Thursday, February 17, 2005

Reitterating Our Disdain For Jimmy Carter

We've discussed Carter's clearly un-American activites before. certainly has covered this topic well. Todays expose on Carter expands into some of Carter's earlier international, antiAmerican obstructionism:

Soviet diplomatic accounts and material from the archives show that in January 1984 former President Jimmy Carter dropped by Soviet Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin's residence for a private meeting.
Carter expressed his concern about and opposition to Reagan's defense buildup. He boldly told Dobrynin that Moscow would be better off with someone else in the White House. If Reagan won, he warned, "There would not be a single agreement on arms control, especially on nuclear arms, as long as Reagan remained in power."

Using the Russians to influence the presidential election was nothing new for Carter.

Schweizer reveals Russian documents that show that in the waning days of the 1980 campaign, the Carter White House dispatched businessman Armand Hammer to the Soviet Embassy.

Hammer was a longtime Soviet-phile, and he explained to the Soviet ambassador that Carter was "clearly alarmed" at the prospect of losing to Reagan.

Hammer pleaded with the Russians for help. He asked if the Kremlin could expand Jewish emigration to bolster Carter's standing in the polls.

"Carter won't forget that service if he is elected," Hammer told Dobrynin.

Jimmy Carter has cozied up to every despot imaginable. From Kim Jong Ill to Vidal Castro. Did you know he was party to the failed "Agreed Framework of the Clinton era that supposedly stoped North Korea's Nuclear Weapons Programs? reports:

Carter, we should note, has been cozying up to North Korea for years. He helped the U.S. and the communist country come to agreement during the Clinton years to defuse a tense situation over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

Under the wacko deal Carter arranged, the U.S. would stop complaining about Korea's nuclear weapons program as long as the U.S. gave aid to North Korea and helped the communists build more modern nuclear reactors.

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What Did The Democrats Carp About This Week?

If you are not already subscribed to the once per week letter from The Federalist Patriot, do that now. It's really a great conservative digest. Which reminds me, Readers Digest is a conservative publication ideally suited (it's compact size and session-length articles) to bathroom duty.

Anyway here is what I wanted to show you, it was compiled in today's Federalist Patriot:


From the Atlanta-Jazeera Files: "After 23 years at CNN, I have decided to resign in an effort to prevent CNN from being unfairly tarnished by the controversy over conflicting accounts of my recent remarks regarding the alarming number of journalists killed in Iraq." --Eason Jordan, resigning from CNN over comments he couldn't help but make again in his resignation statement

"The White House seems to think Social Security was corrupt from the moment it was enacted in 1935. It wants to replace it with private accounts that will fatten the wallets of stockbrokers and put the savings of Americans who didn't inherit vast fortunes at risk." --Maureen Dowd

"The Democrats' current crudeness is a function of their desperation, and the imminent ratification of Howard Dean, the least charming presidential candidate in recent memory, as their party chairman only serves to punctuate the problem." --Joe Klein, Time Magazine

This week's "Purveyor of Classism" Award: "Cuts in programs for the working poor, low income elderly people, people with disabilities. They tend not to have much in the way of lobbyists. They don't give campaign contributions." --CBS's Lee Cowan

"One of the biggest challenges that ever U.S. government has had in the last several decades is trying to figure out North Korea. And when the Koreans said today they had nuclear weapons to defend themselves against the Bush administration, the analysts in Washington and many other countries, scratched their heads and said 'what do the North Koreans want now?' And what has the Bush administration done, if anything, to incite this kind of talk?" --ABC's Peter Jennings **What did the Clinton administration do to make it POSSIBLE?

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Bill Cosby Will Not Stand Trial on "Improper Touching"

As (sadly I bet) reports from an Associated Press Wire:

PHILADELPHIA Feb 17, 2005 — Bill Cosby will not face charges stemming from a woman's allegation that he fondled her at his suburban mansion after giving her medication that made her woozy, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Authorities found insufficient "credible, and admissible evidence … upon which any charge against Mr. Cosby could be sustained beyond a reasonable doubt," Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. said in a statement.

A former Temple University employee, who now lives in her native Ontario, told Canadian authorities last month that, after a night out with friends in January 2004, Cosby gave her medication that made her dizzy, then fondled her. She said she later awoke to find her bra undone and her clothes in disarray.

Cosby, 67, a Temple alumnus and booster, has denied the allegations. In a statement Thursday, his lawyer said Cosby was gratified by the decision.

"Mr. Cosby looks forward to moving on with his life," attorney Walter M. Phillips Jr. said.

Castor has said that the accuser's yearlong delay in coming forward, and her contact with Cosby in the past year, weighed in the comedian's favor.

The prosecutor said he also reviewed claims by other people that Cosby had "behaved inappropriately" toward them, but that detectives could find no instance "where anyone complained to law enforcement of conduct which would constitute a criminal offense."

The woman's attorney called the evidence strong and blasted Castor for failing to notify her before announcing his decision.

"I believe it was a very strong case. She's a very credible witness," lawyer Dolores M. Troiani said.

Troiani said her client gave prosecutors tapes of telephone calls between Cosby and the family that bolster the allegations. The calls occurred after her client contacted police, the lawyer said.

Cosby's publicist, David Brokaw, declined comment Thursday on whether the comedian had any telephone contact with the family since the investigation began.

Troiani said the prosecutor's decision caught her by surprise and she had not been able to reach her client early Thursday evening.

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Congress Agrees To Reign In Class Action Suits

President Bush and conservatives have been pushing to limit the venues in which Class Action Lawsuits can be heard. In the past, cases have been heard in a handful of state courts that are sympathetic to the causes of the plaintiff's attorneys.

The legislation, given final congressional approval by the House on a 279-149 vote, would ban state courts from hearing large multistate class action lawsuits. Such courts have been known for issuing multimillion-dollar verdicts like they did against tobacco companies.

After the bill becomes law, cases against corporations and businesses accused of wrongdoing against large groups of people will be heard by federal judges. Critics have said these jurists are not as amenable as are their state counterparts to these cases, which often involve millions of dollars.

Class Action Lawsuits as they have been practiced in the last several years have degraded the burden of proof that any wrongdoing has been committed. Wasteful litigation drives up the prices of goods and services while usually winning the thousands of named litigants a few bucks. By contrast, the lawyers for the plaintiffs often make millions of dollars when they win or settle these cases.
The bill also would limit lawyers' fees in so-called coupon settlements - when plaintiffs get discounts on products instead of financial settlements - by linking the fees to the coupon's redemption rate or the actual hours spent working on a case.

The entire Associated Press article can be found here.

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Power & Influence of the Blogosphere Revealed

Peggy Noonan (Bush/Cheney04 Advisor that was highly critical of The President's State of the Union Address) writes in today's that bloggers have hijacked a great deal of the power and influence once held by the MSM. ANd they have done this through nimble reporting and arduous fact-checking.

Here is a sample of just a few of the suppositions Ms. Noonan makes:

Bloggers, unlike reporters at elite newspapers and magazines, are independent operators. They are not, and do not have to be, governed by mainstream thinking. Nor do they have to accept the directives of an editor pushing an ideology or a publisher protecting his friends. Bloggers have the freedom to decide on their own when a story stops being a story. They get to decide when the search for facts is over. They also decide on their own when the search for facts begins. It was a blogger at the World Economic Forum, as we all know, who first reported the Eason Jordan story. It was bloggers, as we all know, who pursued it. Matt Drudge runs a news site and is not a blogger, but what was true of him at his beginning (the Monica Lewinsky story, he decided, is a story) is true of bloggers: It's a story if they say it is. This is a public service.

And they're doing it free. That is, the Times costs me a dollar and so does the Journal, but Kausfiles doesn't cost a dime. This too is a public service. Some blogs get their money from yearly fund-raising, some from advertisers, some from a combination, some from a salary provided by Slate or National Review. Most are labors of love. Some bloggers--a lot, I think--are addicted to digging, posting, coming up with the bright phrase. OK with me. Some get burned out. But new ones are always coming up, so many that I can't keep track of them and neither can anyone else.

Read this excellent commentary here.

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Charges Dropped Against 5 Philadelphia Christian Protesters!!

As SoCalPundit reported on February 4th:

A group of 11 Christians was "preaching God's Word" to a crowd of people attending the Philadelphia "OutFest" event and displaying banners with biblical messages.

After a confrontation with a group called the Pink Angels, described by protesters as "a militant mob of homosexuals," the Christians were arrested and spent a night in jail.

Eight charges were filed: criminal conspiracy, possession of instruments of crime, reckless endangerment of another person, ethnic intimidation, riot, failure to disperse, disorderly conduct and obstructing highways.

None of the Pink Angels was cited or arrested.

According to WorldNetDaily that has reported extensively on this matter:

In what is being hailed as a victory for free speech, a judge in Philadelphia today dismissed all criminal charges against four Christians who were arrested for evangelizing at an outdoor homosexual event.

Judge Pamela Dembe of the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas dismissed the charges, saying that she found no basis whatsoever for any of them.

One female teenage protester faces charges in the juvenile justice system, but those charges likely will be dropped tomorrow.

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Your Children & The New Social Slave Trade

A commentary entitled "The New Slave Trade" seeks to examine how our society has begun (a while back it would seem) to glorify teenage sex for the purpose of selling contraceptives, abortions and sexually transmitted disease treatments.

Those of you that are parents of teenage children and are unaware of a website called Teenwire are especially advised to read this commentary.

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Howard Dean Makes His 2nd Mistake As Leader of The Democrats

(His 1st mistake was thinking he'd be good for the job in the first place). reports:

The focus of the growing outrage was an awkward joke Dean told to the CBC: "You think the Republican National Committee could get this many people of color in a single room? Only if they had the hotel staff in here."

In a joint statement issued late Tuesday, former Rep. J.C. Watts and Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele said:

"We are simply outraged over recent racially insensitive remarks made by Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean. In his comments to the Democratic Black Caucus, Dean equates African-Americans who support Republicans to hired help.
"This kind of backward thinking reminds us of a horrible time in history when blacks were only seen as servants," Watts and Steele noted.

All through the process of choosing a DNC head, I heard how "intelligent" Howard Dean supposedly is. But how intelligent is it to make such racially charged and clearly partisan and divisive remarks only days after receiving the job which calls for changing the perception that the Democrats are the party obstruction.

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