Wednesday Chronicle

Chronicle

Oct. 30, 2002

THE FOUNDATION

“In the supposed state of nature, all men are equally bound by the laws of nature, or to speak more properly, the laws of the Creator.” –Samuel Adams

PUBLISHER’S NOTE

With just six days until Election ‘02, one of the most important races in the nation, that for Governor of Tennessee, is neck and neck. Why is the Tennessee race critical? If Albert Gore had won his “home state” of Tennessee in 2000 … he would now reside in the White House. When he runs against President Bush in '04 – and he will – it is important to keep Tennessee out of Gore’s column. The best way to do that is to make sure that Rep. Van Hilleary defeats his opponent next week. The race is VERY close and Van’s opponent is yet another wealthy liberal who is using his money [$3 million] to try and buy his (and Gore’s) political future. President Bush has endorsed Van Hilleary as a man “who shares your values of hard work, of family, of service to others, and who speaks your language, a person you can count on!” The Federalist adds our endorsement for this honorable and capable Desert Storm veteran and patriot, and we encourage all of our readers to support his campaign TODAY! Join Van’s Grassroots Victory Team.

INSIGHT

“I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.” –G. K. Chesterton

“A man’s most valuable trait is a judicious sense of what not to believe.” –Euripides

“It requires as much caution to tell the truth as to conceal it.” –Baltasar Gracian

“Nothing can deceive unless it bears a plausible resemblance to reality.” –C.S. Lewis

“The chief mourner does not always attend the funeral.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Duty is not collective, it is personal. Let every individual make known his determination to support law and order. That duty is supreme.” –Calvin Coolidge

“There is no nation so poor that it cannot afford free speech, but there are few elites which will put up with the bother of it.” –Daniel P. Moynihan

“Those who have given themselves the most concern about the happiness of peoples have made their neighbors very miserable.” –Anatole France

“Most of the energy of political work is devoted to correcting the effects of mismanagement of government.” –Milton Friedman

“Campaigns have ruined more men than they ever made.” –Will Rogers

“Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood – the virtues that made America.” –Theodore Roosevelt

UPRIGHT

“[Weapons] Inspection is impossible without the eager help of the dictatorships, a ridiculous fancy… . During a war, self-delusion is a form of suicide.” –A.M. Rosenthal

“The great divide in American foreign policy thinking is between those who believe in paper and those who believe in power.” –Charles Krauthammer

“Liberty became our birthright and visions of freedom became our legacy to much of the world’s people still yearning to be free.” –Tom DeWeese

“This is the authority of America – the will of her united people exercised through individual liberties.” –Paul M. Rodriguez

“If there is one civil right more precious than all the rest, it is the right to vote.” –James Kilpatrick

“When politicians rush to fix things, it’s a sure sign that either the intended patient is dead or fully healed.” –Tony Snow

“When the politicians are gone, Washington loses its chief source of amusement and most of its sources of white-collar crime, even an occasional violent criminal.” –R. Emmett Tyrrell

“Democrats raise taxes. It’s their way of paying for programs that buy votes from people who don’t pay high taxes.” –Pete Waldmeir

“In the late 1980s, Walter Mondale said, 'One of the things I’m most proud of is that not once in my public career did I ever lose an election in Minnesota.’ He may be about to put that record to the test.” –Ramesh Ponnuru

“Can you imagine if a profiler had tried to get on, even Fox News, let alone the other networks, and said, ‘You know what, I suspect it’s a Nation of Islam member and an illegal alien who are doing this killing.’ They never would have let them on TV.” –Bill Kristol

“I have never in my life seen a faster and bigger 180 on the death penalty than among white liberals in Virginia, Maryland, and the D.C. area.” –Rush Limbaugh

EDITORIAL EXEGESIS

“‘I will not make age an issue in this campaign,’ said Ronald Reagan in 1984, during a presidential debate. ‘I’m not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent’s youth and inexperience.’ Reagan was 73 years old at the time. His opponent, former vice president Walter Mondale was 56. Mondale had tried to make hay of the septuagenarian president’s age. He failed miserably, thanks in no small part to Reagan’s humor. (Another line: ‘I’m afraid the age factor may play a part in this election. Our opponent’s ideas are too old.’) Today, Mondale is 74 years old – one year older than the Gipper when Mondale tried to suggest it was time for the American people to send him into retirement. … Under Minnesota law, the Democrats have until this Thursday to pick a replacement [for Wellstone], whose name will appear on a special ballot against GOP candidate Norm Coleman, the former mayor of St. Paul…. Mondale challenged Reagan for the presidency and suffered what must be considered the worst electoral-college defeat in American political history: He carried only his home state of Minnesota, plus the District of Columbia…. He hasn’t faced the voters in 18 years, and he hasn’t faced them successfully in 26 years. … Is he really serious about this, or is Walter Mondale in the midst of a Walter Mitty fantasy?” –National Review

DEZINFORMATSIA

From the “Commissars of Public Opinion”: “We’re going to take ‘A Closer Look’ tonight at the mood in the country as the President’s determination to wage war against Iraq becomes more defined. The country appears to be less confident than the President.” –Peter Jennings

This week’s “Leftmedia Parrot Spike” Awards: “The two suspects are an apparently penniless Army veteran of the Persian Gulf War and his teenage companion, whose strange cross-country journey from Washington state ended early yesterday at an Interstate 70 rest stop in Maryland.” –The Washington Post

“The men arrested were John Allen Muhammad, 41, an Army veteran with an expert’s rating in marksmanship, and John Lee Malvo, 17, a Jamaican citizen traveling as Mr. Muhammad’s unofficial ward. The authorities would not speculate about the motive for the string of shootings.” –New York Times **Apparently, since the snipers were not members of the “white Christian right,” as widely speculated by Leftmedia “experts,” their race and religion did not merit mention!

This week’s “Leftlogic” Award: “If we think we’re going to fight the war on terrorism without some sort of significant gun control, we are crazy.” –NPR’s Nina Totenberg **What?

This week’s “Bryant Gumball” Award: “Up next, I will ask the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, Harry Reid of Nevada, if some Republicans in Minnesota are going on the attack even before Paul Wellstone is buried.” –Judy Woodruff

SOCIOCRATS

This week’s “Demos on the Fritz” Award: “One of the requirements of a healthy party is that it renews itself. You can’t keep running Walter Mondale for everything.” –Walter “Fritz” Mondale in 1989, refusing entreaties he run for the Senate seat Paul Wellstone won in 1990. **So much for the “healthy party” thing!

This week’s “Braying Jackass” Award: “I have been reading and rereading what [Mr. Belafonte] said and I am trying to find where there is something inaccurate about what he said, and I can’t find it. Do I agree with the [slavery] analogy? Yes, completely.” –Rep. John Conyers (D-Race-card.)

This week’s “Las Clintonista Leftovers” Award: “You know, I’m a fan of Clintonomics, and this administration is destroying in months our eight years of economic progress.” –Sen. Ms. Hillary Rodham-Clinton-Rodham

This week’s “Non Compos Mentis” Award: “I believe that we should have a ban on assault weapons, that we should have a ban on Saturday night specials, that ballistic testing can be very helpful to law enforcement, and my opponent has not voted that way and not supported it.” –Kathleen Kennedy Townsend milking the DC sniper’s escapades for more votes **We think it is time for a ban on Kennedy genes in Maryland politics!

VILLAGE IDIOTS

This week’s “Consummate Celeb Ignorati” Award: “You know, I think that there may be merit to the idea that the Democrats have a particular way of governing – that they look at the world and believe that they can truly help people, and they govern through evidence. That the Republicans, in some ways, govern through ideology and power.” –Kevin SPACEY

This week’s “Ignarus Perpetuus” Award: “The threat from the White House is to go in anyway. Our only ally would probably be Great Britain. That is not good enough. I see the possibility if we do that of really setting forth World War III.” –Walter Kronkite

This week’s “TheoLib” Award: “For us as religious leaders, the real axis of evil is the pandemic of poverty, the degradation of the planet Earth and the proliferation of weapons.” –Rev. Bob Edgar, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, discussing his group’s support for last weekend’s anti-war march in Washington, D.C.

From the “Village Academic Curriculum” File: “Philosophy and Star Trek” at Georgetown University. The course asks: “Is time travel possible?” “Can a person survive death?” “Could we go back and kill our grandmothers?” and “Is Data a person?”

SHORT CUTS

“These days I can’t read The New York Times’ strong opinions without shaking my head sadly. Then I turn to its editorials.” –Paul Greenberg

“Late last week, Democratic leaders told us just what they will do if the voters are wise enough to give them legislative control next month. The plan is simple: They will take money away from people who are unlikely to vote for Democrats and give that money to people who are more likely to vote for Democrats. Pure brilliance!” –Neal Boortz

“Hillary Clinton said Bush was ‘selected’ president, not ‘elected.’ She said Bush’s machine has raised far more money to ruin the reputations of our candidates than we ever thought of doing. What reputations, Mrs. Clinton, are you talking about?” –Rush Limbaugh

“It occurs to me (years to late, of course) that Bill Clinton should have been known as ‘The Wizard of Is’.” –Lyn Nofziger

“Between Walter Mondale and Frank Lautenberg, the up-and-comers in the Democrat Party are now averaging 76 years of age. A legitimate question: ‘Where’s the Democrats’ bench?‘ The answer: 'In the owner’s box’.” –Rich Galen

Jay Leno…. Iraq may not be President Bush’s biggest problem anymore. It was announced the other day that North Korea has nuclear weapons. Bush’s solution – start a war between North Korea and Iraq. …. Two people were killed in Baghdad by stray bullets that were fired in the air in one of Saddam Hussein’s victory celebrations. Sad thing is, this is Iraq’s biggest military victory in 20 years. …. The Vatican has taken a stance against zero tolerance policies for sexual misconduct. So now it’s like golf, you get a mulligan. …. Al Gore is going to be on “20/20” with Barbara Walters. Barbara Walters? Al Gore should be on Jenny Craig.

David Letterman…. Top Ways CBS Can Attract Viewers To “The Early Show”: Every cooking segment ends with a grease fire; Frequent updates from “The Today Show”; Less focus on world news, more focus on harness-racing results; Free “Early Show” keychains; Get rid of the “News You Can’t Use” segments; “Early Show” rally monkey; Make it more like “Sanford and Son”; Throw in a few new Gumbels.

Argus Hamilton…. The Anaheim Angels won the World Series Sunday and brought the championship to Orange County. This is Nixon Country. In this neck of the woods, anything Hillary Clinton says goes over like the Damascus premiere of Fiddler on the Roof. …. Maryland police arrested John Allen Muhammad at a highway rest stop Thursday as the serial sniper. Anti-war protesters can’t catch a break. Two days before the big peace march in Washington, the sniper turns out to be a guy named Muhammad. …. Fox News asked the UN for permission to allow Fox News camera crews to follow UN weapons inspectors all over Iraq as they search suspected weapons sites. This should make great television. If they throw open the doors and there’s nothing inside, Geraldo Rivera will be 0 for 2. …. Charlton Heston campaigned for GOP candidates in Colorado Thursday. He’s the most effective spokesman in the history of the NRA. To this day, 75% of Americans think that gun rights are guaranteed by the Second Commandment.

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