Date: December 2nd 2005

To The Point Weekly Report for December 2nd 2005
 

CROOKS IN CONGRESS AND CIA ROGUE WEASELS
Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 02 December 2005

One liberating silver lining to Republican Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham’s pleading guilty to bribery charges is that being a Vietnam war hero is no longer a lifetime exemption from moral criticism.

When Jean Schmidt (R-OH) last Friday (Nov. 25) denounced John Murtha’s (D-PA) call for retreat from Iraq on the floor of Congress by reading a letter from a Marine asking her to “ ‘send Congressman Murtha a message: That cowards cut and run, Marines never do’,” she caused a riot that came close to being a fistfight between elephant and jackass Congresscritters.

Murtha, you see, is somehow invulnerable to criticism because he served 37 years in the Marines and won a number of medals in Vietnam. Howard Dean wasted no time in announcing that a billboard would be erected by Democrats in Portsmouth, Ohio (her disctrict headquarters), declaring: “Shame on You, Jean Schmidt: Stop Attacking Veterans.”

John Murtha is a legitimate war hero – unlike John Kerry. He won two real Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star in combat in Vietnam. He deserves our admiration and respect for his military service. Yet his being a war hero did not prevent him from becoming a moral coward – and a crook in Congress.
 
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CASABLANCA ON THE POTOMAC
Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 02 December 2005

Here’s a difficult question: Would you spend $80 to make $1000?

OK – would you spend $80 million to make $1 billion? If you did so, would you then claim you were ripped off?

You would if you were Jack Abramoff’s Indian tribe clients.

Everyone in America has now heard of the “infamous super-lobbyist” Jack Abramoff. You’ve heard all about him, but let me assure you that you know very, very little about him – because the Democrat media wants it that way.

So let me tell you an illustrative story about him.
 
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BENEDICT TO THE RESCUE
Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 02 December 2005

In a week where California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed a hyper-leftwing pro-abortion lesbian “married” to her “partner” as his chief of staff, and South Africa’s Constitutional Court ordered Parliament to legalize homosexual “marriage,” the moral sanity exhibited by the Catholic Church was a welcome relief.

On Wednesday, November 29, the Vatican issued an Instruction entitled, Concerning the Criteria of Vocational Discernment Regarding Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in View of their Admission to Seminaries and Holy Orders, which now has the authority of canon law.

Pope Benedict is taking a moral stand, standing firmly against the shrieking gales of limp-wristed liberalism. He is determined not only to rid his church of pederastic perverts, but is determined that his church is the moral rock of St. Peter that it is supposed to be.
 

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Chapter Sixteen: XICOTENCATL – YOUNG AND OLD
Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 02 December 2005


Chapter Sixteen: Xicotencatl – Young and Old


Malinali was stunned that Cortez was speaking this way to the Tlaxcalan elders. She knew how close the Spaniards were to giving up, how they feared another attack. But… but… the Tlaxcalans did not know this. They must have believed what she told the prisoners she had set free! Yet how did Cortez learn of this? She had not told him what she had done. It must be that Cortez was a genio with people as Bernal said.

For Cortez’s words had the desired effect on the Tlaxcalan chiefs. They bowed deeply, swore that Young Xicotencatl would come, said that all Tlaxcala will rejoice when the Malinche and his men will be at their capital, and left looking relieved and satisfied.

Even more relieved and satisfied were the Spaniards. With turkeys, maize cakes, cherries and other food in abundance, plus the promise of no more attacks, the camp was full of laughter – and no grumbling, not even from de Grado. Cortez was pleased, and made sure everyone saw he was – but he also made sure the patrols and scouts continued, day and night, to search for danger. He had no trust in this Young Xicotencatl.
 
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FIFTH COLUMN DISTORTION
Jack Kelly   
Friday, 02 December 2005

In his speech at the Naval Academy Wednesday outlining U.S. strategy in Iraq, President Bush paid tribute to Marine Corporal Jeffrey Starr, killed in a fire fight in Ar Ramadi April 30th. He was 22, on his third tour in Iraq.

A letter to his girlfriend was found on Starr's laptop computer:

"If you're reading this, then I've died in Iraq," Cpl. Starr wrote. "I don't regret going. Everybody dies but a few get to do it for something as important as freedom. It may seem confusing why we're in Iraq; it's not to me. I'm here helping these people so they can live the way we live, not to have to worry about tyrants or vicious dictators. Others have died for my freedom; now this is my mark."

In a mammoth article in October taking note of the 2,000th U.S. death in Iraq, the New York Times mentioned Cpl. Starr and his letter, but didn't quote the passages above.  All the Times quoted from his letter was: "'I kind of predicted this,' Corporal Starr wrote of his own death. 'A third time just seemed like I'm pushing my chances.'"

The Times' omissions and distortions -- which are more the rule than the exception in news coverage of Iraq -- explain why so many Americans think we're losing a war we're plainly winning.
 
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SELF-REGULATION
Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 02 December 2005

A reader of this column was kind enough to ask about “the art of self-control,” the problem of: “I know what to do, but I don’t make myself do it.” This is a problem that perplexed the greatest thinker in history, Aristotle.

Aristotle had a word for those who know good from bad behavior, but who can get swept up toward the bad behavior in the passion of desire and emotion. Repenting afterwards, such a person has hope of changing his or her behavior in the future. The word he used was akrasia, “incontinent,” or “weakness of will.” Those who do not repent their wrong acts, who engage in them by choice he called “self-indulgent”.

In contrast, the person who is able to direct his actions toward the good even in the face of passion he calls “continent”, while the person who engages in right acts by choice he calls “temperate” or virtuous.

These are all expressions of the failure or the triumph of self-regulation.
 
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POLITICAL NASDAQ -- November 25-December 1, 2005
Dagny D'Anconia   
Friday, 02 December 2005

The DDI remained up through the week. By the end of the week, after a long run of bad days for the leftist market movers, the market finally resolved upward. They knew it had to go up, but they had so many bad days that it was delayed over and over. When they finally had a day without anything bad happening to the Lefties, the pent up energy made the market roar upward.

On Monday, Randy “Duke” Cunningham pleaded guilty to bribery etc., and made a tearful confession. He then quit his position in the House of Representatives. His crying on camera was all over the evening news. The image of the “culture of corruption” was reinforced once again. This was a great thing for the Lefties, and so the market popped up overnight.

The up lasted only for the night as President Bush and Donald Rumsfeld made their opinions heard on Iraq Tuesday. Furthermore there was very good economic news: Home sales were up, durable goods orders were up, and consumer confidence had its biggest rise since 2003. Good news for the economy is bad news for the Leftist market movers and the market dropped sharply.
 
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THE SAGE
Dennis Turner   
Friday, 02 December 2005

The Sage is a comprehensive dictionary/encyclopedia with a completely integrated dictionary and thesaurus that defines words, terms, concepts, historical events and even has an anagram decrypter - with nearly everything cross-referenced, allowing you to jump from word to concept with just one click.

What's in a word? Well, according to The Sage, a word is far more than the definition listed in the dictionary; it's a lemma, which means that it really is a "topic" or a chapter heading; for example, a word can be defined as a part of speech (noun, verb), a hypernym (part of a larger category), synonym, holonym, antonym (look them up), or other type.

Israel, for example, is a country (hypernym), a part of the Middle East (holonym), the home of Israelis (meronym) and it can be defined in dozens of other ways.
 
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THE POLITICAL BARBERSHOP
Humor File   
Friday, 02 December 2005

One day a florist goes to a barber for a haircut. After the cut he asked about his bill and the barber replies: "I'm sorry, I cannot accept money from you; I'm doing community service this week." The florist is pleased and leaves the shop. Next morning when the barber goes to open there is a thank you card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door.
 
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