Wednesday, April 04, 2007

The Patriot Post: Patriot Vol. 07 No. 14

The Patriot Post
Patriot Vol. 07 No. 14 Chronicle 04 April 2007

“Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice, and is as necessary for the support of societies as natural affection is for the support of families.” —Benjamin Rush (http://PatriotPost.US/fqd/)

“Politics, n. strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.” —Ambrose Bierce

“Real valor consists not in being insensible to danger, but in being prompt to confront and disarm it.” —Sir Walter Scott

“The courage we desire and prize is not the courage to die decently but to live manfully.” —Thomas Carlyle

“We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.” —C.S. Lewis

“The law does not pretend to punish everything that is dishonest. That would seriously interfere with business.” —Clarence Darrow

“The fact is that the United States military answers to one commander in chief in the White House, not 535 commanders in chief on Capitol Hill.” —Vice President Dick Cheney

“The threat from radical Islamic terrorists will not vanish when President Bush leaves office, or if funds for the Iraq war are cut off in 2008.” —Victor Davis Hanson

“Why would Al Qaeda choose the past several days, just as Democrats in Congress were voting to run up a white flag and commit the United States to defeat in Iraq, to launch a bloody wave of terrorist atrocities?... The answer... is that this is how totalitarian aggressors react to faintheartedness... The smell of irresolution doesn’t satiate the totalitarians’ appetite; it makes it keener.” —Jeff Jacoby

“In Middle Eastern warfare a classic tactic has been to retreat in the face of strength, but to attack when your enemy withdraws or shows signs of weakness.” —Ralph Peters

“It has been painfully clear that Speaker Pelosi was serious only about scoring political points. Her big grin when she won a narrow vote for a non-binding resolution was grotesque against the background of a life-and-death issue. You don’t grin over a political ploy that you have pulled when men’s lives are at stake.” —Thomas Sowell

“The true American religious tradition, the one that disciplines power, subjugating it to reason, truth and, ultimately, an all-powerful God, is not a threat to liberty but its best defender.” —Judge Janice Rogers Brown

“No small concern of those who created the Constitution was the prospect of legislative tyranny, the exercise of power for illegitimate purposes carried out in the name of the majority.” —Gary McDowell

EDITORIAL EXEGESIS (I had to look up exegesis: "an explanation or critical interpretation")
“If [Nancy] Pelosi believes, as she told the [Israeli] Knesset, that Iran must be prevented from acquiring nuclear weapons, she must explain how that is to be done without at least the possibility of recourse to military action. This she cannot do, because of the anti-Iraq war sentiment that has swept her own party’s precincts. Instead she plays domestic politics at Israel’s expense, despite warnings from our own state department that visiting Syria is a recipe for trouble. Ms. Pelosi will be fortunate if she, unlike the royal marines, is allowed to return home to America, though it is an open question where she can do more damage, over there or over here.” —The New York Sun

There are dumb questions: “The House voted for funding for the war with a date certain, March of ‘08, to begin a withdrawal of U.S. troops. But in that bill was $20 billion of so-called pork, money for cricket infestation, tours of the Capitol, security at the National Convention, peanut crops. Why would the Democrats put that kind of money in such a serious bill?” —NBC’s Tim Russert

Non sequitur: “I have a theory about the Bush administration abuses of power that are now, finally, coming to light. Ultimately, I believe, they were driven by rising income inequality.” —The New York Times’ Paul Krugman

This week’s “Sociocrat Sycophant” Awards: “You are the equivalent of a rock star in politics.” —NBC’s Meredith Vieira to Barack Obama ++ “You can see it in the crowds. The thrill, the hope. How they surge toward him. You’re looking at an American political phenomenon.” —ABC’s Terry Moran on Obama

From the “Theophobe” Files: “You can’t teach [the Bible] as nonfiction. You have to teach it as fiction in many ways.” —Joy Behar of “The View”

Media Research Center’s “Quote of the Year”: “It wasn’t supposed to be this way. You weren’t supposed to be graduating into an America fighting a misbegotten war in a foreign land. You weren’t supposed to be graduating into a world where we are still fighting for fundamental human rights, whether it’s the rights of immigrants to start a new life, or the rights of gays to marry, or the rights of women to choose. You weren’t supposed to be graduating into a world where oil still drove policy and environmentalists have to fight relentlessly for every gain. You weren’t. But you are. And for that, I’m sorry.” —New York Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.’s May 21 graduation address at the State University of New York at New Paltz

Newspulper Headlines:
Because Some of Us Are Ugly!: “Study Explains Why We’re Not All Beautiful” —

We Blame Global Warming: “Lack of Ice Set to Kill Start of Canadian Seal Hunt” —Reuters

Say What?: “ ‘Ask a Ninja,’ OK Go Win YouTube Awards” —Associated Press

What Happens After We Die?: “Traffic on I-10 Eastbound Near Downtown Slows After Death” —Houston Chronicle

The Key to Immortality: “Aspirin Protects Women From Dying of Any Cause” —Bloomberg

But Why Did She Ever Start?: “Woman Stopped Wearing Girdle of Live Crocodiles” —Associated Press

Wouldn’t That Be the Hip?: “Authorities Investigating Possible Link Between Torso, Leg Washed Ashore in New York” —

Try Something Simple, Like ‘See Spot Run’: “Military Officials Discuss Sentence for Hicks” —

News You Can Use: “Tourists, Land Mines Don’t Mix” —Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Better Late Than Never: “New Orleans Unveils Katrina Recovery Plan” —Reuters (Thanks to The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto)

From the Cut and Run Coalition: “With passage of this bill, the Senate sends a clear message to the president that we must take the war in Iraq in a new direction. Setting a goal for getting most of our troops out is not—not, not—cutting and running.” —Sen. Robert Byrd **A lie repeated often enough... ++ “The American people... have to understand what is happening. It is not worth another drop of American blood in Iraq. It is not worth another damaged brain... If the President vetoes the supplemental appropriations bill and continues to resist changing course in Iraq, I will work to ensure this legislation receives a vote in the Senate in the next work period.” —Harry Reid, threatening to cut off funds for Iraq ++ “In the face of the administration’s stubborn unwillingness to change course, the Senate has no choice but to force a change of course.” —Sen. John Kerry, reporting for duty ++ “If President Bush vetoes an Iraq war spending bill as promised, Congress quickly will provide the money without the withdrawal timeline the White House objects to because no lawmaker ‘wants to play chicken with our troops’.” —Sen. Barack Obama, who must have missed Reid’s talking points memo

Why can’t we just get along?: “The president has squandered real opportunities to unite the country.” —Joe Biden, member of the great Demo party who has squandered no opportunity to denigrate and divide the country

The Big Lie: “You know, the President rushed us to war. He didn’t let the inspectors finish their work.” —Hillary Clinton, who must have forgotten the 14-month-lead-up to the war in Iraq

Utter denial: “We expected that the U.S. leaving Vietnam would result in massive killings and genocide and so forth, and collapse of the dominoes in Southeast Asia. It didn’t happen. How certain are we of the horror scenarios that have been mentioned in what will take place in Iraq?” —Zbigniew Brzezinski, Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser **Uh, Zbigniew—remember the millions killed in Cambodia in 1975?

Star Trek: “[Global warming] is a very valid issue. I’m wondering if we need to think about other planets and dome cities. Everyone can do their bit. But I don’t know if it’s not too late already. We have to think about alternative methods of fuel. I’m probably not the best candidate to ask about global warming because I fly jets. I use them as a business tool though, as others do.” —actor John Travolta

You don’t say: “The [House] leadership discussed it and agreed that inserting Congress into an international crisis [the British hostages] while ongoing would not be helpful.” —Brendan Daly, spokesman for Nancy Pelosi, who is on her way to Damascus

Stranger than fiction: “It’s almost like you fall in love. I was frustrated about Washington, the inability for people to get stuff done and bridge divides. And this guy’s [President Bush] personality—he cared about education and taking a different stand on immigration... When you fall in love like that, and then you notice some things that don’t exactly go the way you thought, what do you do? Like in a relationship, you say ‘No no, no, it’ll be different’.” —Matthew Dowd, former Demo turned Bush aide on his disillusionment with Bush **“Are we wrong to think that there is something deeply weird about grown men who have trouble distinguishing between politics and affairs of the heart?” —James Taranto

“Having signaled the desire to court defeat in Iraq, the Democrats have passed a goody-laden bill that shows their desire to lose the battle against wasteful spending. Pork: It’s the other white flag!” —James Lileks

“[Barack] Obama is currently in the business of trying to be all things to all people. He figures that so long as he avoids commenting on actual issues, Hillary Clinton will eventually remind the country why so many of us couldn’t stand her when she was merely the most obnoxious First Lady we’d ever had.” —Burt Prelutsky

“Connecticut police arrested a man who claimed to be Dick Cheney after a high-speed chase on Tuesday. The suspect was shocked with a stun gun by officers and taken to a psychiatric ward. Only a lunatic would want to be in Dick Cheney’s shoes right now.” —Argus Hamilton

“Jimmy Carter left the White House with a lasting legacy, though not one any president would covet. He continues to cast a long shadow over the Middle East, a shadow that wilts flowers, stunts cactus and blights dreams, wishes, hopes and prospects for peace with far deadlier efficiency than the fiercest sandstorm. Mr. Jimmy is well and truly sui generis.” —Wesley Pruden

“In a democracy, a contact sport like politics should depend on what might politely be called ‘a robust exchange of opinion,’ but the Deeply Offended now insist that it be played like tiddly-winks.” —Paul Greenberg

David Letterman: “Top Features Of The One Million Dollar Laptop”: Goes perfectly with your $600,000 desk chair; If you hit Control-F5, a kid shows up at your door with a meatball sub; Mouse is an actual mouse. What? That doesn’t make sense; Documentation that explains what the “Scroll lock” key actually does; High-definition lickable screen that tastes like bacon; Instead of “You got mail,” computer says “You got screwed.”

Jay Leno: We’re now finding out where all the [presidential] candidates met their spouses. Barack Obama met his wife at a law firm. John McCain met his wife at a naval officers dance. And Rudy Giuliani met his third wife when he was cheating on his first wife with his second wife. ... Hillary Clinton said today that public appearances with her and Bill would be rare. The only thing more rare? Private appearances with her and Bill. ... Iran has seized 15 British sailors, whom Iran claims had sailed into Iranian waters. Britain denied their sailors entered Iranian territory. Iran responded by denying the Holocaust. ... The UN Security Council expressed “concern” over Iran capturing those 15 British soldiers. Concern. With the UN involved this could escalate from “concern” to “severely frowned upon.” ... Comedian Eddie Griffin is OK after crashing a rare Ferrari Enzo worth 1.4 million dollars. Hit the wall. That’s something that doesn’t happen often—a Hollywood celebrity crashing a car while sober. That never happens. And he calls himself a celebrity. ... In USA Today there was an interesting article about a group of Native Americans at an Indian reservation in Minnesota who are trying to save the language of Dakota, which is on the verge of extinction. You know, it’s the same thing we’re trying to do in Los Angeles with English. ... They’ve now come out with the carbon diet—an environmentally friendly diet that reduces greenhouse gases. Let me tell you something: If your diet is so bad that you are causing global warming, just stay out of Taco Bell.

Veritas vos Liberabit—Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus, et Fidelis! Mark Alexander, Publisher, for The Patriot’s editors and staff. (Please pray for our Patriot Armed Forces standing in harm’s way around the world, and for their families—especially families of those fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, who have died in defense of American liberty, while prosecuting the war with Jihadistan.)

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