Thursday, January 30, 2003

Donald Luskin authors a very fine Blog at; last evening he had an incredible piece of insight about Europe's alleged opposition regarding the resumption of military action in Iraq.

Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2003 19:52:45 -0800
From: "Donald L. Luskin"

EUROPE'S LEADERS SNUB THE NY TIMES The Wall Street Journal is announcing on-line this evening that its paper edition tomorrow will carry an open letter from the leaders or Spain, Britain, Italy, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Denmark and Portugal calling for unity with the US in the struggle to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction.

Students of diplomacy will notice that this letter will serve to isolate France and Germany in their opposition to US efforts. But students of media will notice that these European leaders chose the Wall Street Journal to publish their letter -- which will serve to isolate the New York Times in its opposition to US efforts.

Twenty years ago -- even five years ago -- it would have been unthinkable for such a letter to run anywhere but the Times -- America's "newspaper of record." But today -- well, can you imagine this letter running next to some strident, sophomoric raving from Maureen Dowd or some biased, unprincipled jeremiad from Paul Krugman? Apparently the leaders of eight great European nations couldn't either.

Posted by Donald Luskin at 10:49 PM


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Friday, January 24, 2003 Conservative Columnists: Michelle Malkin "When you have 8 to 11 million illegal immigrants living here in the U.S, it's hard to notice 18 or 20 terrorists,"

Michelle Malkin hits a home run once again. For all of the praise President Bush is entitled to for waging war on terrorism and his domestic tax agenda, the borders remain woefully porous.

I am hopeful Ms. Malkin's words will be heard by Mr. Bush, and that the military will be used to patrol our borders -- both southern AND northern!

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Thursday, January 23, 2003

Maybe this will finally get the court of public opinion to realize the problems in Florida elections are not the fault of the Governor, the former Attorney General (now a Congressperson), nor the President...,0,2167680.story?coll=sfla%2Dhome%2Dheadlines

Prosecutors find 100 uncounted ballots in Oliphant's office
By Scott Wyman
Staff writer

January 23, 2003

State prosecutors have found a tray of unopened absentee ballots that the Broward County elections office never counted during the September primary, sources told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on Wednesday.

The ballots were postmarked as early as a week before the election and appeared to contain all the necessary information to have been deemed valid votes, the sources said. Prosecutors found about 100 ballots in a mail tray inside a file cabinet at Elections Supervisor Miriam Oliphant's Fort Lauderdale office during a search late Tuesday afternoon.

County officials were stunned by the discovery and said it would likely be a key piece of evidence in the ongoing investigation of Oliphant. It also could renew pressure on Gov. Jeb Bush to remove Oliphant because he said last week that he would do so only if he is presented with clear evidence of misconduct.

"If this turns out to be true, I'd be very upset about people losing their right to vote," said County Judge Jay Spechler. He served as chairman of the election canvassing board during the primary and voted against certifying the results because of his concerns about the conduct of the election.

State Attorney Mike Satz's spokesman, Ron Ishoy, declined to comment, and Oliphant could not be reached.

Prosecutors launched their wide-ranging investigation in mid-December, subpoenaing records and beginning to interview election office employees. The investigation has focused on charges of misspending raised in a county-ordered audit and the possibility that hundreds of absentee votes were never counted during the primary.

Faced with mounting concerns about Oliphant's rocky tenure, investigators promised last week that they would expedite their work. That appears to be happening, sources said, with at least five employees being questioned in the past two days.

Sources said that prosecutors came to Oliphant's office late Tuesday, just as she was wrapping up her meeting with county commissioners over her budget problems. The prosecutors demanded to see any ballots contained in a specific file cabinet.

Mary Hall, Oliphant's absentee ballot supervisor, brought the tray to them, the sources said.

The ballots were postmarked locally between Sept. 4 and Sept. 9, enough time to reach the office by the end of business on Election Day -- Sept. 10. The ballots contained the appropriate information to be counted: a witness name and address and a voter signature, the sources said.

Allegations have circulated for months among top-level county officials that hundreds of absentee ballots were not counted in the September primary and had been thrown away. The concerns were so strong that Spechler asked Sheriff Ken Jenne to order his staff to collect absentee ballots received by mail on the day of the Nov. 5 election.

The discovery comes at a time when officials are reeling from the Tuesday confrontation with Oliphant.

Supervisor's report

This was to be the week when Oliphant finally explained how she would rein in her runaway spending and correct the mismanagement uncovered by the audit. Instead, Oliphant's long-awaited report to the county was filled with questionable information about the new voting machines, her finances and who is to blame for election missteps. It included an "austerity budget" -- a deficit-reduction action plan -- that was actually a request for an extra $2.9 million.

The information in the four-inch-thick report added to the exasperation that county commissioners felt when they left Tuesday's meeting with Oliphant. During the session, Oliphant gave only vague answers to questions even as she asked for more cash, telling the board she will have no money left as of May 31.

"It's like the theater of the absurd," a frustrated Commissioner Lori Parrish said Wednesday.

Oliphant said in her report that the public should give her the benefit of the doubt about her operations.

"It is ... disenchanting when it appears that this elected official is continuously placed under the microscope, especially in such early stages of my tenure," she wrote. "My energy, heart and mind remain committed to the tasks at hand."

Voting machine woes

Many of Oliphant's comments in the report were directed at the ATM-style voting machinery that the county purchased last year to replace the old punch-card ballots.

She alleged that the county had encountered widespread problems with the machines, that the machines were to blame for her cost overruns and that other counties also had problems.

"This equipment vendor has done an impressive job in shifting blame and responsibility from themselves," she wrote.

Writing about the extra money she said she had to spend because of the equipment, she said: "Although it is true we exceeded our [fiscal year] 2001-2002 budget, I stand behind the decisions this office made."

Her comments directly contradict other information.

The county-ordered audit said Oliphant went $1 million over budget because she hired more people than allowed in her budget, handed out double-digit pay raises and spent more than planned on office renovations. The auditor never mentioned any overspending caused by the computerized voting machines.

And a county review found that the machinery performed as expected with only minor glitches. Many of the problems voters experienced in the September primary were because poll workers weren't trained adequately in running the machines, and only limited problems were found when county employees managed the equipment in November.

Other elections supervisors in Florida are largely pleased with the performance of the touch-screen machines and said their elections costs have not increased significantly because of the machines' use.

"It is grossly unfair of her to push the cost off on the voting system," said Kurt Browning, who also purchased machines from Election Systems & Software as Pasco County's elections supervisor. "It is not true."

Oliphant went on the offensive against commissioners in the report. She blamed the County Commission for underfunding her office, cutting her budget, causing chaos by changing precinct lines and refusing to pay for her voter outreach program.

"Too many changes occurred since I took office and the staffing limit put upon this organization by the commission doesn't allow me to properly do my job as supervisor of elections," Oliphant wrote.

She added that the county had "cut budgets and refused services" only to end up "condemning the supervisor for necessary cost overruns." She wants to hire 21 new employees.

Staffing levels

The commission did not cut her budget last year but agreed to increase her spending by $478,260 to $5.8 million, as she requested. A comparison of her staffing with Florida's other urban counties shows it is in line with other elections offices.

Oliphant has one employee for every 15,000 voters. Palm Beach County has one for every 20,000, Miami-Dade County one for every 13,000, Pinellas one for every 17,000 and Hillsborough one for every 19,000.

While the commissioners signed off on the new precinct boundaries, Oliphant was responsible for drawing the lines and sought the commission's approval. The new map caused problems last year as thousands of voters were assigned new polling places.

And although Oliphant's report states that the commission "won't provide my office with staff positions to continue with voter education and registration drives," the commission has not been asked about continuing the program. Oliphant killed the project last year as a belt-tightening measure, saying it had served its purpose of educating voters about the new machinery.

"The report was very accusatory with no explanations and lots of excuses," said Commissioner Ben Graber, a one-time supporter of Oliphant who now wants her to resign. "It's on par with what we've learned to expect from her."

Scott Wyman can be reached at swyman\ or 954-356-4511.

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Monday, January 20, 2003

While I am not certain if she is the author, this was sent to me by Joanne at Four Cee Investiagtions... while you're reading this I'll be driving my SUV, funding some terrorists...

Question: What is the height of globalization?

Answer: Princess Diana's death.

Question: How come?

Answer: An English Princess with an Egyptian boyfriend crashed in a French tunnel, in a German car with a Dutch engine, driven by a Belgian who was high on Scottish whiskey, followed closely by Italian Paparazzi on Japanese motorcycles, and she was treated by an American doctor using Brazilian medicines!

This analysis is sent to you by an Armenian, using Bill Gates' technology that he stole from the Japanese, and you are probably reading it on one of the IBM clones that uses Taiwanese-made chips and Korean-made monitors, assembled by Bangladeshi workers in a Singapore plant, transported in trucks driven by Indians, hijacked by Indonesians, and finally sold to you.

That, my friend, is Globalization!

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Friday, January 17, 2003

Can you believe we survived?

Can you believe we survived?

If you lived as a child in the 40's, 50's, 60's or 70's.

Looking back, it's hard to believe that we have lived as long as we have...

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors, or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets.

(Not to mention hitchhiking to town as a young kid!)

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. Horrors.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then rode down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times we learned to solve the problem.

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day.

No cell phones. Unthinkable. We played dodgeball and sometimes the ball would really hurt. We got cut and broke bones and broke teeth, and there were no law suits from these accidents. They were accidents. No one was to blame, but us. Remember accidents?

We had fights and punched each other and got black and blue and learned to get over it.

We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank sugar soda but we were never overweight...we were always outside playing. We shared one grape soda with four friends, from one bottle and no one died from this.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, video games at all, 99 channels on cable, video tape movies, surround sound, personal cell phones, Personal Computers, Internet chat rooms ...We had friends. We went outside and found them. We rode bikes or walked to a friend's home and knocked on the door, or rung the bell or just walked in and talked to them.

Imagine such a thing. Without asking parent! By ourselves! Out there in the cold cruel world! Without a guardian. How did we do it?

We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and ate worms and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes, nor did the worms live inside us forever.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't, had to learn to deal with disappointment.....Some students weren't as smart as others so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade.....Horrors. Tests were not adjusted for any reason.

Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected. No one to hide behind. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law, imagine that!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years has been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.



Please pass this on to others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before lawyers and government regulated our lives, for our own good!

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Thursday, January 16, 2003

So let's see... if it LOOKS like a duck, and QUAKCS like a duck...

it MUST be a material breach... right? Inspectors Find Empty Chemical Warheads in Iraq

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Seen in a discussion group...

The Difference Between The Liberal and Conservative:
"A Debate on Crime"

Question: You're walking down a deserted street with your wife and two small children. Suddenly, a dangerous looking man with a huge knife comes around the corner and is running at you while screaming obscenities. In your hand is a .357 Magnum and you are an expert shot. You have mere seconds before he reaches you and your family. What do you do?

Liberal Answer: Well, that's not enough information to answer the question! You're looking for simple solutions to complex issues.
* Does the man look poor or oppressed?
* Have I ever done anything to him that is inspiring him to attack?
* Could we run away?
* What does my wife think?
* What about the kids?
* Could I possibly swing the gun like a club and knock the knife out of his hand?
* What does the law say about this situation?
* Is it possible he'd be happy with just killing me?
* Does he definitely want to kill me or would he just be content to wound me?
* If I were to grab his knees and hold on, could my family get away while he was stabbing me?
This is all so confusing! I need to debate this with some friends for a few days to try to come to a conclusion.

Conservative Answer: Shoot the son of a bitch! Then take your family to a baseball game, eat some hot dogs and apple pie, sing the national anthem, go to church and praise the Lord for one more day of freedom! Hallelujah!!

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Wednesday, January 15, 2003


Love him, hate him, or anywhere in between: A tip of the hat to Matt Drudge, the man who broke the news to the world of Monica Lewinsky. Matt demonstrated the power of the truly free press.

You may have supported President Clinton, you may have thought the game of politics was wrongly turned on it's head (you are free to have these thoughts, as I am free to disagree), but you cannot deny that Matt Drudge gave Internet news reporting credibility and audience.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2003

Rocker Sheryl Crow really cut through the geopolitics of the Iraq situation. Speaking at the American Music Awards last night, Ms. Crow said:

"I think war is based in greed and there are huge karmic retributions that will follow. I think war is never the answer to solving any problems. The best way to solve problems is to not have enemies."

How silly we've been all this time. All we need to do is NOT have enemies.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I do like Sheryl Crow's music (see her ratings on my Yahoo! Launch player, if you are really interested), but statements like this I find laughable.

Yahoo! News - Crow preaches peace, Osbournes poke fun at ex-couple Britney and Justin Crow preaches peace, Osbournes poke fun at ex-couple Britney and Justin

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Friday, January 10, 2003

Former US Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark has said Jesus Christ was a "terrorist" (as reported on The Sean Hannity Show). Fox News host Tony Snow summed it up perfectly: "What in idiot."

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The LA TIMES features a regular column dealing with radio, as do most major newspapers. In the January 10, 2003 edition is an article regarding the recent Gallop Poll showing 1/5 American's get their news from Talk Radio.

A lot has been said lately that there are no 'Liberal Limbaugh's' to balance the radio market. Perhaps it's because there are few Liberal listeners. Consider this excerpt fromt he article:

22% of Americans get news from talk jocks The Gallup survey also confirmed a breakdown that anyone listening to talk radio could already presume: Nearly twice as many Republicans as Democrats listed talk radio as their news source, 29% to 15%.

Simply stated, there is an obvious lack of Liberal listeners to justify a 'Liberal Limbaugh.'


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Thursday, January 09, 2003


'BLOG' ENTERS THE DICTIONARY: Great news from the American Dialect Society. The word "blog" was the group's second favorite coinage of 2002, beaten only by "weapons of mass destruction." "Blog" was also voted "most likely to succeed." I'll say. (Via Andrew Sullivan, via Don Luskin.)

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More on the 'deadly SUV' story can be found at Arianna Huffington's website, The Detroit Project - by Americans for Fuel Efficient Cars . Here you can see the two television commercials that are accusing SUV owners of funding terrorists.

So remember now... hook your PC to your exercise bike and start pumping before you try to read the site... you wouldn't want this humorous excursion to fund the terrorists, would you?

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Creative spelling

If GH can stand for P as in Hiccough
If OUGH stands for O as in Dough
If PHTH stands for T as in Phthisis
If EIGH stands for A as in Neighbor
If TTE stands for T as in Gazette
If EAU stands for O as in Plateau ....

Then the right way to spell POTATO should be: GHOUGHPHTHEIGHTTEEAU

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Wednesday, January 08, 2003

Recently, a discussion came up regarding race and "Politically Correct"-speak. I remembered an old Bloom County cartoon strip, drawn by the infamous Berke Breathed, who captured the hypocricy of the situation. Lo, I found the transcript of the strip online, and I detail it here for the masses:

Mom: That's the most adorable little colored girl playing outside.
Steve Dallas: "Colored"? You're saying "colored people" in 1988? You know better, Ma.
Mom: Then why the "National Association for Colored People? I don't think Negroes mind at all.
Steve: Don't say "Negroes," Ma! You can't say "Negroes"!
Mom: Can I say "United Negro College Fund"?
Steve: You are baiting me, Ma!
Dad: That's it. We're leaving.
Mom: Stay put, Reginald. "Mister Socially Sensitive" isn't finished shaming his parents into enlightenment.
Steve: Everybody just calm down. Let's agree to use the New-Age term "People of Color."
Mom: People of Color.
Steve: People of Color.
Mom: Colored people.
Steve: NO!!
Dad: We're leaving.

From a "Bloom County" comic strip by Berke Breathed, © 1989 by the Washington Post Company.

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 The latest in absurdities from the Left: anyone who drives a SUV is as guilty as anyone who buys illegal drugs.

According to a piece in the venerable NY Times, TV Ads Say S.U.V. Owners Support Terrorists anyone who drives an SUV is endangering our national security. Since SUV's use a lot of gas, and the oil for that gas comes from the Middle East, the logical conclusion (so they say) is that the driver funds terrorists.

This, of course, is laughable. By extension, any time any person takes a Sunday drive, they are funding terrorists. Any time some one lets their car warm up on a cold, winter day: funding terrorism. What's that?? You drove your car on vacation? The terrorists won again!

Never let it be said, however, that the number of Whitehouse bar-be-ques with invited guests (who happen to head terrorists groups) did anything to further terror in the world. Pish-posh, indeed!

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Tuesday, January 07, 2003

In their January 7th Editorial, the New York Times again makes the case that the tax cut proposed by the Bush Administration would go directly to the 'most well-heeled Americans.'

One would think that these so-called 'rich' American would be a small number. Drawing from the Joint Economic Committee's own report (, the top 50% of taxpayers account for over of the taxes paid in this country. The bottom 50%? Less than 4%.

So any tax cut that is seeminly directed at 'the rich' is, in some ways, correct; but only when you understand the proper definition of 'rich.'

The Charles Schwab Tax Cut
The Bush administration never met a domestic problem that tax cuts couldn't cure, and today in Chicago the president is planning to call for more of the same. The centerpiece of Mr. Bush's new economic plan is to eliminate the tax on dividends that will cost the Treasury about $300 billion over the next decade. In a theoretical world, ending the dividend tax might make sense. Unfortunately we live in the real one, where it's the wrong move at the wrong time for the benefit of the wrong people.
Ending the dividend tax will not provide the economy with a short-term stimulus — the ostensible goal of the plan. Investors won't be seeing their savings until 2004. While nobody can predict what the economy will look like then, we'd be willing to lay odds that there will still be a large and growing deficit, made continually worse by the administration's insistence on reducing revenues. Mr. Bush has made it obvious that he expects to go to war against Iraq this year. The nation learned in the past that it cannot afford the luxury of guns and butter. The same goes for guns and tax cuts, particularly when they're directed at the most well-heeled Americans.

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How is it that the United Nations ... the once highly regarded answer to the world's problems, can make such an omminous prediction as Reuters | Latest Financial News / Full News Coverage U.N. Sees 500,000 Iraqi Casualties at Start of War , but were unable to SEE the threat of Iraq until President Bush practically slapped the collective faces of the Security Council with it??

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