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By Diane Alden The NewsMax Years #39 Still ON TARGET: September 26, 2000 The history of Posse Comitatus goes back into America's English past. Under King Alfred the Great, who assumed the chief warlord status in Britain in 871, the constabulary of the shire, or shire-reeve, eventually became known as the...
By Diane Alden The NewsMax Years #38 Still ON TARGET: September 15, 2000 OK, Beltway Republicans, stop crying in your beer over the poll numbers. Go rent or buy a movie that you and the Republican candidate need to see, to assimilate, and most of all to emulate. The movie is...
By Diane Alden The NewsMax Years #37 Still ON TARGET: September 12, 2000 Do the worrywarts overstate the case? Do the folks in the bars and cafes in rural America fret about black helicopters or the U.N. camping out in national parks merely to break the monotony? Does this fundamental mistrust...
By Diane Alden The NewsMax Years #36 Still ON TARGET: September 05, 2000 "Whenever a government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it." (Declaration of Independence) What do Walter Williams, Joseph Sobran, Lew Rockwell, Murray Rothbard and Ron Paul have in common?...
By Diane Alden The NewsMax Years #35 Still ON TARGET: August 28, 2000 As Professor Higgins maintained in the classic "My Fair Lady": "Why can't a woman think like a man?" Higgins understood nothing about how women's psyches or thought patterns work. He never came to grips with the fact that...
By Diane Alden The NewsMax Years #34 Still ON TARGET: Christmas 2000 Americans have a Christmas legacy. I know for a fact this legacy lives today in towns and rural areas all over these United States. In this country today, Americans are quietly feeding the hungry and clothing the naked. Some...
By Diane Alden The NewsMax Years #32 Still ON TARGET: November 20, 2001 There is a Quaker song I have loved since I first heard it sung by the Brigham Young University choir. That song is "Simple Gifts." At this Thanksgiving time I am grateful for the simple gifts, of course,...
by Diane Alden The NewsMax Years #31 Still ON TARGET: August 18,  2000 It is called by many names, including sustained development, eminent domain, ecosystem management, biodiversity, or whatever term du jour collectivists are using at the moment. By whatever name it is called, however, it is still a pagan utopian dream...
American Gumbo with Diane Alden I get a kick out of the business punditry and most politicians who defend and tout the new trade agreements with various nations including Columbia. What made me spew coffee through my nose was when one apologist bragged about the increase of cherry production in...
American Gumbo with Diane Alden Bringing democracy and Kentucky Fried Chicken to people who neither want it or know what to do with it when they are offered it - is naive and arrogant. Samuel Huntingtron the late Harvard don wrote in Clash of Civilizations ..."The idea is advanced that...
by Diane Alden The NewsMax Years #30 Still ON TARGET: August 12,  2000 Since the selection of Senator Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., as running mate for Al Gore, it has become acceptable in the mainstream press to talk about religion, and even the "G" word may be mentioned without a TV pundit...
by Diane Alden The NewsMax Years #29 Still ON TARGET: August 04,  2000 The reason I will vote for Republicans this fall is because the alternative is not only worse, it is dangerous. Perhaps that is not a principled stand, but it is the best I can do. Since the country...
by Diane Alden The NewsMax Years #28 Still ON TARGET: July 30, 2000 Every year 900,000 legal immigrants are allowed into the United States. Many of them have critical technological skills, which corporate America and government need because not enough Americans graduate in technical and scientific fields. A bill stalled in Congress,...
by Diane Alden The NewsMax Years #27 Still ON TARGET: July 20, 2000 Not long ago liberal journalist Anthony Lewis asked, "Does Clinton want to be remembered as the one who sold out our civil liberties?" One could also pose the question, "Do the Democrats in Congress and some Republicans make this...
by Diane Alden The NewsMax Years #26 Still ON TARGET: July 12, 2000 Part 2 It is difficult to think of Bill Clinton as part of the elite, but he is. Most people in government, academia, foundations and large corporations are. They move easily in and out of the agencies and institutions that...
by Diane Alden The NewsMax Years #25 Still ON TARGET: July 06, 2000 Part 1 Remember back in high school there was always that certain group of kids universally known as the "in" crowd. The rest of the denizens in the teen-age hell halls were usually a subgroup with a theme. There was...
by Diane Alden The NewsMax Years #24 Still ON TARGET: June 28, 2000 They say you shouldn't discuss religion or politics. Since when have I ever run from either topic? I have been all kinds of Catholic: devout, apathetic, disheartened, divorced, disenfranchised, disgusted, back slid and back again. I get disgusted and disappointed...
by Diane Alden The NewsMax Years #24 Still ON TARGET: June 28, 2000 They say you shouldn't discuss religion or politics. Since when have I ever run from either topic? I have been all kinds of Catholic: devout, apathetic, disheartened, divorced, disenfranchised, disgusted, back slid and back again. I get disgusted and disappointed...
Diane Alden The NewsMax Years #24 Still ON TARGET: June 20, 2000 I don't usually watch PBS, but it was showing an excellent biography on Ronald Reagan. This one included observations by everyone from his rebellious daughter, Patty, to his more serious daughter, Maureen, and of course Nancy and Ron Jr....
By Diane Alden The NewsMax Years #24 Still ON TARGET: June 14, 2000 When I was a kid the West was a mystical place to me. A land of cowboys and Indians, of mountains and roaring rivers, and sunsets seen from the back of a horse. Perhaps it was one too many...
Political Humor, Wit, and Sarcasm from TML Senior Editor, Diane Alden Writing in her Facebook blog this morning, Diane Alden pontificates: Fox and Friends ... Have you heard about the latest BUZZ re a ticket of Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio? Get me a razor .. it's vein slitting time. Want to...
By Diane Alden The NewsMax Years #23 Still ON TARGET: June 2, 2000 In the mailbox the other day was a fat envelope filled with lots of neat stuff. Coupons, an insurance policy, a sticker for my car, a plastic membership card with my name on it. My eldest son's belated Mother's...
By Diane Alden The NewsMax Years #22 Still ON TARGET: May 24, 2000 Every time I hear a TV or news-magazine pundit pontificate on the "rule of law" I want to ask them for their definition of that term. During the Elian Gonzalez affair there were numerous times some talking head such...
By Diane Alden The NewsMax Years #21 Still ON TARGET: May 9, 2000 The recent passage of H.R. 701 by the Congress of the United States is a feudal land grab by the barons in Washington. What is appalling is that many so-called "conservative" Republicans bought into the Clinton administration's "Lands Legacy...
By Diane Alden The NewsMax Years #20 Still ON TARGET: May 9, 2000 The man is unbelievable, shameless, beyond name-calling or common sense. Who else? William Jefferson Clinton of course. Just when you thought he couldn't do anything dumber he goes right ahead and proves you wrong. With more chutzpah exhibited than anyone...
By Diane Alden The NewsMax Years No. 19  (originally published May 1, 2000; still a vital read!) Media mergers continue to be in the news. These mergers are a horror and have nothing to do with the free market at work. The fourth estate of governance, the press has been treading on...
By Diane Alden The NewsMax Years, No. 18 What do these three places have in common? As historical events Wounded Knee, Waco, and Little Havana share several conspicuous similarities. They all involve politics, incompetent and overbearing agents of the federal government, vilified minorities, siege mentality and children. And each were covered...
By Diane Alden Play It Again Sam! (moving toward a police state - a blunt reminder from June 1998) No longer does the federal government merely arm the U.S. Marshall's service, the Secret Service, the FBI, the Border Patrol, DEA, BATF and the military. Today the IRS, U.S....
By Diane Alden The NewsMax Years, No. 17 The federal government was given few, limited and enumerated powers. The Constitution grants the federal government powers over such issues as national defense, international trade and diplomacy, immigration procedures, maintenance of the monetary system, patents and copyright enforcement, bankruptcy procedures and the regulation...
By Diane Alden The NewsMax Years, No. 17 "And when you see Jerusalem compassed about with an army, then you know that the desolation thereof is at hand." (Jesus of Nazareth: St. Luke) We could say that Christ's words were prophetic. They certainly stated the case, and it has been the case...