A Week's Worth of Notes

So, we went on vacation last weekend and work has been utter hell, so I had to vanish for a while due to a lack of time. I had a few notes on stuff I found over the past week, besides the non-news that Dan Blather is a biased, Bush-hating, liberal partisan (a post for later), so here’s a little compilation of a couple of the items I did have some time to come across.

Looks like my favorite protesters got some media play from our local Pinko weekly, which is a fine publication for music and restaurant reviews, and of course the fun and odd personal ad. The investigative journalism is probably tops in the city (a.k.a. "the world's tallest midget"), but you just have to understand at the outset that the writers and editorial staff are leftists to the degree that they want state sponsored and financed pornography available free to your children. The article, surprisingly, isn’t too bad.

My absence also marked another interesting anniversary, in addtion to September 11th.

Speaking of September 11th, Moonbat libertarians shamelessly used the 3rd anniversary of the worst attacks on American soil to, just like the Eurosocialists with whom they claim to disagree, blame America. September 11th also, according to the LP is apparently now a coincidental date. Looking at this dreck, it appears the LP is trying to pretend that 3,000 people “coincidentally” died…as a result of US foreign policy of course…which would not only be evidenced by this idiocy, but by their entire foreign policy stance since then.

And then there’s this little bit of fun I found. This is too good to not print in its entirety. The U.S. State department inviting scandal, fraud, and corruption? NO! It couldn’t be!! Say it isn't so!

Impeached U.S. Judge To Head Election Review Team
by Tom DeWeese
The American Policy Center charged that the U.S. State Department has invited scandal, fraud, and corruption into the American electoral process by its decision to bring foreign election observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to monitor the November presidential election.

APC has discovered that the president of the OSCE election monitoring arm is none other than Florida Representative and disgraced federal judge, Alcee Hastings. He was elected President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly on July 9 of this year. According to its website: "The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's role [in the election monitoring process] is to deploy parliamentarians, primarily as short-term observers, and to provide political leadership to the OSCE monitoring operation." In other words, Alcee Hastings is at the top of the OSCE's election monitoring operation.

In 1988, The U.S. House of Representatives voted almost unanimously (413-3) to approve 17 articles of impeachment amounting to "high crimes and misdemeanors" against Hastings, who at the time was a federal judge. While sitting on the federal bench, an FBI bribery sting caught Hastings conspiring to obtain a $150,000 bribe in exchange for granting leniency to a pair of convicted racketeers. The Senate convicted Hastings of perjury and conspiracy to take a bribe. He is one of only a handful of judges ever to be impeached in the history of the U.S.

Hastings is by no means an innocent bystander in the upcoming presidential election. Hastings is a House Democrat who represented Broward County, Florida–ground zero of the Election 2000 re-count fiasco. On June 14 of this year, the disgraced former judge declared to the Associated Press: "Any way we cut it, these people [the Bush Administration] are going to try and steal this election." Now Hastings, as president of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, is in position to seriously affect the outcome of the 2004 vote.

By caving to the demands of 13 leftist Congressmen that international election observers monitor the November 2 presidential election, the Bush Administration is not only shooting U.S. sovereignty, but shooting itself in the foot. There is a political agenda at work here. The OSCE is not an unbiased team of observers. If the vote in Florida or many other states is as close as predicted, you can bet that Alcee Hastings and his army of foreign monitors will do everything in their power to affect the outcome to their liking.

Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) has warned: "We should be wary about organizations like the OSCE that seek to involve themselves in our electoral process. The OSCE in particular has a terrible record in the newly-democratic countries of central Europe, where it normally operates. According to groups that follow the conduct of the OSCE, this organization does much more to undermine free elections than to promote them.

"In Bosnia in 1996, for example," said Rep. Paul, "the OSCE gave its seal of approval to parliamentary elections despite the fact that an impossible 107 percent of the possible voting-age population had voted. In 1998, the OSCE observer team that was to monitor the cease-fire between the Serbs and Albanians was caught sending targeting information back to the US and European Union in advance of the U.S.-led attack on Serbia. This year, the OSCE approved the election of Mikheil Saakashvili in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia with a Saddam Hussein-like 97 percent of the vote! There are dozens more similar examples."

Clearly the OSCE has shown by its conduct and by its questionable choice of leadership that it is not an organization worthy of U.S. participation. Not only must the Bush Administration immediately rescind its invitation to the OSCE to monitor this year's election, but the White House must also withdraw our membership from it. Alcee Hastings is a blatant symbol of political corruption. Why on Earth would the U.S. government continue to support an organization lead by him, let alone pay 10 percent of its operating budget?

Tom DeWeese is the publisher/editor of The DeWeese Report and president of the American Policy Center, a grassroots, activist think tank headquartered in Warrenton, Virginia. Its Internet site is


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