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Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 09:51:54 EST
Subject: Essays on Excellence # 437
Good Morning Freedom Fighters and Truth Seekers,

Vitamins for the Mind
by Jim Rohn

Overcoming the Negative

We must all wage an intense, lifelong battle against the constant downward pull. If we relax, the bugs and weeds of negativity will move into the garden and take away everything of value.

Humility is a virtue; timidity is a disease.

If you spend five minutes complaining, you have just wasted five minutes. If you continue complaining, it won't be long before they haul you out to a financial desert and there let you choke on the dust of your own regret.

You cannot take the mild approach to the weeds in your mental garden. You have got to hate weeds enough to kill them. Weeds are not something you handle; weeds are something you devastate.

I sincerely hope that you will understand the my purpose in including these articles is to provide factual information on which you can base intelligent decisions.  We need to clear the weeds of Socialism and Ignorance from the garden of America.  We need to encourage a dramatic increase in political, financial, economic and business literacy for every member of our population.  We need to focus on the virtues of integrity and honor.  We need to evaluate the Character of those who would be the leaders of this nation instead of just their words.  Martin Luther King said it best when he said the we should be known by the content of our character and not the color of our skin.

I will be sending several more newsletters in the next two days to help you clear away the weeds and focus on the extraordinary flowers, fruit and vegatables of America's Garden of Freedom and Liberty.  This nation was created by God to be that "shining city on the hill" that offers refuge, refreshment and substance to all who are willing to serve others in the quest for the real meaning for life.  Those who are willing to pledge our lives, our fortunes and our Sacred Honor.

News From The New Underground Railroad
by Mason Weaver

On November 2, the people of California will vote on a ballot measure dealing with Casinos and Indian Reservations. The Indian tribes have gambling casinos in California and the ballot measure deals with the expansion and taxes over the profits. Only Indians can operate Casino's in California and they pay no taxes on the profit. Of course you would pay plenty taxes on your winnings. The Indians have had to negotiate with the States on every aspect of the Casino. The hours of operation down to the very type of Slot machines used. Every time Indians and gambling come up we are told that they are a separate nation and we have no right to deny them a living?

Think about this for a second. If they are a separate nation, why do we need to give them permission to have casinos? Do we grant Mexico or Canada gambling rights? If they are a separate nation, where are the Indian presidents, army, schools or hospitals? Why do they appear in our courts for legal remedy? Why do they vote in our elections if they are a separate country? It is against the state and federal law for foreign countries to influence our elections. However, they give money, have lobbyist and run ads for their points of view. Just like any other "Citizen."  They are only a separate nation when it is convenient. They are a dependent when it suits them.

I wish someone could explain to me how the government allows a business monopoly based upon race. I always thought that was racist. I pay taxes but I cannot open a Casino in California. To allow Indians to operate Casino allows for other unfair competitive advantages. They can offer lower rates on their golf courses, entertainment, even cigars and gasoline. How can businesses near them compete when the restaurant is subsidized with gambling profits?

The excuse given is the same for all open discrimination. We are paying them back for the harm of the past. Well I am black what will the government give me a monopoly over . . . the cotton business? Can black people only own cotton factories and cotton fields? Can Irish only own potatoe farms? What will we give the Chinese, the laundry business? See how racist it is to grant a total business monopoly to a group of people based on their race?

It maybe time to declare the Indian Wars are over. It may have been tough on the reservation with no jobs and drugs but why stay on the reservation? The Indians are now taking the vast profits from the Casino's and buying business in the city. I do not want to stop them from a successful business venture, I want to participate. Racism is racism! It is ok to leave the reservation.

Alleged American Al Qaeda Warns of U.S. Attacks
by Brian Ross

The tape was acquired by ABC News last Friday from a source known to have Taliban and al Qaeda contacts in the tribal region of Pakistan. ABC paid the source $500 in transportation fees.

While CIA officials say they have not been able to authenticate the 75-minute tape, an agency spokesman says it "appears to have been produced by al Qaeda's media organization, al Sahab productions." The tape is marked with the same logo and graphics seen on previous videos released by al Qaeda.

The man on the tape is identified only as "Azzam the American." U.S. officials say they had not previously known of the nom de guerre. His face is never fully visible and he makes no reference to where in the United States he might have lived.

"No, my fellow countrymen you are guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty. You are as guilty as Bush and Cheney. You're as guilty as Rumsfeld and Ashcroft and Powell," he says in what he calls his message to America. "After decades of American tyranny and oppression, now it's your turn to die. Allah willing, the streets of America will run red with blood matching drop for drop the blood of America's victims."

Senior administration officials told ABC News tonight that copies of the tape are being provided to all 13 current and former administration figures mentioned by name in the tape, and that the tape is being shown to captured al Qaeda leaders in U.S. custody to see if they can identify the man on the tape.

"A member of al Qaeda who professes to be a U.S. citizen was always coveted and looked for by the al Qaeda," said Jack Cloonan, a former FBI agent who interviewed a number of captured al Qaeda members and is now an ABC News consultant. Cloonan said he believed the tape to be authentic.

Law enforcement officials and linguistic expert Gerald Lampe, deputy director of the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland, believe English was not Azzam's first language. They speculate he may have learned English as a child in a household of non-native speakers.

U.S. officials believe there are several Americans working with al Qaeda, including Adam Gadahn, a former Southern California student who is wanted for questioning by the FBI. U.S. intelligence officials say the voice on the tape does not match Gadahn's or that of any Americans suspected of being part of al Qaeda.

Azzam makes references to several American officials, including 9/11 Commission Chairman Tom Kean, and even refers to the controversial remarks made by comedian Bill Maher about the cowardice of the U.S. launching cruise missiles compared with terrorist suicide attacks.

And he warned that Sept. 11 was only the beginning.

"People of America, I remind you of the weighty words of our leaders, Osama bin Laden and Dr. Ayman al-Zawahri, that what took place on Sept. 11 was but the opening salvo of the global war on America," said Azzam. "And that Allah willing, the magnitude and ferocity of what is coming your way will make you forget all about Sept. 11."

Kerry to Opt for the Senator Who Copied Kinnock Speech
By Gerard Baker in Washington
October 29, 2004

The man whose presidential ambitions were destroyed when he plagiarised Neil Kinnock is set to become America’s chief foreign policymaker if John Kerry is elected President next Tuesday.

Senator Joseph Biden of Delaware has been asked by Mr Kerry to become Secretary of State in a Democratic administration, according to Kerry campaign aides. Mr Biden, the leading Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the past four years, ran for President in 1988. His campaign ended abruptly when it was revealed that a key element of his stump speech had been lifted directly from Mr Kinnock’s general election speeches in 1987.

But Mr Biden has since emerged as a leading foreign policy figure in the Democratic party and is expected to take the job offered by Mr Kerry unless political factors intervene. Were the Democrats to retake control of the Senate, he might prefer to remain as a lawmaker, but those who know him think that unlikely.

Mr Biden’s possible elevation is one of the thousands of permutations circulating in Washington in the final days before the presidential election. If Mr Biden does go to the State Department it will be a disappointment for Richard Holbrooke, the UN Ambassador during the Clinton Administration and the architect of the Dayton peace accords that ended the Bosnian war in 1995. Mr Holbrooke has lobbied hard for the Secretary of State ’s job. But in what will be seen as both an effort to conciliate the famously self-confident Mr Holbrooke, and as a signal change from Bush administration policy, Mr Kerry is likely to offer him the job of special Middle East peace co-ordinator, senior Democrats say.

Mr Kerry plans to announce both appointments soon after the election as a sign of the urgency he assigns to mending diplomatic fences.

President Bush has declined to appoint a senior level emissary to the Middle East and the Kerry move would delight European leaders, including Tony Blair, who have been urging a renewed US engagement in the region.

Other senior foreign policy positions in a Kerry administration are likely to go to three former senior officials who have been advising the senator’s campaign.

Rand Beers, who resigned from the Bush Administration’s National Security Council over the Iraq war, is likely to be National Security Adviser, although Wesley Clark, the former Nato commander, may also be considered.

James Rubin, President Clinton’s State Department spokesman and husband of the CNN star reporter Christiane Amanpour, is in line for a front line policy role, as is Susan Rice, another Clinton appointee, meaning that whoever wins next week, an African American female called Dr Rice will be a senior foreign policy figure.

One puzzle for the Democratic team is the Pentagon. Mr Kerry is understood to want his friend John McCain, the Arizona senator, to be Defence Secretary. But Mr McCain is believed to be reluctant. The confirmed maverick might fit uncomfortably even in his close friend’s administration. If the Republicans keep control of the Senate, the Arizona senator will take the powerful job of chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Another possibility is Chuck Hagel, the Nebraska senator, also a Republican. Mr Kerry is said to be intent on removing Porter Goss, who was confirmed as the head of the CIA only this month. A candidate to replace him is Bob Graham, the retiring Florida senator.

One problem with this lineup, however, for the Kerry team, is that it looks a little Senate-heavy.

Given the reputation of senators as windbags with large egos and an argumentative manner, Mr Kerry, a senator himself, may be reluctant to have former senators at President, Vice-President (John Edwards, his running mate), Secretary of State, Secretary of Defence and Director of Central Intelligence.

There is less clarity about what the foreign policy team will look like if President Bush wins, which seems odd, given that the Republicans are already in charge.

Though nothing is fixed, officials say, Colin Powell is likely to leave the State Department, as is his deputy, Richard Armitage. Both have been bloodied in the Administration’s infighting in the past four years and are not inclined to stay. But Donald Rumsfeld is eager to remain at the Pentagon and a newly re-elected Mr Bush may feel vindicated enough to keep him in place.

Possible replacements for General Powell include Condoleezza Rice, the current National Security Adviser, if she decides to stay in Washington at all, or Robert Blackwill, currently a senior director on the NSC and the man who has been in charge of Iraq policy in the past six months. Mr Blackwill is regarded as a pragmatist and problem-solver rather than an ideologue. John Danforth, the recently appointed ambassador to the UN, and former senator, is another name under consideration. There is much jockeying for the National Security Adviser post job if Dr Rice does leave. Stephen Hadley, her deputy, seems to be favourite. But other possibilities include Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy secretary of defence, and leading light among the neoconservatives in the Administration, Mr Blackwill if he does not get the State job, and Lewis “Scooter” Libby, Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, and a key figure in administration policy in the past four years, who is also sympathetic to the neoconservtive approach to foreign policy ends.

They’re Not Referees
by L. Brent Bozell III
October 27, 2004   

If anyone is still being sold the civics-book baloney that our national press corps is just the referee of our democracy, the disinterested moderator of our national debate, the media’s performance in this election year has just blown that concept to smithereens in their collective and transparent desire to deny George W. Bush another four years.

To the uncommitted voter, let us state directly: The media are partisan players. They see their role as journalists as not to inform, but to persuade. They aim to make society better, and believe the great society is a society drained of its poisonous vestiges of conservatism. They aim to elect liberal Democrats to office, pretending all the while that these liberals are really moderates, and even – don’t laugh – fierce warriors for our national defense.

The media do not believe in an "axis of evil" in the world, or a "war on terror." This, they deeply believe, is right-wing fear-mongering. In the 1990s, they did not crusade against the evils of al-Qaeda, but did crusade against our real mortal enemies: Microsoft, the tobacco companies, gun manufacturers, talk-radio hosts, the House impeachment managers, and independent counsel Kenneth Starr.

No ethical guideline or professional code has seemed to restrain the press this year. Dan Rather so hated Bush that he would try to impress voters with ersatz Texas Air National Guard documents his own experts told him were probably fabricated. Why would he believe he could get away with it? Because he’s Dan Rather, and with the mystique of the "objective" press, enough would accept his "objective" attempt to take Bush down.

The national media aim to set the agenda, and set it in a way that perpetually puts right-leaning, wrong-thinking Republicans at a disadvantage. Just look at the network story counts.

This year, ABC, CBS, and NBC have combined for more than 75 stories on George W. Bush's National Guard Service, with virtually nothing to say about Kerry’s scandalous anti-war behavior. They’ve done more than 50 stories on "skyrocketing" or "record high" gasoline prices, rarely admitting prices are lower today than they were under St. Jimmy Carter. They’ve aired hundreds on prison abuse at Abu Ghraib, while the mass graves of Saddam are a yawner.

Do some authors have an anti-Bush agenda? If so, the networks welcome them in. Bush-hating Kitty Kelley just makes stuff up about the Bushes, and she gets three days in a row on NBC. Bush-hating Seymour Hersh and Al Franken were all over NBC, as well as the other networks. Bush-despising Michael Moore is everywhere. "60 Minutes" spotlighted a pile of anti-Bush authors: Paul O’Neill, Richard Clarke, Bob Woodward, Anthony Zinni. Liberals at the top of the best-seller list? The networks deserve a thank-you card.

Stories that might embarrass John Kerry? Never mind. The U.N. Oil for Food scandal certainly would hurt Kerry, since he wants the U.N. to run Iraq, and he wants France to be a major partner. Arms inspector Charles Duelfer found the U.N. Oil for Food czar was taking oil-voucher bribes from Saddam Hussein, as were officials close to French President Jacques Chirac. How many stories did the networks do? Four. NBC was the best – with a piddly three. ABC aired one. CBS, working on a perfect record of partisanship, aired nothing.

Teresa Heinz Kerry, after six months of delay, released a tiny fraction of her tax return covering her huge estate. No one at these networks cared to ask about them during the entire delay. They yawned when the returns, which showed Mrs. Heinz Kerry paying less as a percentage of taxes than the usual middle-class family, were released. Kerry’s been railing all year about the tax advantages of the rich, but CBS and NBC had nothing on this whopping hypocrisy. An ABC anchorman made a joke about it.

Some might say that all this liberal-media talk is just a partisan game to intimidate the "objective" press, to "work the referees." But look at what the media themselves admit when asked: they’re liberals.

In July, Newsweek’s Evan Thomas said the media would favor and promote Kerry and Edwards as young and dynamic and optimistic and all," and "that’s going to be worth maybe 15 points." At the Democratic convention, New York Times columnist John Tierney asked a sample of 50 Washington-based journalists who they favored, and they said Kerry, by 12 to 1. In May, the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found that 34 percent of national reporters surveyed described themselves as liberals, while only 7 percent said they were conservative.

A majority of 55 percent told Pew pollsters the media weren’t critical enough of President Bush, while only eight percent thought they were too critical. How critical is critical enough for the national press? Enough to get President Kerry elected.

Another document introduced by Dr. Jerry Corsi - conclusive evidence of Kerry's VVAW being under the direction of Hanoi during the Vietnam War.

Please widely distribute this material - we have to get the truth out about
Kerry's treasonous activities.  HE IS UNFIT TO COMMAND!

Another document Ties Kerry to Hanoi
3rd Vietnamese communist paper discovered in archive
Posted: October 28, 2004
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Art Moore
© 2004

A third, newly discovered Vietnamese war document presents further indication Hanoi orchestrated John Kerry's promotion of the communist regime's 1971 plan calling for virtual U.S. surrender. As WorldNetDaily reported Tuesday, two documents found in a U.S. archive over the weekend provide the first concrete evidence that Vietnamese communists were directing Kerry's antiwar group Vietnam Veterans Against the War.
New York Times photo of John Kerry's Washington press conference in 1971
One of the two documents, a "circular" captured by the U.S. in 1971 and later translated, indicates the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese delegations to the Paris peace talks that year were used as the communications link to direct the activities of Kerry and other antiwar activists who attended. Now, a third document [pdf file] provides more context, showing that Kerry's July 22, 1971, press conference calling on President Nixon to accept the seven-point plan presented by Viet Cong leader Madame Nguyen Thi Binh was perfectly aligned with Hanoi's step-by-step agenda. "If you look at the sequence of events, it would certainly seem Kerry was following a plan and was not just simply acting spontaneously," said Jerome Corsi, a specialist on the Vietnam-era antiwar movement and co-author of "Unfit for Command," the best-seller challenging Kerry's qualification to lead the nation.
Kerry insists he attended the talks only because he happened to be in France on his honeymoon and maintains he met with both sides. But previously revealed records indicate the future senator made two, and possibly three, trips to Paris. At the subsequent press conference in Washington, Kerry surrounded himself with the families of POWs, a strategy espoused in the recovered communist circular. The Kerry campaign has not responded to WND's request for a response to the discovery of the two documents. The third document shows that when Madame Binh came to Paris in 1969 with the North Vietnamese delegation, Hanoi was directing its propaganda efforts toward winning the hearts and minds of South Vietnamese. But the communist regime began to realize in 1970 and early 1971 that it could not defeat the U.S. militarily, and so the target of propaganda shifted to the antiwar movement in an attempt to erode resolve on the American homefront. Then Hanoi launched a series of coordinated efforts, leading to Kerry's press conference.

"The series of dates and actions hardly look coincidental," said Corsi.
Vietnamese Communist Party leader Le Duc Tho delivered to Paris a plan promoted by John Kerry.

In the last week of June 1971, Le Duc Tho – the second most powerful communist leader, next to Ho Chi Minh – arrived in Paris as a special counsel to the Vietnamese delegations. On July 1, closely on the heels of Le's arrival, Madame Binh delivered the seven-point plan to U.S. Ambassador David Bruce in Paris. A New York Times report at that time specifically noted the plan came after Tho's arrival. The plan was presented not through the head of the delegation, Xuan Thuy, but through the Viet Cong leader, Madame Binh, who first met with Kerry in the summer of 1970. Twenty-one days later, Kerry was in Washington advancing Madame Binh's proposal, which would force President Nixon to set a date to end the war and withdraw troops. Hanoi cleverly constructed the plan so that the only barrier to release of American POWs was Nixon's unwillingness to set a withdrawal date, but it amounted to a virtual surrender that included payment of reparations and an admission the U.S. was the aggressor in an immoral war. "When President Nixon got this peace plan, the White House didn't know what to do," Corsi said. "It was an entirely new initiative." The White House sent Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to Paris July 12, and seven days later, the South Vietnamese submitted a counterproposal to enact a total cease-fire and put the issue of reunification to a nationwide vote. "In the middle of these intense negotiations and posturing to Madame Binh's proposal, Kerry volunteered to hold a press conference advocating the Viet Cong leader's position," Corsi explained. "He had no role to insert himself in this process," he asserted. "Nixon and Kissinger were trying to deal with a difficult negotiating situation."

In an article on the press conference, the New York Times noted POW families were upset because it appeared Kerry, who had dropped out of a bid for a seat in Congress, was motivated by his own political aspirations, using the event as a springboard to political office. When Kerry began to introduce relatives of prisoners who stood beside him behind the microphones, he was met with the fierce objections of four wives of POWs in the audience. The women shouted to Kerry, "That's a lie," and "What office are you going to run for next?" The Times said one of the POW wives accused Kerry of "constantly using our own suffering and grief " for his political ambitions. When asked if he planned to run again for political office, the Times reported Kerry replied only that "he was committed to political change and he would use whatever forum seemed best at the time." The captured Vietnamese circular stated that previously, the dissent among U.S. military personnel largely existed only in the Army, but had expanded to the Air Force. Kerry's use of Air Force POW families helped spread the dissent in a concerted way, Corsi maintained, getting the relatives to accept Binh's proposal and say, "Let's put an end to this." The circular said the peace plan "not only solved problems concerning the release of U.S. prisoners but also motivated the people of all walks of life and even relatives of U.S. pilots detained in [North Vietnam] to participate in the antiwar movement." "Kerry, by holding the press conference, supports the argument that the antiwar movement is behind this plan," Corsi said.

The media event, consistent with plans developed and delivered in Hanoi, was "designed to have maximum impact emotionally on the antiwar community in the U.S.," he emphasized. Corsi said the Kerry campaign's silence on the new discovery of the documents mirrors its unwillingness to respond to the charges of "Unfit for Command" until it was obvious the presidential candidate was suffering political damage. "The charges in the new documents have been out there for a full day," he pointed out. "Had the documents not been authentic, the Kerry camp would have been all over them, to discredit them."

by Dr Tony Alessandra

The best way to impress an audience is to finish early. "My
father gave me this advice on speech making," said James
Roosevelt, son of FDR: "Be seated."
Remember, in the electronic age, many people have the
attention span of a flashcube. So be sure you know your Big
Idea, hit it hard, hit it well, finish strong, and, for
maximum impression, keep it short. The less opportunity you
give your audience's minds to wander, the more they'll
appreciate you and remember what you had to say.

William Prouty, CLU RHU CBC CEC MBA PhD
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