The Most Dubious News Stories of 1998

Why Everything You Believe Is So, Is Not by Alan Caruba As we’re fond of saying around here at the National Anxiety Center, the good news is that the bad news is wrong. A look back at 1998 reveals that much of what we were told turned out to be as bogus as "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Monica Lewinsky." That statement ranks right up there with the rantings and ravings of Al Gore, Jr. who, during 1998, proclaimed every natural event from forest fires to floods as proof that global warming was just around the corner. However, Nature did not want to cooperate with Gore because 1998 began with a horrendous ice storm that knocked out power from southeast Canada right down through New England and into New York State. Freezing rain fell for six days from January 4th through the 9th. The previous winter ...
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With China Perched On Both Ends of the Canal… Last Minute Drive to Keep U.S. Forces in Panama

Take Action! Sign our Panama Petition Congress was warned twenty years ago that American security interests would be placed in jeopardy if we gave away the Panama Canal. Those warnings have come back to haunt Congress and now there is a mad scramble to plug the hole before the December 31, 1999 deadline. That’s the day when the United States scuttles its bases and all U.S. military leaves the area, making Panama the proud owner of our Canal. Meanwhile, the corrupt politicians in Panama have had a field day, grabbing Communist Chinese money for leases on the two crucial ports on each end of the Canal. American officials say the bidding process was fixed in favor of the Chinese. Now U.S. military bases are up for sale and there is strong possibility that these too will fall into Chinese hands. There is grave possibility that Chinese missiles, built from stolen ...
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Why The Panama Canal Treaties are Illegal

In March of 1978, as President Jimmy Carter fought desperately to build support in Congress for his Panama Canal treaty that would transfer ownership from the United States to Panama, he ran into, what appeared to be, an insurmountable snag. The Senate was deeply troubled because the treaty contained no language to protect American defense interests, should trouble arise at the Canal, after Panama assumed ownership. Passage of the treaty appeared doomed, unless American security interests could be addressed. Carter turned to Arizona Senator Dennis DeConcini for a solution. The President suggested that DeConcini write a section for the treaty that would satisfy the Senate. Carter hadn’t counted on DeConcini writing such strong language to define in specific terms that the United States would use military force to protect its interests. But his language was just what the Senate needed to assure support and the strong statement was added to ...
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We Will Survive Y2K

Like most concerned Americans, I have been closely watching developments as the nation prepares for the transition that will take place on January 1, 2000. Will the computers that drive our society fail? Will we face a literal meltdown of life as we know it? Are we at the threshold of an economic depression? Will the government abort the Constitution and impose martial law? For a change of pace, here's some good news about Y2K! By itself, Y2K will be no more than a temporary bump in the road. It will not cause an economic meltdown. The power grid will not fail. The Constitution will not be abridged. Life will go one as usual after New Years Day 2000. Will Critical Systems Fail? Answer: No. What most predictions fail to take into account is the dramatic increase in effort that has taken place as the Y2K date draws near. There ...
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