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Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Media Research Center Home Page - 6/30/2004 11:21:00 AM--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
CyberAlert: Exposing Media Bias Daily
Wednesday, June 30:
• Brokaw Corrects Allawi When He Claims Saddam-al-Qaeda Link
• Jennings Highlights Negroponte’s Anti-Palestinian UN Votes
• “Surprise” Turnover Really “Highlights the Problem” of Security
• Handover Moved Up Because WH Wanted to “Stay Ahead” of Moore
• Rather Finds High Morale Amongst Troops, Brokaw Happier Iraqis
• “Top Ten George W. Bush Complaints About 'Fahrenheit 9/11'”
Main site provides links to individual articles.--TA

June 30, 2004
"Parents sue rescue crews in son's death after fall"

Sue those rescuers: "The parents of a 15-year-old Redmond boy who died after a fall in the Crooked River Gorge [in Oregon] have filed a $9.5 million suit in U.S. District Court against the fire district and rescue workers who responded to the accident. Patricia and Michael Keller allege that their son [Elijah Keller] did not receive proper medical care from rescuers. ...According to the suit, the teenager wasn't strapped down properly when rescuers hauled him up on a stretcher, and 'his head fell sharply down to his chest during the lift up the side of the cliff.' ... Attorney Robert Lowry, who is representing the Crooked River Ranch Rural Fire Protection District and the rescue workers named in the suit, said Keller wasn't walking along the precipice's edge, but leaping from rock to rock when one rock broke loose. He said those who responded did everything they could to save the teenager." ("Briefly", The Oregonian, Jun. 20). Commenting on the case: "Rural communities depend on the no-questions-asked courage and compassion of thousands of men and women serving without pay as firefighters, EMTs and search and rescue volunteers. ... these volunteers and professional first responders keep getting signals that mistakes, no matter how they happen, carry a punishing multimillion-dollar liability". ("A delicate balance: We sue rural volunteer rescuers at our peril" (editorial), Eugene Register-Guard, Jun. 22).

Posted by Walter Olson at June 30, 2004 12:02 AM | TrackBack -- Main Page: "Well blimey! Something Polly and I can agree on: 'Charles is more keeper of the kitsch than heir to the throne' - 'The prince spouts archaic notions because he has no role in modern life.' (Polly Toynbee, The Guardian)

"Interestingly, in this column, Polly also admits 'in western democracies there has never been a better time to be alive, never a time that was safer, richer, healthier or freer.' Her words! Not bad for a card-carrying member of the watermelon caucus."

Issues 2004 - Home
06/30/04 10:29 AM

The Minimum Wage

"Economist Bruce Bartlett writes about the misconceptions surrounding the minimum wage—how it hurts small businesses more than large corporations, who receives it, and the dangers of raising it. Bottom line: While small businesses are responsible for most job growth, “The minimum wage is like a tax on small businesses that reduces their ability to hire and raise wages.”

Walter E. Williams: Self-inflicted poverty

"---There's no complete explanation for why some countries are affluent while others are poor, but there are some leads. Rank countries along a continuum according to whether they are closer to being free-market economies or whether they're closer to socialist or planned economies. Then, rank countries by per-capita income. We will find a general, not perfect, pattern whereby those countries having a larger free-market sector produce a higher standard of living for their citizens than those at the socialist end of the continuum.

What is more important is that if we ranked countries according to how Freedom House or Amnesty International rates their human-rights guarantees, we'd see that citizens of countries with market economies are not only richer, but they tend to enjoy a greater measure of human-rights protections. While there is no complete explanation for the correlation between free markets, higher wealth and human-rights protections, you can bet the rent money that the correlation is not simply coincidental.---"

Armstrong Williams: John Kerry sells out to big education

"---The National Education Association owns a piece of the Democratic Party. According to its budget, it donated $20 million last year to Democratic legislators, second only to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Receiving a large part of its campaign money directly from the teacher's union means the Democrats are obliged to repay the debt in some form. That's why the same Democratic representatives who send their own children to private schools are up in arms each Congressional session crying about how extending that same right to poor children, mostly of color, would destroy the public education system.

The union's motivation for opposing vouchers and public school accountability is equally straightforward. It realizes vouchers would mean fewer teachers, fewer membership dues, likely defections by public school personnel to privatized systems that have traditionally resisted centralized unionization, and the birth of competing collective bargaining entities.

For the teacher unions, the idea of competition can only mean giving up leverage. Since the job of unions is to accumulate leverage and membership dues, the teacher unions have decided it is in their best interest to vehemently oppose the vouchers movement.

Together, Kerry and the unions talk about protecting the interests of our children. It would be nice, however, if these so-called representatives of our children's interests could find a way not to sell out the greatest instrument of our children's empowerment - their education."

Thomas Sowell: It's time for journalists to study a little economics

"---What is happening in India is that the government is keeping the price of wheat and some other agricultural produce from falling. That is exactly what the government of the United States has been doing for more than half a century, leading to chronic agricultural surpluses here. Nor are India and the United States the only countries with such policies, leading to such results.---"

Mona Charen: Liberals hate fellow Americans more than Islamists

"Theaters are filling up with fans of Michael Moore -- a propagandist who makes Oliver Stone look like Alistair Cooke. Moore is, of course, free to say that the war on terror is a clever cover story for George W. Bush's attempt to line his own pockets. Or to suggest that as nasty as bin Laden is, he is nowhere near as bad as our president. But the reception this preposterous pastiche of lies, warmed-over conspiracy theories and free-floating venom has received from the Democratic elite as well as from the public reveals just how badly riven we are.---"

Kathleen Parker: Iraq handover and the arrogance of despair

"---A short list of those for whom successful Iraqi sovereignty is not such good news would include: the radical Islamist world, terrorists, al-Qaida, Michael Moore, George Soros, John F. Kerry, and the Democratic Party.---" Nealz Nuze Today's Nuze:

"15 grateful Iraqi-American groups">are taking out a full-page ad in USA Today to thank America for liberating their country. It will be interesting to see how the media covers this, if at all." Nealz Nuze Today's Nuze:


The U.S. military yesterday mobilized 5,600 retired or discharged soldiers to be sent to Iraq. That sounds so mean and cruel, doesn't it? Why, that conjures up images of retirees sitting on their porches drinking lemonade suddenly being forced into deployment. That's what the media would have you believe, but not so fast...the facts tell us otherwise.

What the Bush-bashers conveniently leave out is that all the military is doing is tapping the Individual Ready Reserve, a pool of 111,000 people that remain eligible for active duty for eight years after completing their Army service commitment. The last time it was used was in the 1991 Persian Gulf War. It is there for exactly this use.---" Nealz Nuze Today's Nuze:


"---There are several basic elements of the liberal faith exposed in Hillary's threat. (And yes, it was a threat.) The two most important elements were that all wealth belongs to the government and that the lives of individuals must be controlled by government. The government demonstrates its ownership of all wealth by determining how it is to be 'distributed,' and its ownership of individuals by controlling aspects of our private lives.

The Imperial Federal government, under the control of such worthy people as Hillary, decides what portion of the wealth that we have earned it will "give" us. You've heard liberals refer to tax breaks as "giveaways" to the rich. You and I know that a tax break doesn't "give" anything to the rich. It merely allows the high producers to keep more of what they worked for and earned. But to Hillary and her leftist friends, all that you earn actually belongs to government ... so, to them, it is a giveaway.

Not only do liberals not recognize your right to or ownership of the wealth that you produce, liberals don't even want to recognize your sovereignty as an individual. Just think for a moment of the choices that the government doesn't allow you to make. In virtually every state in the nation you cannot make your own choice as to who will clip your nails. In Texas and Florida the government tells you just who can help you match the color of a sofa fabric to your drapes. In Georgia and virtually every other state you can't decide who you want to clip your nails. In Arizona it's a crime to have someone trim your cuticles. In South Carolina a female can't get a massage from a male. It's so wonderful to live in a free country, isn't it?

And now we have Hillary proudly and arrogantly announcing that the government is going to seize property from individuals for "the common good." Don't ignore the message here. You are not a free individual. You exist to serve the state. Hillary is here to show you the way." The Cybercast News Service:

Kerry Sees Federal Role in Setting College Tuitions

"( - Sen. John F. Kerry wants to give the federal government a say in setting college tuitions, the Boston Globe reported on Wednesday.---"

Protestors Call Jesse Jackson 'Worst Nightmare' for Black Community -- 06/30/2004:
By Marc Morano Senior Staff Writer
June 30, 2004

"Chicago ( - As Democrat John F. Kerry addressed Jesse Jackson's 33rd annual Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Conference on Tuesday, about 100 African-American religious and community leaders gathered on a sidewalk outside the conference to protest Jackson for being the black community's 'worst nightmare.'---"

Tuesday, June 29, 2004
OpinionJournal - Best of the Web Today

Great Orators of the Democratic Party

"One man with courage makes a majority."--Andrew Jackson

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."--Franklin Roosevelt

"The buck stops here."--Harry Truman

"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."--John Kennedy

"Many of you are well enough off that . . . the tax cuts may have helped you. We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."--Hillary Clinton

OpinionJournal - Best of the Web Today

Back to School

"Remember John Kerry's special new "misery index," the one tailor-made to show the economy getting worse during the Bush administration, since the traditional misery index (inflation plus unemployment) isn't bad at all? One of the components of the Kerry index was college tuition, which the haughty, French-looking Massachusetts Democrat, who by the way served in Vietnam, claimed has increased 13%--"the largest increase on record."

Well, it turns out KERRY LIED!!!!, or at least didn't do his homework. USA Today reports that "what students pay on average for tuition at public universities has fallen by nearly one-third since 1998, thanks to new federal tax breaks and a massive increase in state and federal grants to most students and their families." Oh well, back to the drawing board."

OpinionJournal - Best of the Web Today

'9/11' Is No. 2

"It's been widely reported that the first-weekend box-office receipts of "Fahrenheit 9/11" set a new record for documentaries. Blogger Frank J. notes that this isn't true. "Jackass: The Movie," released in 2002, grossed $22.8 in its first weekend, a million dollars more than Michael Moore's gross-out flick."
Probably attendance by the same intellectual heavyweights that attended the Moore garbage.--TA

OpinionJournal - Best of the Web Today--A Boy's Grave Is Carter's Soapbox

"---There is a longstanding tradition that ex-presidents do not publicly criticize their successors, a tradition for which Carter has shown such contempt that when the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded him the Peace Prize in 2002, its members made clear they meant it as a poke in the eye of President Bush and America.

But using a child's funeral as a forum for this kind of attack is a new low. Just when you thought Bill Clinton was the tackiest ex-president, along comes Jimmy Carter to outcrass even him."
Reply 50 - Posted by: dabook, 6/29/2004 3:49:53 PM

"You would think that to be classified a 'documentary' a work would have to be free of easily verifiable untruths. And those that chose to believe the easily verifiable untruths anyway would not be so sensitive about being challenged, but then hatred is blind."
RE: Michael Moore's so-called "documentary"--garbage.--TA

San Francisco rolls out the red carpet for the Clintons

"---Headlining an appearance with other Democratic women senators on behalf of Sen. Barbara Boxer, who is up for re-election this year, Hillary Clinton told several hundred supporters -- some of whom had ponied up as much as $10,000 to attend -- to expect to lose some of the tax cuts passed by President Bush if Democrats win the White House and control of Congress.

"'Many of you are well enough off that ... the tax cuts may have helped you," Sen. Clinton said. "We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.'---"

60 Minutes Plugs Moore’s Film with Excerpt of Classroom Scene

"---on MSNBC’s Countdown on Monday night, the MRC’s Brad Wilmouth noticed, after Keith Olbermann relayed the box office numbers, former Democratic Senate staffer Lawrence O'Donnell, who has served as a consultant and actor (as President Bartlet’s father) on The West Wing and who is now a regular on the McLaughlin Group, inserted a little perspective on the numbers:

"But let me, I hate to rain on this at all, but let's put the numbers in perspective. The number of people who went to this movie this weekend is actually slightly smaller than the number of people who watched Meet the Press. To get $28 million at the box office is, you know, roughly four million people."

Media Research Center Home Page - 6/29/2004 2:14:51 PM

CyberAlert: Exposing Media Bias Daily
Tuesday, June 29:
• “Many Will Not” Miss Bremer Who Left “Crumbling Infrastructure”
• Reminds Olbermann of How U.S. Fled Vietnam in Helicopters
• Stress Bush’s Low Approval, Bury Bush Rebound Against Kerry
• 60 Minutes Plugs Moore’s Film with Excerpt of Classroom Scene
Main site provides links to individual articles.--TA

Overlawyered: Union Pacific: pay us for logo use on model trains
June 29, 2004

"Union Pacific: pay us for logo use on model trains"

"Squandering consumer goodwill dept.: 'For decades, model-train makers have routinely decorated their train sets with the logos of train companies past and present, without paying for the right to do so. But now, Union Pacific wants a piece of the action, and it's seeking a 3 percent royalty from companies that stick the UP logo on model trains.' (James P. Miller, 'Model train fans steaming mad at UP', Chicago Tribune, Jun. 27)."

Posted by Walter Olson at June 29, 2004 12:42 AM | TrackBack "

Overlawyered: Thanks to Mike DeBow...
June 29, 2004

"Thanks to Mike DeBow...
...for his contributions as a guest blogger over the past week. Aside from Mike's postings at Southern Appeal, be sure to check out the outstanding links page he maintains at his Cumberland School of Law faculty website, and the conservative/libertarian legal scholarship reading list and pre-law reading list that he co-edits in conjunction with the Federalist Society. Also watch for his work to appear soon on Point of Law, the new Manhattan Institute website I'm editing."

Posted by Walter Olson at June 29, 2004 08:59 AM | TrackBack
The article provides links to the sources mentioned.--TA

number watch

Number Watch

Authored and maintained by John Brignell

"This site is devoted to the monitoring of the misleading numbers that rain down on us via the media. Whether they are generated by Single Issue Fanatics (SIFs), politicians, bureaucrats, quasi-scientists (junk, pseudo- or just bad), such numbers swamp the media, generating unnecessary alarm and panic. They are seized upon by media, hungry for eye-catching stories. There is a growing band of people whose livelihoods depend on creating and maintaining panic. There are also some who are trying to keep numbers away from your notice and others who hope that you will not make comparisons. Their stock in trade is the gratuitous lie. The aim here is to nail just a few of them."

"In serious jest and jesting seriousness,
I strive to scourge polluting beastliness"

Scourge of Villany, John Marston (1576-1634)"

Number Watch - the guide to wrong numbers in science, media and politics

"All about the scares, scams, junk, panics, and flummery cooked up by the media, politicians, bureaucrats, so-called scientists and others who try to confuse you with wrong numbers.
Working to combat Math Hysteria.

"It is a pleasure to stand upon the shore, and to see ships tost upon the sea: a pleasure to stand in the window of the castle and to see the battle and the adventures thereof below: but no pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of truth ( a hill not to be commanded and where the air is always clear and serene), and to see the errors, and wanderings, and mists, and tempests, in the vale below."
From Of Truth, Francis Bacon

Food Cops Not Cooking With The Joy Of Truth:
Posted On June 29, 2004

"Food cops never miss a chance to blame the so-called 'obesity epidemic' on an illusory 'toxic food environment.' Never letting the facts get in the way of their pursuit of 'fat taxes' and other restrictive policies, nutritional nags like Marion Nestle and Kelly Brownell continuously insist that our diets are worse than ever before. But a simple look at the changes in the Joy of Cooking -- the unofficial bible for food enthusiasts -- and an examination of government statistics tells a different story.---" -- Main Page

"Dirty Air – or Dirty Tricks?" -

"How strange! The cleaner our air gets, the sicker we become. At this rate, when the air becomes absolutely pure over L.A. we'll all keel right over. Or so you might believe from the new report of a group called Clear the Air, "Dirty Power, Dirty Air." It attempts to persuade readers to support one of two Democratic bills introduced in the Senate over a Republican one, although all three would "tighten the lid" on allowable air emissions from power plants. Not incidentally, the legislation called for in the report, by its own reckoning, will cost $34 billion versus $9.3 for the alternative Democratic bill and $6.2 for what it labels the "Bush bill." (Michael Fumento) -- Main Page

Aha! Environmental factors cause old age (Note: Old age is the major 'cause' of cancers): "Environmental Factors the Major Cause of Cancer"

"Cancers linked to environmental causes make up at least 80 percent of all cancer cases, according to a second new report by the National Cancer Institute, this one published with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Environmental causes include exposure to agents in the air and water as well as lifestyle factors such as smoking and diet. (Emphasis added by TA)" -- Main Page

"How and why WHO is wrong about child deaths" -

“ENVIRONMENT kills 100,000 youngsters”; “UN says one third of child deaths due to environment”. These were just two headlines in newspapers across Europe, prompted by a World Health Organisation (WHO) study published last week.

Can it really be so? Do 100,000 children die each year in Europe, victims of air pollution, environmental hazards and ecological degradation? The numbers sound far-fetched. Fortunately neither the headlines nor the report represent the truth." (Bjørn Lomborg, The Times)


High Court Bars Internet Porn Law

The Supreme Court Tuesday ruled that the Child Online Protection Act would unconstitutionally restrict free speech. The law, which never took effect, was signed by President Clinton and would prohibit placing material that is 'harmful to minors' on the Internet where children can easily access it. In 'Government Can't Protect Kids from Porn -- But Parents Can,' Adjunct Scholar Clyde Wayne Crews Jr. writes: 'In the name of protecting children, the law interferes with content that adults should have the right to see under the First Amendment. It becomes unclear what one can say online about sex, without being subject to regulations and penalties.'"

This headline was posted: June 29, 2004.

Bruce Bartlett: Minimum wage realities

"---Unfortunately, despite a vast amount of research showing that raising the minimum wage is a highly ineffectual means of aiding the poor, the lure of simplistic solutions constantly beckons the intellectually shallow and unsophisticated. On June 18, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., the presumed Democratic presidential nominee, proposed raising the minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $7."

Dennis Prager: Chicago Tribune and WLS-TV revel in humiliation

"In general, lawyers are the professional group held most in contempt by the American people. This assessment is a bit unfair, since it is trial lawyers and judges acting as legislators who give the legal profession the awful name it has earned.

But there is a professional group that merits decent people's contempt more than lawyers -- the news media.---"

John Thomson & Hussain Hindawi: Iraq: Rescuing The Future

"---It is a self-defeating urban myth that Americans have lost the respect and support of Iraqis. The overwhelming majority of Iraqi leaders and men in the street are grateful and hopeful that America will stay the course by providing security and guidance, until Iraqi forces and governmental structures are in place.---"

Star Parker: Why aren't black voters rallying to Bush?

"---Private Social Security accounts, health savings accounts and school choice will make only marginal differences in the lives of the wealthy. But for the poor, and those who want to move ahead in this society, they will make all the difference in the world. When black voters understand this, they will know what to do."

"Star Parker is president of CURE, Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education ( ), and author of 'Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can Do About It.' "


Terror and the Court
Opinion Journal/The Wall Street Journal, by Editorial writer

Original Article

Posted By:Dreadnought, 6/29/2004 12:05:06 AM

"The instant reading of yesterday's Supreme Court rulings on terror suspects is that they were, as the Associated Press asserted, 'a setback to the Bush Administration's war against terrorism.' After reading the opinions, we'd say it's more accurate to call them a modest but important victory for the Presidency."

Healing Iraq:

"Daily news and comments on the situation in post Saddam Iraq by an Iraqi dentist"
Check out his list of links, blogs, favorites, etc. Marvelous!!! TA

Chamber of Commerce Touts Outsourcing -- 06/29/2004By Susan Jones Morning Editor
June 29, 2004

"( - In this election year, some Democrats and Republicans have demonized U.S. companies that hire overseas workers to do jobs once performed by Americans - a practice called outsourcing.

But the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says outsourcing is good for the economy, and the Chamber's president will defend the practice in a speech on Wednesday.---"

FDA/CFSAN - Perchlorate Questions and Answers:

"---8. Recent studies have shown the presence of perchlorate in milk. Has the FDA found perchlorate in milk?

As part of our research and method development, FDA has tested twenty research milk samples from various regions of the country, including California, in order to begin to understand the extent to which perchlorate occurs in milk. Perchlorate levels ranged from 3 to 11 ppb. FDA notes that this is a very limited set of data; however, these values are similar to those already reported in the literature. In September 2003, a Texas Tech University study found perchlorate levels ranging from 1.7 to 6.4 ppb in seven fluid milk samples and 1.1 ppb in one evaporated milk sample. Perchlorate levels ranging from 1.5 ppb to 10.6 ppb were measured by the California Department of Food and Agriculture in California milk and non-detectable levels to 3.6 ppb in California milk samples reported by the EWG in June 2004.

9. Do lettuce and other foods contaminated with perchlorate present a health risk?

At this time, further studies are needed to determine the health risk associated with exposure to perchlorate from foods. The NAS review of EPA's RfD will be a major factor in determining if some levels of perchlorate in food are a public health concern. FDA is continuing to work with other federal agencies, such as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and EPA, to determine the risk associated with perchlorate exposure and the occurrence of perchlorate in foods. If an elevated health risk is determined, FDA will seek ways to reduce dietary exposure to perchlorate.

10. What is FDA recommending to consumers?

Until more is known about the health effects of perchlorate and its occurrence in foods, FDA continues to recommend that consumers eat a balanced diet, choosing a variety of foods that are low in trans fat and saturated fat, and rich in high-fiber grains, fruits, and vegetables. FDA has no evidence to recommend that consumers should alter their infants' and children's diets and eating habits to avoid exposure to perchlorate.---" running out to delay pension benefits
Published Tuesday, June 29, 2004

"The continuing power of California's public-employee unions has never been more evident .

A bill designed to repeal outlandish pension increases for 3,200 state employees was defeated Wednesday. Credit maverick state Sen. Tom McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks, with at least trying to roll back ill-timed pension increases.

Unless something changes between today and Thursday, taxpayers will shell out $100 million in additional benefits.---

"Democrats have refused to cooperate with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on this issue. He has tried without success to freeze pay and pension benefits. Burton and most other Democrats have put up roadblocks because the public-employee unions have become the lifeblood of their political lives.

A notable exception is Assemblywoman Barbara Matthews, D-Tracy, one of the few Democrats willing to face the wrath of union bosses. She has signed on in support of Wolk's bill.

For several weeks, the Sacramento Bee's editorial pages have hammered daily at this ridiculous, unjustified giveaway. Each day's headline has been a countdown to the start of the 2004-05 fiscal year.

Unless Wolk's bill sees light, this is another $100 million added into a mountain of red ink. And California is going backward in trying to close the spending deficit gap.---" seizure could shutter businesses

Stockton weighs eminent domain of Fremont sites for events center
By Melanie Carroll

"---About a dozen properties have been seized through eminent domain for the project on the north banks of the Stockton Deep Water Channel, Rinehart said.

One city councilman said taking private property is not a casual decision for him.

'Personally, I believe in a high threshold,' said Steve Bestolarides, a council member. 'It's the ultimate of government turning on its people.'---"

Monday, June 28, 2004
I'm reducing my blogging activities while recovering from cataract surgery. However,I intend to post a link on my blogsite daily to, the best news and discussion site I have ever found. This is one I'm supporting with donations. Check it out. Enjoy!!!

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The law and you: Please obey U.S. Copyright laws. Short quotes from copyrighted articles and web sites may be used in replies, but do not post entire copyrighted articles into replies. It is better to state your opinion in your own words. Any copyrighted material posted MUST link to the original source online. We would prefer that your original postings be NO MORE than 100 words in length (average is TEN lines or less). Not only will this satisfy the COPYRIGHT laws, it will allow your fellow posters to be able to load and view the front page in full. Tip: Posting the first paragraph of the article is the best way to make sure you're not going to be edited or your post closed and deleted.---"

Media Research Center Home Page - 6/28/2004 6:02:44 PM

CyberAlert: Exposing Media Bias Daily
Monday, June 28:
• CBS, CNN & NBC Skip Iraq Outreach to bin Laden Over Saudi Arabia
• CBS Evening News Too Right Wing for Michael Moore
• Celebrities Come Out for Big Kerry Fundraiser in Los Angeles
• “Top Ten Questions Ralph Nader Asked Potential Running Mates”
Main site provides links to individual articles.--TA

National Center for Policy Analysis

"John Kerry’s proposal to increase the minimum wage to $7 by 2007 will cost many Americans -- typically the young and the poorly educated -- their jobs, says the Wall Street Journal.

Unfortunately, these groups already suffer from high unemployment: one in six teenagers are out of work, while more than one in five black teenagers don’t have a job. In addition to its effects on employment, the minimum wage does a poor job at targeting the nation’s neediest individuals, says the Journal:

Most people earning the minimum wage are not poor, with more than 33 percent living with a parent or relative.

Only 15 percent of those working for the minimum wage are the sole breadwinner in a family with children.

Minimum wage workers tend to be college students or teenagers -- more than half of the 2.1 million people working at the minimum wage are 25 years old or less.---"

ACSH > Health Issues >Costs of Zero Risk: Arsenic

By Elizabeth M. Whelan, Sc.D., M.P.H.
Posted: Monday, April 26, 2004

Publication Date: April 26, 2004

"A 2001 Democratic National Committee commercial attacked George W. Bush's policy on arsenic levels in water: a young child asking, "Can I please have some more arsenic in my water, Mommy?" The underlying premises of the ad were that current environmental standards tolerated dangerous levels of naturally occurring arsenic in drinking water — and that was just fine by President Bush. Both premises were wrong: the current levels of arsenic in water were posing no known hazard to human health — and President Bush caved in, gave in to the demands of environmentalists and lowered the arsenic standards without the benefit of any data suggesting that public health would benefit.

Now the state of California is proposing to reduce natural arsenic levels even lower than the pending new, national standard — and the economic impact on the state will be staggering. No wonder California is going broke. Even worse, the further reduction very well may threaten public health as unintended consequences set in.---" -- Main Page

Dough! 'Genetic engineering has too many unknowns, opponents say' -

'Supporters of a ban on genetically modified crops and animals believe there are too many risks of unalterably corrupting the gene pool by altering plants and animals that have evolved and been bread for millions of years.' (Chico Enterprise-Record)"

"Someone's not using their loaf in the above (sorry!) - perhaps they believe early hominids did the Jack & the Beanstalk thing and ground the bones of animals to make their bread? Even if they meant 'bred' they'd be out by a couple of orders of magnitude at least in the timescale of human-directed selective breeding. Certainly these half-baked opponents of biotechnology have demonstrated there's much they don't know."

2003 December

Number of the year - 137

'This is the total number of vCJD deaths recorded ever. It was meant to be millions, but something went wrong somewhere. It all but destroyed the British beef industry. If this is not exciting enough how about the total of 774 deaths ever from SARS? That caused a temporary economic collapse in south east Asia. For a really boring comparison consider the 20 million deaths from influenza in 1918 alone. The important thing to remember is that Panic Sells Papers." -- Main Page

'ITMA2' -

"When the distinguished panel nominated Michael Mann for the tile of Man of the Year in the most recent Numby awards, it chiefly took account of his contribution to lemming economics by providing the main evidence on which the global warming myth and Kyoto were built. His had been a dominant figure in each of the last four months of Number Watch for 2003, from ITMA to the award itself. Among his contributions to the propagation of wrong numbers was the application of linear algebra to a self evidently non-linear system, thereby wiping out the mediaeval warm period and the little ice age, so giving birth to the infamous hockey stick. He further distinguished himself by making strenuous efforts to prevent the publication of any papers critical of his own.' (Number Watch) "

fahrenheit fact

Go here. Read. --TA

Economic issue squeeze - The Washington Times: Commentary - June 28, 2004

"We're finally seeing growing public realization the American economy is in full recovery — and that President Bush's tax cuts are the reason.

Declining voter approval of Mr. Bush's handling of the economy is turning around. The Pew, Gallup and Annenberg polls show his numbers on the economy have begun floating back into the mid-40s — and there's still another four months to go before the November elections.---" Nealz Nuze Today's Nuze:


"The media and the left have their panties in a wad over an ad on George W. Bush's web site that shows a montage of John Kerry's supporters, including part of the ad that featured Adolf Hitler. It also shows Howard Dean and Al Gore, both with a few screws loose. There is nothing in the ad that hasn't been shown before by some leftist organization or another.

But now, Democrats are up in arms because the ad shows both Kerry and Hitler. They want it both ways. They defended the right to compare Bush to Hitler with their original ad, but now when the ad is being used to show just how insane they are, they whine like babies. Furthermore, the ad does not compare Kerry to Hitler, as did the original ad with Bush, it's just merely there to illustrate the insanity of the left. The Souffl?'s campaign is all upset about it...but who cares. The Bush camp says they're not pulling the ad. Good.

All of this proves a single point when it comes to liberals: they can dish it out, but they can't take it."

Sunday, June 27, 2004

Kerry cancels Monday appearance to avoid crossing picket line
AP, by Theo Emery

Original Article

Posted By:ProudVet, 6/27/2004 10:31:38 PM
"Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry on Sunday canceled an appearance at the U.S. Conference of Mayors rather than cross a promised police union picket line at the event. ''I don't cross picket lines. I never have,'' Kerry said as he left mass Sunday night at Our Lady of Good Voyage chapel in South Boston."

Well if there is a picket line he would not move into the White House? He would not give a State of the Union Address? He lets unions control what he does.
Loser! "

Media Research Center Home Page - 6/27/2004 2:13:03 PM

CyberAlert: Exposing Media Bias Daily
Thursday, June 24:
• Networks Jump on “Anonymous” Book Author’s Critique of Iraq War
• Gibson & Couric Tougher Than Rather on Bill Clinton, But...
• Clinton Complains About Media, But Starr, Dole, Reagan Got Worse
• “Top Ten Things Overheard in Line at the Clinton Book Signing”
Main site provides links to individual articles.--TA

Hypocritical Food Cops Preach 'Integrity', Part I:
Posted On June 24, 2004

"An expert panel from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has spoken, and it's bad news for the self-described 'food cops' at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). One year after CSPI filed an error-riddled petition with the FDA claiming that 'dietary Acrylamide causes an estimated 8,900 cancers per year,' the NIH panel concluded that people don't eat nearly enough acrylamide to cause concern. In other words, you can't get cancer from eating French fries, as CSPI had claimed. The NIH panel included Clark University professor Dale Hattis; CSPI quoted him in a 2002 press release, warning that 'acrylamide causes several thousand cancers per year in Americans.' But now even Hattis is siding with scientists instead of CSPI. (See page 3 of the committee's report for the full list of signatories). This rebuke by top health officials comes as CSPI readies for its second conference on 'Integrity in Science.'---"

Hypocritical Food Cops Preach 'Integrity,' Part II:
Posted On June 25, 2004

"We told you yesterday that the food cops at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) will soon host their second 'Integrity in Science' conference to decry business funding of science. But CSPI's big secret is that its efforts to exaggerate obesity -- as well as its favored responses like 'fat taxes' and obesity lawsuits -- directly rely on the very same scientists profiled in its 'Integrity in Science' online database. These scientists are funded by pharmaceutical companies trying to increase the demand for their anti-obesity drugs, by (like CSPI) hyping the obesity problem.

CSPI loves to claim that two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese -- there's even a handy little chart on CSPI's website. Ironically, the man most responsible for that dubious figure, Dr. Xavier Pi-Sunyer, has been publicly singled out for ties to the pharmaceutical industry -- by CSPI! Pi-Sunyer chaired a key National Institutes of Health obesity panel, which in 1998 changed the definition of 'overweight,' instantly casting 30 million Americans into that category. Here are just a few facts, courtesy of CSPI, about the man who made America seem bigger---" -- Main Page

"Want Amid Plenty - An Indian Paradox: Bumper Harvests And Rising Hunger"

"---Last summer, an agricultural research foundation gave Mr. Manangatti some unusual advice: Drive a taxi. With the foundation's help, he and 15 members of this rural village received a loan to buy a three-wheeled, battery-powered vehicle. The taxi business earns up to $25 a day and Mr. Manangatti takes home a monthly salary of about $55. For the first time, he says, his family is regularly able to eat three nutritious meals a day.

The Thirukanchipet taxi is a fresh approach to solving a jarring paradox. The world is producing more food than ever before as countries such as India, China and Brazil emerge as forces in global agriculture. But at the same time, the number of the world's hungry is on the rise -- including in India -- after falling for decades. Despite its overflowing granaries, India has more hungry people than any other country, as many as 214 million according to United Nations estimates, or one-fifth of its population.

The paradox is propelling a shift in strategy among the world's hunger fighters. International agencies that once encouraged countries to solve starvation crises by growing more food are now tackling the more fundamental problem of rural poverty as well. The old development mantra -- produce more food, feed more people -- is giving way to a new call: Create more jobs, provide income to buy food.' (Roger Thurow And Jay Solomon, The Wall Street Journal) [Subscription required] "

Reuters Health Information (2004-06-24): More Americans now surviving cancer than In 1970s: Last Updated: 2004-06-24 15:39:23 -0400 (Reuters Health)
By Paul Simao

"ATLANTA (Reuters) - The number of Americans who live at least five years after a cancer diagnosis has risen sharply since the mid-1970s due to increased screening, improved medical treatment and overall higher life expectancy, federal health experts reported on Thursday.

An estimated 64 percent of adults diagnosed with cancer between 1995 and 2000 could expect to be alive five years later, according to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute. The five-year survival rate was 50 percent for adults diagnosed between 1974 and 1976.---"

ACSH > Facts & Fears > Archives:

Sometimes 'Natural' Can Be Harmful

By Ruth Kava, Ph.D., R.D.

"We've said it before, and we'll keep saying it: The fact that a food or supplement is 'natural,' i.e., non-synthetic, doesn't necessarily mean that it is always safe. Such beliefs underlie at least some of the popularity of herbal supplements ?4 the market for such products reached an estimated $20 billion plus last year, according to the Wall Street Journal.1 Unfortunately, along with the increasing popularity of these products comes the potential for increasing health risks." -- Main Page

"Psychotics full of Social irResponsibility are at it, again:"

'Women and kids should strictly limit fish: experts' -

"NEW YORK - Children, pregnant women, and women who are planning to become pregnant should strictly limit their intake of fish and avoid some types altogether to avoid potentially harmful levels of mercury and PCBs, experts said on Thursday.

According to new guidelines released by the Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, women of reproductive age and children should never eat shark, swordfish, tilefish or king mackerel.' (Reuters Health)"

Autism Report Completely Unfounded and Wholly Irresponsible
Aubrey Stimola
June 25, 2004

"The June 22nd CBS evening news item ?8Vaccines Linked to Autism?9 by Sharyl Attkisson was a journalistic atrocity. Where did she get her information?

Based on the degree of factual inaccuracy, the litany of unsupported claims, and the obvious reliance on anecdotal evidence over sound science, my bet would be from some alarmist group still looking to blame thimerosal, a mercury-derived vaccine preservative, for causing autism.---"

USA and the End of the United Europe

by Marian L. Tupy
Marian L. Tupy is assistant director of the Project on Global Economic Liberty at the Cato Institute.

"The EU-U.S. summit comes at a time of great changes in Europe. On May 1, 2004, the EU underwent the greatest expansion in its history and negotiators are putting final touches on the European constitution. Territorial 'widening' and constitutional 'deepening,' however, may not symbolize Europe's growing strength. Instead, they may represent the zenith of European integration. The Bush administration ought to be aware of the troubles that Europe faces and fashion U.S. foreign policy in a way that will minimize the negative consequences of Europe's probable break-up.

Despite bringing some important benefits, such as free movement of goods, services, capital and people, the EU faces serious challenges that stem from its redistributive and regulatory nature.---"

Debra Saunders: Oil for Hussein

Debra Saunders (archive)

June 27, 2004

"As front pages report every bit of bad news on the Iraqi war front in bold type, newspapers are giving precious little ink to what could be the biggest kickback scheme in world history. Call it: How Saddam Hussein siphoned $10.1 billion for his regime -- thanks to the United Nations.---"

Paul Jacob: Inefficiency, Coercion, and Early Death

"---In my article, I suggested that Canadians were lucky to have the American medical system close by. A number of readers concurred:

'One could even go so far as to say that the only reason that the Canadian system works at all is because so much of Canada is within fairly easy reach of the U.S. Ask any doctor in border states how many of their patients are Canadian. My brother's family lives near Bellingham, Washington, and my sister-in-law has said that half of the patients in her doctor's waiting room are Canadian. Not just rich ones, either — just ones that need timely care and have the willingness and ability to pay for it.'---"

Kerry's Vietnam Remarks Coming Back to Haunt America, Lawmaker Says -- 06/23/2004:

"---Rep. Pitts says there's a problem with Kerry's 1971 testimony, which Vietnam News has seized upon: 'The problem is, he relied on a report prepared by a group of people who were not what they seemed,' Pitts said in his speech.

'They claimed to be former soldiers. They were not. They were frauds. They were out only to discredit the military and our country. But John Kerry never repudiated or apologized for his statements,'---

"And now his misleading, inaccurate, hateful words are being used by a government with an atrocious human rights record against this country," Pitts said.

"Senator Kerry should apologize once and for all to our troops and to our nation...And he should disavow these statements as false before more nations decide to rely on his erroneous testimony from 1971," Pitts concluded.---"

Gore Accuses Bush of Lying About Saddam/Al Qaeda Tie -- 06/24/2004

"---Al Gore's history of denial of the threat of terrorism is no less dangerous today in his role as John Kerry's surrogate than it was in the 1990s in his role as Vice President, a time when Osama Bin Laden was declaring war on the United States five different times,' said Republican National Committee Communications Director Jim Dyke following Gore's speech.

'This administration never said that the 9/11 attacks were orchestrated between Saddam and al Qaeda,' said Bush, one week prior to Gore's speech and shortly after the commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks found that there was no 'credible evidence' that Saddam and al Qaeda had a 'collaborative relationship' at the time of the attacks.---

"In anticipation of Gore's speech, the Republican National Committee on Thursday circulated an "Anger Management" brief, quoting various Washington insiders who recently described Gore as "out of control," in need of psychiatric help, "in full hatred mode" and unstatesmanlike."

Newspapers need more than makeover

By KathleenParker

"---Yes, the media tilt left, and the Earth is round. A recent poll by the Pew Research Center reports the elite media are far more liberal than the public ("ordinary Americans," as the elites like to call you). While 34 percent of journalists self-identify as liberal, only 20 percent of ordinary Americans do. Only 7 percent of journalists consider themselves conservative, compared with 33 percent of the public.

Even those figures might be misleading, as a large majority of journalists consider themselves moderate. You be the judge.

In 1992, 89 percent of Washington journalists voted for Bill Clinton, and 90 percent of journalists believe in a woman's right to abortion. By contrast, 43 percent of ordinary Americans voted for Clinton, and more than half think abortion is morally wrong, though six in 10 don't want to see Roe v. Wade overturned.---"

High-price remedy

Can someone tell me why the pharmaceutical companies advertise prescription drugs on TV and in magazines?

The cost of prescription drugs is out of sight, and advertising is very expensive. We can't go to doctors and say we want a certain drug.

They prescribe medications as needed.

If the advertising were stopped, the cost of prescriptions could be reduced, and some elderly people could
better afford the medications to maintain good health.

LaVerne Haskin


Higher expectations

"I was really disappointed by the Opinion section of The Record on June 20. Who composed it? Some right-wing nut in your editorial department?

There were only columns by Molly Ivins, Arianna Huffington, Walter Cronkite and two articles on how the world hates the United States. Is this all you can come up with?

You didn't even bother to include articles by our three stooges: Robert Scheer, Michael Moore and Al Franken.

At least you deserve credit for completely avoiding any of that right-wing claptrap. I expect more from you in the future."

George Greenwood
Super satire.--TA

Other World War II fronts remembered

In a letter to The Record, Roy Stoermer paid justified tribute to ceremonies honoring those who fell at Normandy on D-Day.

Then he described the Italian campaign as the "forgotten front" and how it's rarely mentioned and too often ignored.

I participated in that campaign as a
19-year-old medic in the 142nd Regiment of the 36th Infantry Division. I got my baptism of fire at Salerno in southern Italy. The combat was extremely vicious.

As medics, it was particularly frustration and saddening we were unable to get the wounded off the mountains in time to save them. Except for loss of blood, many could have -- and would have -- lived.

In addition to being exposed to German artillery, we had to deal with the rainy elements and with constant wet feet. I contracted trench foot.

From Italy, I experienced the southern France invasion with subsequent wounds and wound up in a German prison camp. We who served seek neither sympathy nor accolades, rather simple recognition that there was, indeed, another D-Day that is worth mentioning.

But for Providence, luck or whatever, I could be reposing under one of those many white crosses. To this day, and forever, I'm grateful
I survived the conflict.

Ray Knecht

He keeps cranking up the heat

By Patrick Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
Published Sunday, June 27, 2004

"---The problem with Moore is that, if you judge him as a documentary filmmaker, his work is undermined by too many shaded facts and slippery conclusions. If you judge him as a political satirist, he's a gifted bomb thrower. There's nothing in "Fahrenheit 9/11" more outrageous than what you can hear any day on Rush Limbaugh's or Sean Hannity's radio show.

We seem to love rabble-rousers of all political stripes. If Moore is going to bash Bush as a liar and ridicule the news media as lap dogs, his case needs to be airtight.

When you're a fearless muckraker, you look awfully silly stomping around with big gobs of mud on your own shoes."

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Saturday, June 26, 2004
Linda Chavez: Teacher unions get active

"---Funding on education has gone up exponentially in the last several decades -- we're now spending more than three times as much per pupil in constant, inflation-adjusted dollars than we did in 1960 -- but student test scores, as measured by the National Assessment of Education Progress, have shown almost no improvement over that same period.

Teacher unions deserve an "A" for their unswerving devotion to the Democratic Party, but they have failed miserably when it comes to improving education."

Mark Alexander: Aid and comfort to the enemy: The Kerry record...

"---Upon entering the Navy in 1966, John Kerry signed a six-year contract (plus a six-month extension during wartime) and an Officer Candidate contract for five years of active duty and active Naval Reserve. This indicates that Kerry was clearly a commissioned officer at the time of his 1970 meeting with NVA Communists in Paris -- in direct violation of the UCMJ's Article 104 part 904, and U.S. Code 18 U.S.C. 953. That meeting, and Kerry's subsequent coddling of Communists while leading mass protests against our military in the year that followed, also place him in direct violation of our Constitution's Article three, Section three, which defines treason as "giving aid and comfort" to the enemy in time of warfare. (As General Vo Nguyen Giap is his witness....)

Thus, we refer our readers to the Constitution's Fourteenth Amendment, Section 3, which states,

"No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President ... having previously taken an oath ... to support the Constitution of the United States, [who has] engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof."

It is for this reason -- for his record of giving aid and comfort to the enemy while a member of the U.S. Armed Forces in violation of his oath -- that we insist John Kerry resign his seat in the U.S. Senate. He has dishonored his family, dishonored his state and dishonored our nation. He is not fit for public office at any level of government, much less, the highest office in the land. John Kerry should resign."

Mark Alexander is Executive Editor and Publisher of The Federalist, a member group.

©2004 The Federalist

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Freedom News & Commentary from Free-Market.Net:

Budget process that's spent
Source: Heritage Foundation
Author: Alison Fraser

'How did the budget process break down in the first place? To begin with, the incentives are perverse. Members of Congress aren't rewarded for protecting the taxpayers' pocketbooks. Instead, they're under tremendous pressure from special interest groups and powerful lobbyists to pass new spending, special programs and lucrative subsidies.' (6/23/04)"

Freedom News & Commentary from Free-Market.Net:

Prison privatization: a growing national trend
Source: Mackinac Center
Author: Michael D LaFaive

'Prison systems and their management represent the virtual 'undiscovered country' of privatization in Michigan. The state has less than 1 percent of its prisoners under private management. .... From Tennessee to New Mexico, states have been contracting with private, for-profit businesses to manage their prison populations.' (6/24/04)"

Freedom News & Commentary from Free-Market.Net:

Lessons for U.S. as school choice spreads worldwide
Source: Heartland Institute
Author: Robert Holland

'School choice has taken hold around the globe in many forms. It is practiced from Chile to certain provinces of Canada, from the Netherlands to developing countries like Ghana, from Scandinavia to Australia and New Zealand .... David Salisbury ... said ... reformers in the U.S. ... should ... draw lessons about how to avoid ... government 'micromanagement' ...' (7/04)"

Freedom News & Commentary from Free-Market.Net:

Your right to deflation
Author: Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

'Sadly, in our times, we are being robbed of our right to deflation by a massive countervailing force: the central bank. Thanks to the Federal Reserve and its monetary spigot, the value of our money continues to decline overall rather than increase as it should. We now face the largest increase in consumer prices in 2.5 years.' (6/24/04)"

Freedom News & Commentary from Free-Market.Net:

Meet the organiks
Source: TCS
Author: C C Kraemer

"'The strong attraction of organic food also suspends logic among the faithful. .... Science tells us that conventionally grown foods are no less healthy than foods grown without synthetic substances.' (6/24/04) "

Freedom News & Commentary from Free-Market.Net:

Energy disinformation
Source: Townhall
Author: Alan Reynolds

"'A National Geographic cover story for June, 'The End of Cheap Oil,' suggested the price of oil is high because the world is using it up faster than it can be replaced. But if high oil prices today prove the world is running out of oil, what was proven by $11 oil in late 1998?' (6/24/04)"

Freedom News & Commentary from Free-Market.Net:

What Europe still doesn't get
Source: c|net news
Author: Declan McCullagh

'A recent exhibit, the Council of Europe's cybercrime treaty, is available for review .... That's right. If you forward a Mick-and-Paddy-in-a-bar Irish joke to your friends through e-mail, the Eurocrats have concluded that you're a criminal who should be locked up, pronto.' (6/21/04)"

Freedom News & Commentary from Free-Market.Net:

Reporters Without Borders slaps countries on internet censorship
Source: Wired

"'The report, 'Internet Under Surveillance,' examines the status of online speech around the world, including governmental measures to squelch information and countermeasures used by citizens to bypass censorship.' China was criticized for having the most jailed cyberdissidents, while the U.S. earned a rap for the Patriot Act's enabling of FBI online snooping. (6/22/04)"

Freedom News & Commentary from Free-Market.Net:

Lawyers guild calls for end to mandatory minimum sentencing
Source: Washington Times

"'Many get-tough approaches to crime don't work and some, such as mandatory minimum sentences for small-time drug offenders, are unfair and should be abolished, says a report from the American Bar Association ...' (6/24/04)"

Docs Fighting Back, Suing Lawyers for Malpractice -- 06/24/2004:

"( - A medical malpractice lawyer found the tables turned when she was targeted for legal malpractice.

Pennsylvania attorney Diane Rice ended up paying an undisclosed out-of-court settlement after acknowledging that she did not obtain an opinion from a qualified medical expert before filing a medical malpractice case on behalf of a client who had undergone surgery and later began to hemorrhage.---

"I understand now, in a manner that I did not previously, that many medical occurrences that may appear at first glance to be the result of improper care ... are not the result of improper care but are instead among the events that occur even in the absence of any negligence," Rice wrote in her statement.

Rice's admission that she filed a merit-less malpractice lawsuit exposed the truth about many such lawsuits, according to Robert Hoffman, the attorney for Dr. Charles Dutton, who was initially sued by Rice's client.---"

"I'm surprised at The Record headlines. Hostage Paul Johnson wasn't executed. He was murdered.

To execute, in this sense, means "to put to death in compliance with a legal order."

By Wirt S. Scott

"---All Bush had to do was request a list of the people the abductors wanted to be released and advise the captors the persons on that list wouldn't be released but would suffer the same fate Johnson might suffer.

The wives, daughters and relatives of the persons on that list would be supplying the authorities with all kinds of information."

By Mike Perea

Wednesday, June 23, 2004
TCS: Tech Central Station - The "Cancer Epidemic" that Never Was

"---Yes, cancer is still our second-greatest killer, but only because we in the West live long enough to get it. Cancer CAN strike at any age, but is overwhelming a disease of the old. And a cancer diagnosis at age 75 seems rather preferable to contracting malaria at age five.

But since the publication of the book Silent Spring in 1962, by a marine biologist with absolutely no knowledge of toxicology named Rachel Carson, it's been accepted that synthetic chemicals are more harmful to us than those manufactured by Ma Nature, Inc. "For the first time in the history of the world," Carson wrote, "every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals, from the moment of conception until death."

Wrong. Cancer is quite natural; it's CURING it that's artificial. Arsenic, asbestos, certain molds and viruses, tobacco, high exposure to radioactive minerals, sunlight -- all cause cancer. We weren't born with cancer-fighting genes because God in His infinite wisdom knew that someday man would create carcinogens. Even the staunchly environmentalist EPA official Linda Birnbaum has declared "there is nothing inherently different about synthetic chemicals from natural chemicals.---"

OpinionJournal - Best of the Web Today

'---the notion that Bush's presidency is "illegitimate" is confined to the left-wing fringe and hyperpartisan Democrats, the sort of people who aren't going to vote for Bush anyway. (As an aside, Calabresi was appointed to the bench in 1994 by Bill Clinton, who two years earlier was elected president even though 57% of voters cast ballots against him.---"

Freedom News & Commentary from Free-Market.Net:

Bush pushes to have all U.S. citizens screened for 'mental illness'
Source: WorldNetDaily

'President Bush plans to unveil next month a sweeping mental health initiative that recommends screening for every citizen and promotes the use of expensive antidepressants and antipsychotic drugs favored by supporters of the administration. .... Critics say the plan protects the profits of drug companies at the expense of the public.' (6/21/04)"

Freedom News & Commentary from Free-Market.Net:

U.S. flight attendants still trained to be sheep with terrorists
Source: Washington Times

"Flight attendants on commercial airlines are still being trained to cooperate with hijackers and be victims rather than fight back, despite the attcks of September 11. .... The AFA [Association of Flight Attendants], which represents 46,000 flight attendants, wants Congress to legislate training guidelines to teach attendants to help protect the aircraft during a terrorist attack.' (6/23/04)"

Commencement Exercises at Nation's Top Schools Dominated by Liberals -- 06/22/2004:

"With the nation's colleges and universities widely viewed as liberal institutions, the list of commencement speakers this past graduation season was also dominated by either Democrats or liberals, according to a recent survey.

"In fact, The Young America's Foundation found that for eleven consecutive years the liberal left has dominated commencement ceremonies.---" -- News This Hour:

"( - The Anti-Defamation League wants Texas Republicans to modify their party platform, which calls America 'a Christian nation.' In a letter to the Texas Republican Party, officials with the local Anti-Defamation League said they are deeply concerned by the 'Christian nation' language. 'Calling America a 'Christian nation' diminishes the fact that our country is a democratic nation founded on and embodying the principle of diversity, including religious diversity,' the ADL said in a press release. 'Religion has flourished in America precisely because of America's respect and commitment to its diversity and pluralism, and we call on Democrats and Republicans alike to be mindful that America is home to people of all faiths and backgrounds.' The ADL also insists that the 'separation of church and state' is not a myth. 'Rather, it is a fundamental principle of our democracy,' the press release said. The U.S. Constitution says Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, something that the courts have interpreted as meaning the 'separation of church and state.' " -- News This Hour: "Michael Moore's Film Keeps R Rating

( - The Bush-bashing film Farenheit 911 will keep its R rating, despite efforts by director Michael Moore to have the rating lowered to PG-13, press reports said. An appeals board for the Motion Picture Association of America rejected a request to reduce the rating, which would have allowed more young people to see the film. Press reports quoted Moore as encouraging younger teens to sneak into the movie 'by any means necessary.'
Michael Moore is scum.--TA "

"'Truly opening the market between Mexico and the United States for trucks and buses means more opportunities for American companies, more jobs for American drivers and better deals for American consumers.'"
-- Norman Y. Mineta
U.S. secretary of transportation "

Tuesday, June 22, 2004 -- Main Page

No Skeeters, No Problem? Not So Fast' - 'Elizabeth Willott is the kind of professor who gives the ivory tower a good name. She is an entomologist and environmental ethicist at the University of Arizona, and I called her to ask a simple question: What good are mosquitoes? Dr. Willott seemed like a good person to call because she has spent some time thinking about these issues. She has an article in the current issue of Restoration Ecology titled 'Restoring Nature, Without Mosquitoes?' In it she notes that in planning wetland restoration, people sometimes fail to give enough thought to one inevitable consequence - more mosquitoes. In the bad old days, not all wetlands were drained to build hotels. Another motivation was the real fear of death and disease, as spread by mosquitoes.' (New York Times) "

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Written on 2004-06-21 16:06:17
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"How can one tell when a politician is lying? Most people would answer, 'When their lips are moving.' But in truth the real deceit takes place happen each payday. Money is stolen from workers or at least taken under false pretenses.

The incredible thing is that this lie is perpetuated by decent, hard working, people. These folks would never believe that they are in fact telling a lie. Their self image is totally inconsistent with what they are actually doing. They suffer from a bad case of cognitive dissonance. How can a politician quote from the Bible, take his or her family to church on Sunday and then go to the Capital on Monday and allow this lie to be perpetuated? How can a politician vote on appropriations bills that spends money from Social Security that can only be replaced by raising taxes, cutting benefits or borrowing money?

Who are these people? Don't they have a conscience?

Why don't each of us ask one Member of Congress these questions this year?

Their answers should be revealing.

But most important, by forcing these people to confront their own hypocrisy, we are helping each of them to take the most difficult first step towards curing their political disease; acknowledging that they do in fact have the disease."

-Sara Nice

Freedom News & Commentary from Free-Market.Net:

IPN announces new book on environment and health
Source: IPN
Author: staff

'In a new book -- 'Environment & Health: Myths & Realities' -- 10 expert scientific contributors analyse key environment and health issues being discussed by the WHO. The book challenges the conventional wisdom that human health problems (cancer, disease and even death) are being caused and exacerbated by modern industrial society.' (6/21/04)"

Bruce Bartlett: A little rightward tilt is a good thing

"A new poll from the Pew Research Center has raised again the issue of liberal bias in the media. A growing body of academic research at top universities supports it. Unfortunately, those in the major media still don't get it and are unlikely to change their behavior, resulting in further declines in ratings and circulation.---"

The Heartland Institute - Study: Kerry Tax Plan Starts Class War - by William W. Beach

Written By: William W. Beach
Published In: Budget & Tax News
Publication Date: June 1, 2004
Publisher: The Heartland Institute

"According to Financial Times columnist Amity Shlaes, 'George W. Bush has a war, and now John F. Kerry has one too--a class war.'

At Georgetown University in April, Kerry opened fire when he vowed to raise taxes on the top 2 percent of wage-earners in the U.S. while cutting taxes on the other 98 percent.---"

Water And Guns - By Nathan Barton - Price of Liberty:

"---Guns are dangerous - Water is dangerous. Many people die each year from guns, many people die each year from drowning in water. Some of those people are children. Sometimes, children die by drowning or gunshot on purpose, but usually it is accidental. Water, like guns, is a constant presence in our society.

What would happen if we treated water like most people seem to treat guns?---"

The Economic Policies of Bush and Kerry:

"---there are key differences between Bush and Kerry. Bush cut income taxes in 2001 and 2003. Kerry opposed those cuts, but he now says that he supports middle-income tax cuts. Kerry would increase taxes on those earning over $200,000. But that would damage job creation because many high-income folks are small business entrepreneurs.

The starkest policy difference is on Social Security. The retirement program will go bankrupt in a few decades without reforms. President Bush wants to allow young workers to put some of their payroll taxes into personal investment accounts. Senator Kerry is dead set against the idea. He is telling campaign audiences that he will 'never, never, never' allow Social Security personal accounts if elected.

That's a policy difference that young voters need to examine carefully."


Kerry Tale Ending
A fantasy tax-plan to win the White House

Jeff Taylor

"With the political landscape denuded of striking policy proposals, Sen. John Kerry last week took the opportunity to call for that proven vote-getter, the $7 minimum wage. Minimum wage. A busted, Progressive-era artifact: the surest sign yet that Kerry has absolutely no idea how to beat President George W. Bush.---"

My Heroes by Brad Edmonds

"---Most non-fictional men in public life are disappointments. Politicians want to get ahead in life not by inventing or selling something that makes our lives better, but by using the coercive power of government to make themselves better off. Most actors outside Mel Gibson and Clint Eastwood are happy to portray men as bumbling, dumb, and generally useless. Male leads in sitcoms who aren’t feminized are usually portrayed as stupid.

Hail yourselves, men! Eat hearty, work hard, and be inventors, entrepreneurs, businessmen, whatever. Even being a corporate worker bee is admirable if you exhibit a great work ethic and live up to your responsibilities. You can be politically incorrect, and a hero, merely by setting a good example."

Federal tax dollars beautify offices for Broward sheriff, aides: South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

"Some of Broward County's top cops soon will hold court on expensive leather couches, gazing out windows framed in wood shutters and taking breaks in private bathrooms decorated in marble and glass.---

"It's all being paid for, perfectly legally, with federal tax dollars from a program that is directed at helping state and local governments shoulder the costs of housing illegal immigrants in their jails.---

"Federal grant monies from the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, meant to help states and local governments "incurring costs of incarcerating illegal aliens convicted of one felony or two misdemeanor offenses and to expedite the transfer of custody for certain deportable aliens," are being used on the project.

Although state and local agencies qualify based on jail-related criteria such as the number of jail beds and correctional officers they have, there are no restrictions in how the grant money is used and there is no government oversight that audits how state and local governments spend it.

"When funds are not auditable, it leaves opportunity for expenditure of those funds any way one feels fit," said Florida Tax Watch Senior Vice President Keith Baker.---"

Wired News: Nano Killers Aim at Mini Tumors

"A company called Kereos is developing a pair of nanotechnologies to identify tumors that measure just 1 mm in diameter, then kill them with a tiny but precise amount of a chemotherapy drug.

The technologies, if approved by the Food and Drug Administration, would not only find cancers in their earliest stages before they can do damage or spread, but also deliver a small amount of a drug targeted directly at tumors, which would cause little or no side effects.---"
Now watch the "precautionary princile" scaremongers attack this medical breakthrough.--TA > News > State -- Governor, five tribes sign gambling agreement with wide implications

"SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and leaders of five Indian tribes signed landmark gambling agreements Monday that, for better or worse, will likely transform California into the gambling capital of the world.---"
Hooray for Arnold!--TA -- News This Hour

( - The Republican National Committee has unveiled a new Internet ad drawing attention to the cost of John Kerry's recent Nantucket vacation. 'Our newest Internet ad provides a few snapshots from John Kerry's break at the beach,' said Jim Dyke, RNC communications director. The ad, a spoof of Mastercard's 'Priceless' campaign, is called 'A Very Kerry Weekend.' It notes that last week, Sen. Kerry 'traveled the country trying to convince Americans that we are living through the Great Depression.' Then he ended the week in Nantucket, where a tank of gas for his $700,000 boat costs $647; a new tire for his $8,000 bicycle costs $40; a kite-surfing excursion costs $2,500; a dinner of sea scallops costs $36; and 'a good night's sleep in your coastal mansion after a week traveling the country on a 'Days of Malaise Tour'' is 'priceless.' Earlier this year, the conservative group Citizens United ran a similar takeoff on the 'Priceless' ad, mocking the wealthy Kerry's claim to be a 'man of the people.'' "

David Limbaugh: Now Who's Lying?

"One of the most reprehensible things about the past year's campaign against President Bush is that his accusers have repeatedly lied in calling him a liar -- and they've marshaled nonexistent evidence to support their fraudulent claims.---"

Unfairenheit 9/11 - The lies of Michael Moore. By Christopher?Hitchens

"---With Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, however, an entirely new note has been struck. Here we glimpse a possible fusion between the turgid routines of and the filmic standards, if not exactly the filmic skills, of Sergei Eisenstein or Leni Riefenstahl.

To describe this film as dishonest and demagogic would almost be to promote those terms to the level of respectability. To describe this film as a piece of crap would be to run the risk of a discourse that would never again rise above the excremental. To describe it as an exercise in facile crowd-pleasing would be too obvious. Fahrenheit 9/11 is a sinister exercise in moral frivolity, crudely disguised as an exercise in seriousness. It is also a spectacle of abject political cowardice masking itself as a demonstration of "dissenting" bravery.---"

Monday, June 21, 2004
OpinionJournal - Best of the Web Today

'Parallels' to Abu Ghraib

"Check out this passage from a New York Times story on the beheading of American hostage Paul Johnson by al Qaeda terrorists in Saudi Arabia:

There was never really any chance of their release, and Saudi analysts saw the kidnapping as both a means of prolonging the attention paid to the militant group, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and a way to draw parallels with the treatment of Arab prisoners in Guantánamo, Abu Ghraib and elsewhere.

And this one, from the Washington Post:

Last weekend, the group announced it was holding Johnson and said he would be treated as Muslim detainees were treated in Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, scene of abuse by U.S. jailers, and Guantanamo Bay.

These aren't gratuitous Abu Ghraib references, since the Times and the Post are merely relaying other people's comparisons of Johnson's murder to the abuses at Abu Ghraib and the "abuses" at Guantanamo. But note what the Times and the Post neglect to point out: that no one has ever alleged that America beheaded anyone at either place."

OpinionJournal - Best of the Web Today

Haven't We Been Punished Enough?

"Writing in The Weekly Standard, James Piereson offers a useful addition to the American political glossary: "punitive liberalism." This "bizarre doctrine," which found its fullest expression in the presidency of Jimmy Carter, holds that "America had been responsible for numerous crimes and misdeeds through its history for which it deserved punishment and chastisement." Those who disagree "were written off as ignorant patriots who could not face up to the sins of the past." Piereson gives some examples---"