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DIM BULB PERFECT FIT FOR SEE-BS
“According to Broadcasting and Cable magazine, perky Katie Couric is at the top of the list to replace Dan Rather as the anchor of the CBS Evening news. . . . Personally, I'm afraid I am among those who don't think that Katie Couric is all that bright. That's OK though, 'cause she's perky, and she's a liberal. That's about the extent of the list of needed attributes.”
- Talk show host Neal Boortz
PRE-PAID CALLING CARDS
I spoke with a representative at Walter Reed hospital yesterday who told me that, contrary to Sgt. Shaft’s column on Monday, they have all the pre-paid calling cards they need for wounded GI’s at their facility at this time. Apparently, good-hearted Americans have been flooding their office with the cards.
Which is all fine and dandy. But for the life of me I cannot understand why the folks at Walter Reed don’t just forward the “extra” cards to troops in the field rather than tell callers they have more than they need and not to send any more. God bless ‘em for the work they’re doing for our wounded soldiers, but doggone it...THINK!
None of which changes the fact that the FCC is still considering a rule change which would raise the cost of pre-paid calling cards for troops in the hospital, troops in the field...and, well...YOU. So if you haven’t done so already, please take a minute to drop the FCC a message urging them NOT to hike the fees by going to a website on this issue set up by some retired Army/Navy guys: http://www.concernedvets.org
HMMM, NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT…
“Great idea to provide pre-paid phone cards for wounded GI's at Walter Reed for .03/min...and we've done that. BUT why can't we install nationwide toll free phones in the military hospitals in the US for the patients? I have unlimited local and US long distance service on one line for $40 a month. That is $480 a year. If we taxpayers can be forced to give a million dollars to each of the three thousand 911 families, there has to be a way to at least give our wounded GI's phone service while in the hospital.“
- News & Views reader John Falk of Redding CA
IN & OUT
“Just went through the drive thru of the neighborhood In & Out Burgers. There was a sign explaining that they would be closed on Christmas Day and the message ended with ‘Merry Christmas.’ When I got to the window, I saw that every employee was wearing a button that read ‘Merry Christmas.’ It warmed my heart that the scrooges of the left haven't scared everyone in business away from celebrating Christmas - and calling it by its real name! I was so happy, I bought a bunch of gift certificates for friends. Forget Target, get In & Out!”
- News & Views reader Sean Noble
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING BLAHS
“The latest story making the rounds in the media is that retailers aren't having such a hot Christmas. According to people who keep track, sales are down 3.3 percent over a year ago. This means, as the media implies, that the economy is not doing so well and that George Bush is to blame… Here's an idea. Perhaps people have finally figured out that there may be something wrong with spending yourself into oblivion every Christmas just because that's what you've done all those years before.”
- Talk show host Neal Boortz
IN DEFENSE OF THE DEFENSE SECRETARY
“Donald Rumsfeld may not be perfect, but neither are any of his critics. He is nonetheless arguably the finest secretary of defense this nation has ever had. His combination of vast expertise, unflagging energy and strategic vision would be desirable under any circumstances. In time of global war, though, they are truly indispensable.”
- Columnist Frank Gaffney
“How many other cabinet secretaries go out and talk to people directly and take on all questions, even the tough ones? Secretary Rumsfeld has held dozens of these town-hall meetings with troops to hear from them and to listen to their opinions unvarnished. He should be commended for that and for his follow-up on the armor issue.”
- Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican
THE RIGHT STUFF
“There is a growing chorus of mostly Republican legislators and pundits calling for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's head. They won't get it, and for two reasons.
“First, their complaints are falling on deaf ears. Rumsfeld has a constituency of one, the president of the United States, and he made it quite clear at Monday's news conference that he is squarely behind Rumsfeld -- and not to give him a shove.
“Second and, as things go in Washington, more importantly, Rumsfeld is made of sterner stuff than his critics. This is, after all, the man who was the chairman of Republican Bob Dole's 1996 presidential run against Bill Clinton, a fool's errand if ever there was one. Rumsfeld handled defeat with grace and did not, as other campaign strategists do, organize post-election analyses favorable to him at the candidate's expense.”
- Peter Roff’s “The Peter Principles”
“At the same time agents of the budget-strapped Department of Homeland Security worried about being able to afford gas for government cars, top department officials, including outgoing DHS Secretary Tom Ridge, could be found basking in the warm Hawaiian sun for a meeting they said was essential government business.“While officials reported a continuing freeze on hiring new agents and a halt to non-essential spending in chilly Washington, D.C., buffet lines, lavish luaus and a short walk to the beach awaited top officials at a sumptuous resort and spa on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, on the island of Oahu.“It was the setting for the second annual Asia-Pacific Homeland Security Summit and Exposition (http://hlssummit.hawaii.gov), with most of the cost paid for by corporations seeking government contracts. The rest of the travel expenses for the officials were picked up by the American taxpayers.
“On the first day of the conference, ABC News cameras caught Ridge, along with several aides, relaxing by one of the five pools at the Honolulu resort (Hilton Hawaiian Village). It was listed as ‘office time’ on his official schedule...
“Ironically, the 10 highest-ranking Asian officials Ridge met with all came to Hawaii from Washington, D.C., themselves, where they work in their countries' embassies. In fact, Ridge could have driven a few blocks down the street in Washington to meet them.”
- ABC News, 12/17/04
“Oh, and by the way, do you know what happens too your Social Security ‘contributions’ when you die? Yep....you guessed it. The government keeps it all. The rat hole closes as soon as your dirt nap commences. But if it is a private 401k, your heirs inherit the money. Social Security is a disaster. Keeping it going doesn't even begin to fix the problem.”
- Talk show host Neal Boortz
BUSH JUDGE FLIPS AZ VOTERS THE BIRD
“David C. Bury of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the will of the people and enjoined enforcement of Arizona's Proposition 200, which would require Arizonans to provide proof of citizenship in order to register to vote and require valid identification when applying for state benefits. . . .
“Bury was appointed by President George W. Bush. That prompts the question: Has a Bush judge already turned into a supremacist judge who ignores the will of the people in favor of his own, or Bush's, policy preferences?”
- Columnist Phyllis Schlaffly
GUMMINT SKOOLS AIN’T BROKE...THEY’RE BROKEN
“By the millennium, according to (estimates established by the “Goals 2000” program), U.S. students would be the first in the world in math and science. Federal spending on education soared. State legislatures across the nation raised sales-tax rates; property taxes went through the roof; lotteries were established with promises to earmark money for schools; state and local income taxes were either instituted or raised...
“One indisputable result from two decades of reform and soaring spending is that American educators have done a wonderful job instilling self esteem into the hearts and minds of American students. . . . Unfortunately, their self esteem far exceeded their grasp of math.
“Among the 29 industrialized nations of the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), the math scores of South Korean (542) and Japanese (534) students were the second- and fourth-highest, respectively. Finland's students finished first (544). Against an average of 500, U.S. teens tied for 21st place with a score of 483…”
- Washington Times editorial, 12/21/04
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