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Quotes of Note that reflect what conservatives think. Or are up against.

Sometimes the Truest Statements are the Shortest

A free society is a place where it’s safe to be unpopular. — Adlai Stevenson


Changing History

What they said “then”. Compare to what they are saying “now”.

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From the White House

Seems Ted Kennedy was the pathetic spokesperson assigned by the Democrats to respond to the President’s assertion in his speech on Friday, 11/11/05, that the entire congress voted to approve the U.S. invasion of Iraq. As opposed to that decision being made by George W. Bush alone as the Democrats would suddenly have you believe.

The White House issued a press release in response:

“It is regrettable that Senator Kennedy has chosen Veteran’s Day to continue leveling baseless and false attacks that send the wrong signal to our troops and our enemy during a time of war. It is also regrettable that Senator Kennedy has found more time to say negative things about President Bush then he ever did about Saddam Hussein. If America were to follow Senator Kennedy’s foreign policy, Saddam Hussein would not only still be in power, he would be oppressing and occupying Kuwait.”
Sen. Kennedy Opposed Removing Saddam Hussein From Kuwait. (S.J.Res.2, CQ Vote #2: Adopted 52-47: R 42-2; D 10-45, 1/12/91, Kennedy Voted Nay)

Sen. Kennedy Opposed Removing Saddam Hussein From Power. (H. J. Res. 114, CQ Vote #237: Passed 77-23: R 48- 1; D 29-21; I 0-1, 10/11/02, Kennedy Voted Nay)


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They Call This Reporting at the Washington Post?

What’s the point, Milbank? The meeting took place in Johnson’s office as clearly stated. Was Milbank THERE? Did he see all this bad attire? Is Milbank carrying water for Johnson?

You’ll find much better writing on Blogcritics. Ordinary citizens stating their truth, beholden to no one.

“Alito, bespectacled, hair askew, suit rumpled and ill-fitting, walked into Sen. Tim Johnson’s office this week to pay a courtesy call on the South Dakota Democrat. Sitting in an armchair in the senator’s office, Alito forgot to unbutton his suit jacket, causing his tie to stick out and his jacket to bunch up. The judge’s pant leg hiked up as he sat, revealing an untied shoelace.”

– Washington Post liberal columnist Dana Milbank


Speaking of Biased Reporting

Let us suppose the following press bulletin were distributed by the Brownsville police department.

“Police encourage any citizen who sees Sharon Smith, a 5 year old missing from her home since last night. Call our Hotline at 555-5555 to snitch any information you might have. A reward is being offered to any citizen willing to call in and rat the identity of the person who abducted Sharon.

There’s something to be said about types of verbs chosen to describe the action taken. “Rat”, go with me here, could also be “report”. “Snitch” could be, going out on a limb here, “identify”, or even good old “report” would work.

Credit goes Little Green Footballs for noticing the anomaly. That fine example with Sharon Smith above is all mine own.

As reported by the French Press:

from LGF-
JERUSALEM (AFP) – A concerned Israeli has thwarted the army’s latest anti-militant initiative by hacking its ‘rocket hotline’ set up so that Palestinians in Gaza can rat on those firing projectiles at Israel, the Yediot Aharonot daily reported.

Following a week of multiple Israeli air strikes targeting rocket-firing militants in northern Gaza, the air force tried a new tactic: dropping leaflets encouraging locals to anonymously snitch on any rocket-toting militants.


The Quote This Week That Says It All

This is a sig line of a FreeRepublic user. Wow. Another simple truth.

The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.


Heh. And This is Dan Rather’s Replacement

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  • Michael

    “Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof — the smoking gun — that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud.”- Our President in front of the uNited Nations.

    You may want to add that quote to your list, since the president had full authority to go war. Congress did not declare war, our president did. Som you may want to move this quote to the top of your list.

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  • RJ

    Good post, as always…