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Wednesday Chronicle

Chronicle

Nov. 7, 2001

THE FOUNDATION

“Fear is the foundation of most governments.” –John Adams

INSIGHT

“The Founding Fathers believed that faith in God was the key to our being a good people.” –Ronald Reagan

“It is always darkest just before the day dawneth.” –Thomas Fuller

“Millions of hells of sinners cannot come near to exhaust infinite grace.” –Samuel Rutherford

“When you have robbed a man of everything, he is no longer in your power. He is free again.” –Alexander Solzhenitsyn

“God is never too late, nor too early, but just on time.” –R.T. Kendall

“Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first come to pass in the heart of America.” –Dwight D. Eisenhower

“We must alter our lives in order to alter our hearts, for it is impossible to live one way and pray another.” –William Law

UPRIGHT

“America’s heart and soul is more embedded in our love of liberty, self-reliance, and tolerance than by our foreign policy, driven by powerful special interests with little regard for the Constitution.” –Ron Paul

“Time for this nation to get over being the home of the scared and get back to being the home of the brave. We are at war!” –Alan Caruba

“In the September 11 attacks, … Americans were not the least bit confused about terminology. We saw the face of evil; it did not require an interpreter.” –Herbert London

“Bear in mind that our system of government preserves not only the rights of people but also our authority over government. One way to make sure this remains so is to avoid open-ended authorization of power in times of crisis.” –Paul M. Rodriguez

“Ideas that may have seemed radical yesterday, may not today as we dig out the dead in lower Manhattan.” –Pat Buchanan

“This war is not going to be won by bombs and ground troops alone. Indeed, if it is to be won it must be won within the confines of the United States.” –Lyn Nofziger

“There is power in celebrity in this country. But is there any courage?” –Bill O'Reilly

“If there were justice in the world, Bill Clinton would be leading a war from prison, pounding rocks at Leavenworth.” –Rush Limbaugh

“The disinformation campaign about our enemies will succeed in proportion to the ignorance level of our citizens.” –Cal Thomas

“It is permissible to burn the American flag on university campuses. But don’t try waving one.” –Paul Craig Roberts

“The elites in our society who openly condemn difficult decisions and sacrifice usually do so because they prefer a comfortable life where no real sacrifice is required of them. This is the life that our society has allowed them for a very long time.” –Sterling Rome

EDITORIAL EXEGESIS

“Will the Arab street hate us for fighting in Afghanistan during Ramadan? Sure – but they will hate us for not fighting too. The cry about the sanctity of Ramadan is the dishonest mouth-warfare of the inflamed. Mohammed fought during Ramadan in 624. In 1973, Egypt and Syria attacked Israel during Ramadan, which also coincided with Yom Kippur – a twofer. In 1982, Iran launched ‘Operation Ramadan,’ an attack on Iraq. If one is willing to take lives in battle, then the cause must be of sufficient gravity to excuse relatively trivial profanations; or one has no good cause, in which case fighting on holidays only underlines the transgression. If the enemy turns mosques into arsenals, then they become legitimate targets, for the same reason. In World War II, the Allies fought a pitched battle for the Abbey of Monte Cassino, which was reduced to rubble. The Nazis lost then, even as their heirs will lose now, whatever the calendar says.” –National Review

DEZINFORMATSIA

“We want to say as we will often be saying now from now on when we show you these reports from inside Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, that the United States is fighting this war in response to a terrorist attack that killed close to 5,000 innocent people in the United States. All that to keep in perspective.” –CNN’s Judy Woodruff **Terrific – give the U.S. equal time when providing microphones to the enemy!

“The Taliban were apparently satisfied with the results of their media tour. There’s already talk of more trips this week to either Kabul or Kandahar.” –ABC’s Dan Harris on Taliban-guided tours and the Leftmedia “objectivity” that really isn’t.

“They certainly are taking us to the places they want us to see, but nobody is checking our scripts. Nobody is standing here as I do this discussion with you on the roof of the foreign ministry building.” –ABC’s Dan Harris in Kandahar on how the Taliban is not forcing reporters to report stories with a pro-Taliban slant **Could be they don’t have to….

“I don’t believe that I’m being a particularly patriotic American by slapping a little flag in my lapel and then saying anything that is said by any member of the U.S. government.” –CBS’s Ted Koppel

“And I think that there is only one answer to that and that is some form of real retribution and justice – and you do that militarily.” –Tom Brokaw waxing patriotic with Letterman

SOCIOCRATS

“I have been attacked for speaking. I am heartened by those who have defended my right to speak.” –Demo Rep. Cynthia McKinney, who apologized to Saudi Prince Alwaleed after Rudy Giuliani refused his $10 million donation because of Alwaleed’s equivocation on American support for Israel. (National Review’s Jonah Goldberg noted in response: “Criticizing people for saying or writing stupid or wrong things is not a violation of free-speech rights but a celebration of them. Ms. McKinney thinks she’s a hero for saying unpopular things. But a bad idea doesn’t become a good one simply because it is unpopular.”) **We note once again an observation from our friend Bill Bennett: “Everyone has a right to their opinion but that does not make every opinion right!”

“The only thing they are accomplishing right now is creating a nation full of paranoid schizophrenic agoraphobics.” –Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-New York) on the Bush administration issuing general and ongoing “high alerts” to U.S. citizens

“It could compromise our objectivity. We have people of every faith and culture walking into this building, and we want everybody to feel welcome.” –Marcellee Gralapp, Boulder, Colorado, Public Library’s art director, on why employees may not drape our nation’s flag above the library’s front entrance.

VILLAGE IDIOTS

Scenes from a gathering of Consummate Village Hollywonk Celebs at the 53rd Enemy Awards: “…Entertainment can help us heal. Please welcome tonight, Ellen Degeneres.” –Walter Cronkite

“What would bug the Taliban more than seeing a gay woman in a suit surrounded by Jews.” – Ellen DeGeneres

“…Sharing their humanity, sharing their faith….” –Larry King on the “entertainers”

“Making movies and music and entertainment [are] just a pit stop on the way to my true greatness. I honestly think I could be the President of the U.S. if I really wanted to. …A lot of people who have been blessed with this forum aren’t really smart. I have educated myself beyond a lot of my peers. …The average person on the street, I will beat the living c— out of.” –Actor-singer-comedian Will Smith on his way to the White House.

SHORT CUTS

“Now a major newspaper in Pakistan has received an anthrax package. No doubt it’s from some pro-life extremists in Utah.” –Andrew Sullivan

“Whoever is dumping anthrax into the U.S. mail is a pretty clever fellow. Or clever woman, as the case may be. Nobody panics like a politician or a journalist.” –Wesley Pruden

“Today’s question: Are there any barber shops in Kabul? Or beauty salons? …The reason people in Afghanistan are so poor is its against their religion to bring home the bacon or even to eat high on the hog.” –Lyn Nofziger

“Anyone who watches C-Span as it televises the live press conferences at the Pentagon quickly arrives at the obvious conclusion that the reporters are the biggest bunch of idiots to be gathered in one place for the purpose of learning about the progress of this war. They ask questions of such astounding stupidity they have occasionally stunned the Secretary of Defense into a momentary speechless state.” –Alan Caruba

Night Lines:

Jay Leno…. There was a surprise at the Emmys last night – they weren’t canceled! “Sex and the City” and “The Sopranos” were the big winners. Well, looks like Hollywood has stuck to its promise of less sex and violence. The Emmys has decided to drop the special video tribute to the fallen firefighters and police officers of New York City because they feel the footage has now been overexposed. Has anything ever been overexposed at the Emmys? …. Did you see President Bush last night at the World Series? He threw out the first pitch. It was a perfect strike. They said that was the best athletic performance by a member of the government since Janet Reno sacked John Elway in Super Bowl 37. …. There was a scare in Congress today. Something slimy was slithering down the halls – then they realized it was just Gary Condit! …. Office of Homeland Security Adviser Tom Ridge is getting tough. Today he announced a new zero-tolerance policy at airports. Well, of course! Like we’re going to allow one hijacker per month – now it’s zero!

David Letterman…. OK, don’t applaud – it spreads the spores around. …. The annual New York City Marathon was held over the weekend. It took two hours and seven minutes to complete. That’s a tough 26 miles to run in a biohazard suit! The New York Marathon – the only race where you can see people running and smoking at the same time. …. This is the first time that the World Series has gone into November. Well, why not? Last year we had an election that went into January. …. Osama bin Laden – the guy is a multi-millionaire that lives in a cave. Wasn’t that the premise for Batman? We keep learning more about Osama bin Laden every day. I hear he has a sidekick named Mini-Laden. …. President Bush is urging American children to become pen pals with children of Islamic descent. This is a good idea. Now we can get letters from Afghanistan. Hey, Mommy, look what Ahmed sent me! …. At the World Series, President Bush threw out the first pitch. The White House claimed it was a perfect strike, and the Taliban claimed that it missed and killed innocent people. …. The Emmys were on this Sunday. Security was very tight – tighter than Joan Rivers’ face.

Argus Hamilton…. Yankee Stadium gave President Bush a thunderous one-minute standing ovation last week when he threw out the first pitch at Game Three of the World Series. The president is starting to grow on New Yorkers. At times, he seems almost mayoral. …. The Washington Post editorialized that the outbreak of flag-waving patriotism is good for America. It’s been especially good for China. Just on what they’ve made sewing U.S. flags in the last six weeks, they’ve been able to buy a dozen F-16s. …. California Governor Gray Davis said Thursday that California’s major bridges could be a target of terrorist attacks this week. The local mood is defiant. They can blow up anything they like, but we’ll never switch to public transportation. …. National Guard troops patrolled San Francisco’s two bridges Friday to prevent terrorist attacks. They’ll never get near the place. It’s against Muslim law for a man to dress in any way that would allow him to travel unrecognized in San Francisco. …. Surveys show that terrorism has caused many people to suffer from agoraphobia. That is the fear of Al Gore ever since he grew that beard. …. The Arkansas Supreme Court cleared the way for the Clinton Presidential Library to be built. There had been a question over the legality of the deal to acquire the land. Look, either you’re going to build a monument to Bill Clinton or you’re not.

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