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 Who needs a Ring-Tailed Tooter for First Lady?
"My official name is still Teresa Heinz."

From a USA Today interview with Teresa Heinz Kerry, the opinionated ketchup heiress and philanthropisTrack 'Em Down - Cool Gifts, Useful Gear & Hot Garbt:

Q: You'd be different from Laura Bush?

A: Well, you know, I don't know Laura Bush. But she seems to be calm, and she has a sparkle in her eye, which is good. But I don't know that she's ever had a real job--I mean, since she's been grown up. So her experience and her validation comes from important things, but different things. And I'm older, and my validation of what I do and what I believe and my experience is a little bit bigger--because I'm older, and I've had different experiences. And it's not a criticism of her. It's just, you know, what life is about.

According to her White House bio, Laura Bush has worked as a public school teacher and librarian. Does Teresa not believe these are "real jobs"?

 "I can't believe I ever even married an American."
 "Another thing that drives me crazy ... is WAL-MART."
``Clothing is wonderful, but let them go naked for a while, at least the kids,'' Heinz Kerry said, raising some eyebrows. ``Water is necessary, and then generators, and then food, and then clothes.''
 "I can't believe my family left Africa and came to this country."
 "I don't give a shit, you know."
 "I'm cheeky, I'm sexy, whatever."
"Shove it."
"If Ted Kennedy holds on to that marriage (to ex-wife Joan) just for the Catholic vote, as some people say he does, then I think he's a perfect bastard.''
"We need to turn back some of the creeping, un-Pennsylvanian – and sometimes un-American – traits that are coming into some of our politics."
"I didn't say that," she said. "You're putting words in my mouth. I didn't say that."
"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.
The Kerry family business, H.J. Heinz Co. of Pittsburgh, operates 22 factories in the United States and 57 in foreign countries.
She once told Time magazine the idea of becoming first lady was "worse than going to a Carmelite convent."
"I think nobody is truly qualified to be president of the United States," she tells Reader's Digest. "I mean, are you qualified to run the world ... not run it, but have that influence? No, nobody is."
"I have to say that John Edwards is very beautiful."
"And my husband is very smart."
"The Democratic machine in this country is putrid.''
"Peace!" she said, by way of hello. "Peace to you." The crowd cheered. "Peace," she repeated, putting her fingers into a "V" sign.
"The common man doesn't look at me as some rich witch. I talk about what I see. It has always been so."
"Ted Kennedy I don't trust either.''

America Looks at the Wives: Laura Bush vs. Teresa Heinz Kerry - Did you catch Bill O'Reilly's interview with Laura Bush last night? How about Teresa Heinz Kerry's response to Bush supporters chanting ''Four more years"? Her response - "Four more years of hell!" Quite a contrast between the two.

America is evaluating the choices, not just for president, or vice president, but for ''First Lady'' also. One Democrat interviewed on the news said, ''Can we have John Kerry for president and Laura Bush for First Lady?'' That says a lot. Laura has class and was very gracious about Teresa's remarks. I'm afraid that John Kerry will continue to have to make excuses for his wife's responses. One can only say ''She's just outspoken'' so many times.

Having said all that, we know it's the tough times, the challenging times, that bring out the real person. So, we want to take seriously the comments and attitudes of those running for office and their spouses because they are no small matter. They reveal character, all excuses aside. What's inside does come out. And America is taking note. more>

Your Choice for First Lady: Laura Bush or Teresa Heinz Kerry? ''Laura has class and was very gracious about Teresa's remarks. Quite a contrast between the two. I'm afraid John Kerry will continue to have to make excuses for his wife's responses. You can only say 'she's just outspoken' so many times.''

On Tuesday of this week, Teresa Heinz Kerry's was asked whether she would be different from Mrs. Bush as First Lady. She replied: ''Well, you know, I don't know Laura Bush. But she seems to be calm, and she has a sparkle in her eye, which is good, but I don't know that she's ever had a real job--I mean, since she's been grown up. So her experience and her validation comes from important things, but different things.''

Sure, I know Teresa apologized for saying she didn't remember Laura Bush had been a librarian and school teacher. But all that aside, is this the kind of thing a potential first lady says? No. But, once again Laura Bush was very gracious in saying, ''It didn't matter to me. It didn't hurt my feelings. It was perfectly all right that she apologized. She didn't have to apologize. I know how tough it is. And actually I know those trick questions.''

For the record, what is a lady? Let's look at the dictionary definition: (Encarta/Dictionary.com) ''Refined woman; a woman who behaves very politely and with dignity; a well-mannered and considerate woman with high standards of proper behavior; a woman regarded as virtuous; a woman who is the head of a household; lady is normally used as a parallel to gentleman to emphasize norms expected in polite society or in situations requiring courtesies.''

So, I ask you, would a lady say ''scum-bags'' et al., publicly, and especially when her husband is running for president? And what do you do with statements like the one John Kerry made himself during the third debate in answer to the question, ''All three of us are surrounded by very strong women. We're all married to strong women. Each of us has two daughters that make us very proud. What is the most important thing you've learned from these strong women?''

Kerry said, ''...my daughters and my wife are people who just are filled with that sense of what's right, what's wrong. They also kick me around.''

Following the president's remarks, which basically praised Laura, saying he thought he was the luckiest man on earth, Kerry also said: ''Well, I guess the president and you and I are three examples of lucky people who married up. And some would say maybe me more so than others.'' What does this say about Kerry?

First Ladies go on diplomatic trips, and host leaders and their wives from countries around the world. How important is it that they respect the First Lady? Or will they be gracious and say, ''Oh, she's just outspoken?'' Many nations already think America is arrogant.

Now, Laura Bush is more gracious than I am. She would never write an article like this--but it needs to be said. This is probably one of the most serious elections we've ever had.

A Bad Week for Teresa - Mrs. Kerry released two pages of her 2003 individual income tax form, which expose how she used tax shelters to avoid paying her “fair share” of income taxes. In fact, she contributed a smaller percentage of her income in taxes than most middle class taxpayers. She received an overall income of $5.07 million, but, since she can afford to find tax loopholes middle class taxpayers cannot, she was able to shelter $2.78 million from taxation. (The fact that a woman worth $1 billion could limit her overall income to only $5 million is itself a testament to the many havens her battery of tax attorneys found for her wealth.) Teresa Heinz Kerry drew a taxable income of $2.29 million and paid only $628,401 in taxes. That adds up to an effective tax rate of 12.4 percent of her income, nearly 3.5 percent less than that paid by average taxpayers in 2001 and 15 percent less than the top one percent of income earners, whose tax cuts her husband pledges to “roll back” in the name of “tax fairness.”

On the campaign stump, Kerry pledged, “I am going to ask America’s wealthiest people – those making over $200,000 a year – to pay the same fair share they paid under Bill Clinton.” That fair share amounts to a tax rate of almost 41 percent – or 350 percent the rate his wife felt compelled to pay.

Teresa Heinz Kerry also maligned maternity in a USA Today interview on Tuesday. Lashing out at Laura Bush, Mrs. Kerry said:

I don't know that she's ever had a real job — I mean, since she's been grown up…I'm older, and my validation of what I do and what I believe and my experience is a little bit bigger — because I'm older, and I've had different experiences. And it's not a criticism of her. It's just, you know, what life is about.

What is the “real job” Heinz Kerry has held these many years? On the aforementioned tax return, Teresa Heinz Kerry lists “Philanthropist” as her “occupation.” Thus, giving away her late husband’s ancestors’ riches to far-Left political activists comprises the grand work of her life.

She overlooked the fact that Mrs. Bush worked as a teacher and librarian before getting married – and worked as a stay-at-home-mom after that. (Heinz Kerry apparently considers stating that Laura Bush fails to measure up on “what life is about” a non-criticism.)

Mrs. Kerry issued an apology yesterday afternoon, saying: “I had forgotten that Mrs. Bush had worked as a school teacher and librarian, and there couldn't be a more important job than teaching our children…[I] am sincerely sorry I had not remembered her important work in the past.”

But she offered no apology for stating motherhood is not a “real job,” the standard claim of radical feminism. To them, the vital work of shaping the life, personality and values of a human soul is merely another form of patriarchal enslavement. (If “there couldn't be a more important job” than educating other people’s children, does the upbringing of our own children not outshine even that?) The feminist refrain was last heard in public life when Hillary Clinton exploded, “You know, I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was to fulfill my profession, which I entered before my husband was in public life.” Mrs. Kerry plans to continue to fulfill her profession in a Kerry White House, as well.

These are but the most recent salvos in a never-ending series of embarrassments the potential first lady has unleashed on her husband’s hapless campaign. Just two weeks ago, Mrs. Kerry stated: “John will never send a boy or girl in a uniform anywhere in the world because of our need and greed for oil.”

The week before that she told an audience in her adopted hometown of Pittsburgh, “The Taliban is back running Afghanistan.” This as the Afghan people prepared to elect President Mohammed Karzai in the first presidential election in their history.

She also noted, “Seldom do we think of security in terms of one's job, one's health care benefits, education.” No, no, we don’t.

At a million-dollar Phoenix fundraiser in late September – sponsored in part by the Arizona AFL-CIO, AFSCME and the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association – she floated the conspiracy theory that the Bush administration had delayed the capture of Osama bin Laden for political purposes. “I wouldn't be surprised if he appeared in the next month,” she said. Clinton Secretary of State Madeline Albright pioneered this claim, asking liberal columnist Mort Kondracke, “Do you suppose that the Bush administration has Osama bin Laden hidden away somewhere and will bring him out before the election?” In a similar vein, Rep. James McDermott, D-Baghdad, voiced similar statements about the capture of Saddam Hussein months ago, alleging the Bush administration could have captured Saddam “a long time ago if they wanted.”

TerAYsa’s words did so much damage John Kerry had to dedicate campaign time to saying he disagreed with his wife’s paranoid ramblings.

When asked whether her role in the campaign was limited to shoring up the female vote, she replied, “No, that's not where I come in. I come in everywhere. I come in on foreign policy….”

With a string of statements like this, one wonders if John Kerry still believes he “married up.”
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Biographical information on John and Theresa Kerry - Photos, family histories, family trees, children, homes, Mozambique, etc. on both sides.

Kerryopoly - Can you afford to live like John Kerry?

Where: Fox Chapel, PA
Cost: $3.7 Million
About: Kerry's suburban Pittsburgh estate includes a nine-room colonial and a nine-room carriage house. ("A Look At The Homes Owned By John Kerry And Teresa Heinz Kerry," The Associated Press, 3/23/04)
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Where: Nantucket, MA
Cost: $9.18 Million
About: Kerry's vacation home in Massachusetts is a three-story, five-bedroom waterfront retreat on Brant Point. ("A Look At The Homes Owned By John Kerry And Teresa Heinz Kerry," The Associated Press, 3/23/04)
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Where: Beacon Hill, MA
Cost: $6.9 Million
About: Kerry's primary residence in Massachusetts is a five-story, 12-room town house located in Boston's exclusive Beacon Hill. ("A Look At The Homes Owned By John Kerry And Teresa Heinz Kerry," The Associated Press, 3/23/04)
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Where: Ketchum, ID
Cost: $4.916 Million
About: Kerry's ski retreat is a 15th-century manor imported from England and later reassembled in Idaho. ("A Look At The Homes Owned By John Kerry And Teresa Heinz Kerry," The Associated Press, 3/23/04)
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What: Drive his Boat
Cost: $700,000
About: Kerry's 42-Foot Powerboat Is Called The Scaramouche, "Named After His Favorite Boyhood Movie, An Old Tale Of A French Swashbuckler." (Brian Blomquist, "Rivals Have 'Wealth' Of Experience," The New York Post, 2/23/04) Kerry’s Yacht Scaramouche "Sells For Upward Of $700,000." (David Brooks, "Clash Of Titans," The New York Times, 3/6/04)
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What: Fly the Jet
Cost: $35 Million
About: The Flying Squirrel, Kerry's Private Jet, has an estimated valued of $35 Million. (Howie Carr, “Kerry Family's Deep Pockets On Display This Election Cycle," The Boston Herald, 4/30/04)
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Where: Washington, DC
Cost: $4.7 Million
About: When in the nation's capital, Kerry lives in a 23-room Georgetown town house. ("A Look At The Homes Owned By John Kerry And Teresa Heinz Kerry," The Associated Press, 3/23/04)
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What: Ride his Motorcycle
Cost: $8,600
About: In Spite Of Six Figure Senate Salary, Kerry Gave Just $175 To Charity In Same Year He Bought Himself New Ducati Motorcycle For $8,600. (Andrew Miga, "Exotic Bike Cost Kerry $8,600," The Boston Herald, 6/14/96)
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What: Haircut
Cost: $1,000
About: John Kerry Reportedly Spent More Than $1,000 To Get Haircut. (Greg Pierce, "Inside Politics," The Washington Times, 4/28/04)
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What: Buy Some Art Work
Cost: $175,000
About: John Kerry sold a painting by 17th-century Dutch artist Adam Willaerts valued at $175,000. (John F. Harris, “Kerry As A Rich Target,” The Washington Post, 4/24/04)
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What Ride his Bicycle
Cost: $8,000
About: Since His Last Visit To Nantucket, Kerry Has Added An $8,000 Serotta Ottrott Bicycle To His Collection. His other bike is estimated to have cost $5,000. ('Power Pedaling: Bush Vs. Kerry," The Dallas Morning News, 6/2/04; Howie Carr, "Kerry Family's Deep Pockets On Display This Election Cycle," The Boston Herald, 4/30/04)
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What: Pay Gas Tax
Cost: $657 a Year
About: Kerry’s 50-Cent Gas Tax Increase Would Have Cost Average Households $1.80 A Day Or $657 A Year (How Stuff Works Website,www.howstuffworks.com, Accessed 2/24/04)
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Bring It On Senator - Your Wife Is an Elitist Snot - This wannabe first lady, who does not have the dignity, grace or class that Laura Bush has in her fingernail (and whose beauty doesn't force her to need Botox injections), is not the shrinking violet her second husband claims her to be. In fact, we would be willing to bet that an inspection of dresser drawers in all 6 Heinz-Kerry mansion would show that all the pants belong to her.

But even more than being a silver spoon elitist radical, she has opened her big mouth in a way that makes her lunacy fair game. Here are just some of "Te-REZ-za's Greatest Hits"

Calling Dick Cheney "unpatriotic" . This Mozambique born, daughter of a doctor, who recently said she "couldn't believe she left Africa and married an American" had the audacity to suggest the Vice President was "unpatriotic" . His offense? Daring to question her husband radical left wing voting record in Congress. We challenge her to find one instance of the VP using Kerry's anti-American protests upon returning home from Vietnam against him.

The "Environmentalist" with 3 SUV's. We here at crushkerry.com have already exposed this hypocrisy. But since then she has claimed that the Bush environmental policy is a "crime against humanity." We also should point out that she is the owner of a private jet called the "Flying Squirrel' and a yacht, all of which use up more gas than the average person buys in 5 years. If she loves John, why does she keep allowing him to make a fool of himself by blasting the President on his supposed poor environmental record. Look in the mirror sweetheart, the fault lies not in the stars, but in yourself.

Yeah, it's a life, but who cares? Kill it if you want. We would pay to hear her explain this contradiction. Last week the woman of leisure said emphatically that abortion "is stopping the process of human life" . Still, for whatever reason, she thinks that women should be given a chance to end the life on their whim. Her husband's response to this tortured logic? Something even more tortured: "I do not know the answer to that. We've never-she's never had to vote."

Tax Records John Boy has tried to run interference for his wife's refusal to release her tax records a la Gerry Ferraro. He has given false information to excuse her refusal. Seeing how that didn't work, the $500 million woman is now saying that we simpleton rubes "don't understand family trusts." Maybe not everything, but we do understand how people live off the inherited wealth of a deceased spouse's family and use it to be a bag lady for radical Anti-American lefties. We also wonder where she got all her real world experience. Has she ever really worked a day in her life?

Not since Yoko Ono has such a no talent hack had so much money to burn on stupid and hopeless causes.

Walmart - "Good for Me, but not for thee" Taking time out from shopping on 5th Avenue, Mrs. Heinz-Kerry recently took a blast at Walmart, saying that it "destroys communities." Clearly she wasn't referring to one of the seven communities she lives in at various times, as recent disclosures indicate her trust recently owned over $1 million in Walmart stock . I guess we dunces aren't the only ones who don't understand family trusts. But at least we can read a monthly statement of account to see what we own.

Yet, despite this, she has the nerve to tell all of us common folk who only try to get the best price for our families that we are helping to "destroy communities". Dear God, just shut up you ignorant snotty broad.

We could go on all day, but we think you get the point. Kerry is using his wife as both a sword (her money) and a shield ("Don't you pick on her or I'll show you how tough I am"), and doesn't tell her to shut up even though she is doing the impossible - making him look like even more of a wuss and a dolt than he already is.

You know, maybe we would be willing to give Sen. Kerry a chance if he promised to be as tough on terrorists wanting to kill Americans as he is on people who point out the snootiness and hypocrisy of his old lady.

Now, Senator, as we are sure Teresa says to you - "Just sit down and shut up", or in the words of Monty Python "Go Away before we taunt you a second time".

And next time, heed the words of Maggie Thatcher - if you have to tell people you’re tough, you’re not. more>

Canadian arm of Heinz-Kerry electronic octopus hooked Cuba up to Worldwide Net - Uncle Sam officially broke off relations with Havana under the 1961 Trading with the Enemy Act. Not so for Teresa Heinz-Kerry, who in 1991, using a Canadian connection funded by her Tides Foundation, linked the communist country up to the World Internet.

The Toronto-based Web/Nirv, Canadian affiliate of the Institute for Global Communications (IGC) and its offshoot the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), used a 64 KBPS undersea cable IP link from Havana to Sprint in the United States, linking Cubans to the Information Highway. IGC and APC are one of the Tides Foundation’s largest ongoing projects. more>

Democrats Defend Heinz Kerry's 'Shove It' - John Kerry, Hillary Clinton Defend Teresa Heinz Kerry's Telling a Reporter to 'Shove It' - Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry doesn't have a problem with his wife telling an insistent journalist to "shove it" when urged to explain her plea for more civility in politics. Neither does Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

"I think my wife speaks her mind appropriately," Kerry told reporters Monday when asked about the exchange between his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, and the editorial page editor of the conservative Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Asked about the response on CNN's "American Morning," Clinton said Monday, "A lot of Americans are going to say, 'Good for you, you go, girl,' and that's certainly how I feel about it."

Heinz Kerry attended a Massachusetts Statehouse reception Sunday night for fellow Pennsylvanians, telling them, "We need to turn back some of the creeping, un-Pennsylvanian and sometimes un-American traits that are coming into some of our politics." She criticized the tenor of modern political campaigns without being specific.

Minutes later, the Tribune-Review's Colin McNickle questioned Heinz Kerry on what she meant by the term "un-American," according to a tape of the encounter recorded by Pittsburgh television station WTAE.

Heinz Kerry said "I didn't say that" several times to McNickle. She then turned to confer with Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and others. When she faced McNickle again a short time later, he continued to question her, and she replied: "You said something I didn't say. Now shove it."

Evita Heinz Kerry - It's been a long, strange trip indeed for Teresa Heinz Kerry.

Less than 30 years ago, she was a rabid Republican, the wife of another senator, trashing Ted Kennedy as a "perfect bastard" and the Democratic Party as "putrid."

Last night, she shared the dais with Teddy Boy – who turns out to be her new husband's biggest (in terms of girth as well as enthusiasm) cheerleader.

When I first reported that Teresa Heinz Kerry was behind the funding of radical causes including Act-Up, Islamist jihadists, anarchists who disrupted the Seattle World Trade Organization meeting and communist front groups, I knew she was wacky.

What shocked me, however, was the fact no one seemed to care that some of those same non-profit groups, funded by Heinz money, were at the forefront of planned demonstrations and disruptions at the Republican National Convention later this summer.

Just imagine if Pat Nixon was directing charity funds toward the demonstrators at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. Would that be a scandal? Yes, it would. It might have been bigger than Watergate. Yet, Evita Heinz Kerry gets away with it. All she needs to do is plead ignorance to the fact that millions of her directed charity dollars go to a foundation funding such groups and hundreds of others like them. She gave a speech in Boston to Pennsylvania delegates, urging civility in political discourse. She was reasonable. She was articulate. And she was obviously scripted carefully.

"We need to turn back some of the creeping, un-Pennsylvanian – and sometimes un-American – traits that are coming into some of our politics," she said.

Nothing wrong with that. But, a few minutes later, when asked politely by a reporter about use of the term "un-American," Evita blew a gasket.

"I didn't say that," she said. "You're putting words in my mouth. I didn't say that."

But she very clearly did say it – despite the angry and frequent denials. Like the speech itself, this unbelievable confrontation with Colin McNickle, the editorial page editor of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, was videotaped by WTAE Channel 4 Action News in Pittsburgh.

Repeatedly she insists to McNickle that she did not use the term "un-American." McNickle calmly asks her to explain what she did say, but Mrs. Kerry refused – at one point telling the journalist to go listen to the tape. more>

57 Varieties of Radical Causes, Part I - A group of activists led by Hillary Clinton has recently created a new $20 million left-wing think tank, funded by billionaire George Soros, called the Center for American Progress, on just that presumption. Its executive director, former Clinton chief of staff John Podesta, explained the need for its creation by alleging, “For more than a decade, the right wing has had a lock on the use of think tanks as policy promotion ‘political weapons.’” This sentiment is echoed in a report by one of the most well heeled left-wing organizations, People for the American Way, which claims, “One consequence of this extraordinary level of funding from right-wing foundations is that these conservative think tanks vastly outspend their progressive counterparts.”[1]

The facts suggest a different reality. As Ben Johnson’s report shows, Teresa Heinz Kerry, all by herself, presides over greater assets involved in the funding of shadow political activities than the three chief conservative foundations – Scaife, Olin and Bradley – combined. While, these conservative foundations have combined assets of $809 million, the three Heinz Endowments, in whose boardrooms Teresa Heinz Kerry speaks with a voice louder than all others, have total assets of $1.2 billion. Mrs. Kerry also sits on the board of the Carnegie Corporation, which as this report reveals is also an active funder of the political left and which has assets of $1.6 billion. In other words, Mrs. Kerry has a say in the disposition of funds earmarked for the left which are more than three times greater than the celebrated funders of the right combined. And this is only a part of Mrs. Kerry’s raw financial power in these matters. As Ben Johnson notes, “Teresa Heinz Kerry [also] heads the H. John Heinz III Foundation and the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Foundation, but due to their tax status, she is not required to provide detailed records of how they receive their funding – nor to whom they award their grants.” Even though she is the wife of a presidential candidate, whose disposable political assets are a matter of public interest, Mrs. Kerry has steadfastly refused to open the records of these foundations to public scrutiny.

The raw figures available provide a benchmark that allows us to put Mrs. Kerry’s influence in perspective. Without question, she is a major player in the culture wars between left and right, and in the shadow universe that shapes the political future. What she has invested in these conflicts significantly affects the political fortunes of her candidate husband, as well, and provides important clues as to what she would do if she were to become first lady with the prestige and resources of the federal government behind her.

Perhaps the most striking aspect of Ben Johnson’s report what it reveals about the scope of Mrs. Kerry’s political investments and the range of left-wing agendas she supports. Directly or indirectly, Teresa Heinz Kerry has sponsored a political spectrum that includes violent anarchists, anti-free market socialists, anti-Homeland Security activists, racial dividers, open borders agitators, pro-terrorist radicals and a range of honors and tributes that includes a memorial to an environmentalist whose misguided reforms have led to the unnecessary deaths of tens of millions of African children. Mrs. Kerry’s beneficiaries are in the forefront of the attacks on the Patriot Act, for which her husband voted; they are organizers of the demonstrations against the war in Iraq that her husband supported and the disorderly protests at the Republican convention to nominate his opponent. And they are behind the campaign to open America’s borders and remove existing border controls, and thus to weaken homeland security in the War on Terror. more>

57 Varieties of Radical Causes, Part II - Chapter 4: Partisan Causes

Teresa Heinz Kerry has in fact invested an enormous amount of tax-exempt grant money in “a laundry list of partisan causes and fringe political groups.” The grants speak for themselves.

ACLU: The Legal Left after 9/11

For many years, no association has been so identified with the public image of the left as the ACLU. While Teresa Heinz Kerry served as a Carnegie trustee in 2000, that body donated $300,000 to the ACLU Foundation. Since 9/11, the ACLU has crusaded in behalf of al-Qaeda detainees, hindered investigations of suspected terrorists, sowed hysteria about the Patriot Act and smeared Attorney General John Ashcroft’s Justice Department as a foe of the Constitution.

According to the ACLU the Patriot Act authorizes a radical expansion of federal wiretapping and investigative powers. A typical ACLU press release reads, “Under the new Ashcroft guidelines, the FBI can freely infiltrate mosques, churches and synagogues and other houses of worship, listen in on online chat rooms and read message boards even if it has no evidence that a crime might be committed.” However, these guidelines are not “new”; these powers were granted in 1978 by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The Patriot Act merely allows federal agents to use these investigative tools on terrorists as they have for decades on the Mafia – preventing rather than waiting for an imminent terrorist attack. Terrorism wiretaps must be approved in court, just like those in a criminal investigation. In short the ACLU’s civil liberties zeal seems to be related to the perceived “victims”: terrorists. Ordinary criminals inspired no comparable crusade.

In the post-9/11 period, the ACLU has ruthlessly sued any airline taking extra security steps which caused inconvenience to Muslims, who are responsible for 100 percent of the terrorist incidents since (and including) the attack on the World Trade Center. To the ACLU, a sharpened focus on a group from which all post-9/11 terrorists have been recruited is “racial profiling.”[1]

The ACLU also opposes the government’s policy requiring some “temporary visa” holders to register with Immigration Services or face deportation. This policy was drafted to affect only males between the ages of 16 and 25 from nations with known ties to terrorism. Since the government did not equally inconvenience every temporary visa holder in the country (which would be beyond its resources), the ACLU has declared the policy “discrimination,” offering legal advice to those affected, organizing protests on their behalf, and harassing government agencies through legal complaints.

The ACLU has leaped to the defense of many terrorists including Sami al-Arian, the indicted chief financier and co-founder of the Palestine Islamic Jihad, responsible for the suicide bombing murders of more than 100 individuals including two American citizens. Professor al-Arian ran the University of South Florida’s International Institute of Islamic Thought, where he hired fellow terrorists as “assistants,” all the while directing money to PIJ terrorists. The ACLU has since sought to interfere with the government’s investigation of the International Institute of Islamic Thought, questioning the scope of federal search warrants. The lawyers even jumped to al-Arian’s defense when he told them his jailers only let him change his underwear once a week. In this denial of a prisoner’s inalienable right to fresh skivvies, the ACLU smells “the disgusting raw exercise of power by John Ashcroft.” The prison denies any wrongdoing, but this has not kept the ACLU from repeating al-Arian’s charges.[2]

The Heinz grant did not go directly to this particular ACLU effort. It was earmarked for the ACLU’s “voting rights project.” But by funding another of the ACLU’s projects, Carnegie frees up the ACLU’s own funds for programs like this. On the other hand, the voting rights project itself supports three agendas most Americans might find offensive: stifling democracy, race-based politics, and bigger government.[3] For example, the “voting rights” project supported the creation of an all-Indian voting district in Montana, because, in the Orwellian wording of its press release, “even though both Rosebud and Lake counties include substantial voting blocs of Indians…their votes are diluted by the white majority.”[4]

Here the ACLU is following the jurisprudence of quota maven Lani Guinier, the Harvard professor Bill Clinton unsuccessfully nominated to head his Civil Rights Division in 1993. Guinier believes that not only should minorities have their own congressional districts, but they should retain veto power over any bill passed by a majority of Americans to which they object. This would lead to the Balkanization of the American polity along race lines, which is exactly what the divisive left wants. As a by-product of focusing voters on narrowly racial political interests, this proposed reform would help assure the targeted districts would represented by Democrats. (For some reason, these ACLU lawsuits only get filed for heavily Democratic constituencies.)

The ACLU voting rights project also proposes “full public [that is, taxpayer] financing for federal elections.”[5] Putting the money for elections in the hands of the majority political party (which is what this in effect would achieve) is a prescription for ending democracy, not improving it. Thomas Jefferson once said, “To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” That nicely summarizes the ACLU proposal.

The ACLU has engaged in a series of controversial court cases questioning most aspects of the president’s Homeland Security policy, litigating for terror suspects, supporting racial preferences and defending the North American Man-Boy Love Association, which promotes sex between adults and “consenting” children.

Undermining Homeland Security via the Open Borders Lobby

Teresa Heinz Kerry’s charities have steered well over half-a-million dollars to the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), one of the premier organizations making up the “open borders” lobby. Carnegie supplied MALDEF with $750,000 in 2000 alone; the Heinz Endowments have also given unrestricted money to MALDEF. MALDEF used this cash in a prolonged effort to erase America’s borders and undermine the nation’s security. more>

First Lady Out-Nices Billionairehead - U.S. first lady Laura Bush on Thursday dismissed as unimportant a comment by the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry that Mrs. Bush was someone who had not held a “real job.”

She played down a controversy that blew up over the remark and expressed sympathy for Teresa Heinz Kerry for having to handle the pressures of being on the campaign trail and answer reporters’ questions.

“It doesn’t matter to me,” Mrs. Bush told reporters as she campaigned in the swing state of New Hampshire. “It was perfectly alright. She apologized and she didn’t even really need to apologize,” Mrs. Bush said.

“I know how tough it is. Actually, I know those trick questions, too,” she said. more>

First Mom - When Teresa Heinz Kerry invited gay delegates at the July Democratic National Convention to "call me Mama T," the crowd burst into chants of "Mama T," "Mama T."

It was the kind of spontaneous love-fest Heinz Kerry has not always received on the campaign trail, where she has been described as more cerebral than emotional and where she has been on the receiving end of right-wing attacks.

It is easy to see why she connects with gays and lesbians. Even though she does not have gay children and opposes same-sex marriage, she comes across as the picture of a PFLAG mom, the kind of middle-aged straight woman who gets the warmest reception at Pride parades. If her husband is elected president, she pledges to make gay tolerance a centerpiece of her First Lady duties. 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.

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.

About a dozen Democratic politicians said they would work to advance homosexual interests, including passing laws to allow domestic partners to share Social Security benefits, expanding the Family and Medical Leave Act to include domestic partners and defeating a recently passed House bill that disallows federal courts to rule on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Instead of pushing for a federal marriage amendment, lawmakers should reverse course and push for a
"gay rights constitutional amendment," said Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, New York Democrat.

"Let's go on the offensive," she yelled to the crowd. "I'm tired of being on the defensive."

"The stakes have never been higher," said Rep. Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin Democrat and the first openly lesbian official elected to Congress. "We have an extraordinary presence at this conference," she said, noting she was appointed conference vice chairman and gave a prime-time speech. Homosexuals should support the Democratic ticket because "our nominee for president is the most pro-gay nominee in U.S. history."

The homosexual community "is no longer put on the sidelines," said New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. "You're an essential part of the
Democratic family." more>

GOP convention protests funded by Kerry's wife - Anarchist 'Ruckus Society' trains for blockades, chaos, disruptions - Some of the groups organizing protests at this summer's Republican National Convention in New York – including one anarchist outfit planning disruptions – get funding from a foundation chaired by Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wife of the presumed Democratic Party presidential nominee, reports Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.

Heinz Kerry, worth as much as $1 billion according to some estimates, has directed donations in the millions to the Tides Foundation, a 28-year-old grant-making institution that funds some of the principal groups organizing demonstrations and disruptions of the GOP convention.

The umbrella coalition organizing the protests is called United for Peace and Justice – strongly critical of the war in Iraq. The coalition was sponsored by Ramsey Clark's International Action Center, which was funded by the Tides Center's Iraq Peace Fund and Peace Studies Fund. Clark's group also sponsored International ANSWER. Both groups are run by long-time communist revolutionaries. more>

Heinz blasts Wal-Mart, owns $1 million in stock, purchased bulk in '02 - Teresa Heinz Kerry blasted WAL-MART last week -- but an investigation reveals she has over $1,000,000 in WAL-MART stock, and purchased a ton of it throughout 2002!

"Another thing that drives me crazy, and I hope I don't offend anyone here, is WAL-MART," Mrs. Kerry told a group of Democratic women activists at a luncheon in St. Paul last Tuesday. "They destroy communities."

Teresa Heinz Reality:

H.J. Heinz III Marital Trust

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Assets: Over $1,000,000
Dividends, Income: $2,501 - $5,000
Transactions:

04/04/02: Purchase: $500,001 - $1,000,000
04/05/02: Purchase: $500,001 - $1,000,000
06/04/02: Purchase: $15,001 - $50,000
06/06/02: Purchase: $50,001 - $100,000
11/13/02: Purchase: $50,001 - $100,000
11/14/02: Purchase: $15,001 - $50,000
11/14/02: Purchase: $15,001 - $50,000
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Heinz Foundation supporting radical groups? - Three members of Congress are alleging that Teresa Heinz Kerry's foundation, The Heinz Endowments, has given millions to radical groups, some linked to terrorists, and located Heinz factories overseas.

The Heinz Endowments and the Kerry-Edwards campaign are categorically denying these claims and call the allegations "bogus." WTVJ covered the news conference held by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart in Miami.

Heinz Kerry delays filing 2003 tax forms - Teresa Heinz Kerry has filed for an extension on her 2003 US income tax forms, giving her husband John F. Kerry's presidential campaign until mid-August to decide whether to make her tax records public, as some Republicans and newspaper editorial boards have demanded.

Campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter said yesterday that Heinz Kerry's tax returns, whenever they are filed, would not be made public, because she is a private citizen who is under no requirement to do so. Yet in recent days, some campaign aides have discussed among themselves whether to release the records in order to settle questions raised by Republicans and in the media about whether her considerable wealth -- estimated at about $500 million, from the ketchup fortune of her late husband John Heinz -- is benefiting Kerry or his campaign in ways that would not be apparent from his tax returns. more>

Heinz Kerry Foundations Tied to Enviros - While most Americans are just getting to know would-be Democratic first lady Teresa Heinz Kerry, the billionaire heiress is no stranger to environmentalists, who have dubbed her "St. Teresa" for her generosity to green causes.

Heinz Kerry is chairman of the Howard Heinz Endowment and the Heinz Family Foundation, and is also on the board of the Vera Heinz Endowment. With assets of $1.2 billion, the foundations give out $50 million a year — much of that to environmental groups.

"It tells us she would be much the same as first lady as she has been a philanthropist — giving money to people she likes and making sure it is spent against those she doesn't," said Ronald Arnold of the Center for Defense of Free Enterprise.

While no one questions her ideals, critics say Heinz Kerry doesn't practice what her green groups preach.

Heinz-Kerry funds radical pals - John Kerry is the Senate's most liberal member. But his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, looks to be even farther left, judging from her charitable giving. Over the years, she has poured nearly $6 million into the San Francisco-based Tides Foundation, a kind of front philanthropy, founded by California activist Drummond Pike in 1976, that channels donations to left-wing causes in ways that make the original funders hard to trace directly.

The Tides Foundation gives to causes to the left - sometimes way to the left - of the Democratic mainstream. It has been a big supporter (to the tune of $1 million over the last three years) of the ``living wage'' movement, which seeks to force urban firms to pay up to double the minimum wage - a sneaky way of bringing socialist economics to America's cities. Tides has also helped bankroll environmentalist radicalism, shelling out $205,000 over a two-year period to the Ruckus Society, a wacky anarchist Green organization, and nearly $500,000 over the past decade to the alarmist National Resources Defense Council, responsible for the Alar scare a while back, which wrongly convinced people that eating apples sprayed with the chemical put them at higher risk of getting cancer. Growers needlessly lost hundreds of millions of dollars.

Most recently, Tides has donated $500,000 to set up the Iraq Peace Fund, which contributes to a motley assortment of hard-left groups that opposed the war. Among the recipients: MoveOn.com, the George Soros-funded outfit that notoriously featured online ads comparing President Bush with Hitler.

Responding to criticism, Mrs. Kerry has downplayed her Tides connection, emphasizing that the foundation used her money mostly to support mainstream conservationist and environmental groups in western Pennsylvania, home of her first husband's family fortune. Tides founder Pike claims that Mrs. Kerry's money didn't fund anti-war efforts. But why then did she funnel her giving through Tides, instead of making direct grants through her Heinz family foundation? After all, that philanthropy already openly gives hundreds of thousands of dollars to centrist western Pennsylvania Green organizations.

John Kerry may find his wife's radical ties a problem as the presidential race kicks into high gear.

Heinz-Kerry: Hates Walmart, owns millions in Walmart Stock - "Another thing that drives me crazy, and I hope I don't offend anyone here, is WAL-MART," Mrs. Kerry told a group of Democratic women activists at a luncheon in St. Paul last Tuesday. "They destroy communities."

Teresa Heinz Reality:

H.J. Heinz III Marital Trust

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Assets: Over $1,000,000
Dividends, Income: $2,501 - $5,000
Transactions:

04/04/02: Purchase: $500,001 - $1,000,000
04/05/02: Purchase: $500,001 - $1,000,000
06/04/02: Purchase: $15,001 - $50,000
06/06/02: Purchase: $50,001 - $100,000
11/13/02: Purchase: $50,001 - $100,000
11/14/02: Purchase: $15,001 - $50,000
11/14/02: Purchase: $15,001 - $50,000

Heinz Kerry: Opponents Of Health Care Plan Are 'Idiots' - Teresa Heinz Kerry says "only an idiot" would fail to support her husband's health care plan.

But Heinz Kerry, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, told the (Lancaster) Intelligencer Journal that "of course, there are idiots." more>

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."

Heinz Kerry's family fortune worth estimated $1 billion - Teresa Heinz Kerry, through a network of investments in blue-chip corporations, venture capital funds and municipal bonds, controls a family fortune worth an estimated $1 billion, an analysis of public records shows.

The $1 billion figure is double the estimates of her wealth that are widely cited in news stories about her husband, Sen. John F. Kerry, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.

The couple would rank as the wealthiest to occupy the White House, far surpassing such storied presidential fortunes as the Kennedys'. Their assets are so vast and far-reaching that they mirror the U.S. economy and will probably raise questions about conflicts of interest.

"She represents a new ballgame in terms of her wealth and in terms of the wealth she controls," said Kevin Phillips, a political commentator and author of the history "Wealth and Democracy." more>

Heinz Kerry's "Real Job" - The Heinz Kerry apology made things worse, but the media, once again, chose to ignore the fallout. The Heinz Kerry "apology" said that "I had forgotten that Mrs. Bush had worked as a schoolteacher and librarian, and there couldn't be a more important job than teaching our children. As someone who has been both a full-time mom and full-time in workforce, I know we all have valuable experiences that shape who we are. I appreciate and honor Mrs. Bush's service to the country as first lady, and am sincerely sorry I had not remembered her important work in the past."

This "apology" was misleading. She may have forgotten that Laura Bush had "worked as a schoolteacher and librarian," but how could she have forgotten that she was a mother of children? Mrs. Bush's daughters haven't been hidden away. The answer is that she did not forget. The apology demonstrates that she does not regard being a mother and homemaker as a "real job."

So what "real job" does Heinz Kerry hold? USA Today identified her as a "philanthropist." Does giving away her late husband's money constitute a real job? And what kind of job is it?

A recent report from the majority staff of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee identifies the Heinz foundations as being among the "environmental groups and their supporting organizations" engaged in blatant partisan political activity. Heinz Kerry is either chairperson of the board of trustees or a member of the board of at least three Heinz family-affiliated foundations that contribute millions of dollars to radical environmental causes. That's her "real job."

In releasing the report, Senator James M. Inhofe, chairman, said that "Environmental organizations have become experts at deceptive activity, skirting laws up to the edge of illegality, and burying their political activities under the guise of non-profit environmental improvement. These reports demonstrate this interconnected 'environmental family affair' of non-profits and their benefactors."

The reports are available on the website of the Inhofe committee. One would have hoped that the major media would have conducted such an investigation. But that might be embarrassing to Heinz Kerry and throw into question the claim that her "job" consists only of doing good for others—real philanthropy.

Ironically, Lesley Stahl of CBS's 60 Minutes on October 10 had aired a story about women leaving the career world to stay at home with their children. "Census bureau statistics show a 15-percent increase in the number of stay-at-home moms in less than 10 years," Stahl reported.

Lisa Beattie Frelinghuysen, a lawyer who clerked at the Supreme Court for feminist Ruth Bader Ginsburg, explained, "I was afraid that if I was working, there would be no parent there with the children. And I wanted to experience getting to know my children, being there in a consistent way."

It seems that the job of being a wife, mother and homemaker can not only be a "real job," it can be rewarding to a woman to have a positive impact on children and families. That's real philanthropy.

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."

As journalist John Fund shows in an alarming new book, "Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy," the United States has an elections system that would be an embarrassment in Honduras or Ghana. It is so unpoliced, he writes, that at least eight of the 9/11 hijackers "were actually able to register to vote in either Virginia or Florida while they made their deadly preparations."

How fouled up are the voter rolls? So fouled up that in some cities there are more registered voters than there are adults. So fouled up that when the Indianapolis Star investigated Indiana's records a few years ago, it discovered that hundreds of thousands of names -- as many as one-fifth of the total -- were "bogus" since the individuals named had moved, died, or gone to prison. So fouled up that when a Louisiana paper filed 25 phony voter registration forms signed only with an "X," 21 were approved and added to the voter list.

Illegal aliens have been registered, too, since under Motor Voter, any recipient of government benefits can sign up to vote, no questions asked. Did that wide-open door to fraud cost former GOP Congressman Robert Dornan his seat in Congress? An investigation by the Immigration and Naturalization Service following Dornan's 1996 defeat by Democrat Loretta Sanchez found that 4,023 noncitizens may have cast ballots in that election. Dornan lost by 984 votes. 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>

Important Choice - In Pictures, Laura and Teresa The Right Stuff & The Wrong Stuff - But, we're prejudiced. The prosecution rests! from ChronWatch.com

John and Teresa Take a Stroll - Cartoon John and Teresa Take a Stroll

John Kerry and his billionaire wife pay lower taxes than you do - Wild and Crazy Guy - 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>

John Kerry Is Different from You and Me - POOR PRESIDENT BUSH. It's not often a man with a net worth in the low eight figures is made to feel destitute. But compared with the other three men atop the national tickets, Bush seems almost indigent. This year, both ends of both tickets are rolling in lucre.

Taken together, their net worth comes out at more than $1.3 billion, equivalent to the gross national product of many small nations. If Bush, Dick Cheney, and the Democrats' Johns--Kerry and Edwards--got together, they could fund their own country. Meanwhile, Bush, with a mere $18 million or so, is very much the low end of this quartet, worth three times less than the two men running for the privilege and post of being vice president, who score in the neighborhood of $50 million apiece. But they all seem like pikers next to John Kerry, who, thanks to his wife, has access to something over $1 billion, making him by far the richest man ever to run on a national ticket, as well as the most self-indulgent in his lifestyle, and the most quasi-royal in his sense of himself.

Kerry by contrast is master and commander of no fewer than five lavish mansions, all large, and all on the priciest real estate, where property values boggle the mind: There is the $3.7 million mansion in Fox Chapel, Pa., on a 90-acre estate with a pool and a carriage house; the $6.9 million town house on Beacon Hill back in Boston; the $9.1 million waterfront house on Nantucket Island; and a $5 million ski chalet in Ketchum, Idaho, built from a 15th-century barn discovered in England that was then taken apart, shipped to America, and reassembled stone by stone. When they want to live simply, the Heinz Kerrys make do with a 23-room town house in Georgetown, almost three times the size of the one that the Kennedys lived in, and worth a mere $4.7 million. To go back and forth between all of these places, the Kerrys have the deluxe model of the Gulfstream V private jet, which retails for about $35 million.

Play, too, is costly for Kerry, who recreates with a bike that costs $8,000 and a motorboat that goes for $800,000. In 2003, Kerry's main source of personal income was the sale for $1,350,000 of a painting, part of which he "bought" seven years ago from his wife. (Nice work if you can get it.)

According to the Los Angeles Times, Franklin D. Roosevelt was worth about $11 million in today's money when he died in 1945; Lyndon B. Johnson about $82 million in 1966; and John F. Kennedy was worth about $124 million in 1960. The same report put the wealth of Teresa Heinz Kerry at between $1 billion and $3.8 billion, or more than five times the worth of these wealthy former presidents combined. With the exception of Nelson A. Rockefeller, who eyed the presidency three times in the 1960s, and served for a short time as the appointed vice president to Gerald R. Ford, this is something without precedent in the upper levels of our national politics. Never before has there been so vast a gap between the life of a possible national leader and that of the people he wishes to govern. Whatever his politics, Kerry is living at a level of luxury wholly unseen in American politics. much, much more>

Ken sure got around! CEO tied to Kerrys, too - President Bush may know indicted ex-Enron boss Ken Lay as ``Kenny Boy,'' but Sen. John F. Kerry and his millionaire wife also have past financial and personal ties to Lay's shamed energy firm, documents show.

Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry reported more than $250,000 in Enron stock ownership before the firm's 2003 collapse. Kerry also was forced to return a campaign contribution from an implicated Enron executive.

And Heinz Kerry served on a charity board with Lay, even after he was implicated in the alleged fraud, records show.

Kerry has railed against the Bush administration's handling of the Enron scandal on the campaign trail.
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Kerry Camp's Mole in the Bush White House? First lady wannabe Teresa Heinz Kerry had a good friend inside the Bush White House: former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, who, after he was fired, wrote a book that painted the president as an ignoramus who was itching to go to war with Iraq.

"I have to mention how proud I am to share this podium today with my friend ... fellow Pittsburgher Paul O'Neill," Mrs. Kerry said while delivering the commencement address at Carnegie Mellon University last May.

"Paul is a decisive, intelligent man who speaks his mind, and I have always admired that about him," added the woman whose husband is seeking to depose O'Neill's ex-boss.

The admiration was apparently mutual. O'Neill served with Heinz Kerry on the Heinz Center Board of Trustees from 1996 through 2000, where the two shared a passion for environmental activism.

After he was sacked by Bush in 2002, O'Neill began working on his White House expose, "The Price of Loyalty," which was seized on by Kerry backers when it was released this January.

Kerry in Weird Heinz Ketchup Initiation Rite - When he married billionaire ketchup mogul Teresa Heinz in 1995, John Kerry was initiated into his eccentric wife's family with a bizarre ritual that included baptizing him with a daub of Heinz ketchup on his forehead.

The bizarre christening took place at the Heinz-Kerry wedding reception at a tony Nantucket restaurant, the New York Times reported on Sunday.

"The wedding party took over a highly regarded island restaurant, the Chanticleer Inn, where every place setting was decorated with a tiny bottle of Heinz ketchup," the paper revealed.
According to a witness interviewed by the Times, Heinz Kerry's son Chris opened one of the ketchup bottles and "daubed Mr. Kerry on the forehead with ketchup, to welcome him into the family and its tomato-based fortune."

In another bizarre twist that would foreshadow some of presidential candidate Kerry's image problems nine years later, the entertainment for the evening featured a band called "The French Millionaires."

In its Sunday report, the Times explored other never-before-reported aspects of Kerry's opulent lifestyle.

The walls of the Heinz Kerrys' mansions in Boston and Washington, for instance, feature a collection of paintings from the 17th century that are "so precious that the insurance company asks that the artwork not be photographed."

At least two of the would-be first family's homes were decorated by Mark Hampton, designer to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Estée Lauder and the late Democrat doyenne Pamela Harriman.

When the Heinz Kerrys reside at their Idaho mansion - one of five the two can choose from - they count as their next door neighbor fellow billionaire George Soros, who has helped bankroll Kerry's presidential campaign with a $15 million donation to the pro-Kerry 527 group MoveOn.org.

His wife's fortune has enabled the presidential candidate to indulge his jet-set tastes, buying "a number of boats over the years," including a 42-foot Little Harbor power yacht, purchased for about $500,000. more>

Kerry Warns Opponents Not to Attack His Wife - Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry warned his political opponents on Monday against attacking his outspoken wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, saying, "They're going to have to go through me."

The Massachusetts senator also sought to dispel the notion he was aloof, asking one television interviewer: "Have you had a beer with me yet? I like to have fun as much as the next person, and go out and hack around and have a good time."

Worth an estimated $500 million, born in Mozambique and fluent in five languages, Mrs. Kerry can be controversial and blunt, disclosing her Botox injections, her prenuptial agreement with Kerry and the fact he was in the bathroom when he got word of his wins in Iowa and New Hampshire. more>

Kerry's Wife a 'Benedict Arnold CEO'? - One of Sen. John Kerry's favorite stump speech tag lines these days is a blast at "Benedict Arnold CEOs [who] send American jobs overseas."

But he never quite gets around to mentioning his wife's connection to the Heinz Foods empire, which seems to be leading the pack in exporting jobs from America into the Third World.

Reporting for Tech Central Station, James Glassman revealed Wednesday, "The Kerry family business, H.J. Heinz Co. of Pittsburgh, operates 22 factories in the United States and 57 in foreign countries."

A quick check of the Heinz corporate Web site seems to confirm the fact that the Democratic presidential front-runner's family fortune derives from one of America's worst corporate traitors, at least according to the way Kerry defines the term.

Under World Locations, the Heinz Corp. Web site lists plants throughout the Third World, including the Middle East, Africa, Southern Africa, the Pacific Rim and Asia.

The company once owned by Mrs. Heinz Kerry's late husband seems to particularly favor the employee pool in Asia, where workers come dirt cheap and slave labor is not unknown. more>

Kerry's wife funds critics of Bush ads - Non-profit group behind 9/11 families tied to Heinz charitable contributions - The non-profit, tax-exempt organization representing the families of September 11 victims who are critical of campaign ads by President Bush is a project of the Tides Center, which has received millions of dollars in charitable contributions from foundations chaired by Teresa Heinz Kerry, WorldNetDaily has learned.

"September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows" is a pacifist organization that has opposed not only the war in Iraq but the war in Afghanistan as well. It is a project of the Tides Center, one of the pet causes of the Howard Heinz Endowment and the Vira Heinz Endowment, both directed by Mrs. Kerry, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry. more>

Kerry's wife made killing from ‘corporate inversion' - US Presidential hopeful, Senator John Kerry, has been hauled over the coals for his anti-Bermuda stance - after it was discovered his wife's trust made a killing on Ingersoll-Rand redomesticating to the Island.

Sen. Kerry, of Massachusetts, has been loudly denouncing US companies moving offshore to save on their taxes calling them “Benedict Arnold” firms after the notorious American traitor.

But as the Kerry Campaign hots up, so does the scrutiny of his affairs. Reporters and his opponents have been leaving no stone unturned scrutinising his every move - and that of his wife.

Now the latest edition of Newsweek has revealed that in 2002 the conversion and sale of up to a million dollars of stock in Ingersoll-Rand made between $100,000 and $200,000 after stock rose in price following the company's move to Bermuda. In an article in this week's edition headlined “The Wedge War”, Newsweek looks into the general election campaign and with it how the Kerry camp is faring.

It said of his bid: “And oppo (opposition) types will undoubtedly focus on family financial transactions. One such deal involves the conversion and sale in 2002 of up to a million dollars of stock in Ingersoll-Rand. It was a profitable sale - netting from $100,000 to $200,000 - of a company whose balance sheet was boosted by its decision to move its headquarters offshore to Bermuda.

“So what? Well, one of Kerry's best applause lines is his pledge to end tax breaks for what he calls ‘Benedict Arnold' firms that move offshore - to places such as Bermuda. (Kerry spokesman Michael Meehan said the sale was made by professional fund managers for Teresa Heinz's trust and that Kerry wasn't even aware of it. “Senator Kerry is not involved in the management of her assets,” said Meehan.)

After his victory in the Iowa caucuses last month, Kerry railed against federal tax incentives to companies that outsource jobs.
“We are not going to give one benefit or one reward to any Benedict Arnold company or chief executive officer who take jobs and money overseas and stick you with the bill. That's over,” he said.

The name of Benedict Arnold, a general in the American War for Independence who switched his allegiance to the British, is a common epithet meaning traitor.
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Kerry's sexy Mother Teresa - "I'm cheeky, I'm sexy, whatever," she recently babbled to CBS Evening News. And: "I have to be who I am ... I don't think there is one like me because no one came from where I came." ("No one"? Is she perhaps an alien of the Deep Space variety?)

Should her husband win in November, Heinz Kerry is sure to make us mourn the loss of the current first lady, the bonny Laura Bush.

Heinz Kerry bolsters her primitivism with references to her savannah-roaming days in Mozambique (she is a Mozambican of Portuguese descent). This "Daughter of Africa," as yet more admirers have called her, claims to draw on "the natural world" to arrive at her recycled views about the direction civilization should take. Characteristically, she lumps man – the crown of creation – with "the fabulous mix of animals and bugs ... droughts and downpours, flowers and trees, birds and vultures."

Much has been made of Heinz Kerry's facility with five languages. English is clearly not one of them. "I don't give a sh-t, you know," she snarled when asked whether she would finally adopt her husband's surname. more>

Kerry suspends campaign, but wife doesn't - Teresa continues speaking to groups on behalf of husband - Even though Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry has canceled all public campaign events this week in honor of the death former President Ronald Reagan, the senator's wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, is continuing her campaign appearances.

Yesterday in Mill Valley, Calif., over 400 people paid at least $250 each to hear Mrs. Heinz Kerry speak at a fundraiser in support of her husband's White House bid. more>

Kerry's wife funds critics of Bush ads - Non-profit group behind 9/11 families tied to Heinz charitable contributions - The non-profit, tax-exempt organization representing the families of September 11 victims who are critical of campaign ads by President Bush is a project of the Tides Center, which has received millions of dollars in charitable contributions from foundations chaired by Teresa Heinz Kerry, WorldNetDaily has learned.

"September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows" is a pacifist organization that has opposed not only the war in Iraq but the war in Afghanistan as well. It is a project of the Tides Center, one of the pet causes of the Howard Heinz Endowment and the Vira Heinz Endowment, both directed by Mrs. Kerry, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry. more>

Kerry's Wife Supports US Radicals, Jihadists: Teresa Heinz Lavishes Millions on Abortionists, Defenders of Terror, Homosexual Extremists Through her Tides Foundation, Teresa Heinz provides grants of hundreds of millions of dollars to muslim activists (CAIR), abortionists (Planned Parenthood, National Abortions Rights Action League), defenders of terror (ANSWER, People for the American Way), eco-extremists (Earth Island Institute, League of Conservation Voters), homosexual activists (ACT-UP), death penalty opponents (Death Penalty Mobilization Foundation), and an organization dedicated to reclaiming ("liberating") California, New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas (The Barrio Warriors), to list only a few of many grant recipients. Ms. Heinz has a personal worth of an estimated three-quarters of a billion dollars. more>

Media Mum on Heinz Kerry's Enron Connection - Long after Enron chairman Ken Lay had been demonized as a ruthless corporate buccaneer who had cheated widows and orphans out of their life savings, the man Dems love to invoke to beat up the Bush White House sat on the board of Teresa's Heinz Center Foundation.

In fact, Lay was reportedly a Heinz Center trustee for more than a decade, resigning just last year. That was around the time presidential candidate John Kerry started bashing "special interests" in Washington, zeroing in on Enron by name.

Last July, the Washington Times obtained samples of personal correspondence from the Heinz Center to Mr. Lay, praising him for his management style.

"Ken," wrote one of Teresa's representatives, "Simply stated, your background, expertise and experience make you uniquely qualified [to run our] global-warming [initiative]." more>

Military Record of Teresa's First Husband Mirrors Bush's - If first lady wannabe Teresa Heinz Kerry hasn't said much about her current husband's attempts to demean President Bush's National Guard service, it may be because her first husband, the late Sen. John Heinz, did very much the same thing during the early phase of the Vietnam War. more>

Mrs. Kerry's secrecy - Sen. John Kerry, having escaped intact a one-hour grilling by NBC's Tim Russert on "Meet the Press" Sunday, slipped in the closing minutes. When asked why his multi-millionaire wife was not making public her tax returns, he misinterpreted the law and the facts. He can only hope voters regard this as arcane trivia.

Three days before her husband's first full-length televised interview since he clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, Teresa Heinz Kerry became the first would-be first lady to refuse disclosure since the practice became common. Kerry told Russert the law required him but not his wife to reveal tax returns, when in fact there is no such law. He is voluntarily disclosing the information, and Mrs. Kerry is not.

This becomes politically critical, because no previous presidential candidate relied so much on his spouse's wealth. Without backing from Heinz ketchup money, it is fair to say John Kerry would not be his party's presidential standard-bearer and probably would not even be a U.S. senator today. Thus, refusal to release his wife's tax returns inevitably raises suspicions, however ill-founded, that the Kerrys have something to hide.

John Kerry, after more than 10 years in the Senate, was nearly broke in May 1995, facing a daunting 1996 election test against popular Republican Gov. William Weld when he married the widow of the richest U.S. senator. The late Republican Sen. John Heinz of Pennsylvania left his wife, Teresa, $600 million. Kerry's net worth, according to his official disclosure submitted in 1995, ranged from a plus-$34,995 down to a minus-$130,000.

"Well," said Kerry, "my wife is doing exactly what the law requires, I mean, we have laws in America, and the law requires that the candidate release their tax returns." He then launched into Senate-speak about "intrusive ethics forums." In fact, while the Federal Election Commission requires candidates to disclose their financial data, there is no mandate for tax returns.

Kerry had been thoroughly briefed by his staff for the Russert interview, but he went off on his own in addressing his wife's reluctance. Just why she is so reticent is a mystery, though it hardly could be concern about privacy considering the flood of personal publicity welcomed by the Kerrys. That excites curiosity about her charitable contributions (which are not reflected in official U.S. Senate financial disclosures). Release of Vice President Al Gore's tax returns in 1998 revealed an embarrassingly small charitable contribution of $353 on an income of $197,699. more>

Mrs. Spin - The line on Teresa Heinz Kerry, heiress of the Heinz ketchup fortune and wife of the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, is that she's a woman of principle, a hear-me-roar dame who tells it like it is. Well, that's her line, anyway. "At my age I'm entitled to have strong beliefs," the 65-year-old recently told Vogue. "I'd be a ninny if I didn't."

With that in mind, Democrats have been going out of their way to both keep Heinz Kerry from the spotlight and parade her for the cameras, making sure she keeps both her quiet mystique and her outspoken allure.
Senator Ted Kennedy has called her, "A woman of compassion, a woman of purpose, the secret weapon for John Kerry." John Kerry, taking a page out of his wife's book, gushes that "She looks people in the eye; she tells it like it is."

For her part, Heinz Kerry seems to savor the spotlight. So much so, according to a 2003 article in Boston Magazine, that she's actually turning off potential Kerry backers. At a joint husband and wife campaign event, the magazine spotted one attendee who was visibly vexed by Heinz Kerry's obvious affection for the sound of her own voice. "The problem," noted the woman, "is that she just doesn't stop talking." Some Democrats, it seems, don't want any Heinz with their Kerry. more>

New York ruckus brought to you courtesy of Teresa Heinz-Kerry - She may sport fashionable togs rather than a face mask, but the chaos expected during the upcoming GOP convention, is partly courtesy of the stylish Teresa Heinz-Kerry.

The Ketchup Queen financed the shadowy Tides Foundation to the tune of $4 million to date. The Tides Foundation funds the Ruckus Society, a notorious group of anarchists who rioted and looted Seattle during the 1999 World Trade Organization riots.

This summer, the Ruckus Society has been training protesters for the GOP Convention. Included in their how-to Book for Dummies are mass sit-ins, blockades and pie throwing at high-level officials en route to Madison Square Gardens.

With the money of Mrs. John Kerry, Ruckus Society members live up to their name of being ready to create a ruckus anywhere, but they’re bound to be more careful in New York than they were in Seattle. And it’s not because they are afraid of The Terminator who’s scheduled to give one of the GOP’ keynote addresses. It’s because they don’t want their rioting, looting, sit-ins and blockades to leave the impression that the Dems and their gaggle of Hollywood supporters are the bad guys. It’s the Johnny America shout mimicking Paul Revere: "The Republicans are coming! The Republicans are coming!" that they want to stick in the public mind.

Rhetoric aside, with tactics like dog decoys intended to deliberately miscue bomb sniffing dogs in their bag of dirty tricks, tossing marbles under the hooves of police horses and using homemade slingshots to pelt the noble beasts, radical protesters should be prepared to wear the unreasonable shoe that best fits them.

All lessons being taught to willing protestors at the Ruckus knee are ones to make it less easy for the New York Police Department to maintain public safety.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner John Timoney calls radical protesters what they are, "criminal conspirators".

"There’s a cadre, if you will, of criminal conspirators who are about the business of planning conspiracies to go in and cause mayhem and cause property damage and cause violence in major cities in America that have large conventions and large numbers of people coming in for one reason or another."

"We will draw our examples and inspiration from the brave shapers of history who came before us and those who put their bodies on the line to gain independence," was one of the loftier protester warnings on the Internet.

Ruckus Society patron Teresa Heinz-Kerry was a flower child of the 60s when she worked as a United Nations interpreter in Geneva. It was when she was hanging out for an Earth Day rally in 1990 that she first ran into the guy with the same initials as JFK.

The socialite, who partly financed the coming ruckus in Madison Square Garden, is not likely to risk her public safety by being in New York. Her protest days long over, for Teresa Heinz-Kerry the Aug. 31 Day of Civil Disobedience will be as tame as the ketchup bottle on the kitchen table as she watches events from one of her half dozen mansions.

Oldest Heinz Son Pursues Hands-On Activism - Teresa Heinz Kerry once hinted at tensions with her first-born son, a 37-year-old blacksmith who seeks an anonymous life with his wife and child in rural Pennsylvania.

But if H. John Heinz IV is noticeably absent from his stepfather John Kerry (news - web sites)'s presidential campaign and in news photos of the high-wattage Heinz-Kerry clan, his activist interests — the environment, youth, local programs — mirror much of the focus of his family's $1.5 billion Heinz Endowment charities.

Heinz Kerry's eldest son lives with his physician wife, Kristann, on a wooded 163-acre farm near Philadelphia, refusing all inquiries about Kerry's campaign, the Heinz foundation or his own work and ambitions.

He operates a small Buddhist high school for troubled teens nearby, and makes reproduction ironwork in a studio on his secluded property, land he has conserved so it can never be developed. more>

Papers want to unseal Sen. Heinz estate records - Two newspapers want a judge to unseal the estate records of the late Sen. H. John Heinz III, contending the documents possibly could shed light on Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry's presidential campaign.

The Morning Call of Allentown and the Los Angeles Times petitioned Allegheny County Court to make the records public. Common Pleas Administrative Judge Frank Lucchino has scheduled a Sept. 14 hearing on the request.

Heinz, a popular Republican senator from Fox Chapel and heir to the Heinz food fortune, was killed in an April 1991 plane crash. His widow, now known as Teresa Heinz Kerry, inherited his wealth and married Kerry in May 1995.

The day after John Heinz died, Common Pleas Judge Nathan Schwartz ordered that all documents in the senator's estate be shielded from public view. The court edict did not reveal why the records were sealed and did not indicate a hearing was held on the matter.

Probate records generally are public information in Pennsylvania. The newspapers' petition states the public has a constitutional right to inspect such records.

"There is no indication ... that this estate requires special treatment that justifies maintaining the blanket sealing order currently in place," states the petition filed by attorneys Scott Henderson of Pittsburgh and Kelli Sager of Los Angeles. "In fact, records relating to the estate of Senator Heinz's mother remain available to the public in San Francisco County Probate Court." more>

Polite society anticipates Teresa's pizazz - Federally funded Botox clinics. Diamond pickle pins. Fish stew for state dinners, followed by green tea and Portuguese pound cake. Pre-nups and private Gulfstream jets. Hermes bags, aromatherapy, homeopathic remedies and $4,000 Chanel suits. No more twin sets. No more twins. Blowsy hair, brassy mouth and bossy boots.

Is mainstream America ready for Teresa Heinz Kerry, a woman who radio host Don Imus wonders might be "too crazy to be first lady"?
"The French will love her," deadpanned Sheila Tate, Nancy Reagan's former press secretary.

"Put it this way," said author and Forbes FYI editor Christopher Buckley, "I think Teresa Heinz would be by far the only thing to enjoy during what I suspect will be four dreary years of the human tree."

For that reason, social Washington is salivating at the idea of a revitalized White House, with a multilingual, art-collecting, wine-drinking, garden-loving billionairess who calls herself "cheeky" and "sexy" running the salon.

Criticized as "bonkers" by her opponents, the unconventional Mrs. Kerry — who describes her detractors as "scumbags" — would be the first foreign-born first lady since John Quincy Adams' wife, Louisa, a native of London. And at the age of 66, she would be the oldest incoming first lady.

She would also be the wealthiest, having inherited an estate reportedly worth $500 million in 1991 ("my pile," as she jokes) after her first husband, ketchup heir and Pennsylvania Republican Sen. John H. Heinz III, was killed in an airplane crash.

She owns five luxury homes and a private plane, The Flying Squirrel. Mrs. Kerry's fortune — now estimated at $1.2 billion — has been her passport to a world of privilege and power far beyond that of the average political wife.

Mrs. Kerry is pro-choice and pro-homosexual rights. Over the past decade, through the Heinz Endowments, she donated $8.1 million to the liberal nonprofit Tides Center, making hefty donations to the Three Rivers Community Foundation, which funds the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh. Marian Wright Edelman, Hillary Clinton's mentor and head of the Children's Defense Fund, has also been a recipient of Mrs. Kerry's largesse. more>

Report: Heinz Kerry Fortune Valued at $1B - Teresa Heinz Kerry controls a family fortune valued at nearly $1 billion, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.

The wife of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry is widely reported to have assets of $500 million, but her fortune has doubled that amount since 1995 despite large living expenses and charitable contributions, the Times said, citing Securities and Exchange Commission filings, financial disclosure reports and other public records.

A precise valuation of Heinz Kerry's net worth was difficult because key details about her investments are not contained in the public record. The newspaper said its estimates ranged from $900 million to $3.2 billion but cited financial experts as saying $1 billion was a "fair and conservative" valuation.

Heinz Kerry declined requests for comment while representatives for the couple said they regard their finances as private, the Times said.

Reporter who questioned Teresa gets death threats - Kerry's wife told journalist to 'shove it' after he asked about remark in speech - The journalist whom Teresa Heinz Kerry told to "shove it" after rejecting a question he asked her after a speech says he has received death threats in the aftermath of the incident.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review editorial page editor and columnist Colin McNickle says the reports of the confrontation with the wife of Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry were used by liberals to "demonize not only me but the Trib," he wrote in a column yesterday.

As WorldNetDaily reported, in a speech July 25 to her home-state delegates to the Democratic National Convention, Heinz Kerry used the term "un-American" to describe the sometimes harsh rhetoric used.

Minutes later, when McNickle asked her what she meant by the term "un-American," Kerry turned angry.

"I didn't say that," she said. "You're putting words in my mouth. I didn't say that."

After conferring with Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and others, Kerry then returned to confront McNickle.

"Are you from the Tribune-Review?" she asked.

"Yes," replies McNickle.

"I thought so," she said. "You said something I didn't say. Now shove it."

Ironically, the confrontation came immediately following an even-toned speech by Mrs. Kerry to the Pennsylvania delegation – the first to be visited by the wife of presumptive Democratic nominee – about returning civility to American politics. Kerry's comment was caught on videotape.

"We need to turn back some of the creeping, un-Pennsylvanian – and sometimes un-American – traits that are coming into some of our politics," she told her fellow Pennsylvanians at a reception at the Massachusetts Statehouse. more>

Rich, charming and outspoken, a perfect potential first lady (BWAAAHAAA HAAAAAA!) - Backed by a 500 million dollar inheritance, Teresa Heinz Kerry brings spontaneity and outspoken life to the sometimes leaden presidential campaign of her level-headed husband John Kerry.

She once told Time magazine the idea of becoming first lady was "worse than going to a Carmelite convent."

"Over my dead body," she would say when people brought up the possible presidential hopes of Kerry or her late former husband, Republican senator John Heinz, who died in 1991 in a plane crash.

Heinz Kerry is 65 but looks much younger. She admitted to Elle magazine last year that she used Botox, the injected wrinkle eradicater. Her husband recently denied knowing even what Botox was when asked how he has managed to smooth his heavily-lined brow.

After John Heinz's death, she headed the Heinz family's charitable foundations -- the Howard Heinz Endowment and the Heinz Family Philanthropies. She has channeled much of the foundation's resources to the defense of the environment and women's rights, including abortion -- topics central to the presidential campaign.

But Heinz Kerry was a registered Republican last year until she changed parties so she could vote for her husband in the Democratic primary.

As for Bush's tax cut, which Democrats say helps the rich more than the average American, "it benefited me, but I don't need it or deserve it." more>

Ruckus at the Republican Convention - This article examines how one group of today’s uncivilized protestors is undermining our democratic republic. It also explores connections between this radical protest organization and both Teresa Heinz Kerry and a key operative in the highest echelon of the campaign organization of Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kerry.

The Ruckus Society is a leftwing organization that advocates – and trains radicals from a wide variety of other leftwing groups how to use – “direct action” and “guerrilla communication” to promote “progressive” politics. During the Clinton Administration it was given tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) “charitable organization.”

Activists who have undergone Ruckus training are to ordinary protestors as a Navy Seal commando is to an ordinary foot soldier. Ruckus graduates have been armed with a huge toolbox of ways to goad police into overreaction, exploit situations, and cause problems for those they target. Ruckus has become the military academy where dozens of leftwing groups send their elite shock troop protestors to learn the skills of waging guerrilla street warfare against capitalism
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One such leftwing activist is Zack Exley, who was trained by and has worked as a “workshop facilitator” for The Ruckus Society.

Since April 2004 Exley has been the Director of Online Communications and Online Organizing for the John Kerry-John Edwards 2004 presidential campaign organization. Are Senator Kerry (and the Secret Service agents who protect him) aware of Exley’s training with and for this law-breaking violent anarchist group, and of its links to members of domestic terrorist organizations? more>

SEPARATE HOTEL ROOMS for the Kerrys 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>

She's out there - Why Teresa Heinz Kerry is such a flake - In the spirit of the Kerry campaign official who declared Vice President Cheney's lesbian daughter "fair game," let us now turn to the question of whether John Kerry's wife is fit to be First Lady.
The issue is "fair game" because of how Teresa Heinz Kerry is behaving. Already wildly unpopular - her approval rating is an anemic 30% - she did the political equivalent of mooning her neighbors last week by insulting First Lady Laura Bush. Said Heinz Kerry in an interview: "I don't know that she's ever had a real job - I mean, since she's been grown up."

The incident, including a quick apology for forgetting Bush was a teacher, librarian and full-time mother, was a one-day wonder because Laura Bush brushed it off. But it was not an isolated event. It fit a pattern Heinz Kerry established with a series of breezy putdowns and oddball rants. more>

SPICY HEINZ ADDS A DASH OF UNEASE - Botox. Billionaire. Prenup. Private plane. Eccentric. "Mama T." Sexy. Cheeky. "Shove it!"
Hardly typical images for a would-be first lady, but ketchup heiress Teresa Heinz Kerry, 65, is one of a kind — as she showed last week with an all-about-me convention speech that mixed feminism, globalism and New Age lingo.

Some delegates loved it but others were aghast as she bragged of speaking five languages and showed off a few words in each, then talked of the Galileo space probe and "the mystic chords of our national memory" — but not much about husband John Kerry.

"It stinks. And it ain't going to play in Peoria," groaned a New York Democrat who's at least as liberal as Heinz Kerry.

It wasn't just the speech that showed why Heinz Kerry is seen as a loose cannon — her temper exploded last week when she told a reporter to "Shove it!" for daring to question why she bashed foes as "un-American."

No wonder the chattering classes are buzzing about whether she is a problem for her husband's White House bid — and what he should, or can, do about it.

"She's an enigma. Voters are intrigued, but her message doesn't wear that well," said Republican pollster Frank Luntz after analyzing Heinz Kerry's speech with a group of 20 voters in pivotal Ohio.

"She is so different, so unique that you don't know what to expect. She's an asset with partisan Democrats, a liability for core Republicans — and it's undetermined with swing voters."

Most political strategists doubt that wives have a major impact on the election, but Mrs. Kerry sure doesn't look like an asset compared to the super-popular Laura Bush, a former school librarian.

Mrs. Bush is rated 66 percent favorable and 12 percent unfavorable — a 5-to-1 positive ratio — while Heinz Kerry is rated 27 percent favorable and 26 percent unfavorable.

Heinz Kerry has also blabbed that she loves costly wrinkle-smoothing Botox injections and got a prenup to limit the would-be president's access to the billion dollars or more that she inherited from her late husband, Republican Sen. John Heinz. She boasts that she's "sexy" and calls herself "Mama T."

Remember how Sen. Clinton once said she could have avoided controversy by staying home and baking cookies? Heinz Kerry has gotten into a squabble with Family Circle magazine over just that: cookies.

Every four years since 1992, the magazine holds a candidate wives' cookie contest — bake their cookies and vote for your favorite.

It was Laura Bush's oatmeal chocolate chunk vs. Teresa Heinz Kerry's pumpkin spice — but last week Mrs. Kerry suddenly raged that dirty tricks were afoot by her own staff to make her look bad with a "nasty" recipe.

She accused ex-press secretary Christine Anderson of submitting a phony recipe: "Somebody at my office gave that recipe out and in fact I think somebody really made it on purpose to give a nasty recipe."

No wonder a New York convention delegate warned: "They've got to get her under control."

Teresa: Bush Enviro Record 'a Sin Against Humankind' - Speaking before the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network in Manhattan, Heinz Kerry said the administration's efforts to alter the clean air and water acts were "inexcusable and unforgivable."

The $700 million ketchup heiress, who jets around in a gas-guzzling Gulfstream V and owns several SUVs, then went even further, describing the Bush record as "a sin against humankind, period."

Teresa: John not qualified to be president - Wife of Democratic nominee doesn't think anyone is up for job - She could be the next first lady of the United States, but the outspoken Teresa Heinz Kerry doesn't think her husband John – or anyone for that matter – is qualified to be president.

"I think nobody is truly qualified to be president of the United States," she tells Reader's Digest. "I mean, are you qualified to run the world ... not run it, but have that influence? No, nobody is." more>

Teresa Heinz Kerry: America Will Accept Gay Marriage - While her husband tells reporters he opposes same-sex marriage, Teresa Heinz Kerry has been touting his vote against the Defense of Marriage Act and assuring gay-friendly audiences that America will get used to unisex weddings.

When reporters in San Francisco asked her position on gay marriage this week, she predicted, "I think with time and without a lot of politicization of this, we'll get there."

"I think the country will evolve," she added.

Heinz Kerry described Americans who oppose same-sex unions as "old fashioned."

According to the New York Sun, the Mozambican-born ketchup heiress "assured voters in this hotbed of gay activism that her husband will oppose" any constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, reminding them that Sen. Kerry "enjoyed '100 percent' support from a major gay rights organization, the Human Rights Campaign."

Mrs. Kerry bragged that her husband was one of just 14 senators who voted against the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, reminding the audience that of those who voted against it, he "was the only one up for election that year.

Teresa Heinz Kerry Funds Islamic Recruitment in Public Schools - FrontPageMagazine.com reported October 20th that Teresa Heinz Kerry, the rich wife of the Democrat Presidential Contender, John Kerry, has funded a public school curriculum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that is clearly an indoctrinational Islamic course, which includes confessions of belief in Islam.

These documented revelations are included in a book just released by FrontPage Managing Editor, Ben Johnson, titled, 57 Radical Causes: Teresa Heinz Kerry's Charitable Giving (the number 57 taken from Heinz 57 Ketchup owned by John Kerry's wife).

The Islamic indoctrination course is occurring in public schools throughout America which FrontPage writer, Alexis Amory, correctly calls "Muslim Re-Education."

The mandated curriculum includes "role-playing," that requires students to recite Muslim sacred words and imitate their prayer practices. more>

Teresa denies financing Castro's Internet network - 3 members of Congress charge Heinz Kerry with funding Cuban propaganda project - In the latest charges against Teresa Heinz Kerry's philanthropic work, three Florida Republican members of Congress today accused the presidential candidate's wife of helping to finance "Fidel Castro's Internet network."

Reps. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, his brother Mario and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen held a press conference in Miami to cite her foundation's support for the Tides Foundation and Tides Center, which in turn supports the Institute for Global Communications, a radical communications group with ties to Cuba since at least 1993.

Cuba has been officially designated as a terrorist nation by the U.S. State Department.

The Heinz Endowments have issued approximately $8.1 million in grants in the last 10 years to the Tides organization, a San Francisco-based group that funds, as WND has previously reported, a variety of extremist groups from Islamists, to terrorist-defense law firms, to abortionists, to anarchists.

The Tides Foundation, a 28-year-old grant-making institution, funds to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars radical groups that, among other things, protest the U.S. invasion of Iraq, demand open U.S. borders, provide the legal defense of suspected terrorists and promote the spread of Islamist ideology in the U.S. more>

TERESA FIGHTS TO KEEP HER TAX RETURNS PRIVATE - Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, who has called for full-disclosure of rivals' tax returns, now faces growing pressure to release his wife's records.

But in a Tax Day controversy, Teresa Heinz Kerry is personally determined to keep her returns out of public view -- at any cost!

"This is my life, my business, not John's," Mrs. Kerry recently explained to a campaign staffer, a top source tells the DRUDGE REPORT. "I think it is very important to keep the privacy zone. There is a tradition of this. more>

Teresa Heinz Kerry apologizes for Laura Bush comment - Teresa Heinz Kerry told a newspaper she doesn't know if Laura Bush has ever had "a real job." She apologized Wednesday for having forgotten about the first lady's 10-year stint as a schoolteacher and librarian. more>

Teresa Heinz Kerry: Bag Lady for the Radical Left - Teresa Heinz Kerry has financed the secretive Tides Foundation to the tune of more than $4 million over the years. The Tides Foundation, a “charity” established in 1976 by antiwar leftist activist Drummond Pike, distributes millions of dollars in grants every year to political organizations advocating far-Left causes. The Tides Foundation and its closely allied Tides Center, which was spun off from the Foundation in 1996 but run by Drummond Pike, distributed nearly $66 million in grants in 2002 alone. In all, Tides has distributed more than $300 million for the Left. These funds went to rabid antiwar demonstrators, anti-trade demonstrators, domestic Islamist organizations, pro-terrorists legal groups, environmentalists, abortion partisans, extremist homosexual activists and open borders advocates.

During the years 1995-2001, the Howard Heinz Endowment, which Heinz Kerry chairs, gave Tides more than $4.3 million. The combined Heinz Endowments (composed of the Howard Heinz Endowment and the Vira I. Heinz Endowment) donated $1.6 million to establish the Tides Center for Western Pennsylvania, a Pittsburgh office of the San Francisco-based Tides Center. Since that time, the local branch has tirelessly pushed an anti-business agenda in the name of “preserving the environment.” However, it is the Tides Foundation’s national organization whose connections are most disconcerting.

The Tides Foundation is a major source of revenue for some of the most extreme groups on the Left. Tides allows donors to anonymously contribute money to a host of causes; the donor simply makes the check out to Tides and instructs the Foundation where to forward the money. Tides does so. The Tides Center will even manage a left-wing project, for a nominal fee. Drummond Pike told The Chronicle of Philanthropy, “Anonymity is very important to most of the people we work with.” That becomes understandable when one views the list of Tides grant recipients. And who are the beneficiaries of this money?

Tides established the Iraq Peace Fund and the Peace Strategies Fund to fund the antiwar movement
. These projects fueled such hysterical protest organizations as MoveOn.org, the website that recently featured two separate commercials portraying George W. Bush as Adolf Hitler. (Howard Dean, not Kerry, won MoveOn.org’s “virtual primary.”)

The antiwar movement often boasted that MoveOn.org and the radical website Indymedia provided them “alternate media coverage.” Indymedia, an enormous news and events bulletin board with local pages in most of the world’s major cities, provided a vital link for radical activists often with violent agendas to coordinate their protests. Indymedia received $376,000 from the Tides Foundation.

The Institute for Global Communications is another leftist communications facilitator that received Tides grant money. IGC, which during the 1990s was the leading provider of web technology to the radical Left, links to “recommended sites” such as the War Resisters League (a group whose purpose is enabling peaceniks to refuse to pay taxes) and the leftist American Friends Service Committee. Most disturbing is the link to Ramsey Clark’s International Action Center, which has supported Slobodan Milosevic and North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Il. The IAC is the force behind International ANSWER, which sponsored the major antiwar (and anti-Bush) rallies before the invasion of Iraq. When ANSWER was outed as a Communist organization, United for Peace and Justice, headed by longtime Communist Party member Leslie Cagan was created as a "moderate" alternative. UFPJ is also a Tides grant recipient. The Tides-funded “A Better Way Project,” which opposed war in Iraq, also coordinated efforts of United for Peace and Justice and the Win Without War Coalition. The celebrity-laden Win Without War Coalition, along with the Bill Moyers-funded Florence and John Schumann Foundation, ran full-page ads in the New York Times opposing the War on Terrorism. This will not be the last overlapping of far-Left causes.

Immediately after 9/11, Tides formed a “9/11 Fund” to advocate a “peaceful national response” to the opening salvos of war. Part of the half-million dollars in grants the 9/11 Fund dispersed went to the New York Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project to protect the rights of homosexual Arabs. The Foundation replaced the 9/11 Fund with the “Democratic Justice Fund,” which was established with the aid of George Soros’ Open Society Institute. (Currency speculator and pro-drug advocate Soros is, like Teresa Heinz Kerry, a major contributor to Tides, having donated more than $7 million.) The Democratic Justice Fund seeks to ease restrictions on Muslim immigration to the United States, particularly from countries designated by the State Department as “terrorist nations.”

Tides has also given grant money to the Council for American Islamic Relations. Ostensibly a “Muslim civil rights group,” CAIR is in fact one of the leading anti-anti-terrorism organizations within the Wahhabi Lobby, with links to Hamas. CAIR regularly opposes and demonizes American efforts to fight terrorism, claiming, for instance, that Homeland Security measures are responsible for an undocumented surge in “hate crimes.”

CAIR officials have reason to fight Bush’s anti-terrorism measures: all too many CAIR officials are on the record supporting terrorism. CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad openly stated in 1994, “I am a supporter of the Hamas movement.” Community Affairs Director Bassem K. Khafagi has been arrested for visa and bank fraud. Randall Royer, a Communications Specialist and Civil Rights Coordinator at CAIR, was arrested along with a group of Islamic radicals in Virginia for allegedly planning jihad. CAIR has defended terrorist “charities” shut down by the Bush administration. Every few months some CAIR campus official is arrested for aiding and abetting terrorism.

The Tides Foundation has funded a number of the pillars of the radical legal establishment. Chief among these is the National Lawyers Guild, which began as a Communist front organization and is proud of its lineage. At its recent convention last October, the concluding speaker was Lynne Stewart, an indicted terrorist NLG lawyer arrested for helping her client – convicted 1993 World Trade Center bombing mastermind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman – communicate with his terrorist cells in Egypt. In her speech, Stewart said she and her NLG comrades were carrying on a proud tradition of their forebears, past and present:

And modern heroes, dare I mention? Ho and Mao and Lenin, Fidel and Nelson Mandela and John Brown, Che Guevara who reminds us, “At the risk of seeming ridiculous, let me say that the true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love.” Our quests like theirs are to shake the very foundations of the continents.

More recently, the NLG has endorsed the March 20 call to End Colonial Occupation from Iraq to Palestine & Everywhere” organized by International ANSWER, and has posted a petition for “Post-Conviction Relief” for convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Tides’ Peace Strategies Fund has funneled money to the Center for Constitutional Rights. The CCR was established by Sixties radical William Kunstler, defender of the Chicago 8, and Arthur Kinoy. The two also had plans to establish a new Communist Party. Executive Director Ron Daniels has been honored by the Communist Party USA for his work. Daniels also has a long and cordial relationship with racist, anti-Semitic “poet laureate” Amiri Baraka. Since 9/11, CCR has channeled its efforts into fighting every effective Homeland Security measure. They have opposed increasing the government’s ability to wiretap Islamists suspected of plotting terrorism and moaned the sequestering of terrorist detainees at Guantanamo Bay was an unexcusable form of “racial profiling.” CCR President Michael Ratner has portrayed American soldiers as the offenders, guilty of 9/11 by their Middle East policy and guilty of keeping Islamist killers “shackled, hooded and sedated during the 25 hour flight from Afghanistan.” CCR has also defended Lynne Stewart’s “innocence” in aiding Sheikh Rahman’s Islamic Jihad.

Tides also funds the Alliance for Justice, a group dedicated to stopping Bush judicial appointees (a cause John Kerry can agree wholeheartedly endorse). Other Tides grants have gone to the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and the Asian Law Caucus.

The Tides Foundation has funded the Ruckus Society, a group of anarchist Greens who rioted and looted Seattle during the 1999 World Trade Organization riots. The Tides Center of Western Pennsylvania, established in Pittsburgh with Heinz Family funds, advocates for environmentalist measures that have helped put holes in the Rust Belt’s economy.

Tides money has also squashed free speech. Thanks to complaints generated by the Tides-funded Environmental Working Group, ABC cancelled a John Stossel piece exposing the misleading nature of environmental advocacy in public elementary schools.

Greenpeace is a well-known Tides grant recipient. Greenpeace is best known for its illegal actions, endangering humans in order to make a point about the environment. Tides gave Greenpeace a quarter of a million dollars over ten years.

Lest one think only Tides’ money is going to radicals, not funds directly controlled by Teresa Heinz Kerry, remember that Heinz money has repeatedly found its way to the Earth Island Institute. On September 14, 2001, the Institute’s website bore the headline “U.S. Responds to Terrorist Attacks with Self-Righteous Arrogance.”

Heinz family philanthropic funds have also had some dubious effects on the presidential race. The League of Conservation Voters has recently endorsed John Kerry’s presidential campaign. The Heinz Family Foundation gave LCV at least $20,000 and donated almost $250,000 to a member of the LCV board. more>

Teresa Heinz Kerry: My Black Friends Call Me African American - First lady wannabe Teresa Heinz Kerry once insisted that her black friends think of her as African American and often refer to her in conversation using the term, a phrase almost universally employed by blacks in America to describe their race.

But Ron Walters, chairman of the political science department at Howard University, objected to Heinz Kerry's use of the term regardless of the hyphen. Walters told the Sentinel that she was not African, but a European living in Africa.

Heinz Kerry's description of herself as African American at a 1993 gathering of the Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania caused a "storm of criticism" from local black leaders, the Baltimore Sun noted on Tuesday.

At the time, she was weighing a Senate run to replace her recently deceased husband, John Heinz, whose 1991 death made her heir to the Heinz Foods fortune and one of the wealthiest women in the U.S.

But as recently as 1995 - the year she married Sen. John Kerry - the Mozambican emigre was touting her African roots, according to Tuesday's Sun report.

A call to Sen. Kerry's presidential campaign inquiring whether his wife still refers to herself as African American was not returned by press time.

Teresa Heinz Kerry: Abortion 'Stops Process of Life' - In the current issue of Newsweek, Teresa Heinz Kerry tells Contributing Editor Melinda Henneberger: "I'm more old-fashioned than a lot of women...I don't view abortion as just a nothing. It is stopping the process of life."

On the subject of abortion, she says, "My belief-and I maybe am very wrong-is that women, generally speaking, do not want to have abortions. With the exception of people who are mindless -- and there will always be mindless people of both sexes -- most women wouldn't want to. So starting on that premise, I'd say it's our duty as a society to help women arrive at the best conclusion."

Later, Henneberger asks about an interview she gave five years ago, in which she described herself as "not 100 percent pro-choice," and she says she is no longer allowed the luxury of such qualifiers. "Ultimately you're either for choice or you're not, so I am" for abortion rights, she says. "I ask myself if I had a 13-year-old daughter who got drunk one night and got pregnant, what would I do. Christ, I'd go nuts."

When Henneberger asks Sen. Kerry if their views are similar, he says, "I do not know the answer to that. We've never - she's never had to vote." more>

Teresa Heinz Kerry Nothing But A Fur Ball When It Comes To Abortion Immorality - Well, at least Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife to United States Senator John F. Kerry, appears to know there is a "Christ." In an interview with the Daily News she called out His name. However, I don’t believe it was in prayer — intercessory or as a petition. Nor do I think it was for divine help — ejaculatory prayer. I believe it was as a curse word of exclamation. Sad, isn’t it?

But back to Ms. T: She was interviewed about her position regarding baby killers. She said that she thinks women — sensible women — only go through with murdering their young when they’re really up against it. If they’d have another choice, they’d choose not to murder.

In other words, if a female is in a tight spot, murder will do. Why doesn’t that go in the courts for killing off abusive husbands and mouthy teen-agers and neighbors who make too much noise in the night? Murder, being so casual a move, should not be relegated only to pregnant females who wish — extremely wish — otherwise. more>

Teresa Heinz Kerry -- unscripted on the trail - "When you get married when you're older, it's not the same as when you get married when you're a young little thing," Heinz Kerry confided to a mostly female crowd of 1,400 here the other day; all wink and nod. "It's better, and it's not the same."

A few hours later, on another stage, she had more to share. "I have to say that John Edwards is very beautiful," she said in her trademark stage whisper, as a ripple of giggles spread across the crowd of 5,000 at a fund-raising concert. "And my husband is very smart." more>

Teresa Heinz Still Shunning Kerry Name - Though reporters have been referring to Sen. John Kerry's wife as Teresa Heinz Kerry for months, the prospective first lady admitted Sunday that the "Heinz Kerry" moniker is just a campaign ruse. "My official name is still Teresa Heinz," she told the Los Angeles Times. more>

Teresa insists hubby `likes people' - Trying to erase the image of her husband as aloof, Teresa Heinz Kerry yesterday insisted Sen. John F. Kerry ``likes people'' and went so far as to say he would make a great nursery school teacher.

``He actually does feel at ease in the world,'' Heinz Kerry said.

``He likes people, in spite of whatever people might think. He'd make the best nursery school teacher in the world, bar none.''

Heinz Kerry also called her husband ``magical with children,'' adding, ``That's a new revelation to me.'' The outspoken potential first lady made the comments to a mostly female audience of 2,500 at a fund-raising luncheon here that netted $1.3 million.
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Teresa Poll: Thumbs Down by 3 to 1 - An unscientific America Online poll taken during Teresa Heinz Kerry's Democratic Convention speech shows that Americans think she's a major drag on the Kerry-Edwards ticket.

With over 10,000 votes tallied by the end of her address, 61 percent said Heinz Kerry will hurt her husband's presidential bid, with only 23 percent seeing her as a plus. Fifteen percent felt she would neither help nor hurt the ticket.

In a bizarre and rambling address that began with her speaking in five different languages, Heinz Kerry praised anti-war protesters as the real patriots, who "speak truth to power."

She also favored ethereal-sounding phrases like "the mystic chords of our national memory," leaving many confused over what she was talking about.

The performance left some scratching their heads over why she was given such a high-profile role - one not usually accorded a candidate's spouse.

"I have to say, I never understood why they were giving Teresa Heinz Kerry this kind of a prominent spot on one of the four precious nights of the convention," Fox News Channel's Chris Wallace said. "And after watching Teresa Heinz Kerry's speech I still don't get it."

"By the end I half expected her to break out into 'Don't Cry for Me, Argentina,'" he added.

Teresa: 'Let them go naked' - Teresa Heinz Kerry has done it again, chirping off a one-liner that landed like a thud on the campaign trail.

Visiting volunteers in New York packing relief supplies for Hurricane Ivan victims, the Democratic presidential nominee's wife said that food and water are more important than clothes in the shipments to the Caribbean islands.

``Clothing is wonderful, but let them go naked for a while, at least the kids,'' Heinz Kerry said, raising some eyebrows. ``Water is necessary, and then generators, and then food, and then clothes.''

``Let's just say that remark probably wasn't in her talking points,'' said one Democratic source close to the Kerry campaign.
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Teresa Promises to be Mother for Homosexuals at White House - Democrats promise gay activists they will pass a gay-rights constitutional amendment. "The stakes have never been higher," says Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), who is "married" to a woman with whom she is raising twin baby boys. Convention chairman Bill Richardson tells the Gay Caucus: "You're an essential part of the Democratic family." Read "Gays to gain in Kerry White House" in the Washington Times.

Meanwhile, Teresa Heinz Kerry tells the Gay Caucus she would be joyful and proud if her kids were gay and married other homosexuals. But is this the real Teresa Kerry? Read "Wacky wife has become 'Mother' Teresa" in the New York Post.

Teresa's taxes - Before we talk about Mrs. Kerry's taxes, let me be the first to congratulate Sen. Kerry on his $175,000 windfall profit last year – profit from one of the senator's four trusts selling his half of a painting purportedly purchased in 1995 for $1 million. Then the royalties of $89,000 were probably a welcome addition to the Kerry household as well – even if the source is vague. But I suppose the most pleasant surprise was learning that Social Security and Medicare taxes (15.3 percent) as well as state (5 percent) and federal (39.6 percent) income taxes weren't owed. A flat 20 percent capital-gains tax (later amended to 28 percent) must have been a relief during a cash-strapped campaign. more>

Teresa's Taxes, Continued - The super-rich really are different - Our Monday editorial on Teresa Heinz Kerry's low (12.4%) 2003 average federal tax rate has generated a huge reader response, much of it helpful in illuminating the issues. So allow us to elaborate a bit more on Mrs. Kerry's impressive ability to pay a smaller proportion of her income in tax than most Americans.

One point we failed to mention is that Mrs. Kerry paid only a token Social Security tax. That's because the payroll tax is assessed on wages, and Mrs. Kerry declared very little wage income. She gets most of her income from dividends and interest, as many wealthy people do. This is fine by us, but it is one more advantage she has over the vast majority of Americans who draw a weekly paycheck and must (with their employer) cough up the 15.3% payroll levy.

A few readers objected that we were unfair to Mrs. Kerry in noting that she avoided taxation by investing in tax-exempt bonds of various kinds, since millions of other Americans do the same. Well, we did say this is perfectly legal and we have nothing in particular against municipal bonds. Our main point is that this is one more advantage Mrs. Kerry would have over working stiffs on salary if her husband wins the White House and follows through on his plan to raise taxes.

It's very hard to dodge a tax increase on salary income, especially for middle-class folk who need the money. Many couples who earn more than $200,000 a year are non-wealthy Americans who happen to be at the peak of their earning years and have big bills (such as college educations) to meet now or down the road. They haven't had time--or been lucky enough to marry rich--to build up the assets to be able to live off tax-free investments the way Mrs. Kerry can. The super-rich, as opposed to the merely successful, are the ones who are really able to avoid taxes--which, come to think of it, may be why so many billionaires are supporting John Kerry. more>

Teresa's Ted K tirade - Teresa Heinz Kerry, years before becoming a Democrat, railed against the party's ``putrid'' politics, said she didn't trust Sen. Edward M. Kennedy [related, bio] and angrily called the liberal lion a ``perfect bastard.''

In comments published in a little-known 1975 book about political wives called ``The Power Lovers: An Intimate Look at Politicians and Their Marriages,'' Heinz Kerry lashed out at the senator she'll share the primetime convention stage with tonight.

`I know some couples who stay together only for politics,'' Heinz Kerry said at the time. ``If Ted Kennedy holds on to that marriage (to ex-wife Joan) just for the Catholic vote, as some people say he does, then I think he's a perfect bastard.''

Heinz Kerry, then married to Republican Sen. H. John Heinz III of Pennsylvania, said she ``didn't trust'' President Richard M. Nixon but added, ``Ted Kennedy I don't trust either.''

The combustible and ever-quotable Heinz Kerry said of Democrats, ``The Democratic machine in this country is putrid.'' Excerpts of the comments appeared in The Boston Herald American in January 1976.
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Testy Teresa Tirade: I Can't Believe I Came to America - It didn't take long for the rigors of the campaign trail to sour first lady-in-waiting Teresa Heinz, who fumed yesterday that she "can't believe" she moved to America and married an American politician. "I can't believe my family left Africa and came to this country," Heinz Kerry complained to the New York Post's Cindy Adams. "I can't believe I ever even married an American." more>

The Heinz Kerry Imperious Demand of the Moment - Teresa Heinz Kerry married astronomical wealth, and less than a decade ago John Kerry

They are now trying to buy the presidency of the United States.

Teresa Heinz Kerry’s first marriage gave her every possible luxury – private jet, yacht, several mansions, a fleet of SUVs, unlimited botox injections. The city of Boston relocated a fire hydrant to give her more generous parking.

Yet in her signature speech at the recent Democrat National Convention she demeaned America by suggesting that women here are limited.

''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.''

Teresa apparently missed the irony – America was affording her a chance to speak to the universe, to complain that women aren’t heard.

When thwarted at a campaign rally by the simple presence of Bush supporters who want the President reelected, Teresa incited the return chant of ''Four more years of hell!'' It was the same occasion at which Hubby John accused George Bush of sending the ''Republican goon squad.''

Teresa’s body language toward John Kerry often suggests that she does not like him. She eschews kisses, contact, even publicly criticizes him. He did not criticize her, even after hearing of her ''Shove it!'' to a reporter pressing for a journalistic clarification.

First Lady Laura Bush was at a Citicorp building recently for an event. Teresa was to make a simultaneous appearance, until staffers realized she would have to interact with ''real people'' in an ''unstaged event.''

John Kerry has been caught in so many lies, so many flip flops, and so many gaffes – what harm could one public misstep by Teresa at Citicorp do?

The harm is that the American public might get a glimpse of the real Teresa – the one concerned only with her imperious demands of the moment.

Though John Kerry is supposed to have wanted the presidency since childhood, I think it is Teresa who wants it far more. As foreign-born, she has no hope of running, though the mutterings recently of a constitutional amendment to allow that might have been for her (rather than Arnold Schwarzenegger or Jennifer Granholm.)

A case could be made that John Kerry was one of Teresa’s imperious demands of the moment that she thought would win the presidency for her. A similar case could suggest that Teresa Heinz was exactly that for John Kerry when he married her.

Only they know.

In America we expect that individual hard work will result in financial success, and that holders of great wealth will responsibly administer their largesse. When riches come through windfall or ploy, expectations can derail.

The Many Mansions of John and Teresa Kerry - From a sailing mecca to a ski resort, presumptive Democrat nominee John Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, enjoy the trappings of their wealth in at least five homes and vacation getaways across the country valued at nearly $33 million.

The couple divide their time between five homes located around the country:

Boston: A five-story, 12-room Beacon Hill townhouse that serves as Kerry's main residence. Assessed value: $6.9 million.

Nantucket, Mass.: A three-story, five-bedroom waterfront retreat on Brant Point. Assessed value: $9.18 million.

Washington, D.C.: A 23-room townhouse in Georgetown. Proposed 2005 assessment: $4.7 million.

Ketchum, Idaho: A ski getaway converted from a reassembled barn near Sun Valley. Assessed value: $4.916 million. Heinz Kerry owns two adjoining lots valued at $1.5 million and $1.8 million.

Fox Chapel, Pa.: A nine-room colonial on nearly 90 acres in suburban Pittsburgh. The property also includes a nine-room, carriage house. Assessed value: $3.7 million. more>

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!).

The bio read that Teresa had catapulted her $500 million inheritance from Heinz into a billion-dollar fortune. And she had changed her lifelong, card-carrying republican credentials (and, ostensibly, beliefs) as well as her Heinz surname (to Heinz Kerry) about the same time that it became clear to her that Sen. Kerry might become a presidential candidate.

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.

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.")

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.”

If Tides continues to fund Hamas and other terrorist groups thanks to the Heinz largesse, how would that influence the foreign policy of a president who has vowed to fight terrorism?

How could that negatively influence America’s longstanding and friendly relationship with the only democracy in the Middle East, Israel? It appears that the handwriting is already on the wall. After all, in his 5,400-word acceptance of the presidential nomination (while Al Jazeera broadcast from inside the convention hall), Kerry touched on every “value” and priority his administration would pursue but – astoundingly and for the first time in over 50 years – failed to mention Israel even once!

If any of the Tides Foundation’s recipients are American Muslim causes or groups, would this bring about a weakening of the Patriot Act?

What about the conflicts of interest that would arise as a result of the nearly two-hundreds Heinz plants in foreign countries (among them France, Germany, Russia and the People’s Republic of China) and the zillions of dollars of revenue they rake in? Wouldn’t this compromise dealing with these countries in a way that is best for America?

In light of an erupting Oil for Food scandal and growing evidence (as documented by Claudia Rosett in the Wall St. Journal and the Weekly Standard) that Saddam Hussein may have used some of the $10 billion he stole from that program to bankroll bin Laden’s Al Qaida network, including the plot to attack America on Sept. 11) where would Monsieur et Madame Kerry stand, given her longtime relationship with Kofi Annan and immense financial interests in the U.N. and his ongoing advocacy of handing American foreign policy over to the U.N.?

No wonder the Kerry-Heinz allies in the media have avoided these questions like anthrax and instead concentrated on the "safe" controversies involving Teresa’s "Shove it! " or "un-American" remarks or one from a dug-up book in which, in her last incarnation, she called the Democratic Party "putrid."

In fact, the media have failed to investigate not only the questions above but also the people who work for the Kerry campaign while drawing checks from the Heinz Family Philanthropies, as well as Teresa’s longtime relationship with Enron’s chairman, Ken Lay.

In fact, none of the screeching, splenetic hysterics of Democrats like Ted Kennedy, Al Gore, Hillary Clinton, spinmeister James Carville, Al Sharpton, or the more passive-aggressive, curare-tipped-dart-throwers like Tom Daschle, Nancy Pelosi, Bill Clinton and John and Teresa themselves – the list is endless – can quite square the bad feelings they have with the fabulously wealthy and privileged lives they live.

So, like all liberals, they “project” their bad feelings onto the people they really blame: the “grown up” conservatives who have high expectations, set rules, demand accountability, anticipate results and don’t tolerate excuses.

Unlike conservatives, who look to themselves when placing blame and finding solutions, liberals attribute to others what is wrong with themselves – just as Kerry has done over the course of his entire public life. more>

The Politics of 9/11 - The activists who claim to speak for the families are not exactly politically neutral - Has anyone else out there begun to wonder just who these 9/11 "families" are that have been interviewed without end the past week about their "outrage" over President Bush's TV ads with a quick clip of September 11? Are they all neutral innocents, as depicted, or are they part of an organized anti-Bush opposition?

Consider the benignly named September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. The group has been loudly protesting Mr. Bush's ads, organizing a rally for "victims' families and firefighters" to condemn the President's "offensive exploitation" of September 11. Peaceful Tomorrows says its goal is to "turn our grief into action for peace." In the Washington Post's coverage this group is "nonpartisan." If so, nonpartisan has lost its meaning.

One of Peaceful Tomorrows' founders is David Potorti. Mr. Potorti used to write for a left-leaning weekly in North Carolina, railing against faith-based initiatives, companies without unions and the "gaping inequities" in America. Within three months of losing a brother on September 11, he was protesting the war on terror in a peace march sponsored by Voices in the Wilderness, whose founder, Kathy Kelly, was recently sentenced to three months in prison for breaking onto an army installation. That's where Mr. Potorti fell in with folks such as Kelly Campbell, a 9/11 family member and "environmental campaign coordinator." Out of this emerged Peaceful Tomorrows.

The group was immediately welcomed into the Democratic network of money and support. Peaceful Tomorrows is a "project" of the leftist Tides Center. The Center provides back-office services to ideologically acceptable "charitable" organizations for a fee. The Center receives generous financial assistance from liberal foundations, including various Heinz family endowments. The chairman of at least one of those endowments is Teresa Heinz, wife of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.

Peaceful Tomorrows isn't so stalwart about other rules. The Tides Center is a 501(c)3, a tax-exempt non-profit, and therefore correctly explains on its Web site that its projects "may not engage in direct support or opposition of a candidate for political office." We can only assume the Tides Center has been too busy counting its Heinz money to sever ties with Peaceful Tomorrows after its Bush opposition.

As for all the media attention, Peaceful Tomorrows has retained the well-known Fenton Communications, a public relations shop that for years has catered to left-wing advocacy groups. The most recent and famous is MoveOn.org, the outfit that had to disavow an ad on its site comparing President Bush to Hitler. A woman at Fenton who works on MoveOn.org's project, Jessica Smith, also works on Peaceful Tomorrow's campaign. Ms. Smith used to work for the Democratic National Committee and for Al Gore's presidential campaign. We are a long way from the land of political innocents.

What we have, instead, are politically motivated activists standing willingly as a front organization for the Democratic Party. They've traded on the press's reluctance to question their motives, hoping for a free run to impugn Mr. Bush every time he discusses terrorism from now until the election. Peaceful Tomorrows is hardly alone; scratch the surface and many of the other groups and individuals making a fuss have similar ties. more>

The real running mates - Q: You'd be different from Laura Bush?

A: Well, you know, I don't know Laura Bush. But she seems to be calm, and she has a sparkle in her eye, which is good. But I don't know that she's ever had a real job — I mean, since she's been grown up. (Related story: Heinz Kerry apologizes for comments) So her experience and her validation comes from important things, but different things. And I'm older, and my validation of what I do and what I believe and my experience is a little bit bigger — because I'm older, and I've had different experiences. And it's not a criticism of her. It's just, you know, what life is about. more>

The Rewards of a Kerry Victory - Written by Gary Waltrip - Wednesday, October 27, 2004

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 Ku 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.

The 2004 Family Circle Cookie Cook-Off - Laura Bush and Teresa Heinz cookie recipes

Laura Bush's Oatmeal-Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Makes: about 8 dozen cookies. Bake: at 350° for 12 to 15 minutes.

1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups light-brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
3 cups quick oats (not old-fashioned)
2 cups chopped walnuts
1 1/2 packages (8 ounces each) chocolate chunks (3 cups)
2 cups coarsely chopped dried sour cherries

1. Heat oven to 350°.
2. With electric mixer, cream butter and both sugars.
3. Beat in eggs one at a time, then beat in vanilla.
4. Add flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and oats; slowly beat until blended.
5. Stir in walnuts, chocolate and cherries.
6. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.
7. Bake at 350° for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden brown.


Teresa Heinz Kerry's Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Makes: about 5 dozen cookies. Bake: at 375° for 12 to 15 minutes

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup canned pumpkin puree (from 15-ounce can; do not use pumpkin pie filling)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup raisins

1. Heat oven to 375°.
2. With electric mixer, cream butter and sugar.
3. Beat in egg, pumpkin and vanilla.
4. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and allspice.
5. Stir into pumpkin mixture.
6. Stir in chopped walnuts and raisins.
7. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a well-greased cookie sheet.
8. Bake at 375° for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden on edges.

Tides Foundation Homepage - Teresa Heinz Kerry's foundation for social change. more>

'Vote for my husband – he's not as useless as the other guy' (TERESA ALERT!) - TERESA HEINZ KERRY, America’s would-be First Lady, reinforced her reputation for blunt speaking yesterday by admitting that her husband was not qualified to hold the office.

“I think nobody is truly qualified to be President of the United States,” she said, displaying the plain speaking that has become her trademark, a possible liability for John Kerry’s campaign.

“I mean, are you qualified to run the world . . . not run it, but have that influence? No, nobody is,” she said in the latest edition of Reader’s Digest. more>

WACKY WIFE HAS BECOME ‘MOTHER’ TERESA - A mystery of interplanetary proportions has landed at the Democratic convention. The question that's keeping trained political observers awake in the bars at night is: Who the heck snatched Teresa Heinz Kerry's body?

The woman I like to think of as "Mistress Shove It" - the Portuguese firecracker who spat the indelicate command to a journalist last weekend - has vanished into the Charles River.

In her place has materialized a sonorous, facially expressionless, peace-sign-flashing, purposefully maternal zombie, who looks exactly like the woman who wants to be first lady. You'd think Teresa's crazy old aunt had taken up residence in her skin.

The new Teresa body double calls herself "Mama T."

I kid you not.

The woman formerly known as Teresa Heinz Kerry introduced her new self yesterday to a packed roomful of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered individuals and Ben Affleck.

She recalled talking with a 40-year-old gay man who approached her at a fund-raiser and said, "I'd like you to be my mom."

Speaking in singsong, the alternate Teresa issued the crowd a group hug. "If nothing else, you will have a mom in the White House," she said. "You can call on me any time."

She wouldn't quit. "I guess if I can have one quality I can brag about, because it's who I am, it's that I like to nurture people. I like to enable.

"All my godchildren and even some of my grown-up male friends, because they go to confession with me, call me 'Mama T.' "

Say who? As in that other, famous Mother also named Teresa?

"Mama T or Dr. T," Teresa II said. "Between a mom and a doctor - that's the kind of person that I am. And I will always have an ear and I will always have a heart and I will always respect and want you to be loved."

And as she floated out the side door, came the inevitable chant:

"Mama T! Mama T! "Ma-Ma T!"

She barely mentioned the husband who's running for president.

Earlier, our la-la mama wafted into the convention's Latino caucus.

"Peace!" she said, by way of hello.

"Peace to you." The crowd cheered. "Peace," she repeated, putting her fingers into a "V" sign. She spoke in Spanish. She spoke in Portuguese.

She played the immigrant card and the Mama card. The husband drew little mention from her anesthetized self.

But she told no one to "stick it," "jam it," "zip it" or "shove it."

I wonder where they're holding Teresa?

What a typical Kerry supporter might believe - The following is a non-exhaustive list of what a John 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.

What country is this? After 25 years in the news business – some of it covering Hollywood – I was sure nothing could surprise me when it came to bad taste, amorality and shocking vulgarity.

I was wrong.

What I saw on the Portland, Ore., branch of the Independent Media Center this week is something I never thought I would see in this country.

That's where the memory of American hero Pat Tillman – the professional football player who gave up a $3.6 million sports contract to volunteer for military service in Iraq and Afghanistan and who lost his life last week – was cruelly attacked.

The anti-globalist website posted a story on the ex-NFL player who became an Army Ranger, Pat Tillman, with the title, "Dumb Jock Killed in Afghanistan."

Maybe you say these are just a bunch of nobodies who created a little website. That may be true. But these nobodies at the Independent Media Center get support – directly and indirectly – from Teresa Heinz Kerry's nonprofit Tides Center. She could be the next first lady of the United States.

The Tides Center, a spinoff of the Tides Foundation, also funds an ostensibly independent group of relatives of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, "Peaceful Tomorrows," which recently expressed outrage over campaign ads by President Bush.

The group also has given grants totaling $489,000 to the Iraq Peace Fund, which used the money to fund anti-war marches and groups such as MoveOn.org, which aims to defeat Bush in November.

The center reportedly gave $200,000 to The Ruckus Society, which trains anti-globalist activists and was responsible for destroying property in the World Trade Organization riots in Seattle in 1999.

What Kerry's attraction to wealthy women says about his character - John Kerry is married to Teresa Heinz Kerry, a half billionaire, whom he married even though she was five years older than him – a practice which, while not unheard of, is certainly highly uncommon for a man who was in his 50s. And before that, he was married to his first wife, Julia Thorne, who, according to press reports, had a similarly huge fortune of over $100 million. more>

Why I cannot vote for John Kerry - Here is one voter's list:

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 Kerry won't release his wife's tax returns - "The extent to which Kerry is a ‘kept man.’ ... Boston journalists have long wondered how Kerry was able to get such plum mortgages on his Senator's income. The answer is simple. His wife is worth nearly $550 million.” Just as humiliating: "It would also strike a blow against Kerry’s populist rhetoric by detailing the lavish lifestyle” – the five mansions and estates, the embarrassing (for a wannabe "environmentalist”) jet and other fuel guzzlers, etc. Mrs. K's donations to left-wing organizations, perhaps including those that are viciously attacking the president with hysterical allegations. more>

Wild and Crazy Guy - 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>

Your Choice for First Lady: Laura Bush or Teresa Heinz-Kerry? - When I wrote my previous article on "America Looks at the Wives," I received a lot of feedback, pro and con. I wrote: ''Did you catch Bill O'Reilly's interview with Laura Bush last night? How about Teresa Heintz-Kerry's response to Bush supporters chanting 'Four more years'? Her response was 'Four more years of hell!'

''America is evaluating the choices, not just for president and vice president, but for First Lady also. One Democrat interviewed on the news said, 'Can we have John Kerry for President and Laura Bush for First Lady?' That says a bunch.

''Laura has class and was very gracious about Teresa's remarks. Quite a contrast between the two. I'm afraid John Kerry will continue to have to make excuses for his wife's responses. You can only say 'she's just outspoken' so many times.''

On Tuesday of this week, Teresa Heinz-Kerry's was asked whether she would be different from Mrs. Bush as First Lady. She replied: ''Well, you know, I don't know Laura Bush. But she seems to be calm, and she has a sparkle in her eye, which is good, but I don't know that she's ever had a real job--I mean, since she's been grown up. So her experience and her validation comes from important things, but different things.''

Sure, I know Teresa apologized for saying she didn't remember Laura Bush had been a librarian and school teacher. But all that aside, is this the kind of thing a potential first lady says? No. But, once again Laura Bush was very gracious in saying, ''It didn't matter to me. It didn't hurt my feelings. It was perfectly all right that she apologized. She didn't have to apologize. I know how tough it is. And actually I know those trick questions.''

For the record, what is a lady? Let's look at the dictionary definition:(Encarta/Dictionary.com) ''Refined woman; a woman who behaves very politely and with dignity; a well-mannered and considerate woman with high standards of proper behavior; a woman regarded as virtuous; a woman who is the head of a household; lady is normally used as a parallel to gentleman to emphasize norms expected in polite society or in situations requiring courtesies.''

So, I ask you, would a lady say ''scum-bags'' et al., publicly, and especially when her husband is running for president? And what do you do with statements like the one John Kerry made himself during the third debate in answer to the question, ''All three of us are surrounded by very strong women. We're all married to strong women. Each of us has two daughters that make us very proud. What is the most important thing you've learned from these strong women?''

Kerry said, ''...my daughters and my wife are people who just are filled with that sense of what's right, what's wrong. They also kick me around.''

Following the president's remarks, which basically praised Laura, saying he thought he was the luckiest man on earth, Kerry also said: ''Well, I guess the president and you and I are three examples of lucky people who married up. And some would say maybe me more so than others.'' What does this say about Kerry?

First Ladies go on diplomatic trips, and host leaders and their wives from countries around the world. How important is it that they respect the First Lady? Or will they be gracious and say, ''Oh, she's just outspoken?'' Many nations already think America is arrogant.

Now, Laura Bush is more gracious than I am. She would never write an article like this--but it needs to be said. This is probably one of the most serious elections we've ever had.