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MERRY CHRISTMAS, DARN IT!
“In case anyone would like to know, we have now entered the Christmas season. Christmas as in Jesus Christ. This is not the ‘happy holidays’ season. It isn’t even Ramadan, which until recently I thought was a hotel chain. It’s okay by me, however, if you want it to be the Hanukkah season or the Chanukah season... But don’t ‘Happy holidays’ me because I will ‘Merry Christmas’ you in return. And, please, don’t bother to send me cards wishing me ‘happy holidays’ or that other euphemism, ‘season’s greetings.’ To these I say, Bah! Humbug!”
- Lyn Nofziger’s Musings, 12/14/04
A REAL BLABBER-MOUTH
“Once, I was going to meet John Kerry, and I called Bill Clinton for advice. He talked to me all the way from the airport to a restaurant and all the way though lunch and back in the car, a good 50 minutes. Just before I went in to see Kerry, I said goodbye - and when I got inside, Kerry was on the phone with Clinton."
- Al Sharpton in the current issue of Esquire
“The recently signed intelligence reform bill was passed with vastly publicized claims of trying to make America safe from terrorists - a claim that is laughable as long as illegals can enter and stay in America without obstruction.”
- Columnist Tony Blankley
Results of last week’s Survey Says! poll: “Do you think there is a serious divide between many Republican Party leaders and a majority of Republican grassroots voters over the immigration issue?” An overwhelming 94 percent of you responded “Yes.” Only the GOP leaders inside the beltway appear not to recognize this reality. I’ll be forwarding these results to incoming RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman.
Now, here’s this week’s question...
Should Congress approve another $80 billion in “emergency” aid for Iraq and Afghanistan?
· Not sure
Cast your vote by clicking the “Survey Says!” tab at www.citizenoutreach.com
QUINN’S KILL-ME-FIRST DRESS CODE
“No idiot would send his men on a covert mission wearing clothes that would give them away, right? Wrong. Meet Federal Air Marshal Service Director Thomas Quinn. The man in charge of our in-flight cops, who are supposed to be spying secretly on would-be terrorist hijackers, refuses to allow his employees to dress in a way that would allow them to blend in with their fellow passengers. How many more people will die before we learn that bureaucracy and security don’t mix?”
- Columnist Michelle Malkin
SPAWNS OF HILLARY’S MAGICAL BILLING RECORDS?
“The Washington Supreme Court (Tuesday) unanimously rejected a Democratic lawsuit that called for some 15,000 invalid ballots to be reexamined as part of the statewide recount of the nation's closest race for governor in decades. At last count, Republican Dino Rossi was leading Democrat Christine Gregoire by 104 votes out of 2.8 million cast.
“But Democrats are optimistic they will prevail because yesterday, for the seventh time, election officials in Seattle's liberal King County found extra votes they say should be counted. Monday's treasure trove consisted of 561 absentee ballots that clerks say were wrongly disqualified. That number was revised upward to 573 ballots on Tuesday. Then, late yesterday evening, another pile of 22 previously undiscovered ballots were found at a recount facility.”
- John Fund, Political Diary, 12/15/04
COPS APOLOGIZE AFTER ARRESTING SCISSOR-KID
“The police chief and the head of the city's schools apologized Monday to the mother of a 10-year-old girl who was arrested and handcuffed after she brought a pair of scissors to school in her backpack. Although officers were following protocol when they drove the girl to a police station with her hands cuffed in front of her, discretion will be used in future cases involving young children, Police Chief Sylvester Johnson said…”
- Associated Press, 12/14/04
DRUG INDUSTRY GETS NEW CHIEF
As was widely expected, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) announced yesterday that former Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-La.) would assume the role of President and CEO of PhRMA, effective January 3, 2005. Congressman Tauzin announced early in 2004 that he would be retiring from Congress. Shortly thereafter, he was diagnosed with intestinal cancer, a battle that he survived, in part, due to advanced, life-saving medicines.
OPEN YOUR EYES AND PRIVATIZE
“The United States prides itself on being a free-market leader - a country where big government famously takes a back-seat to private competition. But amazingly, when it comes to its $900 billion mail industry, the U.S. lags far behind much of the rest of the world. As other nations move rapidly towards postal privatization, the U.S. government simply refuses to let go of its gargantuan, money-losing postal monopoly.
“Industrialized nations from New Zealand to Sweden now allow competition in mail delivery, and many have already begun privatizing their national postal services. . . . U.S. lawmakers could take a lesson from these pro-competition neighbors.
“Perhaps the most important lesson is that preserving ‘universal service’ is not the deal breaker American postal negotiators make it out to be. This concept of six-day-a-week delivery, at uniform rates, to every single address in America is outdated. It predates the telegraph, let alone email. Quite simply, it’s time for the Americans to recognize that the personal letter is no longer the glue that holds society together.
“America - like the rest of the world - doesn’t need a government monopoly to deliver the mail anymore. Private companies can get the job done just fine. In fact, the vast majority of what USPS delivers these days is bills, advertising and business correspondence...
“The benefits of real, meaningful postal reform to consumers are enormous. It’s happening all around the world – in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. It’s time for America to take a cue from the rest of the world for once, and begin to privatize the mail.”
- Don Soifer, President of the U.S. Consumer Postal Council
OPENING PANDORA’S BOX
“FCC Chairman Michael Powell has asked that no action be taken against the ABC stations that aired over 20 uses of the ‘f’ word and at least 12 ‘s’ words during ‘Saving Private Ryan,’ which shown during prime time last month. Powell...believes there should be no action because the use of the profanity was part of an accurate representation of the events depicted, and this made them acceptable…
“If Powell can get only two other Commissioners to agree with him, then the networks and local broadcasters will be free to show anything. Everything they show, no matter how indecent, could be classified as being an accurate representation…
“We realize it is important for families, especially our children, to recognize the sacrifices made by our loved ones during wartime. However, airing excessively profane language during prime-time television hours is not necessary to convey that sacrifice. . . . The movie could have easily have been edited for TV, but ABC refused. Powell is now defending ABC's move, making it possible to open Pandora's box on program content.”
- Don Wildmon, American Family Association
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
“Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government."
- James Madison
"I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it."
- Benjamin Franklin
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