Wednesday Chronicle

Chronicle

Dec. 19, 2001

THE FOUNDATION

“The belief in a God All Powerful wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources nor adapted with too much solicitude to the different characters and capacities impressed with it.” –James Madison

ICTUS IMPRIMIS

“The Lord will have compassion on Jacob and will again choose Israel, and will set them in their own land, and aliens will join them and will cleave to the house of Jacob.” (Isaiah 14:1)

“And the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there will be no end.’” (Luke 1:30-33)

“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35)

“And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, ‘Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:8-11)

“Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:13-14)

INSIGHT

“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.” –Calvin Coolidge

“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who go into battle.” –H. Norman Schwarzkopf

“Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.” –General Omar Bradley

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.” –Helen Keller

“You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.” –Oliver Goldsmith

“He is the promised Messiah, the Son of God come to earth to offer salvation for all mankind.” –Ronald Reagan

UPRIGHT

“Follow your dreams…. You never know where life’s gonna take ya. I never sat and thought, 'Gosh, if I work hard I’ll be president of the United States.’ It wasn’t in my vocabulary. But you never know. You never know. Trust the Lord.” –President George Bush

“In a president, character is everything. You can’t buy courage and decency, you can’t rent a strong moral sense. A president must bring those things with him…. He needs to have a vision of the future he wishes to create. But a vision is worth little if a president doesn’t have the character – the courage and heart – to see it through.” –Peggy Noonan

“Christians view history as a cornucopia of complexity because we understand the doctrine of original sin. We know that because the human race is fallen, people are capable of great evil. But because we are made in God’s image, we are also capable of great good.” –Charles Colson

“However, the Bible conceives the world in very real terms, and recent events have clarified what the real world is about. It’s about the struggle between goodness and wickedness, about which our Constitution is not the ultimate authority.” –David Klinghoffer

“For a religion that is said to respect human rights and equality, Islam does a rather thorough job of trampling the former and denying the latter, from Africa’s west coast to East Asia. While they’re voluble in demanding tolerance for their faith, when it comes to the suffering of minorities in Islamic countries, American Moslems are mute.” –Don Feder

“A religion that is not in fact the government is a potential adversary of government. Faith seriously held, in whatever creed, implies a categorical allegiance to something other than Washington’s bureaucracies or the tenets of CBS.” –Fred Reed

“America’s unending political argument is about how freedom both depends on government and is threatened by it, and competes with other values.” –George Will

“Risk is the inevitable product of liberty – and it’s responsible not only for great tragedy, but also great triumph.” –Tony Snow

“The notion of a world government to defend our rights would have sent the founding fathers running for their muskets.” –Pat Buchanan

“Utopian internationalism has its uses among squabbling equals during peacetime, but only military preparedness and a willingness to use force can stop aggressors from killing the innocent.” –Victor Davis Hanson

“It looks like Santa’s come early this year for those of us who know America needs to build a missile-defense system as soon as possible. …After all, we’ve seen the death and destruction that fuel-laden commercial airliners can cause. Imagine what a nuclear-armed missile could do.” –Edwin J. Feulner

“What happened on September 11th was that the sheer scale of the atrocity rendered the polite fictions of democratic politics untenable. Pre-emptive surrender – gun control, the ABM Treaty – is no longer a virtue.” –Mark Steyn

“This nation at Christmastime has been brought together and ennobled by its grief. When America grieves, however, others best not think us despondent. … America’s grief ought not to give comfort to those who caused it. Rather, America’s grief ought to give them pause to reflect on their future. They who have been so eager to greet Allah in Heaven may soon discover that their everlasting host is not Allah, but the smiling innkeeper at Hell.” –R. Emmett Tyrrell

EDITORIAL EXEGESIS

“Most religions have been able to inspire nobility and cruelty, glory as well as madness, and Islam is no exception. But that does not preclude the possibility that something in Islam lends itself, more than other religions, to exterminationist and totalitarian politics. The Islamists who have interpreted their religion in that manner are our enemies. They are not the entire Muslim world, but they are not a tiny and isolated minority of it either. Since they claim to speak for all Muslims, it is up to those Muslims who reject the Islamists’ views – including, yes, Muslim immigrants to America – to repudiate them in word and deed. And it is up to the rest of us to demand that they do so. This would not be an unprecedented demand: Especially in recent years, both Christian churches and the secular culture have held Christians accountable for the enormities committed in the name of their religion. The extent to which Islam has contributed to this war – as also to the poverty, illiberalism, and general backwardness of the Muslim world – is an open question. It is a question that Americans will necessarily debate, under the circumstances, and it was arrogant folly of American political elites to believe that incantations and intimidation could stop them from debating.” –National Review

DEZINFORMATSIA

“…[C]onservative Republicans have a total knee-jerk thing about SDI. They cannot get over it.” –NPR’s Nina Totenberg **Yeah, we do have a “total knee-jerk thing” about protecting our countrymen from a ruthless adversary only a few years from obtaining ballistic missiles!

“Today President Bush deliberately broke a treaty with Russia, as he promised he would – the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty that bars both countries from building a missile defense system. Without a defense, both sides are vulnerable, and that’s a deterrent.” –NBC talkinghead Tom Brokaw **We checked, and the other signatory – the USSR – is no longer in business.

“Tonight, why the U.S. is deliberately going back on its word in front of the rest of the world.” –NBC’s Brian Williams

“The Israelis have been on the attack again against the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. The Israelis say they’re trying to force Mr. Arafat to stop Palestinian terrorists who are killing Israelis. The Palestinians say they’re making it impossible for him to do anything while his government is being attacked.” –ABC talkinghead Peter Jennings **In other words, the roof is leaking but can’t be fixed when it’s raining – and when it’s dry, doesn’t need to be fixed….

“Dick Armey’s mandate to cut taxes, it’s complete. Taxes have been cut as much as is humanly, or inhumanly, possible. So, he can go.” –Time magazine’s Margaret Carlson **So, according to the Leftmedia, cutting taxes is “inhuman.

When he first went to Afghanistan, that was way before September 11; there was no thought that he would be taking up arms against the American government.” –Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift, who has consumed one too many Johnny Walkers!

This week’s “Media Buster” Award: “When it comes to arrogance, power, and lack of accountability, journalists are probably the only people on the planet who make lawyers look good.” –Steven Brill

SOCIOCRATS

“When President Bush appointed his Social Security Commission back in May, it was clear just what they were going to recommend. All 16 members of the Commission had expressed support for privatizing Social Security, a plan that puts the system in jeopardy.” –DNC news release **Jeopardy of what…growing fast enough to provide for real retirement income security?

“We in the wealthy countries have to spread the benefits of the 21st century world and reduce the risks so we can make more partners and fewer terrorists in the future. … We have to make a world where there are far fewer terrorists, where there are fewer potential terrorists and more partners. And that responsibility falls primarily upon the wealthy nations, to spread the benefits and shrink the burdens.” –Bill Clinton, the arbiter of “responsibility”!

VILLAGE IDIOTS

“It is as important to focus on what is missing from the tape as what is present on it. There is nothing on the tape that reveals bin Laden possessed information only a person guilty of planning this horrible crime would possess. In other words, the truth of the incriminating statements made on the tape is not self-proving: It relies on believing bin Laden is telling the truth.” –Harvard Law Professor and pop Communist (redundant perhaps) Alan Dershowitz playing Johnny Cochran with Osama bin Laden

“The Berkeley, Calif., City Council voted Tuesday night to supply workers who answer the city’s general information phones with material about the Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors. The idea is to have information available so staff can refer anyone who calls asking about how to avoid military combat.” –Associated Press **Memo to the Berkeley CCCO: To avoid combat, don’t enlist!

“The WTC [World Trade Center] was not just an architectural monstrosity, but also terrible for people who didn’t work there, for it said to all those people: ‘If you can’t work up here, boy, you’re out of it.’ … Everything wrong with America led to the point where the country built that tower of Babel, which consequently had to be destroyed.” –Red Hollywonk Norman Mailer

From the “Village Academic Curriculum” File: Before sending your relief check to help starving teachers in Middletown Township, N.J., consider the following. First, their average salary is $56,000 – not bad for a nine month job (that’s $75,000 annualized)! Of course, they are not striking to protest their salary, but to protest an increase in their health insurance premium from $250 to $600 – not per month but per year.

SHORT CUTS

“Great to have you back. Just don’t steal the silverware!” –President Bush greeting Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe on a White House receiving line

“What is it with Republicans that every time they get in a closed-door smoke-filled room negotiation with Democrats, they always emerge having lost their shirts?” –Stephen Moore

“Well, it’s not the greatest recruiting video.” –Tony Snow on the Osama bin Laden videotape

“The only distinguishing feature about John Walker is that he’s such an obvious compendium of clapped-out clichés from America’s Left Coast the wonder is the mullahs didn’t automatically take him for a CIA plant.” –Mark Steyn

“It’s now, more or less, official. Yasser Arafat is ‘irrelevant.’ That’s just a tad better than being dead.” –Alan Caruba

“The nations of Europe … for the first time in history adopted a common currency, the Euro. And most of the people over there are singing its praises. Kind of a Euro paean.” –Lyn Nofziger

“Geraldo says that if he runs into Osama bin Laden he will kill him himself. Osama has responded by saying, ‘Hey, if I run into Geraldo, don’t bother, I will kill myself’.” –Conan O'Brien

“The city of Pittsburgh invented the term ‘Sparkle Days’ so that no Pittsburgher would have to utter the controversial word ‘Christmas’ (or C——mas, as it is known in our house, since we hate to give offense).” –John Leo

“Notice that Christmas – this, I promise, was calculated – has become the Holiday Shopping Season. The churches have been neutered.” –Fred Reed

Night Lines:

Jay Leno…. Still no takers on the $25 million reward for Osama’s capture. You know what we need to do is put a time limit on this, like 72 hours – you have from six p.m. Friday to Sunday at midnight to bring him in. …. And even though Osama may have very well been out of the country a week ago, our forces continue to bomb Afghanistan. Our leaders have said that we will continue to bomb as long as Geraldo is still there. …. After 50 years NBC is getting rid of its ban on hard liquor ads. This idea was decided at the company Christmas party last night. NBC now stands for Nothing But Cocktails. …. The Navy is investigating its “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy. How can they investigate something that no one can ask or tell about? …. It’s Christmas time! You know what people in Beverly Hills call the man who brings gifts once a year? Daddy! …. Gary Condit has made it official, he will be back up for re-election. You know what that means – he’s back to dating again!

David Letterman…. I was walking through New York City today and the streets are busy. I think it’s because everyone is out returning their Ramadan gifts. …. I was ordering something for Mom and I wanted to get her one of those weed whackers, but I think I mixed it up. Instead, I think I ordered a daisy cutter. …. This Sunday night there’s a big special right here on CBS. It’s Garth Brooks live from Tora Bora! …. Did you see the tape? It was Osama bin Laden and a group of his buddies and they are having dinner at a popular place in Kandahar called Thank Allah It’s Friday. But you see, this tape is complicated, because they had trouble translating what the waiter was saying. This Osama bin Laden, what a kidder he is. After the dinner he skipped the check and fled to Pakistan. …. Reports now say that Osama bin Laden will commit suicide on TV. This will be the first television suicide since … the Academy Awards!

Argus Hamilton…. Osama bin Laden is shown on the video speaking with the leaders of al-Qaeda. They’re all wearing beards, sporting turbans, and openly talking about killing Americans. Now maybe airport security can give grandmothers the benefit of the doubt. …. USA Today interviewed women subjected to pat-down searches after their underwire bras set off airport security buzzers. They’re furious. If they wanted to be treated like this, everybody knows that Bill Clinton is looking for office help. …. The Hart Senate Office Building was found to still contain traces of anthrax in the mailrooms and ventilation system. The bacteria causes insanity. Just last week unemployment went through the roof and the senators voted themselves a pay raise. …. President Bush is pulling the U.S. out of its ABM Treaty with Russia. However both countries did agree to shift all our missiles and aim them into the ocean instead of at each other. Everybody’s happy about this except Carnival Cruise Lines. …. President Bush told reporters that he and his family plan to spend Christmas at their ranch near Crawford, Texas. Reporters hate this place. Crawford is so small they only have one stop light, one McDonald’s, one Taco Bell and six Starbucks.

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