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Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Bush Overtakes Kerry in Latest L.A. Times Poll

August 25, 2004
For the first time this year in a Times survey, Bush led Kerry in the presidential race, drawing 49 percent among registered voters, compared to 46 percent for the Democrat. In a Times Poll just before the Democratic convention last month, Kerry held a 2 percentage point advantage over Bush.

That small shift from July was within the poll's margin of error. But it fit with other findings in the Times Poll showing the electorate edging toward Bush over the past month on a broad range of measures, from support for his handling of Iraq to confidence in his leadership and honesty.

Although a solid majority of Americans say they believe Kerry served honorably in Vietnam, the poll showed that the fierce attacks on the senator from a group of Vietnam veterans criticizing both his performance in combat and anti-war protests at home have left some marks: Kerry suffered small but consistent erosion compared to July on questions relating to his Vietnam experience, his honesty and his fitness to serve as commander in chief. ... FR Reprint.

Secret FBI Documents Reveal Kerry Accepted Laundered Contributions

August 25, 2004
Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released recently declassified documents showing that Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry accepted laundered contributions for his 1996 re-election campaign from the Communist Chinese government and that, in exchange, he may have arranged meetings between Chinese aerospace executives and U.S. government officials.

Obtained from the FBI through Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act requests, the documents are related to the FBI’s “Chinagate” investigation into the Clinton campaign’s acceptance of contributions from Communist Chinese government sources. Among the documents released is an investigative outline dated March 27, 1998, that details the FBI’s “proposed areas of inquiry” into the actions of Democratic fund-raiser Johnny Chung, including questioning him about meetings Sen. Kerry set up with China Aerospace executives and about a fund-raising event for the senator in Los Angeles. The other document, dated Aug. 24, 1998, requests a polygraph of Chung, mentioning that he laundered contributions for the Clinton/Gore ’96 election campaign and for Sen. Kerry. The documents are heavily redacted, and Judicial Watch is appealing the FBI’s decision to keep secret portions of the documents.

Chung pled guilty in March 1998 to election law violations and, in a plea bargain, began cooperating with the FBI. Judicial Watch represents Chung in a lawsuit against Justice Department officials who, during the Clinton administration, leaked information about Chung’s cooperation with the department’s Campaign Finance Task Force. The unauthorized and illegal release from a sealed plea agreement of information, including the fact that he and his family were in protective custody in California, put the lives of Chung and his family in jeopardy.

These disturbing FBI documents raise further questions about Sen. Kerry’s involvement in what looks like a quid pro quo (cash for meetings) with the Communist Chinese,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. ... FR Reprint.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

John Loftus: Iran wanted Sadr to declare a new Shiite nation

August 24, 2004
Middle East expert, John Loftus (often seen on Fox News), sent us the following exclusive report:

In the last 30 days, clans whose relatives have been murdered by Moqtada Sadr have been kidnapping his Iranian bosses, including the Iranian consul general in Karbala. The Iranian consul has been talking like a waterfall. Soon afterwards, four Iranian reporters from IRNA were arrested as Iranian spies, and 60 others are under interrogation.

By the way, hand grenades and mortars in Najaf are new and marked “made in Iran.”

Iran’s plan was to have Moqtada Sadr declare in independent Shiite state with its capital in Najaf. Iran planned simultaneous uprisings in Fallujah with its al Qaeda proxies. Everything collapsed when their Intel net was arrested.

The Iraqi government is sitting on videotaped confessions of Iranian agents. Watch for it all to come out in September when the UN debates sanctions on peace loving Iran. FR Reprint.

Muslims: We attacked Jewish facility

August 24, 2004
A previously unknown Islamic militant group, Jamaat Ansar Al-Jihad al-Islamiya, said yesterday it set fire to a Paris-based Jewish-run soup kitchen.

Sunday's arson attack, in which nobody was killed or injured, was condemned by French President Jacques Chirac amid fears of a new wave of anti Semitic violence in France.

"A group of young mujahedeen (fighters) ... have torched the Jewish temple in Paris at 04:00 Paris time," said Jamaat Ansar Al-Jihad al-Islamiya, whose claim could not be independently verified. ... FR Reprint.

Monday, August 23, 2004

Some of Kerry's biggest fans are in the press

August 23, 2004
With the exception of the Fox News Channel, the liberal tilt of the mainstream media - the major newspapers, the networks, National Public Radio, the news magazines - has long been a fact of American life. No one observing the coverage of this year's presidential campaign with both eyes open can have much doubt that the media establishment is pulling heavily for the Democratic ticket.

That explains
why, for example, the intense media interest in George W. Bush's National Guard records last February wasn't matched by an equally intense interest in John Kerry's Navy history in May, when the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth first went public with their critcisms. Far from leaping on the charges that Kerry's Vietnam heroism had been greatly exaggerated, the mainstream media's initial reaction was to largely ignore them. And while the press saw no reason to question the credibility of Bush's accusers or to demand that Kerry repudiate them, their attitude toward the Swift Boat vets has been much more hostile.

None of this should come as a surprise. The nation's newsrooms are Democratic strongholds, and that cannot help but affect their coverage of the news. Evan Thomas, the assistant managing editor of Newsweek, put it plainly last month. ... FR Reprint.

Christian stripped of workplace signs: State agency sued

August 24, 2004
An employee of the California Department of Social Services filed suit yesterday after state officials removed items from his cubicle they consider "political, religious or social" in nature.

Enoch Lawrence sued when his employer, the Roseville branch of the California Department of Social Services, took down from the walls of his cubicle a bumper sticker that reads "Marriage: One Man One Woman," a small sign that says "Jesus Spoken Here," various Bible verses and two published articles on current political issues.

"Nothing in this employee's workspace warrants this action," said Joshua Carden, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund, which is assisting Lawrence with the suit. "The Constitution does not allow the department to silence his free expression rights just because they don't like the viewpoint he is expressing."

The federal civil-rights lawsuit contends the state agency unjustifiably restricted Lawrence's free speech and expression rights. ... FR Reprint.

Bodies of WWI soldiers found in Alpine glacier

August 23, 2004
The preserved bodies of three Austrian soldiers killed in World War I have been found at the foot of an Italian glacier, 86 years after their deaths, a museum in northern Italy said on Sunday. ...


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Al-Qaeda funding 'dropping since 9/11'

Aug. 23, 2004
Financial support for Al-Qaeda and the size of its operating budget have plummeted in the three years since the Sept 11 attacks, but the network 'continues to fund terrorist operations with relative ease', according to new findings released last Saturday by the commission that investigated the strikes.

Al-Qaeda's annual budget appears to have shrunk from about US$30 million (S$51.5 million) a year before the Sept 11 attacks to as little as a few million dollars per year now, the commission reported. ... FR Reprint.

N. Korea Leader Hopes for Kerry Win

Aug. 23, 2004
Pyongyang hinted last week that it might pull out of the next round, slated to be held next month, citing a hostile U.S. "smear campaign." With the U.S. presidential election approaching, some say Kim is stalling, hoping that John Kerry will win—and that the North will be able to get a better deal from a Democratic Administration. ... FR Reprint.

Bush urges Kerry to condemn attack ads

August 23, 2004
President Bush on Monday called for the so-called 527 groups to stop airing political ads, but he did not directly condemn commercials by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth that have attacked Sen. John Kerry's war record.

Speaking to reporters at his Texas ranch, Bush said he has repeatedly condemned 527 ads. These groups are named for the federal provision that makes such organizations tax exempt and allows them to accept unlimited donations. The groups should "stop all of it -- that means that ad [the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth spot], every ad," Bush said. ... FR Reprint.

Update: Explosive traces found on French suspect in Poland

August 23 , 2004
Investigators have found traces of explosive on the hands of a French photographer arrested this month in Poland on suspicion of preparing a terror attack, a Polish paper reported Monday. But the mayor from the suspect's hometown in south-eastern France said the arrest had likely been a "huge misunderstanding" and that French authorities were working to secure his release.

"Tests carried out with the aid of sophisticated equipment have confirmed the presence of traces of a very powerful explosive not only in the apartment but also on the hands of the 23-year-old Frenchman," the daily Rzeczpospolita said. ...

The suspect, identified as Mickael Neyrolles, was arrested while taking pictures of a gas pumping station. He is under investigation for "preparing actions which can endanger human life and destroy property", officials said. ... FR Reprint.

Kerry in War Record Cover-up

Aug. 23, 2004
Longtime civil libertarian and columnist for the left-wing Village Voice, Nat Hentoff charged Sunday that the Kerry campaign is engaged in a transparent cover-up of the Massachusetts Democrat's war record and an attempt to muzzle freedom of speech.

In an interview with WABC Radio's Steve Malzberg, Hentoff noted that the Pentagon has responded to a Washington Post Freedom of Information Act request for Kerry's full military file by turning over just six pages of their 100-plus page Kerry dossier, with a spokesman explaining that Kerry himself wouldn't authorized the release of the full file. Kerry has also refused to turn over diaries that the candidate kept during his Vietnam service, with the campaign insisting that an exclusive agreement with Kerry biographer Douglas Brinkley for his 2003 book "Tour of Duty" prevents any further disclosure.

But Hentoff said he wasn't buying that excuse, telling Malzberg, "I have done biographies of John Cardinal O'Connor and A.J. Muste and I've never heard of that kind of agreement."

"The question is, what is Kerry trying to hide?" said the Village Voice writer. "He claims he's interested in the truth. If he's interested in the truth, then release the records." ... FR Reprint.

Is John Kerry a closet Communist?

August 23, 2004
The following verbatim quote is from John Kerry’s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Thursday, April 22, 1971:

KERRY: "...but I want to relate to you the feeling that many of the men who have returned to this country express because we are probably angriest about all that we were told about Vietnam and about the mystical war against communism."

The "mystical war" against communism to which John Kerry refers is known to history as the Cold War, that long struggle between western democracies and Soviet and Red Chinese communist expansion. Every U.S. president from Harry Truman to George H. W. Bush staunchly struggled through the Cold War issues of their day. Yet John Kerry casually dismissed that great battle between democracy and communism as "mystical."
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Bush-Cheney '04 Releases New TV Ad "Taxing Our Economy"

August 23, 2004
Today, Bush-Cheney '04 announced the release of the campaign's newest television advertisement, "Taxing Our Economy." The new advertisement highlights John Kerry's record of voting for higher taxes on the middle class throughout his career in the U.S. Senate. ...


Click on Photo to view. FR Reprint.

Kerry campaign removes 20 pages of documents from website

April 24, 2004
Senator John F. Kerry has shrapnel in his left thigh as a result of an injury sustained in the Vietnam War, according to medical records displayed by his presidential campaign yesterday. The records include notations for wounds for all three Purple Hearts, as well as for two bouts of pneumonia and "a minor non-specific urinary tract infection."

The shrapnel still in Kerry's thigh stems from a Feb. 20, 1969, attack for which he was awarded his second Purple Heart. Kerry has said none of the three Purple Heart wounds cost him more than a couple of days of service. Kerry was able to leave combat six months early under Navy regulations that allowed a thrice-wounded sailor to depart Vietnam early. Asked yesterday whether the thigh bothers him, Kerry told reporters on his campaign plane: "Only when it rains."

The Kerry campaign removed a 20-page batch of documents yesterday from its website after The Boston Globe quoted a Navy officer who said the documents wrongly portrayed Kerry's service. Edward Peck had said he -- not Kerry -- was the skipper of Navy boat No. 94 at a time when the Kerry campaign website credited the senator with serving on the boat. The website had described Kerry's boat as being hit by rockets and said a crewmate was injured in an attack. But Peck said those events happened when he was the skipper. The campaign did not respond to a request to explain why the records were removed. ... FR Reprint.

Communist Vietnamese honor John Kerry

August 23, 2004
In the Vietnamese Communist War Remnants Museum (formerly known as the "War Crimes Museum") in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), a photograph of John Kerry hangs in a room dedicated to the anti-war activists who helped the Vietnamese Communists win the Vietnam War. The photograph shows Senator Kerry being greeted by the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Comrade Do Muoi.



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Bush at "Unbeatable" Approval Level

August 23, 2004
"...Majority Approves of President.

"Now that we all know Kerry is more warlike than the president -- after all, he would have removed Saddam without any evidence of WMDs -- Bush's job approval in the latest Gallup poll is now at 51 percent, almost identical to Clinton's 52 percent rating in August 1996 and President Reagan's 54 percent mark in August 1984. Last week, USA Today reported that "no president who has been at or above 50 percent at this point in an election year has lost." ... FR Reprint.

China Preparing for Confrontation With US, Taiwan PM Says

August 23, 2004
Taiwan's prime minister has accused China of preparing for a possible confrontation with the United States by sending Navy research vessels to map underwater terrain in the western Pacific, Taiwanese media reported Monday. ...

He said Chinese oceanic research ships had intruded into Taiwanese territorial waters on numerous occasions, and had also entered Japan's territorial waters a total of 21 times during 2003-4.

According to Taipei's Central News Agency, Yu said Beijing's aim was to break the U.S. defense line in the western Pacific - a line that runs through Taiwan, Japan and the Philippines. .... FR Reprint.

Why we're refighting Vietnam: Blame McCain-Feingold

August 23, 2004
Much of the presidential campaign this month has been consumed with a dispute about whether John Kerry told tall tales about his service in Vietnam 35 years ago. ...

The McCain-Feingold law was supposed to curb the influence of big money in politics. Instead, it has led to an avalanche of money landing in the coffers of so-called 527 groups. The name comes from the section of the tax code that allows independent groups to raise and spend as much as they want on political ads so long as they don't expressly advocate a candidate or coordinate their campaign with political parties or candidates. ... FR Reprint.

General Tommie Franks: I am voting for George Bush

August 23, 2004
General Tommie Franks just announced that he plans to vote for George W. Bush....

This is significant because one week ago, the news media ran multiple stories when Franks stated that John Kerry was qualified to be President. I wonder if the press will give as much coverage to Frank's official endorsement of Bush? ... FR Reprint.

Manipulating Polling Data

August 23, 2004
In a story about how George Bush, not John Kerry, got a "bounce" from coverage of the Democratic National convention, Susan Page disclosed something significant about a poll done on the matter. She revealed, "Because the results were a surprise, USA TODAY extended the survey an additional night, to Sunday, to create a larger and more reliable sample." In other words, because the media feared the results would undermine Kerry, they did their best to find more people for their "survey" who would validate the media's assumption that Kerry would get the bounce. But it was not to be. They couldn't find those Kerry supporters.

Despite the blatant manipulation of the polling data, Bush came out the winner. But the admission by Page demonstrates how these polls could possibly be rigged to produce the desired result. It shows that when there is a "surprise" in the polling data, the pollsters always have the option of extending the survey by polling more people over a longer period of time to produce different results. ... FR Reprint.

Swift Vets: A bigger surprise in 72 hours....

August 24
Posted on SwiftVets.com: Mon Aug 23, 2004 1:49 am Post subject:

Even my brothers in SBVT don't know it yet, but Kerry ... is in for an even bigger supprise before then. How is he going to disprove copies of the actual documents created during his time in Nam which proves what we have been saying. Radio logs, damage reports, spot reports, After action reports... the list goes on. Within the next three days I will be disclosing to the media the location of all the original documents, and how to contact the holder of those documents. Ever wonder where all those reports we wrote went when we left there. I don't. because I know. ... FR Reprint.

Iraqi arms scientists killed before they talk

August 23, 2004
Anti-coalition forces have killed a prominent Iraqi chemical-weapons scientist whom U.S. investigators were questioning at Abu Ghraib prison, in an attempt to unravel the mysteries of Saddam Hussein's arsenal.

The scientist's death is not the first such killing, and it has some U.S. analysts wondering whether there is a pattern and also whether the Iraqi insurgents had incredibly good intelligence and a deadly aim -- or were just lucky.
Last spring, according to two defense officials, the United States detained an Iraqi scientist who was active in the nation's development of chemical weapons. FR Reprint.

Dole Wants Kerry to Open Vietnam Records

August 23, 2004
Former Republican Sen. Bob Dole suggested Sunday that John Kerry apologize for past testimony before Congress about alleged atrocities during the Vietnam War and joined critics of the Democratic presidential candidate who say he received an early exit from combat for "superficial wounds."

Dole also called on Kerry to release all the records of his service in Vietnam. ... FR Reprint.

CA: Give volunteers their 'jobs' back

August 23, 2004
Jumbo shrimp. Steel wool. Original copy. Thunderous silence. Oxymorons at their finest.

Now comes paid volunteers, an oxymoron at its worst, which was recently created by a state agency. Simply stated, nonprofit organizations throughout California could be devastated if volunteers have to be paid.

By definition, a volunteer works, well, voluntarily. For free! They do not want, nor do they expect, to get paid. Seems fairly obvious. However, according to a 2003 legal interpretation of state labor law by the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), charity organizations are now required to pay volunteers, if they are to accept state funding for programs. ... FR Reprint.

Sunday, August 22, 2004

Swifty Have October Surprise For Kerry

August 2004
“You ain’t heard nothin’ yet.” The Swiftees have prepared an October Surprise for Hanoi John that is going to blow his candidacy out of the water. I can’t tell you what it is, but I can tell you the television and radio ads have already been taped, and they are going to have an impact like an elephant sitting on a donkey.

The Swiftees have three things in abundance: money, brains, and balls. They know exactly how to go for the jugular, they have the dough to do it, and they are saving their best shot for last. The Democrats will not know what hit them and will not know how to retaliate. Get set folks. The Kerry Train Wreck is not going to be a pretty sight. " ... FR Reprint.

O'Neill Dares Kerry: 'Sue Me'

August 22, 2004
Swiftboat Veterans for the Truth spokesman John O'Neill dared Sen. John Kerry on Sunday to sue him for libel if, as Kerry's presidential campaign maintains, key claims in O'Neill's book "Unifit for Command" are not true.

"I invite him to sue me for libel," O'Neill, who co-authored the overnight bestseller with Jerome Corsi, told WABC Radio's Monica Crowley. "If he was actually in Cambodia on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day he should sue me. If, in fact, those other five [Swift]boats, on March the 13, [1969], if they all fled like he did, instead of staying like he knows they did, he should sue me." FR Reprint.

Singapore says to back China in any Taiwan conflict

August 22, 2004
Singapore will not support Taiwan if China attacks the island in retaliation for any push for independence, Singapore's new Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Sunday, as tensions simmer on the Taiwan strait. ... FR Reprint.

Up-to-date N. Korean Intel

August 22, 2004
The Summary of Recent N. Korean Intel

...Recently, it is common that N. Korean defectors who came to S. Korea call up with Chinese cell-phones family members in N. Korea(who also have Chinese cell-phones.)

...Current economic situation in N. Korea is deteriorating badly. Capacity utilization of factories and mines is plummeting and street kids are on the rise again. Some are starving to deaths.

...There has been reports from Japanese sources that Kim Jong-il's eldest son, Kim Jong-name, is now assumed the role of the Kim Jong-il's successor. However, Korean agencies discounts their credibility. Things turned worse for the Kim Jong-il's brother-in-law, Jang Sung-thaek, who has been under house arrest. He is now undergoing ideological re-education.

...Kim Jong-il regime deployed Worker-peasant Red Militia(N. Korean militia) at Sino-N. Korean border to stop the flow of N. Korean escapees.

...Judging from various reports, one has to wonder if the Kim Jong-il regime is in the irrevocable process of collapse. As it stands, S. Korea basically feeds residents of Pyongyang and N. Korean military. If the political climate changes in S. Korea, even this life-line could stop. FR Reprint.

US Judo Team Leader "Respects Iranian Decision Not To Compete Against Israeli"

August 22 2004
[D}uring the first days of the 2004 Olympics in Athens, ... An Iranian judo athlete drew as his first competitor a Jewish wrestler from Israel. Rather than compete against this son of a monkey and an ape, as Iranian mullahs repeatedly refer to Jews, Arash Miresmaeili avoided the competition. His teammate Haji Akhondzade claimed in public "Israel [is] no country," suggesting that the entire nation of Israel is really Palestine. ...

The shock is that this bigoted decision has been praised by the leader of the U.S. judo team, an American named Buck Wessel. Wessel actually said that he respected Miresmaeili's decision, and he compared it to the American decision to pull out of the Olympic Games in 1980 to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

Wessel should immediately be relieved of his responsibility as an American team leader. He does not speak for Americans in supporting the Iranian bigotry... FR Reprint.

Kerry Campaign Won't Fire MoveOn Staffer

August 22, 2004
The Kerry campaign is gloating this weekend over the resignation of Bush Cheney volunteer, former Vietnam War POW Ken Cordier, who's featured in the latest Swiftboat ad - saying it proves illegal coordination between the Swiftvets' 527 group and the official Bush campaign.

But Kerry has no plans to fire Zach Exley, a key campaign staffer who served as the organizing director for MoveOn.org throughout the presidential primaries. What's more, MoveOn, whose sole mission is to defeat President Bush in November, maintains that Exley is allowed to "communicate" with the 527 group even as he works for the Democratic nominee.

"Col. Cordier did not inform the campaign of his involvement in the advertisement," the Bush campaign said in a statement late Saturday. "Because of his involvement [in the ad] Col. Cordier will no longer participate as a volunteer for Bush-Cheney '04."
But there's no doubt that Kerry knew all about Exley's background when he hired him. ... FR Reprint.

Exposed: Scandal Of Double Voting

August 22, 2004
Daily News Exclusive: Some 46,000 New Yorkers are registered to vote in both the city and Florida, a shocking finding that exposes both states to potential abuses that could alter the outcome of elections. ... FR Reprint.

Might Al Qaeda Have Acquired Stealthy French Sub with Nukes?

August 22, 2004
Last night in a radio interview, Howard Bloom, author and scholar at New York University claims: Al Qaeda May Have Acquired Stealthy French Sub with Nukes! In the past his website has reported:
"Osama bin Laden may soon have his hands on three Agosta 90B next-generation stealth submarines capable of carrying sixteen sea-to-land cruise missiles each. Those missiles can deliver atomic warheads. And Osama, I suspect, will have access to the forty nuclear warheads constructed by Pakistan.

Washington and New York, two primary targets for Al Qaeda, are near bodies of water from which these nuclear-tipped missiles can be launched. So are many other major American cities. Click here for more details:
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Update: They may not have them yet... Click here.

NBC NEWS' BIG LIE: 'Nightly News' Graphic Calls Group "Swift Boat Veterans For BUSH"

August 6, 2004
NBC Nightly News didn't lead with Kerry's Thursday blast, but their story did include the show's first playing of any audio from the ad by Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.



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Jimmy Carter: Wrong mentor for Kerry

August 21, 2004
Now that the Democratic Party has committed itself to warmed-over Carterism in its platform document, the comically titled "Strong At Home, Respected In The World," and Mickey Kaus has contributed a ringing endorsement worthy of the Man From Malaise ("We survived Carter and we'd survive Kerry"), it is important to remember just what we owe Jimmy Carter: a resurgent global Islamic radicalism, emboldened and directly aided by the Khomeini regime in Iran that he did so much to set in place. ...

A sobering reminder of just how much Carter is responsible for Iran's now sclerotic but still tenacious mullahocracy comes from Steven F. Hayward of the American Enterprise Institute in his new book, "The Real Jimmy Carter" (Regnery). ...

The bottom line? "Khomeini's regime," says Hayward, "executed more people in its first year in power than the shah's SAVAK had allegedly killed in the previous 25 years." Whether Khomeini in the early '80s sent a thank-you note to the man now basking in glory as "America's greatest ex-president," who was by then down in Plains licking his wounds and beginning his path to the Nobel Prize, is not known. But should Kerry be elected, Khomeini's spiritual heirs, locked in a mortal struggle with a new movement for secularism and democracy in Iran, may start getting all sorts of new reasons to express their gratitude to the man in the White House. ... FR Reprint.

Washington Post calls for full release of Kerry's military records

August 22, 2004
Some of the mystery surrounding exactly what happened on the Bay Hap River in March 1969 could be resolved by the full release of all relevant records and personal diaries. ...

Although Kerry campaign officials insist that they have published Kerry's full military records on their Web site (with the exception of medical records shown briefly to reporters earlier this year), they have not permitted independent access to his original Navy records. A Freedom of Information Act request by The Post for Kerry's records produced six pages of information. A spokesman for the Navy Personnel Command, Mike McClellan, said he was not authorized to release the full file, which consists of at least a hundred pages. ... FR Reprint.

Federal probe of Planned Parenthood urged

August 22, 2004
In the wake of accusations of racism against minority employees of Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles, an opponent is urging elected officials to launch an investigation to determine if racial discrimination is widespread at the organizations' facilities nationwide.

"With new allegations officially recorded, it now raises the question of how many other incidents may have occurred but have gone unreported," said Jim Sedlak, executive director of American Life League's STOPP International, a group that monitors Planned Parenthood.

As WorldNetDaily reported, several black and Hispanic male employees of Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles, or PPLA, have filed multiple complaints of racism against the organization, charging they were the subject of constant slurs in a hostile, anti-male environment controlled by white women. ... FR Reprint.

Fatah splinter group calls for killing Arafat

Aug 21, 2004
A leaflet distributed over the weekend by a hitherto unknown group called Fatah – The Reformist Path called for replacing the Palestinian leadership and threatened to liquidate Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat and many of his top aides. ...

This is the first time that a leaflet signed by a Fatah affiliated group calls for eliminating Arafat. Most Fatah leaders and activists who have been demanding reforms and an end to corruption in the PA have refrained from attacking Arafat personally, directing their anger instead at top officials in the PA chairman's entourage.

The leaflet, which is seen as yet another sign of growing tensions among the top brass of the PA, launched a scathing attack on a number of veteran Fatah leaders and PA officials, accusing them of stealing funds, lying, and collaboration with Israel. ...

The leaflet also called for forming criminal and political courts to try all those who have abused their power and embezzled public funds. ... FR Reprint.

Chemical Attack in Sudan?

August 22, 2004
There was something curiously understated about the report of an apparent chemical attack on villagers in the Sudanese province of Darfur, which ran on Tuesday's front page.

For one thing, the word "chemical" was never used by any of the villagers. They simply described in matter-of-fact terms how one day, instead of the usual bombs, the planes dropped plastic sacks filled with a flourlike substance that made them sick and killed their livestock.

"I came across the story just talking to the villagers in Shegek Karo about their experiences during the bombing," reporter Levon Sevunts explained in a subsequent e-mail. They didn't even realize what they were telling me was extremely important. For them, it was just another of many ways the Sudanese government had tried to kill them." ...

But the innocent quality of the villagers' stories gave the story the ring of truth, and we were impressed by the fact that Mr. Sevunts had carefully avoided making any unsubstantiated charges. He simply recounted the stories the villagers had told him. ... FR Reprint.

More Costly in Canada: About those prescription drugs

August 22, 2004
John Kerry, Gov. Craig Benson, and Sen. Judd Gregg all advocate importing prescription drugs from Canada. Supposedly Canada’s prescription drugs are super cheap, and Americans will get to share in these lower prices if only we could legally import drugs straight from Canada.

Not so fast.

Several studies of the price differences between prescription drugs in Canada and their counterparts in the United States throw a big monkey wrench into that theory. Forbes magazine reported last year: “The notion that pharmaceuticals are cheaper in Canada is a myth, according to experts. While some high-profile, brand-name drugs are cheaper in Canada, other lesser-known drugs and generics sell for less in the United States.”

The two primary studies that made people believe Canadian drugs were cheaper both “compared only top-selling brand-name drugs — ignoring lower-priced generics,” the magazine reported. Further examination corrected for those errors and found that many drugs were more expensive in Canada. ... FR Reprint.

Saturday, August 21, 2004

Al-Qaida Said to Recruit in Latin America

August 21, 2004
Governments throughout Mexico and Central America are on alert as evidence grows that al-Qaida members are traveling in the region and looking for recruits to carry out attacks in Latin America — the potential last frontier for international terrorism. ... FR Reprint.

Anti-Bush protests at RNC convention may backfire on Kerry

August 22, 2004
There is a hint of revolution in the streets of New York, but the organisers of what may be one of the biggest anti-government demonstrations in America since the 1960s are wrestling with a dilemma. They may end up helping Bush rather than hurting him. ...

In one poll last week the “bounce” that Kerry had received from the Democratic convention last month had shrunk to a one point lead over Bush. A survey by CBS showed Kerry’s support among veterans had fallen; having been tied with Bush at 46% a month ago, he now trails by 18 points.

Next week it will be Bush’s turn to bounce and many New York Democrats are painfully aware that the president may be propelled even higher should rioting erupt on the streets. “Do the activists know what they are going into?” asked Mailer in New York magazine. “Or do they assume that expressing their rage is equal to getting Kerry elected? It could have exactly the opposite effect.” ... FR Reprint.

FLASHBACK: "John Kerry: A Navy Dove Runs for Congress" (1970 Harvard Crimson interview)

February 18, 1970
Hundreds of opponents to the Vietnam War will meet this coming Saturday in a Third District Citizens Caucus to choose a Democrat strong enough in the September primary to oust Philip J. Philbin (D-Mass.) ...

Kerry has the most explicit stand against the Vietnam War and although his youth is a plus, the fact that he is a political unknown does not help him. Now 26, he was honorably discharged from the Navy last month but has been laying the groundwork for the race ever since November. Occasionally, Kerry makes obvious his recent return to civilian life and the Third Congressional District. ...

At Yale, Kerry was chairman of the Political Union and later, as Commencement speaker, urged the United States to withdraw from Vietnam and to scale down foreign military operations. And this was way back in 1966.

When he approached his draft board for permission to study for a year in Paris, the draft board refused and Kerry decided to enlist in the Navy. The Navy assigned him to the USS Gridley which between December 1966 and July 1968 saw four months of action off the Vietnam coast. In August through November, 1968, Kerry was trained to be the skipper of a patrol boat for Vietnamese rivers. For the next five months, until April of 1969, Kerry was the commanding Lieutenant of a patrol boat in the Mekong Delta. He was wounded slightly on three different occasions and received a Silver Star for bravery. His patrol boat took part in Operation Sealords, mostly scouting out Viet Cong villages and transporting South Vietnamese marines to various destinations up and down narrow rivers covered with heavy foliage on either side. One time Kerry was ordered to destroy a Viet Cong village but disobeyed orders and suggested that the Navy Command simply send in a Psychological Warfare team to be friend the villagers with food, hospital supplies, and better educational facilities.

Pulling Out

Immediate withdrawal from Vietnam, Kerry said, would take about seven months due to complex logistics problems. During that interval he would allow only "self-defense return of fire." "Logistic suport is now what Nixon is talking about leaving there and I don't want to see that. I don't think we should leave support troops there and I don't think we should give Vietnam any more than the foreign aid given any other one country." He does not feel there would be a massive slaughter of American, sympathizers once the United States pulled out.

In America, "everybody who's against the war is suddenly considered anti-American," Kerry said. "But I don't think they can turn to me and say I don't know what's going on or I'm a draft dodger." Referring to the House Armed Services Committee, chaired by L. Mendel Rivers (D-S.C.), Kerry said, "I want to go down to Washington and confront Medel Rivers, who never fought in a war.

"I as effectively as anyone else in the country, can address myself to the issue of Vietnam," Kerry said. "I'm very realistic, though. I'm just going to be one man adding to the work of men like Lowenstein."

Kerry is a pilot, and on October 14 and 15 he flew Ted Kennedy's advisor Adam Walinsky by private plane throughout the State of New York so that Walinsky could give speeches against the Vietnam War. But Kerry was smart enough not to put down "Moratorium" on the Navy signout sheet for that Tuesday and Wednesday. The following month, Kerry was sick and did not engage in the November moratorium activities.

He supports a volunteer Army, "if and only if we can create the controls for it. You're going to have to prepare for the possibility of a national emergency, however." Kerry said that the United Nations should have control over most of our foreign military operations. "I'm an internationalist. I'd like to see our troops dispersed through the world only at the directive of the United Nations."

On other issues, Kerry wants "to almost eliminate CIA activity. The CIA is fighting its own war in Laos and nobody seems to care." He also favors a negative income tax and keeping unemployment at a very low level, "even if it means selective economic controls."

Kerry's Background

"I have a somewhat Establishment background," Kerry admitted modestly. Kerry, whose family comes from Groton, attended Fessenden, a prestigious private school in West Newton, until he was old enough to go to St. Paul's. From there he went on to Yale where he majored in political science.

Kerry's interest in politics began in 1960, when John Kennedy was running for President. Kerry gave his first political speeches for JFK and at St. Paul's founded a political group, the John Winant Society. In the summer of 1962, Kerry worked for Ted Kennedy, who was then making his first Senate bid. "I wanted to see how the political machine works."

At Yale, Kerry was instrumental in organizing the demonstrations for giving tenure to philosophy professor Dick Bernstein, even though Bernstein had not done very much publishing. As President of the Political Union, Kerry met an impressive array of political figures and spent much of his time fighting for a new YPU building, which Yale eventually built.

Kerry's style can turn people off at first because he gives the initial impression of being too good to be true, of being just a little bit insincere. His preppiness might make you think he's a blueblood WASP, but Kerry is really a Roman Catholic. However, an afternoon on the campaign trail with Kerry leaves you with quite a different impression. ... FR Reprint.

Questions arise regarding John Kerry's honorable discharge.

August 21, 2004
THIS KERRY SERVICE TIMELINE from the Associated Press in the Boston Globe says Kerry was honorably discharged in 1970, and then joined the anti-war movement:

January 1970: Kerry requests discharge. He is honorably discharged, and later joins Vietnam Veterans Against the War. But that's wrong:

Kerry was transfered to the Naval Reserves in 1970, and Honorably Discharged in 1978. There was no two year service gap, despite the impression given by his press releases.
But not all of his press releases. In fact, it's made quite clear in this July release from the Kerry campaign:

Kerry volunteered for the United States Navy after college and served from 1966 through 1970 rising to the rank of Lieutenant, Junior Grade. Afterwards, Kerry continued his military service in the United States Naval Reserves through 1978.
(Same here, too: "John Kerry Enlisted in the U.S. Navy; November 1968 through March 1969, Served in Vietnam; 1970-1978, Served in U.S. Navy Reserves.") In other words, when Kerry was protesting the war and holding private meetings with North Vietnamese and Viet Cong representatives in Paris, he was still a Naval officer in the reserves. The folks at AP and the Globe might not think that matters, but they ought to report this so that people can make up their own minds -- and they ought to get it right. Especially when the correct information is right on the Kerry website, and when their fellow journalists are accusing blogs of sloppiness. ... FR Reprint.

Doing the 'Right' Thing in L.A. [Magazine will out conservatives in Hollywood]

August 21, 2004
In an exposé on secret Hollywood Republicans in its upcoming September issue, Details magazine unmasks a host of stealth celebrity conservatives, including Adam Sandler, Freddie Prinze Jr., Jessica Simpson and Shannen Doherty.

According to Details, the Republican National Committee has been quietly circulating a list of GOP-supporting Hollywood celebrities in the hopes of offsetting the Democratic Party's A-list star power, which includes liberal luminaries such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts and Leonardo DiCaprio.

But many on the Left Coast are reluctant to come forward with their conservative convictions. Rather than face Democratic venom at Tinseltown parties, most of the stars on the Republican list have chosen to conceal their political leanings, and some even live in fear of being blacklisted by the leftie powers that be. ... FR Reprint.

What's behind the big US troop reshuffle

August 21, 2004
THE dispute surrounding President George W. Bush's decision to withdraw a relatively large number of American troops from Europe and Asia, unveiled in a speech this week, continues to reverberate.

Democratic Senator John Kerry, his presidential opponent, quickly denounced the move, and the usual array of armchair commentators has been wheeled out, some praising Mr Bush's choice as farsighted and others castigating it as unfortunate. Yet most of this is just electoral noise; regardless of who wins the White House this November, a realignment of the American military presence around the world remains inevitable.

The President's speech earlier this week was a surprise only to those who had not been following American military affairs too closely. It may be an unpleasant truth for Mr Kerry, but the re-evaluation of US bases was actually initiated by the administration of then president Bill Clinton, a fellow Democrat.

And for good reasons, because the US military posture harks back to the end of World War II and has little relevance to either the strategic priorities of today or the advances in defence technology. ... FR Reprint.

Two Yemenis Arrested In Switzerland Linked To Al- Qaeda

August 21 2004
Two Yemeni nationals arrested this year in Switzerland are linked to key Al-Qaeda figures with ties to the October 2000 bombing of a US aircraft carrier off Yemen and to a suicide strike in Riyadh last year, the Swiss public prosecutor was quoted as saying on Saturday.

The pair, who were detained in Geneva and Bern in January, have been linked to "several core members of the (Osama) bin Laden movement," said a report on an inquiry by public prosecutor Claude Nicati, obtained by Le Temps newspaper.

A spokesperson at the federal prosecutor's office declined to comment on the article. ... FR Reprint.

Friday, August 20, 2004

Rumsfeld says missile defense shield to be ready by year's end

August 20, 2004
The United States will have a limited defense against incoming ballistic missiles by the end of this year, US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in prepared remarks, calling it a "triumph of hope and vision over pessimism and skepticism."

Rumsfeld hailed the developers of the missile defense system in a speech prepared for delivery to a conference in Huntsville, Alabama, a day after President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry the Democratic presidential nominee, clashed over the controversial project on the campaign trail.

"It has been two years since President Bush announced the decision to deploy an initial missile defense capability and in the past few weeks, the first interceptor was put in place at Fort Greely, Alaska," Rumsfeld said. ... FR Reprint.

Hunt on for bin Laden's latest No. 3 man

August 20, 2004
Libyan now believed responsible for U.S., & U.K. terrorist plans. Pakistani officials are seeking a man they and U.S. officials believe has taken over responsibility for planning al-Qaida attacks on the United States. They say he is the new No. 3 man in the terrorist network and may know the general whereabouts of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri — al-Qaida's No. 2 man.

Abu Faraj al Libi, a Libyan citizen who has long worked with bin Laden, is believed to have taken over the No. 3 job with the capture of his mentor, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, in March 2003, a senior U.S. official told NBC News. Like all of the officials interviewed for this story, the official spoke on condition of anonymity.

As Mohammed's top deputy, Abu Faraj is believed to have played a role in organizing the 9/11 attacks. Today, he is believed to be in charge of all al-Qaida's U.S. and United Kingdom operations, including any current plots. Abu Faraj is also believed to know at least the general whereabouts of bin Laden and al Zawahiri, and to be the mastermind of the Dec. 14 and 25 assassination attempts against Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. ... FR Reprint.

More illegal immigrants with criminal records caught at the border (11,000)

August 20, 2004
A computerized fingerprinting system is credited with apprehending nearly four times more illegal immigrants with criminal or immigration records trying to enter through Arizona.

Since October, the Border Patrol says agents patrolling the Tucson sector have apprehended nearly eleven-thousand people who were wanted by local authorities or had been convicted of crimes or immigration violations.

The majority of people were detected by a digital scanning fingerprint system that lets agents check both criminal and immigration records simply by scanning the fingers on both hands. The system wasn't available to the entire Tucson sector until this year. It was installed at the Border Patrol's busiest stations first. ... FR Reprint.

Kerry Will File Legal Challenge to Swift Boat Veterans-Demands Immediate Suspension of Ads

August 20, 2004
CNN is reporting Friday afternoon that the Kerry campaign will file a complaint with the FEC. Wolf Blitzer reported that the campaign will allege that the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth are illegally coordinating their efforts with the Bush-Cheney campaign.

The complaint reportedly demands that the Swiftvets immediately suspend broadcasts of commericals attacking John Kerry's Vietnam War record and return any moneys raised in conjunction with the ad campaign.

The complaint is an extension of Sen. Kerry's charge on Thursday that the Swiftvets are a "front group" for the Bush Cheney campaign, alleging that the group has broken campaign laws by coordinating their efforts with the White House.

John O'Neill, author of the book "Unfit for Command," which details the charges described in the anti-Kerry commercials, said Friday that he had no connection with the White House, adding that his group wouldn't suspend the ads even if the White House asked them too. ... FR Reprint.

Famous Historian Predicts Europe will become Islamic by the end of the century

August 20, 2004
Bernard Lewis, world famous historian and expert on Islam, predicted that Europe will become Islamic by the end of the century as a result of imigration patterns and birth rates. ... FR Reprint.

New Pro-Bush Movie: Triumph of the W.

August 20, 2004
"Trying to counter the success of Michael Moore, Karl Rove's men in Hollywood are rushing to release a pro-Bush epic, "The Big Picture." But are they violating federal campaign law?"

The next salvo in the cinematic campaign war of 2004 is "The Big Picture," a documentary film attacking John Kerry sponsored by David Bossie's Citizens United, the right-wing group that unsuccessfully sued to stop national advertising of Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11." But Bossie's latest project could create legal problems for him and his organization -- in part because Lionel Chetwynd, the award-winning director, is working not only on the documentary but also on two shorter films to be screened at the Republican National Convention. ...

Exactly how "The Big Picture" was financed, and how much it will cost, remain mysterious. .... FR Reprint.

California's Hate Crimes Expansion: Dangerous To Christians?

August 20, 2004
The "thought police" may soon be roaming the corridors of businesses and schools in California, in search of people who have been accused of uttering "hate speech" toward homosexuals. Several Christian activists in the Golden State are concerned that that indeed could be the scenario if Senate Bill 1234 becomes law.

The intent of SB 1234 is to redefine what constitutes a "hate crime" in California. In general, hate crimes laws create different classes of victims, seeking greater punishments for crimes committed against one class of people -- such as homosexuals -- over other victims. Under this legislation, individuals could claim that someone expressing their deeply held beliefs, whether political or religious, presents an "intimidating" threat that is punishable. ... Penalties for violating SB 1234 include criminal prosecution and fines of $25,000.

Sponsored by lesbian State Senator Sheila Kuehl, SB 1234 has already been passed by the Senate and could be voted on by the Assembly as soon as today (Wednesday). Opponents of the bill are not optimistic about the Assembly vote and expect the measure to move along to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's desk for his signature before the end of the month. ...

Hate crimes law, CCF says, are the first step toward "thought police" because they punish people's points of views instead of focusing on people's conduct. California pro-family activist James Hartline calls SB 1234 a "frightening rewrite" of current civil rights laws that is masquerading as a protection measure. Christians, he says, should be particularly concerned.

"This bill would censor all Californians from their constitutional right to free speech when articulating what the Bible states regarding the sinful nature of homosexuality," he says, citing several scenarios. He contends the bill would prevent pastors from speaking out against homosexuality from the pulpit and would allow law enforcement to enter a church and arrest a pastor for doing so. ... FR Reprint.

Study Shows If EU Were A U.S. State, Would Rank Dismal 47th In Per Capita GDP

August 20, 2004
If the European Union were a U.S. state, it would rank forty-seventh in per capita GDP, according to a report from Timbro, a Swedish free-market think tank. (Yes, there really is one.)

In annual income the average European is on a par with residents of Mississippi, West Virginia, and Arkansas. (And the report excludes the newer, poorer EU nations of Eastern Europe.)

The picture isn't much rosier even in wealthier European states like France and Britain, both of which have per capita GDPs slightly lower than Alabama's. Only tiny Luxembourg scores better than the American average. ... FR Reprint.

Non-Arab recruits scout for al-Qaeda (posing as Christians in America)

August 16, 2004
Al-Qaeda allies are believed to be scouting U.S. targets, and the terror organization is using non-Arab recruits to avoid detection, U.S. law enforcement and intelligence officials say. ...

It is unclear how many al-Qaeda scouts are in the USA. "The FBI has their eye on or has opened several hundred investigations of people sympathetic to or supportive of" al-Qaeda, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said. "If we knew somebody was here as an operative — and we knew who they were or where they were — they wouldn't be on the street."

Information about active cells came from Ridge and three intelligence and law enforcement officials. The three officials wouldn't speak for attribution because the information they provided is classified. One of the three, a senior U.S. intelligence official, responded to criticism that the Bush administration raised the terrorism threat level based on information about surveillance al-Qaeda did years ago. The official said the cells:

- Have been in the USA off and on since the early 1990s, and some are still here.

- Are focused primarily on states on the coasts, though not exclusively. They include New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, Michigan and California.

- Operate under deep cover, sometimes hiding their Muslim faith by posing as Christians.

- Are isolated from each other and from al-Qaeda members who would carry out attacks. ... FR Reprint.

Four Eyewitnesses Dispute Kerry's Account of Bronze Star Incident

August 20, 2004
According to an after-action report for the afternoon of March 13, 1969, John Kerry's unit of five Swift boats encountered enemy automatic and small-arms fire from both banks along a 5,000-meter stretch of the Bay Hap River in Vietnam. Three enemy mines were detonated, the report states, one of which damaged Kerry's boat. According to that same report and a separate casualty report, Kerry received a minor contusion on his arm and shrapnel in his buttocks from the incident.

On the basis of these two reports, Kerry received a Bronze Star--and importantly, his third Purple Heart, which allowed him to leave Vietnam after serving only four months of the standard one-year tour.

But there are two potential problems with this story: First, four eyewitnesses now contradict the after-action report. They say there was no hostile fire in the incident, and claim that Kerry, whose version of events agrees with the report, wrote the report himself--a claim Kerry's campaign denies.

Second, a story Kerry told biographer Douglas Brinkley for Tour of Duty appears to contradict the casualty report that resulted in Kerry's tour-ending third Purple Heart. Kerry told Brinkley he received a wound to his buttocks earlier on the same day as the Bay Hap combat incident. But, in this case, the wound came from a non-combat accident in a nearby village. Some friendly forces were destroying rice that was believed to be stockpiled for the Viet Cong. "I got a piece of small grenade in my ass from one of the rice bin explosions," Kerry told Brinkley. The military does not grant Purple Hearts for self-inflicted wounds or accidents.

The casualty report filed on Kerry the next morning mentions nothing about Kerry's rice-bin injury. It says: "LTJG Kerry suffered shapnel (sic) wounds in his left buttocks and contusions on his right forearm when a mine detonated close aboard PCF-94." ... FR Reprint.

Tommy Franks Warned Kerry: Iraq Pullout a Bad Idea

August 20, 2004
Iraq war commander Gen. Tommy Franks revealed Thursday that John Kerry called him for advice on his plan to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq starting in six months - and that Franks gave him a thumbs down.

Asked about the Kerry pullout plan, Gen. Franks told WDAY North Dakota radio host Scott Hennen, "That's a bad idea." "As a matter of fact, I talked to Sen. Kerry - he called me on the telephone. I think most of your listeners know that I'm an independent guy and I try to stay in the middle of all this," Franks said, explaining that his opposition to the Kerry plan was nonpartisan. ... FR Reprint.

Kerry’s health scare : Blaming Bush for a phantom problem

August 20, 2004
AMERICANS spend more on health care than the people of any other nation on earth, and it’s all George Bush’s fault, according to John Kerry. The senator came to Derry yesterday to tell residents there how bad they have it in George Bush’s America, where health care costs are rising so quickly. But are Americans really so bad off when it comes to health care?

In a news release yesterday, the Kerry campaign complained, “Americans pay more per capita for health care than any other country. America spends $4,887 per capita on health expenditures compared to $3,160 in Switzerland, $2,792 in Canada and $1,992 in the United Kingdom.”

Not only is this discrepancy not George Bush’s fault, it is not necessarily bad. According to the journal Health Affairs, about 90 percent of the variation in levels of health spending among countries is explained by Gross Domestic Product. Countries with a higher standard of living spend more on health care. In the case of America’s $4,887 per-capita expenditure cited by Kerry, Health Affairs attributes 58 percent of that figure to America’s high GDP.

What might explain the other 42 percent? The exceptional quality of our health care professionals, for one. “The highly trained and highly talented health professionals employed in health care must be recruited from the same talent pool used by other industries offering high compensation, such as law and finance,” significantly marking up prices, notes Health Affairs. ... FR Reprint.

Iran's Supreme Leader at war with US?

August 20, 2004
At a meeting in Teheran last week, the Islamic Republic's supreme guide Ali Khamenei took questions from some 150 "Islamic guidance" officials operating around the world. According to those present, the ayatollah responded with well-rehearsed answers, often consisting of one-line slogans. One question made him hesitate: Is the Islamic Republic at war against the United States?

According to leaks, the ayatollah tried to get around the question by claiming that it was the United States that was at war against "our Islamic Revolution."

Leaving aside semantic subtleties, it is fair to say that the US has been at war with the Khomeinist regime ever since the mullahs seized power in Teheran in 1979. ... FR Reprint.

Washington Post: 'No Evidence of Direct Connections'

August 20, 2004
"There is no evidence the president's campaign has direct connections to the anti-Kerry veterans group," the Washington Post reported on Friday.
The newspaper notes that the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth Campaign is hurting Kerry's candidacy: His campaign has been "flooded with calls from concerned veterans," the Washington Post said, and a CBS poll shows Kerry has lost "significant" veterans' support.

The Washington Post also points out that Kerry has struck back at Swift Boat Veterans for Truth -- without addressing some of the accusations. "Instead of rebutting each charge, Kerry blamed Bush for sanctioning such highly personal attacks, the Washington Post said. ... FR Reprint.

Official on leave over Ten Commandments

August 20, 2004
A school superintendent who posted the Ten Commandments in a student cafeteria was put on leave without pay after saying he would not follow federal law on religious expression. School officials declined to say whether Humansville Superintendent Greg Thompson would remain a district employee.

The 11-inch-by-14-inch plaque hung by Thompson shortly after he was hired six years ago was challenged in March by resident Carrie Roat, who argued in a federal lawsuit that the plaque violated the constitutional guarantee of separation of church and state. ... FR Reprint.

Columbia Professor re: Globalization - "Kerry and Edwards are trying to use scare tactics"

=August 20, 2004
Leading globalization scholar Jagdish Bhagwati, himself a Democrat, is highly critical of candidate John Kerry's course on economics, outsourcing and trade. He spoke to SPIEGEL ONLINE about Kerry's anti-offshoring rhetoric, his ideas for reforming company taxation - and George W. Bush's record on job creation.

To read the entire articel click here. FR Reprint.

AZ: Kids Find Themselves Registered to Vote in Bernalillo County

August 20, 2004
Glen Stout was surprised when his son's first voter-registration card arrived in the mail a couple of weeks ago. After all, his son is only 13. What's more, the Postal Service delivered two more voter cards to Stout's Albuquerque residence— for a 15-year-old who lives across the street.

The puzzling cards are an example of the problems election workers are facing this election as they deal with thousands of voter-registration forms that are being filed each week with the Bernalillo County Clerk's Office. Some 3,000 of the cards have been found to be questionable because they lack signatures, have incorrect addresses or contain other discrepancies, said County Clerk Mary Herrera. Stout said he believes fraud may be involved. ... FR Reprint.

Nuclear Data Missing!

August 20, 2004
An inventory has found another case of missing data involving nuclear weapons, this time at the Energy Department's regional office in Albuquerque, N.M., the department disclosed Thursday. ... FR Reprint.

Socialism is Evil

August 1, 2004
Summary: It's not just left-wingers and Democrats who call for and admire socialism but right-wingers and Republicans as well. What is socialism? We miss the boat if we say it's the agenda of left-wingers and Democrats.

According to Marxist doctrine, socialism is a stage of society between capitalism and communism where private ownership and control over property are eliminated. The essence of socialism is the attenuation and ultimate abolition of private property rights. Attacks on private property include, but are not limited to, confiscating the rightful property of one person and giving it to another to whom it doesn't belong. When this is done privately, we call it theft. When it's done collectively, we use euphemisms: income transfers or redistribution.

It's not just left-wingers and Democrats who call for and admire socialism but right-wingers and Republicans as well.

Republicans and right-wingers support taking the earnings of one American and giving them to farmers, banks, airlines and other failing businesses. Democrats and left-wingers support taking the earnings of one American and giving them to poor people, cities and artists. Both agree on taking one American's earnings to give to another; they simply differ on the recipients. This kind of congressional activity constitutes at least two-thirds of the federal budget.

Regardless of the purpose, such behavior is immoral. It's a reduced form of slavery. After all, what is the essence of slavery? It's the forceful use of one person to serve the purposes of another person. When Congress, through the tax code, takes the earnings of one person and turns around to give it to another person in the forms of prescription drugs, Social Security, food stamps, farm subsidies or airline bailouts, it is forcibly using one person to serve the purposes of another.

The moral question stands out in starker relief when we acknowledge that those spending programs coming out of Congress do not represent lawmakers reaching into their own pockets and sending out the money. Moreover, there's no tooth fairy or Santa Claus giving them the money. The fact that government has no resources of its very own forces us to acknowledge that the only way government can give one American a dollar is to first -- through intimidation, threats and coercion -- take that dollar from some other American.

Some might rejoin that all of this is a result of a democratic process and it's legal. Legality alone is no guide for a moral people. There are many things in this world that have been, or are, legal but clearly immoral. Slavery was legal. Did that make it moral? South Africa's apartheid, Nazi persecution of Jews, and Stalinist and Maoist purges were all legal, but did that make them moral?

Can a moral case be made for taking the rightful property of one American and giving it to another to whom it does not belong? I think not. That's why socialism is evil. It uses evil means (coercion) to achieve what are seen as good ends (helping people). We might also note that an act that is inherently evil does not become moral simply because there's a majority consensus.

An argument against legalized theft should not be construed as an argument against helping one's fellow man in need. Charity is a noble instinct; theft, legal or illegal, is despicable. Or, put another way: Reaching into one's own pocket to assist his fellow man is noble and worthy of praise. Reaching into another person's pocket to assist one's fellow man is despicable and worthy of condemnation.

Update: FR Reprint.

The Kerry campaign calls on publisher to withdraw "Unfit for Command"

August 19, 2004
The Kerry campaign has told Salon that the publisher of "Unfit for Command," the book that is at the center of the attack on Kerry's military record by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, is retailing a hoax and should consider withdrawing it from bookstores.

"No publisher should want to be selling books with proven falsehoods in them, especially falsehoods that are meant to smear the military service of an American veteran," said Kerry campaign spokesman Chad Clanton. "If I were them, I'd be ducking under my desk wondering what to do. This is a serious problem." ... FR Reprint.

New Swiftvets Ad: POW's Accuse Kerry

August 19, 2004
The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth have released a new ad featuring former POW's that claim Kerry betrayed them. To view the ad click here. FR Reprint.

UK:Terror leaflets found at mosque from US

August 15 2004
Hundreds of leaflets urging Muslims to become terrorist fighters have been distributed at a Midland mosque. Police have been called in to investigate after the flyers were found at Birmingham Central Mosque last week.

The leaflets urge worshippers to become Mujahideen fighters and ask them to 'pray for death and decay to be visited upon the West'. The literature bears the name of a group called Ahle Sunnah Wal Jamah, which mosque officials say is often used as an alias for the Al Muhajiroun group. Al Muhajiroun, a small radical organisation which has called for a British Islamic state, has been accused of inciting terrorism, anti-Semitism and homophobia.

Mosque chairman Dr Mohammed Naseem warned that the leaflets could act as a recruitment aid for would-be terrorists."It is very worrying," he said. ...

Dr Naseem said he blamed the Government for Al Muhajiroun's continuing presence in Britain. "Its leaders continue to preach and incite terrorism and yet the Government does not nothing about it," he said. "These people should be removed from the country." FR Reprint.

Note: Numerous terror sites are now hosted at Managed Solutions, San Jose California. Terror sites are often grouped using the same IP address at the same ISP. The reason for this is the sites are often put up by the same webmaster. 357hosting.com is known as the "webmaster of terrorists". 357Hosting was recently booted out of AcmeCommerce in Malaysia and is relocating some of their sites to San Jose. Also at Managed Solutions is the website of Abu Hamza http://www.shareeah.org/ Hamza was dubbed by monday's CBS Evening News as "The Terror Big". At the CBS News site is a video of Hamza calling for violent jehad on British soil.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Iran threatens a pre-emptive strike on US forces

Augsust 19,2004
In a marked escalation of a war of words between Iran and its arch-enemies Israel and the US, Tehran has for the first time threatened a preemptive strike against US troops in the region. "We will not sit (with arms folded) to wait for what others will do to us," Iran's defence minister, Rear-Admiral Ali Shamkhani told Al-Jazeera TV on Wednesday when asked if Iran would respond to a US attack on its nuclear facilities.

"Some military commanders in Iran are convinced that preventive operations which the Americans talk about are not their monopoly, America is not the only one present in the region. We are also present, from Khost to Kandahar in Afghanistan; we are present in the Gulf and we can be present in Iraq," said Shamkhani. ...

Asked about the possibility of an American or Israeli strike against Iran's atomic power plant being built in Bushehr, Shamkhani added: "We will consider any strike against our nuclear installations as an attack on Iran as a whole, and we will retaliate with all our strength.

"Where Israel is concerned, we have no doubt that it is an evil entity, and it will not be able to launch any military operation without an American green light. You cannot separate the two. The US military presence (in Iraq) will not become an element of strength (for Washington) at our expense. The opposite is true, because their forces would turn into a hostage" in Iranian hands in the event of an attack, he said. ... FR Reprint.

GOP Convention - Security Gadgets

August 19, 2004
Police will have a much more high-tech option to make themselves heard over the din of Manhattan traffic, summer tourists and noisy protesters outside the upcoming Republican National Convention: the Long Range Acoustic Device.

The New York Police Department plans to use the portable, dish-shaped instrument developed for the military if it needs to broadcast warnings or instructions to a swelling crowd. It's part of an arsenal of devices and counterterrorism equipment that authorities were unveiling Thursday ahead of the convention Aug. 30-Sept. 2. The machines are being tested at an air field in a remote section of Brooklyn along with other devices like hand-held radiation detectors and mechanical barriers strong enough to stop a moving vehicle in its tracks.

The department recently bought two of the 45-pound acoustic machines for $35,000 apiece, and plans to mount them on armored vehicles posted outside Madison Square Garden. It would mark the first time the instrument which can beam sounds up to 150 decibels for distances up to 300 yards has been used by a civilian force. ``We believe we'd be able to use them in a number of scenarios,'' said Paul Browne, the NYPD's chief spokesman. Two possible uses cited by Browne: directing crowds to safety following a terrorist attack or other calamity, and reminding protesters where they're allowed to march and rally. At past demonstrations, protesters have complained they couldn't hear police directions, resulting in confusion and angry clashes. ... FR Reprint.

NYPD to Shadow 56 Protesters Believed Most Dangerous

August 18, 2004
Police are now tracking 56 potentially dangerous people. Marcus Solis reports from Madison Square Garden. While international terrorism remains a concern, this operation's focus is primarily on anarchists, and how they plan to disrupt the convention. This week the NYPD began instructing officers on intelligence on this threat. They also began doling out assignments, and for hundreds of officers that means surveillance work that will begin next week. And it starts for them with a trip out of town.

The debriefings have been taking place at John Jay College and the Police Academy. Inside, the NYPD's intelligence division is outlining security plans for the upcoming Republican National Convention. The big concern: the anarchist groups which disrupted the W.T.O conference in Seattle in 1999, and who have threatened to do the same here. Sources say the NYPD has identified 56 primary anarchists who will be followed 24 hours a day. One supervisor and six cops will be assigned to each person. ... FR Reprint.

Christian Leaders Who Criticized Bush Campaign Exposed

August 18, 2004
A letter has been sent to President George W. Bush by ten Protestant teachers of ethics asking him to “respect the integrity of all houses of worship.” Commenting on the letter is Catholic League president William Donohue:

The ten signatories advertise themselves as ‘a group of prominent Evangelicals and moderate to conservative religious leaders.’ In their letter to President Bush, they say, ‘Whenever the church has engaged in partisan politics, it has compromised its moral authority.’ Thus do they sell themselves as centrists who eschew politics.

The group is guilty of false advertising: most of them are actively involved in partisan politics—the politics of the Left. For example, three of them, James M. Dunn, George Hunter and Rollin O. Russell, serve on the national committee of the Clergy Leadership Network, the left-wing group recently headed by Brenda Peterson that was set up to defeat Bush; a fourth, Jimmy R. Allen, previously served on the committee. Peterson recently quit her job as the DNC’s Director of Religious Outreach after the Catholic League exposed her as a fraud: her name was on an amicus brief seeking to get ‘under God’ excised from the Pledge.

Another signatory is Richard V. Pierard. In 1995, he signed the ‘Maston Colloquium Statement,’ an inflammatory attack on Christian conservatives that accused them of being ‘rabble rousers’; he is most known for his vociferous opposition to school vouchers. Tony Campolo, another ‘moderate,’ counseled President Clinton after his encounter with Monica Lewinsky, and more recently has written a book that claims that ‘evangelical Christianity has been hijacked’ by conservatives. And then there is Ronald B. Flowers, who, like Brenda Peterson, went into court to get ‘under God’ expunged from the Pledge.

The reason for the letter is clear: practicing Christians are not responding to John Kerry, the candidate the signatories prefer, and so their best bet is to intimidate people of faith from becoming politically active. It is a testimony to their failure at religious outreach.” ... FR Reprint.

Terror alerts ripple south of U.S. border

August 19, 2004
The reported sighting of the suspected Al Qaeda operative in the Internet cafe was hard to verify. It was also hard to dismiss.

A witness said she saw Adnan el Shukrijumah, a Saudi native on the FBI 's terrorist watch list, in the cafe in this Central American capital in May. A photo of Shukrijumah, whose name was linked to the recent terrorism alert in New York, also was identified by the cafe owner, who said the suspect and two companions spoke little Spanish.

This week, the FBI and U.S. consular officials along the Mexico border put out an alert asking people to be on the lookout for Shukrijumah trying to enter U.S. territory. The possible sighting, which Honduran and U.S. authorities investigated, is one of several alerts and potential threats in recent months that have added to jitters about the possibility of a terrorist attack on the U.S. or its interests from beyond its porous southern border. ... FR Reprint.

Korea Backed Korea, Europe Troop Reductions Three weks Ago

August 19, 2004
Sen. John Kerry is blasting President Bush for his plan to withdraw 70,000 troops from South Korea and Germany. But less than three weeks ago the top Democrat said he thought such troop reductions were a good idea, specifically naming Europe and Korea.

"I will have significant, enormous reduction in the level of troops," Kerry told ABC's "This Week" on Aug. 1. "I think we can significantly change the deployment of troops [in Iraq], not just there but elsewhere in the world. In the Korean peninsula perhaps, in Europe perhaps. There are great possibilities open to us. But this administration has very little imagination."

Addressing a VFW convention on Wednesday, however, Kerry bashed Bush for taking his advice, charging that cutting our forces in Korea "is clearly the wrong signal to send" at this time. ... FR Reprint.

Kerry In Cambodia Debunked By Kerry Crewmate

August 19, 2004
For Immediate Release August 18, 2004

Kerry In Cambodia Debunked By Kerry Crewmate

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Kerry Crew Member and Supporter Does Not "Recall" Senator In Cambodia

Washington, DC - Swift Boat Veterans for Truth today, again, called on Democratic presidential candidate Senator John Kerry to set the record straight on whether he was, or was not, in Cambodia.

In today's Boston Globe, an article by Michael Kranish further calls into question whether Kerry was ever in Cambodia.

"Michael Medeiros, who served aboard the No. 94 with Kerry and appeared with him at the Democratic National Convention, vividly recalled an occasion on which Kerry and the crew chased an enemy to the Cambodian border but did not go beyond the border," the Globe's Kranish writes. "Yet Medeiros said he could not recall dropping off special forces in Cambodia or going inside Cambodia with Kerry." (Boston Globe, August 18th, 2004)

When pressed further about this incident, Michael Meehan, a spokesman for Senator Kerry, could not produce any documentation supporting Kerry's claim that he was in Cambodia.

"Separately, according to Meehan's statement, Kerry crossed into Cambodia on a covert mission to drop off special operations forces. In an interview, Meehan said there was no paperwork for such missions and he could not supply a date. That makes it hard to ascertain or confirm what happened." (Boston Globe, August 18th, 2004) ... FR Reprint.

US Military working to ensure soldiers can vote

August 19, 2004
On March 17, Rumsfeld sent a memo to the Joint Chiefs and Combatant Commanders telling them how the services will make sure all military members — and their family members — who are overseas, or stationed here but are away from home, get the chance to vote, and vote so that no Mark Herrons can disenfranchise them.

At the heart of Rumsfeld's plan is putting some teeth into the old Voting Assistance Officer idea. On top of it is a strategy — now underway — to use both the internet and the Postal Service effectively to help servicemen and their families request absentee ballots and get them returned in time to be counted. Last Friday, I spoke to Charlie Abell, principal deputy undersecretary of Defense for personnel and readiness. ...

Abell told me that this is a very high priority for DoD, because it's a very high priority for the troops and their families, who have a much higher voter turnout — proportionally — than the general population. He said, "We know from sampling from the Federal Election Commission [and other sources] that in year 2000, about 51 percent of the general public voted. We know from our surveys that about 75 percent of the worldwide uniformed services military...voted." Over the years, the DoD data show — unsurprisingly — that those who fight for the right to vote take that right more seriously than other Americans.

The plan's niftiest aspect is the use of the internet to enable soldiers to request absentee ballots — and then to download the actual ballot to fill out and send in. Right now, any soldier or family member can download the Federal Post Card Application from the government website designed to help all overseas voters and send it in. Better still, the Defense Department is getting all the state-ballot request forms and the ballots themselves loaded onto the system. Most of the states are cooperating by allowing internet and even faxed ballot requests. ... FR Reprint.

U.S. [finally] boosts Canadian border security [slightly]

August 19, 2004
To counter potential threats from Canada, U.S. officials are beefing up security and surveillance along the U.S.-Canada border, known as the longest undefended border in the world. In response to the Sept. 11 attacks, a new command centre, a new plane with sensor equipment, marine units and a Black Hawk helicopter will be deployed to the border between British Columbia and Washington state by the U.S. Office of Air and Marine Operations.

Gary Bracken, a spokesman for Air and Marine Operations, said U.S intelligence shows there's enough of a threat to warrant an increased presence along the border. "Along the [Canadian] border we are also faced with the smuggling of migrants, weapons, currency in both directions, as well as the possibility of terrorists or weapons of mass destruction crossing the border using traditional smuggling routes." ... FR Reprint.

Kerry's Band of Brothers, financed by Kerry

August 19, 2004
So, who are the men of Kerry's 'Band of Brothers' that are backing up the ever-evolving myth of Kerry in Viet Nam and why do they do the things they do? ...

These guys are all being financially compensated by the Kerry Campaign, traveling first-class and staying at the best hotels and being interviewed by the media. ... FR Reprint.

8 Times More TV on Bush 'AWOL' Than Anti-Kerry Swift Vets

August 19, 2004
"TV Gives No Respect to Swift Boat Vets for Truth: ABC, CBS & NBC Gave 75 Stories to Bush 'AWOL' Charge, 9 to Claims Kerry Embellished War Record"

Back in February, the three broadcast networks were obsessed with the story of President Bush's National Guard service. But in May, when John Kerry's former Navy colleagues from Vietnam went to the National Press Club to charge that Kerry's tales of heroism as a Swift Boat commander were highly exaggerated, those same networks acted as if their job was to bury the news, not report it.

Back on May 4, ABC and NBC ignored the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth's press conference, while CBS's Byron Pitts claimed the veterans had merely "unleashed decades of bitterness." His Evening News story ignored Kerry's record, but challenged his critics: "If you think this is just a concerned group of veterans, think again." ... FR Reprint.

Claim removed from Kerry site

August 18, 2004
In news releases and postings on John Kerry's campaign Web site as recently as last Friday, the Democratic presidential candidate is touted as the former vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Kerry was not vice chairman and the claim has now been removed from Kerry's Web site.

According to the Senate Historical Office, Kerry never had the seniority to hold a leadership position on the committee -- though he was a member from 1993 until 2001. The Kerry campaign says the claim was an error, but did not explain who made the error or how it went undetected. Bob Kerrey -- a former Democratic senator from Nebraska -- did serve as the Senate Intelligence Committee's vice chairman.

"John Kerry, Bob Kerrey -- similar names," said Kerry campaign spokesman Michael Meehan. Republicans were less willing to see the misstatement as an innocent mistake. ... FR Reprint.