Wednesday Chronicle

Chronicle

Aug. 13, 2008

THE FOUNDATION

“It is the madness of folly, to expect mercy from those who have refused to do justice; and even mercy, where conquest is the object, is only a trick of war; the cunning of the fox is as murderous as the violence of the wolf.” —Thomas Paine

EDITORIAL EXEGESIS

“Russia’s attack on neighboring Georgia over two tiny separatist provinces is really about something much bigger—Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s desire to restore the former USSR’s might. Russia’s ill intentions clearly are on display in Georgia. In a fit of nationalist fury, it wants to teach Georgia and other former satellite countries that once made up the Soviet Bloc that its pro-Western rapprochement days are over. What better way than to invade a former republic, humiliate its leaders and then taunt the West for failing to come to its aid? As if that wasn’t enough, Russia immediately began threatening its other neighbors. A top Russian diplomat ominously warned Monday that Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Poland would ‘pay’ for criticizing Russia’s ‘imperialist’ policy toward Georgia. Russia’s claim to support independence from Georgia of tiny South Ossetia and even tinier Abkhazia is simply phony. Georgia, with its strategically important oil pipeline, has grown close to the U.S. —even sending troops to Iraq. Putin, furious at growing U.S. and NATO ties with Eastern Europe, wanted to emasculate Georgia’s military while deposing its pro-American President Mikheil Saakashvili. With his attack, it looks like he’s succeeding. The symbolism of the invasion, coming at the start of the Beijing Olympics, is unmistakable. This is Russia’s wake-up call to all of us. Communism may be dead, Putin is saying, but Russia isn’t.” —Investor’s Business Daily

THE DEMO-GOGUES

Yeah, that’s the ticket: “If we had a stronger relationship with Russia, we could exercise strong diplomacy to stop this effort against Georgia. We should immediately go to the United Nations Security Council, condemn Russia’s action, and then get the Security Council to pass a strong resolution getting the Russians to show some restraint.” —New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a former UN ambassador who should know better Uh, Bill, Russia has veto power on the UN Security Council.

Obama saves the world: “We should continue to push for a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for an immediate end to the violence. It’s a clear violation of the sovereignty and internationally recognized borders of Georgia.” —Barack Obama ++ “[Barack Obama’s] goal was to be tough and smart, and so when the [Russian] action happened on Thursday, he immediately called for a ceasefire, condemned the unwarranted use of force by Russia. It was a bad crisis for the world. It required tough words, but also a smart approach to call on the international community to step in—and I’m very, very happy that the senator’s request for a ceasefire has been complied with by [Russian] President [Dmitry] Medvedev.” —Gov. Tim Kaine (D-VA)

Hope is alive: “America is—is no longer, uh, what it—it could be, what it was once was. And I say to myself, ‘I don’t want that future for my children’.” —Barack Obama

Apples and oranges: “[Exxon-Mobil] makes in 30 seconds what the typical Ohio worker makes in a year.” —Barack Obama So what? How will punishing Exxon-Mobil increase the earnings of a typical Ohio worker, or any American worker?

Don’t know much ‘bout economics: “This Republican hoax is unworthy of the serious debate we must have to reduce the price at the pump and promote energy independence.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sticking by her story that increasing supply won’t lower prices

Stranger than fiction: “To pretend we can ever get hold of this without dealing with that—the idea of unprotected sexual relations with unlimited numbers of partners—I think would be naive.” —Bill Clinton advocating monogamy to prevent AIDS

INSIGHT

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” - George Orwell

“They’ll forgive you for being wrong. What they won’t forgive you for is being right.” —Robert L. Bartley

“Remember, there is such a thing as good and evil.” —Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.” —William F. Buckley

“It’s easy being a humorist when you’ve got the whole government working for you.” —Will Rogers

UPRIGHT

“Here’s the record when it comes to Georgia. Obama, on learning of the Soviet invasion, played it cool. It was ‘important… for all sides to show restraint.’ McCain, by contrast, demanded that Russia ‘immediately and unconditionally’ pull its forces out of Georgia… McCain… understood the stakes in the affair… Does Obama understand…?” —William Murchison

“Georgia, whose desire for NATO membership had U.S. support, is not in NATO because some prospective members of McCain’s league of democracies, e.g. Germany, thought that starting membership talks with Georgia would complicate the project of propitiating Russia. NATO is scheduled to review the question of Georgia’s membership in December… If Georgia were in NATO, would NATO now be at war with Russia? More likely, Russia would not be in Georgia.” —George Will

“Truthfully, an Obama presidency should scare the pants off 70 percent of Americans… Across the board, Obama is dramatically out of sync with this center-right nation… Obama’s entire campaign theme is fraudulent. How can a man unite America when his views are so far out of line with average Americans for whom he has revealed unbridled contempt? How can he inspire America when he advertises his disdain for what he believes America has become?” —David Limbaugh

“[T]he bigger government gets and the more powerful the state becomes, the greater the threat to individual liberty and the greater the likelihood that evil will ensue. In the 20th century, the powerful state, not religion, was the greatest purveyor of evil in the world.” —Dennis Prager “Congressional Democrats demand… a clampdown on ‘speculators.’ The Democrats proposed this a month ago. In the meantime, ‘speculators’ have driven the price down by $25 a barrel. Still want to stop them? In what universe do traders only bet on the price going up?” —Charles Krauthammer

DEZINFORMATSIA

Revisionist history: “Nazi Germany hosted the Games in Berlin in 1936. Now that country is one of the world’s proudest democracies. Communist Moscow was the host city in 1980. Now Russia has moved close to true democracy, although it’s not quite there yet. This is not a prediction that communism will disappear from China quickly. But betcha the Olympic Games will bring 1.3 billion closer to that goal. So China and the world will win. Ping-pong might even become a global pastime.” —USA Today founder Al Neuharth “Progress in Germany and Russia had nothing to do with the Olympics, and everything to do with the U.S. fighting for freedom in two global conflicts: World War II and the Cold War. America didn’t win by playing ping-pong.” —Claudia Rossett of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Communist sycophant: “From designer clothes to new cars, China is getting rich. Democracies once bragged that theirs was the only way to economic success. China is doing it the Communist way.” —CBS correspondent Barry Petersen

On spiking the Edwards’ affair: “One is because of the evidence. You have to have your own solid sourcing to go with this. And the other is that John Edwards was at no point a top contender for the presidency. I mean, before the campaign started this got a little bit of traction. As soon as it was clear that he really wasn’t going to be in the running after Iowa, there’s no real public interest of need to know here.” —CNN’s Jessica Yellin ++ “I was taught when I was a young reporter that it’s news when we say it is. I think that’s still true—it’s news when ‘we’ say it is. It’s just who ‘we’ is has changed. Members of the public, people with modems, people with cell phones are now producers, editors. They can push and push and push on a story until it ends up being acknowledged by everyone.” —New York Times columnist David Carr

Some endorsement: “The struggle to defeat the ultra-Right and turn our country on a positive path will not end with Obama’s election. But that step will shift the ground for successful struggles going forward… One thing is clear. None of the people’s struggles—from peace to universal health care to an economy that puts Main Street before Wall Street—will advance if McCain wins in November. Let’s keep our eyes on the prize.” —editorial from People’s Weekly World, official newspaper of the Communist Party USA, almost endorsing Barack Obama as the Commie candidate

Newspulper Headlines: Does This Mean There Won’t Be a No. 2 on the Ticket?: “With DNC in Mind, City Bans Carrying Urine, Feces” —Rocky Mountain News (Denver)

News of the Tautological: “Liberals Spending Unwisely” —Salon.com

The Secret of Immortality: “Iranians Suspend Death by Stoning” —BBC Web site

Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy Suspected: “Clinton Apartment House Destroyed by Fire” —Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL)

Everything Seemingly Is Spinning Out of Control: “Goats Slip Past Security Fences at NYC Bridge” —Associated Press ++ “All U.S. Adults Could Be Overweight in 40 Years” —Reuters ++ “Countless Caterpillars Invade New Mexico Town” —FoxNews.com

News You Can Use: “Fishing in Peru? Take a Long Line, but No Dynamite” —Reuters

Bottom Stories of the Day: “Gore’s New Boat Called ‘Prius of Boats”’ —WKRN-TV Web site (Nashville, TN) ++ “Anti-War Activist Cindy Sheehan on the Ballot” —San Francisco Chronicle (Thanks to The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto)

VILLAGE IDIOTS

This just in: “In the course of several campaigns, I started to believe that I was special and became increasingly egocentric and narcissistic.” —John Edwards ++ “You cannot beat me up more than I have already beaten up myself. I have been stripped bare.” —John Edwards “Isn’t stripping bare how he got into this mess?” —New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd

From the Global Village: “What is happening in the South Caucasus is part of the U.S. Republican Party’s election campaign.” —Russian State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov with a wild “wag the dog” theory

Control everything: “Scrap national allocations and place a single global cap on greenhouse gas emissions, applied ‘upstream’ —for instance, at the oil refinery, coal-washing station and cement factory. Sell permits up to that cap in a global auction, and use the proceeds to finance solutions to climate change—accelerating the use of renewable energy, raising energy efficiency, protecting forests, promoting climate-friendly farming, and researching geoengineering technologies. And commit hundreds of billions of dollars per year to finance adaptation to climate change, especially in poor countries. Such a package of measures would allow us to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.” —Oliver Tickell, author of Kyoto2, on how to combat a predicted four degrees of global warming

SHORT CUTS

“I assume it would be jejune to point out that the MSM would be taking the wall-to-wall approach, rather than the total blackout approach, to the love child story if it were a story about Mitt Romney’s love child or, indeed, Larry Craig’s love child. They’d bring Ted Koppel out of retirement to cover that. Katie Couric, Brian Williams and Charles Gibson would be anchoring the evening news from Romney’s front yard. They might even get Dan Rather to produce some forged documents for the occasion.” —Ann Coulter

“There’s a quick campaign ad on the two parties in a nutshell. Republican George Bush took on Osama bin Laden and took out Saddam Hussein. Democrat John Edwards hides in a bathroom from the tabloids.” —Brent Bozell

“Elizabeth Edwards agreed to speak at the Democratic convention and John Edwards said he was promised a speech. Bill and Hillary will also speak. The Pledge of Allegiance that night could provide one of the funniest moments in television history.” —Argus Hamilton

Jay Leno: While after vigorously denying reports of his extramarital affair, and calling the story ridiculous, untrue and tabloid trash, John Edwards [finally] admitted he had an affair. And the National Enquirer was the only publication writing about it, the National Enquirer was the first to break it, turns out it was true. You know what this means? Elvis is alive! Bigfoot is real! Aliens are here! It’s all true! … I guess Edwards apparently met this woman at a New York City bar in 2006, and he is a pretty smooth operator. You hear his opening line to the woman? “So, uh, which America are you from?” … Well, Democrats are furious, they’re going on record now saying John Edwards will not be allowed to speak at the convention because of this affair. Yeah, instead speaking in his place: Bill Clinton. You have to put your foot down. … In an interview recorded by the BBC in Africa, Bill Clinton told people in Africa to practice monogamy and that we need to control unprotected sexual relations with unlimited numbers of partners. In fact, the minute he said that, the Secret Service wrestled him to the ground and said, “Who are you and what have you done with the real Bill Clinton?”

Veritas vos Liberabit—Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus, et Fidelis! Mark Alexander, Publisher, for The Patriot’s editors and staff. (Please pray for our Patriot Armed Forces standing in harm’s way around the world, and for their families—especially families of those fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, who granted their lives in defense of American liberty.)