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Re: The Washington Prowler’s Blocking Dummy:

I stood in Ames, Iowa, in the fall of 1975 as a student at Iowa State University, among a crowd eagerly awaiting a visit from Gerald Ford who was stumping in Iowa.

He arrived with the usual fanfare, took to the podium, and began speaking — “I’m very glad to be here at Ohio State today….”..

Many boos and ohhhs and he instantly realized his error.

“Pardon, me…Iowa State. We Michiganders have the Buckeyes on our minds a lot during the football season.”

From the crowd’s reaction, it appeared that he was generally forgiven by most and continued on with his speech.

Kerry’s response, on the other hand, wasn’t so much an honest explanation to a misspoken word, but rather a shallow statement tantamount to saying, “Well, while I’m here, I’m all for you, but when I’m there, I’m all for them.”

What a two-faced human being.
Jeffrey A. Ehler
Omaha, Nebraska

Re: Jackie Mason & Raoul Felder’s Pieces of Our Minds:

Whew! I’m glad Mason and Felder are on our side. They’re spot on in their take on the Democratic Convention.

Actually, it seems that W. B. Yeats had an inkling of this convention over 80 years ago when he wrote “The Second Coming”:

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all convictions, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity …

David Carter

Re: Larry Thornberry’s Democrats in Deep Prayer:

I am quite glad that the atheist had the opportunity to address the Tampa City Council. The young Mr. Dingfelder, Esq., completely unknowingly and unwittingly I’m sure, has provided us with a perfectly rational demonstration of a contradiction that exists within our nation today: Atheism is a religion and the (anti)theological doctrines that it prostheletizes are “history,” “science,” “diversity,” “logic,” and “compassion and tolerance.” I believe that one can reasonably add “evolution” since all religions require a doctrine of origins.

What is striking to me is that the fact that this “religion” has been established exclusively throughout the nation’s schools, government functions, and the national psyche without a whimper of protest from our civil liberties guardians! What is disconcerting, is that this establishment of an official national religion inexorably proceeds entirely unchallenged and even supported by the leading media and thinkers of our time. What the founders of the United States sought to codify in the First Amendment (namely free exercise of religion and a prohibition to establishment of a single official faith) has been completely turned upside-down by this country’s humanistic elites and their dupes! Free exercise of other faiths (mostly Christianity) is prohibited, and the select religion of the aforementioned elites, atheism, has been firmly and officially established to the virtual exclusion of all others. (See the Tampa City School Board’s curriculum regarding religion and science for some comparative analysis and validation of this point — and since you’re there, ensure you try one of the outstanding steaks at Bern’s Steak House!)

So, thank you, Mr. Dingfelder, for exposing this massive fraud that has been perpetrated upon us! I hope to hear more from atheism and their god in the future. Can they hear of mine?

Post tennebras lux!
Morgan P. Yarbrough
Piperton, Tennessee

The Miami Herald reported that John Dingfelder, who attends a Jewish synagogue, previously has invited Protestant (Baptist and Methodist) ministers to give the invocation. Yet Thornberry’s TAS article says, “Dingfelder says he’s a firm believer in separation of church and state, and has been ‘offended by the extremely religious nature of the invocations that come before us.'”

He invites Protestant ministers and then gets offended by them?

According to the Tampa Tribune, the atheist invoker asked council members who didn’t walk out to seek inspiration from history, science and logic. And he admonished them: “Rather than clasping your hands, bowing your heads and closing your eyes, open your arms to that which truly makes us strong — our diversity.” So, the god the atheists — some Democrats? — worship is diversity. Can’t you just hear their Diversity Prayer? “Our Diversity, which stems from Washington, politically correct be thy name …” Or the closing to their … whatever they call them-musings, maybe? “In the name of history, science and logic, amen.”
C. Kenna Amos Jr.
Princeton, West Virginia

Re: Jeremy Lott’s Paranoia: Then and Now:

Perhaps it is my age since WWII and the Korean War were “mine.”

It ought be explained to all that the original Manchurian Candidate as written (the book) was about the Chinese ‘brainwashing’ that the media splashed across its pages during the Korean War, and which explained in a large way, the great number of Americans who surrendered to the Chinese once they entered the Korean War, and the number who chose to “defect” to China after surrender.

So, the original piece was “true” to its time. The present copy is mere blather — more nonsense from the political left called Hollywood!

Allen O’Donnell
(a septuagenarian)
Wayne, Nebraska

I suppose Demme may be forgiven for changing the menace in his film. In the 1960s the idea that a foreign government might seize our country was truly horrifying. As a boy I remember my dread while imagining the Japanese, the German huns, and the North Koreans hunting down our family in the Tennessee hills where we would have attempted to retreat after an invasion — similar to what was shown in the World War II movie The North Star when the Germans invade the Russian countryside.

However, after the revelations that the election campaigns of Bill Clinton, one of the world’s most admired people, accepted money from the Chinese Communists, it would be hard to sell the Chinese as villains. Would a movie audience believe that a friend of Bill and Hillary could be an enemy of America? Preposterous, what?
J.R. Wheatley
Harper Woods, Michigan

Re: The Washington Prowler’s Signs of the Dirty Times:

Monday’s offerings by the Prowler were very insightful. I knew the AFL-CIO was again spending vast sums of money helping to elect Democrats but I wasn’t aware of the heightened level for this election.

But, as usual, union morons get it wrong on jobs. First, how is it a president’s responsibility to “bring back jobs”? Especially to Ohio?

No, that’s Ohio’s problem and the union’s problem. The union has done everything possible, with help from cowardly politicians that bend over for union money, to make it impossible for businesses to stay profitable in an atmosphere of contention over every perceived workplace need.

And Ohio is also one of the most heavily taxed states in the country. Each county and city have income taxes that reach into all areas. Live in one area and work in another and you could be taxed at all kind of different confusing rates. Ohio also is one of the only states (Kentucky for another) that have a school tax based on income to cover those that don’t directly own property.

For these reasons, and others, many people and businesses move to states with a more tax friendly environment. And it doesn’t help that Ohio takes the tax money and spends it in unproductive ways and the infrastructure suffers and the quality of life goes down.
Greg Barnard
Franklin, Tennessee

Re: John Tabin’s Kerry’s Flat Bounce:

The Democratic convention provided ample reason to not vote for John Kerry. But let’s wait until the Republican convention before making up our minds. Will we see many new Conservative proposals that will be promptly forgotten the day after the election? Will we hear exhortations to stay the course, i.e., play defense in Iraq? Will we hear support for implementing more Democratic policies as we have seen the last four years? I suspect we will have many reasons to not vote for George Bush.

At that point, we will once again need to ask, “Why Not Victory?”
— Mike Rizzo

With regard to the failure of the Democratic convention to provide the ticket a bounce, most American voters weren’t deceived by the attempted makeover. Even with all that makeup and a nice pair of falsies, it’s not all that difficult to pick out the drag queen in the Miss America contest.
Russ Vaughn
Lakehills, Texas

Re: The Washington Prowler’s Blocking Dummy (Chili Teresa, Inflated Numbers):

I wonder if the same people who are given time off with pay from their union jobs are also paid to answer “random” phone polls to help inflate the Kerry/Edwards numbers in that area as well? What a sad state a once proud party, now defined by the fringe left, finds itself in today!
Bill Kearney
Knoxville, Tennessee

How appropriate that NPR dispatched uberditz Susan Stanberg to interview Teresa Heinz. It was broadcast early last week, and I could not get to the radio fast enough to change stations. If John Kerry is elected president, the entertainment value Teresa will provide should outpace the fortune she controls.
Evelyn Leinbach

Doesn’t TK remind you of when Queen Elizabeth’s “handlers” decided she needed more of a “common folk” touch, and she visited that random elderly black lady in the south? The poor lady spent all day making fried chicken with all the fixings, none of which QE would eat; and when the lady tried to give her a hug as QE was leaving, the queen rebuffed her. Disastrous! Heaven help TK if she gets into some unplanned situation with “just plain folks.”
Judy Grams
Kennewick, Washington

A caller to the Imus Show on who described himself as a “Huckleberry” (another word for “Redneck”) proposed as a slogan for the Kerry-Edwards foreign policy: “Accept our surrender or we’ll sue.”

Since a redneck can be called a huckleberry, and since what I call the pinknecks won the blue states, a pinkneck can be called a “Blueberry.” Given Teresa’s words, a pinkneck might also be called a “Gooseberry.”
R.L.A. Schaefer
Dubuque, Iowa

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