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Monday, May 31, 2004
OpinionJournal - Featured Article--Blix's Endorsement -- Another foreign leader for Kerry.

"---Then on Tuesday a friend sent us the following excerpt from an interview published Monday in the Italian newspaper La Stampa:

Q: "Are you tracking the U.S. Presidential campaign?"
Mr. Blix: "I place my trust in the multilateralism of Democratic candidate John Kerry. And in any event, I think that the whole world should vote on 2 November because so much depends on the outcome of that vote."

Mr. Kerry remarked in March that foreign leaders were privately supporting his candidacy. Mr. Blix has now revealed the kind of foreigners he was referring to." Nealz Nuze Today's Nuze--HARD TIMES AT LIB RADIO

"Remember back when the Liberal Talk Radio Network was announced? There was more press for this radio network that had 3 stations on it than probably any other radio network has ever received. The media has ignored talk radio for years, but suddenly they took an incredible interest in "the answer to conservative talk radio." Well it's been downhill ever since. In fact, it's gone into the toilet so fast, it's rather astonishing.

You remember when they bounced a check and got yanked off some of their stations? Then, there was the resignation of several high-profile executives. Well, now it looks like their biggest star is working for free. That's right, Al Franken has agreed not to draw a salary.

Liberal radio failed for the same reason it usually does: there's no audience for it. To be sure, they drew some interest in thier first month ... with all the press coverage how could they not? But advertisers don't put their money into train wrecks. In this case, sheer incompetence hastened their departure. I wonder if the media will cover their demise as heavily as they did their debut?

I doubt it." Nealz Nuze Today's Nuze--MORE CLASS WARFARE NONSENSE

"New York Congressman Charles Rangel is at it again about this draft business, and he's as full of it as ever. "This is fighting a war with someone else's children," howls Rangel. As if that weren't bad enough, he has the audacity to make this claim: "Why should I put my kids in jeopardy when they want to do it?" Huh? The answer to that Congressman, is that they make their own decisions. They're adults, they decide whether or not they want to join the armed forces, not you.

It also seems that Atlanta Journal-Constitution editorial page editor Cynthia Tucker got her Rangel memo over the weekend too. She has also chimed in with a column saying that the poor are fighting this war for the rich.

No, what this is really about is class warfare. Rangel has his panties in a knot because enough rich people aren't fighting the war. How dare poor people sign up and fight and die in the war, just so the evil rich can sit at home. In Rangel's world, that can't be so. It must mean that the poor people joining the military have to do it...because there are no jobs. Sorry, not true. The job market is booming in this country, though you wouldn't know it reading the mainstream liberal press.---"

Jeff Jacoby: Vouchers and the promise of equality

"---By now it is obvious that spending even more money and hiring even more teachers isn't going bring about the equality that Brown called for. Neither will shifting students around on the basis of skin color, as decades of forced busing certainly proved. Mandatory testing hasn't led to equality, Head Start hasn't led to equality, and huge federal mandates like No Child Left Behind are not likely to lead to equality either.

So maybe it's time to try a *really* radical reform: choice.

Education policy in the United States treats Americans as too incompetent to provide for their children's schooling. Unlike food or clothing or health care -- where the market generates lots of options and parents are free to choose among them -- education is mostly supplied on the Soviet model: Schooling is "free," but the schools are owned and operated by the state. A small fraction of parents pay to educate their children privately, but the great majority simply take what the state supplies.

The public education system is essentially a monopoly, and like most monopolies, it wastes money, performs indifferently, and doesn't much care if its customers -- American mothers and fathers -- are satisfied. But give those mothers and fathers the same freedom of choice when it comes to their kids' education that they have when it comes to their kids' shoes or dinner, and all of that would change.---"

Debra Saunders: Target of the week

"---Last week, the feds indicted seven members of the group Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty -- including three Pinole, Calif., residents -- for stalking, harassing and intimidating employees at Huntingdon, Chiron and other concerns. The courts will decide if these individuals are guilty as charged. A SHAC spokesperson told the San Francisco Chronicle the charges are "completely unfounded" and then said this is "a classic First Amendment case."

But does SHAC understand the First Amendment is not a license to intimidate?---"

Breitbart, Andrew; Ebner, Mark: Hollywood, Interrupted:

"How Hollywood celebrities are using their fame to exalt perversion, subvert the family, and undermine America
'Describes the misogynist, pill-popping degenerates who now define American culture."

"Debauched behavior by Hollywood celebrities is nothing new. What is new is that instead of concealing their misconduct while outwardly conforming to societal norms, they now celebrate their immorality as a way of redefining, those norms. And whereas they once knew their place as entertainers, they are increasingly taking on the role of political thinkers and social reformers. Now, investigative journalists Andrew Breitbart (former online sidekick to Matt Drudge on the Drudge Report) and Mark Ebner reveal just how corrupt, hypocritical, and politically biased the entertainment elite actually is -- and why, with its baneful influence on the rest of society, Hollywood has become Ground Zero in the Culture Wars. In Hollywood Interrupted, you'll learn:

How political correctness serves Hollywood's narcissistic need for self-promotion, and helps the stars -- most of whom didn't go to college -- appear smarter and more humane than they are.---"

Suzanne Fields: When Moore is a lot less

"---Michael Moore is the perfect antiwar action man for our time. He's the post-modern Norman Mailer, playing to image rather than word. Norman Mailer wrote a good novel a long time ago. Moore is a celebrity propagandist puffed up by a culture of sycophants long on emotion and short on intellect.---"

Liberal media? I’m shocked!

"A new survey by the Pew Research Center says journalists have political and ideological leanings more liberal than those of the general public. Or, as a sensible headline might have put it: "Researchers ferret out the obvious yet again.” One amused blogger wrote: “In other news, a second Pew study shows that the Earth is round and that the government’s habit of taxing its citizens is likely to continue.”

Pew reports that just 7 percent of journalists and news executives call themselves conservative, compared with 33 percent of the general public. The self-identified liberals (34 percent) are five times more common as conservatives in the news business. As you might imagine, this got very little play in the mainstream media.---

"My experience is that liberal journalists tend to think of themselves as representing the mainstream, so in these self-identification polls, “moderate” usually translates to “liberal.” On the few social questions asked in the survey, most of the moderates sounded fairly liberal.---

"Some 82 percent of the journalists were able to list a news organization that was “especially conservative” (most named Fox News), but an amazing 62 percent could not name any news organization that struck them as “especially liberal.” Good grief. Even 60 percent of the Homer Simpson family could probably figure out that the New York Times or National Public Radio qualify as liberal.---

"In response to the survey, some argue that personal social and political views make no difference if a reporter plays the story straight. Well, yes. But nearly half of those polled told Pew that journalists too often let their ideological views color their work. This is a devastating admission, something like an umpire’s union reporting that half its membership likes to favor the home team. Even apart from loaded reporting, the selection and framing of news stories have a way of reflecting the opinions of editors. That’s why the steady march toward a more liberal newsroom is so puzzling. The news media have to cope with a declining readership and viewership and intense scrutiny of their wayward practices by right-wing outlets and relentlessly critical bloggers. Yet the mainstream media have only those few in-house conservatives who might warn their bosses when news reports are skewing left.---"

The Gettysburg Address - The Washington Times: Editorials/OP-ED - May 31, 2004

"Editor's Note: On Nov. 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered the following speech at the Dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg. We reprint it in observance of Memorial Day.---"

The duty to be extraordinary - The Washington Times: Commentary - May 31, 2004

"---This privileged way of life, I said, was a "consequence of a democratic, free, republican form of government ... of free markets, of the rule of law, and of a Western civilization whose values include a central one, the dignity of the person." We got to such values and privileges through centuries of people "thinking, disputing, discovering, building.---

"A minimal requirement of you is that you vote, but first inform yourself; voting in ignorance is as bad as not voting. Don't excuse yourself from voting by saying that all politics is corrupt. Get involved in such a way as to weed out the corruption. If you are a journalist, expose the corruption.

"Through all sorts of organizations, you should do charitable work, and you should fight for your ideals. But also learn to argue with your fellow citizens in such a way that we all learn from each other, keeping our minds open to the chance that we might be wrong, and letting ourselves be persuaded when our evidence is not so good as the other person's, or flaws in our logic are uncovered, or when our understanding is revealed as shallow.---"

Sweep of history . . . and heroism - The Washington Times: Commentary - May 31, 2004

"---"Now that it is over," Ernie Pyle would write at the end of one day's battle, "it seems to me a pure miracle that we ever took the beach at all." That miracle had a name: infantry.

Knots of men with no grand plan but their own wits and leadership did what had to be done in chaotic circumstances, going by feel and instinct and desperation. They just kept coming on, those common, ordinary men who were anything but common and ordinary. Unheroic heroes.

They're still coming on today.

You who read these lines in peace, and we who write them in safety behind capacious desks in clean, well-lighted offices, can do so only because, in a thousand places at a thousand times, grimy, terrified, unsure young solders and sailors in the fullness of life were willing to give theirs.

If asked what Memorial Day is about, I'd say that's what it's about."

Back to smoke-filled rooms - The Washington Times: Commentary - May 31, 2004

"---After several decades of dwindling public interest, as reflected by diminishing television coverage, the conventions have become expensive pep rallies with more hot air and staged fireworks than drama — decrepit relics of the days before events like the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary decided who would represent the Democrats and the Republicans in the race for the White House.---"

Americans put cash above environment - The Washington Times: Nation/Politics - May 31, 2004

"More Americans prefer healthy wallets over protecting the environment, according to a poll by the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy.
Of 1,000 persons polled, 54 percent said that protecting the environment is important, but it is more important to keep the economy growing.---"

No Thumbprint to Buy Bullets, Gun Group Says -- 05/26/2004:

"( - The California Senate has passed a bill that would require ammunition buyers to provide a thumb print when the purchase is made. But a pro-Second Amendment group is condemning what it calls 'an insidious invasion of privacy.'

The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said that keeping records on ammunition sales has proven ineffective in fighting crime. 'Requiring a thumb print moves this idea into the realm of the ludicrous,' said CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron.

'It's a waste of time and taxpayers' money, but more importantly, this constitutes a serious privacy issue. If this measure dealt with something other than a gun control issue, the ACLU would be screaming about it,' Waldron added.---"

Why are they so anti-Bush?

"Before I vote in an election, I want to know what each party stands for. I want to know what principles will guide the candidates' decisions. This is difficult to figure out these days.

California Democrats now want legislation that encourages Americans to buy their prescriptions from pharmacies in Canada. At the same time, they tell
businesses they shouldn't export jobs out of the country.

criticize President Bush for mishandling the Iraq war. Many say it was a mistake to go into Iraq altogether. The same folks say the Bush administration didn't do enough against terrorism.

Bush is accused of not doing enough to stimulate the economy. But it's the Democrats who want to raise taxes and clamp down on business.

Whether you agree with Bush or not, at least you know what he stands for and what to expect from him as president.

With the Democrats, they don't seem to know what they stand for. And if Bush is for it, they're likely against it."

By Philip Gregory

Sunday, May 30, 2004
Paul Jacob: On our nickel

"---At their convention today in Atlanta, delegates of the Libertarian Party will nominate their presidential candidate. Their nominee won't win, that much we know. But their convention and their campaign won't cost me a penny — or a dime of anyone's taxes. And unlike Ralph Nader, Pat Buchanan, and even the Natural Law Party, the Libertarians refuse to request or accept public funding.

Three cheers. There should be no welfare for politicians. Amongst so many political groups waddling to the trough, it's nice to see at least one group resist the temptation.---"

Why Are Gas Prices Climbing? - The New American - May 3, 2004--How Washington Gouges Us at the Pump
by William Norman Grigg

"Gasoline itself has become less expensive because the industry has become more efficient. The pump price is higher because government has also become more efficient at picking consumers’ pockets.---"

Why Are Gas Prices Climbing? - The New American - May 3, 2004

"---Advocates of political control over energy assume that "markets are so myopic that they cannot foresee future supply trends; that markets won’t realize when a resource is running out," Lynch points out. In fact, the free market system is the only means whereby supply can be reconciled with demand. Allowed to function properly, the market would not only ensure sufficient supplies of current energy resources, but spur development of resources that are presently underutilized (such as nuclear fission) or not yet available (such as nuclear fusion). This would dramatically enhance the quality of life and individual freedom of people in the U.S. and abroad. In fact, it would likely spur development of energy resources most of us could not even imagine today. (Prior to World War II, how many conceived of unlocking the power of the subatomic nucleus for the production of electricity?) The key is to allow entrepreneurs and consumers to determine our energy future through a free market.

But that, of course, is an outcome stoutly resisted by the political elite responsible for our energy mess."
A "must read".--TA

Saturday, May 29, 2004





The Heartland Institute - Federal Deregulation Could Cut Gas Prices - by Ben Lieberman:

"Everyone knows the recent rise in the price of oil has had an effect at the pump, but something less well known is also affecting gasoline prices. It is something the federal government could reduce, since the federal government created it in the first place. It is gasoline regulations.---"

The Heartland Institute - Debate Rages Over Second-Hand Smoke - by Michael Fumento:

"Looking for a surer method of being ripped apart than entering a lion's den covered with catnip? Conduct the most exhaustive, longest-running study on second-hand smoke and death. Find no connection. And then, rather than being politically correct and hiding your data in a vast warehouse next to the Ark of the Covenant, publish it in one of the world's most respected medical journals.
That's what research professor James Enstrom of UCLA and professor Geoffrey Kabat of the State University of New York, Stony Brook did in May 2003: They reported in the British Medical Journal that their 39-year study of 35,561 Californians who had never smoked showed no 'causal relationship between exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) and tobacco-related mortality.' (They also noted 'a small effect' can't be ruled out.)

At this writing, the Enstrom/Kabat work has generated more than 140 responses on the Journal's Web site at If made into a movie, those responses might well be called 'The Howling.' Many are mere slurs several grades below even sophomoric.---"

The Heartland Institute - Earth Day Activists Ignore Progress - by Steven Milloy:

"Environmental activists launched the annual Earth Day ritual in 1970 to bemoan the 'havoc' wreaked on Earth by humans.
Thirty-four years later, environmental activists still rant and rave about what we 'bad' people do to the 'good' Earth. And, of course, politics are never very far behind, especially in an election year. On a campaign stop for John Kerry in Tampa, Florida, Clinton-era Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Carol Browner labeled the Bush administration the 'worst ever' on environmental issues.

Got to Admit, It's Getting Better

The good news, however, is that the bad news is wrong, according to the 2004 Index of Leading Environmental Indicators just released by the Pacific Research Institute and the American Enterprise Institute.---"

The Heartland Institute - EPA Launches Costly New Smog Standard - by Ben Lieberman:

"On April 15, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched its new plan to tighten the national ambient air quality standard for smog. Policy experts warn the new rule will do significant economic harm but little environmental good, pointing to EPA's own data to support their argument.---"

Kathleen Parker: Dying of political correctness

"---"What happened in Abu Ghraib is no isolated incident, no aberration," wrote Ray Blumhorst for "I have little doubt that all of the females implicated at Abu Ghraib will have little trouble finding jobs in the multibillion-dollar VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) domestic violence industry, just as soon as 'American, gender feminist justice' rationalizes away all their misbehavior."---"

Neil Cavuto: Why do we tolerate awful people?

"---But something has happened in this country today where the behavior that stands out is the smile, the laugh, the extra service. It's sad that we have become so accustomed to bad service that we're shocked when we get good service. My parents' generation taught me the customer is always right. These days, it seems the customer is wrong, too.---

Part of the problem with service in this country is we don't honor it like we once did. There's nothing wrong or evil about having a bad day. There's everything wrong with making others have to have it . . . with you."

AARP presses GOP on drug bill - The Washington Times: Nation/Politics - May 29, 2004

"---"I think Republicans grossly underestimated the cost of buying off the AARP," said Rep. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican who voted against the Medicare drug-benefit bill.

Mr. Butler said Republicans haven't really changed the politics of Medicare at all by creating the large new drug benefit. He said Democrats will still be fighting to expand Medicare and accusing Republicans of not doing enough. "There's been no political benefit that I can see," the Heritage scholar said.

Mr. Butler said it was never a secret that AARP wanted to expand the drug benefit later and that the alliance between Republicans and the group was just a "tryst" as opposed to a marriage.

House Republicans saw the bill as a first step to reforming Medicare and making it more market-based, while AARP saw it as a first step to having a government program that covers drug costs, he said." we capitalize on race?

"---There is only one race, the human race, which is the African race.

Therefore, it's accurate to locate all people in the categories of either acknowledged Africans (Black people) or unacknowledged Africans (other people and some who don't want to be Black or don't know they are).

A recent article in Scientific American noted that "over the past 100,000 years or so, anatomically modern humans have migrated from Africa to other parts of the world, and members of our species have increased dramatically in number. This spread has left a distinct signature in our DNA."

Another similar point was made when the Los Angeles Times noted that, according to Chinese senior scientist Li Jan, most of the population of modern China owes its genetic origins to Africa.---"

Friday, May 28, 2004







Media Research Center Home Page - 5/28/2004 6:05:14 PM
CyberAlert: Exposing Media Bias Daily

Friday, May 28:
• Dan Rather Trumpets 14-Point Lead of Kerry-McCain “Dream Team”
• On National Security, Kerry Pursuing a “Path Down the Middle”
• Jennings Flummoxed by More in Prison “Even Though” Crime Down
• NBC Skips GDP Jump, But Has Time for Gas Prices Causing Hunger
• USAT Touts “Good News on Economy,” WashPost Sees Only Bad Signs
• CBS: Threat Warning a “Campaign Tactic” to Distract “from Iraq?”
• Students Learn About Internment Camps, Not WWII Battles
Main site provides links to individual articles.--TA

Overlawyered: Suing Atkins for publicity:

"Suing Atkins for publicity
An animal-rights group that calls itself the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is assisting a disappointed dieter in suing the Atkins people over allegedly failing to warn that levels of bad cholesterol can rise on a meat-rich diet. A torts professor quoted by the Times says the complaint 'reads as if it were done by someone who is doing it for reasons of publicity rather than private gain', and even the named plaintiff pretty much admits that it's more about headline-seeking than anything else. (Marian Burros, 'Dieter Sues Atkins Estate and Company', New York Times, May 27). Does the self-proclaimed Physicians Committee want publicity, then? Here's some: National Council Against Health Fraud, Brian Carnell, Center for Consumer Freedom commentary and press release, . Together these links tell you all you probably need to know about the PCRM, which has also been extensively quoted in the press as a cheerleader for lawsuits against McDonald's and other burger chains."

Posted by Walter Olson at May 28, 2004 01:05 PM | TrackBack "

SPECIAL REPORT: PETA and PCRM Tied to SHACkled Animal Rights Militants

"A stunning development in the domestic war on terror unfolded this week, as seven hard-core militants from the violent animal rights group SHAC (Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty) were taken into federal custody on terrorism-related charges. In addition, SHAC itself (which, it turns out, is an honest-to-goodness corporation organized in Delaware), was named in a five-count federal indictment -- which outlined violations of the Animal Enterprise Protection Act as well as a conspiracy to stalk innocent victims across state lines. The indictment charges that SHAC's tactics include 'assault including spraying cleaning fluid into one's eyes,' 'smashing the windows of one's house,' firebombing cars, threatening to 'kill or injure one's partner or children,' and 'arranging for an undertaker to call to collect one's body.' The federal government also alleges that SHAC 'listed the names and addresses' of various targeted Americans on its website. 'In some instances, SHAC also listed home phone numbers; names of employees' spouses; the names, ages and birth dates of their children and where the children attended school; license plate numbers and churches attended by employees and their families.' The seven accused animal-rights radicals each face between three and five years in prison. 'This is not activism,' said Christopher Christie, the U.S. Attorney in New Jersey. 'This is a group of lawless thugs attacking innocent men, women and children.'

In the New York Times, Christie added:"Their business, quite frankly, is thuggery and intimidation. Our goal is to remove uncivilized people from civilized society."---"

Truth About Trade & Technology - Attitude Adjustment Needed

"Just as wild packs of ravenous wolves prey upon the weakest members of the herds they hunt--the old, the young, and the injured--the enemies of biotechnology are trying to push their political agenda in specially selected locales. Their latest victory comes in Vermont, where the governor has just signed a bill requiring seed manufacturers to label genetically modified seed, starting in October. All sales will be reported to the state agriculture secretary as well.

That may not sound like much. After all, when we talk about Vermont we’re talking about a state with a population smaller than the total number of legal immigrants who came to the United States last year.

Yet some people hope this political cherry picking is only a start. As the website of one anti-biotech group proclaims, Vermont’s new labeling obligation “is an important first step toward enacting more stringent regulation later.”

What the activists really want, of course, is for their “stringent regulation” to strangle agricultural biotechnology right out of existence. This elitist attitude may come to affect people who won’t ever set foot in Vermont. As a new report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization makes clear, farmers in the developing world have the most to gain from advances in biotechnology.---"

Published research contains 'high level of statistical errors':

"Evidence based practice is currently in vogue, and basing medical practice on published evidence is clearly a good idea, but what if the published findings are inaccurate? An article published this week in BMC Medical Research Methodology shows that a large proportion of articles in top science and medical journals contain statistical errors, 4% of which may have caused non-significant findings to be misrepresented as being significant.---"

TCS: Tech Central Station - Dishing It Out, But Not Taking It

"When it comes to criticism, Morgan Spurlock, director of "Super Size Me," can dish it out, but he sure can't take it. Ask him a tough question, and he turns to blubber.

Suddenly, journalists are beginning to catch on to the fact that his documentary, which has received fawning reviews, is actually a repulsive and dishonest piece of puerile entertainment -- vomit and rectal exams tarted up with sociology and politics.

On Monday, Maria Bartiromo nailed him on CNBC. He was reduced to a fool. It was beautiful to watch.

Spurlock has refused consistently to confront his critics, including me. But now, he is finding that smart reporters are wising up to him, rather than tossing the softballs he was used to getting from Katie Couric and the like.---"

The Heritage Foundation: Policy Research and Analysis

As Iraqis emerge from the dark ages of Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship, the staggering dimensions of his cruel atrocities are becoming known.

Don North's documentary Remembering Saddam is the story of seven Baghdad merchants who incurred the wrath of Saddam. Nine years ago, after spending a year in the infamous Abu Ghraib prison, their right hands were surgically removed as part of an effort to blame small businessmen for Iraq's collapsing economy. Each man tells his story and friends, wives, and children recall their experiences under the former dictator.---"

Friday, May 28, 2004
"As the world economy becomes more integrated, many of the world’s languages will become extinct by the middle of the 21st century, say linguists. Although the proportion of the world's population that are native English speakers is expected to decline, English is becoming the world's preferred second language and will be transformed by its widespread use.

According to David Graddol, writing in Science Magazine.

Ninety percent of the world’s 6,000 languages are expected to become extinct by 2050.

In 1950, approximately 9 percent of the world’s population were English speakers -- the second most common language -- but that proportion is expected to decline to about 5 percent by 2050.

Over 80 percent of Europeans claim to speak fluent English -- in fact, German, currently ranking last of the “top ten” most commonly spoken languages, is not expected to make the list by the year 2050.---"

National Center for Policy Analysis--COMPARATIVE ADVANTAGE CONFUSION

"For every job outsourced abroad, nearly two jobs were created between 1991 and 2001, say observers. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis:

Between 1991 and 2001, employment in foreign affiliates of American multinational companies increased by 2.8 million jobs.
However, domestic employment in the parent companies rose by 5.5 million jobs.
Multinational corporations reported greater job growth than other corporations; additionally, higher sales by foreign affiliates of American multinational corporations translated into greater domestic job growth.
In other words, outsourcing not only increases foreign and domestic jobs, but it also increases the demand for inputs in the United States needed for the production at the foreign affiliates.

The worry put forth by politicians and the media that free trade is no longer beneficial to Americans is based on confusion between what economist term “absolute advantage” and “comparative advantage.---”

Spender vs. Spender:

"---Perhaps Kerry's greatest campaign asset is his ability to design spending initiatives that target every conceivable special interest. The following is a list of spending proposals mined from John Kerry's website. By my count, the website includes at least 79 separate initiatives that would create new programs or step up spending on current programs.

There is one interest group that the senator has forgotten about: the American taxpayers who would pay for all this new spending.

Increase spending on conservation programs and farm subsidies.
Expand Amtrak service in rural areas.
Increase spending on rural health care and community health clinics.

Increase AIDS spending abroad to $30 billion.
Increase spending on tuberculosis and malaria.
Increase spending to train foreign health-care workers.
Expand programs to assist children orphaned by AIDS.
New programs to help women reduce risk of HIV infection.

Americans with Disabilities
Enhance Medicare coverage for workers with disabilities.
Low interest loans for bus companies to purchase accessible busses.
Federal grants for Paratransit, particularly in rural areas.
Expand Project ACTION for civil rights in transportation services.
Increased spending on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Increase child-care funding with grants to the states.
Ensure after-school care for every child in America.
Fund states to provide salary bonuses to child-care workers who get training.
Expand child anti-abuse programs.
Increase the Child Care and Development Block Grant.
New program to train health professionals and school officials to prevent childhood obesity.

Economy and Jobs
Expand YouthBuild and other job-training and education programs.
Subsidize manufacturers to provide worker health-care and retirement benefits.
New "State Tax Relief and Education Fund" to give the states $50 billion over two years.
Expand programs that assist minority- and women-owned companies.
Assist workers in declining industries to retrain and upgrade skills.
Cancel a portion of student loans for engineering and computer students if they agree to work in manufacturing.

Expand Head Start and Early Head Start.
New National Education Trust Fund to increase education funding.
Fund the 21st Century Community Learning Center program.
Expand early intervention efforts like Gear-Up and TRIO.
Issue $24.8 billion in new bonds to build and repair schools.
New refundable tax credit for $4,000 of college tuition.
New "I Have a Dream" program to prepare for college.
New "Service for College" initiative to earn college tuition in exchange for two years of community service.

Energy and Environment
New Manhattan Project to make America independent of Middle East oil.
New renewable energy trust fund.
New national tracking system for chronic diseases and environmental hazards.

Expand health care coverage to 96 percent of Americans and provide health insurance for every child in America.
Enhance Medicare benefits to include rehabilitation services, community-transition services, mental-health parity, and home health service.
Expand the new Medicare drug benefit.
Expand Medicaid benefits.
Greater federal financing of long-term services for the disabled.
Subsidies to companies and insurance firms to pay for part of catastrophic health costs.
Technology bonus for companies to switch to electronic health records.
Fund drug-abuse prevention and treatment.
Raise the Medicare-reimbursement rate for nurse midwives.

Homeland Security
New First Defenders Service to hire 100,000 firefighters.
New Community Defense Service to organize Americans under community Service Captains.
National Homeland Health Initiative for health training and research.

New demonstration projects for disabled housing.
Expand Section 8 housing-voucher program.
Increase funding for seniors' independent living centers and local aging agencies.

National Service
New Retired Not Tired program to enroll 100,000 seniors in community service.
New Summer of Service program for teenagers.
Major expansion of the Peace Corps.

Native Americans
Increase funding for the Indian Health Service.
Strengthen health care for Indian seniors.
Increase funding for roads and infrastructure in Indian Country.
Build safe and affordable housing in Indian Country.
Increase loans to Native-American-owned small businesses.
New Office of Native American Affairs in the Small Business Administration.
New grant program to assist American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Repair and build new schools for Indian children.
Increase funding for tribal colleges.
Increase funding for tribal courts.

Small Business
Expand micro-loans for small businesses.
Expand loans for small business start-ups.
New Office of Manufacturing at the Small Business Administration.
Increase the government's venture capital investments.
New refundable tax credits to small businesses for health insurance.

Fund cutting-edge technology that the private sector will not.
Increase research funding for the Department of Energy, NASA, and the National Science Foundation.
Double funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

Urban America
New Affordable Housing Trust Fund to provide 1.5 million rental units for low-income families.
New funding for faith-based charities that provide services to children, families, seniors, and that fund AIDS education, shelter, drug prevention, and job training.
Increase funding of drug-treatment programs.

Veterans and Military
Increase veterans' retirement benefits.
New program to fund health care for reservists.
Bolster Family Assistance Centers on military bases.
Improve service members' life insurance and increase benefits for surviving spouses.

What is the total price tag for John Kerry's promises? Nobody knows, since few are costed-out by the candidate. Besides, the prescription-drug bill jumped one-third in cost after it was signed into law, illustrating that federal programs usually cost more than promised anyway.

What Kerry's promises reveal is a candidate who thinks that the solution to every societal ill -- real or perceived -- is an expanded federal budget. In November, Americans will have to decide whether Kerry's big-spending promises are worse than Bush's big-spending record."

This article originally appeared on on March 29, 2004.

Issues 2004 - Home

Farm Subsidies vs. National Security
Budgets are about setting priorities. During wartime, misplaced budget priorities can put American lives in danger. The $60 billion spent annually on corporate welfare represents $60 billion that now cannot be spent protecting American troops abroad and defending our cities from al Qaeda. America’s largest and most wasteful corporate welfare program is farm subsidies.

Larry Kudlow: A boom with legs

"The following numbers perfectly describe the fledgling Bush boom:

Over the past year, following the enactment of the president's tax-cut plan, real economic growth has increased 5 percent with only 1.6 percent inflation. After-tax profits have increased 37 percent (fully adjusted for depreciation and capital consumption). Business spending on equipment and software has grown 12.5 percent. Since last August, 1.1 million jobs have been created. Spendable income has increased 4.9 percent in real terms. Consumer spending is up 4.3 percent.

The economy is roaring at its fastest pace in 20 years, and there's no clear reason why the prosperity trends won't continue. Why can't the naysayers see it?---" Nealz Nuze Today's Nuze

"Since so many people seem to think the war in Iraq is lost, it's time for a reality check. Actually, Operation Iraqi Freedom is one of the most successful wars ever, writes Max Boot." Nealz Nuze Today's Nuze

"The economy is when will we hear about it in the Bush-hating, liberal mainstream media? Probably on November 3rd." Nealz Nuze Today's Nuze

"OK .. so you've been raped. Viciously raped by a professional basketball player. So, what do you do? Do you rush home to tell your parents about what happened? Do you hide her protective embrace while your father calls the police to report the heinous crime? No, apparently not. You go get laid, that's what you do."

Marvin Olasky: Questioning President Bush

"---Asked if something inherently evil in Islam makes the process of peacemaking difficult, the president specified that he was condemning radicals with "a deep desire to spread an ideology that is anti-woman, anti-free thought, anti-art and science."

Is their religion at fault? "They conveniently use religion to kill. The religion I know is not one that encourages killing." Asked again about the nature of Islam, he smiled and said, "You're trying to lure me down a road ... where I'm incapable of winning the debate." Then he stated emphatically that our enemies "have a perverted view of what religions should be. ... These are people who will kill at the drop of a hat, and they'll kill anybody. That's not, at least, my view of religion.---"

Brent Bozell: An ovation for Bill Cosby

"---Some younger people dismissed Cosby as sounding like somebody's cranky grandpa, an old codger lecturing to sit up straight, respect your elders, and use nouns and verbs in their proper order. But this wasn't just old Cosby. It was the creed of the young Cosby, too.

He was never just a television star. He was the first real television role model for black America. He didn't make his way into America's hearts with anger but with humor. He didn't win over whites by laughing about all our racial differences but about our common humanity. The "generational warfare" isn't coming from Cosby, but from the "thug life" theorists selling the black community nothing but hate, greed and lust to a thumping rap beat -- three serious obstacles to black progress.---

"Bill Cosby has given millions of his own fortune back to the black community, but his words and actions might mean more than the money. His television career has done more than entertain. It has helped build a multiracial culture demanding excellence as well as racial harmony. Cosby's critics are offering the opposite: excuses instead of excellence, rage instead of humanity. He deserves a nationwide standing ovation for speaking out."

Jonah Goldberg: Patriotism and populism in journalism

"---Fox News offers a lesson here. I know the network's detractors think it's a rightwing propaganda factory. And, I certainly agree that much of Fox's programming is conservative (though liberals' sudden concern with ideologically loaded coverage is ironic). But at least one of the things that has made Fox News successful isn't that it's rightwing, it is that it's populist.

This is an important distinction. From the beginning, Fox anchors weren't ashamed to wear American flags on their lapels. They aren't afraid to refer to American troops as "our brave fighting men and women" or some such. They aren't terrified that they will lose their objectivity merit badges if they sound like they hope America wins.---"

Neal Boortz: The dumbing down of America

"---Let’s cut to the chase. I’ve come to the reluctant but inescapable conclusion that about 50% of the adults in this country are simply too ignorant and functionally incompetent to be living in a free society. They have enthusiastically abandoned their sovereignty to the lure of the welfare state. They are, in fact, afraid to be free. They have no working concept of the responsibilities of individuals who would live free of government tyranny or mob rule. Their ignorance renders them incapable of coping with the responsibilities of liberty. These are people who cannot exist at anything other than a basic level without someone else stepping forward to take care of them. They’re adult children. They need to and deserve to live in a dictatorship, hopefully, for their sake, benevolent.

The real problem here is that the rest of us are constantly suffering encroachments on our own freedoms to provide for the survival of the ignorant. We’re forced to invest (if that’s the word) 15% of our paychecks into a disability insurance and retirement plan that would constitute criminal activity in every one of the 50 states were it not run by government. We must do this, we’re told, because there are just too many people out there who aren’t bright enough to do it on their own. We’re facing the inevitability of socialized medicine. As soon as the social Democratic party gets its way, with no small amount of help from the Republicans, Americans will be waiting months -- if not years – for basic elective surgery. Private citizens will be sent to jail for trying to find a private doctor to treat their ills outside of the approved and official government plan. Freedoms are being lost because of political pandering to those unable to cope.---"

Eyes wide open - The Washington Times: Editorials/OP-ED - May 28, 2004

"---There's no question about it: American companies are continuing a long-running trend by moving jobs overseas. However, America enjoys a number of advantages that limit the scope of this movement. We have a stable political and economic environment, an unmatched system of higher education, one of the most productive work forces in the world, and significant advantages in information technology spending and utilization. For these reasons and more, when American companies look to outsource, they keep most of the best, highest-paying jobs here.

But there's even more to the story. At the same time that some jobs are being moved out of the country, foreign companies have been "insourcing" by creating new jobs here at an even faster rate. According to the D.C.-based Organization for International Investment, in the last 15 years total insourced jobs grew at an annual rate of 7.8 percent, while total outsourced jobs grew by just 3.8 percent. U.S. subsidiaries of foreign companies now employ 6.4 million Americans, and these jobs pay, on average, 19.1 percent more than jobs at U.S. companies.---"

The Washington Times -- America's Newspaper

Many turn to prayer for healing

"Prayer is the most commonly used "alternative medicine," according to a survey of more than 31,000 adults released by the National Institutes of Health yesterday — more popular than acupuncture, chiropractic care, yoga, vitamins and other complementary medical therapies."

U.S. agencies collect, examine personal data on Americans - The Washington Times: Nation/Politics - May 28, 2004

"Numerous federal government agencies are collecting and sifting through massive amounts of personal information, including credit reports, credit-card purchases and other financial data, posing new privacy concerns, according to the General Accounting Office (GAO).

The GAO surveyed 128 federal departments and agencies and found that 52 are using, or planning to implement, 199 data-mining programs, with 131 already operational.---"
Data needed for government operation of a fascist police state.--TA The Cybercast News Service--Europeans Disagree on References to Christianity in Constitution:

"Paris ( - As the deadline nears for adopting a constitution for the newly-enlarged European Union, some new members are demanding that the constitution make a clear mention of Europe's Christian heritage." Full Story out of work
Loss of summer jobs saddest part of Manteca Waterslides taking its last ride

Published Friday, May 28, 2004

"When Oakwood Lake Resort's water park sadly slides into
history on Sept. 26, 600 summer jobs will go down the Turbo Tubes with it.

What a shame.---

"Ironically, state legislation designed to protect teenage workers from being exploited played a key role in eliminating their water-slide jobs.

A new law -- obviously intended to prevent child-labor abuses -- limits teenagers to
40 hours per week. Surely, someone in the vast sea of wisdom that is the California Legislature could have foreseen this potential impact.

That's only one of the many burdens of doing business in California that Mike Brown, president of the family company that operates the resort and its six wild-water rides, blames for drying out his future.

Add growing costs of workers' compensation, minimum wages and liability and health insurance. Add energy costs.

Make it all just a little bit worse because we're in California. Brown says that's what drove him to post the
going-out-of-business sign, to make this the last summer for the water park.

"We've just been crushed by the weight of these unnecessary and costly regulations," Brown said.---"

OpinionJournal - Best of the Web Today

"DTripTV ( describes itself as a "destination for Democrats who . . . want to laugh a bit at the folks on the other side." According to a video "trailer" released this week, computer users will soon be able to tune in weekly to an animated series called "Republican Survivor," which will let them choose which of several reviled GOP figures to vote off an island.---

"As much as the DCCC would like to imagine all this is hilarious, what really comes across is the fury that party elites still feel over losing the White House in 2000. That Ms. Harris, a little-known Florida official who played a brief role in the 2000 episode, made the cut list for "Republican Survivor" is not just worrying, it's a little pathetic. The difficulty here also explains why Air America, Al Franken's liberal radio network, is already in a nosedive. At bottom, the left wants to kill Republicans, not make fun of them. Hatred gets in their way of judging what's really funny. A few truly committed Democrats may tune into "Republican Survivor," just like they keep dialing on to Mr. Franken's radio station. But low and sullen humor is hardly likely win many new converts to the party. On the contrary, it makes Democrats seem in need of therapy."

--Kim Strassel

Thursday, May 27, 2004
OpinionJournal - Best of the Web Today

"Zero-Tolerance Watch
An unnamed 11-year-old boy, a fifth-grader at Maryland's Grasonville Elementary School, did a class project on the topic "What would you take on a camping trip and why?" It consisted of a shoebox containing various tools, including a steak knife, reports the Star Democrat of Easton, Md. School officials declared the utensil a "weapon" and suspended the boy for 10 days."










Which Way the Young?

"---In the conventional view, to be politically leftist means to have faith in government at home but doubts about the same government abroad—at least that's what it means right now. Thus are the bookstores packed with riveting attacks on the Bush administration's foreign policy for attempting to use the state for messianic purposes in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with all the attendant evils that come with such attempts (lies, debt, death, and all the rest).

At the same time, the same political left decries the Bush administration for not having been messianic enough in its use of government power at home, where they believe the state should equalize incomes, provide free goods and services for one and all, and regulate commerce until it comes to a halt, which would supposedly yield great benefits for the environment.---"

Media Research Center Home Page - 5/27/2004 5:31:41 PM
CyberAlert: Exposing Media Bias Daily

Thursday, May 27:
• Olbermann: Terror Threat a Ruse to Get Tom Ridge on Morning TV
• CBS & NBC Find “Deepening” and “New” Questions on Prisoner Abuse
• Harvard Launches Web Site to Push Reporters Further to Left
• Russert Claims He’s Not Shown Any Bias Since Campaigning for JFK
• Letterman Takes Shot at CBS for Airing Sit-Coms Over Bush Speech
Main site provides links to individual articles.--TA

Sharp Knife


I like

But then, I like public hangings.

Overlawyered a freak show of frivolous filings, a minefield of malingering motions, a colostomy grab-bag of classless class-actions, a leachfeild of legal letchery & ludicrous law-mongering--with some occasional good news as well.

Such as when lawyers sue each other, for example.---"
Via Overlawyered .com

Overlawyered: Watch it, Teach, I know my rights:

In a new poll of educators conducted by Public Agenda and commissioned by Common Good, 'Nearly 8 in 10 teachers (78%) said students are quick to remind them that they have rights or that their parents can sue.' (Fredreka Schouten, 'Study: Pupils pay academic price for unruly classrooms', Gannett/USA Today, May 11)(more at Common Good: poll, May 11 forum co-sponsored with AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies, 'EdWatch')."

Posted by Walter Olson at May 27, 2004 11:26 AM | TrackBack

Genetic Scaremongers Defy 'Reason and Conscience':

"In a sternly worded editorial this morning, USA Today argues that genetically modified foods represent 'minimal risk,' and therefore 'denying the food to starving people defies reason and conscience.' Biotech crops 'could significantly improve the lives of billions,' the paper adds. 'Groundless fears shouldn't be allowed to stand in the way.' We couldn't agree more. Yet an op-ed by Brent Blackwelder -- president of the rabidly anti-biotech Friends of the Earth -- appears on the same page arguing those very groundless fears. Blackwelder breathlessly claims that the potential 'harm' from genetically modified foods 'is difficult to determine' -- immediately after quoting a new United Nations report that found 'no verifiable reports of significant health or environmental harm.' This, sadly, is par for the course.---"

TCS: Tech Central Station - Thank Poor Al Gore

"Poor Al Gore. First he blows an election, failing to carry his home state. Then he backs Howard Dean. Next, he goes to New York to promote the Kyoto global warming treaty, and it turns out to be the coldest day in decades. And now this!

Gore has become the pitchman for a dimwitted, scientifically clueless movie about climate change that Gregg Easterbrook, the environmentally concerned senior editor at The New Republic, says is "beyond laughable."---"
Via -- Main Page:

"Food Scares - fact or fiction?"

"---Modern day food scare marketing began in earnest in 1989 when a particular communication company and lobby group persuaded the media that a pesticide used on apples (Alar) was carcinogenic and killing our children. The media blitz was huge and soon that pesticide was removed from the market. But real research showed that, in fact Alar was not the toxic nightmare it was portrayed to be. One would have to drink 13,000 litres of apple juice a day to increase the risk of cancer.' (Robert Wager, Globe and Mail) " -- Main Page: "Banzhaf, of course"

'Tobacco Foe Says Fat Suits May Target Sweetener Makers'

'NEW YORK - The makers of a corn sweetener used in foods like soft drinks and ice cream may be the next targets of lawsuits accusing the food industry of making people fat, according to a prominent anti-tobacco attorney.

The warning by attorney John Banzhaf about obesity litigation against the makers of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) comes on the heels of a high-profile lawsuit, twice dismissed in federal court, in which teenagers accused fast food chain McDonald's Corp. of making them obese.' (Reuters) " -- Main Page:

"'Allergies May All Be in the Gut, Study Finds' -

'WASHINGTON - Bugs in the gut may be causing many allergy symptoms felt in the head, from runny noses to trouble breathing, researchers said on Wednesday. And antibiotics could be to blame, the researchers told a meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. The findings could help explain the puzzling rise in asthma and allergies across the developed world in recent decades, the University of Michigan researchers said.' (Reuters)"

National Center for Policy Analysis

"Attaining a high school diploma is no longer an indicator of preparation for college or the workplace, according to a study by the American Diploma Project.

Researchers say that a large gap exists between what the state expects of students and what the real world expects in order for them to achieve. For example:

More than 70 percent of high school graduates who apply to two or four-year colleges are accepted, but 53 percent of them must take at least one remedial math or English course sometime during college.

Only 45 percent of high school graduates who enter college complete a degree; of those who were required to take remedial classes, only 18 percent complete a degree.

Sixty percent of employers rate graduates’ skills in writing, grammar and math as either “fair” or “poor,” according to a poll by Public Agenda.

Lack of preparedness is not just a problem at the high school level either, as many employers complain that high school students lack even basic skills, indicating that instruction in elementary schools is also lacking.---"


"U.S. Scales Back Democracy Goals in Middle East
Reports indicate that the United States is scaling back its plans to promote democracy in the Middle East. Patrick Basham, senior fellow in Cato's Center for Representative Government, and Christopher Preble, director of foreign policy studies, write: 'The success of freedom rests upon the willingness of free peoples to sacrifice. But the people of the Middle East, not the people of the United States, must make these sacrifices. Indeed, heavy-handed attempts to force democracy upon the region by military conquest will ultimately prove counter-productive toward those ends, as the events in Iraq are showing us every day.'"

Issues 2004 - Home

"Productivity and the Ice Man
Hysteria about job losses caused by overseas outsourcing ignores a crucial fact: Americans lose jobs primarily because people develop innovative ways to do things faster, better, and cheaper. In other words, human creativity is a double-edged sword, bringing productivity improvements and, very often, widespread job loss. The good news is that the net result is not fewer jobs, but more jobs—and more productive ones."

Issues 2004 - Home

Productive Tax Cuts
Economists say that productivity – the output of workers divided by the hours worked – is a key reason for economic growth. And it makes sense. If workers are more efficient, then more gets done in any given workday. More products are made at lower costs, more consumers buy the cheaper products, and economic growth results.

The Big One:

"---President Bush, as a candidate in 2000, suggested that each American should have this opportunity. No forcing, just the freedom to make a choice. Individuals would have significantly more control over their retirement planning and decisions and, importantly, be responsible for their own actions. Government's role would recede.

Senator Kerry apparently sees it differently. During the Democratic presidential primary debate in Iowa on Jan. 4, 2004, Kerry said: 'I will never privatize Social Security.' Compared to the Bush proposal, the senator's statement suggests that Americans would have fewer choices, less control over their retirement planning, and less freedom of choice. The government would provide, and be responsible for, much of your retirement income, and shelter you from the risk of making your own decisions. Government's role would advance.

What is it about a political philosophy that argues that individual behavior, choice, and freedom should be the role of government? Is it because government is wiser than the individual? Is it because the individual must be protected from himself? Is it because if one were empowered to make decisions for himself and his loved ones, then the government would play a lesser role? What is it? " Nealz Nuze Today's Nuze


Amnesty International condemned the war on terror yesterday and said it has flouted human rights and made the world more dangerous. Now ... I'm not saying they didn't, but does anyone remember Amnesty International condemning the terrorist attacks on the United States? I'm just curious. Let me know. While you're doing the research I'm too lazy to do, maybe you can find out if Amnesty International ever condemned Saddam Hussein for his brutality toward his own people.

Two things often elude liberals: facts and consistency. The Secretary General of Amnesty International, Irene Khan, said "As a strategy, the war on terror is bankrupt of vision and bereft of principle." Let's pick apart this nonsense, shall we?

Would somebody please tell me how liberating 25 million people from the bloody and brutal dictatorship of Saddam Hussein is an act "bankrupt of vision"? Would Amnesty International care to tell the families whose members were murdered by Saddam Hussein, whose daughters were raped and murdered, that the war on terror has made the world more dangerous? How about the Kurds that were slaughtered? Those who died from Saddam's chemical weapons? That's because it hasn't, and these morons know it. Saddam Hussein had and used chemical weapons against his enemies, including people in his own country. Now he's gone. Now he's not there to use these weapons again ... and this means that the world is more dangerous? Would someone please explain that concept to me?---"

Emmett Tyrrell: Reverend Al

"---Dr. King did not gain prosperity and esteem for his work in civil rights. Much to the contrary, he gained nights in jail and assassination. History remembers him well, but in his day he suffered for his beliefs. Today, if the Rev. Sharpton suffers it is only an occasional missed dessert and the probable doom of his television show. (Facts are facts, and the fact is there exists no large audience eager to hear him bloviate on things he knows very little about -- namely, public matters. I heard him bloviate during the Democratic presidential debates. He is a vacuum.) That idealism pays today suggests why it attracts hucksters.---"

Ann Coulter: Tit for Tet

"Abu Ghraib is the new Tet offensive. By lying about the Tet offensive during the Vietnam War, the media managed to persuade Americans we were losing the war, which demoralized the nation and caused us to lose the war. And people say reporters are lazy.

The immediate consequence of the media's lies was a 25 percent drop in support for the war. The long-term consequence for America was 12 years in the desert until Ronald Reagan came in and saved the country.

Now liberals are using their control of the media to persuade the public that we are losing the war in Iraq. Communist dictators may have been ruthless murderers bent on world domination, but they displayed a certain degree of rationality. America may not be able to wait out 12 years of Democrat pusillanimity now that we're dealing with Islamic lunatics who slaughter civilians in suicide missions while chanting "Allah Akbar!"---"

Larry Elder: Bashing President Bush takes over as our No. 1 national pastime

"---When discussing religion or politics with strangers, conventional social etiquette compels one to tread gently and cautiously when raising such topics with strangers. But Bush-haters appear perfectly willing to batter the president without regard as to whether anybody might be offended, or they do so with the assumption that anybody with a brain surely must agree, or they couldn't care less whether they offend someone.---

"Why do the "decent, tolerant and open-minded" people throw social caution to the wind while denouncing President Bush? Call this the Pauline Kael syndrome. The former New Yorker film critic once made a remark that captures this I-hate-the-president-and-any-sane-person-agrees-with-me mentality. In the 1972 presidential race, Richard Nixon destroyed George McGovern, winning every state except Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. The results surprised and stunned Kael, who said, "Nobody I know voted for Nixon."

Social Bush-bashers depend on something they feel Bush supporters lack -- civility. Mature people avoid making others uncomfortable or getting into disputes over politics in social settings. They avoid unnecessarily offending people whom they don't know. They don't assume the world marches in lockstep with their views.

Bush's critics call the president "arrogant." But there's a special type of arrogance that assumes any fair and open-minded person must think as I do.---"

Robert Novak: Return of the maverick

"---Coburn's problem is that he takes seriously the professed Republican agenda: limited government, entitlement reform and anti-abortion advocacy. He was a rare sincere GOP supporter of term limits, leaving the House after three terms as he promised to do. The result is scant support for Coburn from the Republican establishment, in the nation's capital as well as Oklahoma. If elected to the Senate, he will do it largely on his own.---"

Thomas Sowell: Animal rites

"---It would never occur to people with academic degrees and professorships that they are both ignorant and incompetent in vast areas of human life, much less that they should keep that in mind before they vent their emotions and wax self-righteous.

Degrees show that you have knowledge in some special area. Too often they embolden people to pontificate on a wide range of other subjects where they don't know what they are talking about.

The fact that academics are overwhelmingly of the political left is perfectly consistent with their assumption that third parties -- especially third parties like themselves -- should be controlling the decisions of other people who have first-hand knowledge and experience.---"

Sins of omission - The Washington Times: Editorials/OP-ED - May 27, 2004

"A fatal flaw is present by an absence in the proposed draft of the U.N. Security Council resolution on the transfer of sovereignty in Iraq.

It makes no mention of the Transitional Administrative Law (TAL), signed by the 25 members of the Iraqi Governing Council in March, which provides an historic bill of rights for the Iraqi people and a road map to a permanent and elected government in 2005.---

"Without the provisions in the TAL, the new government has no option but to enforce the current law drawn up by the former Ba'athist regime to bolster party and central government power and keep the people too repressed to revolt.

This war was fought to end this legally constructed exploitation. Why would the coalition want to leave it intact?---"

Kerry's double standard - The Washington Times: Editorials/OP-ED - May 27, 2004

"With his decision yesterday to accept the Democratic presidential nomination at the July convention after all, John Kerry got himself out of an embarrassing predicament. Still, the incident provided yet another illustration of Mr. Kerry's unfortunate brand of political brazenness. He seems to believe that the rules that apply to other people should not apply to him.---"

Campaign calculations . . . and curiosities - The Washington Times: Commentary - May 27, 2004

"If President Bush's polls on Iraq and his overall job approval performance are declining, John Kerry's numbers must be rising, right?

It's virtually impossible to turn on the news without hearing repeated stories about Mr. Bush's falling poll numbers on his handling of the postwar situation in Iraq and persistent doubts about the economic recovery. What these news reports usually fail to mention, though, is the most important and intriguing story in this presidential election: Mr. Kerry isn't benefiting much from Mr. Bush's troubles.---"

U.N. missions painted as booze-soaked orgies - The Washington Times: World - May 27, 2004

"NEW YORK — A book by three current and former U.N. employees about peacekeeping operations portrays wild parties with alcohol and drugs, and convicts and mental-asylum inmates passing as soldiers.

Embarrassed U.N. officials have threatened firing or other disciplinary action against two of the authors, Heidi Postlewait and Andrew Thomson. U.N. rules bar employees from writing about their work without approval, which had been denied in this case.---"

Animal 'Rights' Group Announces Lawsuit Against Atkins Diet -- 05/27/2004:

"( - A Florida millionaire is suing Atkins Nutritionals, the company behind the Atkins diet, with support from animal 'rights' activists who advocate a vegan diet.

Florida businessman Jody Gorran claims that his Atkins diet regimen caused him to develop near-fatal heart disease -- requiring heart surgery to save his life.

'He is asking for damages and seeking to have health-risk warning labels placed on all Atkins products,' said a press release issued by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.---

"But according to the Center for Consumer Freedom -- a group supported by restaurants, food companies and individuals -- PCRM is a "fanatical animal rights group that seeks to remove eggs, milk, and meat from the American diet, and to eliminate the use of animals in scientific research."

The Center says the group, by calling itself a "physicians committee," has "duped the media and much of the general public into believing that it represents the medical community" when in fact it does not.---" -- News This Hour--Teachers Urged to Ignore GLSEN's Marriage Curriculum:

( - The group that created a pro-homosexual marriage curriculum for school teachers has come under attack for allegedly presenting 'biased' information that seeks to 'coerce' students into supporting the idea of same sex marriage. Psychology professor Warren Throckmorton from Pennsylvania's Grove City College wants teachers to ignore the suggestions offered by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). In a 24-page report, Throckmorton outlines what he sees as inaccuracies, bias and the impracticality of the curriculum. 'Teachers are not employed by the community to indoctrinate children to an ideology or set of political beliefs,' Throckmorton writes in the report. 'Every lesson in this curriculum attempts to employ group or teacher pressure on students to support same-sex marriage.' Full Story" -- News This Hour--Gore Calls For Resignations of Top Bush Officials--Republican Party Says Gore Shouldn't Be Attacking Bush:

( - Former Vice President Al Gore Wednesday called for the resignations of several top Bush administration officials, who he claims are 'most responsible for creating the catastrophe we are facing in Iraq.' Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, CIA Director George Tenet, and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice should all step down, Gore said in a speech at New York University. He also called for several of Rumsfeld's top civilian deputies to resign, citing the situation in Iraq. 'Donald Rumsfeld ought to resign immediately,' said Gore. 'Our nation is at risk every single day Rumsfeld remains as Secretary of Defense. We need someone with good judgment and commonsense.'"

( - The Republican National Committee says Al Gore's attack on President Bush shows one of two things: "either he does not understand the threat of global terror, or he has amnesia." In a statement, RNC Communications Director Jim Dyke noted that Gore served as vice president of the United States for eight years. "During that time, Osama Bin Laden declared war on the United States five times and terrorists killed US citizens on at least four different occasions including the first bombing of the World Trade Center, the attacks on Khobar Towers, our embassies in East Africa, and the USS Cole."

Wednesday, May 26, 2004




Media Research Center Home Page - 5/26/2004 1:55:40 PM
CyberAlert: Exposing Media Bias Daily

Wednesday, May 26:
• Jennings Spikes Confirmation of Sarin, Highlights Damaged Mosque
• CBS Misconstrues Report, Claims Bush Failing in War on Terror
• Chicago Tribune Finds Girls Who “Had More Fun” Under Hussein
Main site provides links to individual articles.--TA

Overlawyered: "Panel Finds Mold in Buildings Is No Threat to Most People":

"Stepping into an issue that has alarmed homeowners and led to hundreds of lawsuits and billions of dollars in insurance payments, a government panel of experts reported yesterday that toxic mold in homes did not appear to pose a serious health threat to most people.' A panel of epidemiologists, toxicologists and pediatricians convened by the Institute of Medicine, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences, surveyed existing scientific literature on the subject. 'Though the experts said mold and indoor dampness were associated with respiratory problems and symptoms of asthma in certain susceptible people, they found no evidence of a link between mold and conditions like brain or neurological damage, reproductive problems and cancer.' (Anahad O'Connor, New York Times, May 26). For more on mold litigation, see Dec. 4 and earlier posts; 'The Growing Hazard of Mold Litigation', U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Manhattan Institute Center for Legal Policy, Jul. 17, 2003 (paper in PDF format/press release).
Posted by Walter Olson at May 26, 2004 09:44 AM | TrackBack "

A Potpourri Of Food Activist News:

"News Flash: Acrylamide Still Not Harmful -- A National Institutes of Health panel declared last week that acrylamide -- that mysterious chemical compound that reinvigorated the Center for Science in the Public Interest's campaign against French fries and potato chips -- is still not a health hazard. Now that the initial acrylamide cancer scare has died down, researchers are considering whether the chemical, found in starchy foods cooked at high temperatures, might cause reproductive and developmental harm in humans. The verdict? 'Considering the low level of estimated human exposure derived from a variety of sources, the Expert Panel expressed negligible concern.' Which is about what we expected. The only surprise came when panelists recommended against further study of acrylamide's supposedly harmful effects. One toxicologist on the panel told a Reuters reporter: 'We don't recommend doing those studies because we know the doses are so low that you're just going to spend a lot of money with no results.' "

Genetic Scaremongers Defy 'Reason and Conscience':

"In a sternly worded editorial this morning, USA Today argues that genetically modified foods represent 'minimal risk,' and therefore 'denying the food to starving people defies reason and conscience.' Biotech crops 'could significantly improve the lives of billions,' the paper adds. 'Groundless fears shouldn't be allowed to stand in the way.' We couldn't agree more. Yet an op-ed by Brent Blackwelder -- president of the rabidly anti-biotech Friends of the Earth -- appears on the same page arguing those very groundless fears. Blackwelder breathlessly claims that the potential 'harm' from genetically modified foods 'is difficult to determine' -- immediately after quoting a new United Nations report that found 'no verifiable reports of significant health or environmental harm.' This, sadly, is par for the course.---" -- Main Page

Editorial: More political bunk from Hollywood

"Responsible scientists are not the only ones acknowledging the virtual impossibility of the outcomes depicted in the film. Greenpeace, former Vice President Al Gore, and even the screenwriter who wrote it concede that, at the very least, the climate changes depicted in the movie could not happen as fast as shown. Nonetheless, they all back the film as a political propaganda tool, saying people should see it and consider the harmful effects of global warming.

That’s like saying, “I know that, technically, alien life has not been proven to exist, but I think everyone should see ‘Independence Day’ and ‘Signs’ so we can think about how to prepare for an alien invasion.” It’s not much of an argument. But if you don’t have science on your side, you may as well enlist Hollywood." (The Union Leader)

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The Day After the Day After Tomorrow

05/25/04 01:17 PM Edwin Feulner comments on the new big-budget disaster flick in the Washington Times.

"Bottom line: "This summer, millions of Americans will sit in air-conditioned movie theaters and watch a frightening film. But the real risk today isn't global warming — it's that we'll overreact and damage our economy in an unnecessary attempt to prevent climate change."

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Canadian Medical Error Rate Twice U.S.'s

"05/25/04 04:59 PM According to a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, every year patients in Canadian hospitals experience 185,000 “adverse events”—injuries or complications up to and including death caused by health care management and not the patient’s original disease. The study found an adverse event rate of 7.5 percent (1 in 13), more than twice that of the rate in the United States, with fully 70,000 of these events being deemed “preventable.”
Further benefits of socialized medicine.--TA

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The Pain of Socialized Medicine
05/26/04 10:31 AM

"We think this Reuters story speaks for itself:
[Swedish Prime Minister] Goran Persson needs a hip replacement operation. But in a country famed for its cradle-to-grave welfare state and where politicians see themselves as ordinary folk, the leader of the ruling Social Democratic party won't go private.
'Right now I'm in quite a lot of pain, but that's not the fault of the health system,' Persson told reporters reluctantly after initially saying his health was a private matter."

Cal Thomas: Addressing the Iraq panic attack

"---Our terrorist enemies do not have the power to defeat us in open war. Their power comes from promoting fear that leads to withdrawal and surrender. If we don't panic, they lose. If we withstand even homicide bombers in our country, they lose. If we fight fear with faith and confidence, they lose. Recall Franklin Roosevelt's brilliant line: "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." They cannot defeat us any other way.---"
Via Nealz Newz Nealz Nuze Today's Nuze:

"Have you seen the previews for that movie, 'The Day After Tomorrow?' That's the one Al Gore wants everyone to see because it shows the world coming to an end because of global warming. This, as Ryan Zempel writes, is nothing less than a vision of a liberal utopia."

Ben Shapiro: Worst commencement speakers of 2004

"It's graduation time, and thousands of college students will be leaving the friendly confines of undergraduate education. For most seniors, there will be no more liberal lectures, leftist rants or anti-war marches once they leave campus. But until the moment student tassels are moved from right to left, universities will use their podiums to promote leftism.---"

Linda Chavez: Is it entertainment or politics?

"---Now, if Hollywood isn't drenching its audience in blood or titillating it with naked bodies, it is propagandizing us with left-wing paranoia or pushing a radical social agenda. Michael Moore's new film "Fahrenheit 9-11," which won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival last week, is a good example. The film claims to be a documentary, but it doesn't document anything but Michael Moore's dementia.---

"Samuel Goldwyn, one of the giants of the movie industry, is reported to have said, "If you want to send a message, call Western Union." But too many producers, directors and actors these days fail to heed his advice. Hollywood will start filling theaters once again when it stops churning out agitprop and starts producing entertainment."

Brent Bozell: Nancy Pelosi loses control

"---To believe that the press would now shine that civility spotlight on Pelosi would be to forget one important network-news rule: Democrats are incapable of gaffes. How much coverage did the big morning and evening news shows provide of Pelosi's reckless and mean-spirited remarks? ABC had none. CBS morning and evening stories buried the remarks in a story on Bush speaking to the GOP on Capitol Hill, and those took a less offensive snippet from Pelosi: "The emperor has no clothes. When are people going to face the reality? Pull this curtain back.---

"The public deserves to hear the words, and see the face, of the hate-filled Left."

Thomas Sowell: A pattern of opportunism

"---All attempts to expose what Senator Kerry has actually said and done in his long political career are denounced as "personal attacks" and "negative advertising" -- as if it is worse to tell the truth than to let someone lie his way into the White House by projecting a completely false image that his handlers have manufactured.---

"Liberals love to believe that they are just not getting their message out to the public, whether in this presidential campaign or on talk radio. In both cases, the problem is that their real message won't sell and the phony message that they try to sell is seen as being as phony as it is."

Walter E. Williams: Managing a disaster

"---Educational triage would acknowledge that there are black youngsters who cannot benefit academically no matter how many educational resources are spent on them. They have little or no family support. Their very presence in school, through disruptive and criminal behavior, makes education impossible for others. Spending resources on these youngsters is the educational equivalent of medical practitioners spending resources on disaster victims who'll die even if treated. These youngsters should be removed and not allowed to take resources from and make education impossible for those who do have a chance for academic achievement.---

"By the way, there's another triage category that doctors won't own up to, and that's disaster victims who will survive only if they don't receive medical treatment. The educational equivalent of this category, where education victims are made worse off, is found in programs such as bilingual education and fuzzy math."

Defining the big issue - The Washington Times: Commentary - May 26, 2004

"---During the Democratic presidential primary debate in Iowa on Jan. 4, 2004, Mr. Kerry said: "I will never privatize Social Security."

Compared to the Bush proposal, the senator's statement suggests Americans would have fewer choices, less control over their retirement planning, and less freedom of choice. The government would provide, and be responsible for, much of your retirement income, and shelter you from the risk of making your own decisions. Government's role would advance.

What is it about a political philosophy that argues that individual behavior, choice, and freedom should be the role of government? Is it because government is wiser than the individual? Is it because the individual must be protected from himself? Is it because if one were empowered to make decisions for himself and his loved ones, the government would play a lesser role? What is it?

As you listen to both presidential candidates express their vision for the country, consider these questions.

Philosophical opponents need a playing field on which to marshal their forces and compete. The fundamental policy differences concerning the role of government vs. the individual in a free society likely will be played out this election year on the Social Security reform field. The stakes, indeed, are very high. One side will lose."

No Thumbprint to Buy Bullets, Gun Group Says -- 05/26/2004:
By Susan Jones Morning Editor
May 26, 2004

"( - The California Senate has passed a bill that would require ammunition buyers to provide a thumb print when the purchase is made. But a pro-Second Amendment group is condemning what it calls 'an insidious invasion of privacy.'

The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said that keeping records on ammunition sales has proven ineffective in fighting crime. 'Requiring a thumb print moves this idea into the realm of the ludicrous,' said CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron.---"
And more costly paperwork for business owners here in the anti-business state of Kalifornia.--TA

Via: Liberator Online (Advocates for Self-Government)

"---There are evil people. And there's one thing even more dangerous than evil people. That's evil people with power. Evil people with the power to pass and enforce laws, the power to raise taxes, the power to start wars. A Charles Manson is frightening. But an Adolph Hitler is terrifying. Power doesn't just corrupt; it attracts the corrupt in spirit, the criminal personalities. As long as criminals exist, as long as evil people dwell among us, Big Government will be an irresistible temptation. Big Government is too tantalizing and too destructive a weapon to leave around. For our safety and well-being, we must make government small." Michael Cloud (Michael Cloud is Persuasion columnist for the Liberator Online and The Libertarian Communicator.)

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Yoo Hoo, Anybody Home?

"John Kerry is considering a plan to game the campaign finance laws by not formally accepting his party's presidential nomination at July's Democratic National Convention. This would allow him to continue raising and spending money, ostensibly to compete for the nomination but really to campaign against President Bush, who of course is also waging a fictional campaign for his party's nomination until Sept. 2, when he formally accepts it.

The whole campaign finance regulation system is rather ridiculous, but Kerry's idea of delaying the nomination is especially so--and his defense of the idea even more so. The Boston Globe reports---"