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Friday Digest

Digest

Aug. 17, 2001

Quote of the week…

“The ‘peace process’ long ago lost any connection with peace as generally understood. It is now merely a euphemism for a policy of surrender-by-installments to IRA terrorism – in particular its threat to resume the bombing of London. What is happening today in Ireland is very similar to what happened in Germany in the 1920s and ‘30s. Fascist violence is the main force driving politics. …Of course, this cannot be admitted. So lying is built into the peace process. …The biggest lie of all is the phrase 'peace process.’ What it means in practice is the appeasement of the IRA, which has gone to the point where the two governments cannot bring themselves even to consider forceful resistance to terrorism. And while that is so, fascism rules, OK?” –John O'Sullivan

On cross-examination…

“If the purpose of our armed forces is to defend, not spend, why are there more credit cards than active-duty rifles?” –David Hackworth on the “New Army.”

Open Query…

“But what if science and ethics, the practical and idealistic, are only different facets of a single, universal moral order that was once well-understood?” –Paul Greenberg

News from the Swamp…

In the Executive Branch, reactions to Mr. Bush’s proposal for central government funded research on stem cells, derived from killing live human embryos, continued to dominate the cultural discourse. Predictably, as Leftists are never sufficiently appeased, Senators Ted Kennedy and RINO Arlen Specter expressed their inclination for more funding of embryonic stem cell research. And just as predictably, on the legal front, the University of Wisconsin foundation that sponsored and holds the patent for the research of James Thomson, who first isolated embryonic stem cells in 1998, has filed a federal lawsuit against Geron Corporation, the company funding the initial studies and now owning associated commercial development rights. The suit seeks to determine how far each party’s property rights extend, and could have such far-reaching consequences as recognizing Geron’s possible “worldwide exclusive commercial rights” to the stem cells.

On other fronts, the Bush political team has been drawing up new “compassionate” mini-themes to support maxi-policy changes and unexpected continuations of Clinton policies in the areas of race-based government contracting, and abandoning the rule of law in immigration, among others. (Somebody get these folks a copy of our Constitution!)

Congress is still out on recess and President Bush is still down on the ranch, but earlier this week, House Republican leaders informed the President that they will block payment of $582 million in back dues to the United Nations unless the Bush administration defangs the International Criminal Court. We applaud Republican leadership for insisting this unlawful international tribunal not be allowed to infringe on the constitutional sovereignty of the United States.

Demo-gogue minority lip Rep. David Bonior used his vacation to announce his candidacy for Michigan’s governor, citing his growing “frustration” with not being able to win his Leftist agenda for public transportation, environmental protection, school funding, and so-called “workers rights.” (Farewell party TBA.)

Judicial Benchmarks…

In the halls of justice on the right, the California Supreme Court chose life, as the court held unanimously that withdrawing life support from a near-comatose person can only be legal when “clear and convincing” evidence, such as a written directive, demonstrates that as the person’s wish. (Good news for the Left Teddies – Kennedy and Turner – as the plug could otherwise be pulled on these dipsomaniacs in one of their frequent near-comatose blackouts.)

In another California case (similar in complaint to arguments for privacy by Rep. Dick Armey concerning street cameras in Washington, D.C.), a San Diego Superior Court Judge ruled that the city had broken state vehicle code law with its red light traffic cameras (AKA spy cams) – as the law mandates only government and law enforcement agencies may “operate” automated enforcement systems, and the city’s transfer of such operations to private contractor Lockheed-Martin IMS, which also received a substantial portion of every ticket fee, was illegal.

In the halls of injustice on the left, the New Jersey Supremes ruled that leftover frozen embryos, in a divorced couple’s custody battle, may not be adopted out for implantation, pregnancy and birth – unless both parents consent. The former husband had requested the embryos be freed for life, while his ex-wife had argued she could not be forced into parenthood without her agreement. The embryos will remain in suspended animation.

On the Left…

In news from the National Socialist Workers Party, though labor unions have spent millions of dollars of forced dues from members on Leftist election-year ad campaigns and so-called “get-out-the-vote” efforts, most report no taxable political expenditures to the IRS. Even the AFL-CIO, which spent $35 million on political activities for the Clintonistas and their ilk in 1996, reported no political expenditures. John Hiatt, general counsel for the AFL-CIO, noted, “We feel perfectly comfortable, if we’re audited, we’ll face the music and show them what we’ve done.” Apparently Hiatt is certain – and with good reason – that the IRS sings the union label song.

Effluent from “Most Ethical Administration”…

Former Vice-Prevaricator Albert Gore has grown a beard and reportedly plans to campaign for the 2004 presidential bid as “Alberto Gorsky” so as not to be confused with the bumbling sap who ran in 2000.

The Commissars…

From the “Trust Us” Department, “What many Americans don’t realize is that in the off-line world, they have already lost most of their privacy,” Sen. John Kerry told the Massachusetts Software & Internet Council Inc.

Memo to John: And just what entity is the greatest violator of “off-line privacy”?

Regarding your IRS overpayment…

From the “Confiscated Income” files, government employees will use agency credit cards to spend $19 billion this year, just in case there were not already enough outlets for fraud. According to the Associated Press, “at least 15 agencies have more credit cards than employees.”

From the department of military readiness…

Bush administration defense officials are weighing alternative force restructuring proposals, calling for deep cuts including elimination of some Army combat divisions, 16 of the 61 current Air Force fighter squadrons, “one or two” Navy aircraft carrier battle groups and a new round of military base closures.

From the department of military correctness…

As The Federalist reported last week, 14 pro-defense organizations called on President Bush to return to sexually segregated military training at boot camps. This week, it’s apparent the Bush team perceives it’s not “compassionate” to bring back training that actually readies both our men and women in uniform under conditions of good order and discipline. “To my knowledge, none of the military departments is claiming that there is a problem,” caviled David Chu, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. Clearly another case of “don’t ask, don’t tell”!

From the states…

Mischief usually follows any annual National Governors Association meeting, and last week’s session was no exception. Over 40 of the nation’s governors are drafting a letter to be sent this week to all House and Senate members, asking that the October 21 expiration of the 1998 moratorium on Internet taxes be allowed to lapse, so that their states may develop a system to collect Internet commerce sales taxes. (The moratorium also includes a ban on Internet access fees.) “If you care about a level playing field for main street retail businesses, and local control of state’s governments and schools, extend the moratorium on taxing Internet access only with authorization for the states to streamline and simplify the existing sales tax system,” the draft letter reads.

In economic news…

Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan is getting mixed reviews for his recent interventions into the stumbling economy. Columnist Jack Kemp offers a half-joking advertisement for a replacement: “Help Wanted: Fed Chairman who understands stable money.”

In business news…

Out of ammo? Don’t bother going to Kmart, as the retail giant has decided to discontinue the sale of handgun ammunition. Unlike competitor Toys-R-Us, Kmart will still sell cap pistols.

The “Dumber and Dumbest” Department…

Last week, J.C. Penney stores were forced to pull T-shirts from shelves after customers objected to the shirts’ message – showing a decrepit mobile home and the words “Home Skooled.” Now, the company is running back-to-school TV ads depicting a mother chastising her teenage daughter for not dressing more provocatively. In the ad, the mother says, “You’re not going to school dressed like that, are you?” as she pulls her daughter’s jeans down lower on her hips.

Court Jesters…

From the “Kleptocracy” Files, this month’s “Legal Lotto” Award is bestowed upon Mr. Eli Tyler, who attended the American Association for Nude Recreation convention and burned his feet in a fire-walking ceremony while there. Tyler has filed a lawsuit claiming the convention hosts “misrepresented to spectators that fire-walking was safe.” (This item was a toss up between Dumb and Dumber and Court Jesters.)

Culture comment…

This month’s “Heterophobia” Award goes to the NEA for refusing to elaborate on its “Gay and Lesbian Issues Task Force,” established at the group’s July convention to “reduce and eliminate intolerance and insensitivity toward gays and lesbians in our society.” Responding to public outcry, NEA president Bob Chase commented, “Some critics want the public schools to be an agent of moral doctrine, condemning children and adults when they are not in accord with biblical precepts. We believe it is impossible to create a safe haven for children – [making them] physically safe and emotionally secure – while condemning their beliefs.” Indeed! And certainly indeed true for children with biblically based beliefs!

Faith Matters…

Mississippi congressman Chip Pickering introduced a bill to reverse a 1954 law vesting the IRS with power to revoke tax-exempt status from churches engaged in “political speech.” Rep. Pickering explained, “We think some conservative Christian groups actually are being targeted by the IRS for their political speech. …We believe that it’s important to have both freedom of speech and freedom of religion, and we need to get the government out of the church.”

On the frontiers of science…

The Federalist has alerted you repeatedly that the “science” of global warming is no more than a lot of hot air. Now the National Taxpayers Union has released a study confirming our contention that the Kyoto Treaty, ostensibly a planetary defense against massive climate change, is no more than a set of global economic chains. NTU reports, by 2025, China, unregulated under terms of the Kyoto Treaty, would produce more carbon dioxide gases than the U.S., Japan and Canada combined; and by 2050, 76 percent of all greenhouse gases will come from developing nations left out of the Kyoto Treaty. NTU’s associate policy analyst Noelle Fiacco argues, “Kyoto isn’t about the environment. It is about helping poor countries grow by holding back wealthier countries.”

On the frontiers of junk science…

A study published in Wednesday’s Human Molecular Genetics contends that human cloning might really be easier than animal cloning, based on the finding that human genetic information contains dual copies of a growth factor receptor gene (IGF2R), while most nonprimates have only a single copy of the gene in their biological codes. However, Ian Wilmut, who successfully cloned the first mammal with Dolly the sheep, cautioned, “I hope this will not be used to give encouragement to those who wish to clone humans,” citing numerous other factors that will likely complicate human cloning. “It seems that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing and the authors [of this study] have allowed themselves to over-interpret their interesting findings.”

Around the world…

Though we are firm in our long-standing policy of not commenting on domestic public opinion polls – because they are almost universally miscast – we report a foreign opinion poll which is great news for President Bush. According to the Pew Research Center, a majority of Europeans rate President Bush’s foreign affairs performance 40% to 60% below their assessment of Bill Clinton’s performance when he resided in the White House, primarily because Mr. Bush makes decisions based entirely on U.S. interests. Now there is a novel concept! We congratulate Mr. Bush on these fine poll results, though leaving troops in the Balkans is not entirely in the best interests of the U.S.

The Pentagon offered Red China $34,000 as repayment for “services and expenses” the Reds incurred as they temporarily interned our military service personnel after one of their pilots recklessly collided with a Navy EP-3 surveillance aircraft – nearly killing all on board. The Reds asked for $1 million – and rejected the $34,000. One of our editorial shop’s favorite political icons, Sen. Jesse Helms, remarked, “If this had been an automobile accident, it would have been reasonable to expect that the Chinese, or their insurer, would be required to pay full compensation for deliberately causing the collision. But in the Orwellian world of U.S.-Chinese relations, the American people are made to feel guilty like those poor souls in China who receive a bill from their government for the cost of the bullets used to execute their loved ones.”

And last, from the “$3 Bill” Files: Arizona Rep. Jim Kolbe has proposed some “non-cents” legislation, with his Legal Tender Modernization Act, requiring that all retail transactions eliminate the need for pennies by rounding to the nearest nickel amount. Friend of The Federalist Lyn Nofziger notes that the penny is largely zinc, most other coins in circulation are largely copper – and perhaps just coincidentally – Arizona is the nation’s largest state producer of copper, concluding, “One thing – offering to pay Kolbe a penny for his thoughts would be overpayment.”

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