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The Quill Pen Ten - June 14, 2005 - June 20, 2005

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- The Quill Pen Ten -

June 14, 2005 - June 20, 2005

Welcome to another edition of the Quill Pen Ten.  Veterans of the OpinionEditorials.com community know it as the QPT.  The QPT is a collection of the ten most-interesting and most-popular op-eds of the preceding week.

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Presenting the Quill Pen Ten:

Lee Ellis: The 'Vietnamization' of the Iraq war by TV and other media.
As I watched the ABC news last Sunday night, I was reminded of how the TV news networks seemed to be so anxious to tell us all the bad things that have happened in Iraq or at Gitmo...

A. M. Siriano: The Age of Treason
Every historical period must have an appellation, a title that quickly recalls the nature of the times, that defines the era. Ours is no exception...It is a time of traitors, led by activist-journalists who believe they are citizens of the world first, despite the fact that their very subsistence—sometimes existence—depends on the one nation to which they owe their allegiance, if but only for their freedom of expression, which they have perverted to such a degree that it has allowed them to become turncoats with impunity...

Lee P. Butler: Senator Durbin's Gulag Is A Liberal Crescendo Of Rhetorical Absurdity
"More than 1700 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq and our country's standing in the world community has been badly damaged by the prison abuses at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo,” Senator Dick Durbin (D) ranted. "I will continue to speak out when I disagree with this administration." Throughout many sectors of the country Senator Durbin's name is now synonymous with that of Hanoi Jane Fonda or Baghdad Jim McDermott. He decided he would use outlandish and completely absurd language of equating American soldiers in Guantanamo Bay with Nazis, Stalinist Soviets, and Pol Pot as a way of ‘disagreeing with this administration'.

Chris Adamo: America The Frivolous
It is at this time of the year that some sentimental Americans reflect on the greatness of the Founding Fathers. Albeit, in the face of "political Correctness," the "pop culture" mindset, and a government school system that has abandoned American history, the numbers who ponder such topics are shrinking. Nevertheless, several profound essays have been written on the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and their fates in the wake of that momentous occasion. It is worthwhile to consider just a few from among those perhaps greatest of Americans, how their examples spoke to the nation at its inception, and what an abandonment of their ideals might portend for its future.

Edward L. Daley: Liberals Are Vietnaming Us, And I'm Sick Of It!

Remember when John F. Kerry testified before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations back in 1971? Just in case you forgot, or never knew about it in the first place, here's a taste of what he said. "They [American soldiers] told the stories at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan... It turns out that most of the claims Kerry was reiterating had come from men who never actually fought in Vietnam. In fact, most of them had never even been in the military. Still, that didn't stop him from trying to convince Congress, as well as everyone in America, that our troops serving in Vietnam were generally rapists, torturers, and psychotic murderers.

Chuck Muth: Smoking FDA Regulation
In a recent edition of the Christian Science Monitor, an editorial called for Congress to pass bills giving the Food and Drug Administration more authority, more power, and more oversight over tobacco products. The editorial said such bills were "needed."


John Conlin: Me First - A salute to our armed forces personnel

On a dark, crystal clear Colorado night, stars blazing overhead, I strolled along the Highline Canal with my dog –a 6-month old puppy named Buda. In the distance, unbeknownst to me, Buda spotted a small group of people and raced to challenge the "intruders." What a magnificent act, I thought. His "Me first" charge without regarding his own safety. To freely place himself in harms way; to risk violence and even death to protect me....


Robin Mullins Boyd: An Open Letter to Congressional Republicans
Dear Republican Congressmen:
Less than 1 year ago, Americans voted to give President Bush a second term to continue working toward his vision for America. Voters gave President Bush the best present that any Republican president could ask for - a Republican controlled Congress. Americans breathed a sigh of relief that gridlock was over for at least 2 years. Some real changes could finally be made. Despite being the majority party, the Republican Congress has been mired in political correctness. Minimal changes have been made. Instead of taking the lead, the Republican Congress has laid down in the middle of the road. Appeasement and basically fear of later retribution at the polls have lead the Republican members of Congress to behave like the minority party...

Joe Mariani: Dick Durbin's Despicable Dictum
"If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime -- Pol Pot or others -- that had no concern for human beings." Did an Air America radio commentator say that, using airtime bought by George Soros? Was it an al-Jazeera "journalist" railing against the Great Satan? A Democratic Underground poster, perhaps? Was it the laughable figure of a sign-waving war protester standing on a street corner somewhere? No... sad to say, that was a United States Senator comparing American soldiers to Hitler's Gestapo, Stalin's KGB, and Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge. That was Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin, assaulting the US military on behalf of the terrorists held at Gitmo, saying that our troops have no concern for human beings. Durbin may come from the Land of Lincoln, but he lives in the Land of Quisling.

Rudy Takala: Just Say No to Educational Failure
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently gave a fifteen minute commencement address to the graduates of Santa Monica College. He was forced to do so over the noise emanating from hundreds of protestors, an event which purportedly caused him to turn red and which has been amply covered by the news in recent days.



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