"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

Saturday, May 31, 2003

Unfounded Loyalty: An in-depth look into the love affair between blacks and Democrats
by Rev. Wayne Perryman
..."For years, I tore down the Republican Party without knowing much"...until several teenagers at the church asked him why black churches supported Democrats...it sent him on a soul search...

Friday, May 30, 2003

An Internal Memo from The L.A. Times
by Bill O'Reilly
As you may know, I have recently criticized The Times for allowing its liberal editorial position, which it's certainly entitled to, to shade its hard news coverage. The New York Times did the exact same thing during the Iraq war. Well, listen to this. L.A. Times editor, John Carroll, sent a scathing memo to his subordinates on May 22nd...

Saturday, May 24, 2003

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Tuesday, May 20, 2003

American Justice for Our Khobar Heroes
By Louis J. Freeh
...The only direction from the Clinton administration regarding Iran was to order the FBI to stop photographing and fingerprinting official Iranian delegations entering the U.S. because it was adversely impacting our "relationship" with Tehran. We had argued that the MOIS was using these groups to infiltrate its agents into the U.S....I finally turned to the former President Bush, who immediately interceded with Crown Prince Abdullah on the FBI's behalf...The Saudis immediately acceded...
Homegrown Fanatics
RYADH, Saudi Arabia
...On the streets of Riyadh yesterday, I saw thousands of angry Saudis. I am angry too. What our extremists exported is coming back to hit us, dreadfully, at home. This Saudi anger could be a sign that our society soon might be able to start looking at itself.
The Enemy Within
Arab News
...There is much in US policy to condemn; there are many aspects of Western society that offend — and where necessary, Arab governments condemn. But anti-Americanism and anti-Westernism for their own sake are crude, ignorant and destructive. They create hate. They must end. Otherwise there will be more barbarities.
2 Rs Left in High School
Out of choice or fatigue, many teachers have abandoned the term paper, leaving a hole in college-bound students' education...

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

My Week at Stanford
by Dennis Prager
...By and large our major universities are located on gorgeous land, isolated from the real world. The university, for a tenured professor in particular, is closer to a socialist utopia than any place on earth...This isolation is a major reason why most of society's stupid ideas, and few of its better ones, come from professors...

Monday, May 12, 2003

The Real Scandal of Iraqi Relief
...It is fascinating to see how much more morally serious the people in the Humvees seem to be - and how much readier the people in the SUVs are to despise the Army than to effectively better the lot of the Iraqis.

Sunday, May 11, 2003

Klingon Interpreter Needed for Oregon Mental Patients
The language created for the Star Trek TV series and movies is one of about 55 needed by the office that treats mental health patients in metropolitan Multnomah County. "We have to provide information in all the languages our clients speak," said Jerry Jelusich, a procurement specialist for the county Department of Human Services, which serves about 60,000 mental health clients. Although created for works of fiction, Klingon was designed to have a consistent grammar, syntax and vocabulary...

Saturday, May 10, 2003

14 Strange Facts About Living in the 1500s
1. Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and, still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.

2. Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then, all the other sons and men, then, the women, and finally, the children -- last of all the babies. By then, the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it -- hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."...

5. The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt, hence the saying "dirt poor."...

8. Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man "could bring home the bacon."...

12. Bread was divided, according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or, "upper crust."...

Friday, May 09, 2003

2003: A Record Year of Pork-Barrel Spending
...Republicans and Democrats alike passed a record level of pork in February, knowing that a war with Iraq was likely and that the budget deficit would exceed $350 billion. Our representatives and senators should be ashamed, especially the appropriators... $750,000 for the Baseball Hall of Fame; $350,000 for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; and $90,000 for the
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame... $202,500 for the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds... $6.8 million in YMCA and YWCA funding... $3 million for the Department of Defense’s TankerLease Pilot Program... $4 million for the International Fertilizer Development Center...

Tuesday, May 06, 2003

Human Wrongs
by Anne Bayefsky
...The sad fact is that the U.N. is not only a failed leader in the protection of human rights, but is itself a substrate of xenophobia and aggression. The U.S. pays 22% of the U.N.'s regular budget. Yet today's U.N. operates in fundamental opposition to the values of the U.S. -- and to its own universal human-rights foundations.

Sunday, May 04, 2003

War Brings Business to Feinstein Spouse
When it comes to scoring mega-military-related contracts, Sen. Dianne Feinstein's [D-California] multimillionaire husband, Richard Blum, is right in the thick of things. First up: a contract announced last week between the Army and URS Corp., the San Francisco planning and engineering company that specializes in defense work -- and that happens to be partly owned by Blum's investment firm...

Friday, May 02, 2003

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Thursday, May 01, 2003

Politically Correcting Texbooks for Public Schools
...The changes, which reflect a wide range of political correctness, have been brought about by pressure groups on both sides of the political aisle, as both Democratic and Republican legislators have been lobbied. Snowman? No more. Melt that image and replace with Snowperson. Want to sail away on a yacht? No, again. It’s too elitist. The laundry list of words and images banned or considered offensive is not a short one. The word "jungle" has been replaced with "rain forest." The word "devil" has disappeared entirely, with no replacement...
Time for Arabs to Take The Lead on Freedom
By Jamil Khoury
For some, perhaps -- including many Arab Americans -- the rightness or wrongness of the war in Iraq is a simple question. For me it has not been. Rather, it has created within me a painful conflict of conscience...