On Voter ID, Thomas, Iraq, Taxes, 'Blue', the Moon, etc...

Ross Mackenzie

10/25/2007 12:01:00 AM - Ross Mackenzie

Federal District Judge Harold Murphy, finding that minorities are not disenfranchised by a Georgia law requiring voters to provide a photo ID when going to the polls: “Voters who lack photo ID undoubtedly exist somewhere, but the fact that plaintiffs, in spite of their efforts, have failed to uncover anyone ‘who can attest to the fact that he/she will be prevented from voting’ provides significant support for a conclusion that the photo ID requirement does not unduly burden the right to vote.”

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson, an African-American and a Republican, on his low profile within the black community: “If I were black with a ‘D’ (for Democrat) behind my name, I’d probably (have been) in every liberal newspaper on the front page the day President Bush appointed me.”

John Yoo, Berkeley law professor and formerly a clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, on leftist reaction to Thomas’ recently published book, “My Grandfather’s Son”: “Liberals now are girding to insinuate that Justice Thomas is so angry about the personal attacks on him during his confirmation hearings that he must be unfit to sit on the bench. But if Justices Stephen Breyer or Ruth Bader Ginsburg are the apple of liberal groups’ eye, does that mean they are unfit because they must be biased? Liberal attacks on Justice Thomas echo segregation-era hate speech that would be called racist if leveled at any other black.”

Forbes magazine reporters in an Oct. 15 article entitled “Anonymity & the Net”: “The effects of masked behavior online grew darker with the rise of blogs (the first one is said to have debuted in late 1997, and a decade later some 70 million exist). It accelerated more recently with the explosion in social network sites such as MySpace (with 110 million users).”

Rudy Giuliani, former New York mayor and current Republican contender for the presidential nomination: “Who do you trust here — Hillary Clinton or General (David) Petraeus? I kind of think I’d go with the general, who’s got a record of honesty and integrity. And here he’s subjected to their attacks on his character at a time in which he is putting his life at risk for his country.”

Giuliani, continuing: “Do you see how these people look at the world? . . . The reality is if the (Iraqi) surge is successful, it’s not a problem for the Democratic Party — it’s good for America. We’re Americans, after all. And if there’s an attack on America, it’s not good.”

Aviation Week & Space Technology reporters in an Oct. 1 article on renewed interest in the moon: “With China, India, and the U.S. planning to follow Japan’s Selene . . . into lunar orbit by the end of 2008, lunar missions are becoming almost a fad. Those nations are already at work on follow-ons, while Germany and the U.K. are plotting their own lunar-development roles. All are among the 14 nations working out a ‘collaborative’ human exploration model that will . . . guide the construction of permanent multinational (lunar) outposts.”

An editorial in Investor’s Business Daily: “By far the worst misconception of Bush’s tax cuts is that they did nothing for economic growth. This is just plain silly. Tax cuts by President Coolidge in the 1920s, President Kennedy in the 1960s, President Reagan in the 1980s and, now, President Bush in the 2000s all show the same thing: Lower taxes mean faster economic growth.”

IBD, continuing: “Since the last tranche of Bush’s tax cuts in May 2003, real GDP has grown 13 percent — or a bit more than 3.2 percent a year. Before that, from President Clinton’s final year in office, growth averaged 1.5 percent. It basically doubled after the tax cuts. This is common. From 1921 to 1929, the era of Coolidge’s tax cuts, real GDP rose 59 percent. It rose 42 percent from 1961 to 1968, the Kennedy tax-cut era. It added 31 percent during the Reagan boom, even though Keynesian economists assured us that the U.S. was a ‘mature’ economy and incapable of such growth.”

Seattle Times executive editor David Boardman, in an Aug. 15 e-mail to his staff: “If we wore our politics on our sleeves in here, I have no doubt that in this and in most other mainstream newsrooms in America, the majority of those sleeves would be of the same color: blue. Survey after survey over the years (has) demonstrated that most of the people who go into this business tend to vote Democratic, at least in national elections. That is not particularly surprising, given how people make career decisions and that social service and activism is a primary driver for many journalists.”

Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of Fox News and the new Fox Business Network, on the secret of his success: “People say, ‘You didn’t go to Columbia Journalism School — how can you run a news organization?’ I say, ‘I have two qualifications: (1) I didn’t go to Columbia Journalism School, so there’s a chance I’ll be fair. And (2) I never want to go to a party in this town (New York), so there’s nobody’s a-- I have to kiss.’”