“There can be no greater error than to expect or calculate upon real favors from nation to nation.” –George Washington
We note with deep sadness the recent death of Thomas P. Silver, president of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy. In the battle of ideas for the future of our country, we have lost an esteemed patriot at arms. Bruce C. Sanborn and Larry P. Arnn said of their longtime colleague, “America has lost a patriot-scholar. …From his days serving in Vietnam…to his days serving as co-founder, board member, and then president of the Claremont Institute, Tom Silver has been of good character, of American character – showing by his actions his adherence to the principles that made America great.”
We offer condolences to the Silver family, and we ask our readers to join us in prayers that they will be comforted in their grief.
“May every day be a new beginning, and every dawn bring us closer to that shining city upon a hill.” –Ronald Reagan
“The best of prophets of the future is the past.” –George Noel Gordon, Lord Byron
“We are fighting in the quarrel of civilization against barbarism, of liberty against tyranny.” –Theodore Roosevelt
“Our body has this defect that, the more it is provided care and comforts, the more needs and desires it finds.” –Teresa of Avila
“A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.” –John Barrymore
“Resolved, never to do anything which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life.” –Jonathan Edwards
“A Christian in his surroundings should encourage everyone to be better, instead of being the one who stoops to be like everyone else.” –Max Lucado
“Liberty exists in proportion to wholesome restraint.” –Daniel Webster
“The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.” –William James
“He loves each one of us, as if there were only one of us.” –Augustine
“No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true.” –Nathaniel Hawthorne
“To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection.” –Jules Henri Poincaré
“Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.” –Albert Einstein
“The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedoms.” –William O. Douglas
“The engine in this country that creates jobs is the magic of people taking capital and creating wealth.” –House Speaker Denny Hastert
“Although I have to leave you as mayor soon, I resume the much more honorable title of citizen of New York and citizen of the United States.” –Outgoing New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani
“[The PC people] babble about separation of church and state, oblivious to the fact that such a separation is nowhere to be found in the Constitution but is instead a judicial hybrid, a creation of those who hate or choose to misrepresent or misunderstand the religion undergirding the United States.” –Diane Alden
“And, of course, liberals see no problem with using the government to impose their cultural beliefs on others; they just won’t admit that’s what they’re doing.” –Jonah Goldberg
“We did not want this war and as a people abhor killing, but history teaches us that by God we shall surely end it – and on our terms, not theirs.” –Victor Davis Hanson
“War is meant to clarify and simplify. … But war also forces reappraisal of automatic assumptions. As in one of those paperweight globes of bucolic scenes and faux snow, conventional perceptions are furiously shaken by war.” –Suzanne Fields
“I hope Americans are guilty of ‘intolerance.’ I hope we have zero tolerance for those who aspire to destroy us as a nation.” –Brent Bozell
“There is a point where political correctness becomes an acid that erodes freedom.” –Bill O'Reilly
“Media bias in editorials and columns is one thing. Media fraud in reporting ‘facts’ in news stories is something else. …The issue is not what various journalists or news organizations’ editorial views are. The issue is the transformation of news reporting into ideological spin, along with self-serving taboos and outright fraud.” –Thomas Sowell
“The diversity revolution [in the news media] was supposed to increase readership and enhance credibility. Just the opposite has resulted. How long will it take the business to figure this out?” –John Leo
“For the moment, a striking component of Mr. Bush’s immense public approval is his high level of support from black Americans, hardly any of whom voted for him. Pollsters and black political leaders say that Mr. Bush’s ratings reflect the patriotism and unity felt by all Americans, and may demonstrate black support for the country more than for Mr. Bush himself. But they also note that the distance Mr. Bush has traveled with black Americans says much about the influence of a foreign conflict on public opinion. The latest New York Times/CBS News poll, taken from Dec. 7 to 10, found that nearly three of every four blacks and nine of every 10 whites approved of Mr. Bush’s performance. The poll’s sampling of blacks was not large enough to measure the support for Mr. Bush with precision. But its general findings are reinforced by other polls, including a Gallup survey taken Dec. 14-16 that found that more than two-thirds of blacks approved of the president’s performance. In early October, Mr. Bush’s approval ratings among blacks exceeded 80 percent in the Gallup poll. By contrast, surveys of voters leaving the polls in November 2000 found that Mr. Bush received only 8 percent of the black vote, the worst showing of any Republican presidential candidate since at least 1972, when modern exit polling began. Until Sept. 11, Mr. Bush’s ratings among blacks remained relatively low. In the Times/CBS and Gallup polls, he never received positive marks from more than half of the blacks surveyed, and typically no more than a third were approving.” –New York Times
Leftmedia-buster of the week: “The only time [the news media] utter the words ‘left wing’ is when they’re talking about an airplane.” –Bernard Goldberg
“I also think it’s very important for us to respect the differences that exist in the country. I think that’s especially true on the issue of patriotism. … There are a lot of root causes for dissatisfaction around the world…. I think it’s a very big challenge for a leader to get us all engaged in that because, you know, Americans are pretty insular people for the most part.” –ABC talkinghead Peter Jennings, still a Canadian citizen, on the “pretty insular” Americans he’s chosen to live among and harangue.
“But as you know, some people are also saying it just opens old wounds at a time when we’re trying to have political unity in this country. Was that part of your consideration? … You’ve lived in the political culture long enough to know that admirers of the Clintons or other people who are neutral in all of this are going to say, ‘Look, this is just a continuation of a political vendetta against that couple’.” –NBC talkinghead Tom Brokaw hectoring Solicitor General Ted Olson about his decision to go ahead with publication of “The Final Days: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House,” by his wife, Barbara, who was murdered on the airliner that crashed into the Pentagon on 9-11.
“… [Bill Clinton] was sustaining an unprecedented attack on his presidency, an effort to oust him for reasons that had nothing to do with abuse of power. What’s more, the entire impeachment process had been propelled by an effort to ‘get’ Clinton – the ‘vast right-wing conspiracy’ of Hillary’s telling and accurate phrase.” –Washington Post columnist and Clintonista apologist Richard Cohen explaining how Republicans distracted Clinton from neutralizing Osama bin Laden.
“Sen. Hillary Clinton wants a full-scale investigation into why the Twin Towers fell. Maybe someone should send her the game ‘Jenga’ so she could see what happens when you pull a few blocks out of a large tower. Barring that, Hillary should know that it was not a strong wind, and it was not a huge snowball. It was a jumbo jet filled with fuel, flown by terrorists – ones linked to terrorists whom her husband refused to pursue after the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center.” –Liz Nielsen Whitestone **Memo to Hillary: Undoubtedly it was a “vast right-wing conspiracy.”
“It’s important that the president’s legacy not be squandered because his own people remain silent and scattered. It’s important that the Democratic Party not turn away from Clinton’s centrist legacy that brought us economic prosperity.” –Clintonista former Energy Secretary (and Fox News “analyst”) Bill Richardson, fresh from the “Summit to Rewrite the Clinton Legacy,” on the “Clinton economy.” **Memo to Bill: The economic boom started 9 months before Bush(41) left office and the current economic bust started 10 months before Clinton left office. You can’t have it both ways….
“I think people need to understand what’s going on the other side of the equation, how the U.S. is viewed by its critics.” –Harvard’s Alex S. Jones arguing on behalf of Osama bin Laden’s perspective. **Didn’t we all witness that on 9-11?
“One day I tell myself, ‘Screw everything, I’m getting a Carl’s Jr. hamburger and eating fried chicken three nights in a row. I don’t care about my weight.’ The next day, my optimistic side takes over and I think, ‘Wait a minute, life goes on, people will get wiser, justice will prevail. Maybe I should watch my diet.’ I’m still in that state of confusion.” –Barbra Streisand on her dietary philosophy since September 11th
“Donations of this type reflect certain political realities which are followed by all major corporations.” –Robert Bennett on the $100,000 energy trader Enron Corp. donated to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in late November, as the company was a week out of bankruptcy filings
“You have irreparably violated my civil rights by using public resources to promote religion. I am an atheist, so I don’t subscribe to a god. And I don’t approve of my tax dollars being used to promote a god or a religion.” –Left Coaster John Messina, who lodged objections leading to removal of “God Bless America” stamps from his local water company bills.
“Bill Clinton has always asked a lot of his friends. But this time he really, really wants a lot. He’s counting on a small circle of spinners, hypesters, prevaricators, hucksters and over-the-hill midway men to find his reputation, disinfect it, scrub it down, polish it up and make it fit for decent company. That’s a tall order.” –Wesley Pruden on the “Summit to Rewrite the Clinton Legacy.”
“Rep. Dick Armey, the House Republican majority leader, will not run for re-election. So much for the Republicans’ Armey of One. One thing is certain, however. Republicans will not pick Armey’s successor without DeLay.” –Lyn Nofziger
“Frivolity is so over, so last-decade. That’s why witty airheads like Maureen Dowd now come across as op-ed dinosaurs, and the scandals that seemed delicious last summer, such as Chandra’s disappearance, Rudy’s divorce, and the Bush twins’ misadventures in Margaritaville, have all the resonance of middle Babylonian history.” –Charlotte Allen
“Our main concern is to nip it in the bud.” –Middlebury, Indiana, police Capt. Mike Hutchison on catching the man who streaked through the Das Dutchman Essenhaus restaurant. **Ouch!
“If you give a man a fish he will eat for a day. But if you teach a man to fish he will buy an ugly hat. And if you talk about fish to a starving man then you’re a consultant.” –Scott Adams in the comic strip “Dilbert”
“Most years we all enjoy the time between Christmas and New Year’s – lotsa love, visitin’ with friends, warm smiles and hugs…. This coming year let’s try for more of that from New Year’s to Christmas.” –Bil Keane in the comic strip “The Family Circus”
Philosophical exchange: “I wonder why it happens…. Just when you think everything is perfect, life deals you a blow!” – “I know what you mean…. Maybe we should all wear batting helmets!” –Charles M. Schulz in the comic strip “Classic Peanuts”
“A rattlesnake loose in the living room tends to end all discussion of animal rights.” –Time magazine’s Lance Morrow on Middle East relations after Sept. 11.
Jay Leno…. Nike actually has a pair of shoes called Air-Turbulence. Try getting past airline security wearing those. Might as well call them Air-Osama. …. There’s a new Osama bin Laden video. He’s the only person that is looking thin during the holidays. How does he do it? I think he’s going to Jenny Craig. …. He looks very pale in the video. He’s so pale that Michael Jackson has more color than him now. …. Thirty-nine percent of Americans say that George W. Bush is the man they admire most, according to a Gallup poll. This is the highest rating in the history of Gallup polls. The figure could go higher, though. They’re still waiting on votes from Florida. After those are in, the rating will skyrocket! …. This whole war between India and Pakistan started right here a year ago. The owners of a 7-Eleven and a Mini-Mart got in a price war, something over Slim Jims, and it developed into this huge international affair. …. Joan Collins is getting married for the fourth time. She’s getting married to a younger guy. To give you an idea of how old she is, the ring bearer is 55! Her fiance is 32 years younger than she is. For Christmas he got her a beautiful diamond medical alert bracelet.
David Letterman…. Top Dumb Guy Hopes For The New Year: More movies with car chases and banjo music; Other foods besides cheese available in whiz form; Michael Jordan makes his long-awaited return to baseball; Bring back that “Who Lets The Dogs Out?” song – that was genius; “Pizza on earth”; Somebody invent a thing to get whiskers off my face so I don’t have to pluck them one-by-one with tweezers; An affordable monkey; Who cares – it’s only September; Five words: “Dude, Where’s My Other Car?”; Oprah will invite me to appear on her show.
Argus Hamilton…. Don Rumsfeld assured that Osama bin Laden will be captured soon by the massive manhunt out to find him. He’s only safe if he goes home to Saudi Arabia. It’s the one place on earth where nobody needs the $25 million. …. Osama bin Laden was seen worldwide Wednesday in another videotape statement…. He looked pale and sickly. Don Rumsfeld immediately urged him to go outside and get some sun. …. Newsweek reports that American Taliban John Walker was lectured by Osama bin Laden at a terrorist camp. It was all about guns and drugs and hating America. California high school graduates really enjoy these continuing education seminars. …. President Bush was named the Most Admired Man in America in Gallup’s annual poll. He’s popular despite economic privations. Comedians across the country are starving to death ever since he restored honor and dignity to the White House. …. The White House hosted Hollywood executives to find ways the movie industry can aid the war effort. It didn’t last long. After two days in Washington D.C., the movie people began to get homesick for the depth and sincerity of Los Angeles. …. Tyson Foods was indicted … for smuggling immigrants to work in their poultry plants in Arkansas. The INS raid caused quite a stir. In the past week, only Pakistan border guards have had to catch more chickens running for their lives.