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| Sunday, March 30, 2003

  • Well, DUH! : The Marines escorted reporter Philip Smucker back to Kuwait Thursday. The Pentagon says a package that Mr. Smucker, an independent scribe, filed with CNN on Wednesday gave, "in real time, positions, locations, and activities of units engaged in combat." Loose lips sink ships.

  • Coors constituency: Gov. Ed Rendell made a serious mistake when he attempted to leverage state legislators with his two-part budget plan. And he might just have made a fatal mistake, politically speaking, with his proposal to thrust his hand deep into the pocket of Joe Six-Pack. Mr. Rendell wants to raise the tax on a gallon of beer -- by 210.5 percent. The Barley and Hops Fairy won't pay that increase; the guys and gals buying a draft will. And they vote.

  • Bogus comparisons: One of the defenses guys like Fast Eddie and his shills (including the Toledo, Ohio, Post-Gazette) use in advocating tax increases is that, hey, compared to other states, Pennsylvania's tax burden isn't that bad. Oh, spare us. Taxes in this nation, as a percent of the economy, are at all-time highs at the state and national levels. The intellectual dishonesty of public larcenists knows no bounds.

  • Peter Propaganda: Speaking of shills, the war isn't even two weeks old and already Peter Arnett is shilling for the Iraqi government. When a blast rocked a Baghdad market last week, killing 14, Mr. Arnett, formerly of CNN (and now offering cutting-edge reports for National Geographic and NBC), was quick to spread the Iraqi line that the explosion came from a U.S. cluster bomb. There's growing evidence that the blast came from an Iraqi misguided missile. Peter, Peter, Peter.

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