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web posted June 26, 2006

"Like the Sunni insurgency, the national Democrat Party and its congressional contingent has demonstrated time and again that they will willingly sacrifice the welfare and security of the American people to get their way... In the end, all that matters to them is regaining the power the American people took from them in 1994..." -- Michael Reagan

"[T]he fundamental problem infecting much of Congress, the media and the political class -- especially those left of center -- is that they are consumed with loathing for President Bush and all his works and are prepared to do anything to undermine him, even if it makes the country less safe." -- Morton Kondracke

"Despite the Republicans' best efforts to self-destruct, I can't see the Democrats taking either the House or Senate this November. As I said a few months back, even a loser has to have someone to lose to, and the Dems refuse to fulfill even that minimum requirement." -- Mark Steyn

"The detainees at Guantanamo are not innocent unfortunates swept up in an indiscriminate dragnet. These people were captured on the field of battle where they intended to kill Americans and Britons." -- Cal Thomas

"Amnesty is granting citizenship to an illegal immigrant that is currently in the country. It is very important if there is to be a compromise reached that the Senate back off amnesty. The way they have set it up is that it is an invitation to the same type of wholesale document fraud that occurred in Simpson-Mazzoli ... It also has U.S. citizenship for sale for $3,250 -- which is the fine that the illegal immigrants would have to pay. And U.S. citizenship should never be for sale." -- Rep. James Sensenbrenner

"I don't know how many times we have heard the president say, 'We will stand down as the Iraqis stand up.' I don't want to hear that anymore. It seems to me that that mantra no longer stands. That is, we have to start bringing our troops home." -- Harry Reid, who voted against bringing our troops home

"Liberalism is a godless religion. Hello! Anyone there? I've leapt beyond calling you traitors and am now calling you GODLESS. Apparently, everybody's cool with that. The fact that liberals are godless is not even a controversial point anymore." -- Ann Coulter

"U.S. Immigration Service is busy. They deported 2,000 illegal immigrants this week in a program they're calling 'Operation Return To Sender,' or as the program is also known, 'Operation We're Taking Away Your Gardner'." -- Conan O'Brien

"If politics were like baseball, the Republicans would be smart to trade Senator John McCain to the Democrats for Senator Joseph Lieberman, even if they had to throw in a future draft choice." -- Thomas Sowell

"The Democratic Party is that amazing thing, out of power for six years and yet exhausted. They're pale, tired and unready. Too bad, since it's their job to be an alternative, not an embarrassment." -- Peggy Noonan

"The proletariat and its vanguard aren't exactly in sync. Your average Joe has as much in common with Howard Dean as an elderly women with facial warts has with Paris Hilton." -- Don Feder

"Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney found out Friday she will not be indicted for striking a Capitol cop. It was on constitutional grounds. The grand jury agreed it would be cruel and unusual punishment to sit through the trial." -- Argus Hamilton

"Republican panic might be misplaced. All may not be lost. The good news? There are still a few months until the election. The bad news? Most of those months are in the summer, and most people would rather have their teeth extracted through their nostrils than pay attention to politics now." -- James Lileks

"President Bush returned safely from his surprise trip to Iraq. A lot of people criticize him, saying he was only in Iraq for five hours. Hey, it's still five hours longer than the French were there." -- Jay Leno

"Freeze or fry, the problem is always industrial capitalism, and the solution is always international socialism." -- Harvard Professor Malcolm Ross

"The whole notion of a scientific consensus [on global warming] has been contrived to disguise the genuine disagreement among scientists on a number of different issues... To think that hundreds of scientists could be in full agreement in dozens of separate disciplines is... more a matter of politics than science." -- MIT Professor of Meteorology Richard S. Lindzen

"It is clear that there is an ample supply of people willing to use concern over the politicization of science as a political bludgeon to score points on the Bush Administration [but] where are the analysts (including reporters) who care about the politicization of science?" -- Colorado Environmental Studies Professor Roger Pielke

web posted June 19, 2006

"No other military force in history has been so tightly limited in its defensive actions. And probably no other military force has been sufficiently disciplined to maintain such restrictive rules in the heat of combat. God bless our troops." -- Tony Blankley

"For the anti-war left, hatred of the president is the filter through which all information flows. It has created a 'conventional wisdom' that nothing good is happening in Iraq and even if it is, inevitable defeat awaits the United States when it must ultimately withdraw, leaving chaos behind." -- Cal Thomas

"Property rights form the heart of liberty. For without such protection, the line between what belongs to you, what belongs to your neighbor and what belongs to the government blurs hopelessly, usually according to the whims of the latter." -- David Keene

"[O]ne of the great modern American understandings is that statistics don't lie but liars use statistics." -- Peggy Noonan

"The country is being increasingly ravaged by an ongoing series of issues that the political class refuses to effectively confront, either because of the enormity of special interests seeking to define them, or from fear of the 'PC' armies waiting to politically assassinate any who dare to deviate from their orthodoxy." -- Christopher Adamo

"To describe as 'radical' those who wish to preserve the man-woman-based definition of marriage known to every civilization is to stand the word on its head. It is beyond intellectually dishonest -- it is mendacity -- to describe those who favor preserving the definition of marriage as 'radical' rather than to so describe those who wish to change the gender-based definition of marriage for the first time in history." -- Dennis Prager

"Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Al Qaeda's man in Iraq, remains at large." -- Bob Herbert, The New York Times, 8 June -- the day after Zarqawi was killed

"The capture of Osama bin Laden likely would do little to help President Bush's approval ratings, a new poll indicates. Same goes for the death Wednesday of Iraqi al-Qaida leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, insofar as a Bush boost in popularity..." -- Associated Press on polling about polls

"The accused cannot just be eliminated. This barbarity cannot be done." -- Cuban dictator Fidel Castro on al Zarqawi's demise in Iraq

"In Canada, the retreat into denial was instantaneous... [O]fficials said the alleged plotters came from 'a variety of backgrounds' and the 'broad strata' of Canadian society because 'some are students, some are employed, some are unemployed.' They might as well have said the accused plotters were diverse because they all liked different ice cream. The relevant fact was that they were all Muslim and nearly all attended a single radical mosque. But it would be rude to mention that." -- Jonah Goldberg

"Barbra Streisand will tour the U.S. for the first time in a decade this fall to, in part, raise money for her campaign against global warming. How she'll sing and keep her mouth closed is a mystery to us." -- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

"Remember sin? Sinful is what we were before we became 'dysfunctional'." -- Cal Thomas

"Al Gore's movie is a pretty sobering film. Critics are calling it a wake-up call, which is pretty amazing. Who ever thought Al Gore would be giving people a wake-up call? ... They also said if global warming continues, tropical countries to the south will become too hot to live in and their desperate citizens will flee north, which means millions of Mexicans could sneak into the United States. Oh like that would ever happen." -- Jay Leno

"It takes a particularly noble Democrat to promote marriage and family. The strengthening of these institutions is not in the Democrat Party's self-interest. The more people marry, and especially the more they have children after they marry, the more likely they are to hold conservative values and vote Republican. That is why it is inaccurate to speak of a 'gender gap' in Americans' voting. The gap is between married and unmarried women. Single women, especially single women with children, tend to vote Democrat, while married women, especially married women with children, tend to vote Republican." -- Dennis Prager

web posted June 12, 2006

"The war now being waged in Congress over illegal immigration is mostly about which philosophy will prevail in the Republican Party. Will it be the conservative wing that brought the GOP to power after years of wandering in the political wilderness as a minority party, or will it be the moderate-liberal wing that became comfortable in the wilderness?" -- Cal Thomas

"As members of the House and Senate head for a conference to try to reconcile the stark and probably irreconcilable differences incorporated in their two immigration bills, Republicans are between a rock and a hard place. And another rock. And another." -- Robert Novak

"House Speaker Dennis Hastert became the longest-serving Republican speaker in history. While he has kept a fractious GOP caucus together, it's safe to say the Republican base has become increasingly unglued during his tenure and voters may end the dozen years of Republican House control this November." -- John Fund

"There is a curious dissonance in American politics at the moment... [W]e keep hearing, from people who should know, that Republicans are...headed for huge losses in 2006, and maybe in 2008 too. If so, why aren't Democrats more confident? Why are they still acting like embittered losers, wallowing in fantasies about past persecution?" -- James Taranto

"The vision of the left, full of envy and resentment, takes its worst toll on those at the bottom -- whether black or white -- who find in that paranoid vision an excuse for counterproductive and ultimately self-destructive attitudes and behavior." -- Thomas Sowell

"I never read The New York Times anymore for information. I read The New York Times only to find out what the left-wing slant on stuff is." -- Morton Kondracke

"[I]n some quarters there's still a debate over whether the moon landing was staged [or] whether the Earth is flat instead of round." -- Al Gore, trying to slam critics of his "global warming" crusade

"Rep. William J. Jefferson appears to be that one-in-a-million rarity, like a buffalo nickel or a four-leaf clover: a corrupt Louisiana politician... Jefferson has strayed far from the Democratic mainstream. After all, Sandy Berger taught us that proper procedure for concealing important documents is to shove them down your pants." -- Jonah Goldberg

"The 'path to citizenship' that Bush and the Senate are trying to pawn off on Americans requires that illegals pay huge fines and back taxes, with 'huge' being defined as a $2,000 fine and taxes for three of the last five years. Even with the special 'Two Years Tax-Free' package for illegals, this is about as likely as me paying my dad back the money I 'borrowed' from him when I was in college." -- Ann Coulter

"As Will Rogers famously observed, every time Congress makes a joke, it's a law. And every time it makes a law, it's a joke. If we could simply harness congressional hot air, America's energy problems would be history." -- Paul Driessen

"Hillary kicked off her Senate re-election campaign the other night. Bill came onto the stage and hugged her. It was a fine image, the power couple in a loving embrace. Hillary got a standing ovation when she said he was 'an inspiration, a mentor, a partner.' And he is an inspiration, a mentor, a partner. He's inspired dozens of investigations, he's mentored an untold number of interns, and you couldn't find a Harvard CPA able to tally the number of partners he's had." -- Tom Purcell

"Congressman Patrick Kennedy finishes a month in alcohol rehab this week. The investigation into his car accident continues. Last night three FBI agents were seen staggering out of the Capitol after they raided the congressman's refrigerator." -- Argus Hamilton

"Scientists have confirmed they found the remains of Christopher Columbus, in a cathedral in Spain. As you know Columbus discovered America in 1492 looking for a western route to China and India. Do you know why he was looking for western route? This is true. To avoid Islamic extremists. Well thank God that problem is gone." -- Jay Leno

"Through his every action, he sought to defeat America and our coalition partners and turn Iraq into a safe haven from which al-Qa'ida could wage its war... Now Zarqawi has met his end, and this violent man will never murder again." -- U.S. President George W. Bush

"I think arguably over the last several years, no single person on this planet has had the blood of more innocent men, women and children on his hands than Zarqawi." -- Donald Rumsfeld

"If Zarqawi's death doesn't impress you guys, how about the 'treasure trove' of information about terror operations in Iraq that we acquired in 17 raids in and near Baghdad following the attack on Zarqawi? Is that symbolic? How about the information that led to the attack, which U.S. Army Major Gen. William B. Caldwell IV said was acquired from within Zarqawi's network. Is that symbolic?" -- David Limbaugh

"In the twenty years since the Chernobyl tragedy, the world's worst nuclear accident, there have been nearly [FILL IN ALARMIST AND ARMAGEDDONIST FACTOID HERE]." -- A Greenpeace statement mistakenly released

web posted June 5, 2006

"Clearly, the greatest threat, the greatest threat to our country is the war on terror. But we also have another threat, and that is out-of-control federal spending. If we are going to buy the guns, we had better get a little lean on the butter, and we had better quit wrapping the butter in the American flag." -- Rep. Jeb Hensarling

"Some people are worried that amnesty will give illegal aliens the same rights that American citizens have. In reality, it will give the illegals more rights than the average American citizen. Since most of the illegals are Mexican, that makes them a minority. Under affirmative action, combined with amnesty, they would have preferences in jobs and other benefits." -- Thomas Sowell

"Immigration reform has generated more emotion in the heartland of America than any other issue in years. But much of the angst heard during heated exchanges in both Houses of Congress and at protest demonstrations across the land could have been avoided had the issue been properly framed by the Bush administration." -- Oliver North

"By not 'disturbing' us with the visual horror of 9/11, the media made it too easy to forget the nature of the enemy that started this war. Maybe the moral clarity of 9/11 wouldn't have dissipated quite so quickly...if Americans had been confronted with those 'disturbing' images more often. What the jihadis did to 3,000 innocent human beings that morning they would willingly do the rest of us. We will not defeat them by averting our gaze from the truth." -- Jeff Jacoby

"If there's any conspiracy involved in today's high gasoline prices, it's a conspiracy of cowardice and stupidity by the U.S. Congress." -- Walter Williams

"Senator, is it a success for the American people that illegal immigrants are going to be able to collect Social Security benefits and even tax credits on past illegal work? Is it a success for America that American officials must confer with Mexican authorities before they start building a fence on the border?" -- Fox News Channel's Chris Wallace to Sen. Bill Frist

"It is a truly joyous day, a historic day." -- Mexican President Vicente Fox on the "triumph" of the Senate immigration bill vote

"Moral Innumeracy" Department: "Yes, [assassinating Tony Blair] would be morally justified. I am not calling for it -- but if it happened, it would be...morally equivalent to ordering the deaths of thousands of innocent people in Iraq -- as Blair did." -- British MP George Galloway

"I don't care what liberals think. I don't care that they're spineless suck-ups. Just don't insult my intelligence by telling me they're brave." -- Ann Coulter

"The White House announced Friday that we will build a base on the moon from which to launch an exploratory mission to Mars. There's no reason for Americans to fear finding life on the red planet. What's another twenty million aliens at this point?" -- Argus Hamilton

"There is something about academic life that seems to encourage a complete detachment from reality." -- James Taranto

"John Q. Citizen needs a scorecard to keep up with who's under arrest, who's indicted, who expects to be indicted, who's engaged in plea bargaining, who's on trial and who's already wearing the stripes. The Senate's stubborn insistence on treating illegal aliens to amnesty may be nothing more than professional courtesy." -- Wesley Pruden

"Mexico President Vicente Fox is in the United States. He's been here three days and already has a job and a social security number." -- Conan O'Brian

"Hillary Clinton called for Americans to save gas by returning to the 55 mile per hour speed limit. I'm not going to believe she's serious about saving gas until I see her and Bill actually drive somewhere together in the same car." -- Jay Leno

web posted May 29, 2006

"Instead of a national commitment to assimilation, a cynical multiculturalism -- often state-mandated -- sends the message that our culture is no better than any other, so there is no particular reason to embrace the American experience." -- Jeff Jacoby

"The federal government currently requires some counties to print ballots and other election materials in foreign languages -- a mandate which is, to say the least, a little curious. If someone must learn English to be a citizen, and only citizens can vote, why is there a need for bilingual ballots? Such is the level of dishonesty in today's immigration debate." -- Newt Gingrich

"We essentially have an NFL draft where the United States has the first, oh, million or so draft picks. And rather than exercising those picks, i.e., choosing by whatever criteria we want -- such as education, enterprise, technical skills and creativity -- we admit the tiniest fraction of the best and brightest and permit millions of the unskilled to pour in instead." -- Charles Krauthammer

"Thoughtful people who recoil from many repugnant aspects of contemporary politics should squarely face the fact that big government begets bad politics." -- George Will

"The Democratic economic policy is higher taxes, more spending and bigger government. Republicans aren't much better. Their policy is lower taxes, more spending and bigger government. That's an echo, not a choice." -- Cal Thomas

"[E]ndless repetition is not a coherent argument." -- Thomas Sowell

"French Are Rudest, Most Boring People on Earth: British Poll" -- Agence France-Presse

"They don't get the uniqueness of New Orleans, they don't really get what really happened during Katrina -- all they saw was those awful images -- and they really don't get Ray Nagin. Sometimes I don't get Ray Nagin, so it's all right." -- Ray Nagin, re-elected mayor of New Orleans on what he would tell those who were surprised at his re-election

"The Senate voted to make English the national language of the United States. The vote drew protests from several immigrant groups and one governor of California." -- Conan O'Brien

"Why not use immigration the way sports teams use the draft -- to upgrade our roster? We could take our pick of the world's engineers, doctors, scientists, uh... smoking-hot Latin guys who stand around not wearing shirts between workouts. Or, you know, whatever..." -- Ann Coulter

"Sen. John McCain...angrily denied that the Senate legislation was an 'amnesty.' 'Call it a banana if you want to,' he told his fellow world's greatest deliberators. 'To call the process that we require under this legislation amnesty frankly distorts the debate and it's an unfair interpretation of it.' He has a point... Whether or not, as McCain says, we should call it a singular banana, it's certainly plural bananas." -- Mark Steyn

"Mexico threatened to sue the U.S. government if the National Guard apprehends any illegal aliens who cross the border. The threat must be feared and respected. Mexico has biological weapons that come right out of the kitchen faucet." -- Argus Hamilton

"A nonprofit group, Business for Diplomatic Action (BDA), surveyed people in 130 countries. They found that much of the world perceives Americans to be loud, arrogant, ignorant, rude, boastful and unwilling to listen. Has Teddy Kennedy been globe-trotting again?" -- Tom Purcell

"The love may have gone out of the marriage between conservatives and Mr. Bush. But both sides need to work hard to patch things up. If we don't, the divorce court may award Nancy Pelosi one House, and Hillary may be able to grab the other." -- Jed Babbin

"The Pentagon announced that Iraq's border is now 90% under control, which is pretty impressive when you realize that San Diego's border is only 20% under control." -- Jay Leno



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