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Paul Beaudry's response to the defamatory editorial published in
the Wednesday Burlington Free Press by Bill Lofy, Vermont Democratic Party
Coordinated Campaign Communications Director and a communications consultant
for the Democratic leadership of the Vermont House and Senate.
About Leading by Example?
By Pete Behr
Morocco has no coal; it is
imported from South Africa. So their electrical demand doubles every eight
years. Can we convince them to forgo lighting, refrigeration and, when
they can afford it, air conditioning? (In July and August, the temperature
regularly exceeds 110 degrees.) Imagine Phoenix without air conditioning.
Should we send Peter Shumlin, with a delegation from VPIRG, to Morocco,
with a population nearly sixty times that of Vermont, to tell them of the
crisis they face?
By Robert Skinner
John Edwards: "My
position is very clear. The time has come for decisive action to eliminate
the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. I'm a
co-sponsor of the bipartisan resolution that is presently under consideration
in the Senate. Saddam Hussein's regime is a grave threat to America and
our allies. We know that he has chemical and biological weapons today,
that he's used them in the past, and that he's doing everything he can
to build more. Every day he gets closer to his long-term goal of nuclear
and Bigot Accuser Caught In The Act
By Steve Cable
In Bill Lofy’s shrill and
distorted response to The O’Reilly Factor’s impromptu interview of Bill
Lippert, he accuses both of his targets – Bill O’Reilly and local conservative
radio host Paul Beaudry - of hate, intolerance, slander and bigotry without
a shred of evidence (O’Reilly’s Bigotry Has No Place in Vermont, commentary
5/17). Ironically, his own statements are a perfect template for all four
repugnant behaviors. Alas, he is not alone.
No Tears for Bill
By Paul Beaudry
Before anyone sheds another
tear for Rep Bill Lippert, D-Hinesburg, Chair of House Judiciary Committee,
the public should know that Rep. Lippert bears much responsibility for
the episode with the O’Reilly camera crew, from his own actions in the
legislature. The public, including victims of sexual abuse, need
to know his real record of opposing important sex offender legislation.
This is the real story you won’t see in the Vermont media.
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Week’s Mail Bag
Open Letter to Vermont
Vermont Yankee, you should
feel privileged to pay Senator Shumlin & Party’s 35% of your “excess”
profits. After all, it is going for a good cause - Vermont is going to
invest this money into research so we can develop a renewable energy source
so we won’t need you by 2012 when your contract expires. We are asking
you to pre-pay your funeral expenses!
Hopefully we can come up
with a viable alternative to supply 1/3rd of Vermont’s energy needs prior
to 2009 so you won’t have any of those “excess” profits Sen. Shumlin is
trying to extort. To date, Entergy’s new energy competition is wind, except
we require invisible windmills, hydro power, which would be good except
it blocks the waterways, and wood, if only it didn’t come from trees. We
also have contract concerns with Hydro Quebec, we like the methane from
landfills but no one wants a landfill in their town, we like “cow power”
but too many cows pass too much gas and it effects the ozone. We
still have 5 years to re-invent energy but in the event we cannot find
a replacement for at least a third of our energy needs please understand
it wasn’t personal and it is only money and we don’t want any hard feelings.
We ask you to negotiate in good faith (again) and to continue to supply
us with the cleanest (no greenhouse gases) and least expensive energy available.
I met you at the Orleans
County Republican meeting last Friday. I am the chairman of the Derby Republican
Caucus. Best of luck in getting your signal in our area, it would be a
Wow it was so refreshing
to find your radio station on a recent visit to Smugglers Notch, Warren
and surrounding towns. We managed a visit to your state capitol and
were very impressed that we were able to walk right in to the Capitol and
into the Governors Office, even stayed to watch a signing of a proclamation
proclaiming Foster Care Month.... ....I think month and not week.
We are from Forest, Virginia ( Lynchburg ) and even this small place has
searches before you can enter the courthouse.
I found you when I was searching
for Rush Limbaugh and had began to think that their were no conservatives
residing in your little state. I saw several Impeach Bush bumper stickers
on my first few minutes driving through Burlington, my husband said we
would just keep our opinions to ourselves. I plan on visiting your web
site and hopefully we will be able to visit your lovely state again.
Keep up the good work and
GOD BLESS AMERICA.
Charles and Mary Linda Hunter
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"The Americans combine the
notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that
it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other." --
Alexis de Tocqueville
"In the collectivist society
now emerging the school should be regarded, not as an agency for lifting
gifted individuals out of the class into which they were born and of elevating
them into favored positions where they may exploit their less-favored fellows,
but rather as an agency for the abolition of all artificial social distinctions
and of organizing the energies of the nation for the promotion of the general
welfare...” --Dr. George S. Counts on the real purpose of Dewey's "progressive
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Weekly News Round-Up
Energy Bill: The Issue Beneath The Issue
Caledonian Record Editorial,
May 23, 2007
So what is the issue that
precipitated the veto certainty? It is, quite simply, taxes, and even more
simply, should the government pay with new taxes whenever the Legislature
decides the public needs something. That question subsumes just about every
issue of substance in every legislative session. And that is the bedrock
collision between Republicans and Democrats. Gov. Douglas adamantly believes
that the costs of government programs should be contained, and the funding
sources should not turn to taxation except as a last and only option. Sen.
Shumlin and Rep. Symington are firm believers in the "nanny state," i.e.,
that taxpayers should foot the bill for everything that the public needs,
and in their opinions, that is everything.
know what you did last session...
Vermont GOP, 5/24/2007
"Ho hum" job growth and Peter
Shumlin's Yankee Tax illustrate exactly why Vermont needs to R-evitalize.
Jeff Carr expects Vermont’s economy to lag well behind the rest of the
nation for at least the next five years. An interview with the Burlington
Free Press outlines Carr’s concerns. "The risks specifically facing Vermont's
economy…are the perception of Vermont as a 'high-tax state with
an inadequate work force, a relatively high price of electricity
compared to the U.S. as a whole, and a perception that a high cost of
living in Vermont could deter entrepreneurs from investing in and
growing a business in the state.'" (See next item below).
report predicts ho-hum job growth
By Dan McLean, Burlington
Free Press, May 24, 2007
The pace of economic activity
in Vermont is expected to lag behind the nation as a whole in every major
variable with the usual exception of the state's relatively lower unemployment
rate," Jeff Carr, president of Economic and Policy Resources Inc. of Williston,
wrote in the report. The number of jobs in Vermont is expected to grow
at 0.6 percent for 2007 and not exceed 1 percent growth for the next five
years, Carr said. As a comparison, U.S. job growth is forecast to be 1.1
percent and New England growth is expected to be 0.9 percent this year.
ignores youth migration at its peril
Caledonia Record, May 22,
What's harder to believe
than FEMA's distributing goodies to everybody in sight, is the craven begging
by what used to be self-sufficient Vermonters. One disgusted citizen remembered
a few years ago when a small town in the Northeast Kingdom turned down
the freebies after a storm had damaged their bridges, roads, and culverts.
Their selectmen said, "We can handle it. We don't need a handout." Would
that that pride in independence were still true.
Murtha: An Embarrassment To The Democrats?
May 25, 2007
If Rep. Jack Murtha, is not
an embarrassment to the Democrats, he should be. He is the Pennsylvania
Democrat who has always painted himself in the patriotic colors of a war
hero. He knows quite well that those colors can cover up a multitude of
sins and they have, indeed, done that for him. Back during the ABSCAM corruption
investigations, Murtha was recorded by an undercover agent doing everything
except finally accepting a $50,000 bribe. He didn't accept it because he
thought he may have smelled a rat, but there is no question that he was
positioning himself to be on the take.
To Remember In 2008
Caledonia Record, May 26,
The only category in which
Vermont will rise faster than the rates of the rest of New England is the
number of unemployed. Do you think that the Peter Shumlin new-tax-desperation-search
will exacerbate that problem? Do you think that the message delivered to
Vermont Yankee and business generally of pay up and shut up will reorient
new business to other states? We do, and we think that those who voted
for new taxes should be identified and ridden out of town on a political
rail in 2008.
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Global War on Terrorism
chaos looms in Iran
Lifson, American Thinker, May 25, 2007
left wing UK Guardian reports
that Iran's economy is facing severe difficulty, as President Ahmadinejad
ham-handedly (oops! I mean mutton-handedly) intervenes in the economy,
defying the law of supply and demand, in addition to sharia law.
Any Other Name?
global whatever on terrorism
James S. Robbins, National Review Online, May 25, 2007
is true that there are problems associated with using the term "war" to
describe this conflict. But we incur substantial risks when we stop thinking
about it in those terms. This was evident in the 1990s, when the threat
of terrorism was not taken seriously, and the counter-terrorism mission
was defined doctrinally by the DOD as one of the 16 Military
Operations Other Than War (MOOTW). It wasn’t war, it was other-than-war.
Like non-dairy creamer, you didn’t know exactly what it is, but you knew
for certain what it was not. Because counterterrorism was seen through
the lens of law enforcement, emphasis on process came to dominate it, to
harmful lengths. The 9/11 Commission report’s critique of the way information
was stove-piped in the FBI for example. Or the "firewall" established by
then-deputy attorney general Jamie Gorelick that prevented intelligence
sharing between foreign intelligence and domestic law enforcement agencies.
It took the shock of 9/11 to cut through the bureaucracy and short-sighted
policies to enable the kind of information sharing vital to defeating the
frees 42 al Qaeda kidnap victims in Iraq
increase in Iraqi Army since beginning of May
DJ Elliott, IS1 (SW), USN (Ret) Milblogs (Daily Archives), May 24, 2007
about it. 14,000 more IA personnel. A Division's worth of new troops added
to a 10 Division force. I had to write the headline myself a week after
the data was released to the public since the press did not bother with
this major news item.
Minority, Big Problem
a few suicide-bomber sympathizers is still far too many
Michelle Malkin, National Review Online, May 23, 2007
is a hair-raising number," Radwan Masmoudi, president of the Washington-based
Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, told the AP. Indeed. The numbers
should be a wake-up call, not another excuse for the mainstream media to
downplay the threat of homegrown jihad. The poll comes on the heels of
the Fort Dix jihadi terror bust involving young, American-raised Muslims
and the conviction this week of Muslim doctor Rafiq Abdus Sabir — born
in Harlem, based in Florida — who had pledged loyalty to al Qaeda and vowed
to treat injured al Qaeda fighters so they could return to Iraq to kill
Americans. A Brooklyn bookstore owner and a Washington, D.C., cab driver
also pleaded guilty and were sentenced to prison in the case. The tiny
minority of jihadi sympathizers aren’t just sitting around stewing harmlessly
about their beliefs. They are recruiting, proselytizing, plotting, and
Hamas Ideology of Hatred and Genocide
supremacy over the world, destroying Israel and Jews, promoting terror
Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook - Palestinian Media Watch, May 24, 2007
light of the escalating conflict between Hamas and Israel, it’s important
to review the Hamas ideology and understand how Hamas views the conflict.
Hamas ideology, as expressed in the Hamas Charter, sees Hamas as part of
the worldwide Muslim Brotherhood (Article 2) that seeks world Islamic domination.
Israel is said to exist on territory that is Islamic Waqf (Article 11)
and therefore Islam demands that Israel be destroyed. Accepting Israel's
existence is a violation of Islamic law (Article 13). The Hamas charter
presents the killing of Jews as God's will, and the inevitable extermination
of Jews as coinciding with the "Hour of Resurrection" (Article 7). The
charter expresses eagerness to participate in and promote this killing
of Jews: "Hamas has been looking forward to implement Allah's promise [killing
Jews] whatever time it might take" (Article 7). Finally, violence and terror
(called "resistance") are presented as legitimate tools.
can't silence 'warrior woman' poet
Baver Rovito, The Morning Call, May 23, 2007
president of northern India's All India Ibtehad Council recently announced
a 500,000 rupee (U.S. $11,319) bounty on Nasreen's head. ''She should be
killed and beheaded and anyone who does this will get a reward from the
council,'' declared cleric Tauqeer Raza Khan, because Nasreen made ''derogatory
references against Prophet Mohammed in her writings.''
By Fred Thompson, National
Review Online, May 26, 2007
This is our quandary. Memorial
Day is about remembering. It’s about remembering those who died for our
country; but it’s also about remembering why they believed it was worth
dying for. Too many Americans, though, have never been taught our own history
and heritage. How can you remember something that you’ve never learned?
Gore's Insolent Assault on Reason
By Robert Tracinski, Yahoo!
News, May 23, 2007
More broadly, this is what
the left has traditionally meant by "reason." For decades, the left has
dominated the intelligentsia: the media, the universities, and the other
institutions that provide credentials for "experts"--another term Al Gore
has been harping on. This leads the left to act as if the latest consensus
among its favored experts--whether it be the superiority of socialized
medicine or the imminent threat of global warming--must be what every "rational"
and well-informed person thinks, because it is the consensus of the elite.
Thus "reason," as Al Gore uses the term, refers to the ability of the leftist
elite to impose its conventional dogmas on the national debate, without
the need to persuade or convince others.
National Security and Federalism
Feldman, American Thinker, May 22, 2007
Although not apparent at
first glance, there is a close connection between our inattention to the
principles of federalism and the problems with the new immigration bill,
as well as our failings in the realm of national security. Let me explain.
By Fred Thompson, May 21,
Still, people keep telling
me that the U.N. is a force for good -- and I'd like to believe it. The
world could use an organization capable of dealing with international problems
like slavery. According to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, an estimated
600,000 to 800,000 people are sold across national borders annually. More
are enslaved within nations. Most are women; about half are children, and
the majority are sexually abused. That's why accusations made by former
U.S. ambassador John Miller are so disturbing. Miller accuses the United
Nations of promoting human trafficking by failing to punish U.N. officials
and peacekeepers who have engaged in the trade.
Ownership Rules vs. Separating Speech and State
Which Serves Consumers,
and What Should FCC Do?
By Clyde Wayne Crews, Competitive
Media ownership rules harm
consumers and speech. It will take vast resources to build the broadband
networks of tomorrow and to create the increasingly narrow-casted content
that consumers are demanding. Mergers and cross-ownership freedom, perhaps
on an unprecedented scale, are part of the market processes needed to take
communications services to new heights.
are Free at Last
by Doug Bandow, Competitive
Unfortunately, Tax Freedom
Day has been getting later. The Bush tax cuts dropped the day from May
1 in 2001 to April 21 in 2002 and April 18 in 2003. But it moved back to
April 19 the following year and moved a full week into April in 2005, to
April 26. It was April 28 in 2006—nearly where it was when President George
W. Bush took office.