TERRORIST ATTACKS LEAVE AMERICA STEEPED IN FEAR AND UNCERTAINTY
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WORLD WAR III OVER ISRAEL AND KASHMIR?
Published in the Los Angeles Times letters - December 31, 2001
Unyielding tough guys leading the United States and Israel was all that Osama bin Laden needed to push the button that could set off World War III.
ENRON: THIEVES, INC.
December 20, 2001
The plight of recently retired Enron employees is heartbreaking, but not surprising, in light of the "new barbarians" infecting corporate America.
THE TOBACCO TAX TALIBAN
December 19, 2001
As if beleaguered smokers haven't been persecuted enough by what could be described as the anti-tobacco Taliban movement throughout the country, Donna Grande and Thomas P. Houston, co-directors of the Smokeless States National Tobacco Policy Initiative of the American Medical Association, are piling-on in the most opportunistic, dreadful way.
December 16, 2001
What was most disturbing about watching Osama bin Laden's taped confession released by the Pentagon December 13th was the casual, satisfying manner in which he discussed his atrocities against America with several of his co-conspirators.
AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY
Published in USA TODAY - December 12, 2001
John Phillip Walker Lindh, the 20-year-old American, turned bin Laden-Al-Qaeda-trained Taliban fighter, is more likely a "made in the U.S.A" poster boy for an American tragedy than he is a traitor
HOPE BUSH REALLY MEANT IT
December 7, 2001
In response to the horrible events of September 11th, President George W. Bush went before Congress, declared war on terrorism and promised harsh punishment for any nation or government that sponsored or gave safe refuge to terrorist organizations.
STEVE BRILL - SEPTEMBER 11TH EXPLOITER
December 7, 2001
>From Authorlink News:
Simon & Schuster to Pay Brill Six Figures for Book About Sept. 11
NEW YORK/12/7/01-Steve Brill has signed a hefty contract with Simon & Schuster to write a book about the September 11 attack on America and its aftermath.
Re: "Dems' ad campaign to assail 'Bush Recession"
USA TODAY - November 30, 2001
UNCONSCIONABLE PARTISAN POLITICS
November 30, 2001
When I read the article on the front page of my issue of USA TODAY, I was aghast, indeed outraged, by the casual slide back to partisan politics as usual, and the callous disregard for the "double trouble" America is suffering.
November 30, 2001
Re: John Leo's "Our shattered chatterers"
December 3rd issue
U.S. News & World Report
As usual, John Leo's "Our shattered chatterers" hit the mark with his acute awareness of what's going on in society.
November 28, 2001
FEMINISTS HIJACK WAR AGAINST TERRORISM
Violations of women's rights notwithstanding, it is nonetheless troubling to realize that major support for the war in Afghanistan comes from feminists because of the Taliban's brutal history of repression against women...
FROM JUDICIAL WATCH: CHINAGATE
November 26, 2001 9:36 AM
Judicial Watch victory: Federal court rules Commerce Department must turn
over attorney documents in landmark Chinagate case.
Criminal Phase Likely Next for Commerce FOIA Case
Court Ruled Clinton Commerce Department Improperly Withheld Documents - Ex-Clinton Officials Will Be Deposed
November 9, 2001
WHAT HAPPENED TO ELECTION REFORM?
Democracy denied is freedom lost
The 2000 election debacle anniversary is at hand and little, if any, progress has been made on election reform throughout the nation.
November 8, 2001
CHARITY BUREAUCRACY, GOVERNMENT HYPOCRISY
Their good works notwithstanding, the Red Cross, other charities and funds established to aid the victims of September 11th have committed unconscionable fraud against compassionate donors by converting funds to artificial administrative costs and unrelated programs.
November 4, 2001
MEDIA AND GOVERNMENT SHAMED, NOT PREPARED
Our nation's major television and print news media are long overdue for doses of constructive scrutiny and criticism from the viewing and reading public, particularly when the American people's health, safety and survival are virtually at stake.
October 30, 2001
RED CROSS CHARITY BUREAUCRACY
Edited letter published in The Washington Post - November 2, 2001
Unedited letter published in the Los Angeles Times - November 4, 2001
Any large organization is replete with costly, cumbersome and incompetent bureaucracy. The Red Cross is proving to be no different, particularly in the gross mishandling of over $500 million donated by compassionate Americans to assist victims of the terrorist attacks.
October 29, 2001
COULD THIS BE AMERICA'S FINAL TEST?
America's freedom has been tested many times since the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. Indeed, our country and our form of government endured a second war with the powerful monarchy from which we separated in 1812, a brutal Civil War and two world wars...
October 28, 2001
ANTHRAX PROBABLY DOMESTIC TERRORISM
Published in News & World Report
December 10, 2001
Soon after the suicide skyjacker terrorist attacks on America's symbols of economic and military power at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, another kind of terrorism was mailed to the nation's symbols of tabloid and news media outlets,...
October 24, 2001
DON'T OVERLOOK GOOD NEWS
Published in USA TODAY'S Letters - October 29, 2001
Less than two months after horrendous terrorist attacks took thousands of innocent lives, our nation is replete with bad news. The United States and our allies are at war with terrorism at home and around the world. As the primary battle in Afghanistan rages on, our economy is taking heavy blows,
October 23, 2001 - World Net Daily
WHAT'S WRONG WITH EDUCATION?
By Walter Williams
Here are some test questions. Question 1: Which of the following is equal to a quarter of a million? (a) 40,000 (b) 250,000 (c) 2,500,000 (d) 1/4,000,000 or (e) 4/1,000,000? Question 2: Martin Luther King Jr. (insert the correct choice) for the poor of all races. (a) spoke out passionately (b) spoke out passionate (c) did spoke out passionately (d) has spoke out passionately or (e) had spoken out passionate. Question 3: What would you do if your student sprained an ankle? (a) Put a Band-Aid on it (b) Ice it (c) Rinse it with water.
October 22, 2001
By C. Bradley Thompson
Ayn Rand Institute
On September 11, 2001, the forces of barbarism declared war on civilization. The targets of this act of war-the World Trade Center and the Pentagon-were carefully chosen. They represent the central values of American civilization: reason, individual rights, capitalism, science, technology, wealth, and the right of a free people to defend itself.
October 20, 2001
40 DAYS OF TERROR - America vs the United States
On September 10, 2001, America was a superficial society assaulted by selfish interests and battered by the failures of good intentions. America was a nation wrought with social aggression, political rancor, legal anarchy, incompetent government, failed education and excessive commercialism. Yet to most people, life in America was business as usual, unalterable under the circumstances.
October 19, 2001
OSAMA BIN LADEN COULD BRING AMERICA TO ITS KNEES
It is obvious that Osama Bin Laden has developed warped hatred toward America and the ruling family of Saudi Arabia for what he believes are defiling threats to his homeland and his malignant version of Islam.
October 14, 2001 - Washington Times
BEWARE CHINA'S TIES TO THE TALIBAN
By Jesse Helms
The deadly attacks on the United States in New York and Washington prompted some suggestions that the U.S. must work with Communist China to combat international terrorism. This is a badly misguided proposal that merits a hasty burial. Given the resolve the Bush administration has displayed toward China to date, it is unlikely to fall into this trap.
October 13, 2001
MIDDLE EAST OIL: SLIPPERY SLOPE TO TERRORISM
While we struggle with the horrific attack against America and the high probability of future attacks, as war is waged against terrorism, we should come to terms with the inescapable conclusion that our dependence on Middle East oil is the root cause of the deadly dilemma. The Gulf War is still smoking and indelible proof of that.
October 11, 2001
IS THE NEWS MEDIA SPREADING TERROR?
It has become brutally clear that little or nothing was learned from a decade of attacks on Americans before the 1991 Gulf War, the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and all the other acts of terrorism against the United States leading to the horrific September 11th attack on America -- least of all by the news media, now reporting all terror all the time.
October 11, 2001
By James Fox
The horrific example of international terrorism that destroyed thousands of lives and crumbled the World Trade Center has sent the media and many freedom loving countries into a frenzy of beefing up security measures and coalescing plans for retaliation. For almost a month we have been deluged by media replays and interviews by and with every talking head in the nation. However, in my opinion it is time for some clear, cool-headed thinking about the situation.
October 9, 2001 - World Net Daily
'JIHAD': Unmasking America's new enemy
"To kill Americans and their allies, civilians, and military is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it." -- Osama bin Laden, Feb. 23, 1998
October 9, 2001
UNGRATEFUL OSAMA BIN LADEN
Osama Bin Laden should be grateful that he cut his teeth on the family fortune and prospered through capitalism brought on by the related riches of selling Saudi Arabian oil to America, but he's not.
Osama Bin Laden should be grateful that the United States assisted him in fighting off the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, but he's not.
US NEWS & World Report
On Society - October 8, 2001 issue
By John Leo
LEARNING TO LOVE TERRORISTS
Spend a few hours on a computer search and you get some idea of how the American campus is reacting to the current crisis. It isn't pretty.
The first thing you notice is that vigils and rallies tend to focus on feelings.
Nothing wrong with that, I suppose. We all have to get our bearings. But the concern with emotions and personal dislocation seems over the top, as if we need to look inward for therapy more than outward to come together for the fight ahead. An anthropologist at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill said she was pleased that her students' "thoughtful, passionate varieties of anger are openings to reflection, learning."
October 4, 2001
AMERICA'S PAIN COMES FROM WITHIN
At a time when America feels the pain of horrendous attacks against our people, our homeland and the continued threat of even more deadly assaults, it is good to see the rancor of partisan politics and selfish interests all but disappear from the landscape, replaced by goodwill and patriotism.
Unfortunately, however, there are deep-seeded sources of pain fomenting from within our society which have surfaced in various and disturbing ways for a very long time, often blurring the lines between patriotism and treason.
October 1, 2001
The horrific events of September 11, 2001 turned America into a nation
steeped in fear and uncertainty, however, our culture developed into an
anxiety society long before the day of terrorist carnage.
In less than three decades America was transformed into a superficial society of extremes and selfish interests replete with political rancor, social aggression, failed education, incompetent government, legal anarchy, hyper-commercialism, shallow entertainment and obsessive news media.
September 25, 2001
Published in U.S. NEWS & World Report
October 15, 2001 issue
PARTISAN POLITICS AND LACK OF INTELLIGENCE
When assigning blame for the failure of U.S. foreign and domestic intelligence, the adverse effects of partisan politics should not be overlooked.
Indeed, if past administrations and the current administration had taken heed to terrorist studies, the development of modern terrorism, and corrected the gross lack of intelligence, instead of being consumed by campaign modes and distracted by political party posturing, they might have prevented decades of terrorist acts and the horrific attacks on New York and Washington. Certainly, Congress must share in the irresponsibility for its lack of oversight.
September 21, 2001
AMERICA NEEDS AN ALTERNATIVE to fighting Osama Bin Laden's Al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein in a winless war against terrorism.
In February 1998, Osama Bin Laden declared an unholy Jihad (holy war) to kill Americans and their allies anywhere in the world. His protectors,
Afghanistan's Taliban, have threatened an unholy war against the United
States and any other country who enters their country to get Bin Laden.
Links between Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein dating back to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing are now being established. Osama Bin Laden is a fanatic Muslim. Saddam Hussein is Iraq's godless Hitler and the only things keeping them both on the trail of taking over Arabic nations in the pursuit of destroying America are the presence of oil and the United States in the Middle East.
September 15, 2001
DID LACK OF INTELLIGENCE LET IT HAPPEN?
Words at a time like this are difficult and often misunderstood, but in the aftermath of the heinous attack on America, and while our government is planning to avenge and prevent further dastardly acts of war, most of us are probably wondering how it came to this. Why were our foreign and domestic intelligence capabilities so drastically reduced and neglected, even in the face of so many acts of terrorism against the United States over the last decade?
September 14, 2001
WHAT DOES BEING AN AMERICAN MEAN?
Being an American means enjoying more security, freedom and liberty than any other nation in the world. Being an American means supporting and defending American democracy and every democracy that supports America. Being an American means pledging allegiance to the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands.
Being an American does not mean coming to America to become an American for no other reason than to have the freedom to harm other Americans for profit. Being an American means to be free from those who come to America not to become Americans but to harm Americans on behalf of foreign powers.
MIDDLE EAST OIL AND TERRORISM
September 11, 2001,
While we are struggling with the reasons for the horrific attacks against the United States and Americans in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, we should not overlook what might well be the root cause of it all. Middle East oil.
A JEWEL IN THE CROWN OF AMERICAN SELF-GOVERNMENT
By Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe, June 7, 2001
IN THE TWO-year political cycle that culminated on Election Day 2000, some 350 initiative petitions were submitted to election officials in the 24 states that permit laws to be passed at the ballot box. Of those 350, only 76 made it onto the ballot. And of those 76, only 36 were adopted. Of all the initiatives proposed for the 2000 election, in other words, 90 percent ended in failure.
SARA - Scholarly Articles Research Alerting:
(A title that may be of interest is: CITIZENSHIP STUDIES)
Taylor & Francis currently publishes over 540 academic peer-reviewed journals across a variety of disciplines. In response to the changing needs of the academic community, we are using the Internet actively to disseminate information about journals in advance of publication.
SOLVE ENERGY CRISIS WITH ELECTRONIC DEMOCRACY
Energy shortfalls and inadequacies cannot be addressed without realizing that the exponential demand for electricity was brought on by population growth, the leaps and bounds of information technology revolution, and the proliferation of the computer industry, the telecommunications industry and other electronic devices. Clearly, government and the energy industry were acutely aware of it, but they did little to nothing about it until it became a crisis.
A COMMENTARY ON ALTERNATE ENERGY SOURCES
By James Fox,
To backup and give credence to my column demanding a longer lasting solution to California's ongoing electrical power shortages, and my suggestion of spending the money to install tidal power stations instead of the 1,303,315,200 gallon-per-year, water wasting, natural gas gulping and short-lived gas turbine power generators; I'd like to present the following:
THE ELECTRIC CITY SOCIETY ENERGY CRISIS PROPOSAL
(To Governor Davis' Office on Technology)
Subject: Outline - Internet assistance in solving energy crisis
Thanks for the opportunity to present this preliminary proposal, as requested by Dianne Fiori. I hope it will be of great interest and that we can go forward together in developing the idea and to a successful solution of the crisis.
THE VIRTUAL CLASSROOM
James Fox, The Mojave Hermit
Mountaineer-Progress, Columnist Considering the exploding student population, the limited supply of qualified teachers and the astronomical cost of public education, it is only a matter of time before the problem becomes so immense that it will be impossible to implement any practical solution.
Currently, crowded conditions, stressful situations, and emphasis on testing is taking its toll on teaching staff, district budgets and the behavior of the student population.
Is the United States of America the premier democracy in the world? Considering the political rancor of the last few decades concluded by the 2000 presidential election debacle, maybe not. Indeed, many Americans must be wondering exactly what form of government is the United States?
Results of the WHO DO TRUST? survey as of February 26, 2001
(percentages of 1,317 responses)
AMERICA NEEDS STANDARDIZED VOTING NETWORKS
The contentious, razor-thin 2000 presidential election, coupled with Florida's electoral debacle and a questionable Supreme Court decision handing the election to President Bush, have focused long overdue attention upon archaic, fragmented voting systems throughout the nation.
Even more troubling is the inescapable conclusion that elected officials and government's inattention to voting systems and procedures reflect a history of subtle contempt for America's voters, while at the same time condemning those who don't vote as being apathetic, complacent or simply cynical.
FINALLY, EDUCATION IS ON THE NATIONAL TABLE
(Feature letter published in USA TODAY, January 29, 2001)
By putting his education agenda on the national table can President Bush ease the strangle hold of the teacher unions and the education establishment? Indeed, the problem being confronted is so long term, immense and deeply ingrained that it will take much more than a federal hammer to create quality production in the country's factories of ignorance.
President Bush and former president Clinton's "boomer generation" are largely responsible for the failure of public education in America. Spurred by a few radical professors, 60's and 70's student revolutionaries dismantled the nation's colleges and universities, took them over, gutted academics and replaced them with social experiments in the name of reform.
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