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web posted March 22, 2004

"Listen to John Kerry talk either off-mike or on-mike. It is always about how bad George W. Bush is and very little about what he would do and what is the agenda and which agenda is he going to flip on or flop on." -- Tom DeLay

"One day of sick leave with three wounds that yield a 'purple heart' with honorable discharge, returning to free American air only to join the Vietnam protesters, delineating troops' atrocities before national leaders.... Adding up, is it?" -- J. Grant Swank, Jr.

"Those of us who relish democracy always hope an election is an opportunity for debate and for spreading the truth." -- R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.

"When dealing with undeterrables (like al-Qaida) or undetectables (like an Iraq or an Iran passing WMDs to terrorists) there is no such thing as containment." -- Charles Krauthammer

"The horrifying images from Madrid ... -- like the images that come out of Israel every time a terrorist strikes -- speak more eloquently about what terrorism is and what it can do to a democracy than any Bush campaign commercial." -- John Podhoretz

"[O]nly impeachment will teach the rogue judiciary that its place is below, not above, state and Federal constitutions." -- Joseph Sobran

"Anyone who wants to understand why the media are held in such low regard by the public -- in polls of the most respected professions we usually come somewhere between Nigerian e-mail scammers and serial pedophiles -- should consider the following headline from an Associated Press story in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer last week: 'Accused Spy Is Cousin Of Bush Staffer'." --Mark Steyn on Susan Lindauer, not identified as primarily a former journalist, Democratic staffer and anti-war activist but for distant ties to the Bush administration

"...[W]e have seen a widening credibility gap between what the administration says and what it does. ...On no issue has the truth been a greater casualty than the war in Iraq. ...No president who takes our country to war like that deserves to be re-elected." -- Sen. Ted Kennedy

"Sen. Edward M. Kennedy said...the Bush administration has a 'widening credibility gap' between what it tells the American people and the facts...Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment." -- James Tarranto

"Senator Kerry has been in the Senate for a long time. And during his tenure, he's introduced 500 pieces of legislation, seven of which have been adopted. Two or three of those concerned renaming bridges. A couple involved research grants. And a couple were giveaway programs, small loans.... But, he has voted against virtually every defense weapons system bill that's come down the pike." -- Sen. Zell Miller

"[John Kerry is] Ted Kennedy on the South Beach Diet." -- Rep. Jack Kingston

"I have some guidance on that from Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz: 'We have dispatched Dr. David search for the bio-warfare agents we believe hidden in Senator Kerry's forehead. If Senator Kerry has used botox as part of a wrinkle enrichment program, he is in violation of UN Resolution 752. Upon receiving Dr. Kay's report, the weapons of mass destruction that Senator Kerry so adamantly insists do not exist...may well be above his very nose.'" -- U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney when asked whether John Kerry has had Botox treaments

"Did you know that Kerry speaks French? Democrats have been calling Kerry 'one in a million.' Hey, a war hero who talks French, I think that makes him 'one in a trillion!'" -- Jay Leno

"Terrorists will kill innocent life in order to try to get the world to cower. That's what they want to do. And they'll never shake the will of the United States." -- George W. Bush

"One Spaniard who decided to switch his vote in reaction to the bombings told the Times: 'Maybe the Socialists will get our troops out of Iraq and al-Qaida will forget about Spain so we will be less frightened.' That's the fighting spirit! If the violent Basque separatist group only killed more people, Spain would surely give them what they want, too. ... After his stunning upset victory, Socialist Party leader Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero vowed to withdraw Spanish troops from Iraq if the United States does not turn over Iraq to the United Nations. He also vowed that all of Spain's remaining trains will run on time." -- Ann Coulter

"Eventually, of course, as the genocidal nature of the Islamist fury becomes manifest even to the most obtuse, all will rally to the resistance -- as eventually they did in occupied Europe against Hitler. The question that remains is how many more must die before the maximum war-fighting effort is mounted by the united civilized nations." -- Tony Blankley

web posted March 15, 2004

"There is more than one route to freedom, and each nation must find its own or fail to find it at all. Freedom cannot be imported, or imposed by decree. It can only be fostered in harmony with a society's own culture, character and circumstances." -- Paul Greenberg

"Hard work is what it takes to build a democratic society. Other forms of government are easier." -- Clifford D. May

"An independent judiciary does not mean judges independent of the Constitution from which they derive their power or independent of the laws that they are sworn to uphold." -- Thomas Sowell

"Greed has replaced religion as the national religion, and with greed comes envy." -- Wesley Pruden

"I mean, let's face it, San Francisco has been put on this planet for one reason, and that's to give the rest of the country something to talk about. And once again, we haven't let you down." -- San Francisco Chronicle's Phil Matier

"John Kerry is so stiff. You sort of see him sitting at home with a powdered wig watching C-SPAN. For John Kerry, being rebellious is having red wine with fish." -- Time's Matthew Cooper

"So the Democrats have a candidate at last, and he is about bent over double with gravitas. I think that means he doesn't have a humorous bone in his body." -- Molly Ivins

"I have never met anybody, nor seen anybody interviewed, nor received an email from anybody, nor read a letter to a newspaper from anybody who really woke up in the morning and thought: If John Kerry doesn't win, I just don't know what I shall do." -- Christopher Hitchens

"Conservatives are afraid you don't know what we believe, and liberals are afraid you do know what they believe." -- Al Rantel

"I always feel a genuine bond whenever I see Senator Clinton. She's the only person who's the center of more conspiracy theories than I am." -- U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney

"Put President Kerry in office, and we'll combine the self-castigating ethos of the Vietnam era with the Meals-on-Wheels nation-building of the '90s." -- James Lileks

"John Kerry has promised to take the country back from the wealthy. And who better than a guy worth $700 million to take the country back from the wealthy?" -- Jay Leno

"Mel Gibson shared his personal story with Diane Sawyer.... Fifteen years ago he quit drinking, became a religious conservative, and set out to convert the world. The Laura Bush Center isn't as well known as the Betty Ford Center but it's ten times more dangerous." -- Argus Hamilton

"In the coming weeks and months, reporters ought to feel obliged to question the Democrat candidates closely on the implications that would flow specifically from their Iraq policy. It is not enough for them to say they would have done otherwise. They must explain how what they would start doing on Jan. 20, 2005, would make the country safer, not more dangerous. It is a deadly illusion for either the reporters or the candidates to think they have a capacity for choice on whether America must succeed at the Iraq venture. We are no longer mere spectators to the human butchery that has long plagued the world." -- Tony Blankley

web posted March 8, 2004

"It is doubtful that women have ever been as naive about men as are large numbers of contemporary educated women. I believe that my grandmother who never went to school understood men better than the average female college graduate today. So, as a service to any woman who is confused by the difference between 'cute' and provocative as regards women's clothing, this may help. What you often call cute or attractive, men see only as a sexual come-on. If you wish to dress for sex, you should be entirely free to do so. But if you want love and attention, you have to know the difference between dressing for sex and dressing to be cute and attractive. The more skin men see, the more they think sex, not love. And that includes guys your age, your male teachers, your clergyman, your mailman, and the old man next door." -- Dennis Prager

"Just like any other discipline, the arts are subject to the moral laws that are written on our hearts. And when we don't realize that, we end up with films like Triumph of the Will. Because of Riefenstahl's brilliance as a filmmaker some film professors still use Triumph of the Will as a teaching tool. I hope they'll continue to do so, so students can see excellence put to an evil use. We don't need another generation of artists who celebrate all kinds of evil -- from gratuitous, sickening violence to pedophilia -- all in the name of art. If Leni Riefenstahl's twisted masterpiece can teach people that art is not higher than morality, then 'the devil's director' will have unwittingly done more good than most contemporary directors put together." -- Charles Colson

"The single most prevalent form of child abuse in this country is the act of sending a child to a government school. We worry incessantly about the separation of church and state. We would do well to devote half as much attention to the separation of government and education." -- Neal Boortz

"Consider the following hypothetical situation. In September 2005, the president is informed by his CIA director that they have concluded that there is a one in two chance that North Korea will transfer five nuclear bombs to Osama bin Laden within the next month, and that, after the transfer, despite our best efforts, the CIA judges that it is more likely than not that bin Laden will succeed in detonating at least one of them in a major American city, resulting in 1 million to 3 million deaths. Should the president consider taking pre-emptive military action? And let's assume that the president is named John Kerry." -- Tony Blankley

"How goes the war? No, not Vietnam. The other one. You remember. It was in all the papers until a month ago when Vietnam returned for a Democratic Party dinner-theater tour starring Massachusetts' answer to Robert Goulet. Can't get into it myself. I dozed off the other day watching a White House press conference in which President Bush was asked nary a question about anything that had happened since 1972, and I dreamt there was a muffled explosion from al-Qaeda down the street blowing up the Capitol. And, when it had died away, the press corps brushed the plaster dust off their suits and said, 'But, Mr. President, critics point out that National Guard pay stubs from the '70s are notoriously easy to forge....'" -- Mark Steyn

"The First Amendment and its guarantee of loud, obtrusive, robust, irresponsible and even seditious speech is the most precious gift bequeathed by those prescient dead white men in Philadelphia, and we have to guard it well." -- Wesley Pruden

"It's not particularly surprising that the party of trial lawyers, environmentalists and Hollywood actresses keeps voting against blue collar workers. What's strange is that the AFL-CIO keeps voting against blue-collar workers, too." -- Ann Coulter

"The history of the 1990s refutes the lazy notion that liberals have an aversion to the use of force. They do not. They have an aversion to using force for reasons of pure national interest." -- Charles Krauthammer

"I think they [the people] should vote principle, and when the parties or candidates violate the principles, people shouldn't vote for them. It's probably more dangerous to have a friend at your back than an enemy at your front." -- Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore

"We will not stand for judges who undermine democracy by legislating from the bench, or try to remake the culture of America by court order." -- George W. Bush

"An independent judiciary does not mean judges independent of the Constitution from which they derive their power or independent of the laws that they are sworn to uphold." -- Thomas Sowell

"Another thing that drives me crazy, and I hope I don't offend anyone here, is Wal-Mart. They destroy communities." -- Teresa Heinz Kerry wife of Sen. John Kerry, who neglected to mention that she owns more than $1,000,000 in Wal-Mart stock

"It would put a big strain on us. Something would have to go. I don't have cable, so probably the Internet. Maybe my cellphone." -- Annette Hensley, a 43-year-old mother of a 14-year-old Medicaid beneficiary on a pending state requirement for Medicare recipients to pay $5 per month for children's premiums

"U.S. Marines set up a security perimeter at the airport [in Port-au-Prince, Haiti], kneeling in the grass as about 80 French Marines arrived in C-160 transport planes. The French Marines' supplies included crates of bottled Evian water." -- Fox News

"The buzz is, if John Kerry is elected president, he will ask the IOC to make the Medal Toss an Olympic event." -- Norman Liebmann

"A lot of propositions on the ballot in California. Governor Arnold who was here last night has been traveling the state pushing his propositions. And if there's one thing the governor has proven he knows how to do its proposition." -- Jay Leno

"John Edwards comforted laid-off New York garment workers Monday. They loved it when he cited his own tough times when the old mill was shut down where his father worked. John Edwards was born in 1953 in a little log cabin he built in 1998." -- Argus Hamilton

web posted March 1, 2004

"I think there is one more issue here -- that of the left-wing indoctrination of children to be subservient and not stand up to defend each other, much less themselves, from attack. You can readily see this philosophy being expounded on the national campaign trails by those who don't seem to have the clear vision of evil-versus-good and the moral obligation to stand between evil and the innocent; the tendency to define all violence as bad, such that when a country defends itself against suicide bombing of innocent children, it becomes morally equivalent in their minds to targeting a terrorist in his car; the argument that because America did not find a nuclear bomb in Saddam's closet the mass graves of innocent Iraqis don't qualify as sufficient motivation for defense from the outside. This is, in my opinion, a concerted effort to morally enfeeble our children -- and that will not only weaken our country. It will make the world more available for evil to have a triumphant reign." -- Dr. Laura Schlessinger

"Rejecting an administration that has built a (so far) successful defense against terrorism following 9/11 in favor of one with no such experience could give America's enemies a unique window of opportunity to hit us again, and harder. This is the line the Bush reelection team should take. We are at war, and we are likely to remain at war for a very long time. Political games can be played after we win. They should not be played during the battle. Let's forget the National Guard and what John Kerry did more than 30 years ago. These have nothing to do with the current war, and pretending that they do will only make us more vulnerable in the crucial conflict to ensure our survival." -- Cal Thomas

"What we, as Arabs, should truly feel humiliated about are the prevailing political and social conditions in the Arab world -- especially in Iraq -- which allowed someone such as Saddam Hussein to...assume the presidency. We should feel humiliated that Saddam was single-handedly initiate a number of catastrophic policies that transformed Iraq, relatively rich in natural, human and financial resources, into the poorest, most debt-ridden country in the Arab world, not to mention the hundreds of thousands killed and displaced. We should feel humiliated that some of our intellectuals, supposedly the representatives of our nations' consciences and the defenders of their liberty and dignity, not only dealt with Saddam, but also supported him.... The Arabs should have been the ones to bring down Saddam, in defense of their own dignity and their own true interests." -- Osama al-Ghazali Harb, Egypt's Al Ahram center for strategic studies

"In the more than 250 days until Nov. 2, John Kerry can answer questions that linger in spite of, or because of, all he has said so far. Such as: ...All the Americans affected by laws you pass -- that is, all Americans -- refuse to pipe down and mind their own business so that you can mind their business for them. Often they hire lobbyists to exercise their First Amendment right to 'petition the government for a redress of grievances.' Can you despise lobbyists without disparaging that right? You say the rich do not pay enough taxes. In 1979 the top one percent of earners paid 19.75 percent of income taxes. Today they pay 36.3 percent. How much is enough? You say the federal government is not spending enough on education. President Bush has increased education spending 48 percent. How much is enough?" -- George Will

"President Bush has been under intense pressure from the State Department and allied governments to do what Sen. Kerry apparently would do -- rely on the UN bureaucracy to safeguard us from nuclear-armed mullahs in Iran and lunatic despots in places such as Baghdad, Tripoli and Pyongyang. Fortunately, Bush has acted instead on his conviction that peace through American strength is a far better guarantee of our security than clueless -- or worse, malfeasant -- international organizations and officials. In so doing, President Bush has offered the public a choice between effective, proactive stewardship in the war on terror and potentially very dangerous paralysis in that conflict, justified by the predictable lack of multilateral consensus. This is a choice we cannot afford to get wrong." -- Frank J. Gaffney Jr.

"America's constitutional foundations and its rule of law are hemorrhaging." -- Christopher G. Adamo

"If we keep treating our most important values as meaningless relics, that's exactly what they'll become." -- Michael Josephson

"Alas, liberal conventional wisdom holds that Kerry's service in Vietnam is supposed to be some sort of force field protecting him from criticism on foreign policy. This is obviously nonsense." -- Jonah Goldberg

"[Kerry] has a long history, particularly in the last decade, of not only voting to cut intelligence spending, but introducing bills to cut intelligence spending." -- Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss

"Yes, the Left does love diversity of everything but opinion." -- Al Rantel

"To limit an individual's education is to limit his freedom. A sound education is the fastest, and sometimes the only, way out of poverty." -- Gerald Reynolds, Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights

"In economics, as in life, you find wisdom only if you look for it." -- Amity Shlaes

"I would suggest to you that campaign finance regulation is like Frankenstein monster ... well-intentioned, but hopelessly misguided and ultimately irredeemable, yet impossible to kill, and creating havoc wherever it goes." -- U.S. Federal Elections Commissioner Bradley Smith

"I urge the liberal establishment to relax and rejoice. This is a campaign that strives to displace the present corporate regime of the Bush administration." -- Ralph Nader announcing he'll once again enter the fray as a presidential contender

"I would hate to see part of his legacy be that he got us eight years of George Bush. It is very unfortunate that Ralph has decided to run. There are people all over the country wishing that he hadn't done it. -- DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe responding to the Nader candidacy

"Ralph Nader rejected claims Sunday that his entry into the race ensures President Bush's election like it did four years ago. There's only one way Al Gore can get even with Ralph Nader. He's got to wait for the crucial moment in the campaign and then endorse him." -- Argus Hamilton

"A few days ago, a Respected Party Elder advised me to stop dissing John Kerry on account of, 'He will be our nominee.' He may be 'our nominee,' but he'll still be a boring stiff. OK, sort of an impressive boring stiff." -- Molly Ivins

"As an American in remission, I have a romantic fondness for the notion of constitutional government, which of course doesn't exist and never will again in the United States if it ever did. Face it: The Constitution is deader than a doorknob. I mean a doorknob with melanoma and clogged arteries. But the memory does provide a convenient platform for launching vituperations and upsettances. That's what we in the column racket do." -- Fred Reed

"In my humble opinion, it is a good policy to make love and not war, except if you're a Democrat -- in which case you should not be allowed to do either." -- Norman Liebmann

"Having pronounced Kerry dead long ago, the pundits are now hailing his miraculous resurrection. My own view is that he's still dead; he just happens to be the warmest body in the Democratic race." -- Joseph Sobran

"In the 2004 presidential field, there is a candidate for nearly every point of view. His name is John Kerry." -- Jeff Jacoby

"Nader says he is launching a campaign based on the Internet. Well, that certainly worked out well for Howard Dean, didn't it? .... I don't want to say Howard Dean's Internet campaign was disappointing, but today Al Gore said he's sorry he ever invented that Internet thing." -- Jay Leno



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