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Tuesday, March 30, 2004

More on Democrats lack of tolerance
Jeff Gannon’s Talon News report has more on Democrat’s reaction to Stephanie Hersth’s position regarding the ban on gay marriage:

A rift has developed between the campaigns of Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Stephanie Herseth, the Democratic candidate for South Dakota's lone House seat over the issue of gay marriage.
A month ago, the Associated Press quoted Herseth as saying, "I agree with the president on this issue. Marriage should be between a man and a woman."

Her statement produced a strongly negative reaction from some Democrats, especially from inside the Daschle campaign. The Rapid City Journal reported that Steve Hildebrand, campaign manager for the Senate minority leader asked for a refund of his contribution to the Herseth campaign. No reason was given for the unusual request and requests for comment by Talon News were not returned.

A recent Associated Press story said that donations coming in through web sites had dried up, and Democrats were criticizing Herseth on the Internet. Ben Hanten, an executive board member of the South Dakota Democratic Party considered withdrawing his support until the candidate reassured him that her intent was to take the issue "off the table."

Others have not been as understanding.

Sam Hurst, a columnist for the Rapid City Journal wrote a blistering commentary in which he said, "Stephanie Herseth is too young and too bright to have lost her backbone. At an age when she should be known for brash idealism, she has chosen instead to pander to the dark voices of discrimination. Such is the cynical calculus of electoral campaigns."

Hurst said that at least one influential Rapid City couple canceled a fundraiser for her in disgust. Hurst noted that Herseth's stand puts her in direct opposition to the positions shared by Daschle and Sens. Tim Johnson (D-SD) and John Kerry (D-MA).

Looks like the Democrats need a Unity get-together in South Dakota.
Daschle receives body blow
Today’s Argus Leader has a David Kranz report regarding Tim Giago:

Tim Giago now plans to run as an independent for the U.S. Senate, a move expected to change the complexion of a South Dakota race full of national implications.

Giago, of Rapid City, publisher of the Lakota Journal, had planned to challenge Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle in the June 1 Democratic Party primary, with the winner to face Republican John Thune in November.

But Giago said switching his effort to the fall gives him more time to get petitions signed and gives him a greater forum for discussion of Native American issues.

"Our issues need to be analyzed, put on the table and discussed," he said.

Giago running in November could alter the result, said Bill Richardson, political science professor at the University of South Dakota. "It could influence the race big-time," he said. "The obvious possibility is that he will take away votes that possibly would have gone to Tom Daschle."

As expected, Kranz included misleading statements from the Daschle camp:

Campaign spokesman Dan Pfeiffer dismisses the suggestion that this could hurt Daschle.

"Senator Daschle wants this campaign to include issues important to the Native American community and Giago's candidacy helps accomplish that," he said. "In his position as minority leader Senator Daschle has been one of the primary voices putting Native American issues on the national agenda."

Recently Daschle choose not to support South Dakota Native Americans by voting against the FY04 Omnibus bill. I have informed Argus Leader Executive Editor Randell Beck that Daschle is taking credit for funding he voted against, many of which includes funds for South Dakota Native Americans. Why wasn’t this point included in the Kranz report? The one-two punch would have been devastating to Kranz’s college buddy.

Monday, March 29, 2004

Daschle hates Limbaugh
And here is why:

In 1996, after TWA Flight 800 exploded, then-Vice President Gore chaired the Commission on Aviation Safety and Security. Algore had a $300 million budget, and according to the CNN story from September 5, 1996 which I shared with you today, ended up recommending "counterterrorism measures, better screening of airline passengers, and more teams of bomb-sniffing dogs" as well as other security measures.

But if the Clinton administration did all of this in 1996, then how did the Al-Qaeda guys sneak past this dragnet? Well, they used box cutters -- and of course that's George W. Bush's fault, because the Clinton team told them about box cutters. Richard Clarke probably wrote it down somewhere in his book. The truth is, the airline industry squawked and screamed about putting any of Algore's security measures into place, which brings us to the wife of Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle: Linda Hall Daschle.

Ms. Daschle was deputy manager of the FAA from 1993 to 1997, and her clients while a lobbyist include American and Northwest Airlines. Joe Farah of WorldNetDaily.com sums up how the airlines and their lobbyists jumped all over Algore after his preliminary report. Gore wrote to one lobbyist "promising that the commission's findings would not result in any loss of revenue," and the very next day the Democrat National Committee received a $40,000 donation from TWA. In the next two weeks, checks came raining in from Northwest, United and American airlines.

Over the next two months, the 1996 Clinton-Gore team slurped up $100K from United, and $300,000 total from Daschle's clients American and Northwestern. Once Clinton and Gore were safely re-inaugurated in January, guess what? Gore rewrote his report to eliminate all the recommended security measures! Three commission members, including CIA director John Deutsch, complained. This forced Gore to back off a bit. He restored the safety recommendations but rendered them meaningless by not putting any time requirement on when they had to start showing up at airports to protect us.

So it was all BS. It was all BS and PR and style over substance. The Democrats ended up getting almost half a million dollars in donations from the moment the draft report was made public until the final, watered-down report -- with no date to implement the changes to make us safer -- came from Algore's office. I think Richard Clarke was focused on Al-Qaeda and box cutters at this time, and that's why there was never any overlap. Regardless, we should have Algore up to this 9/11 commission to testify, don't you think?

Democrat’s tolerance...more far-left hypocrisy
Democrats frequently accuse conservatives of intolerance, but they have a hard time tolerating themselves. So it was not surprising that DVT posted a report on the Democrats Unity party. Except…Tom Daschle's normal whining seem to contradict the unity spirit:

Sen. Tom Daschle had one of his staffer complain to DNC organizers about his seating, which placed him about three rows back in the audience during dinner. His table was not as good as the one set aside for some of Kerry's campaign staffers, including uber consultant Bob Shrum.

Then Daschle’s campaign manager, Steve Hildebrand, made this attack toward Democrat Stephanie Herseth:

Herseth has low negative ratings in polls, Richardson said. But she hit a bump when she publicly declared last month that she agrees with President Bush about a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

A month ago, Herseth issued this statement to The Associated Press: "I agree with the president on this issue. Marriage should be between a man and a woman."

That statement angered some in the Democratic Party's base and dried up donations that had been coming in through Web sites, according to an AP report last week. Steve Hildebrand, campaign manager for Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle's South Dakota re-election bid, asked for a refund of his contribution to the Herseth campaign.

Mitchell paper prints letter
Today’s Mitchell Daily Republic contains my latest letter to the editor regarding the David Kranz column that was reworded and ran as an AP news report. The letter ran unedited and contains reference to South Dakota web blogs in the last paragraph:

To the Editor of The Daily Republic:

On page 3B of your 3/8 issue appeared an AP report titled, “Senate race heats up behind the scenes”. What the casual reader may not know was the report was a slightly reworded op-ed column written by a partisan Democrat that appeared in another paper the day before.

The report did not cover any relevant issue, but was full of political rhetoric without the facts to support the innuendo. An example is this excerpt:

“Still, Thune has a campaign presence, including a message on a Web site blog with a his logo and the words, ‘Stop Tom Daschle's obstructionism.’”

This is referring to the InstaPundit web site where there was a link set up to raise money. Stephanie Herseth is also using blogs to raise money, but that wasn’t pointed out. The innuendo was meant to blame the Thune campaign for negative name-calling.

If conservatives point out the liberal voting record of Tom Daschle, we are labeled ‘negative’ and our message is then downplayed as “anti-Daschle”. This is unfair and not conducive to an effective democracy.

What should be considered negative is the distortion or lying about your opponent’s record or your own record. Just by mentioning a vote a candidate made, doesn’t mean it should be considered taboo by the media, even when it puts the candidate in a negative life. Discussion of voting records is essential for citizens to become informed voters.

The story contained no information about web blogs. I have found web blogs offer the opportunity for the free speech that provides the dialogue necessary for freedom to be preserved in a democracy.

For South Dakotans, the web site South Dakota Politics (southdakotapolitics.blogs.com) provides an excellent alternative to the mainstream media. There is even a blog (daschlevthune.typepad.com/daschle_v_thune/) that is specifically setup to provide in-depth coverage on the upcoming Senate race. There’s also my own web site (www.sibbyonline.blogspot.com).

Sunday, March 28, 2004

Daschle…the Al Gore of 2004?
The AP is circulating a David Espo report regarding the conservative verses liberal cultural war in Washignton DC:

From gays to guns to the rights of the unborn, Republicans are staging a series of cultural clashes in Congress in the run-up to the fall elections, seeking political advantage as much as legislative accomplishment.

The gun control issue ended the report:

The gun debate is not likely to result in new laws any time soon, either, but Senate Republicans were eager to debate legislation sought by Bush and the National Rifle Association.

The measure to shield gun makers from lawsuits seemed to have enough votes to pass. But Democrats, with Kerry's help, attached a pair of provisions sought by gun control advocates.

As if on cue, the NRA withdrew its support, and Republicans helped Democrats scuttle the measure.
Gun control supporters claimed victory. "The NRA's highest legislative priority was just defeated," said Mike Barnes, president of the Brady Campaign.

Republicans celebrated more quietly, hoping for a replay of the last White House campaign. Former Vice President Al Gore broke a Senate tie on gun control legislation in 1999, a move that many Democrats later concluded hurt him in key states in the 2000 election.

When Tom Daschle claims supporting the original bill makes him a supporter of gun rights, how will the Thune campaign respond? How will the NRA get around the new Campaign laws? Will the South Dakota media allow the NRA to clear up the issue?

What is needed is a grass roots effort of informed South Dakotans who have the motivation to take over the tone of this year’s elections. You can count me in.
Daschle…pure hogwash
DVT has a post covering a report of Bob Mercer that analyses the actions of Tom Daschle regarding the Unborn Victims of Violence Act . The report was on the front page of the Mitchell Daily Republic yesterday, but it was not put online. I also searched the Internet yesterday and could not find it. I am glad DVT found it and did a great job of analyzing it:

So Daschle wanted the Feinstein amendment to pass so he could vote on a final bill which had been gutted, therefore he wouldn't alienate his NARAL allies. The amendment would have had the effect of killing the entire bill because the pro-Laci Peterson bill forces would have withdrawn their support, just like the vote on the gun maker liability bill. It was a cynical move. It exposed how Daschle was working with NARAL to promote an amendment which would gut the bill but then voted against the NARAL position in the final tally because he knew if he didn't it would hurt him in South Dakota. The problem for the Thune camp is that this kind of legislative acrobatics is hard to explain.

The exact same thing happened on HB 1191, the bill that would have banned most abortions in South Dakota. During the 2/21/2004 Senate State Affairs committee hearing, Senator Jay Duenwald introduced an amendment during the proponent testimony. Because it was considered unfriendly to the original intent of HB 1191 and in effect killed it, it was called a ‘Hoghoused’ amendment.

Daschle’s vote for the Feinstein’s unfriendly amendment made his vote for the original bill pure hogwash.

Friday, March 26, 2004

Another AP Internet report
Chet Brokaw has another AP report on the effect of the Internet on South Dakota politics:

South Dakota candidates and political parties still make phone calls, send letters, run television ads and hold rallies, but they are increasingly using the Internet to raise money and communicate with voters.

In the U.S. House and Senate races, all the major candidates' Web sites allow supporters to make campaign donations with credit cards.

And Democratic House candidate Stephanie Herseth and Republican Senate candidate John Thune have advertised on sites frequented by people sympathetic to their causes.

SDP has more regarding the impact from Brokaw’s earlier report.

Daschle threatens more obstruction
Fox News reports on Daschle’s latest threat:

Schumer's release followed a statement by Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle D-S.D., on the Senate floor Friday, in which he vowed to make life difficult for the president's nominees as long as Bush keeps using his recess appointment power to install the ones Democrats oppose.

"This White House is insisting on a departure from historic and constitutional practices," Daschle said. "At no point has a president ever used a recess appointment to install a rejected nominee onto the federal bench, and there are intonations there will be even more recess appointments in the coming months.

"We will continue to cooperate in the confirmation of federal judges, but only if the White House gives us the assurance that they will no longer abuse the process, but it will once again respect our Constitution's essential system of checks and balances," Daschle said.

The report ended with this little covered fact:

Bush's use of the recess appointment is not innovative. President Clinton used his executive power in the same way, giving Roger Gregory a seat on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in December 2000. In a very controversial move, Clinton used it one other time to name Bill Lann Lee to be assistant attorney general.

I don’t remember Daschle complaining about Clinton’s “abuse of power”. Daschle also as a problem with "abuse of power".
Daschle Losing Native American Support
Jeff Gannon has a Talon News report covering Tim Giago’s challenge to Tom Daschle. Here is an excerpt:

"On the Pine Ridge Reservation alone, the place of my birth, unemployment runs as high as 60 percent," Giago noted. "This is unconscionable."

He added, "Pine Ridge, Shannon County, was proclaimed in 1980 and 1990 by the U.S. Census Bureau, as the single poorest county in the United States of America."

"Our two state senators, Tom Daschle and Tim Johnson, have done little or nothing to bring economic development or jobs to these very depressed areas," he stated.

Giago continued, "One has to wonder why this is so when we supposedly have two senators working so hard to improve our lives."

Giago dismissed the legendary "Daschle clout" when he said, "Although there are many homeless people on Pine Ridge [and the other reservations] neither Daschle or Johnson have had the influence to bring badly needed housing to this severely depressed region."

Also see DVT's post on this issue.
Web blogs in the news
SDP has a post regarding an AP report covering Stephanie Herseth's use of blogs to raise funds (check out SDP's analysis at the end of that post). That same AP report was on the front page of today's Mitchell Daily Republic (they did not put it online). Makes me wonder if this letter to the editor, I sent the Mitchell paper three days ago regarding a David Kranz column that was reworded into an AP news report, had impact on the decision to put the Herseth report on the front page:

March 21, 2004


The New Journalism


To the Editor of The Daily Republic:

On page 3B of your 3/8 issue appeared an AP report titled, "Senate race heats up behind the scenes". What the casual reader may not know was the report was a slightly reworded op-ed column written by a partisan Democrat that appeared in another paper the day before.

The report did not cover any relevant issue, but was full of political rhetoric without the facts to support the innuendo. An example is this excerpt:

"Still, Thune has a campaign presence, including a message on a Web site blog with a his logo and the words, 'Stop Tom Daschle's obstructionism.'"

This is referring to the InstaPundit web site where there was a link set up to raise money. Stephanie Herseth is also using blogs to raise money, but that wasn't pointed out. The innuendo was meant to blame the Thune campaign for negative name-calling.

If conservatives point out the liberal voting record of Tom Daschle, we are labeled 'negative' and our message is then downplayed as 'anti-Daschle'. This is unfair and not conducive to an effective democracy.

What should be considered negative is the distortion or lying about your opponent's record or your own record. Just by mentioning a vote a candidate made, doesn't mean it should be considered taboo by the media, even when it puts the candidate in a negative life. Discussion of voting records is essential for citizens to become informed voters.

The story contained no information about web blogs. I have found web blogs offer the opportunity for the free speech that provides the dialogue necessary for freedom to be preserved in a democracy.

For South Dakotans, the web site South Dakota Politics (southdakotapolitics.blogs.com) provides an excellent alternative to the mainstream media. There is even a blog (daschlevthune.typepad.com/daschle_v_thune/) that is specifically setup to provide in-depth coverage on the upcoming Senate race. There is also my own web site (www.sibbyonline.blogspot.com).

Emphasis added
Media bais…CBS and CNN
A Tom Marzullo column exposes more bias regarding the Richard Clarke issue:

It turns out that Clarke's book is published by Simon and Schuster, a subsidiary of VIACOM, as is CBS, which broadcasts "60 Minutes" and which used their network to hype the show that hyped the book.

The "60 Minutes" venue chosen to hype the book is also quite interesting in a number of ways. "60 Minutes" was the program that pioneered the "cut and paste" technique of airing interviews that has been widely emulated by a variety of programs over the years in an ever-increasingly bold manner that culminated in story of the 1998 CNN-TIME "Tailwind" journalistic disaster that was broken via the Internet by Joseph Farah.

Media bias…New York Times
Bob Kohn author of "Journalistic Fraud: How The New York Times Distorts the News and Why It Can No Longer Be Trusted", exposes the bias of the New York Times regarding democratic partisan Richard Clarke:

Because the New York Times refuses to print it (or even refer to it) and in case you missed it elsewhere, the following are excerpts from a conversation that former counterterrorism chief Richard A. Clarke had with several news reporters in August 2002 about the Bush administration's efforts to combat terrorism prior to 9-11:

Clarke: "I think the overall point is, there was no plan on al-Qaida that was passed from the Clinton administration to the Bush administration."

"[T]he Clinton administration had a strategy in place, effectively dating from 1998. And there were a number of issues on the table since 1998. And they remained on the table when that administration went out of office ... And in January 2001, the incoming Bush administration was briefed on the existing strategy. They were also briefed on these series of issues that had not been decided on in a couple of years."

"[T]he Bush administration decided then, you know, in late January, to do two things. One, vigorously pursue the existing policy, including all of the lethal covert action findings, which we've now made public to some extent. ... The second thing the [Bush] administration decided to do is to initiate a process to look at those issues which had been on the table for a couple of years and get them decided."

"[T]hat process which was initiated in the first week in February, uh, decided in principle, uh in the spring to add to the existing Clinton strategy and to increase CIA resources, for example, for covert action, five-fold, to go after al-Qaida."

[T]he newly appointed deputies [in the Bush administration] – and you had to remember, the deputies didn't get into office until late March, early April. The deputies then tasked the development of the implementation details, uh, of these new decisions that they were endorsing, and sending out to the principals."

"Over the course of the summer – last point – they developed implementation details, the principals met at the end of the summer, approved them in their first meeting, changed the strategy by authorizing the increase in funding five-fold, changing the policy on Pakistan, changing the policy on Uzbekistan, changing the policy on the Northern Alliance assistance.

"And then changed the strategy from one of rollback with al-Qaida over the course of five years, which it had been, to a new strategy that called for the rapid elimination of al-Qaida. That is in fact the timeline."

Clarke is a partisan Democrat
DVT posted on Daschle and Clarke…now WorldNetDaily in conjunction with Insight Magazine exposes Clarke’s democratic partisanship:

Former counterterrorism czar Richard A. Clarke insists his attacks on President Bush have nothing to do with politics, but an Insight check of Federal Election Commission records shows his only political contributions in the last decade have gone to Democrats.

HB 1191 still making news
WorldNetDaily has a report today on the controversy surrounding the demise od HB 1191, the bill that would have banned most abortions in South Dakota:

In a news release, the More Center quoted a bewildered 25-year member of Right to Life and director of an abortion counseling service, Leslee Unruh.
"We were shocked, saddened and dismayed that National Right to Life lobbied against this bill," she said. "In effect, they aborted the right to life bill."

Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel of the More Center concluded, "One thing we know for sure, Planned Parenthood and NARAL could not be happier with National Right To Life."
In response, National Right to Life called the charge of joining forces with pro-abortion groups "absurd, untrue, and unproductive."

"In fact," the group said, "National Right to Life called for no grassroots action against the bill, sent no one into South Dakota, sent no letters to the South Dakota legislature, issued no press releases and spoke only to one South Dakota state senator who is also South Dakota's representative to the National Right to Life Committee board of directors."

The More Center said state Sen. Jay Duenwald led "behind-the-scenes opposition" when the bill reached the State Affairs Committee.

"Together with pro-abortion senators, Duenwald's lobbying efforts succeeded in removing the ban and replacing it with an informed consent measure, something already covered by South Dakota law," the law center's release said.

Democrats hypocrisy on guns
AS SDP compares Tom Daschle's votes yesterday on the Unborn Victims of Violence Act to the votes he made on guns, WorldNetDaily reports on the Democrats hypocrisy on guns:

Though the Democratic Party is known for its aversion to weapons and has pushed legislation limiting firearm rights, ex-Presidents Carter and Clinton joined a star-studded fund-raiser last night featuring the rap duo Outkast, which promotes itself with an image of one member of the group brandishing a handgun.

The event at the Washington, D.C., nightclub Dream was to feature Ginuwine, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Q-Tip, along with Outkast, the New York Times reported.

Before the club event, Democrats were to gather at what was billed as one of the largest party fund-raisers off all times, with an anticipated net of $11 million. Besides Carter and Clinton, luminaries planning to attend were former Vice President Al Gore, presidential candidate John Kerry, most of the other Democratic presidential candidates and former candidates Eugene J. McCarthy and George McGovern.


Thursday, March 25, 2004

Kennedy’s credibility challenged
Today’s Mitchell Daily Republic editorial challenges the credibility of Ted Kennedy, who is sending a four-page letter to South Dakotans attacking President Bush:

Kennedy’s hyperbole and demagoguery are well known, by both Democrats and Republicans, and his personal and untruthful attacks on Robert Bork during that judge’s hearing as a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court still stand as the worst example of blatant partisanship and conduct unworthy of a U.S. senator that Congress has ever witnessed.

Though we cannot agree with Kennedy’s more caustic accusations, we readily concur that the extended war effort in Iraq has placed a worrisome drain on the economy, driving up budget deficits and keeping the stock market in a state of unease. Kennedy doesn’t indicate how a war could be fought with huge expenditures; we are left to assume that his position now is that the war with Iraq was a mistake because Saddam was never a threat to anyone. Tell that to Kuwait, which was overrun by Saddam’s thugs in 1991, and to the relatives of the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who were murdered during his reign of terror. And yes, even though no weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq, no one disputes that evidence shows he had all the elements and components of those weapons in his possession.

Concerning the United Nations, few place the kind of confidence in that body that Kennedy does. Over the years, it has become an inert, highly political institution whose main purpose is to hold meetings that lead to inaction.

We share Kennedy’s concerns about the economy and about jobs creation. However, to attack a sitting president in such vitriolic tones while our country still has troops abroad strikes us as unnecessary and irresponsible – but certainly not un-Kennedy like.

Tom Daschle must have forgot to tell Kennedy that the far-left rhetoric of the Democrat party doesn’t go over well in South Dakota.
NRA Banquet TODAY!!!
Thursday, March 25th, 2004

The Tri-State “Friends of NRA” Annual Banquet and Auction will be held at
the Oaks Hotel Banquet Room on March 25th 2004, at 5:30PM. The Friends of
the NRA Dinner will feature door prizes, bucket raffles, auctions, silent
auctions, a "Table of Guns" prizes, and other raffles and drawings that
allow almost everyone who attends to win something. Some of the prizes
include:
· Remington Model 572 BDL Deluxe Fieldmaster .22 Cal.
· Smith & Wesson Model 629 Classic .44 Magnum
· Beretta ES 100 Slug Combo 12 Gauge
· Weatherby Vanguard Synthetic .300 Weatherby Magnum
· Ruger New Model Single-Six Revolver NR617 .17 HMR
Since its inception in 1993, Friends of NRA has raised millions to support
programs like youth firearms safety and education programs; hunter
education; range development and improvement; support materials for training
classes; women's safety classes; and many wildlife conservation efforts.
Recognizing that America's young people represent the future of the shooting
sports, these grants frequently target youth programs, allocating more than
50% of grant monies to this important area.
Friends of NRA is an exciting grassroots fund-raising program that fosters
community involvement, raises money and gives 100% of the net proceeds to
qualified local, state and national programs. NRA membership is not required
and money raised is not for any political purposes. In 2002, over
$65,000.00 went to South Dakota groups like the Paralyzed Veterans Trap
Shoot to the Youth Hunter Education Challenge in Mitchell.

What can I expect at a Friends of NRA Event?
Food, fun, family and fund-raising. Whether you are a hunter, competitive
shooter or just a proud gun owner, Friends of NRA events have something of
interest for the entire family. Events include dinner followed by exciting
auctions and special drawings for unique and collectible merchandise.
Attendees will bid on items from the standard Friends of NRA merchandise
package, as well as special products and services donated to specific events
by local businesses and community members. "Friends of NRA” merchandise
includes very desirable limited edition firearms, wildlife art from popular
artists and shooting sports, hunting and outdoor equipment. Events offer
every participant an opportunity to take home valuable merchandise and
enjoyable memories.
More CBS News bias
Ann Coulter’s latest column exposes another CBS News bias in regard to the Richard Clarke book:

Are you sitting down? Another ex-government official who was fired or demoted by Bush has written a book that ... is critical of Bush! Eureka! The latest offering is Richard Clarke's new CBS-Viacom book, "Against All Enemies," which gets only a 35 on "rate a record" because the words don't make sense and you can't dance to it.

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South Dakota missed the boat
Joseph Farah has an excellent column on Row vs. Wade. Here is the beginning:

If you're sitting in a leaky boat, you have a choice: Row vs. wade.
If you row, you have a chance to get to your destination before the boat sinks. If you don't, your only other choice is to sink, swim or wade to your destination.

There's a lesson here for one of the greatest issues of our time – abortion and the Roe vs. Wade decision that thrust it upon this nation in 1973.

The pro-abortion crowd has managed to set the terms of debate. They have intimidated the U.S. Senate and a series of presidents into making support of Roe vs. Wade a litmus test for approval of Supreme Court justices and federal judges.

And now the ending:

Roe is bad law, and it's time to take it on, to challenge it, to overturn it. It's time to appoint justices to the court who say it is wrong and know how to defend their positions. It's time to elect legislators who understand judges can't tell them what to do. It's time to elect governors who will be champions of the rights of unborn children. It's time to follow the Constitution, not rewrite it. It's time to stand up for what's right – boldly and unashamedly.

It's time to get back in the boat and start rowing.


UPDATE: Checkout this SDP post.
Scandal at the United Nations
The New York Post has a disturbing report regarding the United Nations and a French bank. Here’s an excerpt:

March 24, 2004 -- WASHINGTON - U.N. bureaucrats are stonewalling requests from Iraq's new government for records from the scandal-plagued oil-for-food account set up in Saddam Hussein's handpicked French bank, officials said yesterday.

The mysterious activities over the handling of the U.N. account at the French banking giant BNP Paribas, where $100 billion worth of oil-for-food transactions flowed until the war, has emerged as a central focus of several investigations in the wake of the massive bribery-kickback scandal that has rocked the world body at its highest levels.

United Nations custody of the account was so secretive and unusual that even Saddam, who stole $10.1 billion from the program and bribed sympathetic pols with some of the proceeds, pressed unsuccessfully to have the account transferred out of the bank he originally insisted handle the program, said Claude Hankes-Drielsma, the British businessman advising Iraq's Governing Council on the issue.

"The key question in this investigation is, what was the relationship between the U.N. and this French bank?" Hankes-Drielsma added.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

More Daschle hypocrisy?
SDP has a post on Tom Daschle’s statement regarding “Attacking Good People for Telling the Truth”. Let’s not forget...Daschle had a problem with good people attacking those that lie.

Based on a Fox News report, perhaps the latter statement applies to Richard Clarke, whose words in 2002 do not reflect what he is saying today. Perhaps Daschle is not a hypocrite...he just trying to support someone's misleading statements...just like Bill & Monica all over again.

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