Daily News, it looks as though the White House is having concerns about a visit with Leno because of an interview recently conducted by Nikki Finke for L.A. Weekly.
“It seems that Finke has been writing articles critical of Jay, apparently for what in Finke's eyes appears to be a Leno lean to the right. The interview that has raised White House antennae was purportedly initiated by a telephone call from Leno to Finke.
“In the Finke interview article, Leno says: ‘I'm not conservative. I've never voted that way in my life.’ And he ‘really worries’ what another win by Dubya would do to the makeup of the Supreme Court. And he believes ‘the wool was pulled over our eyes’ with the Iraq war. And he thinks the White House began using terrorism ‘as a crutch’ after 9/11. And he feels that during the campaign, Kerry should ‘make Bush look as stupid as possible.’ And he opines that ‘the media is in the pocket of the government, and they don't do their job,’ so ‘you have people like Michael Moore who do it for them.’
“Not exactly the sentiments of someone with a Republican affinity.”
- James Hirsen’s “Left Coast Report,” 9/21/04
POSTAL WORKERS LAUGHING TO THE BANK
“When it comes to pay and glamour, workers in the largest federal agency — the U.S. Postal Service — often take a back seat to their colleagues with the U.S. Secret Service, Foreign Service officers or air traffic controllers. But when it comes time to pick and pay for their all-important health insurance, postal workers laugh all the way to the bank. Thanks to their contract with the USPS, postal clerks, letter carriers, mail handlers and other craft and maintenance employees of their mail-moving corporation pay less for the same coverage. . . . Depending on the plan they choose, postal workers can pay anywhere from one-third to nearly one-half as much as workers at the Commerce or Justice departments, or civilians at the Pentagon or the National Institutes of Health.”
- Mike Causey’s Federal Report, 9/21/04
SOMEBODY’S GOTTA PAY FOR THOSE BENEFITS
“There is a range of possibilities in terms of the future, particularly when it comes to (postage) rates. With legislative relief from the escrow requirement - and no strings attached - we can make it until early 2006 without a rate increase. That increase would be a single-digit percentage, and there wouldn't be another increase before 2008. And if it doesn't go that way - if we don't get legislative relief from the escrow requirement - then we're looking at a double-digit percent increase in 2006.”
- Postmaster Gen. John Potter, National Postal Forum, 9/20/04
UP IN SMOKE
“ ‘After five years of legal wrangling, the nation's largest cigarette-makers are meeting federal lawyers in court for the trial phase of the government's record $280 billion civil racketeering suit against the tobacco industry,’ The Associated Press reports. In ‘What Are They Smoking at the Justice Department?’ (http://www.cato.org/dailys/04-17-03.html ) Cato Senior Fellow Robert A. Levy writes: ‘The federal lawsuit is part of an all-out strategy to plunder big tobacco -- while keeping it alive for future plundering, of course. ... It's time to call off the government's anti-tobacco crusade.’ "
- Cato Daily Dispatch, 9/21/04
HOME BANS JUST AROUND THE CORNER?
A new law proposed Tuesday would snuff out smoking in one of the last places in San Francisco where people can light up -- the great outdoors.
The law would ban ‘inhaling, exhaling, burning or carrying any lighted smoking equipment for tobacco or any other weed or plant’ in all outdoor recreation areas regulated by the city, including parks, gardens, piers and playing fields. Violators would be slapped with a $250 fine -- though it's not clear who would enforce the law.”
- San Francisco Chronicle, 9/22/04
“America’s air is the cleanest it has been in three decades, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA reported Sept. 22 that emissions of the six principal pollutants identified under the Clean Air Act dropped again in 2003. . . . EPA Administrator Mike Leavitt cited the market-based acid rain cap-and-trade program the agency implemented in 1990 as a major reason for the reductions.”
- WasteNews.com, 9/22/04
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