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“The big news over the weekend was that a guy named Kevin Rudd won the election to be the Prime Minister of Australia. Rudd is the leader of the Labor Party and beat the incumbent
“The pessimists and defeatists who declared the surge doomed and said we were digging ourselves into a deeper hole have been proven wrong. The story of now is that terrorists have been killed, captured or driven out of territory retaken and cleansed by American and Iraqi forces—a coalition that has stabilized much of the country.” —Donald Lambro “Leaders of the Democratic Party are unwilling to celebrate because they have invested all their political capital in the notion that America isn’t winning, can’t win and must not win. If voters were to embrace victory and not defeat, they would likely reject the Democratic presidential nominee, if only for demonstrating poor judgment.” —Cal Thomas
“No one contends that the other Amendments that preserve rights of ‘the people’ —the First, Fourth, Ninth and Tenth—do not preserve individuals’ rights. The same must be true of the Second.” —Jed Babbin
“If a CEO of a fortune 500 company were to retire, would anyone seriously consider his wife to be an adequate replacement simply because she was married to him when he ran the company?” —John Hawkins
“If you don’t like going to the DMV, imagine if the only place you could go to resolve a health care problem is some government agency.” — whose Conservative Party had been in power for nearly 12 years. This was, of course, reported around the world as a defeat for... . EVERYTHING is reported around the world as a defeat for... .” —Rich Galen
“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.” —
“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” —
“A man who thinks of himself as belonging to a particular national group in America has not yet become an American. And the man who goes among you to trade upon your nationality is no worthy son to live under the Stars and Stripes.” —
“Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.” —
“Politics ain’t worrying this country one-tenth as much as trying to find a parking spot.” —
“This week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of v. Heller. In March, the Court of Appeals for the D. C. Circuit declared unconstitutional the District’s near-total ban on handgun possession. That 2-1 ruling, written by Judge Laurence Silberman, found that when the Second Amendment spoke of the ‘right of the people,’ it meant the right of ‘individuals,’ and not some ‘collective right’ held only by state governments or the . That stirring conclusion was enough to prompt the D. C. government to declare Judge Silberman outside ‘the mainstream of American jurisprudence’ in its petition to the Supreme Court. We’ve certainly come to an interesting legal place if asserting principles that appear nowhere in the Constitution is considered normal, but it’s beyond the pale to interpret the words that are in the Constitution to mean what they say... The phrase ‘the right of the people’ or some variation of it appears repeatedly in the Bill of Rights, and nowhere does it actually mean ‘the right of the government.’ When the Bill of Rights was written and adopted, the rights that mattered politically were of one sort—an individual’s, or a minority’s, right to be free from interference from the state. Today, rights are most often thought of as an entitlement to receive something from the state, as opposed to a freedom from interference by the state. The Second Amendment is, in our view, clearly a right of the latter sort.” —The Wall Street Journal
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“Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the Supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble Actions.” —
A lesson in obfuscation: “’The group’s purpose was to make it appear Al Qaeda in Iraq was responsible for the attack,’ Admiral Smith said, using the military’s name for
It depends on the meaning of “values”: “On foreign policy, [Hillary] is a little more hawkish than the rest of the Democratic Party, and certainly more than the primary base is. It seems that on social issues, by which I mean kind of welfare and economic issues, she’s fairly liberal. But she’s a moral conservative. Which is to say that she also gets behind, you know, things like values issues.” —Time’s Amy Sullivan
Not exactly a sycophant: “And the part of the Clinton administration that worked best—the economy, stupid—was run by Robert Rubin. Hillary did not show good judgment in her areas of influence—the legal fiefdom, health care and running oppo-campaigns against Bill’s galpals.” —New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd
Definitely a sycophant: “If it’s not you, how disappointed will you be?” —CBS’s (aka the Clinton’s personal, gushing Useful Idiot) and her “in-depth” interview with Mrs. —Hillary responded, “Well, it will be me.”
This week’s “Non Compos Mentis” Award: “My nominee was a woman—a victim of abuse. A strong, resilient woman who is a constant topic of discussion these days: Mother Earth.” — ’s Brian Williams on his nomination for Time’s “Person of the Year” in Mesopotamia. ‘The special groups’ aim was to demonstrate to Baghdadis the need for militia groups to continue providing for their security’.” —The New York Times **“’ in Mesopotamia,’ of course, is the Times’s name for what everyone else calls al Qaeda in Iraq.” —James Taranto
Newspulper Headlines: Shouldn’t They Have Warned Before Shooting?: “Iraq Warns Foreign Security Firms After Shooting” —Reuters
Nice to Know They Died Someplace Pretty: “ Says Killed 30 Militants in Scenic Valley” —Reuters
Can’t Mrs. Clinton’s People Write the Questions?: “CBS Strike Could Put Debate in Disarray” —The Politico
If an Expert Bites a Dog, That’s News: “Dog-Bite Expert to Blame, Pathologist Says” —Globe and Mail ( )
That’s Why They’re Not Republicans: “Demos Appoint King to Lead Them” — ( )
News You Can Use: “Study: Blondes Make Men Act Dumber” —FoxNews.com (Thanks to The Journal’s James Taranto)
Heaven help us: “There seems to be a pattern here. It takes a Clinton to clean up after a Bush.” —
On qualifications: “[T]here is one job we can’t afford on-the-job training for—that’s the job of our next president. Every day spent learning the ropes is another day of rising costs, mounting deficits and growing anxiety for our families.” — jabbing “My understanding was that she wasn’t Treasury secretary in the Clinton administration, so I don’t know exactly what experiences she’s claiming.” — jabbing back “There is no doubt that had faith in her and consulted with her on issues, in the same way that I would consult with Michelle, if there were issues. On the other hand, I don’t think Michelle would claim that she is the best qualified person to be a U.S. senator by virtue of me talking to her on occasion about the work I’ve done. I think the fact of the matter is that is claiming basically the entire eight years of the Clinton presidency as her own, except for the stuff that didn’t work out, in which case she has nothing to do with it.” —
That’s the spirit!: “We can’t win militarily.” —Rep. Fightin’ (D-PA) “The best way to achieve a political solution in is to withdraw our forces.” —Demo presidential candidate
What a life: “I’ve been fortunate in my life to grow up in an extraordinary family and to have a front row seat at many key events in our nation’s history. I hope my reflections can contribute to a deeper understanding of many events in the history of this great country and to a more in-depth picture of an American family.” — upon being given a multimillion-dollar deal to write his memoirs
This week’s “Sociocrat Sycophant” Award: “
Non sequitur: “This thing [the war] has been going on for so long, the [Bush] administration is reusing excuses. But hey, at least the administration can now claim it’s no longer hostile to recycling, right?” — on the war in Iraq
Gore more powerful than God? “Well, they need to be praying to people who will fix global warming and take care of the environment because that’s more realistic.” —“The View’s” , aghast that the governor of Georgia was leading a group prayer to God on the Capitol Mall for rain to fall on Georgia
From a warped mind: “[I]f the Bush administration didn’t think [waterboarding] was torture, they ought to do some personal investigation. Someone in the Bush family should actually be waterboarded so they could report on it to George... I suggested Jenna be waterboarded and then she could talk about whether or not she thought it was torture.” —author Stephen King ... is driven by her passion for public service and her belief in the enormous potential of our country. Smart, capable and strong in her convictions, Hillary has transcended the dictates of what is thought to be possible for our time. Hillary is a powerful voice for change as we find our country at an important crossroads. Under her leadership, our country will regain its respect within the global community. She will prioritize issues of global climate change, universal health care and rebuilding a strong economy. After eight long years, the public will once again have faith in their government.” —singer Then again...: “I think it’s going to come down to: Do you really want back in the ?” —Donna Brazile, who ran Algore’s 2000 presidential campaign**The prospect of another Clinton presidency reminds us of Streisand’s old song, “No More Tears (Enough Is Enough).”
“Words are always bad for liberals. Words allow people to understand what liberals are saying.” —Ann Coulter
“Brainy women don’t frighten voters; control freaks do.” —Howard Fineman
“If you’re looking for someone to get tough with Elizabeth Edwards or RINO senators or travel-office flunkies, Hillary’s your gal. But tough on America’s enemies? Thatcher-tough? Not a chance.” —
“The problem with the process is obvious: It is getting harder for candidates not beloved by the national media and party establishments to compete. The solution, alas, is rather elusive. One thing is clear: If in 2012, the major parties choose 80 percent of their convention delegates on a single day the media breathlessly describes as ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Tuesday,’ we will be headed in the wrong direction.” —W. James Antle III
“The plain truth is that if guys like [Leonardo] DiCaprio, [George] Clooney and , were women, they’d be called bimbos.” —Burt Prelutsky
“ sang old hymns at Grace United Methodist Church in on Christ the King Sunday. They took up two collections to get her to stop singing. Whenever Hillary sings she sounds like a cat on its way to the tennis racket factory.” —Argus Hamilton
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 granted their lives in defense of American liberty.)