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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.