"No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders." --Samuel Adams

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Why Our Blacks are Better than Their Blacks
by Ann Coulter
By spending the last three decades leveling accusations of "racism" every 10 seconds, liberals have made it virtually impossible for Americans to recognize real racism -- for example, the racism constantly spewed at black conservatives...

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Special Series (Part 1): Assessing the Damage of the European Banking Crisis
Stratfor
Europe faces a banking crisis it has not wanted to admit even exists...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Obama's Dilemma: U.S. Foreign Policy and Electoral Realities
by George Friedman
...The U.S. president will not be deeply engaged in the world for more than a year. Thus, he will have to cope with events pressed on him. He may undertake initiatives, such as trying to revive the Middle East peace process, but such moves would have large political components that would make it difficult to cope with realities on the ground. The rest of the world knows this, of course. The question is whether and how they take advantage of it.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Libya: A Premature Victory Celebration
by George Friedman
...Given that the dying is far from over, it is interesting to consider why Barack Obama, Nicolas Sarkozy and David Cameron, the major players in this war, all declared last week that Gadhafi had fallen, implying an end to war, and why the media proclaimed the war’s end...

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Attacks in Israel and New Militant Opportunities in Egypt
Stratfor
...al Qaeda can be expected to focus heavily on the Egyptian-Gaza-Israeli fault line. This fixation will not only complicate matters for Israel and its efforts to deal with the Gaza Strip, it could also begin to unravel the Egyptian-Israeli relationship that has existed since the signing of the 1978 Camp David Peace Accords.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Re-Examining the Arab Spring
by George Friedman
...[people in the Arab world who want liberal democracy] are not powerful enough to topple regimes or maintain control of new regimes even if they did succeed. The Arab Spring is, above all, a primer on wishful thinking in the face of the real world.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Crisis of Political Economy
Stratfor Agenda Video with George Friedman
The current economic problems in the United States, Europe and elsewhere are the result of systemic failure in two major communities: the financial and political elite.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Situational Awareness: How Everyday Citizens Can Help Make a Nation Safe
by Scott Stewart
...Situational awareness is effective in allowing people to see potential threats before — and as — they develop. This allows potential victims to take proactive measures to avoid a perceived threat, and it enables them or other observers to alert authorities...

Monday, August 01, 2011

New NASA Data Blow Gaping Hole In Global Warming Alarmism
by James Taylor
...Study co-author Dr. Roy Spencer, a principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and U.S. Science Team Leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer flying on NASA’s Aqua satellite, reports that real-world data from NASA’s Terra satellite contradict multiple assumptions fed into alarmist computer models...

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Under Cover of Debt Crisis, Senate Looks To Extend Telco Spying Immunity
by Stemphen C. Webster
...While the Obama administration has urged the FAA's renewal, at least two Senators are calling for greater caution in the process. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mark Udall (D-CO) asked the director of national intelligence to explain how the Obama administration had applied the 2008 act, and to provide an estimate of how many Americans' communications were spied upon. The administration refused to provide an estimate, according to The Associated Press...

Friday, July 29, 2011

A Plea for Economic Sanity
by Jabby Lowe
...First, we must stop arguing over which administration has caused our predicament. This is not an issue of President Bush’s tax cuts, wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, or stimulus spending. All of those are but symptoms of the greater problem; a failure of both the executive and legislative branches to collectively understand and accept the limits of our federal structure and then prioritize what should be addressed...

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Guns from Botched U.S. Sting Found at Mexican Crime Scenes
by Jeremy Pelofsky
...The sting has become an embarrassment for the Obama administration and its Justice Department, rather than a victory in stemming the illegal flow of weapons to Mexico. It has also hurt ties with Mexico, which has been battling the cartels in a war in which tens of thousands have died...
Related: Obama Administration Intimidating Witnesses in Gun Sting Probe

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Leadership Default
Wall Street Journal
...[Obama's speech] was more like a DNC fund-raiser than an Oval Office address. Though President Obama referred to the need to compromise, his idea of compromise was to call on the public to overwhelm Republicans with demands to raise taxes...
Related: Is Obama a Pathological Liar?

Friday, July 22, 2011

What the Norway Attack Could Mean for Europe
Stratfor
...The significance of the events in Norway for the rest of Europe will depend largely on who is responsible, and the identity of the culprits is still unclear. However, STRATFOR can extrapolate the possible consequences of the attacks based on several scenarios...

Sunday, July 10, 2011

'Fast & Furious' Gets Hotter for Holder
by Michael A. Walsh
...The ATF's acting director, Kenneth Melson, has been singing like a canary to congressional investigators as he pushes back against administration pressure for him to resign and take the fall for something that, at the very least, had to include the US Attorney's Office, the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and possibly the Homeland Security Department...

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Ninety Percent of Obama Travel at Least Partly Politics
by Keith Koffler
...Since returning from vacation in Hawaii Jan. 4, Obama has embarked on 25 domestic trips involving use of Air Force One. Of the total, 22 have involved either a fundraiser, travel to a presidential battleground state, or both.Only three times has the president traveled for purely non-political purposes: a trip to visit flooding victims in Tennessee; a visit to New York City to meet with 9/11 families and lay a wreath; and a trip to Albany, New York to speak about the economy...

Monday, July 04, 2011

Do This for 10 Minutes on the Fourth of July
by Dennis Prager
Four years ago, I wrote a column titled "America Needs a July Fourth Seder." In it, I explained that "national memory dies without national ritual. And without a national memory, a nation dies." Many readers and listeners to my radio show responded by creating their own rituals to make the day far more meaningful than watching fireworks and eating hot dogs...

Sunday, July 03, 2011

The Failure of Al Gore: Part One
by Walter Russell Mead
...I am not one of those who thinks him a hypocrite; I think rather that he shares an illusion common amongst the narcissistic glitterati of our time: that politically fashionable virtue cancels private vice...If Al Gore really wants to understand why the global green movement has tanked, he should start by taking a long hard look in the mirror. Gaia, too, can be betrayed by a kiss...
More Gore: Part Deux     Part Three

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Obama's Afghanistan Plan and the Realities of Withdrawal
by Nathan Hughes
...Based solely on the activity on the ground in Afghanistan today, one would think the United States and its allies were preparing for a permanent presence, not the imminent beginning of a long-scheduled drawdown...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

U.S. and Pakistan: Afghan Strategies
by George Friedman
...the United States is exploring ways to accelerate the drawdown of its forces in the country. It is also clear that U.S. relations with Pakistan are deteriorating to a point where cooperation — whatever level there was — is breaking down. These are two intimately related issues. Any withdrawal from Afghanistan, particularly an accelerated one, will leave a power vacuum in Afghanistan that the Kabul government will not be able to fill...

Friday, June 17, 2011

Ten Years And Counting: Where’s The Global Warming?
by James Taylor
...The evidence is powerful, straightforward, and damning. NASA satellite instruments precisely measuring global temperatures show absolutely no warming during the past the past 10 years. This is the case for the Northern Hemisphere mid-latitudes, including the United States. This is the case for the Arctic, where the signs of human-caused global warming are supposed to be first and most powerfully felt. This is the case for global sea surface temperatures, which alarmists claim should be sucking up much of the predicted human-induced warming. This is the case for the planet as a whole...
More: Earth May Be Headed into Mini Ice Age Within a Decade

Thursday, June 16, 2011

FBI's New Rules to Give Agents More Leeway on Surveillance
by Judson Berger
The FBI sought Monday to downplay its expanded surveillance powers for agents as civil liberty groups sounded an alarm that the new rules not only make it easier for agents to investigate suspects but give them startling leeway to spy on ordinary Americans...

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Firms To Cut Health Plans
by Russ Britt
Once provisions of the Affordable Care Act start to kick in during 2014, at least three of every 10 employers will probably stop offering health coverage, a survey released Monday shows...

Monday, June 06, 2011

Decline and Fall of the American Empire
by Larry Elliott
...America in 2011 is Rome in 200AD or Britain on the eve of the first world war: an empire at the zenith of its power but with cracks beginning to show. The experience of both Rome and Britain suggests that it is hard to stop the rot once it has set in, so here are the a few of the warning signs of trouble ahead...

Monday, May 30, 2011

Two Americas on Memorial Day
by Chuck Raasch
What is Memorial Day to you? A three-day head start to summer beach season? Shopping deals? The Indy 500 weekend? This year, approaching the end of a decade of war, will there be room to remember the more than 6,000 Americans who have died in Afghanistan and Iraq?

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Thinking Theologically About Memorial Day
by Kevin DeYoung
With Memorial Day on Monday (in the U.S.) and, no doubt, a number of patriotic services scheduled for this Sunday, I want to offer a few theses on patriotism and the church...

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Obama Skirts Law to Reward Pals, Punish Foes
by Michael Barone
...One basic principle of the rule of law is that laws apply to everybody. If the sign says "No Parking," you're not supposed to park there even if you're a pal of the alderman. Another principle of the rule of law is that government can't make up new rules to help its cronies and hurt its adversaries except through due process, such as getting a legislature to pass a new law. The Obamacare waiver process appears to violate that first rule. Two other recent Obama administration actions appear to violate the second...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Obama and the Arab Spring
by George Friedman
...After the 2010 election, I said that presidents who lose control of one house of Congress in midterm elections turn to foreign policy because it is a place in which they retain the power to act. The U.S. presidential campaign season has begun, and the United States is engaged in wars that are not going well. Within this framework, Obama thus sought to make both a strategic and a political speech...

Monday, May 16, 2011

Children as Cannon Fodder
Jihad Watch
"Our mullah told us that when we carried out our suicide attacks, all the people around us would die, but we would stay alive"...

Saturday, May 14, 2011

How Leftism Poisoned a Psychiatrist's Mind
by Dennis Prager
...Most people who hold left-wing views when they are young abandon those views as they get older and wiser. But for those who never abandon leftism, the dogma is so powerful, it functions as a fundamentalist -- secular -- religion. Just as the Orthodox Jew, the evangelical Christian and the traditionalist Catholic views the world through his respective religion's eyes, so the leftist views the world and everything in it through leftist eyes...

Friday, May 13, 2011

What? Not Even a Look Out the Window?
by Keith Koffler
President Obama doesn’t seem to have even peered out his Air Force One window to view the swelling Mississippi, a minimal show of interest for which George W. Bush was pilloried when he took a peek at the damage wrought by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. At least Bush bothered to look...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

U.S.-Pakistani Relations Beyond Bin Laden
by George Friedman
...The United States must either develop the force and intelligence to wage war without any assistance — which is difficult to imagine given the size of the Muslim world and the size of the U.S. military — or it will have to accept half-hearted support and duplicity. Alternatively, it could accept that it will not win in Afghanistan and will not be able simply to eliminate terrorism. These are difficult choices, but the reality of Pakistan drives home that these, in fact, are the choices.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Weak Dollars, Strong Oil
by John Hayward
...Our government has been printing dollars like mad, while pointedly refusing to develop oil resources. That’s not a recipe for long-term reductions in the price of gasoline. The value of oil is not abstract – its exact price bounces around as the market fluctuates and speculators shake their Magic 8-Balls, but the underlying value of this essential commodity is driven by demand. Everyone needs it, and by refusing to increase domestic production, our government places our needs into direct and brutal competition with consumers around the world...

Friday, May 06, 2011

To Get bin Laden, Obama Relied on Policies He Decried
by Michael Barone
...For years we heard supposedly enlightened people excoriate our leaders for torture, lawlessness, unilateralism -- the list goes on and on. Now the president they have wanted has used the tactics and methods they excoriated to get bin Laden. Good for him.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Bin Laden's Death and the Implications for Jihadism
by Scott Stewart
...The survival of the ideology of jihadism means the threat of terrorist attacks remains. The good news is that as one moves down the jihadist pyramid from the al Qaeda core to the regional franchises to the grassroots, the level of terrorist tradecraft these individuals possess diminishes and the threat they pose is not as severe...
Related: The Death of bin Laden and a Strategic Shift in Washington