The Pamphleteer

During colonial times in America, if you wanted to convince or inform people about some issue that you considered important, you went to the local printer and got some pamphlets printed. You then handed them out, read them to anybody that was interested, nailed them to the town bulletin board, or the nearest tree. The first amendment was specifically written to protect this type of activity and the writers or "pamphleteers".

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Sunday, September 25, 2005

Examines the growing national security threat involving the nuclear capabilities of Iran, providing an expose of the intelligence blunders and foreign policy decisions that have increased the threat.


Ron Silver's New Anti-U.N. Documentary


The Los Angeles Times featured an article this week about Ron Silver's new documentary on the U.N., "Broken Promises." We've now had the chance to see this extraordinary account of the U.N.'s many failures, particularly
throughout the 1990s.

The film first takes audiences through a brief, encapsulated history of the U.N. as it arose from the ashes of two World Wars. The film revisits the heady days of the immediate post-World War II years when it appeared that
international cooperation could head off major global conflicts, prevent wars, or mediate local strife. "Broken Promises" identifies this as the enormous promise or potential of the U.N. - a potential that has never yet
been realized.

The film identifies a tendency - exemplified by the U.N.'s early handling of clashes over Kashmir, and over the founding of Israel - to conflate aggressors with their victims. This studied 'neutrality' of the U.N. - really a mask for its own weakness or lack of resolve - carried over for decades into later humanitarian disasters in Cambodia, Rwanda and Bosnia/Serbia.

Particularly chilling are the film's first-hand accounts from those who experienced the Rwandan and Bosnian/Serbian massacres firsthand, and accounts from U.N. aid workers who were themselves betrayed by higher-ups.

What one gleans from these extraordinary interviews is the scale of the problem with the U.N. - the immensity of its incompetence and corruption.

One U.N. translator, for example, describes how Dutch U.N. 'peacekeepers' in Srebrenica knowingly delivered his own family to slaughter at the hands of the Serbs in a moment that recalled Jews being packed into box-cars for
shipment to Nazi death camps. The look of betrayal on this poor man's face is almost too much to bear.

"Broken Promises" is an absorbing, enlightening, and infuriating documentary that has the potential to alter the debate about the U.N. as it reaches its 60th anniversary. Many of the people who participated in the documentary
were the crucial U.N. operatives on the ground during some of the U.N.'s most notorious humanitarian catastrophes. Their experiences are difficult to 'refute' in the glib, off-handed manner so many liberals dismiss criticism
of the U.N.

To listen to refugee Eugenie Mukeshimana, for example, talk about the relatives she lost during the Hutu killing spree in Rwanda is nothing short of heart-wrenching. More than that, it's something like a glimpse of hell on earth. Why did the U.N. do nothing? Why were Canadian General Romeo Dallaire's warnings ignored (he's also interviewed in the film)?

These questions only hint at the vast and systemic failures of the U.N. - the institution many still believe was more 'competent' to handle the threat of Saddam Hussein than was the U.S. military. will be hosting the L.A. premiere of "Broken Promises" during the Liberty Film Festival this October 21-23, and we look forward to more such documentaries from Ron Silver and producer Dave Bossie (Citizens United) in the future.



A Political Look at Hollywood

By James Hirsen

A NewsMax Report

Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):

1. Marriage, Hollywood Style
2. David Geffen to Own the L.A. Times?
3. Michael Jackson's Katrina Song
4. Ellen DeGeneres Passes on 'Oh, God!' Role
5. Celebrity Griping Abroad


Health Alert from

Wine, Chocolate Can Reduce Heart Disease

A diet that includes chocolate and red wine can cut a person's risk of heart disease by 78 percent, according to scientists in Australia and the Netherlands.

The diet focuses on seven food items that have been shown to reduce cholesterol and lower blood pressure, and calls for the consumption of:

  • 150 ml. of red wine per day, which some researchers say can cut heart disease by 32 percent.

  • 100 grams of dark chocolate daily to reduce blood pressure.

  • Four meals including fish each week, totaling 114 grams, which can slash heart disease risk by 14 percent.

  • 400 grams of fruits and vegetables daily.

  • 68 grams of almonds each day to cut cholesterol.

  • 2.7 grams of garlic per day to lower cholesterol levels.

In a paper published in the British Medical Journal, scientists say that if all these foods are combined in a diet they will lower the risk of heart disease by 78 percent and give men an extra six years of life and an extra nine years free from heart disease.

For women, the diet would provide an extra 4.8 years of life and an extra eight years without heart disease, The Daily Telegraph in Australia reports.

The scientists said you can boost the diet's effectiveness by adding olive oil, soybeans, tomatoes, oat bran, nuts, tea and chickpeas.


Sunday, September 18, 2005

An award-winning journalist provides an eyewitness account of the brutal March 2002 battle of untested U.S. troops against fanatical Al Qaeda and Taliban forces in Afghanistan's Shahikot valley, capturing the courage and resourcefulness of these young soldiers against overwhelming odds, including high-level strategic miscalculations.



Matt, over at Blogs for Bush has put out a call for bloggers to help cut the budget. He's asking you to pick an area of the budget, analyze it, and suggest cuts.

I looked at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and wondered "What is this crap?" Since my first impulse was to cut the whole department, I think I'll recuse myself on this exercise.

Have fun!


What really happened in New Orleans....sad,but true...

(From Gene, our correspondent in Washington Heights.)

In case you aren't familiar with how our government is SUPPOSED to work:
The chain of responsibility for the protection of the citizens in New Orleans is:

1. The Mayor
2. The New Orleans director of Homeland Security (a political appointee of
the Governor who reports to the Governor)
3. The Governor
4. The Head of Homeland Security
5. The President

What did each do?

1. The mayor, with 5 days advance, waited until 2 days before he announced
a mandatory evacuation (at the behest of the President). The he failed to
provide transportation for those without transport even though he had
hundreds of buses at his disposal.

2. The New Orleans director of Homeland Security failed to have any plan
for a contingency that has been talked about for 50 years. Then he blames
the Feds for not doing what he should have done. (So much for political

3. The Governor, despite a declaration of disaster by the President 2 DAYS
the storm hit, failed to take advantage of the offer of Federal
troops and aid. Until 2 DAYS AFTER the storm hit.

4. The Director of Homeland Security positioned assets in the area to be
ready when the Governor called for them

5. The President urged a mandatory evacuation, and even declared a
disaster State of Emergency, freeing up millions of dollars of federal
assistance, should the Governor decide to use it.

Oh and by the way, the levees that broke were the responsibility of the
local landowners and the local levee board to maintain, NOT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

The disaster in New Orleans is what you get after decades of corrupt
(democrat) government going all the way back to Huey Long.

Funds for disaster protection and relief have been flowing into this city
for decades, and where has it gone, but into the pockets of the politicos
and their friends.

Decades of socialist government in New Orleans has sapped all self
reliance from the community, and made them dependent upon government for
every little thing.

Political correctness and a lack of will to fight crime have created the
single most corrupt police force in the country, and has permitted gang
violence to flourish.

The sad thing is that there are many poor folks who have suffered and died
needlessly because those that they voted into office failed them.

For those who missed item 5 (where the President's level of accountability
is discussed), it is made more clear in a New Orleans Times-Picayune
article dated August 28:

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - In the face of a catastrophic Hurricane Katrina, a
mandatory evacuation was ordered Sunday for New Orleans by Mayor Ray

Acknowledging that large numbers of people, many of them stranded
tourists, would be unable to leave, the city set up 10 places of last
resort for people to go, including the Superdome.

The mayor called the order unprecedented and said anyone who could leave
the city should. He exempted hotels from the evacuation order because
airlines had already cancelled all flights.

Gov. Kathleen Blanco, standing beside the mayor at a news conference, said
President Bush called and personally appealed for a mandatory evacuation
for the low-lying city, which is prone to flooding.
(emphasis mine)

The ball was placed in Mayor Nagin's court to carry out the evacuation
order. With a 5-day heads-up, he had the authority to use any and all
services to evacuate all residents from the city, as documented in a city
emergency preparedness plan. By waiting until the last minute, and failing
to make full use of resources available within city limits, Nagin and his
administration f**ked up.

Mayor Nagin and his emergency sidekick Terry Ebbert have displayed lethal,
mind boggling incompetence before, during and after Katrina.

As for Mayor Nagin, he and his profile in pathetic leadership police chief
should resign as well. That city's government is incompetent from one end
to the other. The people of New Orleans deserve better than this crowd of
clowns is capable of giving them.

If you're keeping track, these boobs let 569 buses that could have carried
33,350 people out of New Orleans-in one trip-get ruined in the floods.
Whatever plan these guys had, it was a dud. Or it probably would have been
if they'd bothered to follow it.

As for all the race-baiting rhetoric and Bush-bashing coming from
prominent blacks on the left, don't expect Ray Nagin to be called out on
the carpet for falling short. You want to know why? Here's why:

It's more convenient to blame a white president for what went wrong than
to hold a black mayor and his administration accountable for gross
negligence and failing to fully carry out an established emergency
preparedness plan.

To hold Nagin and his administration accountable for dropping the ball
amounts to letting loose the shouts and cries of "Racism!". It's sad, it's
wrong, but it's standard operating procedure for the media and left-wing
black leadership.

Mark my words: you will not hear a word of criticism from Jesse Jackson
Sr., Randall Robinson, the Congressional Black Caucus, the NAACP, or Kanye
West being directed toward Clarence Ray Nagin Jr. Why? Because he is just
another black politician instead of a responsible elected official who
happens to be black. In the mindset of more-blacker-than-thou blacks,
black politicians who are on their side can do no wrong.



The Refdesk Site of the Day is:

America Supports You Our Military Men and Women

This site is a nationwide program launched by the Department of Defense,
recognizes citizens' support for our military men and women and communicates
that support to members of our Armed Forces at home and abroad. The site
features a list of organizations that will help you send messages and packages
as well as provide other support.


Friday, September 16, 2005

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and French cryptologist Sophie Neveu work to solve the murder of an elderly curator of the Louvre, a case which leads to clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci and a centuries-old secret society.



A Political Look at Hollywood

By James Hirsen

A NewsMax Report

Headlines (Click here for complete stories):

1. Old Media's Death Agenda
2. The New York Times vs. Geraldo
3. Michael Moore to Do a Katrina Film
4. Kanye West's White Rap
5. Hillary Hype TV


Quote of the Week:

From Veterans Advantage

Patriotism is looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.

Calvin Coolidge


The Refdesk Site of the Day is:

AAA Fuel Cost Calculator

Using current gasoline prices from AAA's daily, online Fuel Gauge Report, as
well as the latest highway fuel economy ratings from the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, the AAA Fuel Cost Calculator estimates the amount and cost of
gasoline needed to complete a vacation trip. Although the total number of miles
driven and prices paid for gasoline during your trip may vary from the estimates
provided, the AAA Fuel Cost Calculator is intended to help you determine the
cost of fuel needed to complete a vacation drive.


Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Argues that America's separation of church and state is unrealistic, and maintains that each be held accountable to key values of progressive religious tradition.


Foreign Travels

Still in Ireland. I've decided not to look too closely at the local and world media, and just enjoy myself as much as possible.

Spent some time in Ballinskelligs, which is in County Kerry. I don't know what heaven is like but Ballinskelligs would give it some fierce competition.

Spent yesterday touring Cork City. It's where I was born, but whenever I come back I like to play tourist to see how much it has changed.

An interesting footnote is that Daniel Libeskind, who is designing the rebuilding of Ground Zero, has an exhibit here in Cork. Like his Ground Zero design, it's ugly and stupid.

Cork City is over 800 years old, which is about twice as old as any European style city in the Americas. It is also, like New Orleans, built on marshland. However, it has a protected harbor, so the Atlantic storms don't cause the water to rise and flood the old part of the city.

The other big event is that the Cork Hurling Team, won the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. Hurling is an ancient Celtic game, and the All-Ireland is a combination of Super Bowl-World Series.



(From Dan, our correspondent in the Commonwealth of Taxachusetts.)

You've been elected and now sworn in as President and are spending your
first night -- as president -- in the White House. I know you've been
there before but you've waited so long to be the top dog. After sending
Willie out, you are alone:

The ghost of George Washington appears, and Hillary says, "How can I
best serve my country?"

Washington says, "Never tell a lie."

"Ouch!" Says Hillary, "I don't know about that."

The next night, the ghost of Thomas Jefferson appears... Hillary says,
"How can I best serve my country?"

Jefferson says, "Listen to the people."

"Ohhh! I really don't want to do that."

On the third night, the ghost of Abe Lincoln appears... Hillary says,
"How can I best serve my country?"

Lincoln says, "Go to the theater."


Monday, September 12, 2005

Argues that America's separation of church and state is unrealistic, and maintains that each be held accountable to key values of progressive religious tradition.


The View From Over Here...

I'm traveling in Ireland on family business, and I'm really ticked at a lot of things.

Ireland has turned into the typical, snotty, overbearing, patronizing and condescending European country. The next clown that tells me "Bush is a terrible President" gets a kick in the head. Ireland has no electoral votes, so shut up.

The Irish papers are filled with opinions from every moronic politican and columnists about what the USA has done wrong in the world, Iraq, and New Orleans. The prevailing attitude is that the free market system has brought the United States to ruin.

I'm not going to defend the administration or my country in this column, it's been done by people who are a lot more learned and prolific than myself.

Just a story to illustrate the difference between Ireland and the USA. I was watching a television news story about the shortage of neurologists in Ireland. Apparently, there are only about a dozen, and the supply is tightly controlled by the government. This has led to the situation where if you need any kind of neurological work, you go on a waiting list that is about 60-90 days long.

(If it's really serious, you die.)

I live in the county of Queens in New York City, which has about the same population as Ireland, and I could find a professional building that has more neurologists in that one building than in the whole of Ireland. I'll take free market capitalism any day of the week.

I'll finish my rant with this comment: The International Herald-Tribune reads as if it was written by political exiles. Every story is negative about the USA and particularly the Bush administration. On top of that, their sports section stinks.

Anybody know how the Yankees and Mets are doing?

Thanks To All The Lawyers...

(From Pamela, our correspondent in Bay Ridege.)

A few more items to make you feel a little more secure.? In case you needed further proof that the human race is doomed through stupidity, here are some actual label instructions on consumer goods.

On a Sears hairdryer -- Do not use while sleeping.
(That's the only time I have to work on my hair.)

On a bag of Fritos -- You could be a winner! No purchase necessary. Details inside. (The shoplifter special?)

On a bar of Dial soap -- "Directions: Use like regular soap."
(...and that would be???....)

On some Swanson frozen dinners -- "Serving suggestion: Defrost."
(Just a suggestion, though.)

On Tesco's Tiramisu dessert (printed on bottom) -- "Do not turn upside down."
(A little late now.)

On Marks &Spencer Bread Pudding -- "Product will be hot after heating."
(...and you thought????...)

On packaging for a Rowenta iron -- "Do not iron clothes on body."
(...but wouldn't this save me time?)

On Boot's Children Cough Medicine -- "Do not drive a car or operate machinery after taking this medication."

(We could do a lot to reduce the rate of construction accidents if we could just get those 5 year-olds with head-colds off those bulldozers.)

On Nytol Sleep Aid -- "Warning: May cause drowsiness."
(...I'm taking this because???....)

On most brands of Christmas lights -- "For indoor or outdoor use only."
( opposed to what?)

On a Japanese food processor -- "Not to be used for the other use."
(Other use?? Like what?? Anybody?)

On Sainsbury's peanuts -- "Warning: contains nuts."
( about a news flash)

On an American Airlines packet of nuts -- "Instructions: Open packet,
eat > nuts."
(Step 3: say what?)

On a child's Superman costume -- "Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly."
(And this warning is there because someone thought it would!? Where were Mom and Dad?)>

On a Swedish chainsaw -- "Do not attempt to stop chain with your hands
or genitals."
(Oh my God..was there a lot of this happening somewhere?)


How to Tell if Your Cat is Real!

(From Pamela, our correspondent in Bay Ridge.)

A true cat will endure discomfort for hours and wait patiently until 3 AM to cough up a hairball on your bed.

A true cat always comes between you and your newspaper.

A true cat would rather eat what you're having, even if what you fixed for him is better than what you fixed for yourself.

A true cat waits until you are watching your favorite TV show before asking to go out, and come in, and go out, and come in, etc.

True cats have perfected the guilt-provoking stare.

A true cat prefers your flower bed to her litter box.

A true cat never willingly laps up hairball remedy, no matter what the instructions on the package say.

A true cat can find and discard the smallest pill in the largest heap of food.

That's why administering a pill to a true cat is a two-person job.

Sometimes a three-person job.

A true cat doesn't do tricks.

A true cat abhors a closed door.

When caught misbehaving, a true cat pretends he was doing something else.


Thursday, September 08, 2005

Recounts the most notable volcanoes, earthquakes, fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and other natural disasters to hit the United States.(Recommended for Children: Grades 4-6, or politicians of any age.)


Make the Call...or They Will

As of September 1, cell phone numbers have been released to
telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls. Your
airtime will be charged for these calls. To get your phone number on the
National Do-Not-Call List, just call 888-382-1222 from your cell phone
or register online at


Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Recounts the most notable volcanoes, earthquakes, fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and other natural disasters to hit the United States.(Recommended for Children: Grades 4-6, or politicians of any age.)



A Political Look at Hollywood

by James Hirsen

A Special Edition of NewsMax's "Left Coast Report"

Click here...


Monday, September 05, 2005

Recounts the most notable volcanoes, earthquakes, fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and other natural disasters to hit the United States.(Recommended for Children: Grades 4-6, or politicians of any age.)



(Thanks to Ed, an occassional correspondent.)

Louisiana lawmakers have long lamented that Corps of Engineers programs designed to protect New Orleans and surrounding areas were starved for cash.

Corps officials, said, however, that funneling more money into the agency's levee repair programs wouldn't have totally averted disaster. The infrastructure around the city was designed to withstand only a Category 3.

Lt. Gen. Carl Strock, Corps of Engineers commander, said some flooding would have occurred even if the remaining repair projects planned for the levees had been completed.

The infrastructure assumed that a storm bigger than a Category 3 has a very low probability of occurring.

When the project was designed about 30 years ago, the corps believed it was protecting the city from an event that might occur only every 200 or 300 years.

"We had an assurance that 99.5 percent this would be OK. We, unfortunately, have had that .5 percent activity here," Strock said.

Former Sen. John Breaux, D-La., said everyone has known for years that the levees wouldn't stop a "once every hundred years" storm that could put New Orleans under 20 feet of water.

The complaints and problems with corps funding go back to the Carter administration, and presidents since then have tried to draw money from the agency's projects to pay for other priorities.

Mike Parker, a former Mississippi congressman who left as civilian head of the corps in 2002 after criticizing the White House budget office, said the funding problems occurred through Democratic and Republican administrations.

"The corps requested money to complete the projects through the years, but the funding level wasn't given to them in order to do it," he said.

It's the Bush administration taking the brunt of the heat now.

House Majority Whip Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said New Orleans got an infusion of money for flood control projects in the late 1990s.

"There was less money spent after that huge project, as, of course, there would be," Blunt said. "Any time you do a big building project, when that project's over, the next year you spend less money."

Blunt suggested there might be a limit to the amount that federal programs can do.

"This is not something that government can always prevent," he said. "You know, God is actually bigger and nature is bigger than we are, and this is one of those instances."

Two Corps of Engineers projects were in place to control flooding and prepare for hurricane damage in southern Louisiana. One was a flood control project with channel and pumping station improvements for Southeast Louisiana; the other was a project to protect residents between Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River levee from surges driven by a fast-moving category 3 storm.

Each year since 2001, the corps asked for much more money for those two projects than the Bush administration was willing to request or Congress was willing to spend, according to figures compiled by Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La.

In addition, funding for the two programs declined between fiscal years 2001 and 2004, although both saw slight increases this year. Much of the federal budget outside homeland security and defense has been held down while the administration tries to control deficits under control.

Advocates also have pressed for money to restore the eroding Louisiana coastline as additional hurricane protection.

In the future, Breaux said, the federal government must think about a system of levees designed for the once-a-century storm.

"They're going to have to be built stronger. They're going to have to be built higher. They're going to have to be maintained," he said.

"It looks like Baghdad underwater out there."



(From Pamela, our correspondent in Bay Ridge.)

A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He reduced his
altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended a bit more and shouted:

"Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an
hour ago, but I don't know where I am."

The woman below replied, "You're in a hot air balloon hovering
approximately 30 feet above the ground. You're between 40 and 45 degrees
north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude."

"You must be in Information Technology," said the balloonist.

"I am," replied the woman, "How did you know?"

"Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is
technically correct, but I've no idea what to make of your information, and the
fact is I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help at all. If anything, you've delayed my trip."

The woman below responded, "You must be in Management."

"I am!" replied the balloonist, "but how did you know?"

"Well", said the woman, "you don't know where you are or where
you're going. You have risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot
air. You made a promise, which you've no idea how to keep, and you
expect people beneath you to solve your problems. The fact is you are in
exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now, somehow,
it's my fault."


Sunday, September 04, 2005

An account of the tragic Galveston hurricane of 1900 that claimed over six thousand lives.


Who To Blame?

Blogs for Bush had this story about the publics reaction so far to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Click here...

Thank goodness for the internet. Even though President Bush and his administration have refused, for some strange reason, to defend themselves against the Democrats, the blogosphere has risen to the occassion.

Matt Drudge has linked to a picture of school buses sitting unused in a New Orleans parking lot, and the New Orleans unread and unused evacuation plan.

Other members of the blogosphere have actually counted the buses, there are apparently 255 of them in the parking lot. They have also pointed out the bus lot is right next to the highway that leads to the Convention Center and Superdome.

Also, the New Orleans public transportation system apparently has approximately 340 buses which were not used for evacuation, and there are about 50 buses at the airport. Packed tight, all 100,000 persons left in New Orleans could have been evacuated over a two day period.

Members of the blogosphere have also pointed out that President Bush had to personally call Governor Blanco and Mayor Nagin and personally appeal for a mandatory evacuation.

Lastly, Mayor Nagin hightailed it to Baton Rouge ahead of the storm.

I'm in NYC, if we had to evacuate the whole city on 9/11, Mayor Guiliani would have been the last person out.

The reaction from the Democrats has been absolutely disgraceful. However, the blogsphere has prevented them and their allies in the Looney Leftwing Liberal MainStream Media from rolling over President Bush with their lies.

Thank goodness for the internet and the blogosphere.


An InstaPundit reader points out an important paragraph in a Washington Post story:

Other federal and state officials pointed to Louisiana's failure to measure up to national disaster response standards, noting that the federal plan advises state and local emergency managers not to expect federal aid for 72 to 96 hours, and base their own preparedness efforts on the need to be self-sufficient for at least that period. "Fundamentally the first breakdown occurred at the local level," said one state official who works with FEMA. 'Did the city have the situational awareness of what was going on within its borders? The answer was no."

Time for Governor Blanco and Mayor Nagin to resign, and take all their appointees with them.



(From Ken Mehlman, RNC Chairman)

President George W. Bush issued the following statement on the passing of Chief Justice William Rehnquist.


Our nation is saddened today by the news that Chief Justice William Rehnquist passed away last night.

Laura and I send our respect and deepest sympathy to this good man's children, Jim, Janet and Nancy. We send our respect to all the members of the Rehnquist family.

William H. Rehnquist was born and raised in Wisconsin. He was the grandson of Swedish immigrants. Like so many of his generation, he served in the Army during World War II. He went on to college with the help of the G.I. Bill.

He studied law at Stanford University. He graduated first in his class. That included his future colleague Sandra Day O'Connor.

Judge Rehnquist and his late wife, Nan, raised their family in Phoenix, where he built a career as one of Arizona's leading attorneys.

He went on to even greater distinction in public service: as an assistant U.S. attorney general, associate justice of the Supreme Court and, for the past 19 years, chief justice of the United States.

He was extremely well-respected for his powerful intellect. He was respected for his deep commitment to the rule of law and his profound devotion to duty.

He provided superb leadership for the federal court system, improving the delivery of justice for the American people and earning the admiration of his colleagues throughout the judiciary.

Even during a period of illness, Chief Justice Rehnquist stayed on the job to complete the work of his final Supreme Court term.

I was honored and I was deeply touched when he came to the Capitol for the swearing-in last January.

He was a man of character and dedication. His departure represents a great loss for the court and for our country.

There are now two vacancies on the Supreme Court. And it will serve the best interests of the nation to fill those vacancies promptly. I will choose in a timely manner a highly qualified nominee to succeed Chief Justice Rehnquist.

As we look to the future of the Supreme Court, citizens of this nation can also look with pride and appreciation on the career of our late chief justice. More than half a century has passed since William H. Rehnquist first came to the Supreme Court as a young law clerk.

All of those years, William Rehnquist revered the Constitution and the laws of the United States. He led the judicial branch of government with tremendous wisdom and skill.

He honored America with a lifetime of service, and America will honor his memory.

May God bless the Rehnquist family.

Thank you all very much.


Saturday, September 03, 2005

The author introduces readers to one of the worst natural disasters in the nation's history--the 1938 Hurricane that struck the coast of New England at 186 miles per hour causing devastation throughout the region--and the personal stories of survivors of the catastrophe.



A Political Look at Hollywood

By James Hirsen

A NewsMax Report

Headlines (Click here for complete stories):

1. Air America Deflates
2. Jane Fonda/George Galloway, Peacenik Pair
3. Cindy Sheehan Meets with President Sheen
4. Pamela Anderson Pulls a Madonna and Bubba
5. Grammy Winner Chastised for Being a Bad Influence on Kids


Quote of the Week:

(From Veterans Advantage.)

These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

— Thomas Paine, The Crisis, 1776