Wednesday Chronicle


Oct. 3, 2001


“Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of Hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak, if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature placed in our power. Three millions of people armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone: it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.” –Patrick Henry


“Self-defense is not only our right, it is our duty.” –Ronald Reagan

“We can stand affliction better than we can prosperity, for in prosperity we forget God.” –Dwight Lyman Moody

“I am always content with what happens; for I know that what God chooses is better than what I choose.” – Epictetus

“Those who doubt most, and yet strive to overcome their doubts, turn out to be some of Christ’s strongest disciples.” –Selwyn Hughes

“Our prayers will see answers when we believe in what we ask for.” –John Iverson

“Let’s not drag God’s standard of truth down to our level of performance.” –Morris Vendon

“For every thousand hacking at the leaves of evil, there is one striking at the root.” –H.D. Thoreau

“The framers knew that liberty is a fragile thing, and so should we.” –Justice William Brennan


“Military potential only counts when there is the will to develop it and use it, and the fortitude to continue with a bloody war when it comes.” –Thomas Sowell

“Back in World War II – the last real war the USA won – we didn’t believe in ‘measured responses.’ We believed in killing the enemy – all of them. Korea – fought under U.N. auspices – was a ‘tie’ precisely because we did not fight to defeat and kill the enemy.” –John LeBoutillier

“Deadly bullies must be beaten down, and those who cheer them on must be chastened as well. If we are unwilling to instill fear in our enemies, we must be content to live in fear ourselves.” –Ralph Peters

“The entire criminal-justice approach to terrorism is irrelevant now. It’s a war, not a courtroom procedure, and there is no need to provide courtroom-level evidence against bin Laden or anyone else involved.” –John Leo

“The first charge of any government is the defense of its borders – and, without that, it makes no difference how much you spend on prescription drug plans for seniors.” –Mark Steyn

“Part of the shock that followed the terrorist attacks of September 11th, was the surprise, the unexpectedness. America’s citizenry were almost totally unprepared, in their minds, for the terrible reality.” –Robert Conquest

“From the perspective of history, the norm for humanity is not peace and prosperity, but wars and rumors of them, challenges, strife and struggles to survive. Civilizations come and go. Nations rise and fall. Few things last.” –Linda Bowles

“With the horror of the disastrous terrorist attack as a backdrop, debate over what to do fills the air. Policy makers must also carefully consider what not to do. …Government needs power to fight enemies of America, but that power must remain constrained, since it is easily abused by even the best intentioned.” –Doug Bandow

“…[G]overnment is made up of fallible men, who often lust for power, who often have no confidence in their fellow citizens, who almost always think they know better than the rest of us. Do I want to yield my rights to them? In a pig’s eye.” –Lyn Nofziger

“By our sacrifices, perhaps we can buy a measure of peace for our children or grandchildren.” –Don Feder

“Soon enough we will be asked to understand terrorism not as pathology but philosophy.” –Paul Greenberg

“You can’t persuade evil. You can’t reason with fanatics.” –Bill O'Reilly

“A policy designed to keep from offending people who might be inclined to attack us is a policy of preemptive capitulation to terrorists.” –Ramesh Ponnuru

“Let’s bring back the House Committee on Un-American Activities. We need congressional watchdogs to close the cracks in our internal security.” –Phyllis Schlafly

“Our new war on terrorism does not mean that our American culture war is over.” –Marvin Olasky

“Government has ruled in our place so long we have atrophied as a people. We must shake ourselves and rub the sleep out of our eyes, like the slothful nation of Rip Van Winkles that we are. I warn you, the long sleep must end or the long war will come. There will be wars, but cursed is the country who starts them.” –Michael Peirce

“Our commercial pilots fly very precious human cargo, in very dangerous and expensive machines capable of killing many people on the ground. …We should recognize that pilots themselves overwhelmingly favor having the choice to carry a gun when they fly. In fact, some have refused to return to work until they are permitted to do so.” –Rep. Ron Paul


“Can anyone doubt that if the terrorists behind Tuesday’s attacks had had access to a ballistic missile, they would have used it? Why settle for toppling the World Trade Center if you can destroy all of New York in an instant, without having to go to the trouble of sneaking a crew over the border and arranging for pilot training in Florida? It’s hard to believe, but there are some people who think the main lesson of Tuesday’s attack is that we don’t need national missile defense. Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy looked at the carnage and noted that ‘today our threat is not a threat of somebody launching a nuclear missile against us.’ So because we couldn’t defend against hijacked airplanes that kill thousands, we aren’t supposed to defend ourselves against threats that could kill millions?” –Wall Street Journal


“Invoking God, saying God’s on our side, we need to keep this secular. We don’t need to join it as a holy war.” –Newsweek’s Eleanor “Holier-Than-Thou” Clift

“There are no symbolic representations right now for the things the world really needs – equality and justice and humanity and solidarity and intelligence. … War would reinforce the worst elements in our own society – the flag-wavers and bigots and militarists.” –Katha Pollitt in The Nation, on the “worst elements in our own society.”

“Alleged hijackers.” –CNN’s preferred term last week for the September 11th hijackers

“CNN cannot convict anybody; nothing has been judged by a court of law.” –CNN spokeswoman last week. (The network has since “clarified”: “CNN has not ‘banned’ the use of the word ‘terrorist.’ In fact, CNN has referred to the persons responsible for the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon as ‘terrorists’ and the act as ‘terrorism’ since September 11.”)

“We should be, as we should have been all along, paying attention to the economic status of these people, which has led to some of this hatred.” –Walter Cronkite

“So far as I can tell, after listening to moral philosophers try to justify this principle, the answer is this: because these moral philosophers – and jurists over the ages – were born with the intuition that retribution is good. … We say that retribution is good A) because it deters destructive behavior and B) because it feels morally right – when in fact it feels morally right only because of its tendency, during human evolution, to deter destructive behavior.” –Slate’s Robert Wright **Actually, we think the Founders had it right: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

“Now we know why 7,000 people sacrificed their lives – so that we’d all forget how Bush stole a presidential election. …Bush has capitalized on a nation’s grief, confusion and anger to extort a political blank check payable in young American blood.” –Political “cartoonist” Ted Rall


“I cannot believe that … at the very moment we are asking the world to join in apprehending the thugs and criminals who claimed 6,000 lives … we would say we will have nothing to do with the establishment of an International Criminal Court.” –Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT)

“We elected you mayor, not Messiah. You didn’t bring us together, our pain brought us together and our decency brought us together. We would have come together if Bozo was the mayor.” –“Rev.” Al Sharpton to New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani

“I pledge allegiance to the Earth on which I stand, one world, one people, undivided, with food, shelter and justice for all.” –Text of a “pledge of allegiance to the Earth” Los Angeles City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter proposes should begin each council meeting.

“This faggot [referring to himself] controls federal grants in the District as well as local and you’ll never see another cent as long as you live. I’ll subpoena every one of you … and I’ll bring you down and I’ll turn my chamber into a national circus. Do we understand each other?” –District of Columbia “Log Cabin Republican” Councilman David A. Catania recounting at a homosexual advocacy conference threats he issued to Salvation Army officials


“I think it has to be dealt with as a crime. And when there’s a crime, you don’t bomb a city or a country – you use very, very clever intelligence, undercover-type operations to get the criminals and punish them, and then you try to understand the underlying causes of the crime.” –“Hanoi” Jane Fonda on “clever intelligence.”

“Anyone who can blow up the Pentagon has my vote.” – University of New Mexico history professor Richard Berthold

“We’re not that far away from Libya, and blowing up Madonna would go down very well for some. She is America.” –Executive from the movie company filming in Malta with the “Material Girl,” likening her to a “national treasure.”

“This entire country is completely full of s–t and always has been, from the Declaration of Independence to the Constitution to the ‘Star-Spangled Banner.’ … The very idea that you can set off a bomb in a marketplace and kill several hundred people is exciting and stimulating, and I see it as a form of entertainment.” –George Carlin from his 1999 HBO special

“We have been the cowards lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. That’s cowardly. Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, it’s not cowardly.” –Hollywonk Bill Maher on his inaptly titled show “Politically Incorrect”

From the “Village Academic Curriculum,” a University of Massachusetts physics professor attended a town hall meeting in Amherst the night of September 10th to respond to a proposal to fly the American flag from lamp posts along Amherst’s main roads. She protested, “What the (American) flag is, is a symbol of terrorism and death and fear and destruction and oppression.”


“Excuse me – if you commandeer an airliner and you drive it into a building with the express intent of killing thousands of innocent civilians, what are you supposed to call these people – high octane tourists?” –Howard Kurtz protesting his network CNN’s since “clarified” decision to avoid on-air use of the word “terrorist.”

“A friend who dozes in a hammock on the front porch and gives a sympathetic wave as his neighbor’s being mugged is of limited value.” –Mark Steyn

“President Bush flew to Chicago to show that flying is safe again. And it is, of course, if you have first class reservations on Air Force One. …Come to think about it, a couple of well placed A-bombs could change the name to Afgonistan. …I think the world has bin laden long enough with Osama. I think we should find the man and hang him.” –Lyn Nofziger

“Bill Clinton is actually stopping people on the street that he doesn’t know to tell them how he just missed Osama bin Laden by an hour.” –Rush Limbaugh

“Can we be funny?” –“Saturday Night Live” Executive Producer Lorne Michaels on last weekend’s season-opening show, the first after the World Trade Center terrorist attacks “Why start now?” –Reply of guest host New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. **Hey, we’re just glad Giuliani could say, “Live from New York, It’s Saturday Night!”

“[T]his is the kind of ‘war’ in which Americans are going to have to be willing to settle for nodding their heads and saying ‘God works in mysterious ways’ if Saddam Hussein and Moammar Gadhafi and Yasser Arafat all die eating bad dates while watching reruns of ‘Baywatch.’” –Vin Suprynowicz

“A man without a gun is like a woman without jewelry. It makes him look handsome.” –Pakistan-based Afghan fighter Arbab Tahir Khalil **This guy may end up being our enemy – but all the women around our editorial shop agree that “high caliber” men are quite handsome!

Night Lines:

Jay Leno …. President Bush continues to have the highest popularity of any president. His approval rating is currently 130 percent! See, now the illegal aliens are even voting. …. I don’t know, folks – I must have fallen asleep. I must have missed something. I thought I had the news on. Did Jesse Jackson get elected to something today? Is he the new secretary of state? Did I miss something? I guess they were having problems coming up with a word that rhymes with “jihad” [but] Afghanistan and Taliban both rhyme. …. In Washington the security is tight! The police are arresting people that are suspicious loiterers. On Sunday they arrested the Washington Redskins because they were standing around doing nothing. …. I was watching this one spokesman for the Taliban on CNN, this blind sheik – and he says he has no idea where Osama bin Laden is. Well, duh, he’s a blind sheik. Why don’t we ask the deaf guy if he’s heard something? …. Reuters news service and CNN are telling their reporters they can no longer refer to bin Laden and his people as “terrorists” because in their minds they are freedom fighters. They have to use the term “alleged hijacker.” This is according to their spokesman – an “alleged idiot”! …. Bill Clinton has lost his law license. Just another poor Harlem brother being kept down by The Man. How did he lose his law license but is still able to keep his marriage license, that’s what I want to know. …. Al Gore was in Iowa over the weekend. He was driving around by himself in a brown Taurus, staying in Holiday Inn Expresses going around finding supporters to have coffee with. Just like when he was vice president. …. Bill Gates continues to be the richest man in the world. The second richest, I believe, is the guy over on Ventura selling flags. Gates has $54 billion! You know, Afghanistan has only $11 billion. Why doesn’t Gates just buy Afghanistan and turn it into rental properties and evict bin Laden? Case solved. …. God bless America, everybody is chipping in. Everybody is doing their part to help. Today Martha Stewart showed how to take bin Laden out with just baking soda, pop rocks and a pine cone.

David Letterman …. Bill Clinton has been disbarred. This means he can only argue his case with his wife now. …. To cut down on the gridlock the mayor has asked everyone to carpool. Today I saw something that was sneaky, something just no good. I saw a man driving and in the passenger seat he had a cardboard cutout of Al Gore. I thought, that is just no good, that’s cheating. Then I pulled up and, well – it was Al Gore. …. Today is a big day in TV history. On this day 39 years ago the “Beverly Hillbillies” aired for the first time right here on CBS. That was 39 years ago. They took a little break, then in 1992 they moved into the White House for eight years. …. Barbara Walters turns 70 years old today. She celebrated the way she always does. She’s in the CBS parking lot drinking a case of malt liqour.

Argus Hamilton …. An Air Canada flight bound for Toronto from Los Angeles was returned to LAX when an Iranian got caught smoking in the bathroom. The plane was escorted back by F-16 fighters. Now even the Surgeon General has the power to shoot down airliners. …. Congress is pondering a federal takeover of airport security. Some want the FBI to take charge of all baggage screening. If you think airport delays are bad now, wait until the guys who lost the Tim McVeigh evidence start handling luggage. …. President Bush worked the phones recruiting Mideast leaders Friday. In the past week, Libya has come on board, Sudan has come on board, and Syria has come on board. Unfortunately, now that they’re on board, nobody else will get on the plane. …. Senator Teddy Kennedy announced Friday he will ask President Bush to commit $1.6 billion to help beef up the nation’s health system. The good news is, we are all going to get free prescription drugs. The bad news, it’s an anthrax vaccine. …. Jesse Jackson said Thursday he’s been invited to bring a peace group to Afghanistan this week. It could be a costly mistake for the Taliban to allow Jesse Jackson to come there. Toyota had to pay $8 billion to get him to go away. …. The White House called on all governors Friday to station uniformed National Guard troops at all airports. It’s unsettling. If we looked any more like South America, Mayor Giuliani would be nullifying elections wearing reflector sunglasses.

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