FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONAAMERICAN AFFAIRS
1. Disrobe Florida's “Gang of
New York 2. Buchanan, the Real Kingmaker?Dec. 10, 2000
Phoenix 3. TiM Readers Respond... Dec. 13, 2000
Disrobe the “Gang of Four!”
Newton’s Law: TiM’s Message to Florida Legislature
PHOENIX, Dec. 9 - In
our November 21, 2000 letter to the Florida Supreme Court, we called this
institution a Court of Disgrace, and its decision to take the law into its
own hands and override the will of the Florida Legislature - a case of
Supreme Injustice. We also
asked the seven justices to resign if they had any honor at all (see “Resign!”).
Three of them have since repented (Justices Major Harding, Leander
J. Straw and Chief Justice Charles T. Wells).
We were gratified
by the overwhelming support we have subsequently received from Americans
across the country, and even from overseas.
Many of our readers joined us with their own letters of protest
If you followed
yesterday's (Dec. 8) shenanigans in Tallahassee, again involving the
Florida Supreme Court, you probably know that this UNELECTED judicial body
- all appointed by Democratic governors - has once again decided to usurp
and override the powers of Florida's elected Legislature and of Florida's
elected executive branch. Plus,
this court has now chosen to ignore last week’s decision by the U.S.
Supreme Court; and to overturn a thoroughly argued and a well documented
decision by a Florida trial court judge. Who
also happens to be a Democrat.
Unlike the Florida
Supreme Court’s Nov. 21 transgression, however, which was unanimous,
this time around, three justices (named above), including the Chief
Justice Wells, dissented from the majority opinion.
Justice Wells, even though a Democrat himself, was particularly
scathing in his condemnation of the “Gang of Four” (our term, not his)
who voted to support Al Gore and his tribe of lawyers rather than uphold
could not more strongly disagree with their decision to reverse the trial
court and prolong this judicial process.
I also believe that the majority's decision cannot withstand the
scrutiny which will certainly immediately follow under the United States
succinct conclusion is that the majority's decision... has no foundation
in the law of Florida as it existed on November 7, 2000, or at anytime
until the issuance of this opinion.”
And indeed, the “scrutiny” to which Justice Wells alluded above came quickly today. The U.S. Supreme Court reversed the Florida Supreme Court decision, and ordered the manual recounts stopped forthwith, pending a hearing that it scheduled for Monday (Dec. 11) in Washington.
The fact that this was also a split (5-4) decision underscores the possibly irreparable harm that the Democrats’ litigiousness is doing to this country. Gore & Tribe are destroying what little is left, after eight years of the Clinton administration, of the faith Americans have in our government. When will we ever again trust anyone - any court, any law enforcement office… much less any politician or a lawyer - if even the highest courts in the land are stooping down to the level of partisan political bickering?
They say, “two wrongs don’t make a right.” Well, maybe sometimes they may. At least that’s what math and physics teach us (multiplication of two negative numbers yields a positive one). A Newton Law also noted that, every action causes a reaction.
Sir Isaac Newton didn’t necessarily have the American courts in mind when he promulgated this law, as this happened about half a century before George Washington was even born. But Newton’s thinking certainly applies to what happened today. A politicized action by the Florida Supreme Court caused a similar reaction by the U.S. Supreme Court. One canceled the other. Or at least put a stop to it, for the time being.
Which is possibly why Florida’s Chief Justice Wells also appealed in his dissenting opinion that common sense and pragmatism be applied to the Gore & Tribe’s incessant whining and complaining:
case has reached the point where finality must take precedence over
continued judicial process. I
agree with a quote from John Allen Paulos, a professor of mathematics at
Temple University, when he wrote that, "[t]he margin of error in this
election is far greater than the margin of victory, no matter who
wins." Further judicial
process will not change this self-evident fact and will only result in
confusion and disorder. Justice
Terrell and this Court wisely counseled against such a course of action
sixty-four years ago. I would
heed that sound advice and affirm Judge (Sanders) Sauls” (the trial judge
whom the “Gang of Four” reversed).
In light of that,
what should Florida Legislature do with its judicial “Gang of Four,”
who ignored this wise Justice Wells’ council?
Apply the Newton Law! Meet
their partisan action with a commensurate reaction.
“Gang of Four” in public seems to an appropriate first punishment, at
the very minimum. Perhaps to
be followed by a public flogging at the scene of their crime against the
people of Florida - the public square in front of the Supreme Court
building in Tallahassee? So
that never again any judge in this land is tempted to flog the laws the
way Florida’s “Gang of Four” did.
P.S. For the
record, the names of the Florida “Gang of Four” are: Harry Lee Anstead,
R. Fred Lewis, Barbara J. Pariente, Peggy A. Quince.
You can also view their photos (see above).
Just don’t spit on them, please. It’s
your own screen, after all…
But if you do
agree with the sentiments expressed in this editorial comment, please join
us in writing to the Florida Legislature and show them your own outrage:
If you do decide
to write, we would also appreciate it if you would send a copy of your
letter to firstname.lastname@example.org,
so we can consider them for a special TiM Readers' Forum on this topic.
to… Disrobe the “Gang of Four!”Dec.
10 - In this fictional
Epilogue to our “Gang of Four” editorial, a “Floridiot” (the term
some Florida residents used for the “confused” voters in the Palm
Beach and Miami area - see TiM
Readers Forum, Nov. 2000) is on the phone to TiM, protesting our
flogging proposal. Here
is the TiM end of the conversation:
so you’re against the flogging because you’re against corporal
problem. Just tell the
Florida lawmakers to have a private or a sergeant do it.
don’t think that’s funny? Okay,
try this then… Aren’t lawmakers are supposed to MAKE the laws?
in that case, why can’t the lawmakers make a flogging law against
flogging of laws?
confusing you? Sorry…
understand. You’re still
against corporal punishment, even if a private or a sergeant were to do
it, because you don’t like to see anyone being flogged in public?
Not even in private?
not a pervert like some TV sportscasters?
I see. But disrobing
in public is okay with you?
this is Florida and everybody does it anyway.
I get it…
this is Florida, and since everybody does everything there anyway, and
had 391 death row inmates the last I heard - the third highest in the
nation, and since you’re a proud Floridiot, are you also proud of your
state’s capital punishment record?
it keeps the streets safe. So
you are FOR capital punishment but AGAINST corporal punishment.
Does that trouble you at all?
doesn’t? Mind if I ask you
a personal question?
you vote for on Nov. 7?
a mistake? You had
butterflies in your stomach seeing the butterfly ballots?
goose bumps all over? But no
understand. Don’t worry, I
won’t tell anyone you voted for Buchanan.
I know that? Because you told
me you had made a mistake.
kind of a mistake? What kind
thought you’d be voting for Fox? Fox
for president of YOUR country? I
thought you were a Floridiot.
kind of a Floridiot? What
Mexican kind? Gee… I
thought the Democrats had most illegal immigrants voting in California and
have Cuban relatives here? That
explains it. And the Gore
people didn’t tell you that Fox wasn’t running here?
Nor that the fox’s name here was Gore?
boy… the Gringo democracy. Confusing
as hell, isn’t it? Especially
if I were to tell you that America isn’t supposed to be a democracy at
is it then? A Republic, of
course. But try telling that
to the talking heads on TV. They
talk our heads off every night telling us we’re a democracy.
same ones who declared Gore the winner in Florida before the polls had
Gringo Fox, if you prefer.
Fox Network did it, too.
isn’t Fox Network broadcasting in Spanish?
Good question. You
should pop it to Rupert Murdoch. I
am sure he’d be happy to oblige his pals, Sore and Loserman.
Oops… I meant, Gore and Lieberman.
Gotta go now. Thanks for your call.
sure you won’t change your mind about flogging?
With everybody flogging Gore, so why not flog the “Gang of
Four?” It even rhymes…
For what it's worth, the TiM editor is NOT a member of either the Republican or the Democratic Party. Nor did he vote for either George W. Bush or Al Gore.
Buchanan, the Real Kingmaker?Dec.
NEW YORK, Dec.
10 - Everybody knows
that Ralph Nader was the spoiler in the Nov. 7 election, right?
“Everybody knows” - because that’s another thing the talking
heads on our TV screens been telling us ad nauseum.
Well, they are wrong (again!), says none other than the possible
champion of “liberal” wordsmithing - the New York Times.
Quoting John Cavanagh, the director of the Institute for
Policy Studies, a “liberal” research group in Washington,
the Sunday Times ran a story in its editorial (“Week in Review”)
section whose headline asked - “Was Buchanan the Real Nader?”
The answer, of
course, is no. Which is the
factual answer a “liberal”-framed presumptive question deserves. But
Buchanan may have been the real kingmaker in the Nov. 7 election.
Which is the answer the Times was really seeking.
Here’s an excerpt from that story:
were eight states in which no candidate received a majority of votes. In
two of them, Maine and Minnesota, Mr. Gore won fairly comfortably. Absent
third-party candidates, he would have lost only in the unlikely event that
most Nader voters had chosen Mr. Bush. So for the purposes of determining
the biggest spoiler, Maine and Minnesota are moot.
other states, Mr. Bush won, but by fewer votes than Mr. Nader received.
One of the states is Florida, of course, and many Democrats have bitterly
said that all of the recent chad counting and judicial jousting would have
been unnecessary if Mr. Nader had heeded their October pleas and quit the
race. Mr. Gore would then have likely picked up Florida's 25 electoral
votes, and maybe New Hampshire's four, to boot, giving him the presidency.
leaves four states, which badly muddy the situation, notes John Cavanagh,
the director of the Institute for Policy Studies, a liberal research group
in Washington. In Iowa, New Mexico, Oregon and Wisconsin, Mr. Gore won by
narrow margins, ranging from 500 to 6,500 votes. In each case, Mr.
Buchanan's vote total exceeded the difference between Messrs. Gore and
Bush. Combined, these four states account for 30 electoral votes, or one
more than Florida and New Hampshire.
words, if Mr. Buchanan — running on the Reform Party ticket — had
dropped out of the race and his supporters had switched to Mr. Bush, the
Texas governor would not have needed Florida to become president. He would
have won 276 electoral votes — six more than needed — even without the
Sunshine State.” […]
For the full Times article, check out - http://www.nytimes.com/2000/12/10/weekinreview/10LEON.html
TiM Readers Respond... Dec.
reactions to our... “Gang
of Four” editorial
- Impeach the Four Justices!
Florida’s Senate President and House Speaker:
Honorable Tom Feeney and John McKay,
to you today as a concerned Californian (I am neither a Republican nor a
Democrat, neither did I cast a vote for any presidential candidate in the
recent election) just to let you know that the recent decisions of
Florida's Supreme Court makes that court out to be Florida's Supreme
Embarrassment. The four
renegade justices who persisted in the arrogance of partisan politics
without the basis of law should be impeached.
Their decision to give the stamp of approval of the State's highest
court to an order without the benefit of law caused the court to embark on
a course of action that is frivolous.
This travesty of justice should be stopped and those who caused the
court to make this frivolous order should be impeached for their advocacy
of a lawless position. When
government oversteps its authority, it becomes the source of lawlessness
two weeks ago, the Florida Supreme Court issued a ruling setting aside the
original certification of the vote in the presidential election in Florida
and granted several days for recounting of certain ballots. A time and date for the completion of this recount was set
certain with that order. (I'll
not recount the intervening legal events as you know them well.) However, Friday's order by the Florida Supreme Court violates
its own order from two weeks ago in counting votes from ballots that were
not examined in the extended time set certain by the court itself.
the majority of the jurists on this court have plainly revealed that they
are not interested in following the law or interpreting the law as
required by the direct order of the U.S. Supreme Court, but are pleased to
exert an arrogance over the population of Florida that is repugnant to the
very core of our republican form of government.
This arrogance is an affront to me as a Californian, because each
of the States of the Union is required to be republican in form and follow
the rule of law. It appears
that the four renegade jurists on the Florida Supreme Court believe they
are above the law and a law unto themselves.
This condition must not be permitted to persist.
society is to be orderly, and if the people are expected to maintain
civility toward one another, then those who are most intimately involved
with the creation and maintenance of law must be most careful to follow
it. By their example they set the standard of what is expected in
society. When those in
positions of leadership in the legal arena show arrogance and contempt for
the law, it is a truism that the people will follow that lawless
Florida legislature fails to take action against these four renegade
jurists, Florida, as well as the rest of American society, can expect to
experience an increase in lawlessness. I
urge you, not just for Floridians but for all of American society, to set
the wheels in motion to remove these renegade jurists from your high
Gerald Brown, Ed.D., Colton, California
- You Will Be Voted Out
Florida’s “Gang of Four:”
not impeached, you WILL be voted out the next time, if I have to devote
what's left of my remaining life and resources.
never been considered a political person, but I am beyond being enraged by
your activities. Those four of you "who will be named", can
count on it. Thankfully,
though you choose blatantly to ignore it - there is a Constitution of the
State of Florida, and a Legislature to enforce that which a bunch of
political cronies, will not.”
Ronald R. Hei, Ph.D., Florida
- Impeach the “Gang of Four!”
Florida’s Senate President and House Speaker:
Tom… Just a short note to let you know that there are many of us who -
despite all of the distortions of the leftish press - are seriously
disturbed by the Florida Supreme Court's intrusion into creating new laws,
a responsibility of the legislature.
Jim Ross Manassas, Virginia
- Alarmed and Dismayed
Florida’s Senate President and House Speaker:
Feeney and Senator McKay,
to commend you for the actions that you have wisely taken to ensure
Florida's electoral votes will be protected.
native Floridian, I am alarmed and very dismayed by the outrageous actions
by the Florida State Supreme Court. I
believe that the election rules in place before November 7th should be
observed. If not, what faith
will I or any other American have that our votes will be counted uniformly
and fairly for any or all future elections.
message in front of the American people that, "manual counts that
produce illegitimate votes will never elect an American president."
strong in your convictions to assert your legislative responsibility and
duty, as you observe the "will of the Florida voters" who
have duly elected you and your Florida State congressional colleagues.”
Douglas J. Dearolph, Florida
NEW HAMPSHIRE - This Is a Masterpiece
couldn't agree with you more. This is a masterpiece. I must have missed it
should) replace (some of its Supreme Court
justices) with old time strict
constructionalists. Certainly Judge Sanders Sauls would be an excellent
I am no
Republican, either. I did vote for Bush because I thought that would give
my side (people whose ancestors had a hand in founding and settling this
country, and others who are willing to fight with us) another four, and
hopefully eight years in which to organize and gather strength. Gore and
Lieberman would be working to further the Marxist dictatorship which looms
over my native land like a grotesque cancer.
As always with my sincere compliments.”
Ken Campbell, New Hampshire
CALIFORNIA - "Gang of Four" Raped State of Florida, Nation
To Florida’s Senate President:
Paulene Robinson, L.A., California
WASHINGTON, DC - Legislators Reflect the People’s Will
Florida’s Senate President and House Speaker:
should vote for a slate of Florida electors by Dec 12 because:
Democrats created the election mess in Florida by their cynical claim that
"votes were not counted." This was a "non-problem"
before they started their legal warfare.
their ever-changing interpretation of what "is" is, one could
never conclusively determine the presidential victor by pretending to
interpret "voter intent."
there is no clear way of divining the meaning of pregnant chads, etc, we
should revert to the only unbiased count: Properly completed ballots (i.e.
the initial recount results).
initial Florida Supreme Court decision to override the People (i.e. the
laws enacted by the Legislature) was wrong on several levels, including a
false reading of the Illinois precedent concerning "dimples,"
not to mention the Court's flagrantly unconstitutional grab for
is statistical evidence of Democrat fraud in a number of precincts with
double-punched votes (see the Wall Street Journal letters of Dec 5).
are the People's body. YOU reflect the will of the People. Unelected,
unaccountable judges barging in where they don't belong created this mess
and most certainly do NOT represent the oft-mentioned "will of the
you do not vote to confirm the slate, the unprincipled Gore team will
pursue new, unforeseen legal and political action designed to further
split the country after Dec 12--and you will have missed your opportunity.
You are our protection against that likely scenario. To heck with the
media "wisdom." They hate Republicans and want to intimidate
you. Yours is the clearest Constitutional role in this whole circus.
Thank you and God Bless you.”
Daniel J Rabil,
- Resign Now or Get Hounded Out!
Florida’s Supreme Court:
hope you Four are haunted by your illogical decision. RESIGN NOW, if not
sooner, or get hounded out.
decision to continue the recount was IRRESPONSIBLE and REPREHENSIBLE. You
had the opportunity to end this national travesty but chose to continue
our self flagellation which could spark our destruction.”
Jr., Easton, Maryland
- You Perpetuate Poisons of Left-wing Thinking
Florida’s Supreme Court:
used to think that criteria used to select a Judge for a Supreme Court
were areas such as expertise in our beloved US Constitution, grade
"A" academic proficiency, a top shelf character, and an absolute
loyalty to our Land, all its laws, and its form of Government. Your recent
behavior and lawless rulings have convinced me -- and most certainly many
others -- that you care only of illegally perpetuating the poisons of
left-wing thinking, mirroring only those who appointed you EXACTLY to the
exclusion of EACH of the criteria previously mentioned.”
Sam Leonetti, New
- New Golf Rule: “Gore” Instead of “Fore”
edited by TiM):
proposed revision to the rules of golf is being sought in Florida which
will replace the traditional call of 'FORE.'
a player has hit an errant shot, he will be allowed to call 'GORE' while
the ball is still in flight. He can then replace the ball in the same spot
and hit it again.
player can do this until he is satisfied the ball is going where he
intended to hit it in the first place. The time of play will be extended
until such time the player can claim he won the hole.
rule revision is causing some consternation among some PGA officials, but
proponents say it is only fair. They
point to the fact that the LPGA tour has already enthusiastically adopted
the new rule.
test of this new rule was recently played out at an exclusive LPGA event
in Palm Beach County, Florida. The
first hole took seven days to complete.
That’s, of course, before the arbitration panel considered
protests and counter-protests filed by the losing players.”
Sent to TiM by Bud McCafferty, original source unknown.
TiM Readers Respond... Dec.
reactions to our... “Gang
of Four” editorial
PHOENIX, Dec. 13, 2000 - After 36 days of legal wrangling, this evening, George W. Bush became President-elect of the United States. So it’s all over? Yes and no. Yes, because Al Gore has conceded the White House to Dubya. No, because the wounds that the bitterness and divisiveness of this campaign has opened may take years to heal despite tonight’s gracious concession and acceptance speeches.
With this update, however, we do close the special TiM post-election coverage. Here’s the last batch of the TiM readers’ letters about the Dec. 8 Florida Supreme Court decision, which now lies in the U.S. Supreme Court’s trash cans and archives. Some of the letters are quite illuminating, and address wider issues than the Election 2000. Which is why we thought it worthwhile to share them with you.
- Remove “Supreme Lawbreakers”
To Florida’s House Speaker:
Speaker: I want to express my outrage at, what I consider, the
unconstitutional rulings that have come out of the Florida Supreme Court
regarding the continued re-counting of ballots.
This court has, through these decisions, usurped the legislative
process and has, basically, re-written the law.
As far as I can see there is no basis in law as it existed on
election day,or at anytime until it issued the first opinion to extend the
certification deadline and perform a manual recount.
court is not an elected body. It
does not represent the people. It
is obvious, to even the most casual observer, that these are decisions
predicated on partisan positions, not the rule of law.
I consider that a criminal act.
There must be some way for "the people" to remove these
lawbreakers from their seat without waiting for another vote.
A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE, IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA, BE IMPEACHED?
IF SO, CAN A CITIZEN INITIATE THE PROCESS?”
Lake Mary, Florida
- Boycott “Florida Today” - Today!
To Florida Today (newspaper):
cancel my subscription to Florida Today.
I intend to lead a boycott of your paper and of USA Today.
outrageous coverage of the election and post election has been the lowest
form of liberal bias and distortion.
Your contempt for Christians and conservatives reads loud and clear
in every issue. I read your
paper and feel like I am handling something unclean and have to put it
aside. There is a new outrage in every issue which makes me angry
Conservative Christians can't do much against The New York Times or Washington Post. Not enough of us read those publications to make a difference. But we can hurt Gannett. May you feel the power of the Internet.”
Richard Davidson, Mims, Florida
CAROLINA - Minority Rights: Reverse Apartheid
To Florida’s Senate President and House Speaker:
Mr. Speaker and Mr. Senate President:
the course of human events, one branch of government exceeds its power and
rewrites law, we the people must stand up and be counted. On November 21,
the Florida Supreme Court made its first ruling in Decision 2000. My
headline was " The Day America Died." Seven men dressed in robes
with no law making authority, attempted to rewrite Florida law and did
everything they could to make Al Gore the next President.
an example of society as a whole. Take race relations in this country.
Minorities were granted equal rights with the Civil Rights legislation of
1964. But that was not good enough for them. They now expect and have been
given PREFERENTIAL treatment. Now we must hire a quota of minorities and
give them special treatment or they will run to their lawyer.
example, several years ago, a minority employee who worked for me was
caught stealing by a witness of the same race. Despite this fact, I was
not allowed to terminate this employee because human resources told me
they were in a " SPECIAL CLASS."
another place of employment, I have witnessed examples where minorities
were allowed to pick and choose what hours they worked, how long their
breaks and lunches would be, and essentially what work they would and
would not do. On top of that, they were paid for a 40 hour work week.
Sounds like reverse apartheid. When white people questioned this process,
they were either ignored or insulted in some way. This agenda has all been
accomplished by the Democratic party who seeks to divide and conquer.
bottom line is this. We are in this predicament because America has turned
its back on the things that made it great. Things such as God, life,
liberty and the pursuit of happiness are considered evil by the liberals.
God has been taken out of our schools, courtrooms and other public places
and ridiculed by the arts. Life has been diminished with abortion and
assisted suicide. Liberty is threatened by the IRS, the UN and other
governmental agencies which control our lives. Happiness is ridiculed
because liberals will tell you that you got it at the expense of others.
It is time to wake up AMERICA. You, the heads of the Florida legislature, have the authority under Article 2 of US Constitution to have Florida accurately represented in the Electoral College. Your body set the laws governing this and all other Florida elections. While I do not live in Florida, I would request that you serve Florida and the country by ensuring that your election laws are followed. Under the laws you set and Katherine Harris followed, George W. Bush is the President elect. May God bless you, the state of Florida and the United States of America.”
Matt Baratta, North Carolina
- TiM: “Ravings of Rightwing, Bible-bashing Gun Nut”
PHOENIX, Dec. 13 - This letter requires a bit of a preamble. Its author, Charles Alverson, is an American who now lives in Serbia. To learn more about this former Wall Street Journal correspondent, check out An American at the Serbian “Revolution”, among some other TiM articles.
Here’s what Mr. Alverson wrote to us on Dec. 12 - before either he or any of us knew what the final U.S. Supreme Court ruling would be:
Sadly, TIM is getting less and less interesting and valuable. It begins to
sound like the ravings of a rightwing, Bible-bashing gun nut--and his
coterie of loonies. You might well think of changing the name to BIM (Bias
in Media) or simply GOP.
Florida Supreme Court agreed with you, and the Federals threatened to
overturn their judgment, you would be screaming about States' Rights. If
the Federal Supreme Court succeeds in installing Bush Lite as president, I
doubt that you will be complaining about their unelected status. Have you thought
about trying to achieve some sort of balance in your output?”
Charles Alverson, an American in Serbia
To which we replied, also without knowing at the time the outcome of the Bush appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court:
thanks for your input, as always.
of the (U.S.) domestic politics, you and a vast majority of TiM readers
are evidently on opposite sides of the spectrum. Which is okay by me. The
country is split right down the middle, so that should not be surprising,
either. Yesterday, ordinary, normal people were at each other's throats
right in front of the Supreme Court.
legacy of eight years of "liberalism" in America, not the action
by any "right-wing loonies." But you have the right to think of
me and 50 million+ Americans who did not vote for Gore as "right-wing
see, however, that it is very helpful to engage in hypothetical questions
as to what I might think and do if this or that happened or didn't occur.
Questions like that only tend to inflame passions, rather than tone them
down, which is what I suppose your purpose was when you questioned the
"balance" in TiM's reports?
doesn't strive for "balance." It never has. It never will. At
least not as long as I am editor. TiM didn't strive for balance during
NATO's bombing, either, when you were an enthusiastic fan of TiM's
enclose below an bona fide original boilerplate response from early April
1999 - TRUTH IN MEDIA CREED
- that I used to send out to our critics during NATO's bombing who
similarly questioned us about "balance" in our wartime stories).
strive for our readers to see the whole truth; to give them the other side
of the coin. Our presumption is, of course, that they will get their daily
doses of NWO brainwashing from the establishment media, so we don't need
to repeat it.
you want balance? Let me tell you about "balance" in the
"liberal" establishment media over here. For the last five days
or so, the New York Times, for example, has run nothing but two
inch-headlines across the top of the front page - as if another world war
was breaking out, or some other catastrophic calamity was unfolding.
example, the headline on Sat., Dec. 9 read:
SUPREME COURT BACKS RECOUNT; BUSH APPEALING TO U.S. JUSTICES
headline on Sun, Dec. 10 read:
COURT, SPLIT 5-4, HALTS FLORIDA RECOUNT IN BLOW TO GORE
as you know, BOTH of those decisions were SPLIT decisions. Four
"liberal" Florida Supremes chose to play partisan politics, and
the U.S. Supremes - IN REACTION to their action - stopped it. But
the NYT editors only chose to emphasize one split decision - that by the
U.S. Supreme Court, implying it was being partisan.
such "balance" in news reporting is reminiscent of the NYT and
other establishment media's reporting of the NATO bombing or the siege of
Sarajevo. In the latter case, all we ever heard was about the bad Serbs
shelling poor defenseless Muslim civilians in Sarajevo. We never heard
about the Muslim artillery which PRECIPITATED the Serb RESPONSES by
wreaking havoc in Serb neighborhoods, while firing from within HOSPITALS
or other (Muslim) civilian objects. But I saw that with my own eyes when I
traveled there during the Bosnian war (you can check my contemporaneous
reports about it, too, at the TiM web site).
news manipulation like that that has sprung TiM into existence. It is
manipulative government like Clinton's that has split the country. It is
duplicity and deviousness like that that is causing ordinary, normal
people to go back to the Bible or whatever other traditional sources they
consider me and them "right-wing loonies." Fine. But if
that's your best shot, it only underlines the weakness of your position.
For, you're throwing emotion at reason.”
 FOOTNOTE re. TRUTH IN MEDIA CREED: Thank you for writing. Every so often, we get e-mails like yours, asking us if we are biased in our coverage of NATO's war on Serbia.
The answer, of course, is that we are. We biased to the extent that we
want the whole truth to be known, not just the Washington-Brussels
propaganda dished out by the lapdog establishment media. TiM's objective
is not to report ALL the news; we publish the part of the truth which is
omitted or distorted by the major media.
Which is why we wish to remind all of our readers of the TiM creed,
displayed at the top of our Web page since day one of our presence on the
Internet, nearly two years ago now:
the U.S. and the GLOBE;
We LISTEN to the
We READ the UNWRITTEN
We UNCOVER the
We WRITE the
TRUTH IN MEDIA!"
In other words, we try to provide a UNIQUE and an EXCLUSIVE coverage of
the war. As we do, by the way, with all other global geopolitical or
economic issues TiM covers under normal, peacetime circumstances.
By combining the various news sources, we hope that TiM readers will
have a balanced view of NATO's war on Serbia. We trust that you are all
intelligent people who can make up your own minds as to whom or what you
choose to believe. Given that an overwhelming percentage of the feedback
we get is highly supportive of our efforts, guess millions of people
appreciate seeing the other side of the truth in the Truth in Media.
It is entirely possible that some killings on the ground (in Kosovo) did
take place. It was a war, after all. And it was a war which NATO had
started. But we don't know FOR SURE what was happening. Nor who was
killing whom. Nor whose bodies are in the alleged mass or individual
graves. Nobody knows that. Clinton doesn't know that. CNN doesn't know
that. BBC doesn't know that. Yet they keep repeating speculations as if
they were facts, while withholding other devastating facts from the
western public (about our own casualties, for example, or the massacres
which the KLA has carried out while pinning the blame on the Serbs).
For more on all of that, with a lot more facts and details, we invite to visit our Web site www.truthinmedia.org (don't miss our Day 11, Update 2, Apr. 3-report if you want to understand how Orwellian the whole scenario has been!)
- Russians for Bush: “Stop Gore!”
from Russia! Bob, how are you doing?
the election mess in US: Why does Bush not see and do the same thing as
Gore? Why does he not ask for recount of ballots in districts where his
strongholds are - to uncover missing votes in his favor? Perforations on
the computer cards sometimes are not clear and this can cause miscounts!
We, Russians, are in favor of Bush, because he can put to trial the international thieves and murderers like Yeltsin, Putin, Chernomyrdin, Gore and hordes of other criminals. So let's help the truth and justice prevail in our countries, and get out of politics the Zionist stooges in DC and Kremlin.”
Ivan, “Russian Front,” Russia
To which we replied:
you for your letter, Ivan. Bush
is at best perhaps the lesser of the two evils, not a salvation, nor a
patriot. You're right about Gore being backed by, and backing in turn, the
Jews, among other "liberals." (Pollsters tell us a majority of
Hispanics, Blacks, immigrants, feminists, gays and lesbians… also voted
is similarly backed by the Muslim and oil interests, among others
“conservatives.” (Pollsters tell us that he was supported by a
majority of other Americans not mentioned above). And you know how 'nice'
the ‘Islamic warriors’ can be. Just look at the Chechens, for example,
or the Kosovo Albanian terrorists.
we have in America is another rendition of the Middle East war. It's just
that Gore and Bush campaigns are firing at each other ballots and legal
briefs rather than bullets and tear gas.
people will stay on the sidelines and not take sides in this battle.
Except if one side (Gore, for example) tries to usurp power illegally and
unconstitutionally. Fighting against that does not mean supporting Bush.
It means defending our rights and our Constitution.
that clears things up a bit?”
- Anti-Globalist Manifesto Being Drafted by a 15-year Old
Mr. Djurdjevic, I would like to applaud you on your views, articles and
for going beyond the norms of accepted of free speech by the society.
name is S.M. (TiM Ed.: full
name known to TiM), and I live in BC (British
Columbia, Canada). I may only
be 15 yet I am informed and very upset by the way the government treats
us. As a result I have developed strong beliefs and understandings which
seemingly mimic yours.
am currently writing a manifesto about globalization and social pressure
fueled by the government to conform (being a conformist is what they want
you to be in essence). I was wondering if I could perhaps contribute this
to your site if you are in agreement with it. I simply want to get the
point across as you do about faults that go unnoticed in modern era. I am
trying to get my views out there and this would be a great way to do so.
To which we replied:
see it. Send your manifesto,
S.M. I can't promise anything
other than I'll read it with interest.
Thanks for writing and for being so aware and level-headed at the age of 15.”
DAKOTA - Thanks for Down-to-Earth Commentary
I just wanted to say "thank you" for some of the most
down-to-Earth, common sense commentary on the US Presidential election
developments (as well as the myriad other topics covered on your site,
which caught my attention during the Balkans actions by the current
news sites have apparently been hijacked by the slavering, rabid liberals
who maintain "they can't understand why any court would rule against
Al". But then, somehow, I didn't expect a much higher cerebral
cortical function from that lot, anyway. Thanks again.”
Joe Bowling, Williston, North Dakota
Also, check out... Djurdjevic's WASHINGTON TIMES columns: "Christianity Under Siege," "Silence Over Persecuted Christians", "Chinese Dragon Wagging Macedonian Tail," "An Ugly Double Standard in Kosovo Conflict?", "NATO's Bullyboys", "Kosovo: Why Are We Involved?", and "Ginning Up Another Crisis"