"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

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Beyond Prince Sultan: The New Military Reality
The United States announced this week that it would be redeploying forces from Saudi Arabia to the rest of the region. This announcement should not be viewed in isolation, but in the broader context of the redeployment of U.S. forces throughout the Eastern Hemisphere...

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Spin your own news conference or watch others' creative work hosted by our beloved former Iraq Information Minister at this clever site. Currently featuring a denial of the SARS outbreak. Turn up the sound for this one and enjoy.
France Colluded with Iraqi Secret Service
France colluded with the Iraqi secret service to undermine a Paris conference held in April 2000 by the human rights group Indict, the Daily Telegraph reported citing documents found in the foreign ministry in Baghdad...
Toronto Star Reporter Discovers Al Qaeda-Saddam Link
...The documents, discovered yesterday in the bombed-out headquarters of the Mukhabarat, Iraq's most feared intelligence service, amount to the first hard evidence of a link long suspected by the United States but dismissed as fiction by many Western leaders...
Former CNN Exec: Saddam Used Network
by Ted Kavanau, a veteran television news executive. He was one of the founders of CNN and created CNN's Headline News and has served in news managerial capacities at TV stations in New York, Oakland, Calif., and San Diego.

Monday, April 28, 2003

A Shadowy Figure Aboard Flight 722
by J.D. Mullane, Bucks County Courier Times
...Funny. We’ve all heard those stories of airport security screeners around the country indiscriminately yanking little old ladies from line to rudely search them for weapons. But a mystery man with a Middle Eastern name travelling illegally in the United States [on a stolen credit card] to a city where the president is set to visit during wartime gets a pass...
The Meaning of a Skull
by Thomas Freedman, New York Times
...As far as I'm concerned, we do not need to find any weapons of mass destruction to justify this war. That skull [front page picture, 4/27/03], and the thousands more that will be unearthed, are enough for me. Mr. Bush doesn't owe the world any explanation for missing chemical weapons (even if it turns out that the White House hyped this issue). It is clear that in ending Saddam's tyranny, a huge human engine for mass destruction has been broken. The thing about Saddam's reign is that when you look at that skull, you don't even know what period it came from — his suppression of the Kurds or the Shiites, his insane wars with Iran and Kuwait, or just his daily brutality....

Friday, April 25, 2003

A Hero for the 21st Century
by John Carroll
Let us raise our glasses today to Katrina Leung, the woman whom all men want to know and who all women want to be. She has the power to cloud men's minds and then steal their secrets. And then apologize for it, and do it again...

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

Recess Time
by Hugh Hewitt
The left edge of the Senate Democratic caucus has taken control of the judicial-nomination process and has forced the entire Senate into what is, at best, an extra-constitutional swamp. With their filibuster of D.C. Circuit Court nominee Miguel Estrada, their threatened filibusters of Fifth Circuit nominees Priscilla Owen and Charles Pickering, and their obstruction of other nominees such as John Roberts, Carolyn Kuhl, and a half-dozen Sixth Circuit nominees, Senate Democrats have decided it is good policy to wreck a judicial nomination and confirmation process that has worked for more than two centuries...

Tuesday, April 22, 2003

In The Death of Right and Wrong, Tammy Bruce, former president of the Los Angeles chapter of NOW asserts "...the Left is driven by an agenda to change Americans’ fundamental values and to make discerning right from wrong the new blasphemy..." In her previous book, The New Thought Police, she notes, as an experienced insider, "Ironically, it is the progressives who, while seemingly committed to freedom of expression, attempt to exact severe social punishments on anyone who espouses an idea or opinion that challenges their status quo. Perhaps it's time for all of us to reread George Orwell's 1984."

Sunday, April 20, 2003

The Iraqi Information Minister: Do you feel something missing from your life for the lack of Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf's daily briefings? Happliy, all his famous sayings are enshrined here. Also, in case you missed it, there are reports of a chemical agent found at the Information Ministry headquarters. Since al-Sahaf appears to be "on administrative leave" at the moment, I think Col. David Hackworth would make a fine Information Minister in the al-Sahaf tradition.

Saturday, April 19, 2003

Time to do away with the income tax?
Go to the Americans For Fair Taxation website and check it out. They propose a national sales tax to REPLACE the federal income tax. Their proposal includes an adjustment for essential living expenses.
Tom Daschle's Duty to Be Morally Coherent
TOM DASCHLE may no longer call himself a Catholic. The Senate minority leader and the highest ranking Democrat in Washington has been sent a letter by his home diocese of Sioux Falls, sources in South Dakota have told The Weekly Standard, directing him to remove from his congressional biography and campaign documents all references to his standing as a member of the Catholic Church.... For the article, click here
It's good to remember President Theodore Roosevelt's words from his "Citizenship in a Republic" speech (at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910) as self-annointed spokespeople pick everything apart about American intervention in Iraq: "It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."

Friday, April 18, 2003

Fighting the Terrorists the American Way
by Bill O'Reilly
...we the people of the United States of America have the freedom to purchase what we want from whom we want. And countries that go out of their way to hurt us had best consider that fact. For the article, click here.

Thursday, April 17, 2003

It's an Upside Down World in the Public Schools
On the one hand, schools have become remarkably intolerant of kids being kids, while, on the other hand, introducing sexual diversity in graphic detail, even to the elementary school student. Am I missing something here, or do we have our priorities messed up?
CNN's Dirty Little Secret
...For over fifteen years, CNN has made a point of broadcasting propaganda in return for access. But in this case, the access isn't about bureaus, or reporters, but rather, the CNN signal itself.... For the article, click here

Wednesday, April 16, 2003

CNN: The Most Trusted Name in News?
"Distortion by Omission" by Peter Collins
In six trips to Baghdad in the early 1990s as a reporter for ABC News and then CNN, I learned a lot about how Saddam Hussein's regime dealt with international media — and they with him... For the article, click here.

Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Human Shield Wannabe Admits: 'I Was Wrong'
I was wrong. I had opposed the war on Iraq in my radio program, on television, and in my regular columns, and I participated in demonstrations against it in Japan. But a visit to relatives in Baghdad radically changed my mind... For the article, click here. To order his new book, click here.

Monday, April 14, 2003

Refusing to Budge
by Neil Cavuto
...All of this could be circumstantial, but I have a feeling even if confirmed, the peaceniks won't budge. Like the Flat Earthers they'll argue for still more proof, more photographs, more chemical sightings... For the article, click here.
Dear Germany: Have you learned anything?
by Dennis Prager
I grew up, as many Americans and nearly all Jews did, with a deep anger at your country. But as a young man, I began to rethink my views of Germans. Against the wishes of almost everyone I knew -- most of whom would not even buy a German product -- I decided to go to Germany. My visit in 1968, at the age of 20, was the first of at least a dozen trips to your country. In fact, I became a defender of yours... For the article, click here.
Keeping Saddam Up and the Shias Down
The unspoken reason for many Gulf states opposing the overthrowing Saddam Hussein was not any love for his government, but fear of what a democratically elected Iraqi government would do for their ability to control the Shiite minorities. Over sixty percent of Iraqis are Shias, and a fairly elected Iraqi government would be dominated by Shias. All the Arab Persian Gulf states have Shia minorities, and these minorities have been dumped on for centuries. If Iraq were run by Shias, the other Gulf states would have to deal with Shia minorities who could now call on overt, or covert, support from their "Shia brothers" in Iraq. For the article, click here.

Sunday, April 13, 2003

The News We Kept to Ourselves
CNN Chief News Executive Eason Jordan admits choosing not to report atrocites under Saddam Hussein for years. For the article, click here.
Ding, Dong! The Left Is Dead!
The writer is an avowed "leftist" in the classic Marxist tradition, and his insight into the wind-chime liberalism of today is remarkably clear. Considering this was written in January, there's something of a prophetic quality here. For the article, click here.