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Discovered papers: Hanoi directed Kerry - Recovered Vietnam documents 'smoking gun' researchers claim - The first documentary evidence that Vietnamese communists were directly steering John Kerry's antiwar group Vietnam Veterans Against the War has been discovered in a U.S. archive, according to a researcher who spoke with WorldNetDaily.

One freshly unearthed document, captured by the U.S. from Vietnamese communists in 1971 and later translated, indicates the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese delegations to the Paris peace talks that year were used as the communications link to direct the activities of Kerry and other antiwar activists who attended.

Kerry insists he attended the talks only because he happened to be in France on his honeymoon and maintains he met with both sides. But previously revealed records indicate the future senator made two, and possibly three, trips to Paris to meet with Viet Cong leader Madame Nguyen Thi Binh then promote her plan's demand for U.S. surrender.

Jerome Corsi, a specialist on the Vietnam era, told WND the new discoveries are the "most remarkable documents I've seen in the entire history of the antiwar movement."

"We're not going to say he's an agent for Vietnamese communists, but it's the next thing to it," he said. "Whether he was consciously carrying out their direction or naively doing what they wanted, it amounted to the same thing -- he advanced their cause." more>

Kerry's cooked goose, or was it a gander? - Sen. John Kerry may have reached a new low in Ohio with his staged goose hunt.

What is more revealing than the pandering event itself is the realization that the press corps are even dumber than I thought they were.

But the real picture is revealed when we note how well-trained the general public is at accepting at face value virtually anything they see on TV. Maybe as important is how detached from reality the press and the people are when it comes to something as Americana as shooting down a large, edible waterfowl.

First, as a lifetime hunter, I mean a real hunter not an ivy league country club trap shooter as is Kerry, this was the first time I ever saw another hunter who had just bagged a large bird in barely a couple of hours who returned in what appeared to be brand spanking new camouflage. No blood, no trophy in hand and admittedly so distracted by the outcome of a baseball game he says, "I'm still so giddy over the Red Sox, it was hard to focus."

This reveals any number of things about candidate Kerry (whom we call by the name of "Scary" at our house) that need to be considered carefully by the "voting blocks" before the election.

Secondly, a revelation for me was the fact that in all his pandering no reporter was curious enough to ask questions that might reveal the big lie that is so obvious.

Such as, "Senator Kerry, did you shoot a goose or a gander?" or "Senator Kerry, can we watch you dressing your bird and get some tape of that?" or "Senator Kerry, can you tell us if you will be eating your game?" or "Senator Kerry, can you share your favorite goose recipe with us?" After all, he did say he was a lifelong hunter. Ever meet one of them who didn't like to share their knowledge and experience, especially favorite recipes? more>

Gun Control: So You Think That John Kerry Supports Gun Rights? The Truth About Kerry’s Anti-Gun, Anti-Hunter Voting Record - Imagine the most anti-gun presidential candidate in America’s history putting on hunting gear and posing before cameras, all the while telling us what a hunter he is.

As a senator, John Kerry has consistently voted against gun rights. Had all the bills passed that he voted for, we would effectively have a firearms ban comparable to those in Australia or England. In addition, Kerry supports taxing ammunition, and has voted to close off public lands to hunters.
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The Top Ten John Kerry Lies - more>

Security Council members deny meeting Kerry - U.N. ambassadors from several nations are disputing assertions by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry that he met for hours with all members of the U.N. Security Council just a week before voting in October 2002 to authorize the use of force in Iraq.

An investigation by The Washington Times reveals that while the candidate did talk for an unspecified period to at least a few members of the panel, no such meeting, as described by Mr. Kerry on a number of occasions over the past year, ever occurred.
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Just another person to use - Why shouldn't Kerry use the VP's gay daughter? Kerry's been using people all during his campaign. Kerry used his comrades, his leaders, and the wrong war in his campaign rhetoric. Kerry used his Purple Hearts to proclaim himself a war hero in a wrong war in his campaign rhetoric. Kerry used Christopher Reeve's death in his campaign rhetoric. Kerry used Michael J. Fox in his campaign rhetoric. Kerry's using the deaths of American soldiers in a wrong war in his campaign rhetoric. more>

Say It Slowly: John-Kerry-Is-the-Most-Liberal-Senator - A true flip-flopper is inevitably a moderate, but John Kerry is no moderate. You can't be a moderate and also have a lifetime ADA rating in the 90's. ''Higher than Ted Kennedy,'' Republicans are fond of saying. Yes, and higher than any of his rated primary opponents, even Dennis Kucinich and Carole Moseley-Braun. Higher than Al Gore, Walter Mondale, George McGovern, or anyone else the Democrats have ever dared to send before the American people.
But a 92% lifetime ADA rating for a twenty-year senator is pretty darned close to being perfectly liberal.

Now, that piker Ted Kennedy, whose lifetime ADA rating is a mere 90%, was asked last week if he thought Kerry was a liberal, and he said he didn't find labels useful in describing politicians. That's laughable, of course; in just one recent speech, Kennedy described President Bush with such labels as ''conservative,'' ''right-wing,'' ''extremist,'' and ''radical.'' more>

My Top Ten Unanswered Questions for John Kerry
1) As the only (self proclaimed) “war hero” running for office, why are you the only candidate for President who has refused to sign Standard DOD Form 180 releasing all of your military records?

2) Should the American people conclude that you received less than an “honorable discharge” back in the 70’s, since Clinton helped arrange your “honorable discharge” in March of 2001, and that your refusal to sign DOD Form 180 relates to your efforts to cover it up?

3) Did your aiding and abetting the enemy by meeting with the North Vietnamese in the 70’s have anything to do with your not receiving an honorable discharge from the Navy until March of 2001?

4) If you really “witnessed” and “committed” acts of “atrocities” in Vietnam, as you stated in 1971, why didn’t you report any of those acts to your commanding officer, as was your duty as an officer yourself?

5) How is it possible that a 20 year Senator has only authored or co-authored 50 some odd pieces of legislation in 20 years, none of which addressed any issues of interest to average Americans?

6) What was your roll in the “Chinagate” scandal that ended with foreign money in yours and Clinton’s campaigns, nukes in China, North Korea and Iran, Johnny Chung in prison, and your name in FBI files?

7) What were your campaigns or the DNC’s involvement in the CBS attempts to smear a sitting war-time President using forged government documents?

8) Did you know in advance that your friends in France were getting rich in exchange for protecting Hussein from UN sanctions and forced compliance of 17 UN resolutions?

9) Now that we all know your friends in France and the UN were corrupt to their core, in bed with Hussein against America and the free world, why do you continue to insist that we beg “their” forgiveness, and return to business as usual, with nations that chose to stand with Hussein for profit during America’s greatest hour of need?

10) What is your, or John Edwards relationship to George Soros, the Bilderberg Group, and other related foreign nationals, who are determined to remove Bush from office at any expense, and why have you agreed to be funded by known socialists intent on a socialist America, controlled by a one world order?

How to Start the Day in a Happy Mood - Seven easy steps! more>

Kerry no-show in intelligence committee - Missed 38 of 49 public hearings in 8 years! Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry missed most of the public hearings of the Senate Intelligence Committee during his eight years on the panel, according to his colleagues. During his tenure on the committee, which provides oversight of national intelligence agencies, Kerry was absent for 38 of 49 public hearings, according to Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.

Edwards 'rarely present' Demo has worst attendance record on judiciary panel! - Despite his office being just across the hall from the Senate Judiciary Committee chambers, Sen. John Edwards has the worst attendance record of any committee member since he joined it three years ago.

Heinz Kerry Paid Lower Tax Rate Than Most Taxpayers - The Kerry campaign finally released Teresa Heinz Kerry's 2003 tax return, or rather two pages of it, late last Friday, the WALL STREET JOURNAL details.

"We think she ought to release the rest of her return, since her wealth was crucial to salvaging her husband's struggling campaign during the Democratic primaries in 2003."

"But even this minimal disclosure deserves more attention in light of John Kerry's pledge to raise tax rates. In 2003, Mrs. Kerry -- or Teresa Heinz, as she declared herself on her IRS 1040 form -- earned $5.07 million, hardly a surprising income for someone estimated to be worth nearly $1 billion.

"The news is that $2.78 million of that income came in the form of tax- exempt interest from what the Kerry campaign's press release attributed to investments in 'state, municipal and public entity bonds.' What the campaign didn't say is that these are the kind of investments that rich people can afford to hire lawyers and accountants to steer their money into."

On her "remaining 'taxable' income of $2.29 million, Mrs. Kerry paid $627,150 in taxes, for an overall average federal tax rate of only 12.4% on her $5.07 million in total income." This "puts Mrs. Kerry's tax rate at well below that of other filers in her super-rich neighborhood. But it also means she is paying a lower average rate than nearly all middle- class taxpayers paid in 2001, the last year for which the IRS has published the data.

The top 50% of all federal filers contributed 96.1% of all federal income taxes in 2001, and they paid an average income-tax rate of 15.9%. That's 3.5-percentage points more than Mrs. Kerry paid in 2003." At the "very least, Mrs. Kerry's tax returns are a screaming illustration of the need for reform to make the tax code simpler and fairer. But they also show that Senator Kerry's proposed tax increases are much more about a revenue grab than they are about tax justice."

John Kerry and his billionaire wife pay lower taxes than you do - Remember the classic 1970s comic routine from Steve Martin? You can make a million dollars and pay no taxes. First, get a million dollars. Then when the IRS comes knocking on your door demanding to know why you didn't pay your taxes, just remember two simple words: "I forgot."

Well, John Kerry has his own version. It goes like this: You can make a billion dollars and pay almost no taxes. First, marry a billionaire. Second, hire a gaggle of tax accountants and lawyers to bring your tax rate down to about half what many middle-income families pay. Except for John Kerry, this is no gag; it's reality. According to the Kerrys' own tax records, and they have not released all of them, the couple had a combined income of $5.51 million last year and paid $704,227 in income taxes. That means their effective tax rate was a whopping 12.8%. And it was all (presumably) done legally.

Now don't get me wrong: I'm not against people paying a 12.8% tax rate. Far from it. I just believe that all Americans--even those who can't afford to hire tax attorneys to set up complicated trusts and find legal ways to stash income in other tax-sheltered investments like municipal bonds--should have a shot at that kind of non-confiscatory tax rate.

Under the current tax system the middle class pays far more than the Kerry tax rate. In fact, the average federal tax rate--combined payroll and income tax--for a middle-class family is closer to 20% or more. George W. and Laura Bush, who had an income one-tenth of the Kerrys', paid a tax rate of 30%. more>

'How Democrats steal elections' - Veterans of hand recounts describe techniques used to change outcome - The manual vote recounts being insisted on by Democratic operatives in Palm Beach County, Fla., have been used for over 20 years to steal elections from Republicans, claim several GOP veterans of hand-recount election-upsets.

According to Bob Haueter, who served as chief of staff for former California Assembly Minority Leader Scott Baugh, and who is an expert on manual recounts, a Democrat lawyer intimately involved in "stealing" elections from Republicans through hand recounts admitted to the process and even shared the techniques involved.

After Tuesday's vote and an automatic recount still left GOP nominee George W. Bush ahead by a slim 288-vote margin, Palm Beach elections officials decided that a manual recount of all 425,000 votes should be undertaken.

"What's happening in Florida is exactly the game plan laid out to me by an attorney who represented the Democrats in a recount in California where they stole a seat from us," former California Assemblyman Pat Nolan told WorldNetDaily. more>

 John Kerry's Senate Voting Record

Axis of Evil Endorsement - Months after John Kerry boasted of having received secret endorsements from anonymous foreign leaders around the world, many of the gaps have been filled in. The leaders of the world have weighed in on the 2004 presidential election. Let’s run down the list of nations supporting each candidate.

A Former Senator Dishes on Kerry - by Jeremiah Denton - When Kerry joined me in the Senate, I already knew about his record of defamatory remarks and behavior criticizing U.S. policy in Vietnam and the conduct of our military personnel there. I had learned in North Vietnamese prisons how much harm such statements caused.

To me, his remarks and behavior amounted to giving aid and comfort to our Vietnamese and Soviet enemies. So I was not surprised when his subsequent overall voting pattern in the Senate was consistently detrimental to our national security. more>

A Nuance Too Far - The military is in much better shape than Kerry acknowledges - John Kerry has a national-security problem. Anyone wondering why the Democrat is now talking about Iraq and agreed to allow Thursday's presidential debate to be about foreign policy--President Bush's strong suit--need only look at the polls that forced Mr. Kerry to refocus his campaign two weeks ago. In one of them, a New York Times/CBS survey, 60% of likely voters didn't think Mr. Kerry could handle an international crisis. That's not a healthy number for a challenger during wartime. more>

A SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP - How Kerry and moveon.org cooperate more>

After WTC, Kerry Sat in a Daze for Forty Minutes - One of the characteristic behaviors of the left is the big lie, the false attack on your opponent for something that you have done yourself. With John Kerry, this tendency is combined with a uniquely highly developed case of tone-deafness, an insensibility to context, which in turn is a symptom, it seems to me, of his impenetrable self-regard and sense of entitlement.

The other day, Kerry attacked President Bush for having continued to read to the Florida school children for several minutes after getting word that the second plane had hit the World Trade Center. All other things being equal, I suppose it might be a fair point. But when we remember that Bush's response to 9/11 is overall the high point of his presidency, with even his enemies admitting he was magnificent in the days and weeks following the attack, Bush's initial delayed response (if that's what it was) to the news of the attack would seem an extremely odd thing for Kerry to criticize him for.

As is always the case with Kerry, however, it gets worse than that. It turns out that on the morning of September 11, Kerry did not, like Bush, delay acting for a mere five minutes, he delayed acting for 40 minutes. Here is Kerry's reply on July 8 to Larry King who asked him what he was doing on September 11th:

I was in the Capitol. We'd just had a meeting—we'd just come into a leadership meeting in Tom Daschle's office, looking out at the Capitol. And as I came in, Barbara Boxer and Harry Reid were standing there, and we watched the second plane come in to the building. And we shortly thereafter sat down at the table and then we just realized nobody could think, and then boom, right behind us, we saw the cloud of explosion at the Pentagon. And then word came from the White House, they were evacuating, and we were to evacuate, and so we immediately began the evacuation.

Since the South Tower of the World Trade Center was struck at 9:03 a.m., and the Pentagon was hit at 9:43 a.m., this means that Kerry along with several other members of the Democratic Senate leadership sat together at a table in a daze for a full 40 minutes, unable to act, unable to think.

From Kerry's description it sounds as if they weren't even watching the television, like tens of millions of normal people did, to follow and try to make sense of the unfolding events. They simply relapsed into a passive state, neither taking in nor reacting to the fact that America was under an unprecedented attack. more>

Al-Qaida-OKC link included in Berger doc? Author: Missing draft possibly presents evidence of Al-Zawahiri visit - The woman who wrote the definitive book on a Middle Eastern connection to the Oklahoma City bombing says the classified terror-threat report at the center of a criminal investigation of former Clinton aide Sandy Berger might include information about a high-level al-Qaida operative having visited OKC ahead of the 1995 attack on the Murrah Federal Building.

As WorldNetDaily reported, Berger removed handwritten notes and secret documents from a National Archives reading room prior to his testimony before the 9-11 Commission. One of the documents was the draft of an after-action report he ordered his anti-terror czar, Richard Clarke, to write in early 2000. Berger has spoken publicly about how the review brought to the forefront the realization that al-Qaida had reached America's shores and required more attention. The draft report of the NSC "Millennium After Action Review" addresses the Clinton administration's handling of al-Qaida terror threats during the December 1999 millennium celebration.

Jayna Davis, author of "The Third Terrorist: The Middle Eastern Connection to the Oklahoma City Bombing," points out the writing of the report was in the same timeframe Yossef Bodansky, former director of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, confirmed that Dr. Ayman Al-Zawahiri, one of al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden's lieutenants, traveled to Oklahoma City in the spring of 1995 " to insure the smooth execution of the pending terrorist strike against the Murrah federal complex," said Davis.

"Bodansky explained that he did not confirm Al-Zawahiri's mission to the heartland state until late 1999," Davis told WND. "This revelation coincides with Richard Clarke's drafting of the Berger-directed review regarding the realization that al-Qaida had reached America's shores." more>

Allawi KO’s Kerry - Reporters covering the Kerry campaign may have heard the Senator’s ulcers growl, each time his Congressional colleagues gave the Iraqi PM an overwhelming ovation. Watching the guys supposedly standing behind him in the campaign, vociferously applaud the noble Iraqi leader and ally of Bush and the rest of America, must have been galling.

Maybe it’s payback for taking off his uniform and standing with the enemy against every American who fought in Vietnam during his meretricious mendacity before the Fulbright Committee, on national TV and on two Paris trips to meet with the North Vietnamese enemy.

It was awesome to hear Allawi -- who Saddam tried to assassinate, who is actually there in Baghdad risking his life 24/7 -- as he gave Bush, America and the Coalition troops kudos for shredding Saddam and now getting rid of the ragweed extremists who want to keep Iraq enslaved. Thank you, Prime Minister, for thanking us and giving us an eye-witnessed, favorable report. We sure aren’t getting either gratitude or an unbiased picture from CBS, NBC or ABC.

These three nutworks, TV’s Axis of Drivel, run negative reports on Abu Ghraib prison cruelty, on American soldiers’ death tolls, on terrorist beheadings of relief workers and on the insurgents in just three of Iraq’s 18 provinces. Then, they’ll do an interview with a Muslim mendicant breathing murderous threats, and never cover the massive forward strides to freedom and democratic government in this once tyrannized nation. more>

ALL OVER THE MAP ON IRAQ - JOHN Kerry finally defined his position on the war in Iraq — or his latest one, anyway.

It took a direct challenge from President Bush, who asked if Kerry would still have voted to authorize the use of force against Saddam Hussein if he knew that no weapons of mass destruction would be found. Kerry's reply: "Yes, I would have voted for the authority. I believe it was the right authority for a president to have."

Even at that, Kerry could be parsing words here: Stressing his support for "the authority" echoes his bizarre earlier distinction (which he made after Howard Dean's campaign started taking off) that he'd only voted to "threaten the use of force," not actually to use it.

Still, Kerry's answer likely will raise some eyebrows among people who believed the Democratic nominee when he agreed that he was one of the "anti-war candidates" — someone who is "unhappy with this war [and] the way it's been fought," someone who charged that Bush "misled every one of us" with his "rush to war."

Of course, Kerry has been all over the political map when it comes to ousting Saddam. He certainly showed no hesitation when Bill Clinton was the president threatening to use force in Iraq. (Back then, Kerry even endorsed unilateral action against this "grave threat to the well-being of our nation.")

But his latest statement raises an important question: If ousting Saddam now was justified, even if we knew in advance that there were apparently no WMDs, why did Kerry so vehemently oppose moving against Saddam after he invaded Kuwait and was a much greater military threat?

Back in 1991, John Kerry was a leader of the movement to keep America from fighting in the Persian Gulf — at one point begging the first President Bush to send someone to Baghdad for a "face-to-face meeting" with the Iraqi despot.

And Kerry's rhetoric in throughout that debate was one long Vietnam flashback. more>

An Open Letter to John Kerry - Kerry's attendance record was 36 percent in the 108th Congress, meaning that he was AWOL nearly 2/3 of the time the Senate was in session; years earlier, as a result of his lobbying for normalized relations with Vietnam, his cousin C. Stewart Forbes got a deal worth billions of dollars for his company Colliers International.

Black Voters Disenfranchised? Another Lie From a Corrupt John Kerry - The Kerry salvo about a million black voters is a wild extrapolation based on the falsehood that in 2000 blacks were disenfranchised in Florida and then assuming proportional numbers were disenfranchised in every other state. The million number is highly convenient since it is the threshold for a sound bite really to bite. Kerry, for instance, will never say on the stump that the economy has lost a net 600,000 total jobs during the past four years, sticking instead with a statistic that keeps the figure over a million.

What happened in Florida in 2000 is some voters spoiled their ballots, voting for two candidates or not making a discernible mark on their ballot. This happens in every election, but these mistakes were magnified in Florida because of the scrutiny that came with Bush's 500-vote margin. Peter Kirsanow, a Republican member of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and a one-man truth squad about the Florida controversy, estimates the rate of spoilage in Florida at roughly 3 percent.

That is similar to the 2.6 percent rate in 1996, when Democrats failed to scream about disenfranchisement…. more>

Bush Criticizes Kerry's Achievements - President Bush launched his counterattack against John Kerry on Friday, saying his Democratic rival has spent 19 years in the U.S. Senate with "no signature achievements." more>

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Bush Notes Kerry 'Voted Against Funding Our Soldiers' - Ratcheting up his criticism of John Kerry, President Bush accuses his Democrat rival of voting against American troops, in a new television ad that begins airing Tuesday.

``Few votes in Congress are as important as funding our troops at war. Though John Kerry voted in October 2002 for military action in Iraq, he later voted against funding our soldiers,'' the ad says.

The 30-second ad labels Kerry ``wrong on defense'' and claims that the U.S. senator did not support bills that would have ensured troops had body armor and earned higher combat pay, and would have given reservists and their families better health care. more>

Bush Photo with Teen Shows Conviction and Compassion - It started out as a fluke. Lynn Faulkner had been offered an extra ticket to a Bush campaign event by his neighbor Linda Prince. Mr. Faulkner decided to offer it to his 15-year old daughter Ashley who he expected would decline, as she would have to miss some school to attend. But his daughter surprised him. Ashley reminded her dad how four years ago they attended a similar event when then Texas Governor George W. Bush visited the same spot on the campaign trail.

Ashley remembered attending that event with both her father and her mother Wendy Faulkner. It was raining that day and they all stood in the rain awaiting Governor Bush “eating Triscuit crackers” enjoying the time together and hoping to get a glimpse of the would-be president. Ashley recalled holding her mothers hand as they waited. So she decided to go again this year, but this time her mother could not attend. Wendy Faulkner was murdered on 9/11/01 in the President George Bush comforting Shannon Faulkner who lost her mother in the terror attackssouth tower of the World Trade Center. She was there on the 104th floor for a one-day meeting. Ashley decided to miss school in honor and remembrance of her mother and attend the event.

So the trip was on. Linda Prince, along with Lynn and Ashley Faulkner, were off to the Golden Lamb Inn in Lebanon, Ohio for the event. The group arrived early and got a spot close to the front. As the event wound down, the president worked the line in full campaign mode shaking hands and signing autographs. As the president passed the group, Mr. Faulkner got an autograph, and the president continued on until Linda Prince spoke up, “This girl lost her mother on 9/11,” Prince told the president.

Then everything changed.

“The president’s entire expression transformed,” Mr. Faulkner told me on Sunday. “He turned and came back against the flow and his eyes locked on Ashley’s. His face showed a man who was no longer the president, he was a father and a husband.” President Bush made his way back to Ashley and he embraced the 15-yeal old young woman. “She snuggled in with the president just like she did when she was a little girl with her dad,” Mr. Faulkner said. “I know it’s hard,” Mr. Faulkner heard the president tell his daughter. “I’m okay,” Ashley told the president. The embrace continued.

Mr. Faulkner had his Kodak digital camera with him and debated on invading this very private moment between his daughter and the leader of the free world. “For 20-30 seconds the president belonged exclusively to Ashley,” Lynn Faulkner told me. So he decided to capture the moment without invading Ashley and the president’s privacy. He held up his digital camera, not even aiming with his eye and with one click snapped just one picture. It showed in detail the face of a compassionate man who just happens to be the president comforting a young woman who lost her mother in the 9/11 attacks on America.

Mr. Faulkner told me that he saw tears in his daughter’s eyes, and saw emotion that he hadn’t seen from his daughter in 2 ½ years. Ashley told her dad, “The way he was holding me, with my head against his chest, it felt like he was trying to protect me, he wanted to make sure that I was safe.” That feeling is captured in a very clear way in this moving unscripted photo. It’s the only photo of this special embrace as the press corps had already been ushered back on the bus. And the photo was never meant for publication. All Mr. Faulkner did when he returned home from the event was e-mail it to 15 friends and family. But by the middle of last week, I had received the photo from eight different people. Others were also receiving the photo and forwarding it along. It became an Internet phenomenon, as it was e-mailed around America. more>

Bush pulls a Swift one: He has Kerry caught in a dilemma on soft-money attack ads - Everybody knows President Bush is a bass fisherman. But the President has spent most of August reeling in a more exotic specimen: the Giant New England Slack-Jaw.

On May 4, a group called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth held a press conference in Washington, denouncing Kerry. It is possible Bush was taken by surprise by this. It is also possible the moon's made of blue cheese.

Still, it is highly doubtful that Bush put the Swifties up to their attack. He didn't need to. They obviously hate Kerry's guts. All the President had to do was sit quietly and watch. Patience is the fisherman's friend.

Some of the Swiftie charges against Kerry's war record are highly debatable. Others - that Kerry invented a "life-changing" experience in Cambodia or that he slandered U.S. troops when he came home from the war - are matters of public record.

Either way, one thing is indisputable: The allegations have done Kerry a great deal of harm.

It took him a surprisingly long time to realize that. When he did, he tried to get off the hook in awkward ways - dispatching lawyers to scare TV stations into censoring Swiftie ads, pressuring bookstores to ban the Swiftie bible, "Unfit to Command," even appealing to the toothless Federal Election Commission to make his erstwhile comrades-in-arms shut up. But to no avail.

Finally Kerry demanded that Bush himself step in and silence the Swifties. It was a moment Bush had been waiting for.

On Monday, down in Crawford, Tex., Dubya hitched up his jeans, sauntered out to a press conference and allowed as to how he'd be glad to help his worthy opponent. But, just to be fair, he said, let's shut down the negative campaigning by all 527 groups. Goodbye, Swifties. So long, MoveOn. Just say the word, Sen. Kerry, and we'll take all the nasty dollars out of politics.

But Kerry hasn't said that word. He probably can't. His entire campaign finance structure is predicated on 527 money. Of the top 10 soft donors, nine are Kerry supporters. Combined, they have already raised more than $100 million for the Democrats. The Swifties, by contrast, have raised much less than 1% of that. For Bush, soft money is just a dab of Texas perfume; for Kerry, it's oxygen.

So, the President comes off as the champion of upright McCain-Feingold reform, while Kerry is stuck with George Soros & Co. If the senator cuts off his billionaire backers, he suffocates. If he sticks with Soros, et al., he's stuck with the Swifties, too. That's a hook Kerry can wriggle on until Nov. 2. Then Bush will throw him back. more>

Cheney blasts Kerry on voting records, claims of foreign support - While in the senate, Kerry voted against the 1991 Gulf War, weapons systems, the Apache helicopter, Tomahawk missile, Bradley fighting vehicle, military pay increases and more. Classic Kerry quote: "I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it." Cheney: "American voters are the ones charged with determining the outcome of this election, not unnamed foreign leaders."

Child Porn Bill DOA - S151, "The Protect Act," which includes Congress' attempt to ban “virtual,” or computer-generated, child pornography, passed the Senate last Thursday and has been sent to President George W. Bush for his signature. Once signed, the bill would go into effect on January 1, 2004. However, according to anti-pornography advocates, that's not necessarily a good thing because of the bill's flaws.

The Protect Act is a comprehensive child safety bill with some good provisions to strengthen sex offender laws, sexual trafficking, sex crimes against children, for national coordination of the "Amber Alert" system, sentencing reforms for sexual abuse crimes, and a host of others.

The bill also amends child pornography laws in an attempt to respond to the Supreme Court ruling last year that legalized "virtual child porn.” It aims to criminalize “a computer image, computer-generated image, or digital image that is of, or is virtually indistinguishable from that of, an actual minor.”

In the U.S. Senate, support for the law was overwhelming: 98 senators voted in favor. The two who didn’t vote at all are Senators Joe Lieberman (D-Connecticut) and John Kerry (D-Massachusetts), who both have declared their candidacy for the presidency in 2004. more>

Consistent Kerry - Kerry's consistently inconsistent positions on capital punishment for terrorists, the Patriot Act, gay marriage, role of UN, etc.

Discovered papers: Hanoi directed Kerry - Recovered Vietnam documents 'smoking gun' researchers claim - The first documentary evidence that Vietnamese communists were directly steering John Kerry's antiwar group Vietnam Veterans Against the War has been discovered in a U.S. archive, according to a researcher who spoke with WorldNetDaily.

One freshly unearthed document, captured by the U.S. from Vietnamese communists in 1971 and later translated, indicates the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese delegations to the Paris peace talks that year were used as the communications link to direct the activities of Kerry and other antiwar activists who attended. more>

Early Kerry: Disband CIA, Put U.S. Troops Under U.N. Control - As he builds his lead with New Hampshire voters leading up to Tuesday's Democratic primary, Sen. John Kerry is no doubt hoping that copies of an old interview he gave during his first congressional race don't suddenly turn up.

It was 1970 and the ambitious Massachusetts Democrat had just returned from Vietnam, completely soured on America and its influence throughout the world.

Running against the Rev. Robert F. Drinan in Massachusetts' Third District, Kerry granted an interview to the Harvard Crimson.

He told the college paper that it was time to "almost eliminate CIA activity," according to excerpts obtained by the Boston Globe last June. What's more, Kerry wanted U.S. troops "dispersed through the world only at the directive of the United Nations."

After abandoning his challenge to Drinan, Kerry joined Vietnam Veterans Against the War and testified before the Senate, where he slammed the soldiers he served with as war criminals. more>

FBI docs say China funded Kerry - Suggest exchange with Beijing for aerospace technology - The legal watchdog group Judicial Watch announced the release of recently declassified documents that indicate Sen. John Kerry accepted laundered contributions from the communist Chinese government for his 1996 re-election campaign.

In exchange, Judicial Watch suspects, the presidential candidate might have arranged meetings between Chinese aerospace executives and U.S. government officials.

"These disturbing FBI documents raise further questions about Sen. Kerry's involvement in what looks like a quid pro quo [cash for meetings] with the communist Chinese," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

An Insight magazine report published by WND earlier this month revealed a new photograph has emerged showing the Massachusetts senator in Beijing working with a company associated with the Chinese military. more>

French Would Back Kerry in U.S. Poll, Wary of Bush - Nearly nine out of ten French people would back John Kerry if they could vote in the U.S. election, according to an opinion poll on Friday which showed deep distrust of President Bush since the Iraq war.

The poll, published after Kerry and Bush battled over Iraq in a television debate, came as no surprise in the country which led opposition to the U.S.-led war and whose people were dubbed "cheese-eating surrender monkeys" by American Republicans. more>

Goodbye "Regular Joe" Democrat - Democrats: the party of the little guy. Republicans: the party of the wealthy. Those images of America's two major political wings have been frozen for generations. The stereotypes were always a little off, incomplete, exaggerated. (Can you say Adlai Stevenson?) But like most stereotypes, they reflected rough truths.

No more. Starting in the 1960s and '70s, whole blocs of "little guys"--ethnics, rural residents, evangelicals, cops, construction workers, homemakers, military veterans--began moving into the Republican column. And big chunks of America's rich elite--financiers, academics, heiresses, media barons, software millionaires, entertainers--drifted into the Democratic Party.

The extent to which the parties have flipped positions on the little-guy/rich-guy divide is illustrated by research from the Ipsos-Reid polling firm. Comparing counties that voted strongly for Bush to those that voted strongly for Gore in the 2000 election, the study shows that in pro-Bush counties only 7 percent of voters earned at least $100,000, while 38 percent had household incomes below $30,000. In the pro-Gore counties, fully 14 percent pulled in $100,000 or more, while 29 percent earned less than $30,000.

It is "becoming harder by the day to take the Democrats seriously as the party of the common man," writes columnist Daniel Henninger. "The party's primary sources of support have become trial lawyers and Wall Street financiers. It is becoming a party run by a new class of elites who make fast money--$25 million for 30 days work on a movie, millions (even billions) winning lawsuits against doctors...millions to do arithmetic for a business merger."

Obviously both parties have their fat cats, but Federal Election Commission data show that many of the very wealthiest political players are now in the Democratic column. Today's most aggressive political donors by far are lawyers--who donated $98 million dollars to 2004 political candidates as of June. (By comparison, the entire oil and gas industry donated $13 million.) And rich lawyers do indeed tilt strongly Democratic: 71 percent of their contributions went to Democrats, 29 percent to Republicans.

Migration of the rich and powerful to the Democrats has been so pronounced that Democratic nominee John Kerry has actually pulled in much more money than sitting President George Bush this spring and summer. Kerry's monthly fundraising totals have routinely doubled or even tripled Bush's totals. And the money on the Kerry side has come much more from rich individuals, while Bush has relied on flocks of small donors. So which is the party of the people now?

John Kerry is in many ways a perfect embodiment of the Democratic Party's takeover by wealthy elites. Experts describe his genealogy as "more royal than any previous American President." There is a long line of blue blood and inherited funds in his family, and his life has been anything but typically American: Mom was an heiress summering at her family's resort estate in France when she met dad, a Phillips Andover/Yale/Harvard Law School alum who was passing his own summer of 1937 in France "as an apprentice in a sculptor's studio." John's early boyhood was spent in a grand house outside Boston bought with inherited money. At age ten he was packed off to a fancy boarding school in Switzerland, and "for the next seven years of his life, this would become routine: His parents would send him off to boarding school and he would adapt anew to a world of competitive boys from wealthy, privileged families," as Kerry's Boston Globe biographers summarize.

Kerry spent his high school years at St. Paul's prep school, with a rich aunt paying the bills. He described himself at that point as being "from Oslo, Norway" (where his father was then posted as a diplomat). At St. Paul's and then Yale, Kerry whirled through hoity-toity circles with Auchinclosses and Bundys and trust-funders of all sorts, and when it came time for marrying, he showed the darnedest luck at finding true loves with true money. His first wife was worth $300 million; his second is a billionaire. more>

Gun Control: So You Think That John Kerry Supports Gun Rights? - The Truth About Kerry’s Anti-Gun, Anti-Hunter Voting Record - Imagine the most anti-gun presidential candidate in America’s history putting on hunting gear and posing before cameras, all the while telling us what a hunter he is.

As a senator, John Kerry has consistently voted against gun rights. Had all the bills passed that he voted for, we would effectively have a firearms ban comparable to those in Australia or England. In addition, Kerry supports taxing ammunition, and has voted to close off public lands to hunters.
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Hitting Below the Beltway; Why Bush KOs Kerry in the South - Over the years, the New South has chosen a New Party; Republicans have converted the Democratic Dixie into ''God's country.'' Those donkeys that remain behind the Mason-Dixon Line are forced to change sides (i.e. U.S. Sen. Zell Miller of Georgia) or play conservatives on television (i.e. Gov. Mike Easley of North Carolina). More and more governor's mansions and senatorial seats are falling to the GOP. President George W. Bush is set to sweep the South. Not even young, ambitious trial lawyers can stop us. To play off the favored cliche, the South will rise again…but this time we stand by the Party of Lincoln.

Simply put, from colonial Virginia to sunny Florida and coastal Carolina, millions of conservative, and middleclass Southerners are preparing to vote their consciences and their wallets. Guess what? By our estimation, Bush wins either way. Whether selflessly concerned for the future of our families, or worried over maintaining economic growth, U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-M.A.) fails the global, err, Southern test.

How to Steal an Election - A recent story that didn't get nearly the attention it deserved was the New York Daily News report that 46,000 registered New York City voters are also registered to vote in Florida. Nearly 1,700 of them have had absentee ballots mailed to their home in the other state, and as many as 1,000 have voted twice in the same election. Can 1,000 fraudulent votes change an election? Well, George W. Bush won Florida in 2000 by just 537 votes.

It is illegal to register to vote simultaneously in different jurisdictions, but scofflaws have little to worry about. As the Daily News noted, "efforts to prevent people from registering and voting in more than one state rely mostly on the honor system." Those who break the law rarely face prosecution or serious punishment. It's easy -- and painless -- to cheat.

I learned this firsthand in 1996, when I registered my wife's cat as a voter in Cook County, Ill., Norfolk County, Mass., and Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and then requested absentee ballots from all three venues. My purpose wasn't to cast illegal multiple votes but to demonstrate how vulnerable to manipulation America's election system has become.

It was a simple scam to pull off. "Under the National Voter Registration Act -- the `Motor Voter Law' -- states are required to accept voter registrations by mail," I wrote at the time. "No longer can citizens be asked to make a trip to town hall or the county office. No longer do they have to provide proof of residence or citizenship. In fact, they don't have to exist. Motor Voter obliges election officials to add to the voter list any name mailed in on a properly filled-out registration form. Anyone so registered can then request an absentee ballot -- by mail, of course. The system is not only open to manipulation, it invites it." more>

Hysterical women for Kerry - During World War II, young Rose Will Monroe was the face of American women in adversity: strong, supportive and resolute against the enemy forces that threatened our existence. Tens of thousands like Rosie rolled up their sleeves, gritted their teeth, and flexed their muscles in factories and shipyards and arsenals across the country.

They made rockets and rifles and bombs and boats. They painted and drilled and welded. When they got home to their kids, they cooked and cleaned and collapsed in bed after praying for their husbands and brothers and uncles on the battlefield. Rosie and her sisters in arms didn't have the luxury of complaining about their lack of "me time." There was a war to be won. And so, as this presidential campaign season has constantly reminded us, there is today.

But Rosie is gone. And in her place, we have Hysterical Women for Kerry. They are self-absorbed celebrities who support banning all guns (except the ones their bodyguards use to protect them and their children). They are teachers' union bigwigs who support keeping all children hostage in public schools (except their own sons and daughters who have access to the best private institutions). They are sanctimonious environmentalists who oppose ostentatious energy consumption (except for their air-conditioned Malibu mansions and Gulfstream jets and custom Escalades.)

They are antiwar activists who claim to love the troops (except when they're apologizing to the terrorists trying to kill our men and women in uniform). They are peace activists who balk at your son bringing in his "Star Wars" light saber for the kindergarten Halloween parade (but who have no problem serving as human shields for torture-loving dictators). They are ultrafeminists who purport to speak for all women (but not the unborn ones or the abstinent teenage ones or the minority conservative ones or the newly enfranchised ones in Afghanistan). more>

John Kerry: Further Left Than He Lets On - Kerry has made frequent references to his military background, depicting himself as a proud American who served his nation honorably during the Vietnam War. However, what most people do not realize is when Kerry returned from combat, he became a key figure in the early-1970s, anti-American and pro-Hanoi movement personified by Jane Fonda. Like so many of those protesters, Kerry publicly maligned American soldiers, and went on to become a prominent organizer for one of America’s most radical appeasement groups, Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW). He developed close ties with celebrated activists like Fonda and Ramsey Clark, the radical Attorney General who served under President Lyndon Johnson. (Clark went on to head the pro-North Korean International Action Center.) Kerry also supported a document known as the “People’s Peace Treaty,” which was reportedly composed in Communist East Germany and contained nine points – all of them extracted from a list of Viet Cong conditions for ending the war.

By participating in VVAW demonstrations, Kerry marched alongside many revolutionary Communists. Exploiting his presence at such rallies, the Communist publication Daily World prominently published photographs of Kerry addressing anti-war protesters, some of whom were carrying banners with portraits of Communist Party leader Angela Davis. Openly organized by known Communists, these rallies were typified by what the December 12, 1971, Herald Traveler called an “abundance of Vietcong flags, clenched fists raised in the air, and placards plainly bearing legends in support of China, Cuba, the USSR, North Korea and the Hanoi government.”

In early 1971, Kerry organized one of the most confrontational anti-war protests of the period, in which nearly 1,000 purported Vietnam veterans gathered on Washington, D.C.’s Mall for what they termed “a limited incursion into the country of Congress.” As part of a carefully orchestrated buildup toward that demonstration, Kerry had recently testified before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, claiming to have personally heard U.S. soldiers boast about having raped, dismembered, tortured, poisoned and randomly executed innocent civilians – sometimes even razing entire villages in a manner reminiscent of Ghenghis Khan. During that same time period, Kerry charged that American-perpetrated war crimes in Vietnam were the norm, not the exception – and were carried out with the full awareness and blessing of officers at all levels of American military command.

Today, many American veterans and their families deem Kerry’s past public excoriation of U.S. troops as unforgivable acts bordering on treason. As a result, veterans have formed several groups opposing Kerry’s presidential ambitions. The root cause of their anti-Kerry sentiment is summarized by the publication U.S. Veteran Dispatch, which notes that Kerry’s aforementioned testimony “occurred while some of his fellow Vietnam veterans were known by the world to be enduring terrible suffering as prisoners of war in North Vietnamese prisons.” Indeed, Senator John McCain has stated that his North Vietnamese captors had used reports of Kerry-led protests to taunt him and his fellow prisoners. Retired General George S. Patton III angrily charged that Kerry’s actions were giving “aid and comfort to the enemy.”

John Kerry's secret meeting with the enemy - On Sept. 21, 2004, the Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth introduced a TV ad titled, "Friends," with the message that "John Kerry Secretly Met Enemy Leaders" during the Vietnam War, in 1970, while he was yet in the Naval Reserves.

The Kerry immediate response team jumped into action, charging rather characteristically that the Swift Vets were lying. John Kerry, his surrogates maintained, did not meet "secretly" with Vietnamese communist negotiators to the Paris Peace talks – he openly told Sen. Fulbright's committee in April 1971 that he had traveled to Paris and met with "both sides" to the Paris Peace talks.

Since he told the Fulbright Committee about his meeting, it could not be "secret," the spokespersons for the campaign maintained. Besides, since he met with "both sides," implying that one of the sides had to be ours, how could the trip have been anything else other than a fact-finding trip? Besides, many anti-war radicals were in Paris in 1970 and 1971 meeting with the Vietnamese communists, why wouldn't John Kerry have done the same?

Dissecting "Kerry-speak" takes some doing. First, the meeting was secret. Only in March of this year, did Michael Meehan, one of Kerry's top spokespersons, finally admit to the Boston Globe that Kerry did actually meet with Madame Binh, the top Viet Cong negotiator to the Paris Peace talks. Even today, we do not know how Kerry arranged the meeting, where it was held, how long it lasted, or what precisely Kerry and Madame Binh discussed. These details remain hidden.

All we know for sure is that on July 22, 1971, John Kerry held a press conference in Washington, D.C., where – surrounded by POW families – he called upon President Nixon to accept Madame Binh's peace proposal, a peace proposal that called for the United States to set a date for military withdrawal and pay reparations – in effect, to surrender – all this to induce the Vietnamese communists to set a date for the release of our POWs.

Madame Nguyen Thi Binh is not someone familiar to most Americans today. Yet, in 1970, she was virtually the "Dragon Lady" of the Viet Cong. Madame Binh was a close associate of Ho Chi Minh. She was a teacher who achieved distinction in North Vietnam for her time in the captivity of the French during the war before the French withdrew and we arrived to take up the fight.

Madame Binh was beautiful and highly intelligent. Just before John Kerry came on the scene, Ho Chi Minh had dispatched one of his closest associates, Lo Duc Tho, to Paris in order to perfect the 7-point peace plan Madame Binh would advance. Lo Duc Tho was one of the original founders of the Communist Party of Indochina and one of the North Vietnamese communist's chief strategists.

Lo Duc Tho and Madame Binh crafted a clever plan designed to undermine the formal peace negotiations being undertaken on behalf of the United States government by Richard Nixon's appointed team of negotiators headed by Henry Kissinger. The point of Madame Binh's 7-point peace proposal was that the only barrier to our getting our POWs back was our own unwillingness to set a date for withdrawal. The Vietnamese communists wanted the world to perceive that the only unreasonable party in this conflict was the USA, not the Vietnamese communists. In other words, we ourselves in our refusal to set a date to end the war were the sole reason our POWs were not coming home.

When John Kerry appeared on the scene, a handsome and decorated war veteran turned anti-war activist, he was the perfect candidate to carry the communist message back to the United States. Judged by the outcome, Kerry's trip to Paris no simple "fact-finding mission." The evidence is that Kerry – while still in the Naval Reserves – inserted himself into a complex negotiation with the result that he advanced the communist side to the detriment of our official negotiating position. more>

Healey calls for Kerry to resign - As part of a coordinated attack by the Bush campaign, Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey called yesterday for US Senator John F. Kerry to resign immediately, saying that he had missed so many roll call votes in the Senate that he wasn't representing the Commonwealth in the Senate.

Healey, Bush's campaign co-chairwoman in Massachusetts, accused Kerry of having abandoned his duties in the Senate by missing 87 percent of the roll calls this year and 64 percent last year because he was campaigning for the presidency.

''John Kerry has left the people of Massachusetts underrepresented in one of the highest lawmaking bodies in the nation," said Healey, speaking outside the governor's State House office. An immediate Kerry resignation would clear the way for Governor Mitt Romney to appoint a Republican to the seat and bolster GOP strength in the Senate, where the Republicans rule by a razor-thin majority.

In calling for Kerry to resign, Healey became the public voice for national Republicans and Bush campaign officials who have been privately grumbling for months that the Massachusetts senator should be pressured -- by pundits, media columnists, and perhaps members of his own party -- to step down because of his nearly total absence from the Senate chambers since he launched his presidential bid last September.

John Kerry's Flip Flops - Bush website has detailed list of Kerry flip-flops: flip flopped on trade with China; eliminating the marriage penalty for the middle class; Patriot Act; first Gulf War; gay marriage amendment; attacking the president during time of war; death penalty for terrorists; No Child Left Behind; affirmative action; ethanol; Cuba sanctions; NAFTA; double taxation on dividends; raising taxes during economic downturn; small business income taxes; 50-cent gas tax increase; leaving abortion up to states; litmus tests for judicial nominees; health coverage; welfare reform; PACs; ballistic missile defense; 1991 Iraq war coalition; war on terror; funding our troops in Iraq; tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, and more.

John Kerry's Message to the Enemy - The Kerry campaign has settled on a battle cry: ''Iraq is the new Vietnam.'' John Kerry couldn’t use his sterling war record to propel him into the White House so he will now walk across the bodies of dead Iraqi children, coalition civilians who are having their heads sawed off for the shock value, and American soldiers who remain in harm’s way. Kerry’s friends depict surrendering marines in their pro-Kerry campaign ads and Kerry struts around America sending devastating signals to the enemy by calling Bush ''unfit'' to lead. Kerry says Bush is far too ''resolved'' in his determination to defeat the enemy. Bush should accept defeat, as Kerry has.

That may sound harsh, but just as the protesters of the 1960’s encouraged the North Vietnamese to continue killing until the anti-war activists wore down the government, John Kerry is not only encouraging the Islamic terrorists to step up their attacks, he is almost begging them to do so.

The terrorists in Iraq heard John Kerry call interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi a liar. Mr. Allawi, a courageous man that Saddam ordered killed--who knows he could be assassinated at any time--is treated like scum by this arrogant rich man from Massachusetts. Iraq cannot, must not, succeed. That simply doesn’t fit into John Kerry's campaign plans.

What is John Kerry’s subliminal message to the enemy? Make Iraq a ''free fire zone'' and kill as much as possible. Car bombings, beheadings, RPG attacks, roadside bombs, a suicide bomber who rams a hospital--anything goes as long as the body count is high and vivid pictures of total and complete chaos are shown nightly on every American news broadcast. The more broken bodies shown on American television screens the better it will be for Kerry. John Kerry has a very short time to convince Americans that Iraq is a lost cause that never should have been undertaken because America is too weak to defeat this enemy without France and the United Nations.

John Kerry wants America to believe that he is an avid supporter of our military. Kerry’s history shows otherwise.

Kerry came home from Viet Nam and with a vengeance turned on his fellow vets. His main campaign promise to voters in Massachusetts was that he would vote against ''anything military.'' Kerry made statements that our military should be under United Nations control to be dispersed around the world at the organization’s whim. Now this man wants to be the commander in chief of the armed forces. One can only imagine what horrors would await those in uniform should Kerry succeed in convincing the majority of Americans that Iraq is an ''un-winable quagmire'' that only he can save us from--by withdrawing. Forget what he says publicly; he will abandon the Iraqi people. Kerry has made this promise to his anti-war core voters. more>>>

Journeys With John - As John Kerry travels around the country, check this map to see what a Kerry presidency means for your state. Did we miss something? Have another reason John Kerry is wrong for your state? more>

Kerry Absence Dooms Jobless Benefits Vote - A push by Senate Democrats to extend jobless benefits lost by a single vote yesterday - as their nominee-to-be, John Kerry (search), missed the vote while campaigning in Kentucky.

Kerry, the only senator to miss the vote,
said he didn't come back to Washington because "we were told that no matter what would happen, [the Republicans] would change a vote in the Senate and they were not going to let it happen."

President Bush's campaign spokesman, Steve Schmidt, said,
"Last month, John Kerry was pushing for the extension of unemployment benefits. Today, he had the chance to actually vote on that question, but was too busy playing politics when he would have made the difference in the Senate."
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Kerry and the Communists - We have been wondering how the major media would handle Senator John Kerry’s cordial relations with the communist Sandinistas who once ruled Nicaragua. Now we have our answer. The March 21st Washington Post ran a story by Glenn Kessler declaring that Kerry was merely “engaging” with them. The whole theme of the article was that Kerry’s foreign policy was one of “engagement.” This story has got to go down in history as a classic in terms of whitewashing a candidate’s record.

Kerry adamantly opposed President Reagan’s policy of preventing a communist takeover of Central America. Evidence showed that communist Cuba and the then-Soviet Union were coordinating a massive assault on the Western hemisphere. Reagan had set them back with the liberation of Grenada and the overthrow of a communist gang there. He was also supporting a resistance movement, known as the Contras, opposing the communist Sandinistas who had taken control of Nicaragua.

In an article in the American Spectator, entitled, “The Bolshevik in Kerry,” George Neumayr wrote, “Kerry’s limousine liberation theology led him into one of the most embarrassing moments of his early Senate career—his disastrous Neville Chamberlain-style diplomacy with Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega. Shortly after becoming a Senator, Kerry took off for Nicaragua with Tom Harkin on a free-lancing fact-finding tour, the purpose of which was to stymie congressional support for the Contras by ‘finding’ that the Sandinistas weren't such bad guys after all.”

Kerry said at the time, “We believe this is a wonderful opening for a peaceful settlement without having to militarize the region. The real issue is: Is this administration going to overthrow the government of the Sandinistas no matter what they do?” Neumayr notes that Reagan Secretary of State George Shultz “was so flabbergasted by Kerry’s shilling for Ortega that he denounced Kerry publicly for ‘dealing with the communists’ and letting himself be ‘used.’” more>

Kerry Backed Pre-emptive Iraq Attack in '97 - During a 1997 debate on CNN's "Crossfire," Democratic presidential front-runner John Kerry made the case for launching a pre-emptive attack against Iraq, according to Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., who appeared with Kerry on the program. more>

Kerry Blocked Law and Drew Cash - A Senate colleague was trying to close a loophole that allowed a major insurer to divert millions of federal dollars from the nation's most expensive construction project. John Kerry stepped in and blocked the legislation.

Over the next two years, the insurer, American International Group, paid Kerry's way on a trip to Vermont and donated at least $30,000 to a tax-exempt group Kerry used to set up his presidential campaign. Company executives donated $18,000 to his Senate and presidential campaigns.
Were the two connected? Kerry says not.

But to some government watchdogs, the tale of the Massachusetts senator's 2000 intervention, detailed in documents obtained by The Associated Press, is a textbook case of the special interest politicking that Kerry rails against on the presidential trail.

"The idea that Kerry has not helped or benefited from a specific special interest, which he has said, is utterly absurd," said Charles Lewis, head of the Center for Public Integrity that just published a book on political donations to the presidential candidates.

"Anyone who gets millions of dollars over time, and thousands of dollars from specific donors, knows there's a symbiotic relationship. He needs the donors' money. The donors need favors. Welcome to Washington. That is how it works." more>

Kerry Caught in Whopper Trying to Get the Cuban Vote - John Kerry doesn't just flip-flop in his desperate attempt to be all things to all voters; he even makes things up.

In an article Sunday in the Miami Herald that an alert reader just sent us, the soft-on-communism Washington waffler, pandering for the prized Cuban-American vote in crucial Florida, claimed: "I'm pretty tough on Castro, because I think he's running one of the last vestiges of a Stalinist secret police government in the world."

The Herald reported: "Then, reaching back eight years to one of the more significant efforts to toughen sanctions on the communist island, Kerry volunteered: 'And I voted for the Helms-Burton legislation to be tough on companies that deal with him.' ...

"There is only one problem: Kerry voted against it," the newspaper noted.

And remember little Elian Gonzalez? Kerry wants your vote no matter what you think about how Bill Clinton, Janet Reno and company sent the poor boy back to Fidel Castro's tropical gulag.

"I didn't agree with that," the Massachusetts Democrat insisted. The Herald reported: "But when he was asked to elaborate, Kerry acknowledged that he agreed the boy should have been with his father. "So what didn't he agree with?" the paper wondered.

Kerry Flops in Rare Appearance at Work - After months of refusing to do the job for which he is still on the American taxpayers' dole, he deigned to make a rare appearance yesterday in the U.S. Senate. But it was all for naught.

Kerry spent seven whole hours in Washington waiting to vote on a proposal to increase spending on veterans' health care, then finally took off to beg for money from his fellow travelers in San Francisco.

Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle grumbled that Majority Leader Bill Frist said Kerry should not be allowed to "parachute down and have a vote" after skipping work for so long.

During his rare appearance in the Senate, Kerry took the floor to accuse Republicans of refusing Democrats the "normal courtesy" of voting on a proposal. He did not mention that he has repeatedly failed to display the "normal courtesy" of showing up for work and that Democrats have repeatedly refused the "normal courtesy" of voting on President Bush's nominees.

Kerry Leads in Lobby Money - Anti-Special-Interest Campaign Contrasts With Funding - Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), who has made a fight against corporate special interests a centerpiece of his front-running campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, has raised more money from paid lobbyists than any other senator over the past 15 years, federal records show.

Kerry Makes Shocking Announcement: He'll Do His Job! - Sen. John Kerry has become such a notorious shirker that his campaign has issued an alert to the media that for once he'll show his face at work.

Embarrassed by the few media that will report his 87 percent absenteeism rate, the Massachusetts Democrat has condescended to return to Capitol Hill today to "make a critical vote on behalf of America's 26 million veterans," his handlers proclaimed.
Such a magnanimous flip-flop after he voted against funding the troops he voted to send to Iraq.

Still, it's a grand display of noblesse oblige for which we should all bow down and express gratitude. Or is he just trying to avoid a repeat of that humiliating episode last month when Democrats failed to extend jobless benefits because he was AWOL?

KERRY MISSES MASS. SOLDIER'S FUNERAL FOR FUNDRAISERS - So why wasn't U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry [D-MA] at last week's funeral of Matthew Boule, 22, the Dracut, Massachusetts native who was the state's first soldier to die in the Iraq war?

Kerry, a decorated Vietnam War veteran who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, was in Arizona on Tuesday -- fundraising and campaigning -- the very hour Boule was being buried, the DRUDGE REPORT can reveal.

Kerry no-show in intelligence committee - Missed 38 of 49 public hearings in 8 years - Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry missed most of the public hearings of the Senate Intelligence Committee during his eight years on the panel, according to his colleagues.

During his tenure on the committee, which provides oversight of national intelligence agencies, Kerry was absent for 38 of 49 public hearings, according to Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.

"There's been a total avoidance of discussion of the voting record of John Kerry," said Chambliss last week, following Kerry's acceptance of the Democratic presidential nomination. "But that's not surprising. There's one area that he claims to have a lot of expertise and that's in the area of national security and on the issue of terrorism."

Chambliss said Kerry's vice presidential candidate, John Edwards, is a current member of the committee, "And I'll just tell you that in the last year and a half we haven't seen a whole lot of his running mate. And I would hope that he would agree to release to you the record of his attendance at meetings and hearings of the Senate Intelligence Committee over the last year and a half, or his total service on that committee."

Chambliss also questioned some of the votes Kerry did cast.

"For example, in1993 after the World Trade Center bombing Senator Kerry introduced a number of measures that were to reduce funding for the intelligence community by $7.5 billion, including a bill that he introduced in 1995 that called for the reduction in funding for the intelligence committees and intelligence communities by $300 million a year for five consecutive years," he said.

Chambliss points out those five years led up to Sept. 11. Kerry did not get any co-sponsors on that bill.

"He's been in the Senate for 20 years," said Chambliss. "Nobody has come to the platform to say, 'This is what John Kerry has done in his 20 years in the Senate.' They're not doing that because they can't do that."

Kerry on the Record: Amnesty Is OK - Putative Democratic candidate for president Sen. John Forbes Kerry, D-Mass., is not afraid of the charged "amnesty" word when it comes to his stated policies on undocumented immigrants.

Despite amnesty's nettlesome connotation as being synonymous with "rewarding persons who have engaged in illegal activity," Kerry told the world at the Albuquerque, N.M., Democratic Primary debate:

"I supported and was prepared to vote for amnesty from 1986. And it is essential to have immigration reform. Anyone who has been in this country for five or six years, who's paid their taxes, who has stayed out of trouble, ought to be able to translate into an American citizenship immediately, not waiting." more>

Kerry Skipped Prescription Drug Vote Then; Complains Now - Sen. John Kerry has no right to scare senior citizens with "misinformation" about the Medicare Prescription Drug Law -- especially when he skipped the final vote on that bill, said House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.).

"Fact is, while promising his constituents he wouldn't miss any important votes, the Senate's most liberal member from Massachusetts skipped 36 of 38 votes, including final passage on improving Medicare and adding a much-needed prescription drug benefit."

Hastert wondered if lowering the costs of prescription medications "just isn't an important enough issue for John Kerry to find the time to vote."

"And even if he missed those votes, Sen. Kerry should know by now that once President Bush signed the Medicare-Prescription Drug bill into law we took a huge step forward for seniors, their health care and their quality of life."

Kerry Talks About Two Americas, But They Are Not the Two He Thinks - One after another, leftist actors and recording stars took to the stage to open their mouths and spew venomous insults at President Bush. The filth poured out like so much overflow from a backed up sewer. Meanwhile, Kerry and Edwards sat back in their chairs and basked in it. Here were the presumptive Democratic candidates raking in the dough, while wallowing in the filth they inspired. One has to conclude they condoned and helped to produce it

There was not a single word of apology from the two candidates. They showed no remorse, not even any discomfort. In fact, Kerry did the reverse. He praised the blackguards and declared them to be the soul and heart of America? That must be the ''other'' America that Edwards refers to. There are TWO Americas, you know. ONE where there is reverence for God’s word and a respect for the dignity of other human beings. Then, there is the other world--of double-talk, flip-flop, and hypocrisy.

The notoriously-absent Kerry has not in 20 years in the Senate anything significant for this country. The supposed Rambo of Vietnam is Missing-in-Action in the U.S. Congress. The infamous trial lawyer cohort, Edwards, basically made his fortune from the misfortunes of children with cerebral palsy. Kerry signed on to some 300-plus bills in his career--most of them useless. As for Edwards, 74 bills bear his signature, most of them failures.

If the liberal press has promised you that these will whip either President Bush or Vice President Cheney in a debate, you are in for a surprise. Mr. Kerry is used to talking down to people, while Mr. Edwards is used to talking to people who cannot talk back. They simply will not measure up, and the millions of dollars being invested by the filthy-mouthed Hollywood elites are down the tube.

I predict that some 100-plus days from now, America will awaken from this nightmare with a huge sigh of relief. We will have dealt with the Johns…. flushed down the toilet of history, along with the Bad America created by their overpaid Hollywood supporters who have no dignity, and show no respect for the people.

Kerry Took Cash From Chinese Military Intelligence - Democrats are counting on Sen. John Kerry's military credentials to convince voters that he can be trusted with America's national security.

But documents that surfaced over the weekend raise serious questions about whether Kerry was duped in the 1990s into helping the Chinese military perfect its ability to strike the U.S. with nuclear weapons.

In 1996 Kerry met with Liu Chaoying, the daughter of a powerful Chinese military official who also doubled as vice president of a subsidiary of the state-owned China Aerospace Corp.

Before the meeting, held in Kerry's Senate office, Liu's sponsor, Johnny Chung, made clear she was interested in getting her company listed on the U.S. Stock Exchange.

The Democratic presidential front-runner was only too happy to oblige and ordered his aides to contact the Securities and Exchange Commission.

"The next day," reports Newsweek, "Liu and Chung were ushered into a private briefing with a senior SEC official."

Within weeks, Chung returned the favor, staging a Kerry fund raiser at a Beverly Hills hotel that raked in $10,000 for the senator's re-election campaign.

Bank records would later show that Kerry's Chinese campaign cash came from $300,000 in overseas wire transfers sent to Chung on orders from the chief of Chinese military intelligence, Newsweek reports.

The money was routed through a Hong Kong bank account controlled by Liu, whose company later benefited from waivers granted by the Clinton administration to the U.S. aerospace giant Loral Corp.

As Liu and Chung were lining the pockets of the Democratic Party's political elite, Loral handed over top-secret missile guidance technology to Liu's firm. more>

Kerry Visited Vietnam Peace Talks - John Kerry's opposition to the Vietnam War led him to many places, including Paris, where he met with the North Vietnamese in 1970. Kerry said then, and says now, that the meeting was a part of an effort to learn more about U.S. POWs. But some question the propriety of a commissioned Naval officer meeting with the enemy at a time of war.

When Kerry testified before the Senate in 1971, he pushed for an immediate, unilateral withdrawal of U.S. forces. If that happened, he said he knew the North Vietnamese would return all U.S. POWs.

"I have been to Paris. I have talked with both delegations at the peace talks, that is to say the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the Provisional Revolutionary Government," Kerry said.

Kerry referred to an eight-point withdrawal plan that was offered to the U.S. by Madame Nguyen Thi Binh, then-foreign minister of the Provisional Revolutionary Government. While on his honeymoon in Paris with his first wife Julia Thorne, Kerry met with Madame Binh at a meeting that included members of both delegations to the peace talks, according to Kerry spokesman Michael Meehan. more>

Kerry Voted Against Body Armor for U.S. Troops - Likely Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry slammed President Bush over the weekend for not supplying U.S. troops in Iraq with enough body armor to protect them from attacks.

But, it turns out, Sen. Kerry actually voted against supplying the troops with more body armor just last year.

But Bush campaign press secretary Scott Stanzel told WABC Radio's Steve Malzberg on Sunday that Kerry "voted against supplying body armor to our troops when it mattered most" – when President Bush included the request as part of the $87 billion appropriation for the Iraq war in 2003.

RNC Chairman Marc Racicot confirmed the Kerry vote against body armor, telling ABC's "This Week" that the funding bill "did everything from provide hazard pay for our troops in Iraq to body armor for our troops in Iraq."

"And yet he has the audacity yesterday to continue to complain about the fact that there was no body armor," Racicot complained. more>

Kerry's Gas Tax Increase - John Kerry has supported a 50 cent increase in the gas tax. Use our calculator to find out how much Kerry’s gas tax would cost you at the pump on a specific trip or each year. more>

Kerry’s Carpet Ride - In last week's Presidential debate, Senator Kerry offered a couple of proposals that stand out as particularly worrisome but have not received the level of scrutiny they deserve. He offered his vision of "multilateralism" -- not in connection with his nonexistent Iraq plan, however. According to the Senator, a Kerry regime would favor direct U.S. talks with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il and would join our good friends in Europe in an attempt to bribe Iran away from its nuclear weapons drive.

As far as Iran is concerned, it seems the mullahs themselves have cut Kerry off at the pass. Iran has rejected out of hand his proposal to supply the Islamic Republic with nuclear fuel for power reactors provided that Tehran halt efforts to enrich its own uranium and return the spent fuel after use.

The current European proposal, nearly identical to Kerry's, offers Iran a guaranteed supply of nuclear fuel for its civilian reactors with all waste products to be returned and closely monitored through inspections. The only problem being that the Iranians don't want their fuel; they want to fully develop the enrichment technology. The Iranians themselves continue to spell that out in no uncertain terms for whoever cares to listen.

MEANWHILE, AS USUAL, THE International Atomic Energy Agency dithers. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei said it is "premature to talk about" referring Iran to the Security Council for possible sanctions. ElBaradei said he was still investigating the Iranian program and that he was "trying to have a practical diplomatic solution through an international inspection apparatus." more>

Lead, Don't Divide - "I am saddened that Vietnam has yet again been inserted into the campaign." BY JOHN F. KERRY (Editor's note: Sen. Kerry delivered this speech on the Senate floor Feb. 27, 1992. The previous day, Sen. Bob Kerrey, a Vietnam veteran and candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, spoke in Atlanta, where he criticized fellow candidate Bill Clinton for his lack of military service during Vietnam.) - Mr. President, I also rise today--and I want to say that I rise reluctantly, but I rise feeling driven by personal reasons of necessity--to express my very deep disappointment over yesterday's turn of events in the Democratic primary in Georgia.

I am saddened by the fact that Vietnam has yet again been inserted into the campaign, and that it has been inserted in what I feel to be the worst possible way. By that I mean that yesterday, during this presidential campaign, and even throughout recent times, Vietnam has been discussed and written about without an adequate statement of its full meaning.

What is ignored is the way in which our experience during that period reflected in part a positive affirmation of American values and history, not simply the more obvious negatives of loss and confusion.

What is missing is a recognition that there exists today a generation that has come into its own with powerful lessons learned, with a voice that has been grounded in experiences both of those who went to Vietnam and those who did not.

What is missing and what cries out to be said is that neither one group nor the other from that difficult period of time has cornered the market on virtue or rectitude or love of country.

What saddens me most is that Democrats, above all those who shared the agonies of that generation, should now be refighting the many conflicts of Vietnam in order to win the current political conflict of a presidential primary. more>

Looks like a veto, acts like a veto — it's the "Global Test" - John Kerry is supposed to be the man of nuance. But he can't seem to grasp the implications of his boldest foreign policy statement in last week's presidential debate - a principle that might be described as the "Mother, May I?" doctrine.

In the debate, you may recall, Kerry alluded to the "global test" a president must pass before committing troops to war. The Bush campaign, reeling from an unexpected loss in the first debate, wisely used Kerry's words against him. The next day Bush declared about his opponent: "He said that America has to pass a global test before we can use American troops to defend ourselves. . Senator Kerry's approach to foreign policy would give foreign governments veto power over our national security decisions." The Bush campaign followed up with an ad making much the same point.

The Kerry camp responded with something less than subtlety, immediately rolling out an ad saying, in effect, Liar, liar pants on fire. "George Bush lost the debate," the ad declared. "Now he's lying about it." Paul Krugman of the New York Times picked up the Democrats spin, also calling Bush a liar.

Krugman and the Kerry camp base their charge on this evidence: During the debate Kerry had said, "No president, through all of American history, has ever ceded, nor would I, the right to preempt in any way necessary to protect the United States of America." So you see, there's no way you can say that Kerry would give foreign leaders a "veto" over American national security.

No so fast. It all boils down to what Kerry means by "necessary."

Consider the parallel example of gun control. John Kerry - and most other liberals, as well as many conservatives - say they believe in the Second Amendment right to own guns. But they also believe in setting strict rules by which you can own, purchase and use guns. The gun-controller's position, in other words, is that, sure, you have the right to own a gun, but the state and the community have a right to put limitations on how you exercise it.

Yes, John Kerry believes presidents have the right to preemption. But he also believes that that right should be subject to serious regulations by the "international community," the United Nations and the opinions of our allies. These regulations are no less real because they are informal and take the form of Kerry's personal preferences. more>

My Top Ten Unanswered Questions for John Kerry
1) As the only (self proclaimed) “war hero” running for office, why are you the only candidate for President who has refused to sign Standard DOD Form 180 releasing all of your military records?

2) Should the American people conclude that you received less than an “honorable discharge” back in the 70’s, since Clinton helped arrange your “honorable discharge” in March of 2001, and that your refusal to sign DOD Form 180 relates to your efforts to cover it up?

3) Did your aiding and abetting the enemy by meeting with the North Vietnamese in the 70’s have anything to do with your not receiving an honorable discharge from the Navy until March of 2001?

4) If you really “witnessed” and “committed” acts of “atrocities” in Vietnam, as you stated in 1971, why didn’t you report any of those acts to your commanding officer, as was your duty as an officer yourself?

5) How is it possible that a 20 year Senator has only authored or co-authored 50 some odd pieces of legislation in 20 years, none of which addressed any issues of interest to average Americans?

6) What was your roll in the “Chinagate” scandal that ended with foreign money in yours and Clinton’s campaigns, nukes in China, North Korea and Iran, Johnny Chung in prison, and your name in FBI files?

7) What were your campaigns or the DNC’s involvement in the CBS attempts to smear a sitting war-time President using forged government documents?

8) Did you know in advance that your friends in France were getting rich in exchange for protecting Hussein from UN sanctions and forced compliance of 17 UN resolutions?

9) Now that we all know your friends in France and the UN were corrupt to their core, in bed with Hussein against America and the free world, why do you continue to insist that we beg “their” forgiveness, and return to business as usual, with nations that chose to stand with Hussein for profit during America’s greatest hour of need?

10) What is your, or John Edwards relationship to George Soros, the Bilderberg Group, and other related foreign nationals, who are determined to remove Bush from office at any expense, and why have you agreed to be funded by known socialists intent on a socialist America, controlled by a one world order?

NRA Ad Campaign Portrays Kerry As Poodle - Sen. John Kerry is portrayed as a sweater-wearing poodle with a pink bow in an upcoming advertising campaign by the National Rifle Association, mocking his attempts to portray himself as friendly to gun sports and saying, ``That dog don't hunt.''

``John Kerry says he supports sportsmen's rights. But his record says something else,'' the ads say. more>

Of Course, the Terrorists Want John Kerry Elected President - Here is a sure way to drive a Democrat off the deep end (at least those who have not already taken the plunge): Suggest that the Islamic terrorists who cherish the notion of slaughtering our children would like to see John Kerry elected president. But, says columnist Charles Krauthammer, it does not take much intelligence to know that is true--say, the collective I.Q. of two hummingbirds flying backwards.

Clearly, says Krauthammer, the terrorists want to drive from power those governments that are most relentless in their pursuit of them. Of course, that would not include a John Kerry administration. Excerpts from the column appear below, followed by a link to the complete article.

The terrorists may be medieval primitives, but they know about cell phones and the Internet and fuel-laden commercial airliners. They also know about elections. Their obvious objective is to drive from power those governments most deeply involved in the war against them--in Afghanistan, Iraq, or anywhere else. The point is not only to radically alter an enemy nation's foreign policy--as in Spain--but to deter any other government contemplating similar support for the American-led war on terror.

But Spain and Australia--Britain, with Tony Blair up for re-election next year, will surely be next--are merely supporting actors. The real prize is America. An electoral repudiation of President Bush would be seen by the world as a repudiation of Bush's foreign policy, specifically his aggressive, pre-emptive, and often unilateral prosecution of the war on terror, most especially Iraq. It would be a correct interpretation because John Kerry has made clear that he is fighting this election on precisely those grounds.

Does this mean that the bad guys want Kerry to win?

Read the entire article here: http://www.townhall.com/columnists/charleskrauthammer/ck20041008.shtml

Our Response to the Bush Sign thieves... With Pics! - Our response to the sign stealers... I covered my business sign with the big Bush/Cheney sign and we dotted the yard with new signs.

Down the hill, other big signs were just slashed out and stolen. My husband made a large template and now they are wood instead of vinyl. 2 at the bottom of the hill and one at the top have all been replaced. Photos and more>

Political malpractice - Now that Sen. John Kerry has named Sen. John Edwards as his vice-presidential running mate, we need to examine the reality behind the images both men have projected.

Mr. Kerry has been busy posing for the media shooting guns, playing hockey, declaring himself as having "conservative" values, and even saying life begins at conception. The point of all this is to counter any attempt to depict him as a limousine liberal, out of touch with the values of mainstream Americans.

It is an insult to our intelligence to act as if posing with guns is as significant as how the senator voted on gun control laws during his 16 years in Congress. It is an insult to our intelligence to claim conservative values when both liberal and nonpartisan groups rate Mr. Kerry's voting record as the most liberal in the Senate, more liberal even than Ted Kennedy's.

What matters is not what Mr. Kerry says during an election year about life beginning at conception. What matters is how he has voted on bills involving abortion — and how he declared he will block the appointment judges who are not pro-abortion.

The political packaging of Mr. Kerry's personal military record in Vietnam in the 1970s is far less important than how he has repeatedly voted in the Senate since then to cut military spending and to cut spending for the intelligence services.

People who will vote for candidates on the basis of election-year images, rather than bother to find out the facts, perhaps deserve whatever officials they elect. But, when you are electing a president of the United States especially, you are electing someone whose actions will affect generations yet unborn — who have no vote, but who deserve something better than someone with a well-contrived media image.

Selecting Sen. John Edwards as a vice-presidential running mate was more image-making.
Mr. Edwards has had few, if any, achievements during his one term in the U.S. Senate, and savvy political observers question whether he would have been re-elected if he had decided to run again for the Senate. But he brings more image — a more lively and engaging image — to spice up Mr. Kerry's dullness with his own more gushing sparkle.

Just as Mr. Kerry's long-ago military tour of duty in Vietnam is exploited politically today, so Mr. Edwards' working-class origins are similarly exploited. But Mr. Edwards has long since grown rich as a lawyer suing for millions of dollars in medical malpractice lawsuits.

Mr. Edwards' specialty was suing when babies were born with brain defects, which he — like other lawyers cashing in on junk science and gullible juries — blamed on the failure of doctors to have had those babies delivered by Caesarian section.

Caesarian operations have since increased greatly, but without reducing the birth defects Mr. Edwards and others had blamed on a lack of Caesarian deliveries. Studies validated by leading medical authorities, here and overseas, have found no such link between birth defects and a lack of Caesarian births.
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Say It Slowly: John-Kerry-Is-the-Most-Liberal-Senator - A true flip-flopper is inevitably a moderate, but John Kerry is no moderate. You can't be a moderate and also have a lifetime ADA rating in the 90's. ''Higher than Ted Kennedy,'' Republicans are fond of saying. Yes, and higher than any of his rated primary opponents, even Dennis Kucinich and Carole Moseley-Braun. Higher than Al Gore, Walter Mondale, George McGovern, or anyone else the Democrats have ever dared to send before the American people.
But a 92% lifetime ADA rating for a twenty-year senator is pretty darned close to being perfectly liberal.

Now, that piker Ted Kennedy, whose lifetime ADA rating is a mere 90%, was asked last week if he thought Kerry was a liberal, and he said he didn't find labels useful in describing politicians. That's laughable, of course; in just one recent speech, Kennedy described President Bush with such labels as ''conservative,'' ''right-wing,'' ''extremist,'' and ''radical.''

Security Council members deny meeting Kerry - U.N. ambassadors from several nations are disputing assertions by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry that he met for hours with all members of the U.N. Security Council just a week before voting in October 2002 to authorize the use of force in Iraq.

An investigation by The Washington Times reveals that while the candidate did talk for an unspecified period to at least a few members of the panel, no such meeting, as described by Mr. Kerry on a number of occasions over the past year, ever occurred.
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Taxes in 2004 - Video on how Kerry and Bush handle taxes on your income

That Dog Won't Hunt - new political ad from the NRA. more>

The Kerry ERA - John Kerry is lecturing President Bush on the dangers of amending the U.S. Constitution. Has Kerry forgotten his own constitutional meddling as a proponent of the Equal Rights Amendment? In the 1970s, Kerry marched with radical feminists in New York to promote ERA, according to an article on his campaign website. Appealing to feminists during one of his Senate runs, Kerry said: "The Equal Rights Amendment is the only systematic way to achieve full equality for women under law, including equal opportunity in employment, equal pay for comparable effort, and an end to sex discrimination in insurance, pensions, and annuities. I will work closely with Senator Packwood and the principal Senate co-sponsors of the ERA to enact this constitutional amendment into law at the earliest possible date."

The Kerry Missile: Senator Inaccurate and Unreliable - The Senator Kerry has a bit of a problem with missiles. It would seem that his support for any specific weapon depends greatly upon the donation status of the missile maker. Take for example the case of missile maker Parthasarathi "Bob" Majumder.

Majumder's firm, Science and Applied Technology Inc., was paid more than $150 million to design and develop a new missile that could hunt down enemy radars. The only problem with Majumder's missile was that the Pentagon kept trying to cut the program.

According to official records, Sen. John F. Kerry sent 28 letters in behalf of a San Diego defense contractor between 1996 and 1999. Kerry's letters were sent to fellow members of Congress and to the Pentagon in support of Majunder's firm and the unwanted missile.

At the same time, Majumder and his employees were donating money to Kerry. According to the Federal Election Commission, Kerry received about $25,000 from Majumder and his employees.

Curiously, Majumder pled guilty last week to illegally funneling campaign contributions to the Massachusetts senator. Court documents show that Majumder told his employees they needed to make political contributions in order for him to gain influence with members of Congress. He then reimbursed them with money from the government contracts.

Kerry Sides With Insurgents, Again: Our Friends and Allies Die, Again - Vietnam recently celebrated the 29th anniversary of the fall of Saigon and the withdrawal of American troops. In observance of the day, Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap and Col. Bui Tin both gave credit to their friends in the U.S. anti-war movement and especially people like Jane Fonda, Ramsey Clark, and John Kerry for their efforts to bring the war to an end. They said that it was the anti-war movement that gave their people the motivation to continue fighting even when they felt that the U.S. forces might overpower them.

They especially credited John Kerry's speech before the U.S. Senate for weakening the U.S. government's resolve, and inspiring the Vietnamese people to continue their fight--a fight which they felt would have been concluded sooner had the U.S. presented a solid front towards completing the action. more>

Mystery Surrounds Kerry's Navy Discharge - An official Navy document on Senator Kerry's campaign Web site listed as Mr. Kerry's "Honorable Discharge from the Reserves" opens a door on a well kept secret about his military service.

The document is a form cover letter in the name of the Carter administration's secretary of the Navy, W. Graham Claytor. It describes Mr. Kerry's discharge as being subsequent to the review of "a board of officers." This in it self is unusual. There is nothing about an ordinary honorable discharge action in the Navy that requires a review by a board of officers.

According to the secretary of the Navy's document, the "authority of reference" this board was using in considering Mr. Kerry's record was "Title 10, U.S. Code Section 1162 and 1163. "This section refers to the grounds for involuntary separation from the service. What was being reviewed, then, was Mr. Kerry's involuntary separation from the service. And it couldn't have been an honorable discharge, or there would have been no point in any review at all. The review was likely held to improve Mr. Kerry's status of discharge from a less than honorable discharge to an honorable discharge.

A Kerry campaign spokesman, David Wade, was asked whether Mr. Kerry had ever been a victim of an attempt to deny him an honorable discharge. There has been no response to that inquiry.

The document is dated February 16, 1978. But Mr. Kerry's military commitment began with his six-year enlistment contract with the Navy on February 18, 1966. His commitment should have terminated in 1972. It is highly unlikely that either the man who at that time was a Vietnam Veterans Against the War leader, John Kerry, requested or the Navy accepted an additional six year reserve commitment. And the Claytor document indicates proceedings to reverse a less than honorable discharge that took place sometime prior to February 1978.

The most routine time for Mr. Kerry's discharge would have been at the end of his six-year obligation, in 1972. But how was it most likely to have come about?

NBC's release this March of some of the Nixon White House tapes about Mr. Kerry show a great deal of interest in Mr. Kerry by Nixon and his executive staff, including, perhaps most importantly, Nixon's special counsel, Charles Colson. In a meeting the day after Mr. Kerry's Senate testimony, April 23, 1971, Mr. Colson attacks Mr. Kerry as a "complete opportunist...We'll keep hitting him, Mr. President."

Mr. Colson was still on the case two months later, according to a memo he wrote on June 15,1971, that was brought to the surface by the Houston Chronicle. "Let's destroy this young demagogue before he becomes another Ralph Nader." Nixon had been a naval officer in World War II. Mr. Colson was a former Marine captain. Mr. Colson had been prodded to find "dirt" on Mr. Kerry, but reported that he couldn't find any.

The Nixon administration ran FBI surveillance on Mr. Kerry from September 1970 until August 1972. Finding grounds for an other than honorable discharge, however, for a leader of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, given his numerous activities while still a reserve officer of the Navy, was easier than finding "dirt."

For example, while America was still at war, Mr. Kerry had met with the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong delegation to the Paris Peace talks in May 1970 and then held a demonstration in July 1971 in Washington to try to get Congress to accept the enemy's seven point peace proposal without a single change. Woodrow Wilson threw Eugene Debs, a former presidential candidate, in prison just for demonstrating for peace negotiations with Germany during World War I. No court overturned his imprisonment. He had to receive a pardon from President Harding.

Mr. Colson refused to answer any questions about his activities regarding Mr. Kerry during his time in the Nixon White House. The secretary of the Navy at the time during the Nixon presidency is the current chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Warner. A spokesman for the senator, John Ullyot, said, "Senator Warner has no recollection that would either confirm or challenge any representation that Senator Kerry received a less than honorable discharge."

The "board of officers" review reported in the Claytor document is even more extraordinary because it came about "by direction of the President." No normal honorable discharge requires the direction of the president. The president at that time was James Carter. This adds another twist to the story of Mr. Kerry's hidden military records.

Mr. Carter's first act as president was a general amnesty for draft dodgers and other war protesters. Less than an hour after his inauguration on January 21, 1977, while still in the Capitol building, Mr. Carter signed Executive Order 4483 empowering it. By the time it became a directive from the Defense Department in March 1977 it had been expanded to include other offenders who may have had general, bad conduct, dishonorable discharges, and any other discharge or sentence with negative effect on military records. In those cases the directive outlined a procedure for appeal on a case by case basis before a board of officers. A satisfactory appeal would result in an improvement of discharge status or an honorable discharge.

Mr. Kerry has repeatedly refused to sign Standard Form 180, which would allow the release of all his military records. And some of his various spokesmen have claimed that all his records are already posted on his Web site. But the Washington Post already noted that the Naval Personnel Office admitted that they were still withholding about 100 pages of files.

If Mr. Kerry was the victim of a Nixon "enemies list" hit, one might have expected him to wear it like a badge of honor, like many others such as his friend Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers, CBS's Daniel Schorr, or the actor Paul Newman, who had made Mr. Colson's original list of 20 "enemies."

There are a number of categories of discharges besides honorable. There are general discharges, medical discharges, bad conduct discharges, as well as other than honorable and dishonorable discharges. There is one odd coincidence that gives some weight to the possibility that Mr. Kerry was dishonorably discharged. Mr. Kerry has claimed that he lost his medal certificates and that is why he asked that they be reissued. But when a dishonorable discharge is issued, all pay benefits, and allowances, and all medals and honors are revoked as well. And five months after Mr. Kerry joined the U.S. Senate in 1985, on one single day, June 4, all of Mr. Kerry's medals were reissued.

The Oddest Couple and Their Hidden Agendas - My first close-up of Teresa Thiersten Simoes-Ferreira Heinz Kerry was on the written page – a biographical sketch that described her unusual background: born in Mozambique of Portuguese descent, surgeon father, educated in a Geneva language school with classmate Kofi Annan, 25-year marriage to republican congressman H. John Heinz, mother of three sons, inheritor of vast wealth at Heinz’s violent death in an airplane crash, and then a three-year courtship and subsequent marriage to heiress-lusting Sen. John Kerry (albeit it with a pre-nup!).

I suspect that Teresa, who is only running for co-president, has a lot to hide from the American public. And I know that the left-wing media that share her “values” are deeply complicit in not telling that public what they know about her hidden agenda.

One of her priorities, as clearly seen at the recent Democrat convention in Boston, is that she can’t wait to start running the country! This was evidenced by the introduction she gave for her husband, which for the most part included her vision for our future.

Invoking feminist dogma that was retro even 10 years ago, she said, “My only hope is that, one day soon, women – who have all earned the right to their opinions – instead of being labeled opinionated, will be called smart or well-informed, just as men are. …”

Then she launched into her – and her husband’s – socialist view of America, focusing on every issue except the war on terrorism! Using the royal pronoun, she said: “… we can give (my emphasis) every family and every child access to affordable health care, a good education, and the tools to become self-reliant … protect our nation’s security without sacrificing our civil liberties … [address] global climate change and … [create] the alliances that bind the community of nations. …”

Coyly tilting her head, her hands crossed modestly across her chest in a gesture reminiscent of Third World “first ladies,” Teresa wanted the public to see her as Lady Bountiful, bringing love, understanding and empathy to all the people who constitute her own and Kerry’s ever-burgeoning Misery Index.

But her humble demeanor didn’t erase the picture of an immensely wealthy matron whose possible role as first lady raises legitimate questions that she has arrogantly refused to answer, such as why she hasn’t released her tax returns or how many thousands of outsourced jobs with substandard pay there are at the Heinz corporation.

But those are small-potato questions compared to ones raised by her “philanthropic” work. According to an intelligence newsletter of WorldNetDaily, between 1995-2001, Teresa gave more than $4 million to the Tides Foundation, which supports:

Numerous anti-war groups, including Ramsey Clark's International Action Center (the same Clark who offered to defend Saddam Hussein).

A joint venture with the Democratic Justice Fund, headed by billionaire America-hater George Soros, which seeks to ease restrictions on Muslim immigration from "terrorist" states.

The Council for American-Islamic Relations, whose leaders are known to have close ties to the terrorist group Hamas.

The National Lawyers Guild, initially a communist front, that boasts the membership of attorney Lynne Stewart, who was arrested for helping her client, Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman – the convicted mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing – communicate with terror cells in Egypt.

The "Barrio Warriors," a radical Hispanic group whose primary goal is to return all of Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas to Mexico.

Many of the most notorious anti-consumer groups in U.S. history, such as Green Peace and the Natural Resources Defense Council, etc.

Independent Media Center (IMC), a bastion of far-left radical viewpoints.
Then there is the Institute for Global Communications (IGC), a clearinghouse for leftist propagandists, anarchists and anti-American advocates. IGC is a massive international electronic communications network that Tides gave to the U.N. Its offshoot is the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), which is also funded by Soros as well as by Bill Moyers and the Ford Foundation.

According to an investigative report by Judy McLeod in the Canada Free Press, the multi-tentacled IGC/APC system now serves “activists in more than 133 countries.” In September of 2001, one of its networks, the Earth Island Institute, carried the headline "U.S. Responds to Terrorist Attacks with Self-Righteous Arrogance." (Tellingly, just six months after the Sept. 11 attacks, Teresa urged Americans to try to "understand the roots of international terror" and said that that the assault on our nation was best viewed as an "isolated catastrophe.")

Quarterly meetings of APC are held online, but “reporters, like other members of the public at large, are unwelcome,” McLeod says, adding, “Teresa Heinz-Kerry, who promised ‘to be me in the White House’ … already has a leg up at Manhattan’s scandal-ridden U.N. headquarters.”

Teresa’s involvement with Tides has never waned, including the foundation’s sending hundreds of millions of dollars to groups that protested the invasion of Iraq.

According to www.activistcash.com, “Tides does two things better than any other foundation or charity in the U.S. today: it routinely obscures the sources of its tax-exempt millions and makes it difficult (if not impossible) to discern how the funds are actually being used. [It] behaves less like a philanthropy than a money-laundering enterprise … taking money from other foundations and spending it as the donor requires.” more>

The Top Ten John Kerry Lies -

10. John Kerry pointed out that Dick Cheney’s daughter, Mary, was a lesbian, only as an example--nothing more. In truth, John Kerry wanted to be sure that the far religious-right knew that the vice president had one of THOSE people for a daughter. In case the religious people missed John Edwards saying it, Kerry repeated it for them.

9. George Bush is responsible for the flu vaccine shortage. Wrong. People like John Edwards are responsible for the shortage. Because of frivolous lawsuits by money-grubbing lawyers like Edwards, few American companies will produce the vaccine anymore. This has forced the government to go out of the country to purchase adequate amounts of the vaccine. The millions of dollars that companies must pay out to blood-sucking lawyers who file law suits for people who get a pimple on the arm where they received the shot, have caused this crisis. If you get the flu this year, send a thank-you note to John Edwards.

8. John Kerry has a plan for Iraq. Kerry will train Iraqi soldiers and policemen to protect their own country--but faster. Kerry will magically convince all those countries that were scamming the “Food for Oil” program to send troops and the United Nations will ride into town on white horses and save the day. In truth, John Kerry has two plans for Iraq: DUMP and RUN. Dump the future of Iraq on the United Nations and run home.

7. John Kerry will make health care available to each and every American. This hair-brained socialized medicine plan will cost trillions of dollars and the government will be in charge. Perhaps the best part of his health care plan is this: The ''government'' will pick up the tab for any catastrophic expense over $50,000 to ''help keep your health insurance premiums down.'' The problem with this is that Kerry will have to take 80% of everyone’s income to pay for this little break for the insurance companies that will be shifted on to the backs of the taxpayer. Ladies and gentlemen, please stop and think about where the ''government'' gets its money.

6. John Kerry understands the plight of the ''common man.'' John Kerry and his lovely wife, Ter-RAY-za, entered a Wendy’s for a photo-op. Teresa had never seen the menu and apparently didn’t know what chili is--she had to ask. Of course, this food of the ''common man'' never passed their lips. After the appropriate pictures were taken, they both rushed from the place and were probably relieved when they got to their posh touring bus where an expensive and catered supper awaited them. After taking a few bites, the Edwardses excused themselves and joined the Kerrys.

5. John Kerry will fix Social Security. John Kerry’s plan to fix Social Security is to do nothing. Young Americans will absolutely NOT be allowed to be in control of 1% of their input to the FICA plan. That would be ''disastrous.'' Yes, it might be for future Democrats because if there are no elderly poor, they will loose a huge voting base. In fact, the total collapse of the Social Security system will happen after Kerry leaves political life and since he is stinking rich, he doesn’t really care what happens to the program. Kerry will be yachting somewhere.

4. John Kerry will roll back the tax break on all those people who make over $200,000 year. With this tax cut, Kerry says he will pay for: universal health care; four years of college for all who wish to go to college; add 40,000 troops to the military; put more cops on the streets and firemen in the firehouse; cut the deficit in half in four years; check every box and crate that enters the country through our ports; AND give a tax break to the middle class. That is a ''short list'' of his promises. It can’t be done. Of course, this will not apply to Kerry himself, who has most of his money in tax free shelters. If you grossed $50,000 last year, you probably paid somewhere in the 25-35% tax range. Billionaire Teresa Heinz Kerry, who cleared well over $5 million last year, paid somewhere in the 12% bracket. Note: It was reported that George and Laura Bush paid over 30% of their income in taxes.

3. John Kerry is a good Catholic. This writer is a Catholic, so I can talk about this. John Kerry stated that he believed that life begins at conception. If he believes that, it does not square with Kerry’s belief that even the infanticide called ''partial birth abortion'' is just fine. Kerry states that he can’t force his beliefs on others. What? When did this happen? We should find Hitler, dig him up, apologize and put him back in power because we had no right to impose our belief that genocide against the Jew was wrong. The Klu Klux Klan members believe that people with black skin are inferior to them yet our legislature has imposed laws on them from acting on this belief. Other people’s beliefs are pushed on Americans every day. Isn’t the belief that it is a woman’s ''right'' to abort her baby pushed onto us pro-life people every day?

2. John Kerry and the entire Democratic political machine keep insisting that thousands of Florida voters were “disenfranchised” in the 2000 election. This is simply not true. Two separate investigations by civil rights groups found absolutely NO harassment of Black voters nor any attempts to throw out their votes. What was found was that more ballots in heavily African American precincts were spoiled by the voter. The only real problems found were that some Haitian Americans did not have ballots that they could read and some Hispanic voters were abused by Democratic poll workers in Democratic precincts. There were also problems with the list of felons that were not allowed to vote. Contrary to the Democratic screeching, the vast majority of those on that list were White, not Black or Hispanic. The present hysteria that the Democrats are attempting to create is a pre-emptive strike to create the same chaos in Florida--and other close states--that Americans witnessed in 2000. In short, it is a pre-election attempt to steal the election. Note to Democrats: Not allowing the dead to vote is not ''disenfranchisement'' even if those dead voters are African American.

1. The greatest lie told by John Kerry is that he is “looking out for the middle class.” Many Democrats alive makes this statement and in the forty years that they had control of the Congress, they did very little for the middle class. Lyndon Johnson’s ''War on Poverty' created millions more poor and dependant Americans. Johnson never would have passed the Civil Rights Bills had the Republicans not worked overtime to get them passed despite the likes of Al Gore Sr. and Robert Byrd--both Democrats who were adamantly against all Civil Rights Bills. In Kerry’s twenty years in the Senate, he did little to help the middle class. All he managed to do was raise our taxes to help create his vision of a socialistic state. Kerry has rarely ''mingled'' with the middle class and apparently has little desire to do so. Kerry does know that he needs the votes of the middle class, so he will pander to them shamelessly to get what he needs. My guess is that after ''slumming'' Kerry will promptly return to one of his estates, take a shower, and have his butler make him a special peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and try to put this unpleasant election experience out of his mind.

20 Reasons to Vote for John Kerry - Even those who support Kerry's plan for socialised medicine (the same system which is falling apart in Canada) (web site) can't explain how it would be paid for. Raising taxes on those making over $200,000 a year (web site) would generate less than $250 billion over ten years, (web site) which would only cover a portion of the estimated $1 trillion cost. (web site) (They also can't explain why Kerry the health-care crusader doesn't seem to have introduced any legislation concerning his best issue at any point during his 20-year Senate career.)

In any case, Kerry supporters seem to need help. Well, help is on the way! If you're looking for a reason to actually support Kerry, instead of joining up with the anti-Bush, anti-military, anti-industry, anti-capitalism, anti-Israel, anti-America crowd typified by Michael Moore, the Hollywood Left, and sign-waving protesters in the streets, (web site) then here are twenty reasons for you to consider as your reason to vote for John Kerry.

20. Israel's security fence really is both a ''legitimate act of self defense'' and a ''barrier to peace,'' and at the same time. (web site)

19. In fact, no matter what you believe about any issue, Kerry's on your side (web site)50% of the time. Unfortunately, if there are three sides to an issue, he's only with you 33%.

18. Anyone who had the foresight to bring his own Super 8 movie camera to Vietnam (web site) to shoot campaign commercials for when he got back home, is okay by you.

17. Kerry should be president because, as he said, he was born in the ''west wing'' of a hospital. (web site) This has nothing to do with all the other people ever born in the west wings of all the hospitals in the world, however.

16. You believe that Saddam was a threat with nuclear weapons. After all, John Kerry himself said, (web site) ''If you don't believe ... Saddam Hussein is a threat with nuclear weapons, then you shouldn't vote for me.'' Of course, that would make the liberation of Iraq the right thing to do then, wouldn't it? Maybe you'd better skip this one.

15. He and John Edwards have ''better hair.'' (web site) Aren't you glad Don King (web site) isn't running?

14. The company you work for doesn't pay enough taxes. If it did, it wouldn't have money in the budget to waste on you.

13. Europe wants him (web site) to be our president, which automatically means that you should, too... if you want to be popular when you visit your family in France, (web site) that is.

12. Kerry was in Vietnam for a few months 35 years ago, and he still remembers how to curse like a sailor! (web site)

11. Kim Jong Il prefers him, (web site) Iranian mullahs, and other unnamed foreign leaders would certainly prefer him, (web site) and the CPUSA (U.S. Communist Party) prefers him. (web site)

10. He owns American-made SUVs... no, no, wait, his FAMILY does. (web site) Sorry.

9. He was in Vietnam for a few months 35 years ago--did you know that? He was in Cambodia, too. The memory of his secret mission on Christmas Day 1968 (web site) was seared--seared--in him. Or maybe it was some other time, or some other place, or some other guy. But he has a hat to prove it... whatever it is.

8. John Kerry said that he believes we ''need to build multilateral support for whatever course of action we ultimately would take.'' America should never act on its own, (web site) like other countries do.

7. He was the only Vietnam veteran to be honored by both America and the North Vietnamese (web site) for his activities during the Vietnam War.

6. The best way to deal with terrorism is to wait until they hit us again. (web site) ''Any attack will be met with a swift and certain response,'' Kerry said when he accepted the Democrat nomination.

5. After years of marrying rich women, shouldn't he finally have his own house?

4. Although he would raise your taxes, his speech explaining why would cure your insomnia.

3. You've probably already forgotten that he was in Vietnam for a few months 35 years ago.

2. As well as revealing at various times that he's Irish (web site) (but really Czech), Catholic (but really Jewish), (web site) and Liberal (but really Conservative), (web site) he will also be the second ''black'' President. (web site)

1. Ketchup packets with the presidential seal! How cool!

Two Wars, Two Kerrys - Kerry's conflicting positions on both Gulf Wars, NAFTA, and the Patriot Act prompted President Bush to remark, "The candidates are an interesting group with diverse opinions: for tax cuts and against them; for Nafta and against Nafta; for the Patriot Act and against the Patriot Act; in favor of liberating Iraq and opposed to it. And that's just one senator from Massachusetts."

Kerry sent two letters with diametrically opposing viewpoints on the first Gulf War to the same Massachusetts constituent. He was later ridiculed for these two letters by Sen. John Heinz, and coincidentally two weeks later Heinz died in an airplane crash. Four years later, Kerry married his widow Teresa Heinz.

"W" - Which one would you choose to be our Commander in Chief? The answer is obvious... Bush - Kerry Photo Gallery more>

What a typical Kerry supporter might believe - Human life begins at conception, but so what?

John Kerry supports mainstream American values. John Kerry is liberal. John Kerry is not liberal – he's conservative because he advocates reducing the budget deficit – presumably through his nearly $1 trillion health care plan.

Marriage is between a man and a woman, but I'll be darned if public officials should do anything in their lawful exercise of power to preserve the institution of heterosexual marriage.

The definition of unilateral military action by the United States is the U.S. leading a coalition: 1) including Britain and almost 50 other nations; or 2) of every nation in the world, excluding the nation being attacked, Germany and France; or 3) any number of nations, but failing to secure the blessing of the United Nations.

Preemptive military action – a first strike against a nation that is believed to constitute a threat to the U.S. – is presumptuous, arrogant, reckless and irresponsible, even if the resulting military action also liberates the people of the target nation from tyranny and brutality. But unprovoked military action against a sovereign nation, such as Serbia, that couldn't possibly constitute a threat to the United States or its strategic interests is honorable and desirable.

The following were sufficient cause for Congress to authorize President Bush to lead a U.S. military action against Iraq when it was politically expedient to support such action, but the very same factors were insufficient cause to authorize such action when it became politically expedient later to oppose such action: 17 violated United Nations resolutions by Iraq; repeated breaches of its post-Gulf-War treaties; the delivery of a deceitful 12,000-page report concerning its required disposal of WMD it admittedly possessed and had previously used against its own people; its repeated defiance of weapons inspectors, the unanimous belief among the world's best intelligence agencies, French, British, Russian and American, that Saddam had or was rapidly developing stockpiles of WMD, that Iraq was supportive of terrorism and friendly with al-Qaida, though the two hadn't signed and published a formal friendship pact.

Our invasion of Iraq was precipitated by neoconservative imperialists to project American power for its own sake and simultaneously by Dick Cheney to line his Halliburtonized pockets.

George Bush has exaggerated the terrorist threat. George Bush hasn't taken the terrorist threat seriously enough.

Dubious decorated military service in Vietnam coupled with admissions of personal misconduct and commission of war atrocities against civilians better qualifies one for commander in chief than three years of on-the-job training in the position.

Enron is a political (rather than merely financial) scandal tainting the Bush administration because Republicans love big, evil corporations.

The most effective purveyors of conservatism, by virtue of espousing conservative doctrine, are intrinsically guilty of hate speech, but the anti-Bush rantings of the Maureen Dowds and Michael Moores are born of loving kindness.

The prisoner abuses of Abu Ghraib are more outrageous than terrorist beheadings of coalition soldiers and civilians.

Republicans, in concert with the U.S. Supreme Court, stole the 2000 presidential election even though independent studies concluded the president would have won anyway had the vote count proceeded. And, holding on to this irrational belief justifies an unquenchable grudge against President Bush because there's nothing wrong with hate when it's directed against hateful Republicans – just like there's nothing wrong with intolerance when directed against intolerant conservatives and Christians.

The anti-American United Nations should supervise American elections.

The determining factor in racism is not how one feels and behaves in his personal life, but whether he passes certain litmus tests on public policy, such as supporting affirmative action and opposing school choice, though those policies may harm minorities and diminish their dignity more than helping them.

The definition of compassion is a willingness to support government confiscation and redistribution of other people's money rather than personal generosity and graciousness.

One's character is determined more by the public policies he conspicuously advocates, which often involve no personal sacrifice or inconvenience, than how he conducts himself when no one is looking.

Congressional Democrats should not be held accountable for emasculating the CIA during the '80s and beyond when lambasting President Bush for presiding over today's intelligence failures, which he – like they – reasonably relied on.

The Patriot Act was necessary when it was expedient to support it, but is terrible at the enforcement hands of the focus of modern evil, John Ashcroft.

We should have more U.S. Supreme Court justices who believe we ought to rely more heavily on international law.

Who "Misled" Whom? - When listening to one of his filibusters, it’s hard to tell just what Senator John Kerry really thinks about many things, including Iraq. President Bush recently highlighted the inconsistencies that are inherent in Senator Kerry's legislative record and campaign rhetoric as they relate to Iraq. Summarizing precisely what will become clear to most Americans in November, he said about Senator Kerry that he is "in favor of liberating Iraq, and opposed to it."

But anyone with access to the internet can observe that the senator's 2002 vote authorized President Bush "to use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in order to: (1) defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq; and (2) enforce all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq." Contrary to the Kerry's accusations, Public Law 107-243 had nothing to do with a "process" but everything to do with granting the president the authority to execute foreign policy "as he determines."

Why I cannot vote for John Kerry -
1. John Kerry was described by Lynne Cheney as "not a good man" after Kerry used the Cheney daughter's sexual orientation to score political points. She may be right. As William Safire writes, "The sleazier purpose of the Kerry-Edwards spotlight on Mary Cheney is to confuse and dismay Bush supporters who believe that same-sex marriage is wrong, to suggest that Bush is as 'soft on same-sex' as Kerry is, and thereby to reduce a Bush core constituency's eagerness to go to the polls." Even the press, Safire notes, has respected Mary Cheney's right to privacy.

2. John Edwards, Kerry's choice as his running mate, is a trial lawyer who has made a fortune suing hospitals. Like many in his profession, he has made America a worse country. However, even more of his character was revealed when he said after the death of Christopher Reeve, "If we do the work that we can do in this country, the work that we will do when John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going to walk, get up out of that wheelchair and walk again."

As Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Charles Krauthammer, himself wheelchair-bound from paralysis, wrote, "In my 25 years in Washington,
I have never seen a more loathsome display of demagoguery.
Deliberately, for personal gain, raising false hope in the catastrophically afflicted is despicable. . . . There is no apologizing for Edwards's remark. It is too revealing. There is absolutely nothing the man will not say to get elected."

3. Normally even partisan observers of elections say nothing about the wives of presidential candidates. Aside from propriety -- the families of candidates should remain off-limits to political attacks -- every wife of every presidential candidate and of every president in living memory has been an asset to the country. It brings me no joy to say that Teresa Heinz Kerry is not worthy of being the first lady of the United States of America. From her public utterances -- such as young American men and women dying in Iraq because of American "greed for oil" -- and her many years of financial support for radical groups, it is clear to me and many others that this woman does not particularly care for this country. Her primary identity is that of world citizen, and her values are those of France and anti-American Europe.

4. John Kerry represents the Party of Michael Moore. This America-hating Marxist was given a place of honor at the Democratic Party Convention in Boston, seated next to Jimmy Carter, a former Democratic president who said that Moore's Goebbels-like propaganda film "Fahrenheit 9/11" was one of his two favorite films.

5. A vote for John Kerry is a vote for Michael Moore, the ACLU, Ted Kennedy, trial lawyers, George Soros, the leftist academics who morally confuse generations of young Americans, and for Dan Rather, CBS News, and nearly the entire news complex that daily presents a proctologist's view of America. A vote for John Kerry is a vote for Jesse Jackson, whom Kerry has named a top adviser; and for Al Sharpton, with whom Kerry campaigns; for Sean Penn and his Hollywood world; and for the passionately pro-Kerry MTV, the greatest destroyer of young people's minds and souls in American history. And a vote for John Kerry is a vote for the countries that have abandoned us and against the countries that are helping us.

Two unimpressive men have been nominated by the Democratic Party to be president and vice president of the world's greatest country. If they win, this country will, for the first time, begin relinquishing that greatness.

Why We Back Bush - Five elected black Republicans make the case for the president - (This article is written by J.C. Watts, Michael Steele, Jennette Bradley, J. Kenneth Blackwell and Michael Williams.)

John Kerry wants to be president. But he doesn't want to discuss his unproductive time in the Senate. And he isn't offering credible ideas to extend opportunity and promote ownership in our communities. Instead, he's going back into the old Democratic Party bag of tricks and pulling out . . . the race card. Mr. Kerry has tried to paint President Bush as a racist bent on destroying civil rights. But when you look at the real record, you see that George W. Bush has done more to empower African-Americans and other minorities than any president in recent history.

President Bush has taken action to create opportunities for minorities through improved education and increased homeownership. His No Child Left Behind education reform was designed to close the achievement gap between white and minority students. He has worked for an increase in funding for historically black colleges and universities. And President Bush set a national goal of helping 5.5 million minorities become homeowners. Just two years later, we're a third of the way there, and today more minority families than ever before own their home.

President Bush has improved minority communities, reducing violent crime rates with initiatives like Project Safe Neighborhoods, which is taking gun criminals off the streets. His Faith-Based and Community Initiative is boosting the efforts of charities that bring real help to people in urban neighborhoods. President Bush's tax relief has also helped businesses create 1.7 million jobs in the last year and he has worked to create more opportunities for small and minority-owned businesses. He has even launched the most ambitious American effort ever aimed at combating AIDS and other diseases in Africa. It's a record that we, as African-Americans, are proud to support.

But Mr. Kerry doesn't want black voters to know about it. Take his remarks to the Congressional Black Caucus last month. Mr. Kerry pulled out all the old civil-rights buzzwords to try to make George Bush sound like Bull Connor. He argued that President Bush is "taking us back to two Americas--separate and unequal."
He said there's a "Do not enter" sign on the White House door, to keep blacks out. And he raised the specter of voter disenfranchisement, claiming "some say" the president has plans to keep African Americans out of polling places throughout the land. Mr. Kerry's rhetoric is false. It's frustrating. And it shouldn't be tolerated by people from our community who want substance over talk.

As black Americans who have served at the top levels of government, we know that America today is a land of greater opportunity than ever before. We've all been elected to high office in the last decade--from states as diverse as Maryland, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas. And that just couldn't have happened a few decades ago. Americans are today more united, and more able to look beyond racial differences, than at any point in our history. more>

You Might Be a Democrat If... -

* You own something that says, ''Dukakis for President,'' and still display it.

* You've tried to argue in favor of anything based on, ''Well, they're
gonna do it anyway so...''

* You've ever said, ''We really should call the ACLU about this.''

* You believe that a few hundred loggers can find another career, but the defenseless spotted owl must live in its preferred tree.

* You ever based an argument on the phrase, ''But they can afford a tax hike because...''

* You've ever argued that with just one more year of welfare that person will turn it around and get off drugs.

* You think Lennon was a brilliant social commentator.

* You keep count of how many people you know in each racial or ethnic category.

* You believe our government must do it because everyone in Europe does.

* After looking at your pay stub you can still say, ''America is
undertaxed.''

You Might be a Leftist If . . .

-You believe John Ashcroft poses a greater danger to America than Osama bin Laden.

-You think President Bush lied to the nation but his predecessor did not.

-You believe President Bush is too dumb to be President and Arnold Schwarzenegger is too dumb to be Governor of California, but the Dixie Chicks, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin, Barbra Streisand, Eddie Vedder and Jeanine Garofalo are qualified to discourse at length on foreign policy.

-You believe all conservatives are racist, but do not think minorities can ever succeed without Affirmative Action.

-You can't decide which is worse: the Patriot Act or the Patriot Missile.

-You believe Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong Il, and Yasser Arafat were fairly and democratically elected, but President Bush was not.

-You root for prisoners when they escape from our oppressive prisons, but oppose allowing poor children to escape from failing public schools.

-You support every kind of "diversity" on campus, except political orientation.

-You support banning the smoking of tobacco and legalizing marijuana.

-You are enraged by the so-called mistreatment of Muslim prisoners (who have gained weight while dining on their specially prepared Koran-approved meals) at Guantanamo Bay, but believe the world should have stood idly by while Saddam Hussein filled mass graves.

-You have found where the right to an abortion is written in the Constitution but cannot find where the Constitution provides for a right to keep and bear arms.

-You support campus speech codes that ban pick-up lines and amorous gazes, but never spoke out against President Clinton's physical sexual harassment in the White House.

-You applauded Jimmy Carter for talking about human rights in foreign policy but opposed George W. Bush for doing something about human rights.

-You believe that trial lawyers taking 33 to 40 percent of a plaintiff's recovery in lawsuits is just about right, but the federal government taking this amount of our income in taxes is not nearly enough.

-You believe the former Governor of a New England state with 608,827 people is more than adequately experienced to be President in 2004, but the Governor of a Southwestern state with 21,325,018 people was completely unprepared in 2000.

-You agree with Toni Morrison that President Clinton was "the first black President," but didn't criticize Al Sharpton for recently labeling President Bush a "gang leader."

-You believe we could get more truth out of the Pentagon if only Don Rumsfeld were replaced by Mohammed Al-Sahhaf.

-You believe evangelical Christians are destroying America but don't feel threatened by the radical Wahabbi sect of Islam.

-When it comes to violent crime, you believe in hating the crime but loving the criminal.

-You support unlimited appeals for convicted criminals, but believe it is undemocratic for Californians to reverse their earlier mistake of electing Gray Davis.

-You believe U.S. exports of genetically modified foods pose a greater threat to African nations than corrupt dictators like Zimbabwe's Mugabe.

-You believe welfare is a fundamental human right and workfare is a human rights violation.

-You believe religion is a scourge on our society, but becoming one with Mother Nature by merging with the universal consciousness and harmonizing with lunar reverberations will save us.

-You believe President Bush is an environmental criminal for poisoning the water with arsenic, but have never complained about Saddam Hussein's devastating Iraq and Kuwait's environment by setting intentional oil well fires and committing genocide against the Marsh Arabs by draining their wetlands.

-Your car sports the bumper sticker saying that "it will be a great day when our schools have all the money they need and the military has to hold bake sales," but oppose allowing the U.S. military to volunteer recruitment tables on college campuses because of their "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

Zell Miller blasts fellow Democrat Kerry
- Zell Miller calls Kerry an "out-of-touch, ultraliberal from Taxachusetts" whose foreign and domestic policies would seriously weaken the country. "Look, John Kerry couldn't find Main Street with both hands," he said. "You can't make a chicken swim and you can't make John Kerry anything but an out-of-touch ultraliberal from Taxachusetts."

Zell Miller blasts Kerry - Zell Miller says, "With John Kerry on national security, it's vacillate, retreat and turn over to the U.N. With John Kerry on domestic policy, it's tax, spend and redistribute income."

Zell Miller's Speech at the Bush-Cheney 04 Leadership Meeting, May 15, 2004:
"... When he came to the Senate almost 20 years ago, his first great foreign policy cause was the nuclear
freeze, challenging Sam Nunn over the funding of research into missile defense, which, of course, Kerry
wanted to cut.

It only got worse. Much worse. Senator Kerry went on to vote against every single major weapons
system that won the Cold War.

He voted to cut or de-fund the B-1 bomber, the B-2, the F-15, and F-14A, the F-14D...the Apache
helicopter, the Harrier jet, the Patriot missile...the Aegis air-defense cruiser, the Strategic Defense
Initiative, and the Trident Missile.

This man now wants to be the Commander in Chief of U.S. Armed Forces? U.S. forces armed with what,
spitballs?

Senator Kerry has made it clear that he believes U.S. military force should only be used as approved by
the United Nations.

This man who says he’s against outsourcing wants to outsource our foreign policy the most dangerous
outsourcing of all.

This man wants to be the leader of the free world. Free for how long?

This man is so out of touch with the average American it would be comical if it were not so dangerous.

His high-priced handlers know it and are frantically trying to get him down on ground level instead of
levitating above Planet Earth, as he has for so many years.

But, they are out of touch themselves.

Remember when they told Al Gore to wear earth tones? Same media bunch. Now they’ve got Kerry
wearing a canvas hunting coat with a pink power tie. Have you ever seen that kind of garb anywhere on
Main Street, U.S.A.?

Last week they pushed this most liberal of all the U.S. senators in front of the centrist Democratic
Leadership Council. Speaking in tongues, he claimed he’s really been a moderate all these years.

What’s next? Talladega? The Grand Ole Opry? Sopping syrup with a cathead biscuit? In a pink tie?

Look, John Kerry couldn't find Main Street with both hands. You can’t make a chicken swim and you cant
make John Kerry anything but an out-of-touch, ultra-liberal from Taxachusetts.

In this election, I’m on George Bush’s side because he’s on the side of freedom and the side of the
American people.

May God bless our President, and may God bless America.
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 Presidential Campaign Tactics / DNC Convention

A non-believable ticket - Though Democrats put their more moderate face forward – keeping 110-proof liberals like Teddy Kennedy, Al Sharpton and Howard Dean out of primetime – they appear to have gained little or nothing from their Boston convention.

Among the reasons in this writer's judgment is that, while Kerry delivered the speech of his life at Boston, the man is simply not credible. When the basic math is done, the gap between his promises and what he can plausibly deliver is so transparently huge he ought to be hauled before the Federal Trade Commission for consumer fraud.

Kerry promises to cut this deficit in half. Thus he must either raise $220 billion a year in new taxes or cut spending $220 billion, or some combination of both. But look at the spending binge Kerry-Edwards proposed in their addresses to the Boston convention. Here are Kerry's promises.

"We will add 40,000 active duty troops ... double our Special Forces and ... provide our troops with the newest weapons ..."

"I will cut middle-class taxes."

"I will reduce the tax burden on small business."

I will grant "a tax credit to families for each and every year of college."

I will make health care a "right for all Americans" – i.e., guarantee health care to 45 million Americans now uninsured.

"Our health care plan will save families $1,000 a year in premiums."

"Our energy plan will ... invest in new technologies and alternative fuels ... so that no young American in uniform will ever be held hostage to our dependency on oil from the Middle East." more>

After WTC, Kerry Sat in a Daze for Forty Minutes - One of the characteristic behaviors of the left is the big lie, the false attack on your opponent for something that you have done yourself. With John Kerry, this tendency is combined with a uniquely highly developed case of tone-deafness, an insensibility to context, which in turn is a symptom, it seems to me, of his impenetrable self-regard and sense of entitlement.

The other day, Kerry attacked President Bush for having continued to read to the Florida school children for several minutes after getting word that the second plane had hit the World Trade Center. All other things being equal, I suppose it might be a fair point. But when we remember that Bush's response to 9/11 is overall the high point of his presidency, with even his enemies admitting he was magnificent in the days and weeks following the attack, Bush's initial delayed response (if that's what it was) to the news of the attack would seem an extremely odd thing for Kerry to criticize him for.

As is always the case with Kerry, however, it gets worse than that. It turns out that on the morning of September 11, Kerry did not, like Bush, delay acting for a mere five minutes, he delayed acting for 40 minutes. Here is Kerry's reply on July 8 to Larry King who asked him what he was doing on September 11th:

I was in the Capitol. We'd just had a meeting—we'd just come into a leadership meeting in Tom Daschle's office, looking out at the Capitol. And as I came in, Barbara Boxer and Harry Reid were standing there, and we watched the second plane come in to the building. And we shortly thereafter sat down at the table and then we just realized nobody could think, and then boom, right behind us, we saw the cloud of explosion at the Pentagon. And then word came from the White House, they were evacuating, and we were to evacuate, and so we immediately began the evacuation.

Since the South Tower of the World Trade Center was struck at 9:03 a.m., and the Pentagon was hit at 9:43 a.m., this means that Kerry along with several other members of the Democratic Senate leadership sat together at a table in a daze for a full 40 minutes, unable to act, unable to think.

From Kerry's description it sounds as if they weren't even watching the television, like tens of millions of normal people did, to follow and try to make sense of the unfolding events. They simply relapsed into a passive state, neither taking in nor reacting to the fact that America was under an unprecedented attack.

All Fall Down - Right now Kerry's polling numbers are wilting against President George W. Bush, and so it is off to shoulder surgery. Actually no one should be surprised that the Massachusetts Braggart's popularity drops the more the electorate sees of him. He is an absurd figure. His campaign was dead in the water late in 2003 and only picked up steam when Democratic primary voters noted that their frontrunner, Dr. Howard Dean of unhappy memory, was even more absurd.

Now the French-looking senator is again in the public eye, and what that eye perceives it obviously does not like: the macho candidate ostentatiously purchasing an athletic supporter (size large!), the vacationing skier taking spills on the slopes and bellowing "I don't fall down." Kerry made this silly statement before blaming a Secret Service agent for his tumble and cussing at him. Gentlemen do not act like that. In fact, gentlemen do not bring down on themselves all the ridicule Kerry has provoked by objecting to being referred to as "French-looking." Some White House wag playfully asserted that Kerry "looks French," and Kerry very foolishly threw another of his famous fits, portraying himself as the victim of White House dirty tricks.

Ever since, the nation's wits have been teasing Kerry about his Frenchness. Doubtless he will provide more opportunities for further ridicule -- unless the Democrats can keep him in hospitals and clinics. The reason Kerry is faltering in the polls is that the Massachusetts Braggart is a colossal phony. He has always been a colossal phony, and that is one reason he has never made it out of Massachusetts. He is a second-tier candidate.

Arab Guide to the 2004 Election - Some critical info to keep in mind before casting your ballot - The Arab and Iranian press have increasingly discussed the upcoming American presidential election. Most journalists are pulling for a Kerry victory. Other commentators have said that the choice between the two is like "choosing between cholera and the plague."

The Iranian press has been particularly active in monitoring the elections. The editor of the Egyptian Al-Gil newspaper, Nagi Al Shihabi, was interviewed by the Iranian Al-Alam TV on June 13, and said: "The U.S. wants to eradicate our religious and Islamic identity. Bush declared a Crusader war following the events of 9/11…The U.S. established its country over the body parts of 120 million Indians. We must first define the enemy. The no. 1 enemy of the Arab and Islamic peoples is the U.S. and not only Israel…Bush, Allah willing, will go to hell in this coming November."

During his Friday sermon in the city of Qom, broadcast by Channel 2 of Iranian TV on June 19, preacher Ayatollah Javadi-Amoli called on Americans to vote against Mr. Bush: "We advise the people of America not to continue to tolerate this oppressing, ignorant, pillaging, criminal, and discriminating administration. In the future, do not vote for Bush and his ilk."

Writing in the Tehran Times on June 17, Kian Nader Mokhtari praised Senator Kerry, and hoped that he would triumph over the "neo-Nazis" of the Bush administration: "It has long been a tradition in U.S. politics for irresponsible gun-toting Republican presidents to pass on unresolved dilemmas to their Democratic replacements, and Bush will be no exception…Kerry is exactly what the U.S. needs… Kerry's sensible and methodical approach will no doubt go some distance in solving the stinking heap of a mess left over by Bush and his neo-conservatives — for a minute there I was going to type neo-Nazis!...He [Kerry] may be remembered as the president whose decisions saved the U.S..." more>

BEHIND THE SCENES: Gay marriage kept out of national spotlight - Since May, gay and lesbian residents of Massachusetts have been able to marry their partners.

But the issue of gay marriage was barely whispered from the podium during the Democratic National Convention this week. Party strategists and gay and lesbian delegates say the controversial fight for equal marriage rights must take a back seat -- for now -- to the more immediate goal of defeating Republican President George W. Bush.

The convention included 4,300 delegates, nearly 250 of whom were gay. But the openly gay speakers who addressed the convention, from Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin to congressional candidate Jim Stork of Florida, steered clear of the gay marriage issue.

"I call it the Stepford convention," said Robin Tyler of DontAmend.com, an organization opposed to efforts to ban gay marriage with a constitutional amendment. "Everybody is going by the script because they are so afraid that Bush will get in. But behind the scenes, it's like, don't worry, wink, wink; we'll take care of you." more>

Forged National Guard memosBush Guard papers forged, says source - General cited by CBS claims he was misled by network - A retired general cited by CBS as a source in a story asserting President Bush failed to perform to National Guard standards more than 30 years ago now claims he was misled by the network.

Retired Maj. Gen. Bobby W. Hodges, cited by a senior CBS official last week as the network's "trump card" in verifying the controversial documents, told the Washington Post he now believes the documents to be forgeries. more>

Gays to gain in Kerry White House - A parade of Democratic leaders and Hollywood stars, including Ben Affleck, yesterday reassured homosexual delegates and advocates that they have a lot to gain by defeating the Bush administration and electing a Kerry administration.

"If nothing else, you will have a mom in the White House," Teresa Heinz Kerry said before the packed hotel room of homosexual delegates and advocates.

"You're pushing the envelope, and we, as a country, have to respond with policies and cultural acceptance," said Mrs. Kerry, wife of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry.

Dignity and respect are paramount qualities, she said. If any of the Kerry children were to say they were homosexual and wanted to marry their partner, she said, "I would ... share my joy and my pride with all my friends," just as if they were marrying someone of the opposite sex.
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Berger blocked 4 plans to get bin Laden - 9-11 commission report shows handwritten responses on documents - Former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger blocked four separate plans of action against the al-Qaida terrorist network from 1998 to 2000, according to the newly released 9-11 commission report. more>

Berger key figure in Chinagate - Klayman: Kerry's choice as adviser shows can't be trusted - Former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger – now the target of an FBI probe – was a key part of a deal the Clinton administration made to secure an illegal $300,000 contribution from the communist Chinese government, one of a number of instances in the 1990s in which he was blamed for security breaches.

"Sandy Berger has misused sensitive information in the past," Larry Klayman, who investigated the Chinagate scandal while chairman of Judicial Watch, told WorldNetDaily. more>

Black Democratic leaders protest minority layoffs at party headquarters - Leading black Democrats in Congress and the national party are protesting the layoffs of 10 minority staffers at the party's headquarters.

The Democratic National Committee notified some committee members and lawmakers Wednesday that they were cutting the positions to save money and streamline operations in preparation for next year's presidential election.

"I'm just outraged," said Donna Brazile, who served as Al Gore's campaign manager in the last presidential election and is also the chairwoman of the DNC's Voting Rights Institute. "They started reading me the names and I said 'Oh, oh -- they're all black. I went through the roof."'

Boston baseball fans boo Kerry - Democrat throws out 1st pitch before hometown crowd at Fenway - John Kerry was booed in his hometown as he threw out the first pitch in Fenway Park before the start of the Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees game tonight.

Kerry continued to smile as he threw a ball that sank and hit the dirt before the catcher – a soldier home from Iraq – could catch it. more>

Bush vs. Kerry: Their Foreign Policy Debate - To put it simply, John Kerry won the September 30 debate with President Bush on style, but lost on substance. Kerry supporters are gushing about how ''he looked so presidential,'' as though posing for a White House photo op will strike fear into the hearts of terrorists around the globe. Maybe Kerry could audition for a spot on ''The West Wing,'' but not in it. Real life isn't a TV show; talking points don't keep the country safe.

Despite the questions that were hopelessly biased against him, President Bush showed the same determination that he has for nearly four years, although he was apparently annoyed when listening to Kerry's relentless negativity, vague assurances, fact-twisting, attacks on Bush's character, and misrepresentations. If Bush seemed disgusted when Kerry lauded his own Vietnam war protest activities--calling the war a hopeless quagmire being fought for illegal reasons and lies, the same as he is doing to Iraq today--well, so was I. Just goes to show that Bush is human, too.

The first question that moderator Jim Lehrer of PBS asked Kerry was, ''Do you believe you could do a better job than President Bush in preventing another 9/11-type terrorist attack on the United States?'' Lehrer's first question to Bush, on the other hand, was, ''Do you believe the election of Senator Kerry on November 2 would increase the chances of the U.S. being hit by another 9/11-type terrorist attack?'' The way the questions were worded allowed Kerry to begin on a positive note, while forcing Bush to begin on a negative note. Remember that Lehrer's idea of commentary on the Ronald Reagan tribute at the GOP convention was reciting the liberal talking points against ''Reaganomics'' by way of rebuttal. more>

Campaign Claims Ignorance of 'Crooks for Kerry' - That Boston Herald, ya gotta love it. "Crooks for Kerry: Lefty group hires ex-cons to canvass" was how Sen. John Kerry's hometown newspaper today headlined his latest embarrassment.

"It is disturbing that the voter mobilization arm of the Democratic Party is proudly hiring felons convicted of sex offenses, assault and burglary to go house to house and handle sensitive personal information.

"Democrat voters should be leery of opening their doors to political operatives until the Democrats can assure them that a convicted felon won't be on the other side."

Campaign Rage: FLORIDA DEMOCRATS PLACE NEWSPAPER AD CALLING FOR RUMSFELD HIT - Campaign 2004 turns extreme in Florida with the placement of a newspaper ad calling for physical retribution against Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld!

"We should put this S.O.B. up against a wall and say 'This is one of our bad days,' and pull the trigger," the ad reads.

CARD SHARK - Foreign policy advisers in Washington and senior campaign staff on the road with Sen. John Kerry went nuts on Wednesday afternoon as they watched their candidate, while talking about his Iraq strategy, announce on live television, that "I have heavy cards to play -- I'm not going to lay them all out on the table -- no future president or no president should ever negotiate this in public. But let me tell you, I've got big cards to play to bring people to understand the stakes here."

"As soon as he said that, people were getting calls on their cell phones," says a Kerry advance staffer, who had helped get many of the CEOs involved in the economic summit in Davenport, Iowa, where Kerry made his remarks. "Everyone understood he'd made a huge mistake."

"But then he pulls a boner like this. What the hell cards does he have?" asks an adviser in Washington. "The candidate has been told time and again not to engage in that kind of semi-detailed discussion. But he just ignores the advice and digs another hole we have to pull him out of. At some point, we aren't going to be able to do it."

Chinese Kerry Out: John Kerry's Private Trade Trip to Beijing - The Kerry campaign currently is struggling with recent photographs of the candidate, one dressed in a "bunny" suit at NASA and another on the bow of a ferry imitating a famous scene from the movie Titanic. However, a new photograph has emerged showing the Massachusetts senator in Beijing, People's Republic of China, working with a company associated with the Chinese military. The Kerry campaign and the Kerry Senate office both are refusing to comment on the Democratic presidential candidate's privately sponsored trade trip to China. Repeated phone calls both to Kerry's campaign headquarters and his Senate office were not returned.

During the late 1990s, John Kerry traveled on a "U.S. trade mission to the People's Republic of China organized and sponsored by a private corporation." The Kerry trip to Beijing was topped off with a "banquet in Beijing's legendary Great Hall of the People." To prove the trip was a success, the Massachusetts-based firm of Boston Capital & Technology photographed Kerry in the Beijing Great Hall of the People. The image and trip information appear at www.us-china.com, Boston Capital's Website

The photo shows Kerry, an unnamed Chinese government official and Paul Marcus, the head of Boston Capital & Technology. Marcus also refused to provide details of the China trip, including the time and date, whether the senator took money for his services, or the identity of the Chinese officials with whom Kerry met. "I am not doing an interview with you, and please don't call me again," Marcus declared.

The chief of Boston Capital and his Chinese-born wife, Moying Li, live in the same Beacon Hill district of Boston as Kerry, who used his half-interest in the family mansion to borrow $6.4 million to save his then-faltering presidential campaign.

While Marcus currently refuses to comment on the private trade trip to China, he does advertise his connection to Sen. Kerry on Boston Capital's Website, where Marcus claims that his firm was "China Advisor to U.S. Senator's commercial agenda for China." The Website goes on to says that Boston Capital: "Advised, assisted, and executed Minister-level commercial agenda for U.S. Senator. Advanced Senator in China for all Minister-level meetings, coordinated and acted as liaison to: The U.S. State Department, The U.S. Embassy in Beijing, The Department of Commerce, and all relevant Chinese authorities." more>

Clinton aide took home classified 9-11 papers - FBI investigates Kerry adviser Berger for theft of secret terror documents - In a blockbuster revelation that may prove to be the most shocking scandal of the Clinton administration, former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger is under criminal investigation for pocketing highly classified terrorism documents prior to the Sept. 11 Commission hearings.

Berger is the focus of a Justice Department investigation for removing the documents and handwritten notes from a secure reading room, the Associated Press is reporting. He has been serving as a national security adviser to John Kerry's campaign. more>

Controversy over Kerry's re-enacted war scenes - DNC video uses home footage taken with future career in mind - While a swift-boat commander in Vietnam, Sen. John Kerry filmed re-enactments of combat which Democrats plan to use in the official video introducing their presidential nominee tomorrow night in Boston.

During the Vietnam War, Sen. John Kerry filmed re-enactments of combat scenes with a home camera.

A new book, "Unfit for Command," written by John O'Neill, who took over Kerry's swift boat, PCF-94, charges the Massachusetts senator carried a home movie camera to "record his exploits," according to the Drudge Report. Tedd Peck, who piloted PCF-94 before being wounded and turning over command to Kerry, told WorldNetDaily the footage taken in Vietnam is "phony."

Kerry's 8-millimeter films show him with grenades hanging from a flack jacket, but Peck says the members of the swift-boat crew were not ground troops -- being told never to leave the boat -- and never were issued grenades because of the chance of them ricocheting when lobbed from the deck.

"He found [the grenades] and wanted to make himself look like a gungho John Wayne," said Peck, who said he didn't like Kerry from the start. "That's what it is, Hollywood."

O'Neill's book says Kerry "would revisit ambush locations for re-enacting combat scenes where he would portray the hero, catching it all on film. Kerry would take movies of himself walking around in combat gear, sometimes dressed as an infantryman walking resolutely through the terrain. He even filmed mock interviews of himself narrating his exploits. A joke circulated among Swiftees was that Kerry left Vietnam early not because he received three Purple Hearts, but because he had recorded enough film of himself to take home for his planned political campaigns." more>

Cynthia McKinney's Arab and Islamist Donors - We all knew that Cynthia McKinney would be drawing on Arab and Muslim supporters in her bid to return to Congress, but a listing of contributors (with information up through June 28) reveals to what an extraordinary extent this is the case, as shown by the names of her backers.

Of particular note is the who's who of radical organizations her donors are associated with:

Hani Y. Awadallah – president, Arab American Civic Organization, New Jersey.

Jesse Aweida – co-founder, American Task Force on Palestine.

Belal Dalati – a vice president of Arab-American Broadcasting Co. (Orange County Register, February 19, 2002) associated with the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Hasan Elkhatib –member, board of directors, American Islamic Educational Foundation (MetroWest Jewish News, October 10, 1996)

Yaser Elmenshawy - chairman, Islamic Council of New Jersey.

Rafeeq Jaber – president, Islamic Association for Palestine, a Hamas offshoot.

Oussama Jammal – president, Bridgeview Mosque.

Samer Khalaf – chairman, American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee's Political Outreach Committee in New Jersey.

Faroque Khan – president, Islamic Center of Long Island, also connected to the American Muslim Alliance and Islamic Society of North America.

Mahmoud A Nimer - member, board of directors, Islamic Academy of Florida, Tampa (an Islamic school established by Sami al-Arian; al-Arian's indictment indicates the school was used as a base of support for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad).

Ayman Osman - member, board of directors, Islamic Academy of Florida, Tampa; employer of Hatem Fariz, arrested on terrorism charges and charged with being a member of Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Talat Othman - former chairman of the Islamic Free Market Institute; secretary/treasurer of the American Task Force on Palestine.

Khalid Qazi – former president, American Muslim Council of western New York State.

Hareth Raddawi - member, board of directors, American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee, Chicago.

Allam Reheem - former member, board of directors, Islamic Academy of Florida, Tampa.

Talal Sunbulli – former chairman, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago.

James Zogby – president, Arab American Institute.

In addition, the American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee gave $1,000.

Such an outpouring of extremist support comes as no shock; as Erick Stakelbeck documents in today's New York Post, "McKinney has long associated with militant Islamic groups whose members have openly supported terrorism," plus "she has taken to the floor of the House to defend them."

Comment: Georgia holds its primary on July 20; should McKinney win it, as seems likely, radical Arab and Muslim causes will have achieved their first significant electoral victory in the United States. (July 9, 2004)

July 21, 2004 update: "This victory means that her constituents missed her. She is a great lady, and I am delighted she won [the primary]." So gloated Abed Hammoud, president of the Dearborn, Mich.-based Arab-American Political Action Committee, as quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Democrats' imam supported al-Arian - Chaplain who gave benediction was character witness to terror supporter - The Muslim imam who gave a closing benediction at the Democratic National Convention in Boston also served as a character witness to Sami al-Arian, the Florida professor indicted by the U.S. Justice Department on 50 counts of terror-related charges.

On the second day of the Democratic National Convention, Imam Yahya Hendi said the closing prayer of the night with some verses from the Quran.

Yet, last July, the 9-11 commission heard testimony from terrorism expert Steven Emerson that Hendi, one of the top Islamic clerics in the U.S., backed al-Arian – head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in North America.

On Feb. 20, 2003, the Justice Department released a 50-count, 121-page federal indictment of al-Arian, a University of South Florida professor who's awaiting trial on charges of funneling money and support to Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Al-Arian's close ties to both PIJ and Hamas go back to at least 1995. Al-Arian used a group he founded, the Islamic Committee for Palestine, to plead for funds for PIJ and Hamas. more>

Democrats primary donors to 527s - Of top 25 contributors to political groups, just 2 gave to GOP interests - A government report released yesterday shows the vast majority of major donations to controversial 527 groups such as Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and Moveon.org go to Democratic and so-called "progressive" groups.

According to the IRS records, as reported by opensecrets.com, just two of the top 25 donors to the politically charged groups in the 2004 election cycle gave to Republican organizations. more>

Democrats lead hate campaign - America is witnessing one of the most despicable political campaigns in our long history - a presidential race filled with lies, distortions and outright hatred - and the offender is not the mythical Republican attack machine the Democrats keep talking about. It's the national Democrat party itself.

If anybody doubts the truth of this I invite them to look at one Michael Moore - slime master extraordinary, a practiced prevaricator, hater of America and radical socialist who has produced what nobody can deny is nothing less that a Democrat campaign commercial masquerading as a documentary.

Moore, however, is simply a symbol for an angry party gone mad. more>

DEM'S MARINE MISFIRE - John Kerry's heavily hyped cross-country bus tour stumbled out of the blocks yesterday, as a group of Marines publicly dissed the Vietnam War hero in the middle of a crowded restaurant.

The Marines — two in uniform and two off-duty — were polite but curt while chatting with Kerry, answering most of his questions with a "yes, sir" or "no, sir."

But they turned downright nasty after the Massachusetts senator thanked them "for their service" and left.

"He imposed on us and I disagree with him coming over here shaking our hands," one Marine said, adding, "I'm 100 percent against [him]."

A sergeant with 10 years of service under his belt said, "I speak for all of us. We think that we are doing the right thing in Iraq," before saying he is to be deployed there in a few weeks and is "eager" to go and serve. more>

Dems' new slogan: No teacher left behind - The traditional greeting at the Democratic National Convention is, "Where do you teach?" On rare occasions, the greeting is modified to, "Where does your husband teach?" or "Where does your gay lover teach?" (Democrats could save a lot of money by holding the Democratic National Convention and the National Education Association Convention at the same time.)

The Democrats keep loudly proclaiming that Republicans represent only extremely white rich people, while the Democrats represent all Americans. (Bar bet: Among the four major candidates for president and vice president this year, who has the smallest net worth? Answer: George Bush.) more>

Dems Plan Assault on Vets - The Democrat National Committee has prepared a full-scale assault against the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth to draw their character and veracity into question, according to one anonymous source inside the DNC. The campaign of character assassination is scheduled to coincide with the release of the book Unfit for Command which reveals inconvenient facts for the Kerry campaign.

Do You Know Who I Am? (Part V) - Kerry claimed that his speechwriters snuck in references to "Benedict Arnold" corporate citizens when he had insisted that they not do it. Likewise, he claimed speechwriters, against his orders, placed references into a major policy speech on the Middle East about his desire to bring serious Middle East hands to the negotiating table. He mentioned by name former president Jimmy Carter and former secretary of state James Baker. Then he laid out why they would be strong additions.

Never mind that it is generally assumed that Kerry reads the material he utters before he takes a podium. And never mind that it is generally assumed that most of Kerry's utterances are at least vetted if not written by senior strategist Bob Shrum. "The staff has become a convenient excuse for him on the record with reporters, kind of like his escape hatch," says a campaign worker in Washington, D.C. "Perhaps Senator Kerry doesn't think it gets noticed much, but it does. A lot of us aren't here out of loyalty to him. We're here out of loyalty to the Democratic Party. He shouldn't confuse the two."

FBI docs say China funded Kerry - Suggest exchange with Beijing for aerospace technology - The legal watchdog group Judicial Watch announced the release of recently declassified documents that indicate Sen. John Kerry accepted laundered contributions from the communist Chinese government for his 1996 re-election campaign.

In exchange, Judicial Watch suspects, the presidential candidate might have arranged meetings between Chinese aerospace executives and U.S. government officials.

"These disturbing FBI documents raise further questions about Sen. Kerry's involvement in what looks like a quid pro quo [cash for meetings] with the communist Chinese," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

An Insight magazine report published by WND earlier this month revealed a new photograph has emerged showing the Massachusetts senator in Beijing working with a company associated with the Chinese military. more>

Felons Paid in Voter Registration Drive - A Democratic group crucial to John Kerry's presidential campaign has paid felons - some convicted of sex offenses, assault and burglary - to conduct door-to-door voter registration drives in at least three election swing states.

America Coming Together, contending that convicted criminals deserve a second chance in society, employs felons as voter canvassers in major metropolitan areas in Missouri, Florida, Ohio and perhaps in other states among the 17 it is targeting in its drive. Some lived in halfway houses, and at least four returned to prison.

ACT canvassers ask residents which issues are important to them and, if they are not registered, sign them up as voters. They gather telephone numbers and other personal information, such as driver's license numbers or partial Social Security numbers, depending on what a state requires for voter registration.

First Rounds Fired in Conservative 'Ketchup War' - An unexpected ketchup war has erupted between two companies marketing alternative versions of ketchup to conservative, Republican consumers.

Talon News reported last week on W Ketchup (web site) which actively markets its product to people who "don't support Democrats."

But in an open letter, another alternative ketchup known as Bush Country Ketchup (web site has openly challenged W Ketchup to clarify its ideological devotion. more>

Five reasons to fear the Democratic Party - Here are five other reasons to be afraid – very afraid – of putting a Democratic administration in charge of guarding America's gates.

1. Ted Kennedy.
The senior bloviator from Massachusetts has worked relentlessly since the Sept. 11 attacks to cripple homeland defense. For once, Teresa Heinz-Kerry speaks for me: "Ted Kennedy I don't trust."

2. The American Civil Liberties Union.
The organization maintains dangerously absolutist positions against the use of torture to gather intelligence from al-Qaida terrorists, against the designation of enemy combatants apprehended on either foreign or American soil, and against common-sense profiling in wartime. The ACLU joined Sen. Kennedy in opposing the carefully targeted NSEERS program. It sued to stop enactment of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, which tightened employment requirements for airport screeners. And under the guise of protecting civil rights, the ACLU supported the infamous wall of separation that handicapped communications between U.S. intelligence and law-enforcement agencies fighting terrorism.

In the nearly three years since the mass murder of 3,000 innocent people on American soil by fanatical Muslim terrorists, there is not a single law or policy that the ACLU has supported that would help prevent a bloody repeat of Sept. 11.

3. The Professional Grievance-Mongers.
From the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the collective response of the Diversity Is Our Strength crowd to the War on Terror has been to cry, "Racist!" The ethnic shakedown artists who have sued over every slight and hyped every faked claim of a hate crime are America-bashing enablers of the worst sort – and they are the heart and soul of the Democratic Party.

4. The Open Borders Lobby.
Longtime readers know of my dissatisfaction with the Bush administration's unwillingness to get serious control of our immigration chaos. But if you are unhappy with the lack of progress on securing our land, air and sea ports of entry, it will only get worse under Kerry-Edwards. Groups such as the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the National Council of La Raza, and the Ford Foundation have protested enforcement, detention, deportation, employer sanctions and secure identification measures every step of the way. It is from these ranks that a Democratic administration will draw upon to staff the Justice Department, Department of Transportation and Department of Homeland Security. Scary.

5. First Responder Fetishists.
In her convention remarks on Monday night, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton said the first homeland security priority in response to the 9-11 report was the "need to fully equip and train ... our first responders in the event of a terrorist attack." Eager to suck up to men and women in uniform, John Kerry has proposed adding 100,000 first responders to the ranks of firefighters and emergency medical personnel nationwide. As I have said before, there is no question that our brave firefighters, cops and emergency personnel need increased training and support – but dialing 911 is not the solution to stopping another 9-11.

GOP Rails at Kerry's 'Unprecedented Criminal Enterprise - The New York Post reported today that the papers filed by top Republicans with the Federal Election Commission also charge the Kerry camp and allied organizations with an "illegal conspiracy."

"Simply put, the Kerry campaign and the Democratic Party have been unable to fund-raise to a level of hard dollars that they think is necessary for their campaign efforts," the GOP complaint says.

"Instead, they have chosen to rely on an illegal conspiracy of donors and shadowy groups to defeat President Bush."

Hard to Find a Positive Review of the Kerry Speech - By and large, the feedback from the Great Boston Charade range from ''ho-hum'' to negative, even from many liberals. The central theme of the criticism is the too-obvious effort by the party to hide its too-obviously liberal/leftist credentials.

The hometown paper, the Boston Globe, called it a ''rushed speech, lost opportunity.'' more>

Hell Is on the Way - The last refuge of the modern liberal is patriotism. John Kerry clothed himself on Thursday night in the American flag that his friends used to boast of burning. He relied on ribbons he once flung at the White House as proof of his fitness to occupy it. And he accused the Republicans of anti-Americanism, a slur liberals once wore as a badge of honor.

Kerry perspired his way through the platitudes ably enough, but it was telling that he had to depend parasitically on Dick Cheney's line -- "help is on the way" -- to find an anthem of his own. The Democrats have decided to be a pale imitation of the Republicans even in their rhetorical constructs.

Kerry's daughters were saddled with the chore of having to humanize him. They came up with a few human qualities he displayed at a "chili feed," spoke of how he brought some "foliage" to his dying mom, and how he once rescued a hamster named Licorice from death. No sooner was the hamster story concluded than Alexandra Kerry was promising that her Pa would protect abortion -- "controlling our bodies." The Democrats never fail to couple their environmentalism -- protecting animals -- with calls for not protecting humans through abortion. Democrats argue for purity in nature and impurity in human nature, selflessness toward hamsters, selfishness toward vulnerable humans.

There was also of course the blatant contradiction of Kerry saying that Democrats won't divide America, then doing just that before finishing his speech. This most improbable champion of the "middle class" had no qualms about dividing America by wealth, egging Americans into soaking the rich. It was a nice hypocritical Democratic touch to have notorious tax-dodging multimillionaire Willie Nelson sing before the class-warfare commenced.

What God has joined together, the Democrats are happy to put asunder. Barney Frank, speaking at the convention earlier, let the cat out of the bag when he said Democrats stand for letting homosexuals "marry," further proof that a Kerry presidency will mean same-sex marriage nationwide.

Weaker at home, weaker abroad -- this is the Democratic mantra reduced to reality which Kerry's new-found patriotism cannot conceal.

'How Democrats steal elections' - Veterans of hand recounts describe techniques used to change outcome - The manual vote recounts being insisted on by Democratic operatives in Palm Beach County, Fla., have been used for over 20 years to steal elections from Republicans, claim several GOP veterans of hand-recount election-upsets. more>

How Far Left Can the Left Really Go? - What political group published this list of reasons they hope George W. Bush will be defeated in the upcoming presidential election? Read them carefully and see if you can tell.

1. Bush is destroying workers rights and outsourcing jobs instead of protecting the right to organize and creating new jobs rebuilding schools, bridges, roads and hospitals.

2. Bush is privatizing Medicare, Social Security, and public education with phony reforms instead of enacting health care for all, protecting retirement funds and full funding for public education through college.

3. Bush is bankrupting the Federal Government with giant tax cuts for the very rich and super-funds to the military instead of securing the budget for human needs by taxing the rich and spending on human needs.

4. Bush is rolling back civil rights gains instead of enforcing and expanding affirmative action to end racism in all areas of life.

5. Bush is curtailing women's rights and choice by undermining Roe v. Wade instead of upholding the right to choice and ending the gender wage gap.

6. Bush is abusing immigrant workers in low-wage jobs instead of providing a clear path to citizenship and equal rights.

7. Bush is exploiting and ruining the environment by protecting corporate polluters instead of conserving our natural resources for the public good.

8. Bush's war in Iraq is a disaster for our security and economy. He is pushing for more preemptive wars and for first strike nuclear military policy instead of negotiations and cooperation utilizing the United Nations.

9. Bush is denying civil liberties and free speech in the name of fighting terrorism instead of repealing the USA Patriot Act and helping cities, towns and states fund firefighters and police.

10. Bush discriminates against Gays and Lesbians with a Constitutional Amendment instead of expanding civil rights and liberties for all.

Just how true is the old phrase, ''birds of a feather flock together?'' As the Democratic Party has drifted further and further left, many have speculated that it was only a matter of time before it became indistinguishable from our old enemies, the communists. Lo and behold, the Communist Party USA has recently published on its web site the above document, ''Top Ten Reasons to Defeat Bush.'' It could just as easily have been taken from the Democratic National Committee's web page, word for word. In fact, the list could double as Kerry supporter talking points. Let's take them one by one. more>

Insolence on the Ground - Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry belittled President Bush while the candidate's plane sat on the tarmac in Topeka, Kansas, on Monday. After making his speech commemorating the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, Kerry and his entourage were boarding the Kerry charter, then due to fly west to Oregon. An advance staffer for the candidate informed Kerry that they had to hurry and take off so that the airspace around the airport could be secured for President Bush's arrival.

Kerry refused to move quickly, instead loitering and refusing to take his seat on the plane. At one point, Kerry asked reporters, "You mean, you're not staying for what's his name?" more>

How to Start the Day in a Happy Mood - Seven easy steps! more>

How Socialist Unions Rule the Democratic Party - A SINGLE LABOR UNION HAS COMMITTED $65 MILLION to defeating President George. W. Bush this November, reported the July 12 BusinessWeek Magazine.

This biggest union in the AFL-CIO, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) which by year’s end will have 1.8 million members, at its June convention in San Francisco agreed to spend $40 million for more than 2,000 organizers to work full-time against President Bush in 17 key battleground states. It also plans to supply 50,000 “volunteers” from its members just prior to and on election day. And SEIU will spend an additional $25 million on voter registration, “education” and getting out the vote.

Why is SEIU so bent on defeating President Bush? Let us count the ways:

SEIU is one of America’s two biggest government unions, the other being AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees. The nightmare for such unions is not a weak economy, as it would be for private sector workers. Government workers get their money not from a free marketplace but from coerced taxes. And many SEIU workers not employed directly by government are hospital and nursing home staffers paid indirectly by government dollars for Medicare, Medicaid and welfare patients. For this reason the government unions are the party of American socialism.

Public Enemy Number One for these socialist vanguards are Republicans who want to reduce the size and spending of government, and to contract out millions of existing government tasks to money-saving, non-unionized private companies. The wealth, power and future of these unions depend on replacing a Republican President with Democratic advocates of government expansion like the team of Kerry and Edwards. more>

Hybrid Kerry - For all the excitement about presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry, it isn't translating into volunteers for his campaign. In fact, according to a Kerry campaign staffer in Florida, the Kerry camp is surprised by the lack of paid staff and volunteer crossover from other dead Democratic primary campaigns to theirs.

"We aren't getting a lot of young people coming on board to help from other campaigns, like Gephardt and Clark and Dean," says the Kerry staffer. "We don't know if it's sour grapes, lack of enthusiasm, or them just being fried from the primary season."

Kerry has made some strategic hires from other campaigns, particularly to fill regional positions. But he apparently has failed to get many Democratic worker bees' hearts racing.

I don't like being called a cockroach - I don't like being called a cockroach. But apparently, Democrats John Kerry and John Edwards think it's funny to compare Hispanic Republicans to roaches -- or so it seems based on their behavior at a recent fundraiser in New York City.

Kerry and Edwards were both yucking it up at Radio City Music Hall last week when a star-studded line up of comedians and rock stars entertained the crowd with off-color jokes and Bush-bashing, raising $7.5 million in the process. Neither Kerry nor Edwards said a word when Whoopi Goldberg made nasty sexual allusions to both the president's and vice-president's names. In fact, the New York Post's Deborah Orin reports that Kerry "could be seen laughing uproariously" during the Goldberg riff, full of vulgar language and even worse taste.

You would think they'd be a little more wary of associating themselves with ethnically offensive remarks, however. So when comedian John Leguizamo said he refuses to believe there are any Hispanic Republicans --"Latins for Republicans, it's like roaches for Raid"-- you might have hoped Kerry and Edwards would feel compelled to say something to distance themselves. During the primaries, Howard Dean ran into similar difficulties at another star-studded New York fundraiser where entertainers made heavy use of the "N" word, but Dean had the good sense to come on stage and say he didn't like the tone of some of the odious humor.

The dynamic duo of Kerry and Edwards stayed mum on the dirty jokes this time around. Kerry even opined that "every performer tonight ... conveyed to you the heart and soul of our country," while Edwards noted that "this campaign will be a celebration of real American values." Some values.

Can you imagine the outcry if Republicans hosted an event in which performers compared Latinos to cockroaches based on their voting behavior? It is almost inconceivable that the media would not be all over the story, with round-the-clock coverage, demands that heads roll, and ultimately, the candidate taking the blame. The double standard is appalling. When Democrats use four-letter words, make raunchy references to their opponents, even when they insult minority groups, the media give them a pass.

Ironically, the Kerry campaign announced this week that it will be spending $1 million in Spanish language advertising over the next two weeks to appeal to Hispanic voters. more>

Iraq Amnesia - The real "coalition of the bribed" was at the U.N. - Judging from the current Iraq debate, you might think Saddam Hussein didn't use poison gas on the Kurds and the Iranians in the 1980s. Or that 500,000 American troops hadn't been sent to the Gulf in 1990-91 to reverse his invasion of Kuwait. Or that Saddam hadn't tried to assassinate former President George H.W. Bush in 1993, or long harbored one of the bombers who attacked the World Trade Center that year.

It might also be easy to forget that Saddam never came clean about his weapons of mass destruction, resulting in Bill Clinton's Desert Fox bombing of 1998 and the ejection of U.N. inspectors. Or that he necessitated a huge U.S. troop presence in the region, which Osama bin Laden cited in his 1998 fatwa as one of his primary grievances against America.

It's clear why John Kerry doesn't want to talk about these things, having decided for now that Iraq was "the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time." Count us a bit mystified, however, that the incumbent hasn't done a better job putting his Iraq policy in this context. Fortunately for President Bush, Congressional Oil for Food hearings and Charles Duelfer's final weapons inspections report for the CIA have come along this week to remind us all that the "containment" of Saddam was neither as blissful as certain partisans remember it, nor even sustainable.

"By 2000-2001, Saddam had managed to mitigate many of the effects of sanctions and undermine their international support," Mr. Duelfer writes. "Iraq was within striking distance of a de facto end to the sanctions regime."
We realize that some of our media friends think the salient news here is the old news: that Saddam did not possess large stockpiles of WMDs when Coalition forces invaded in March 2003. But Mr. Duelfer explicitly rejects the facile conclusion that therefore sanctions were working. Among his other findings, based in part on interviews with Saddam himself and other senior regime figures:

• Saddam believed weapons of mass destruction were essential to the preservation of his power, especially during the Iran-Iraq and 1991 Gulf wars.

• He engaged in strategic deception intended to suggest that he retained WMD.

• He fully intended to resume real WMD production after the expected lifting of U.N. sanctions, and he maintained weapons programs that put him in "material breach" of U.N. resolutions including 1441.

• And he instituted an epic bribery scheme aimed primarily at three of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, with the intent of having them help lift those sanctions.

"Saddam personally approved and removed all names of voucher recipients," under the Oil for Food program, Mr. Duelfer writes. Alleged beneficiaries of such bribes include individuals in China, as well as some with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Jacques Chirac.

As Congressmen Chris Shays's House International Relations Committee heard in testimony on Tuesday, France, Russia and China did in fact work hard to help Saddam skirt and escape sanctions. One Iraqi intelligence report uncovered by Mr. Duelfer says that a French politician assured Saddam in a letter that France would use its U.N. veto against any U.S. effort to attack Iraq--as indeed France later threatened to do.

Evidence also continues to mount that U.N. Oil for Food Program director Benon Sevan was among those on Saddam's payroll. (He denies it.) And contrary to earlier claims that Secretary-General Kofi Annan's son Kojo severed connections with the Swiss-based firm Cotecna prior to it winning its Oil for Food inspections contract, we now know that Kojo was kept on the company payroll for another year. We eagerly await the promised interim report from the U.N.'s Paul Volcker-led Oil for Food review panel, and hope in the interests of an informed electorate that it can be delivered soon. more>

JERKY JOKESTER WHOOPI IN DIRTY DISS AT DUBYA - Whoopi Goldberg delivered an X-rated rant full of sexual innuendoes against President Bush last night at a Radio City gala that raised $7.5 million for the newly minted Democratic ticket of John Kerry and John Edwards.
Waving a bottle of wine, she fired off a stream of vulgar sexual wordplays on Bush's name in a riff about female genitalia, and boasted that she'd refused to let Team Kerry clear her material.

"I Xeroxed my behind and I folded it up in an envelope and I sent it back with a big kiss mark on because we're Democrats - we're not afraid to laugh," she said.

She addressed fresh-faced vice-presidential candidate Edwards as "Kid," and "young Mr. Edwards" and cracked, "He looks like he is about 18. "I'm going to card his ass tomorrow."

Kerry could be seen laughing uproariously during part of Goldberg's tirade - and neither he nor Edwards voiced a single objection to its tone when they spoke to the crowd. They hailed the fund-raiser as a great event. Edwards said it was "a great honor" to be there and insisted, "This campaign will be a celebration of real American values."

Kerry thanked all the performers for "an extraordinary evening," hailed the "great producers" - Harvey Weinstein of Miramax and Jann Wenner - and said "every performer tonight ... conveyed to you the heart and soul of our country."

Jimmy Carter's Convention Speech Disgraces America Again - In the wake of former President Jimmy Carter’s mindless pontificating on the opening night of the Democratic Convention, it is easy to see why communism reached its ''high water mark'' on his watch, and how his policies helped to spawn the rise of modern militant Islam. Carter never understood the benefits of military strength, and in fact believed (and still believes) weakness and appeasement to be worthwhile military and diplomatic policy.

Among the other banalities of his convention speech, Carter bemoaned that the ''Middle East peace process has come to a screeching halt,'' as if all of the endless summit meetings, ceremonious treaty signings, and various ''negotiations,'' ever diminished the hideous occurrences of terrorist bombings, assassinations, and Islamic calls for jihad over the last six decades. In retrospect, Carter’s much-ballyhooed ''Camp David Peace Accord'' yielded as much as anything ever agreed upon by Neville Chamberlain and Hitler.

Nor is Carter willing to be honest about the recent upsurge of Palestinian suicide bombings and other acts of terror in Israel. Well before George W. Bush’s inauguration, Yassir Arafat demonstrated his true regard for all of the ostensible gains in mutual understanding and respect between the Palestinians and Israelis accomplished during Bill Clinton’s ''Wye River Summit.'' Upon returning to his headquarters in Ramallah, Arafat reiterated his calls for the destruction of Israel, initiating a new wave of bombings.

As an even greater outrage, Carter now has the audacity to attempt to blame George W. Bush for North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons. Apparently, Carter’s memory is as deficient as are his cognitive thinking abilities. For those who need to be reminded, it was none other than Jimmy Carter who, at the bidding of then President Bill Clinton, signed a treaty with the North Koreans in the early 1990’s, by which they agreed not to develop such weapons on the condition that the United States give them the very materials and technology to do so.
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John Dean Kerry - Last week Kerry and his campaign had to fend off the press over the "lying, crooked" remark, and they fended it off like Napoleon fended off the British at Waterloo. Instead, spokesman David Wade said Kerry was referring to some elusive "Republican attack machine" that included Karl Rove, Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity. When no one really believed that, Kerry offered the slightly less believable explanation that he was referring to "attack dogs," and not Republicans in general. Had Kerry issued a non-apology apology such as, "I regret that the public heard those remarks; it was said in the heat of the moment, when I was tired," the story might have faded away. Instead, Kerry gave it legs.

On Sunday, Kerry almost had a Howard Dean-Dale Ungerer moment during a town hall meeting in Pennsylvania. Audience member and Bush supporter Cedric Brown challenged Kerry on his claim that "foreign leaders" had told him that he needs to beat Bush. "It's not your business. It's mine," Kerry responded testily before going on to challenge Brown's credibility. "Did you vote for George Bush?" Kerry demanded. Not quite the same as telling someone to "sit down!", but not exactly magnanimous either.

The "foreign leaders" remark is tactically one of the worst by any candidate in quite some time. It even prompted Colin Powell, usually quite circumspect, to enter the fray. "I don't know what foreign leaders Senator Kerry is talking about," Powell said on Sunday. "If he can't list names, then perhaps he should find something else to talk about." The problem is that Kerry will have a hard time finding something else to talk about. By suggesting that foreign leaders want to see him elected president, Kerry precipitated questions by the press to know which leaders he was referring too. Since Kerry insists that he cannot betray their confidence, the questions will continue to linger.

John Kerry's Message to the Enemy - The Kerry campaign has settled on a battle cry: ''Iraq is the new Vietnam.'' John Kerry couldn’t use his sterling war record to propel him into the White House so he will now walk across the bodies of dead Iraqi children, coalition civilians who are having their heads sawed off for the shock value, and American soldiers who remain in harm’s way. Kerry’s friends depict surrendering marines in their pro-Kerry campaign ads and Kerry struts around America sending devastating signals to the enemy by calling Bush ''unfit'' to lead. Kerry says Bush is far too ''resolved'' in his determination to defeat the enemy. Bush should accept defeat, as Kerry has.

That may sound harsh, but just as the protesters of the 1960’s encouraged the North Vietnamese to continue killing until the anti-war activists wore down the government, John Kerry is not only encouraging the Islamic terrorists to step up their attacks, he is almost begging them to do so.

The terrorists in Iraq heard John Kerry call interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi a liar. Mr. Allawi, a courageous man that Saddam ordered killed--who knows he could be assassinated at any time--is treated like scum by this arrogant rich man from Massachusetts. Iraq cannot, must not, succeed. That simply doesn’t fit into John Kerry's campaign plans.

John Kerry wants America to believe that he is an avid supporter of our military. Kerry’s history shows otherwise.

Kerry came home from Viet Nam and with a vengeance turned on his fellow vets. His main campaign promise to voters in Massachusetts was that he would vote against ''anything military.'' Kerry made statements that our military should be under United Nations control to be dispersed around the world at the organization’s whim. Now this man wants to be the commander in chief of the armed forces. One can only imagine what horrors would await those in uniform should Kerry succeed in convincing the majority of Americans that Iraq is an ''un-winable quagmire'' that only he can save us from--by withdrawing. Forget what he says publicly; he will abandon the Iraqi people. Kerry has made this promise to his anti-war core voters. more>>>

John Kerry's Shipmates Speak Out - "We resent very deeply the false war crimes charges he made coming back from Vietnam in 1971 and repeated in the book "Tour of Duty." We think those cast an aspersion on all those living and dead, from our unit and other units in Vietnam. We think that he knew he was lying when he made the charges, and we think that they're unsupportable. We intend to bring the truth about that to the American people.

"We believe, based on our experience with him, that he is totally unfit to be the Commander-in-Chief." -- John O'Neill, spokesman, Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. more>

Kerry and Clinton: Heroes or Zeros? - The power-hungry Democrats want the average voter to believe the following about military service. First, Bill Clinton dodged the draft--plain and simple. One excuse was that he got a draft letter but didn’t read it. He even stated in a letter that he ''loathed'' the military. When he ran for president the Democrats stated military experience isn’t necessary, and praised him for standing up against an unpopular war. Now, John Kerry went to Vietnam and the Democrats rally around him because he served honorably. Go figure.

The Democrats now contradict themselves by stating that since George Bush only served in the National Guard, his service is generally considered dishonorable because he didn’t set foot in Vietnam. Since the Democrats feel the National Guard isn’t the real military, Bush is a draft dodger of the worst sort because unlike Bill Clinton he isn’t honest about his draft dodging. To make sense of this logic, let me put it this way. If a Democrat dodges the draft that is okay, but if a Republican does it, then he is unfit to be elected. If a Democrat serves in the war in any capacity, that is okay, if a Republican is president during a war, then he is unfit to elect. I hope you now understand the logic behind this argument because that is the logic Democrats are presenting to the voting public. more>>>

Kerry campaign chided on diversity - Democratic strategist Donna Brazile criticized Sen. John Kerry yesterday for failing to put black and Hispanic leaders into senior campaign positions, saying it raised serious questions about his commitment to racial diversity.

Kerry-Edwards: The ambiguously 'gay' duo - There is only one litmus test that a politician must pass these days to prove whether or not they are interested in protecting marriage from being redefined by activist judges: "Do you support the president's call for a constitutional amendment to protect marriage?"

John Kerry and John Edwards have tried to sell a false impression to voters on marriage.

Both have said publicly that they oppose the idea of "same-sex marriage." I have heard their advocates reaffirm this position. I have had extreme right-wingers try to tell me that they are no different than the president on the issue. But this facade is flimsy and should not be believed for even a moment.

Just this week, the National Stonewall Democrats – a group that advocates on behalf of those who practice homosexuality – pronounced Kerry-Edwards as the "most pro-gay ticket in the history of presidential politics." The Human Rights Campaign – Washington's largest homosexual lobbying group – gave the two men a 100 percent rating on their voting records on issues of advancing homosexual issues, life and marriage. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force referred to them as the most "gay-supportive" pairing in history.

These analyses by homosexual activist groups should surprise no one. John Kerry has penned dozens of letters to his home state assembly in Massachusetts, as a sitting U.S. senator, always urging passage of the pro-homosexual view of more than a dozen state-level issues. And it is John Kerry's own Massachusetts Democratic Party that has pushed "same sex marriage" to the very forefront of debate by aggressively seeking its legalization.

John Edwards has also fought hard for the pro-homosexual initiatives. By compiling his various public statements, senate votes, and even the trial cases he has argued, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force gave him ratings on 13 separate homosexual issues. On nine of the 13, he scored "highly favorable". more>

Kerry fails to back up foreign 'endorsements - Sen. John Kerry refuses to provide any information to support his assertion earlier this week that he has met with foreign leaders who beseeched him to prevail over President Bush in November's election.

On Monday, Mr. Kerry told reporters in Florida that he'd met with foreign leaders who privately endorsed him.

"I've met with foreign leaders who can't go out and say this publicly," he said. "But, boy, they look at you and say: 'You've got to win this. You've got to beat this guy. We need a new policy.' Things like that."

Aides and supporters of Mr. Kerry have said providing names of the leaders or their countries would injure those nations' ongoing relations with the current Bush administration.

Keyes: Obama holds 'slaveholder's' view - Republican Alan Keyes ripped into Democratic rival Barack Obama's views on abortion Monday, calling them "the slaveholder's position," as the U.S. Senate race roared back to life in Illinois.

Up at dawn for a whirlwind round of broadcast interviews, the conservative former diplomat started his first full day of campaigning as the GOP candidate by saying Obama, a state senator from Chicago, had violated the principle that all men are created equal by voting against a bill that would have outlawed a form of late-term abortion.

Keyes said legalizing abortion deprives the unborn of their equal rights.

"I would still be picking cotton if the country's moral principles had not been shaped by the Declaration of Independence," Keyes said. He said Obama "has broken and rejected those principles-- he has taken the slaveholder's position."

The remarks underscore the uniqueness of this Senate race in which both candidates, one an outspoken conservative and the other a favorite of party liberals, are black.

Obama, who has been basking in national celebrity since delivering the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention, suggested Keyes is outside the moderate mainstream of state Republicans.

He said he voted against the late-term abortion ban in Springfield because it contained no exception to protect the life of the mother. He noted that Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and federal appeals Judge Richard Posner, both appointed by President Ronald Reagan, had voted to strike down laws banning late-term abortions. more>

Malaprop Hypocrisy - Hey, did you hear the latest Bushism? The master of verbal gaffes was at it again recently when he tried to invoke the memory of the Minutemen of Massachusetts, who, in the words of the poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, "fired the shot heard 'round the world." Except somehow the line came out "fired the shirt 'round the world."

What, you missed it?

Maybe that's because it wasn't George W. Bush who said it. No, it was Edward M. Kennedy who mangled the oft-quoted line from Emerson's "Concord Hymn" during his speech at the Democratic National Convention. Kennedy, of course, has been fracturing syntax in public for four decades, yet somehow his bloopers aren't trotted out as evidence of his dimwittedness. There's no calendar of Teddy-Twisters to re-assure jittery Republicans each morning how much cleverer they are than the senior senator from Massachusetts.

Then again, you probably also missed Hillary Clinton's history lesson a few years back during which she held forth on the life of Sojourner Truth: "I really hope our children learn about Sojourner Truth … because she did stand for truth and she did sojourn in difficult places time and time again… She went through swamps, she was chased by dogs. She was shot at … and she found her way to freedom" whereupon, according to Clinton, our heroine "turned around and went back. She would send out the word to the plantations that she was coming back. And if people could get there … in the trees or on the side of their swamp, she would be there."

The trouble is, Sojourner Truth never was a conductor on the Underground Railroad. Hillary was recounting the life of Harriet Tubman.

Now imagine if George Bush had given that speech. more>

Minimum Wage Myths - Predictably, John Kerry has picked up the perennial call of Washington Democrats to increase the minimum wage, supporting a bill to increase the federal minimum wage from $5.50 to $7.00 an hour over three years. He proclaims that, unlike George W. Bush, who focuses on providing tax "breaks" to the "rich," he will devote himself to helping the working poor. Furthermore, he derides criticism from business groups that a minimum wage increase would decrease employment opportunities and raise prices, saying "it never has."

Senator Kerry's knowledge of history is as weak as his grasp of economics. In fact, most economists -- regardless of political stripe -- are at far greater odds with Kerry's pronouncement than the September 11 commission is with the Bush administration's assertion that there were ties between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Being the type of politician he is, it is quite likely that Kerry knows better, but is just playing politics. He knows that most Americans are not well schooled in economics, that no one in the news media will call him on it, and that proposals to raise the minimum wage are always popular. But the myths that Kerry and other pandering politicians promulgate about the minimum wage need to be vigorously countered. more>

Mississippi inmates targeted for voter registration - An untapped voting bloc in Mississippi - those housed in jails and prisons - has been pursued in voter registration efforts.

The Mississippi NAACP asked sheriffs to let inmates register to vote before the Oct. 1 deadline, Derrick Johnson, the organization's state president, said Friday. Johnson said volunteers registered voters in several county jails, including Pike, Lauderdale and Hinds.

There is a widely held misconception that all felony convicts lose the right to vote, Johnson said. According to the Mississippi Constitution, only those convicted of rape, murder, bribery, theft, arson, perjury, forgery, embezzlement, bigamy or obtaining money or goods under false pretense are disenfranchised. more>

MoveOn.org Spreads the Big Lie - Hitler once said that if a lie were big enough it would be believed. Obviously the Kerry campaign and MoveOn.org, the anti-Bush group funded by billionaire George Soros, are apostles of this theory.

MoveOn.org is broadcasting an advertisement that a new Department of Labor policy will eliminate overtime pay for 8 million workers. The Kerry campaign is broadcasting ads claiming Bush is decreasing veterans’ benefits, causing massive unemployment, and incurring deficits more than actually forecast. These lies are all careful political calculations designed to alienate Bush from his core constituency.

The prevarication concerning veterans’ benefits is designed to separate President Bush from military personnel and veterans who voted for him by large percentages in the last election. Indeed, it was the military vote that helped Bush win the popular vote in Florida. more>

MOVEON.ORG STILL HOME TO BUSH/HITLER AD; SHORT STILL ON SERVERS - Bush Haters worldwide are still watching the famed 'Bush is Nazi' add on MOVEON.ORG -- despite repeated claims by the site's founders the short had been removed more than six months ago!

As of Monday morning [11 am Eastern] -- the ad was still carried on MOVEON's website -- under the curious file name "renamed.again.renamed.mov.FKbxnT3hzaHCcOR7vWvRYmZpbGUtMTM4OQ--.mpg"

The ad shows images of Bush with text saying, "God told me to strike at al-Qaida," before turning to images of Hitler with the words, "And then He instructed me to strike at Saddam." The ad ends with the words, "sound familiar?" on a black and white screen.

Last year, MOVEONE Executive Director Eli Parser claimed the ad was promptly taken off the Internet after its submission, as part of a contest, by a member of the public.

Navy Contradicts Kerry on Release of Military Records - The U.S. Navy released documents Wednesday contradicting claims by Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry that all of his available military records have been released.

The Navy, responding to a Freedom of Information Act request from the legal watchdog group Judicial Watch, also referred interested parties to Kerry's campaign web site for government military documents.

Navy Personnel Command FOIA Officer Dave German wrote in an e-mail to Judicial Watch that the Navy "withheld thirty-one pages of documents from the responsive military personnel service records as we were not provided a release authorization."

A "release authorization" would have to come from Kerry filling out and signing a Standard Form 180, something he has yet to do. A Standard Form 180 would authorize the complete release of all his military records. Judicial Watch filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests in August to obtain Kerry's military records. more>>>

POLITICAL INDIGESTION - Reporters traveling with Sen. John Edwards didn't put up a fight when they were essentially thrown out of the meeting between the candidate and the AFL-CIO's Executive Council in Chicago at the Drake Hotel.

Reporters on Monday were allowed to see Edwards given a standing ovation by the union bosses, then were quickly escorted out of the room before Edwards began his remarks.

According to union insiders, Edwards promised an administration that would be pro-organized labor, and one that would hit the wealthy to pay their fair share of taxes.

Edwards later appeared on the south side of the Windy City with Illinois candidate for Senate Barack Obama. The two walked through Manny's Coffee Shop & Deli, again with reporters kept a safe distance from the candidates.

As has been the case with both Kerry and Edwards in a number of dining establishments across the country, the Carolinian did not receive a universal warm welcome during the lunch hour appearance. Some diners grumbled about being interrupted, while others just glared at Edwards.

Kerry-Edwards advance staffers made a point of scurrying about the room, steering the candidates away from potential "trouble tables," as they are now termed. "After some of the problems in Pennsylvania and Ohio" -- where Kerry has been confronted with unfriendly receptions by individuals, a campaign source said -- "we're much more attuned to the settings we are putting them in and the potential coverage they might receive."

PRO-KERRY FORCES INVADE GOP VICTORY CENTER - More than 50 demonstrators supporting Democrat presidential candidate John Kerry stormed a Republican campaign office in West Allis at mid-day today, trespassing, creating a disturbance through the use of a bullhorn in the office and then refusing to leave when asked.

The Chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin (RPW) condemned the action by Kerry supporters, and asked the Kerry campaign and the Democrat Party of Wisconsin to do the same. more>

Real Democratic Values? Whoopi! - There was a bit of a ''do'' last week. You probably didn’t hear about it, though, if you are a slave to the alphabet news channels. A party, a fundraiser in Radio City Music Hall, to raise some extra money for the Kerry/Edwards campaign. Thursday was the night, and all the stars there just glittered for the paparazzi and the DNC hoi polloi. At least, those with enough dosh to rub shoulders with the high-and-mighty of the lib/dem/soc/commie set. Anti-capitalists at their finest, paying thousands (presumably with non-anti-capitalist earnings) to be entertained by a cavalcade of entertainers.

Well, for those of you who missed it, it was a boffo night for the lib/dem/soc/commies. At the end of the night, presidential-wannabe John Kerry said that every performer ''..conveyed to you the heart and soul of our country.'' He went further and said, ''This campaign will be a celebration of real American values.''

The heart and soul of our country, he said.

Folks, allow me to let you know what the lib/dem/soc/commies feel is the ''heart and soul'' of our country.

It’s Whoopi Goldberg, that famous television and movie-star comedian, coming across a stage with a wine bottle in one hand and a finger pointing toward her ample crotch in the other. She started her show by repeating the oft-said lie about Dubya and a certain blind musician--''Anybody who could wave to Stevie Wonder isn't fully there.'' Of course, that’s completely untrue (see http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/outrage/bushwave.htm for evidence) but since when have the lib/dem/soc/commies ever bothered with inconvenient things like the facts? Or honor, decency, and fairness, for that matter....

She went on, comparing the Commander in Chief of all United States Armed Forces to her, um, well, her you know what. Whoopi apparently thought this comparison to be uproariously funny. So, apparently, did Kerry and his trusty sidekick, Edwards. However, Whoopi didn’t stop there. She chided Kerry's youthful ward, Johnny Edwards, and repeatedly called him ''kid'' even though he’s only nine years younger than his potential boss. Now, I wonder why she just didn’t call him ''boy'' and get really into the spirit of the night.

Whoopi also boasted that she hadn’t cleared her material with the DNC (a mere formality, I’m sure), but instead sent them a photocopy of her derrière with a big kiss mark applied.

There were other luminaries (or at least a bunch of dullards whose hatred of Dubya, of America, and of freedom itself, which counts as ''bright'' amongst most lib/dem/soc/commies) who spent the gala evening dissing the president. Sarah Jessica Parker, John Mellencamp, Chevy Chase, John Leguizamo, Paul Newman, Meryl Streep, Jon Bon Jovi, Mary J. Blige, and Wyclef Jean joined in the hate-fest. They all lent their support to the party, helping to raise a whopping $7.5 million. Or, as Teresa Heinz-Kerry might call it, pocket change. This should be of great assistance to the Chiraq/Raffarin ticket – oops, I mean Kerry/Edwards ticket. Same difference, actually.... more>

Remembering Mary Jo Kopechne - This week we may hear a little about the 35th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's moonwalk, but there is another anniversary that has alreeady gone unnoticed. On July 18, 1969, a couple of nights before Armstrong took that "giant step for mankind," Ted Kennedy took a turn onto a narrow bridge in Chappaquiddick. The passenger in his car that night was Mary Jo Kopechne, a pretty, blond Capitol Hill secretary, just about to celebrate her 29th birthday.

In case you have forgotten or never knew the details, Ted and five of his pals and six women known as the "Boiler Room Girls" who had worked in Bobby Kennedy's presidential campaign, cut short by his assassination the year before, were weekending together. Afterward, the men claimed it was just a couple of days of innocent fun to thank the girls for their help, though the six guys were all married but partying without their wives, and the young women were all single. One of the "Boiler Room Girls" is now big-time New York literary agent Esther Newberg, who was Mary Jo's roommate for the weekend. Like everyone involved in the incident, Esther remains close-mouthed about what occurred.

What everyone testified at the time was that Kennedy and Mary Jo left the party before midnight. Kennedy said he was driving her back to the ferry to Edgartown, and took a wrong turn, though he was very familiar with the roads on the island. His car toppled off a narrow wooden-planked bridge, a bridge that is in the opposite direction to the road that led to the ferry but is on the way to the beach. The car landed upside-down in eight feet of water and, Kennedy claimed that after escaping, he tried unsuccessfully to rescue Mary Jo. He then staggered back to the party, called out his cousin Joe Gargan and his pal Paul Markham, to return to the scene. What he didn't do, inexplicably, was seek help in a lighted house only yards from the bridge or use the fire-alarm phone at a fire station he passed on the way back to the party.

Right from the start, the reporters who arrived at the scene were skeptical of his story, skeptical even of how he claimed he got back to Edgartown that night. Markham and Gargan said when they drove to the ferry landing — the ferry had stopped running by then — Kennedy took them by surprise by jumping in the water, and swimming across the channel towards Edgartown. They assumed, they said, he would report the accident that night to the police. Instead Kennedy went back to his hotel, ostensibly to change his clothes but instead, went downstairs to complain about a noisy party that was going on.

The next morning Markham and Gargan were waiting for Kennedy when he arrived at 9 A.M. on the first ferry. The ferry operator said Kennedy appeared to be in a jovial mood, but probably only until he was told that his car had been found. Only then did Kennedy return and report the accident.

Some reporters, primarily the foreign press, did ask tough questions. For example: Did Kennedy really swim back to Edgartown that night? No one saw him with wet clothes and my husband, for one, interviewed a young man who had tied up his rowboat at the Chappaquiddick dock on Saturday night. When he got there on Sunday morning, he said, it had been retied and with what he called a "land lubber's knot."

But the whole incident was overshadowed by the worldwide coverage of the moonwalk. Besides, all the people involved had, by midday, left Martha's Vineyard and headed home. When the police went to the cottage where the party had taken place, all they found were some washed Coca-Cola bottles. There was no one to interview and no one who would talk then — or ever. Besides, Kennedy was treated like Massachusetts royalty by the local police chief, Dominick Arena, who even gave up his office so that Kennedy could make telephone calls to advisers and lawyers in privacy.

Next week Ted Kennedy will be center stage at the Democratic convention in Boston. "It will be a celebration...of the work of Ted Kennedy.... There will be a lot of appropriate attention paid to a person who has been at the center of national politics for the past forty years," his colleague Senator Christopher Dodd has enthused. And last year Boston Globe reporter Charles Pierce commented, "If she had lived, Mary Jo Kopechne would be 62 years old. Through his tireless work as a legislator, Edward Kennedy would have brought comfort to her in her old age."

Saddam’s Sugar Daddy - The facts about the U.N.’s corrupt Oil-for-Food relationship with the deposed Iraqi tyrant are further exposed - CIA chief weapons inspector Charles Duelfer may not have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but he sure found information enough to blow the lid off the simmering scandal of the United Nations Oil-for-Food program. As it turns out, Oil-for-Food pretty much was Saddam Hussein's weapons program.

As Duelfer documents, Oil-for-Food allowed Saddam to replenish his empty coffers, firm up his networks for hiding money and buying arms, corrupt the U.N.'s own debates over Iraq, greatly erode sanctions and deliberately prep the ground for further rearming, including the acquisition of nuclear weapons. As set up and run by the U.N., Oil-for-Food devolved into a depraved and increasingly dangerous mockery of what was advertised by the U.N. as a relief program for sick and starving Iraqis.

The report notes that the start of Oil-for-Food, in 1996, marked the revival of Saddam's post-Gulf War fortunes. His regime amassed some $11 billion in illicit funds between the end of the Gulf War in 1991, and his overthrow by the U.S.-led Coalition in 2003. Most of that money flowed in from 1996-2003, during the era of Oil-for-Food. One might add that what allowed this dirty money to stack up was U.N. policy — urged along and overseen by Annan, in the name of aid — that allowed Saddam to import the equipment to revive Iraq's oil production, all of it accruing to Saddam. Saddam's regime had virtually no other source of income; there was no tax base. It was out of these oil flows, condoned (but not well metered) by the U.N., that Saddam derived virtually all income for the astounding roster of political bribery and illicit arms transactions detailed in this report.

Saddam followed a deliberate strategy of using bribes in such forms as contracts for cheap oil via the U.N. program, or outright gifts of vouchers for oil pumped under U.N. supervision, to gain political influence abroad. He grossly violated U.N. rules, with illicit trade agreements, oil smuggling, and arms deals (conventional, but still deadly) — and the U.N. did not stop him. By 2001, Saddam was able to thwart many of the constraints sanctions were meant to impose on his regime. His strategy, notes the Duelfer report, succeeded "to the point where sitting members of the Security Council were actively violating resolutions passed by the Security Council."

But no one has ever heard these facts from the U.N. itself, certainly not from such prime violators as France, Russia, and Syria — nor from the man most directly responsible for protecting the honor of the institution, Secretary-General Annan. Instead, Annan has to this day refused even to disclose to the public such basic details as the names of Saddam's contractors or the terms of their deals. more>

Tanks for the Memories - Next to John Kerry, Michael Dukakis was a hawk - John Kerry is right about one thing: He's no Michael Dukakis. A look at the record shows that in his bid for the White House in 1988, Massachusetts' then-governor ran to Mr. Kerry's right on national defense. Mr. Kerry has not repudiated his opposition to the weapon systems Mr. Dukakis promised to support.

Taxes in 2004 - Video on how Kerry and Bush handle taxes on your income

Ted Kennedy: Off the deep end again - with friends like this, who needs enemies?

Official 'Kerry for President' Website Riddled with Obscenities - Sen. John Kerry's official election website is riddled with obscenities, the DRUDGE REPORT can reveal.

A sampling of web pages featured on Kerry's official site reveal:

"Bush f**ked up Afghanistan... Did I expect George Bush to f**k it up as badly as he did... cutting all your f**king legs off at the knees... Where the f**k is he?... scare the living s**t out of me... He has a pig-in-s**t grin on his face, he wanted to get into the s**t... doesn’t play s**t in my book..."

In fact, typing in the terms "F**k" or "S**t" in the search box of the official Kerry For President site directly links the reader to the action!

Second 'black president' likely to build on legacy of first - Last week, presidential hopeful John Kerry told the American Urban Radio Network: "President Clinton was often known as the first black president. I wouldn't be upset if I could earn the right to be the second."

Not everyone in the black community was pleased with his "Black Like Me" noblesse oblige. "John Kerry is not a black man," said Paula Diane Harris, founder of the Andrew Young National Center for Social Change, "he is a privileged white man who has no idea what it is in this country to be a poor white in this country, let alone a black man." more>

SEPARATE HOTEL ROOMS AFTER SHOUTING MATCH - Democrat presidential hopeful John Kerry and his wife got into a heated argument after a campaign rally in Arizona Sunday night -- a heated argument so hot they spent the night in different rooms!

A well-placed law enforcement source tells DRUDGE how Kerry and Teresa Heinz moved to separate suites at Flagstaff's Little America Hotel. "It was a cooling off, nothing more," says a top source. The stress of the campaign and the nonstop tour of battleground states is taking a toll on the Kerrys. more>

The DNC: The Greatest Charade of All Time - Here are some of the items placed under extreme-wraps in the desperate hope that they won't be seen by the voters:

Liberals galore:
Based on their voting records, Kerry and Edwards are the two most liberal senators.
Imagine that! They are more liberal than Barbara Boxer. What we get now is a flurry of words designed to hide that fundamental and telling fact.

More extreme liberals hiding in sheep’s clothing
Teddy Kennedy waddles to the microphone and slurs out a speech that omits his outrageous previous comments about Bush. Why so calm now, Ted? And Dean gives a modest speech without the screaming that made him so popular with the Bush-haters. The Dem's super-hero, Michael Moore, is given a great seat in the Presidential Box, but not allowed to open his mouth for the crowd. Why? If the Dems love him so, why is he not front and center on the podium? Why not show ''Fahrenheit 9/11''? Dem Spokesperson, Whoopi, is nowhere to be seen. Myriad other stars like Ben Affleck and Rob Reiner are only present at the after-hours parties. George Soros is a big contributor, but I haven’t heard his name or his beliefs mentioned.

The Ideal Couple
Democrats hope the voters will buy the ''happy couple'' bit, with Bill and Hillary staring adoringly at each other. The model husband and wife team! Bill says strength and wisdom are not mutually exclusive things. Neither are politics and sleaze, Bill.

Jimmy Carter
If I were a Democrat, I would be appalled that my party paraded out the president with arguably the worst track record in modern history to tell us what we need to do as a nation. This is especially true since the party is trying to shed its soft-on-defense image. Frankly, I would rather take advice from Snoop Doggy Dogg.

The Discredited Black Leadership
The Dems shamelessly pander to the black vote even if it means that they have to promote the leadership most responsible for their lack of progress: Jackson, Sharpton, Mfume, and Bond. Now, Bill Cosby is a Democrat with the right message for the blacks. Where was he?

Trial Lawyers
For obvious reasons, there has not been a word about the trial lawyer background of John Edwards, or the cost to the average swing voter of his profession.

Only Millionaires Understand People
The Democrats' hypocrisy knows no bounds. They talk about the plight of the poor American, and plead that only they care or understand this group. Kerry (by marriage, not earnings power), Edwards, Kennedy, Pelosi, Boxer, Feinstein are all multi-millionaires, and live about as far away from the poor as they can. At what level of personal savings is this understanding of the poor suddenly revealed? Twenty million? Fifty million? Or more?

ANSWER, NOW, Gay and Lesbian Groups, Moveon.org
Is there any doubt that the party has decided that they have to keep the leftist fringe of their group under wraps? We are talking about the heart and soul of the Party here. Up to now in this election, these groups have been the real definition of ''Democrat.'' But they are silent and under extreme cover. Not a peep! Once again, the fear is that the swing voter will not buy into the extremism that so clearly defines the Democrats as a party.

So, the Democrat Policy Is to Play Hide-and-Seek With the Voters

I could go on and on, but you get the picture. The Democrats have decided to disguise themselves under the belief they must do so if they have a hope of winning the election. If the swing voters saw them as they really are, they would be repelled in droves. Keep Michael Moore in the shadows. They love him dearly for his Bush-bashing, but the swing voter can easily see him for the kook that he is. Put a muzzle on Teresa, and tell her not to speak French to the voters. Keep up the farce and the pretense at all costs!

If Democrats win the election, then all of these elements can again resume their true identity. Meanwhile, they surely hope the swing voters will be too stupid to see through this maze of deceit.

The John-John Ticket--Richest in History - Included in the display of carefully orchestrated talking points on stage at the DNC was John Kerry's and John Edwards' belief in two Americas. ''Plantation'' talk as my recent guest, Mason Weaver, would call it. You can hear my interview with him online at Oneplace.

The most shameful articulation of the liberal philosophy of ''rich, Republican, corporate America'' and ''poor, the-rest-of-us America'' was by Bill Clinton on opening night as he put one of the cleverest spins I've ever seen on his benefiting from the Bush tax cuts. The essence of it was how nice the Republicans had treated him with the tax break he received as one of the top earners in the country (bringing to mind the $10 million he just received for his new book) at the expense of ''your'' social security. However, one thing he didn't say was that he didn't refuse to take the tax break!

Another thing we didn't hear said, and it should be noted, is that while the John-John nominees talk about ''rich them'' and ''poor you,'' they just happen to be the richest ticket in history to ever run for President/Vice President. That's with John Edwards' estimated personal worth of $60 million and John Kerry's, if you include Teresa's wealth, at about $500 million, or half a billion. But, then that probably doesn't matter to the Democrats, because, as Mason says, ''the slaves don't care how rich master is, as long as master takes care of them.'' more>

The Secret Service Is Out - Presumptive yada yada Sen. John Kerry likes to tell folks that he and former President Bill Clinton are on the same page. Apparently, that's true, at least when it comes to the way Kerry treats his Secret Service detail.

While spending a weekend at the $9 million estate owned by his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, Kerry was driving his security detail crazy. Instead of sending an aide or assistant into town for what amounted to two bicycle tire tubes, Kerry insisted on going himself, requiring the detail to follow. But Kerry, ever thinking of the little guy, insisted that the detail not use lights or sirens to clear traffic. The end result was that the detail had to work twice as hard to clear the way for Kerry and his $10 errand.

Further, Kerry decided to hit the beach and the water, but didn't want the detail too close behind. Half the detail was forced to sit on the beach with binoculars while Kerry went out on the water in his wife's 31-foot cruiser. In the end, the wind died down, so Kerry came back in. Yet another pointless jaunt to waste other peoples' time.

You'll recall that on private trips home to Massachusetts, Kerry has forced the Secret Service to do everything from book shopping to bicycle pickups. "He's not as bad as President Clinton, but some of these guys aren't happy about the way the family treats them," says a uniformed Secret Service officer. "There is a lot of talk that the Kerry family just treats these folks like more hired help."

The Unknown Kerry - Could he sink all his swift boat enemies if he released all his Vietnam records? - In the mainstream media, only a few reporters—among them Michael Dobbs in The Washington Post and Thomas Lipscomb, writing in the Chicago Sun-Times and other papers—have actually tried to get the entire record of John Kerry's service in Vietnam. His widely acclaimed acceptance speech at the Democratic convention in Boston insistently focused on those four months while devoting only about 40 seconds to his 20 years in the Senate.

Continually, Kerry's spokespeople have been emphasizing in the media that all his service records are on his website. But deep in a long, front-page story in the August 22 Washington Post—"Swift Boat Accounts Incomplete; Critics Fail to Disprove Kerry's Version of Vietnam War Episode"—Michael Dobbs raised the question of why Kerry has been hiding considerable parts of his Vietnam record.

But Dobbs engaged in further extensive research that showed that the accounts by both Kerry and his Swift boat opponents "contain significant flaws and factual errors." There were "more than two dozen interviews with former crewmates and officers who served with him."

Curiously, Dobbs noted, "Kerry himself was the only surviving skipper on the river that day who declined a request for an interview."

Much later in Dobbs's story, there was this revelation, since overlooked by much of the media:

"Although Kerry campaign officials insist that they have published Kerry's full military records on their Web site (with the exception of medical records shown briefly to reporters earlier this year), they have not permitted independent access to his original Navy records.

This guy is running for president. Shouldn't the electorate know what's in those more than 100 pages?

In his August 22 Washington Post piece, Dobbs referred to the rather hagiographic book about Kerry's Vietnam service, Tour of Duty, by Professor Douglas Brinkley, director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies at the University of New Orleans. Now, dig this:

"The Kerry campaign," Dobbs writes, "has refused to make available Kerry's journals and other writings to The Post, saying the senator remains bound by an exclusivity agreement with Brinkley."

As Dobbs noted, those unavailable documents include "Kerry's personal reminiscences (shared only with biographer Brinkley)."

In an August 28 Washington Post interview with Ann Gerhart, Douglas Brinkley has clarified this so-called "exclusivity agreement." The Kerry campaign has been claiming, Gerhart points out, that "Kerry's personal Vietnam archive, including his journals and letters," is, by contract, limited to Brinkley's "exclusive access." The implication is that Kerry can't release it without Brinkley's permission.

But Brinkley told Gerhart that the archive is Kerry's property and under his entire control. Said Brinkley: "I don't mind if John Kerry shows anybody anything. If he wants to let anybody in, that's his business. Go bug John Kerry, and leave me alone." The so-called exclusivity agreement only requires that Brinkley's book be credited by anyone quoting from it.

Brinkley's Tour of Duty is purportedly to be published in paperback this month. Maybe, at a publication party, Senator Kerry will grandly announce that he is releasing all those Vietnam journals, letters, photographs, and scrapbooks. Meanwhile, Brinkley urges Kerry to authorize the release of the rest of his military records.

Another question: Why doesn't Kerry sue John O'Neill, principal author of Unfit for Command, and the other Swift Boat Veterans for Truth for defamation? Why would all these "liars for Bush," as Kerry loyalists and many journalists persistently charge, have made themselves vulnerable to huge damage to their careers and incomes if Kerry were to win such a suit? Both sides would have to be cross-examined in depositions under oath. John O'Neill has challenged Kerry, saying, "Sue me!"

How many Americans know that John O'Neill, the purported Republican operative, voted for Hubert Humphrey and Al Gore for president, and that his favorite candidate for the presidency this year was John Edwards? And O'Neill describes George W. Bush as an "empty suit" (The New York Times, August 28; Los Angeles Times, August 28). more>

The Virulent, Irrational Hatred by the Left of George W. Bush - The hatred of the left for President Bush borders on the pathological--well, maybe it truly is pathological. But, says Victor Davis Hanson, this extreme animus is not for what Bush does, but for what he is.

It is bad enough that the president is a Christian who actually practices his faith, but the Eastern elites cannot abide the fact that he is a Texan, someone who talks with certainty about good vs. evil, who does not have the usual scorn of the wealthy for the common folk, and prefers the company of black entrepreneurs over that of black ''leaders'' such as Jesse Jackson and Julian Bond.

The result: A hatred that ''...transcends all contention over the issues, the Democratic hurt over the Florida elections, and even the animus once shown Bill Clinton by the activist Right.''
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Those Unresolved Issues Surrounding Kerry's Military Service - Before Bill Clinton was impeached back in 1998, liberals everywhere focused almost exclusively on his sexual affair with Monica Lewinsky, saying it was nobody's business but his, and that America needed to just ''move on.'' After his impeachment, they turned their attentions to Kenneth Starr, the man who investigated Clinton, excoriating and slandering the good judge relentlessly for simply doing the job he was appointed to do... a job he did quite well and admirably, by the way.

What they don't understand, or simply won't admit to themselves, is that the Vietnam war, like the Lewinsky affair during the Clinton years, is only the backdrop in this political play. It's the potentially criminal behavior of John F. Kerry which makes up the stage, and John O'Neill's swift boat vets and their supporters constitute the footlights illuminating that stage.
This isn't about the past, it's about the veracity, honor, and integrity of a man who wants to be President of the United States right NOW! It's also about how we intend to fight the Iraq War and every other conflict we face in the near future, and anyone who can't understand that shouldn't be allowed to vote in November.

Once again the entire leftist white-washing machine is stuck in full spin mode, while the useful idiots who eat up it's rhetoric like free government cheese, attend protests against George W. Bush and complain about losing rights they never knew they had until Michael Moore pointed them out. The leaders of the Democratic Party have predictably chosen the most deceptive course of action, now that they're faced with the reality that they may well have chosen yet another dishonorable liar to champion their causes.

In the meantime, responsible citizens all over the country have begun to question the sincerity of the junior senator from Massachusetts, and are fast becoming disillusioned by his failure to address the various unresolved issues surrounding his military service. The lefties can badger and berate the ''Swift Boat Veterans For Truth'' all they want, but it's not going to make any difference unless John Kerry comes up with a few reasonable answers to the questions they're raised. more>

Was John Kerry A.W.O.L? - While leftists question where George Bush was during the final year of his obligation, they and the press ignore completely the similar obligations of John Kerry. John Kerry enlisted in the Navy and signed an Officer Candidate Agreement on February 18, 1966. This agreement called for the candidate to

Par 3 - to serve a total period of 6 years in the Naval Reserve of the United States, including active and inactive duty.

Par 4 - agrees that on completion of active duty, he will remain for Service in the Ready Reserve for a period which when added to his active duty will total 5 years. Upon completion of 5 years of satisfactory service on active duty and in the Ready Reserve he will be eligible to transfer to the Standby Reserve for the remaining portion of his service obligation.

Par 5 - the candidate understands that the provisions of law require satisfactory participation in the Ready Reserve, unless relieved of such participation by competent authority or as provided by law. Such participation may be satisfied annually by not less 48 drills and not more than 17days active duty for training.

Lt. John Forbes Kerry was released from active duty and transferred to the Naval Reserve on January 3, 1970. He wasn’t transferred to inactive standby status until July 1, 1972, then Honorably Discharged on February 16, 1978. Where was Lt Kerry during the18 months from 1970 to 1972? Did he attend the required drills and active duty that he agreed to? Was he AWOL or did he violate his agreed commitment on accepting a commission as an officer in the service of the United States.

We do know that he made an unauthorized trip to Paris in June, 1970, to meet with Madam Win Thi Binh, the foreign minister of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of Vietnam (PRG), which is the political wing of the Vietcong, and with representatives of Hanoi who were in Paris for the peace talks--in direct violation of the UCMJ's Article 104 part 904, and U.S. Code 18 U.S.C. 953.

That meeting, and Kerry's subsequent coddling of communists while leading mass protests against our military in the year that followed, also place him in direct violation of our Constitution's Article three, Section three, which defines treason as ''giving aid and comfort'' to the enemy in time of warfare. In April, 1971, he went before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs claiming all kinds of atrocities on the part of his fellow comrades in arms in further in violation of Article 3.

While John Kerry’s hero status is in question in the United States he is still considered a hero in Vietnam where his picture is in a place of honor in the Vietnam War Museum in Ho Chi Minh City. He is honored for leading the Vietnam Veterans against the war and helping the communists bring the war to conclusion. more>>>

Wearing Out His Unwelcome - Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry was briefed by his campaign staff before Saturday's World War II memorial event last week, and they recommended that he not play up his presence at what was supposed to be a nonpartisan event.

But Kerry ignored the suggestions and insisted that his people be in full campaign mode for his appearance, which was the first time he shared the limelight with the President George Bush in such a public setting.

Kerry showed up with a larger retinue of staffers and hangers on than the president did, including several World War II veterans, one of whom served in the famous Easy Company of the 101st Airborne, who parachuted behind enemy lines on D-Day and who were immortalized in historian Stephen Ambrose's book, Band of Brothers. Kerry has since appropriated the nickname for his own small group of comrades from the Vietnam war.

"It was unseemly," says a major fundraiser for the memorial who was present on the dais with the president, his father, and other dignitaries. "The president and the White House went out of their way to make sure that the people this day was intended for didn't lose the spotlight. Then Kerry shows up with his film cameras and veterans groups and puts people out. It just didn't play well, as far as I'm concerned."

What’s To Like? - "What you're going to see is more and more stories about Kerry is just reviled by his fellow Democratic Senators and by others," says a campaign staffer for Sen. John Edwards. "The man is genuinely disliked for just being a big phony."

As an example, the staffer pointed to the veterans from Vietnam Kerry has surrounded himself with. "Almost to a one, these guys have said that they had reached out to Kerry over the years and never heard back from him. Suddenly he's running for president and he's all hot and heavy to use them to his advantage."

Another example, Kerry's seeming total lack of interest in the legislative process of the Senate. Fellow candidate, former Vermont Gov. Howie Dean lambasted Kerry for not getting enough bills passed. Kerry countered that it wasn't the name on the bill that mattered, but getting what you wanted into the bill that passed. It isn't clear, even from some of Kerry's former Senate staff, that he did much of that.

Where's the Story? - Does anyone besides Dan Rather and Terry McAuliffe think there is a story in the big blockbuster now threatening to bring down CBS, Dan Rather, the DNC, the Kerry campaign, and every other sleazy liberal sludge slinger?

And how come there is a glaringly obvious different set of standards for ''W'' who has an honorable discharge from his National Guard service, and the DNC's favorite son, Bill Clinton, who wrote how much he ''loathed'' the military in order to dodge his service?

How is it that Dick Cheney is a ''coward'' according to slander point-man Tom Harkin, for requesting and receiving college deferment, but Bill Clinton was a conscientious dissenter, a genius in search of a degree?

How is Kerry's request for deferment to study in France, any different than Cheney's, other than Kerry's request was denied, leaving him little choice but to serve?

What should we call John Edwards who didn’t serve at all, and whose only claim to fame is making a fortune on the misfortune of others, then buying himself a seat in the Senate only to blow that career in his first term?

Don’t Democrats realize what they are saying about all soldiers who ever wore a Guard uniform, (including those dying in battle today), when they call Bush a ''champagne soldier'' for serving in the Guard instead of ''the real man's Army''? (Or Navy, I guess)

And why are liberals so offended when anyone dares question the self-appointed hero status of their fearful leader, but they take pleasure in impugning the character and integrity of more than 250 decorated veterans who served with Kerry?

There is a story here alright, but it isn’t the special treatment of the son of a U.S. statesmen. Even if it were true, we have been doing this since the beginning of time, and frankly, for good reason.

The son of any senior statesmen presents a special kind of target to any enemy during war time. The killing--or better yet, capturing--of the son of a U.S. diplomat in wartime is something we have always tried to avoid. Bush didn't have to do any military service if he didn’t want to.

Here's the story: Never before has a choice of candidate been so bad that the party's campaign strategy was to make all the candidates suck as much as their guy.

Never before has a mainstream news outlet been caught red-handed blatantly promoting forged documents in an effort to advance its own political agenda.

The story is: we ain’t talking about Dan Bland here, star reporter for the Podunk High School paper.

The story is: Dan Rather (today’s self-proclaimed Walter Cronkite) is a joke, as is the DNC and its socialist puppet, John (I’m a hero) Kerry! more>

White House slams Kerry 'stunt' - The White House slammed Sen. John Kerry Wednesday for staging a "political stunt" at the president's ranch and for a double standard on attack ads.

Spokesman Scott McClellan said Kerry's dispatch of former Sen. Max Cleland and Vietnam veteran Jim Rassman to Crawford to press President Bush to condemn and stop ads by a veterans group that questions Kerry's war record was an attempt to divert attention from Kerry's "out-of-the-mainstream record and out-of-the-mainstream views." more>

Who Is Dan Rather? DAN RATHER HAS ALWAYS BEEN STRANGE. But as the veteran CBS Evening News anchor approaches his 73rd birthday this Halloween and the sunset of his career, the lengthening shadows cast by his latest controversy have begun to expose how eccentric, megalomaniacal and devoid of ethics and judgment he for decades has been.

The current controversy over forged memos and Rather’s attack on the son of his longtime nemesis President George H.W. Bush continues several old Dan Rather patterns of behavior. To understand its context, we should examine some key details.

The loose journalistic ethics that have characterized Rather’s entire career were soon evident. “Rather would go with an item even if he didn’t have it completely nailed down with verifiable facts,” wrote Timothy Crouse in his best-seller about presidential campaign coverage in the Nixon era The Boys on the Bus. “If a rumor sounded solid to him, if he believed in his gut or had gotten it from a man who struck him as honest, he would let it rip. The other White House reporters hated Rather for this. They knew exactly why he got away with it: being handsome as a cowboy, Rather was a star at CBS News, and that gave him the clout he needed. They could quote all his lapses from fact….”

During the 1988 presidential race Rather, after making much of the alleged Iran-Contra affair, confronted then-Vice President George H.W. Bush. Bush hit back, asking Rather if he wanted viewers to judge his entire journalistic career by a 1987 incident in which, in a fit of pique that a tennis broadcast had delayed his newscast, Rather walked off the set, leaving affiliate stations with six minutes of dead air. “I would have fired him,” said Walter Cronkite of Rather’s petulant, hotheaded, egotistical and unprofessional behavior. “There’s no excuse for it.” Rather has evidenced a personal animus for President Bush and Bush’s son George W. Bush since that confrontation.

“Who among us have not lied about somebody?” said Rather to Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly regarding the veracity of President Bill Clinton. “I think you can be an honest person and lie about any number of things.”

These apparently-forged memos were sent to CBS, according to the Washington Post, from Abilene, Texas. The suspected faxer Bill Burkett is represented by lawyer David Van Os, former chairman of the Travis County Democratic Party. Burkett has been a Democratic Party activist in Travis County, and has said that he gave his information to John Kerry’s presidential campaign via Kerry spokesman former Georgia Senator Max Cleland.

It seems likely that Barnes and Van Os both attended the Dan Rather fundraiser for this county party in which both remain major players and spoke with Rather there.

Twenty-four years ago Dan Rather gave a remarkable interview to journalist Cliff Jahr. It appeared in, of all places, the July 1980 issue of that news-breaking national magazine Ladies' Home Journal under the title "Soft Side of a Tough Anchorman." You can find it at any large public library. In it, asked about his children in a era of widespread drug use, Rather is quoted by Jahr: "I told them … if you're hell-bent to try pot, and I suspect you will be, then try it at home around people who care about you."

When Jahr asked if the anchorman himself had smoked marijuana, Dan Rather in part replied: "As a reporter—and I don't want to say that that's the only context—I've tried everything. I can say to you with confidence, I know a fair amount about LSD. I've never been a social user of any of these things, but my curiosity has carried me into a lot of interesting areas."

Jahr quotes Dan Rather as continuing: "As an example, in 1955 or '56, I had someone at the Houston police station shoot me with heroin so I could do a story about it. The experience was a special kind of hell. I came out understanding full well how one could be addicted to 'smack,' and quickly. When the children were fairly young, and there was so much emphasis everywhere on drugs, it was not possible for them to tell me I didn't know what I was talking about." more>

 John Edwards

ALL YOU CAN EAT - Apparently John Edwards isn't pulling in the crowds in the South the Kerry campaign expected. The last couple of days, Edwards has been rolling through Arkansas and Tennessee to rallies and fundraisers.

But Edwards has also been stopping along the way to give his traveling press corps seemingly "casual" photo-ops.

While speeding through Arkansas, Edwards and company stopped in Devalls Bluff at a local eatery, Craig's BBQ. Upon entering the eatery to glad-hand, Edwards discovered that there was not a single customer inside. So an advance person dashed out and pulled every reporter and staffer on the trip into the restaurant so that the small diner would appear to be packed with people.

"The reporters with us don't seem to care how we do it," says a former Edwards advance staffer now based in Washington. "The dirty secret is that many of these guys are willing to help us get the photos and stories out that we want."

Bush Slams Edwards on Nominees - President Bush on Wednesday curtly dismissed Democratic Sen. John Edwards' political skills and experience as a rival to his vice president, telling reporters "Dick Cheney can be president."

"When they go to the polls to vote for president, they'll understand the senator from Massachusetts doesn't share their values," Bush said. "I'm going to carry the South because the people understand that they share — we share values."

When a reporter noted that Edwards was being described as "charming, engaging, a nimble campaigner, a populist and even sexy" and then asked "How does he stack up against Dick Cheney?" the president immediately responded, "Dick Cheney (search) can be president. Next?" more>

DEER IN THE HEADLIGHTS - LAST night John Edwards went from seeming to be like JFK to emulating Dan Quayle in the space of 90 minutes. Confronted with Dick Cheney's obvious competence, incisive parries to his charges and devastating rebuttal of his phony statistics, Edwards looked like the proverbial deer in the headlights.

Normally, vice presidential debates are not significant. But this confrontation should serve President Bush well. With Edwards parroting Sen. John Kerry's line in last week's presidential debate, Cheney gave the answers Bush should have offered but failed to articulate.

If the first presidential debate was a contrast of Bush's substance and Kerry's style, the vice-presidential debate gave Cheney a chance to emphasize the president's positions and Kerry's contradictions without tripping over his own words.

Cheney looked like a man and Edwards looked like a boy.

On the attack, the North Carolina senator to this observer seemed, surprisingly, to be a shallow lightweight, almost transparent in his absence of heft and gravitas. Cheney looked like the authority, the wise one, the arbiter of facts and statistics.

If Edwards acted like a lawyer, Cheney acted like a judge. The Democrat proposed, but the vice president disposed. There was no doubt as to who was in charge.

The highlight of the debate came when Cheney said that he had presided over the Senate as vice president on almost every Tuesday and noted that the first time he met John Edwards was last night. more>

Ditto, Ditto - Kerryedwards is the most narcissistic ticket in 55 U.S. elections - There are serious things to be said about the Kerry-Edwards Democratic ticket. But let's take a shortcut to the high road by scampering along the low road for a few minutes.

For one thing, it's impossible to balance this ticket on the tongue. Remember during the Democratic debates how often veteran TV newsmen on national television called Howard Dean "John Dean"? Same thing. John Kerry. John Edwards. Kerry Edwards. Edwards Kerry. Allen-Edmonds. Ed Kerry. This mental banana peel might not be a liability except that John Edwards can't help but act like the top of the ticket. On the other hand, if politically speaking, they are Tweedledum and Tweedledee, maybe their names don't matter.

Another thing that is unfair to say but hard not to notice: This may be the most narcissistic ticket in 55 U.S. presidential elections. These two guys really radiate self-awareness.

The oft-seen footage of the two emerging from a car after the VP announcement looked like a ZZ Top video for "Sharp Dressed Man." John Kerry slides a hand down his already smooth tie and deftly buttons his suit jacket. John Edwards checks the flaps on his coat pockets. "Silk suit, black tie." Both of their heads are rotating like satellite dishes scanning for signals. Light is ricocheting off porcelain in every direction. Come November, these two Power Rangers may have just worn out the electorate.

I think John Edwards may be one of the last Democrats John Kerry wanted next to him on that sidewalk this week. Running against a sitting president is hard enough without Mr. Magnet forcing TV cameras to turn in his direction. But one Edwards fact sticks out as relevant to his ascendancy: He was the No. 2 vote-getter in the Democratic primaries. This means that the kerryedwards ticket produces, in theory, what a Democratic presidential candidate needs more than anything: turnout.

Al Gore's photo finish in 2000 depended crucially on a voter-turnout miracle. He got it among black and union-affiliated voters in such key battleground states as Florida, Michigan and Pennsylvania. After the 2000 vote, the NAACP's Kweisi Mfume and the AFL-CIO took credit for putting up strong Democratic vote totals in those states. I thought that imperative was a good argument for John Kerry picking labor darling Dick Gephardt. Mr. Kerry could have run for president, while Mr. Gephardt stoked the urban- and union-voter boiler rooms.

Remind me never to take my eye off the political money ball again. 1) Kerryedwards is a dream team for the nation's least responsible trial lawyers. 2) Voter turnout takes money. 3) Whatever it takes, the litigation profits to mobilize the Democratic masses will be there. more>

Edwards Almost Totally Dependent on Funds From Lawyers - With Sen. John Edwards now the presumptive Democratic nominee for vice president, a little research into his fund-raising history is in order.

During his unsuccessful campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, Mr. Edwards raised just over $33 million. Of that, a little over $9.3 million came from lawyers and law firms, or approximately 28 percent. To put these figures into context, Mr. Edwards' next largest group of donors were individuals classifying themselves as retired, who contributed $761,659, or 2 percent. This means that lawyers and law firms, Mr. Edwards' largest benefactors, contributed more than 12 times as much as his next largest group of contributors. In fact, donations from lawyers accounted for far more than his next 20 groups of contributors combined. Sixteen of Mr. Edwards' top 20 contributors were major law firms.

These figures don't take into account donations made to Mr. Edwards' political action committee, New American Optimists, which total about $6 million. Of that, approximately $4.1 million, or 68 percent, come from the coffers of lawyers and law firms. These donations, again, total far more than the contributions from the next 20 groups combined. more>

Edwards and the Damsel in Distress - If you want to understand trial lawyers, you have to recognize their one enduring fantasy. They are knights in shining armor rescuing damsels in distress.

They'll tell you they're "standing up for the little guy" or "enforcing the Constitution" or "sending a message" or "teaching the big guys a lesson." But at bottom there's always that one image -- a lonely woman, young, attractive, helpless, waiting to be rescued by some hero with a law degree.

John O'Quinn is arguably the most successful trial lawyer in the country. A big, handsome, charismatic Houston native with a golden tongue, O'Quinn is a billionaire who -- among other things -- personally bankrupted Dow-Corning over breast implants. He recently won another billion-dollar verdict for a woman with a heart ailment who allegedly died from taking Phen-fen.

I interviewed O'Quinn at length last September. He's a ball of fire, an Elmer Gantry of the courtroom who alternately soars and whispers -- even during a simple interview -- in an effort to convert any listener to his vision of the promised land.

You could see this again the other night when John Edwards, a trial lawyer cut from the same mold, made his closing arguments. Sure, Edwards talked about "strength" and "decisiveness" and paid lip service to the idea that somewhere out there in the world there are some pretty bad people in headdresses that we ought to do something about some day. But when it came to defining his core vision, here's what Edwards said:

Tonight, as we celebrate in this hall, somewhere in America, a mother sits at the kitchen table. She can't sleep because she's worried she can't pay her bills. She's working hard trying to pay her rent, trying to feed her kids, but she just can't catch up.

It didn't use to be that way in her house. Her husband was called up in the Guard. Now he's been in Iraq for over a year. They thought he was going to come home last month, but now he's got to stay longer.

She thinks she's alone. But tonight in this hall and in your homes, you know what? She's got a lot of friends.

We want her to know that we hear her...

So, when you return home some night, you might pass a mother on her way to work the late shift, you tell her: Hope is on the way.

Let's look at what's going on here. First and foremost, we've got a lonely woman. There's a passing reference to Iraq and her husband, but that's basically to get him out of the house and out of the picture. (Remember, these are the same people who brought you the welfare system, also designed to get men out of the house and out of the picture.)

She has no friends, no relatives, no religion, no community, nothing to rely on. Her husband? Well, he doesn't even seem to write anymore. And so she sits by herself at the kitchen table, waiting for someone to come along.

What a beautiful vision of America -- a nation of lonely, isolated women, in dire need of help, abandoned by everyone, waiting for some handsome trial lawyer to come knocking on their door.

Hope is on the way.

Edwards Liberal Interest Group Rating - EDWARDS’ INTEREST GROUP RATINGS more, more, more>

EDWARDS’ KEY VOTES - 108TH CONGRESS – 2004 SENATE VOTES more, more, more>

Edwards 'rarely present' Demo has worst attendance record on judiciary panel - Despite his office being just across the hall from the Senate Judiciary Committee chambers, Sen. John Edwards has the worst attendance record of any committee member since he joined it three years ago.

Sen. John Edwards, John Kerry's running mate, has attended 40 of 212 panel meetings in three years.

"He is rarely present at important committee meetings, and as a voter that is something I would want to know about,"
Hatch said.

Michael Briggs, Edwards' press secretary, blamed the absences on the election campaign, saying, "When senators run for president, they miss votes and miss committee hearings."

However, a Deseret Morning News review of committee records shows that Edwards' attendance was low even before he began his unsuccessful bid to become the Democrats' nominee for president or became Kerry's vice presidential candidate; his attendance has just gotten worse.

For example, during the 107th Congress in 2001 and 2002 — before Edwards began his presidential campaign — he attended 10 of the 30 business meetings (for debate and votes) that were held after he joined the committee in July 2001. His 33 percent average attendance was half the 70 percent average for all committee members.

That meant Edwards had the second-worst attendance for that pre-campaign period, behind Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., who attended one less meeting. Edwards was also tied with the late Sen. Strom Thurmond, D-S.C., who was then 99 years old and in failing health.

When hearings are added into the total along with business meetings for that same period, Edwards finished fourth-lowest among 19 members, behind Thurmond, Joe Biden, D-Del., and Kennedy.

Edwards attended 31 of 91 total meetings, or 34 percent. The committee attendance average was 49 percent.
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Heinz Jr.: Edwards Weak on Foreign Policy - When John Kerry taps North Carolina Sen. John Edwards to be his running mate this morning, one member of his campaign staff may not be too thrilled.

Only two weeks ago, Chris Heinz, son of the Massachusetts Democrat's billionaire wife and a key part of the Kerry campaign team, slammed Edwards as too inexperienced for the job. more>

Here’s Johnny! - Sen. John Edwards, the always cool first-term Democrat from North Carolina, seemed just a tiny bit ruffled as he lunched with me and his attractive wife, Elizabeth, in the U.S. Senate's private dining room for Senators. Asked by me to describe his ideology, he said he was in "the mainstream of America." It was my next question that momentarily rattled him.

"What position have you taken in the Senate that you would describe as conservative?" I asked. The Senator and Elizabeth, who occasionally interjected herself into the conversation, acted as though this was a question they had not heard before. After an uncharacteristic pause, he replied uncertainly: "Well, I just voted upstairs [in the Senate] before you walked in here for a judge I think most people would consider conservative and somewhat controversial." He added: "I think I actually have a number of votes that most people would consider conservative. I can't catalogue them because I don't think of them that way. I could give you an answer to that question if you give me a little time to think about it."

That plea sounded like President Dwight D. Eisenhower's request in 1956 for a couple of weeks to report some accomplishment by Vice President Richard M. Nixon. Actually, considerably less than two weeks had passed before press secretary Mike Briggs supplied me with a list of "conservative" votes by the Senator -- all of them on peripheral issues.

My question and Edwards's reply go to the heart of the prospects of a multi-millionaire personal injury plaintiff's lawyer from the South to be the next Democratic nominee for president. In so many ways, Johnny Edwards (as he is called back home) has started down the path that took Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton to the Oval Office. But there is one big difference. Unlike Carter and Clinton, Edwards has a voting record to defend.

THE SUDDEN ESCALATION of an Edwards candidacy in Democratic circles is less a testament to his qualities than a recognition of Democratic realities. The election of John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts in 1960 (arguably with a minority of the popular vote if the votes cast by Alabama's independent Democratic electors are subtracted from Kennedy's total as they should be) marked the last victory by a Democratic presidential candidate who was not a resident of the Old Confederacy. Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas, Jimmy Carter of Georgia and Bill Clinton of Arkansas were winners, while Al Gore of Tennessee won the popular vote. George McGovern of South Dakota and Walter Mondale of Minnesota captured one state each; Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota and Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts also lost. more>

Hometown Yawns as Edwards Runs - John Edwards wasn't running for a sophomore term in the U.S. Senate because polls showed he would probably lose. His home turf reveals why he is the political and intellectual equivalent of the smiley-face button.

How embarrassing: North Carolina's Moore County is pro-Bush territory and voted against Edwards in 1998.
The Los Angeles Times paid a visit and reported today, "There were no banners, no balloons, no Kerry-Edwards lawn signs."

"He lives in Raleigh. He doesn't live here," deliveryman Terry Parrott told the pro-Democrat newspaper. "Seems like, in the last couple of years, the only time he's been here was when the news comes to town."

The Times reported from the candidate's hometown: "Edwards' party is not the only quality that unnerves people in Robbins; many here find the practice of law immoral."

John L. Frye Sr., a former mayor of Robbins and father of one of Edwards' closest friends, would not help pay to send his son to law school. His reason: "The law profession is not an honest profession."

Hugs and Kisses - Long after John Edwards passes into oblivion he'll be remembered for one thing: he brought out the touchy feelers in John Kerry. For two guys who didn't much get along there was nothing like the prospect of shared power to turn them into ever-loving pals. But that doesn't make their sudden unity any less appalling.

American men used to be American men. They would shake hands, period. Even fathers and sons. Or especially fathers and sons. That always amused the observer in me, growing up as I did in a somewhat different culture. Poles weren't exactly Italians, but plenty warm nonetheless. Yet I also noticed my father wasn't the hugging and kissing type either. As he saw it there were enough women in the house to take care of that. If he kissed me it was pretty much pro-forma. Better were the manly light pats on the cheek. And a firm handshake from him really meant something.

Now notice that for all their mutual groping Kerry-Edwards have yet to kiss. One old American habit dies hard. I recall an old clip in which General Eisenhower is presented with a French decoration and the general doing the honors pecks Ike on both cheeks in the French style. Ike looks rather horrified. The Frenchy might has well have been kissing him on the mouth, so far as he was concerned. That pretty much summarized the American view of men kissing men.

Democrats think they've come a long way, but sexism remains institutionalized in their ranks. Hillary, as a woman, didn't stand a chance to get on this year's ticket. Kerry needed to shore up his therapeutic base. It's bad enough that Teresa cringes each time he plays nice with her. Further frowns from the fair sex are the last thing he can risk.

But we still have the problem of Kerry's unwillingness to kiss his Breck boy. Supposedly thanks to gay liberation and the apparent inevitability of same-sex marriage the spectacle of two men kissing in public shouldn't be cause for alarm or even disapproval anymore. By refusing to kiss in public Kerry and Edwards are displaying a residual heterosexist bias. Hugging and groping can't obscure what remains a fundamental homophobia. more>

JOHN EDWARDS - JOHN KERRY - ATTACKS/AT ODDS -
KERRY ATTACKS EDWARDS ON HEALTH CARE
Kerry Criticized Edwards On Health Care. “‘Most importantly, I do something John Edwards doesn’t do, which is make health care available to every single American family,’ [Kerry] said. ‘It doesn’t do a lot of good to just have kids covered and, as often is the case, not have the parents covered, because the kids wind up still not getting to the doctor.’” (Holly Ramer, “Edwards Criticizes Rivals On Children’s Health Care Plans,” The Associated Press, 10/21/03)

KERRY ATTACKS EDWARDS ON TAXES
Kerry Attacked Edwards On Tax Policies. “In the dwindling days of the Iowa campaign, however, Kerry will also take on two of his main competitors, Dean and John Edwards. He’ll challenge Dean, for example, saying that the Iowa caucuses ‘don’t belong to the special interests; they belong to you. I ask you to vote for answers, not anger,’ according to an advance copy of Kerry’s text obtained by the Grind. And Kerry will challenge Edwards, promising to close the ‘outrageous tax loophole that allows wealthy business owners to avoid paying their Medicare taxes.’” (CNN’s “The Morning Grind,” 1/14/04)

Kerry Questioned Edwards’ Stance On Bush Tax Cut. KERRY: “Also, John Edwards, I notice, voted to give life to George Bush’s tax cut, because he voted for the first round of that tax cut. I did not. I always thought it was a pig in the poke.” ABC’s GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: “He voted against the final package.” KERRY: “He voted against the final passage, but he gave it life by sending it to the Republican House.” (ABC’s “This Week,” 2/22/04)

KERRY ATTACKS EDWARDS ON EXPERIENCE
Kerry Attacked Edwards’ Maturity And Experience; ‘When I Came Back From Vietnam…I Don’t Know If John Edwards Was Out Of Diapers Then.’ “‘In the Senate four years – and that is the full extent of public life – no international experience, no military experience, you can imagine what the advertising is going to be next year,’ Mr. Kerry said. With a grin, he added: ‘When I came back from Vietnam in 1969 I don’t know if John Edwards was out of diapers then. Well, I’m sure he was out of diapers.’” (Adam Nagourney and Jim Rutenberg, “With Hopes Up And Elbows Out, Democrats Give Iowa Their All,” The New York Times, 1/19/04)

Kerry Attacked Edwards’ Experience. “‘I think the American people want an experienced hand at the helm of state,’ said Kerry, who has spent 19 years in the Senate compared with Edwards’ five. ‘This is not the time for on-the-job training in the White House on national security issues.’” (Mark Z. Barabak, “Diverse States May Reshape The Democratic Race Today,” Los Angeles Times, 2/3/04)

Kerry Blasted Edwards’ ‘Lack Of Military And Foreign Policy Experience.’ “Kerry took aim at Edwards’s lack of military and foreign policy experience while responding to Edwards’s comment that both candidates shared similar plans to rebuild Iraq. ‘Well, I think he would like it to be that way,’ said Kerry, a decorated veteran, ‘but I think I have 35 years of experience in international security, foreign policy, and military affairs, and I think that makes an enormous difference here. I think that the world is looking for leadership that is tested and sure.’” (Raja Mishra, “Edwards And Kerry Emphasize Contrasts,” The Boston Globe, 2/23/04)

Kerry Mocked Edwards’ “Ambitious” Nature After Only One Term In Elective Office. “The veteran senator also questioned the former trial lawyer’s pursuit of the presidency after less than one term in elective office. ‘And people call me ambitious?’ a Globe reporter once overheard Kerry asking an aide.” (Glen Johnson, “Once a Rival, Edwards Staying Close to Kerry,” The Boston Globe, 6/10/04). more, more, more>

John Edwards: A Workingman's Nightmare - SOME “TAXES” ARE INVISIBLE, hidden in the higher prices of things we buy. One such “tax” is huge, costing the average American family of four at least $2,884 every year in the higher price tags of everything from hamburger to health care.

This government-imposed burden is higher in America than in any other industrialized nation on Earth. Call it the “Lawsuit Tax,” the huge cost that lawsuits and the threat of lawsuits adds to everything.

One member of Congress has done more to increase this secret tax on Americans than has any other lawmaker. John Edwards is a Democratic U.S. Senator from North Carolina, elected to his first and only term in 1998 with massive financial backing from his fellow trial lawyers.

Edwards was picked by 2004 Democratic candidate Senator John F. Kerry of Massachusetts to be his vice presidential running mate. If Kerry and Edwards are elected on November 2, this invisible “Lawsuit Tax” on American consumers will likely skyrocket as the trial lawyers who now own the Democratic Party and its candidates take control of the entire Executive Branch of the U.S. Government.

After moving to Raleigh in 1981, Edwards became a plaintiff’s personal injury lawyer, eventually specializing in cerebral palsy patient lawsuits that blamed their mothers’ doctors for causing this medical condition by waiting too long before performing caesarian sections to give birth to his clients. In one famous case Edwards swayed a jury and won a multimillion-dollar judgment by dramatically playing the part of the unborn child struggling in the womb.

Because of the courtroom success of Edwards and trial lawyers who have imitated him, doctors who used to perform caesarian sections in six percent of births now deliver 26 percent of babies by C-section. The procedure adds enormously to the expense of delivering a baby, as well as to prolonged healing, pain and injury to mothers. And as ABC “20/20” anchorman John Stossel reported, the old rate of cerebral palsy among children has not declined in the slightest. This suggests that Edwards built his entire career and $70 million fortune on a wrong assertion, perhaps even a lie. The failure to do caesarian births apparently never was a cause of cerebral palsy; had it been, its incidence would have declined measurably as caesarian births jumped more than fourfold.

But we now live in an age where lawyers play doctor, second-guessing medical experts, playing Monday morning quarterbacks, throwing out whatever dramatic statements can sway a jury even if untrue and preying on parents and others who refuse to accept less than a perfect medical outcome. Some parents prefer to blame the doctor, instead of a defect in their own genes or behavior during pregnancy or plain misfortune when a child is born with cerebral palsy or other problems. (The first trial lawyer steps have already begun, however, to file lawsuits against parents by their children – in one case, a lawsuit by a grown child arguing that his parents should have aborted him rather than given birth to a son with his medical problems.) As John Stossel noted, lawyers acknowledge that most doctors act expertly and responsibly, yet 76 percent of American obstetricians have been sued because, as one trial lawyer told Stossel, “that’s why they have insurance.” And doctors, vaccine makers and others on whom our health depends are quitting because the lawsuit risk and increased insurance cost it causes is becoming intolerable.

During 20 years playing doctor as a trial lawyer, Edwards was involved in 63 cases and secured more than $152 million in verdicts and settlements, pocketing a third or more of that money himself and amassing a fortune of as much as $70 million. Edwards was welcomed into the Inner Circle of Advocates, a society of 100 personal injury lawyers who had won cases of over $1 million. Most call themselves advocates for the poor, injured and powerless. Critics call them ambulance chasers who use their injured clients to persuade empathetic juries to render million-dollar judgments against doctors and companies, up to half the money from which goes not to the injured but to these lawyers.

In 1998 Inner Circle and other trial lawyers, including Edwards himself, put up 86 percent of the more than $9 million this political neophyte used to narrowly defeat incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Lauch Faircloth, a 70-year-old hog farmer, by 52 to 48 percent. Prior to his election Edwards had shown little interest in politics, not even bothering to vote in many elections. As a U.S. Senator, Edwards’ disinterest continued. Although assigned to the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee, for example, he seldom attended its meetings unless some important witness brought out network television cameras or an issue before the committee was of special interest to the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA). more>

John Edwards' high-risk children - I was asked by a reader to comment on the fertility treatment of Elizabeth Edwards, wife of Sen. John Edwards. Mrs. Edwards, at age 48, decided to have two more children, Emma Claire, now 6, and Jack, now 4. The question is "How does anyone at 48 begin having children again?" The easy answer is assisted reproduction and fertility treatments. But it's the hard truth that lies behind these procedures that needs to be exposed. Quite simply, there are horrible dangers and devastating effects for both women and children from fertility treatments.

Admittedly, there have been a number of conflicting reports over the last five years regarding the increased risk of IVF babies to various defects and cancers. But most notably, a Dutch study found a link between retinoblastoma, a childhood cancer of the retina, and IVF. These results came one week after a British study reported IVF children were at five times the risk of a rare genetic disorder, Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, characterized by large-body size and tumors.

The New England Journal of Medicine reported that infants conceived by IVF procedures have twice as high a risk of major birth defects as naturally conceived infants. And just last month, two doctors from Cornell University confirmed the increased risk of IVF babies to Beckwith-Wiedmann syndrome as well as Angelman's syndrome, which is associated with mental retardation and a near-total lack of speech.

One possible cause for the increased risk of IVF babies is that they may have been born from co-culture with animal cells or sera. This occurs after the eggs and sperm are combined in the laboratory to create several embryos. They are grown in a petri dish with nutrients and other cells intended to stimulate development before transfer into the womb. The sera and "other" cells are sometimes taken from animals.

As a result, the embryos could be infected by animal viruses and/or unknown agents. The FDA and U.S. Public Health Service actually recommend doctors "follow [IVF babies] for their lifetime and counsel them to be alert to unusual symptoms… [and] they and their intimate contacts should defer from donation of blood and other tissues."

Another possible cause for the increased risks of IVF babies is the ovulation-inducing drugs given to women undergoing treatment for infertility. Lupron, for example, is a drug approved by the FDA as treatment for advanced prostate cancer and endometriosis. Yet for some 15 years, Lupron has been the most commonly prescribed drug for use in fertility treatments to maximize the number of eggs produced by women.

Women taking Lupron for endometriosis reportedly suffer severe side effects including joint pain, numbness, memory loss, irregular heartbeat, suicidal depression, whole-body swelling, grand-mal seizures, hot flashes and headaches.

Women given Lupron in fertility treatments for IVF reportedly suffer more extreme side effects due to higher doses and longer regimens. These effects include neurological symptoms such as migraines, numbness, tingling, weakness and memory loss. They also include bone loss, ovarian enlargement, ovarian cysts, lupus, dizziness, gastric pain, joint and bone pain, baldness, stroke, coma and brain damage.

As for Elizabeth Edwards at age 48, she probably required an egg donor. That means someone else underwent the fertility treatments and its risks on her behalf. If sufficiently informed, she might nonetheless be compelled to use her new-found public platform to expose the dangers for both women and children in IVF procedures.

'Junk science' propelled Edwards' career? VP pick scrutinized for how he amassed his personal fortune - As newly announced vice-presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards' record is scrutinized, political critics are re-examining claims the former trial lawyer amassed much of the personal fortune that financed his political career by winning legal cases based on "junk science."

CNSNews.com first reported in January how Edwards won record jury verdicts and settlements in cases alleging that the botched treatment of women in labor and their deliveries caused infants to develop the brain disorder cerebral palsy.

Edwards specialized in these cases, which he characterized in his presidential campaign as battles on behalf of the common man against insurance companies.

But the cause of cerebral palsy long has been debated, and two new studies in 2003 further undermined the scientific premise of Edwards' cases,

"There are some cases where the brain damage did occur at the time of delivery. But it's really unusual. It's really quite unusual," Dr. Murray Goldstein, a neurologist and the medical director of the United Cerebral Palsy Research and Educational Foundation, told the news agency.

"The overwhelming majority of children that are born with developmental brain damage, the ob/gyn could not have done anything about it, could not have, not at this stage of what we know," Goldstein stated.

Medical science increasingly is exonerating doctors in cases of labor and delivery where cerebral palsy resulted, medical and legal experts told CNSNews.com. more>

Lawyer Logic: A Villain For Every Victim - John Edwards' thinking isn't very presidential - John Edwards built his career suing doctors and hospitals, claiming that maternity-ward missteps caused newborns to develop cerebral palsy. The theory that doctor error is a common cause of CP was dubious when Mr. Edwards used it to win his cases, from the 1980s to the mid-1990s, and is universally rejected by experts today.

Like other plaintiff's lawyers, apparently, Mr. Edwards went shopping for medical theories, conveniently agreeable experts and sympathetic defendants--a process that is easy to deplore. But the real problem with Mr. Edwards's record as a lawyer lies beneath the specifics of his cases, in the fundamental philosophy that motivated his work.

CP is a lifelong neuromuscular condition that ranges widely in degree. It is a manageable hindrance for some people and an insurmountable barrier to talking, walking and normal learning for others. Mr. Edwards's clients were on the severe end of the spectrum. He writes in his autobiography, "Four Trials," of his strong desire to see his clients' prodigious needs provided for and makes clear that he considers torts a tool of social justice.

Part of me is glad that his clients were well-compensated financially for their misfortune. Sympathetic jurors must have felt the same way. Seen in wider perspective, though, such victories are less noble. Our doctors and hospitals take excellent care of most people most of the time. But blockbuster pain-and-suffering awards, including several record-setting verdicts that Mr. Edwards won in his home state of North Carolina, push malpractice premiums up--making it harder for average Americans to afford good medical care and for good doctors to afford to practice.

What is more, attacks on alleged negligence in the maternity ward may actually have hurt the quality of patient care. Many CP lawsuits, including one that Mr. Edwards describes in his book, turned on the theory that doctors could have prevented CP by ordering a caesarian section. Such suits put nonmedical pressure on doctors and hospitals to choose c-sections. In the past 30 years, the proportion of births by c-section has gone up fivefold. But a 2003 study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that the rate of CP remains constant. more>

POLITICAL INDIGESTION - Reporters traveling with Sen. John Edwards didn't put up a fight when they were essentially thrown out of the meeting between the candidate and the AFL-CIO's Executive Council in Chicago at the Drake Hotel.

Reporters on Monday were allowed to see Edwards given a standing ovation by the union bosses, then were quickly escorted out of the room before Edwards began his remarks.

According to union insiders, Edwards promised an administration that would be pro-organized labor, and one that would hit the wealthy to pay their fair share of taxes.

Edwards later appeared on the south side of the Windy City with Illinois candidate for Senate Barack Obama. The two walked through Manny's Coffee Shop & Deli, again with reporters kept a safe distance from the candidates.

As has been the case with both Kerry and Edwards in a number of dining establishments across the country, the Carolinian did not receive a universal warm welcome during the lunch hour appearance. Some diners grumbled about being interrupted, while others just glared at Edwards.

Kerry-Edwards advance staffers made a point of scurrying about the room, steering the candidates away from potential "trouble tables," as they are now termed. "After some of the problems in Pennsylvania and Ohio" -- where Kerry has been confronted with unfriendly receptions by individuals, a campaign source said -- "we're much more attuned to the settings we are putting them in and the potential coverage they might receive."

WHO IS JOHN EDWARDS? A Disingenuous, Unaccomplished Liberal And Friend To Personal Injury Trial Lawyers - EDWARDS IN DEPTH

SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS: UNACCOMPLISHED
AND INEXPERIENCED

Kerry And Family Question Edwards’ Experience

Kerry Attacked Edwards’ Maturity And Experience; ‘When I Came Back From Vietnam…I Don’t Know If John Edwards Was Out Of Diapers Then.’ “‘In the Senate four years – and that is the full extent of public life – no international experience, no military experience, you can imagine what the advertising is going to be next year,’ Mr. Kerry said. With a grin, he added: ‘When I came back from Vietnam in 1969 I don’t know if John Edwards was out of diapers then. Well, I’m sure he was out of diapers.’” (Adam Nagourney and Jim Rutenberg, “With Hopes Up And Elbows Out, Democrats Give Iowa Their All,” The New York Times, 1/19/04)

Kerry Attacked Edwards’ Experience. “‘I think the American people want an experienced hand at the helm of state,’ said Kerry, who has spent 19 years in the Senate compared with Edwards’ five. ‘This is not the time for on-the-job training in the White House on national security issues.’” (Mark Z. Barabak, “Diverse States May Reshape The Democratic Race Today,” Los Angeles Times, 2/3/04)

Kerry Blasted Edwards’ ‘Lack Of Military And Foreign Policy Experience.’ “Kerry took aim at Edwards’s lack of military and foreign policy experience while responding to Edwards’s comment that both candidates shared similar plans to rebuild Iraq. ‘Well, I think he would like it to be that way,’ said Kerry, a decorated veteran, ‘but I think I have 35 years of experience in international security, foreign policy, and military affairs, and I think that makes an enormous difference here. I think that the world is looking for leadership that is tested and sure.’” (Raja Mishra, “Edwards And Kerry Emphasize Contrasts,” The Boston Globe, 2/23/04)

Kerry Mocked Edwards’ “Ambitious” Nature After Only One Term In Elective Office. “The veteran senator also questioned the former trial lawyer’s pursuit of the presidency after less than one term in elective office. ‘And people call me ambitious?’ a Globe reporter once overheard Kerry asking an aide.” (Glen Johnson, “Once a Rival, Edwards Staying Close to Kerry,” The Boston Globe, 6/10/04)

Kerry’s Stepson Voiced Concern Over Edwards’ Foreign Policy Credentials. “Kerry is likely to name a running mate within two weeks, [Chris] Heinz said, offering no inside information. ‘I was very pro-[North Carolina Sen. John] Edwards in the spring,’ he said. ‘But now I think we may need someone with stronger credentials on foreign policy.’” (Jack Kelly, “Chris Heinz On The Stump In City For Stepdad,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 6/17/04)

Never Held Elective Office, Politics Took Backseat To Legal Career

First Term Senator, Having Held No Other Elective Office. (CBS’ “60 Minutes,” 12/21/03)

Not Active In Politics. “Neither was [Edwards] active in politics for the first 44 years of his life, except for the occasional donation to a Democratic candidate. He never ran for office or worked on a campaign. Indeed, before he burst onto the political scene in 1998, he did not even vote in several local elections, because, he says, he was too busy with his legal work.” (James C. Mckinley, Jr., “A Journey From A Mill Town Ends With A Run For President,” The New York Times, 1/12/04)

Has Never Shown Much Interest In Politics. “[Edwards] had considered being a candidate for years, but never shown much interest in politics.” (Taylor Batten, “North Carolina, Meet Your Candidates For The U.S. Senate,” The Charlotte Observer, 9/27/98)

During 1998 Race, Edwards’ Voting Record Became Issue. “[Edwards] failed to vote in half the elections he could have over the past seven years. One of seven Democrats in the May 5 primary, Edwards voted in nine of 18 elections since 1991, according to Wake County voting records.” (Taylor Batten, Carol D. Leonnig And Jim Morrill, “Edwards Gets Into This Thing Called Voting,” The Charlotte Observer, 3/22/98)

Edwards Lacks Accomplishments And
Demonstrated Leadership Needed To Be President

Since Joining U.S. Senate In 1999, Edwards Has Been Lead Sponsor On:
74 bills, NONE of which has emerged from Committee for a floor vote.
78 amendments, 23 of which passed the Senate.
6 resolutions, 4 of which passed the Senate.

No legislation Edwards has been lead sponsor on has become law

In March Of 2001, [Wilmington] Morning Star Noted Edwards’ Weak Record. “Our junior senator is smart, charming, a smooth talker, nice looking, and a progressive Southern Democrat. And did we mention smart? But his only experience in politics is two years in the U.S. Senate. He’s built a solid record on TV talk shows, but not a solid record of legislative accomplishment - yet.” (Editorial, “Let Sen. Edwards Learn His Trade,” The [Wilmington] Morning Star, 3/7/01)

In Late 2002, Cox News Service Noted Lack Of Major Legislative Accomplishments During Edwards’ Four-Year Senate Tenure. “Edwards is sponsor of a Patients Bill of Rights bill in the Senate, but has no major legislative accomplishments thus far.” (Scott Shepard, “Democrats Face Major Obstacles In Trying To Regroup After 2002 Election Disaster,” Cox News Service, 11/8/02)

New To Foreign Policy & International Issues

1998: Yitzhak Who? “One evening while he was campaigning for the Senate in North Carolina, Edwards was faced with a choice of several events he might attend. An advance man suggested, ‘Maybe we ought to go to the reception for Leah Rabin’ Edwards responded, ‘Who’s she?’ ‘Yitzhak Rabin’s widow,’ replied the aide. ‘Who was he?’ asked Edwards.” (Charles Peters, “Tilting At Windmills,” Washington Monthly, 6/1/03)
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