Charles Fowler is a biblically qualified Christian candidate for the United States Senate.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Reagan Quote

"At times our footsteps may have faltered, but trusting in God's help, we've never lost our way."

-Ronald Reagan-

-December 23, 1981-

Saturday, June 05, 2004

Brewery Heir Coors on Colo. GOP Ballot

Coors, who has been criticized for never holding an elected office, said his family supported Ronald Reagan when he ran for governor. He urged delegates to pray for Reagan, who died later in the day.

"Some believe Ronald Reagan should not have run for office because he had never run before, he had never been elected," Coors said. "There came a time when he was no longer willing to stand on the sidelines, and today, neither am I."

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Practical businessman with real ideals over a professional polished partisan politician producing gridlock

Listening to Bob Schaffer brings one clear thought to my mind:

"Bob Schaffer is a polished professional partisan politician producing gridlock in politics."

In the debate Schaffer continually mentioned "my time in Congress" to the point of becoming annoying. It is the polished politicians who have us in the mess we are already in.

Pete Coors is a practical businessman who talks about real ideals and goals for the future. Pete Coors is an honest kind of straight talker whose merits stand on their own. Coors does not have to repeatedly say: "I, me, my and mine" as Bob Schaffer does. Voters must weigh real substance over style and vote for Pete Coors.

Saturday, May 29, 2004

U. S. Muslim Group Pledges Aid In War On Terror - http://english.aljazeera.net





US Muslim group pledges aid in war on terror
by
Saturday 29 May 2004 6:09 AM GMT


There are seven to eight million Muslims in the United States


A US Muslim group has said its members would monitor suspicious activity in their community to help fight the Bush administration's "war against terrorism".



"We have zero tolerance to the notion that Muslims are not doing their job. We're not going to allow that," said on Friday Mahir Hathut, senior adviser for the Muslim Public Affairs Council during a press conference at the Islamic Center of Southern California in Los Angeles.

"Things are being said about Muslims that nobody could say about any other religion in America and get away with it," he added.

Under the campaign, Muslims will watch for suspicious or dangerous behaviour and report it to authorities. American mosques will remain open to all Muslims, but administrators will keep track of who organises meetings and for what purpose.

Praise

City, county and federal officials who participated in the press conference praised the efforts. They said that while all Americans were being asked to look out for suspicious activity, cooperation from the Muslim community was especially crucial.

"Things are being said about Muslims that nobody could say about any other religion in America and get away with it"

Mahir Hathut,
Senior adviser for the Muslim Public Affairs Council

"Within the Islamic community, they are going to know much better who is suspicious and who is not," said John Miller, who heads homeland security operations for the Los Angeles Police Department. "The best information we can get about the fringe in the Muslim community will be from the Muslims."

Hathut said the campaign was launched primarily in reaction to the recent announcement by Attorney General John Ashcroft that al-Qaida might be 90% prepared for a "terrorist attack" in the United States later this year.

'False notion'

"The danger is quite imminent," Hathout said. "But we'd like to end the false notion that Muslims are a specimen to be studied or a community to be investigated. We are full-fledged participants in the fight against terrorism in America."

Increasing tensions over terrorism can lead to hate crimes against Muslims, noted Steven Gomez, the FBI's top counter-terrorism agent in Los Angeles.

"We want to assure all communities that the FBI is prepared to fight all hate crimes that might come up over the next few months," Gomez said.

Sarah al-Tantawi, the group's communications director, stressed the campaign was "not a public relations campaign. This is a very serious effort designed to protect our community, our nation from attack."


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Friday, May 28, 2004

The Dumbing Down of America - Neal Boortz


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The dumbing down of America
Neal Boortz
May 28, 2004


After 35 years hosting a talk radio show I’ve become habituated to being labeled as everything but a child of God. Offensive? Certainly, sometimes. Insensitive? You bet! Guilty as charged. Life is insensitive, so is the truth. I don’t hide from either.

Well, this column ought to certainly stir the puddin’. I wish to make an observation that I dare say most of you are going to find both offensive and insensitive. I really don’t expect to make any friends here, but I may just cause a few people to think for a few minutes.

One day in the late 1970’s I asked my listeners to call and tell me what they thought was the most important thing that they had learned listening to talk radio. At some point during that show a caller turned the tables. He asked me to share the most important thing I had learned hosting a talk show. My self-editing mechanisms were on the blink that day – not an unusual situation – so I immediately blurted out the first thing that came to mind. I told the caller that the most amazing thing I had learned was how truly stupid the American people are. Sorry folks. It’s was just the first thing that came to my mind. Maybe it would have been better if I has said “obtuse” instead of “stupid.” At least then the truly stupid ones wouldn’t have understood, and I might have kept a few listeners.

Well, sad to say, not much has happened in the twenty-something years since that particular program to change my opinion. While it’s no longer true for the bulk of talk radio listeners, I’m afraid it still stands as true for the rest. The majority of Americans can’t tell you who the vice president is. Not two out of ten Americans could tell you the name of their two U.S. Senators and their congressman. Examples are plenteous. Most Americans, for instance, actually think that the United States is supposed to be a democracy. It’s not. New Mexico, by the way, IS a state.

My opinion was reinforced last week when I heard that a Fox News Opinion Dynamics poll found that a huge majority of Americans think that our economy is growing worse. What have they been smoking? Our economy grew at a 4.4% rate during the first quarter of 2004, and these people think it’s in the tank? Employment numbers are up. Manufacturing is up. Government revenue is up. Incomes are up. Home sales are up. Home ownership is at record levels. Poverty is down. The truth is that our economy is doing amazingly well … and poised to do even better; yet the majority of Americans don’t realize this? The forecast for economic growth for the current quarter is between 4.5 and 5%. With these numbers, how do you say our economy is doing poorly? Maybe it’s because so many of these people rely on Entertainment Tonight for their daily news. You do know, don’t you, that more Americans get their news from Entertainment Tonight than from any other single news source.

Let’s cut to the chase. I’ve come to the reluctant but inescapable conclusion that about 50% of the adults in this country are simply too ignorant and functionally incompetent to be living in a free society. They have enthusiastically abandoned their sovereignty to the lure of the welfare state. They are, in fact, afraid to be free. They have no working concept of the responsibilities of individuals who would live free of government tyranny or mob rule. Their ignorance renders them incapable of coping with the responsibilities of liberty. These are people who cannot exist at anything other than a basic level without someone else stepping forward to take care of them. They’re adult children. They need to and deserve to live in a dictatorship, hopefully, for their sake, benevolent.

The real problem here is that the rest of us are constantly suffering encroachments on our own freedoms to provide for the survival of the ignorant. We’re forced to invest (if that’s the word) 15% of our paychecks into a disability insurance and retirement plan that would constitute criminal activity in every one of the 50 states were it not run by government. We must do this, we’re told, because there are just too many people out there who aren’t bright enough to do it on their own. We’re facing the inevitability of socialized medicine. As soon as the social Democratic party gets its way, with no small amount of help from the Republicans, Americans will be waiting months -- if not years – for basic elective surgery. Private citizens will be sent to jail for trying to find a private doctor to treat their ills outside of the approved and official government plan. Freedoms are being lost because of political pandering to those unable to cope.

Solutions? You want solutions? Look, I just came here today to grumble. I’m just tired of seeing rampant widespread stupidity tear down the greatest attempt at self-government in the history of world civilization. Maybe a separation of government and education might help. Perhaps we could restrict voting privileges to those who have a clue. There’s certainly nothing in our Constitution that would prohibit that. One thing is for certain, as the ranks of the clueless increase, as more and more Americans opt for security over freedom, as more people surrender their individuality for the ease of running with the mob, the erosion of the liberties, social and economic, that made this country what it is will proceed apace.

Maybe it’s just time for a good escape plan.


Neal Boortz is a lawyer and nationally syndicated radio talk show host.

©2004 Neal Boortz

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Thursday, May 27, 2004

Documents Tying Saddam's Man to 9-11 Plot

Thursday, May 27, 2004



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Recently translated documents captured by U.S. forces provide new evidence of a direct link between Saddam Hussein's regime and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

Rosters of officers in Saddam's Fedayeen list Lt. Col. Ahmed Hikmat Shakir, who was present at the January 2000 al-Qaida "summit" in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at which the 9-11 attacks were planned, the Wall Street Journal reports.


The Fedayeen was the elite paramilitary group run by Saddam's son Uday, which was deployed to do much of the regime's dirty work.

The U.S. has never been sure Shakir was at the Kuala Lumpur meeting on behalf of Saddam's regime or whether he was an Iraqi Islamist on his own, the Journal notes.

The paper cautions, however, it is possible the Shakir listed on the rosters is not the Iraqi of the same name with proven al-Qaida connections.

But sources tell the Journal the authenticity of the three Fedayeen rosters is not in question. Coalition forces have found millions of documents that still are being sorted, translated and absorbed, the paper said.

Reported accounts of the al-Qaida planning summit said Shakir had a job at the Kuala Lumpur airport he obtained through an Iraqi intelligence agent at the Iraqi embassy.

Among the al-Qaida operatives in attendance were the two who flew American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon – Khalid al Midhar and Nawaz al Hamzi – and Ramzi bin al Shibh, the operational planner of the 9-11 attacks.

Also in attendance was Tawfiz al Atash, a high-ranking Osama bin Laden lieutenant and mastermind of the USS Cole bombing.

Shakir left Malaysia four days after the summit finished, Jan. 13, 2000, then turned up in Qatar, where he was arrested Sept. 17, 2001, four days after the attacks.

A search uncovered phone numbers of the 1993 World Trade Center bombers' safe houses and contacts and information related to a 1995 al-Qaida plot to blow up a dozen commercial airliners over the Pacific.

But Shakir, inexplicably, was released after a brief detention and flew to Amman, Jordan, where he was arrested again. The Jordanians released him, however, with the OK of the CIA, after pressure from the Iraqis and Amensty International.

He was last seen returning to Baghdad.

Noting the volume of evidence, the Journal said, "One of the mysteries of postwar Iraq is why the Bush Administration and our $40-billion-a-year intelligence services haven't devoted more resources to probing the links between Saddam's regime and al-Qaida."

The current official U.S. intelligence conclusion is that Saddam's regime was not involved in supporting the Sept. 11 attacks.

A new book by Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard, "The Connection," puts together the evidence of Saddam's ties to al-Qaida.

"The Baathists killing U.S. soldiers are clearly working with al-Qaida now," the Journal says. "Saddam's files might show us how they linked up in the first place."

As Geostrategy-Direct reported, new evidence about a meeting in Prague between Sept. 11 plot leader Mohamed Atta and Iraqi intelligence officer Ahmad Khalil Ibrahim Samir al-Ani has been uncovered. If confirmed, the meeting would indicate a role by Saddam's intelligence service in some level of support for the 9-11 plot.

The information supports other journalists who have uncovered a connection between Iraq and al-Qaida, including Jayna Davis, author of "The Third Terrorist: The Middle Eastern Connection to the Oklahoma City Bombing."

In her book, Davis suggests the Sept. 11 attacks possibly could have been prevented if evidence of an Iraqi and al-Qaida link to the OKC bombing had been pursued.

Davis writes that in November 1997, Hussain Hashem Al-Hussaini – a former Iraqi Republican Guardsman whom multiple eyewitnesses identified as McVeigh's elusive accomplice, John Doe 2 – confided to his psychiatrist that he was anxious about his airport job because "if something were to happen there, I (Al-Hussaini) would be a suspect." At the time, Al-Hussaini was employed at Boston Logan International Airport, where two of the four 9-11 suicide hijackings originated.

She also reveals court records that suggest one of bombers Timothy McVeigh's and Terry Nichols's accused Middle Eastern handlers had foreknowledge of the 9-11 plot.

In addition, Davis discusses information she first uncovered eight years ago – that Nichols learned the macabre genius of terrorist bomb making under the training of Philippines-based al-Qaida explosives expert Ramzi Yousef, the convicted mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

In February, columnist and author Jonathan Schanzer wrote in the Weekly Standard of his meeting in a Kurdish prison with Abdul Rahman al-Shamari, who claims he worked for a man who was Saddam's envoy to al-Qaida.

In the interview, al-Shamari confirmed he was involved in assisting Ansar al Islam, an al-Qaida affiliate responsible for attacks against Kurdish and Western targets in northern Iraq. Weapons, "mostly mortar rounds," were supplied to the terrorists, the prisoner told Schanzer.

Besides weapons, al-Shamari says, Saddam's secret police, the Mukhabarat, helped the terror group financially "every month or two months."

In December, Geostrategy-Direct reported Iraqi officers interrogated by the United States and coalition officials said Saddam, through Saudi contacts, had invited al-Qaida insurgents to form suicide and other units to stop the U.S. military in March.

Saddam's contacts with al-Qaida, the officers told interrogators, preceded the Sept. 11 attacks. They said Saudi envoys arranged for al-Qaida insurgents to enter Iraq and begin training in camps around Baghdad.

The al-Qaida insurgents were trained at two camps – Nahrawan and Salman Pak – under the supervision of the Fedayeen Saddam.

Officers said the Salman Pak training included ways to hijack airplanes. Training was conducted under the supervision of an unidentified Iraqi general who is currently a police commander. They said many of the al-Qaida insurgents left Iraq after their training stint.

The London Telegraph reported in December the discovery of a secret memo to Saddam that gives details of a visit by Atta to Baghdad just weeks before the 9-11 attacks. Information obtained by Iraq's coalition goverment indicated Atta was trained in Baghdad by Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal.

"We are uncovering evidence all the time of Saddam's involvement with al-Qaida," said Dr Ayad Allawi, a member of Iraq's ruling seven-man presidential committee, according to the London paper.

"But this is the most compelling piece of evidence that we have found so far," he said. "It shows that not only did Saddam have contacts with al-Qaida, he had contact with those responsible for the September 11 attacks."

In November, the Weekly Standard reported a 16-page top secret government memo to the Senate Intelligence Committee said bin Laden and Saddam had an operational relationship from the early 1990s to 2003 that involved training in explosives and weapons of mass destruction, as well as financial and logistical support, and may have included the bombing of the USS Cole and the Sept. 11 attacks.

Related stories:

New evidence of Saddam link to 9-11

Could OKC 'silver bullet' have prevented 9-11?

Iraqi prisoner details Saddam-al-Qaida link

Iraqi officers describe Saddam-al-Qaida link

Secret intelligence memo links Saddam, bin Laden

More WND stories on al-Qaida-Iraq link

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Sarin Gas in Baghdad Bomb - Associated Press - Tue May 25, 2004

Tests Confirm Sarin Gas in Baghdad Bomb

Tue May 25, 4:43 PM ET

By JOHN J. LUMPKIN, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - Comprehensive testing has confirmed the presence of the chemical weapon sarin in the remains of a roadside bomb discovered this month in Baghdad, a defense official said Tuesday.


The determination, made by a laboratory in the United States that the official would not identify, verifies what earlier, less-thorough field tests had found: the bomb was made from an artillery shell designed to disperse the deadly nerve agent on the battlefield.


The origin of the shell remains unclear, and finding that out is a priority for the U.S. military, the defense official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.


Some analysts worry the 155-millimeter artillery shell, found rigged as a bomb on May 15, may be part of a larger stockpile of Iraqi chemical weapons that insurgents can now use. But no more have turned up, and several military officials have said the shell may have been an older one that predated the 1991 Gulf War (news - web sites).


It likewise is not known whether the bombers knew they had a chemical weapon. Military officials have said the shell bore no labels to indicate it was anything except a normal explosive shell, the type used to make scores of roadside bombs in Iraq (news - web sites).


No one was injured in the shell's initial detonation, but two American soldiers who removed the round had symptoms of low-level nerve agent exposure, officials said last week.


The shell was a binary type, which has two chambers containing relatively safe chemicals. When the round is fired from an artillery gun, its rotation mixes the chemicals to create sarin, which is supposed to disperse when the shell strikes its target.


Since it was not fired from a gun but was detonated as a bomb, the initial explosion on May 15 dispersed the precursor chemicals, apparently mixing them in only small amounts, officials said then. In battle, such shells would have to be fired in great numbers to effect a large body of troops.


Iraq's first field-test of a binary-type shell containing sarin was in 1988, U.S. defense officials have said.


Saddam's government only disclosed the testing and production after Iraqi weapons chief Lt. Gen. Hussein Kamel al-Majid, Saddam's son-in-law, defected in 1995. Saddam's government never declared any sarin or shells filled with sarin remained.


Saddam's alleged stockpile of weapons of mass destruction was the Bush administration's chief stated reason for invading Iraq. U.S. weapons hunters have been unable to validate the prewar intelligence.


Some trace elements of mustard agent, an older type of chemical weapon, were detected in an artillery shell found in a Baghdad street this month, U.S. officials said previously. The shell also was believed to be from one of Saddam's old stockpiles.






AP: Terrorists Planning Summer Attack

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials have obtained new intelligence deemed highly credible indicating al-Qaida or other terrorists are in the United States and preparing to launch a major attack this summer, The Associated Press has learned.

The intelligence does not include a time, place or method of attack but is among the most disturbing received by the government since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, according to a senior federal counterterrorism official who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday.

Of most concern, the official said, is that terrorists may possess and use a chemical, biological or radiological weapon that could cause much more damage and casualties than a conventional bomb.

"There is clearly a steady drumbeat of information that they are going to attack and hit us hard," said the official, who described the intelligence as highly credible.

The official declined to provide any specifics about the sources of the information but said there was an unusually high level of corroboration.

Despite that, the official said there was no immediate plan to raise the nation's terrorism threat level from yellow, or elevated, to orange, or high. The threat level has been at yellow - midpoint on the five-color scale - since January.

Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller plan a news conference Wednesday to outline an intensive effort by law enforcement, intelligence and homeland security officials to detect and disrupt any potential plots. And the FBI plans to dispatch a bulletin to some 18,000 state and local law enforcement agencies warning of the threat.

The FBI also has already created a special task force that is focused solely on dealing with this summer's threat. The task force, whose existence until recently was classified, is intended to ensure that no valuable bits of information or intelligence fall through the cracks - as happened repeatedly before the Sept. 11 attacks.

Other actions to be taken include new FBI interviews with people who may have provided valuable information in the past and a fresh examination of older investigative leads to determine if they might point to elements of the summer plot.

Beginning with Saturday's dedication of the new World War II Memorial in Washington, the summer presents a number of high-profile targets in the United States. They include the G-8 summit in Georgia next month that will attract top officials from some of America's closest allies, the Democratic National Convention in Boston in July and the Republican National Convention in August in New York.

The FBI and Homeland Security Department also are concerned about so-called soft targets such as shopping malls anywhere in the United States that offer a far less protected environment than a political convention hall.

U.S. authorities repeatedly have said al-Qaida is determined to mount an attack on U.S. soil, in part to announce to the world that it remains capable of doing so despite the money and effort that has gone into homeland security in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.

There also is concern terrorists might try to mount an attack to coincide with the November election. The political fallout from the March 11 train bombings in Spain taught al-Qaida that an attack timed to an election can have a major impact. Spain's former ruling party was ousted in the voting that followed the bombing, which killed 191 and injured more than 2,000.

The official did not say how many suspected al-Qaida or other terrorist operatives are believed in the country, whether they made their way into the United States recently or have been here for some time. The FBI has warned in the past that Islamic extremist groups may attempt to recruit non-Middle Easterners or women for attacks because they would be less likely to arouse suspicion.

Special security attention already is being focused to the nation's rail, subway and bus lines. The FBI last week sent out an intelligence bulletin to law enforcement agencies urging vigilance against suicide bombers, who have been used by terror groups worldwide to devastating effect but not so far in the United States.

Separately, Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief Michael Garcia told reporters Tuesday that some 2,300 of its agents are being deployed to assist in security for the high-profile events scheduled this summer in the United States. These include as many as 20 agents each day working with the Secret Service to protect the campaigns of President Bush and Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic presidential candidate.

Garcia said his agency also is working to "tighten the investigative system" to ensure that terrorists do not enter the United States by way of human smuggling operations or through the vast, largely unprotected border with Canada.

Terrorists in the U.S. Preparing to Strike Hard - News Max

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AP Exclusive: Terrorists Are Here and Preparing to Strike Hard

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials have obtained new intelligence deemed highly credible indicating al-Qaida or other terrorists are in the United States and preparing to launch a major attack this summer, The Associated Press has learned.

The intelligence does not include a time, place or method of attack but is among the most disturbing received by the government since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, according to a senior federal counterterrorism official who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday.

Of most concern, the official said, is that terrorists may possess and use a chemical, biological or radiological weapon that could cause much more damage and casualties than a conventional bomb.

"There is clearly a steady drumbeat of information that they are going to attack and hit us hard," said the official, who described the intelligence as highly credible.

The official declined to provide any specifics about the sources of the information but said there was an unusually high level of corroboration.

Despite that, the official said there was no immediate plan to raise the nation's terrorism threat level from yellow, or elevated, to orange, or high. The threat level has been at yellow - midpoint on the five-color scale - since January.

Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller plan a news conference Wednesday to outline an intensive effort by law enforcement, intelligence and homeland security officials to detect and disrupt any potential plots. And the FBI plans to dispatch a bulletin to some 18,000 state and local law enforcement agencies warning of the threat.

The FBI also has already created a special task force that is focused solely on dealing with this summer's threat. The task force, whose existence until recently was classified, is intended to ensure that no valuable bits of information or intelligence fall through the cracks - as happened repeatedly before the Sept. 11 attacks.

Other actions to be taken include new FBI interviews with people who may have provided valuable information in the past and a fresh examination of older investigative leads to determine if they might point to elements of the summer plot.

Beginning with Saturday's dedication of the new World War II Memorial in Washington, the summer presents a number of high-profile targets in the United States. They include the G-8 summit in Georgia next month that will attract top officials from some of America's closest allies, the Democratic National Convention in Boston in July and the Republican National Convention in August in New York.

The FBI and Homeland Security Department also are concerned about so-called soft targets such as shopping malls anywhere in the United States that offer a far less protected environment than a political convention hall.

U.S. authorities repeatedly have said al-Qaida is determined to mount an attack on U.S. soil, in part to announce to the world that it remains capable of doing so despite the money and effort that has gone into homeland security in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.

There also is concern terrorists might try to mount an attack to coincide with the November election. The political fallout from the March 11 train bombings in Spain taught al-Qaida that an attack timed to an election can have a major impact. Spain's former ruling party was ousted in the voting that followed the bombing, which killed 191 and injured more than 2,000.

The official did not say how many suspected al-Qaida or other terrorist operatives are believed in the country, whether they made their way into the United States recently or have been here for some time. The FBI has warned in the past that Islamic extremist groups may attempt to recruit non-Middle Easterners or women for attacks because they would be less likely to arouse suspicion.

Special security attention already is being focused to the nation's rail, subway and bus lines. The FBI last week sent out an intelligence bulletin to law enforcement agencies urging vigilance against suicide bombers, who have been used by terror groups worldwide to devastating effect but not so far in the United States.

Separately, Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief Michael Garcia told reporters Tuesday that some 2,300 of its agents are being deployed to assist in security for the high-profile events scheduled this summer in the United States. These include as many as 20 agents each day working with the Secret Service to protect the campaigns of President Bush and Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic presidential candidate.

Garcia said his agency also is working to "tighten the investigative system" to ensure that terrorists do not enter the United States by way of human smuggling operations or through the vast, largely unprotected border with Canada.

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Diane Rose Supporting Jerry Eller for Congress!!!

From: Jerry Eller
To: eller4congress@hotmail.com
Sent: Sunday, May 23, 2004 9:30 PM
Subject: Important Campaign Update!


Dear Friend,

I had an intense few days of campaigning and I am now an official candidate for US Congress. However, for me to appear on the August 10th primary ballot I need to receive 30% or more of the Republican delegates at the Colorado GOP convention on June 4th. This is where I need your help. Please go to the Colorado GOP website and write a quick note of endorsement of Jerry Eller at the "Contact Us" page before June 4th! The website URL is: http://www.cologop.org/index.shtml

It doesn't matter where you live or if you vote or not. The delegates are going to pick the nominee's for the ballot on August 10th. A quick note on how Jerry is trustworthy, responsible, accountable, and devoted to his country, as well as his ambitious goals on water storage and drought relief for the Western US, my intense desire to rid the government of immorality, waste, and intrusion, and finally how I am the most qualified of all the candidates on Veteran's issues, homeland security, and National defense, will ensure my name on the ballot.

Please do not disregard this request as political rhetoric, unimportance, or as you as an individual not being able to make a difference in the political process because this is where my candidacy is going to stop or continue on toward November 2nd. It is imperative you forward this to all your computer contacts as well as friends and family and strangers as well. I am preparing an assertive and passionate speech for the Convention on June 4th and it is my personal goal to be the most inspiring, riveting, and powerful speaker from all the US Congressional and Senatorial Republicans seeking public office. I am hoping to blow the roof off the Pepsi Center!

Please help by writing the Colorado GOP and encouraging them to place Jerry Eller on the ballot and to serve all Americans in Washington DC! http://www.cologop.org/index.shtml Please visit my website to see new updates and new photo's of me appearing on Colorado Radio and TV! The time is now America, if you wait till November 2nd to see who is on the ballot I can guarantee you that your choices will be a lawyer, a career politician, a wealthy elitist or all three in one! Let's get busy and fight the war on terror together instead of letting those who do not know how, fight it for us! God Bless and God Speed! Seeking to serve you, Jerry Eller.




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Electability Trumps Purity in U. S. Senate Race - Daily Camera

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Holding the center
Electability trumps purity in U.S. Senate race

May 25, 2004

Giddy delegates to the Colorado Democratic Party State Assembly in Pueblo Saturday gave a narrow victory to little-known U.S. Senate candidate Mike Miles over state Attorney General Ken Salazar.

Miles' victory — by a 51 to 49 percent tally — won him the "top-line" position on the August primary ballot. Among wonks of both major parties, top-line listing is considered quite a coup. But there's scant evidence that it sways ordinary voters; it's not like you have to go to the footnotes to find the name of the other candidate, who's listed immediately below, on the, ahem, second line.

In the flush of victory, some in the Miles camp tarred Salazar as "a lifelong politician." One Aurora delegate said Miles deserves the nomination because, "We need change."

Well, a Miles nomination probably would ensure change, as well as the election of a man who is most certainly not a "lifelong politician": Republican beer magnate Peter Coors.

That crunching sound you hear is the collision of idealism and pragmatism. And the screaming is the sound of red-faced idealists — people who support Miles or Republican Bob Schaffer, each of whom is considered more "pure" than their intraparty rivals, but has limited "centrist" appeal in Colorado.

Miles better represents our true beliefs, proclaim Democratic idealists. And when did we get so cynical about politics that we choose candidates based on little more than "electability"? Right-leaning activists say much the same thing about rigid social conservative Schaffer, who will square off against Coors at the GOP state assembly June 5, with both likely to make the August primary ballot.

Swell. But if one party is stubborn enough to nominate a "pure" candidate and the other goes with a more "mainstream" man, guess who's going to be commuting to Washington? And with the U.S. Senate teetering delicately on a 51-48 Republican majority, Colorado is a key battleground state, whether you are a Bush Republican or a Kucinich Democrat.

But let's be real: Colorado is pretty solid GOP country. As of May 14, there were 1,050,553 registered Republicans, 928,583 unaffiliated voters and in third place are the Democrats, with 865,853. That's 36.9 percent Republicans, 32.6 percent unaffiliated and 30.4 percent Democrats — and don't waste time dreaming that a meaningful majority of the unaffiliated are liberals.

For Democrats, all this means finding a candidate with broad centrist appeal who might even attract a few Republicans. For Republicans, it means settling on a candidate who can energize the base, but who doesn't veer so far to the right that he alienates — wait for it — the center. And, of course, statewide name recognition is a boon for any candidate.

If those factors count for anything — and the broader electorate usually has more sense than activist assembly delegates — we'll see a vigorous Coors-Salazar contest in the fall.

Purists can legitimately bemoan the influence of money in politics and the uphill battle faced by lesser-known candidates, of which Miles is a sterling — and qualified — example. But how ironic is it that some of the same Democrats who grumble about Salazar's appeal to the center — including, the horror, moderate Republicans — are the same people who rage and fume about President Bush's lockjawed refusal to reach across party lines or seek compromise?

Politics is, indeed, the art of compromise, and electability matters. If either major Colorado party turns to its "purest" candidates in August, the victory probably will ring excruciatingly hollow come November.

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