Radio Free Vermont: Monday, November 22, 2004

Monday, November 22, 2004

Yahoo! News - Bush Vows to Work for 9/11 Bill's Passage

Bush Vows to Work for 9/11 Bill's Passage

Despite objection from within his own party as well as Congressional Committee chairmen, Der Furher is hell bent on passing this legislation.

BREAKING NEWS -- Jet Crashes Before Picking Up Elder Bush

Jet Crashes Before Picking Up Elder Bush

A private jet that was en route to Houston to pick up former President Bush clipped a light pole and crashed Monday as it approached Hobby Airport (Houston TX) in thick fog, killing all three people aboard.

This Land Is Your Land ... This Land Is My Land

Hilarious Parody of Woody Guthrie's 'This Land'

Takes a bit to load (uses Macromedia Flash) but well worth it.

Deer-hunting dispute leaves five dead

MSNBC - Deer-hunting dispute leaves five dead

(Editor's note: This is the kind of person and kind of incident that gives anti-2nd amendment people fuel for the fire.) This is sick. Very sick.

Animal Rights Groups to Announce Plan to Merge, Ban Bowhunting

The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) has learned that the nation’s principal anti-hunting organizations will announce a merger on Monday, November 22. In announcing the merger, the unified anti-hunting group will reveal its intention to target bowhunters for extinction.

The USSA, a national organization founded to protect the rights of sportsmen to hunt, fish and trap, has been following a rumor that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Fund for Animals are preparing to combine forces.

The HSUS, located in Washington, D.C., is the nation’s largest animal rights organization raising nearly $60 million in 2002. The Fund for Animals is the most vociferous anti-hunting organization and is headquartered in New York City. It raised $6.7 million in 2003.

Scripps Howard News Service reporter Lance Gay confirmed the merger announcement to USSA late Friday afternoon. Gay stated that sources within the groups confirmed that the new organization would seek to ban bowhunting as a first priority.

In response, USSA announced an emergency meeting of bowhunting organizations, businesses and publications to prepare to counter the attack. The Alliance created the Bowhunter Defense Coalition to defeat a series of attacks on bowhunters during the late 1980s.

“The merger announcement serves as a wake up call to bowhunting groups to reunite to defeat what promises to be a powerful attack on our heritage from this monstrous anti-hunting group,” said Rick Story, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance senior vice president. “To win, we will need to energize the vast grassroots network of sportsmen across this country.”

Over the years, the Fund for Animals and HSUS have been the two most formidable organizations working to ban hunting. While the Fund for Animals has been openly hostile to hunters, HSUS has attempted to mask its intentions by raising funds using puppy calendars for promotions. Earlier this year, HSUS appointed former Fund for Animals official Wayne Pacelle to the position of CEO. Combined with the merger announcement, Pacelle’s appointment leaves little doubt about the agenda of the newly-merged organization. According to public filings the new organization will have combined assets of as much as $97 million to implement its anti-hunting agenda.

The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance protects the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through public education programs. For more information about the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit its website, www.ussportsmen.org.

Hillary Friends: Presidential Bid Has Started

If Thursday's opening of Bill Clinton's presidential library had the feel of a campaign event, that's because that's just what it was.

So says Dick Morris, who writes in the New York Post this week, "Yesterday's events in Little Rock had less to do with a library retrospective of the Bill Clinton years than a campaign launch for the prospective presidency of Hillary Clinton."

Why, after all, says Morris, is Hillary doing the bulk of the interviews - when it's Bill's library?

"It's his library. But it's her candidacy," he explains. "So she did all the softball TV interviews, not him - reminding voters of her availability for 2008 while seeming to talk about the nineties."

Having Mrs. Clinton's presidntial bid kick off in the heartland is a smart move, Morris said.

The Little Rock locale "relaunches Hillary as a red state kind of girl. Needing to live down her recent New York pedigree, Mrs. Clinton gets to renew her identification with Arkansas so she can avoid being labeled a bicoastal liberal."

Another advantage: The Clintons can use the library to cover campaign expenses until they're ready to make a formal announcement.

"Hillary now has all the staffing she needs for a White House run," Morris says. "Funded with donations from Democratic Clinton allies, the library is really a support network for Hillary's candidacy."

Raising money for the library instead of a political campaign has another advantage. Notes Morris:

"Give money directly to a president, and it's a bribe. Contribute to a campaign, a party or a 527 Committee, and the use of the cash is severely restricted by law."

But donations to a presidential library can be used in any way the Library Board allows.

Ponder the possibilities:

Denise Rich, Vera Wang, James Levin and other longtime Clinton donors are known to have ponied up as much as a million dollars apiece. But that doesn't come close to covering the Clinton campaign-library's $165 million price tag.

The Saudis kicked in somewhere between a million and $20 million, according to columnist Robert Novak.

Who else might have opened their wallets? James Riady? Charlie Trie? Chinese military intelligence?

The Clintons aren't saying, because, as Morris notes, they don't have to.


Results of Congressional Vote On US Debt

November 20, 2004

The vote late Thursday night by the U.S. House to increase the federal debt limit by a whopping $800 billion was going to be close. It was to be so close that some Republican House members who were planning to vote against raising the debt limit were asked to stay away and not vote.

The bill passed by a close margin of 208 "yes" votes to 204 "no" votes. Ten Republicans voted against raising the limit. Nine Republicans did not vote. If just four of those nine would have voted "no," the bill would have failed.

Because the bill passed Congress and was quickly signed by President Bush, the federal borrowing limit is now $8.18 trillion. "That is 70% the size of the entire U.S. economy, and more than $2.4 trillion higher than the debt Bush inherited upon taking office in 2001." (USA Today, 11/18/04)

Congressman Ron Paul, one of the 10 Republicans who voted against raising the debt limit characterized the situation as a "disgrace." He stated, "Mr. Speaker, Congress is once again engaging in fiscal irresponsibility and endangering the American economy by raising the debt ceiling, this time by $800 billion dollars. One particularly troubling aspect of today's debate is how many members who won their seats in part by pledging never to raise taxes, will now vote for this tax increase on future generations without so much as a second thought." He continued, "Congress should end the immoral practice of excessive spending and passing the bill to the next generation."

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Kent Snyder
The Liberty Committee
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