"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, June 26, 2003

A Heavy Burden
Newsweek (International Edition)
Are the countries of Europe heading for a future when an aging ‘geezer generation’ lives off the young?
Unresolved Questions: the Mystery of PFC. Jessica Lynch
Center for Military Readiness
...It is impossible to make sound decisions on any major personnel policy, such as women in combat, until relevant facts are known...
More Mallard Fillmore amusing reflections.

Monday, June 23, 2003

Economy Not to Blame for States' Budget Woes
by Dennis Cauchon, USA Today
The financial problems racking many state governments this year have less to do with the weak national economy than with the ability of governors and legislators to manage money wisely...

Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Wrestling with the Aftermath of Fraud
by Hilary Kramer
...Despite the company’s $11 billion fraud -- the biggest fraud in U.S. history -- MCI (formerly known as WorldCom) was recently rewarded with a Pentagon contract to rebuild Iraq's wireless phone network....
GAO: Flawed Visa Program Allows Illegals to Escape Deportation
...the findings "should send a chill up the spines of Americans who rely on our government for protection against terrorists"...

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

'Roe' Seeks to Overturn Historic Abortion Ruling
The "Roe" of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision is asking the nation's highest court to overturn its 1973 ruling that made abortion legal throughout the United States.

Monday, June 16, 2003

An Oxymoron: Europe Without Christianity
by Kenneth L. Woodward
Next week, leaders of the European Union will meet in Greece to vote on a proposed constitution that will govern the lives of 450 million Europeans. The most agitated debate at the convention that produced the draft focused on the preamble, specifically whether God in general, and Christianity in particular, ought to be mentioned among the sources of the "values" that produced a common European culture and heritage...

Saturday, June 14, 2003

We want the Americans to Stay Forever! by Ken Joseph, Jr.
Part I: A systematic plan to win the peace in Iraq...The stark question is this - do we want another "Japan" or do we want another "Iran."...
God Bless America by Ken Joseph, Jr.
Part II: Learning from history
..Listen to the people [of Iraq]! Find out what they want! The simple and stark fact is that no islamic majority country has anything remotely resembling a free society, a democratic constitution and a populace who live without fear...

Friday, June 13, 2003

Wrigley Chews Over Idea of Viagra Gum. Well, they filed a patent application, anyway. Rusty Humphries pondered that, after a double-your-pleasure Wrigley's chew, Nicorette gum might be an appropriate followup.

Thursday, June 12, 2003

We Are Not Protecting the Kids
by Bill O'Reilly
...Adults who brutalize kids should never again be allowed that opportunity. One strike and you're out. Society must put down the gauntlet. Instead the ACLU is fighting for the rights of the North America Man-Boy Love Association. Some psychiatrists and academics are urging compassion and understanding for pedophiles...
Seismic Shift: The Possibilities for the Arab World
by Fadhil Assultani
...The Arab ruling elite is looking to Iraq with a mixture of shock and awe, praying that the whole thing would blow over like a summer storm, leaving the palace of despotism intact. It is up to the Iraqi people and their new allies, the liberators, to prove otherwise.

Thursday, June 05, 2003

Kingdom’s Leading Executioner Says: ‘I Lead a Normal Life’
Arab News
...“It doesn’t matter to me: Two, four, 10 — As long as I’m doing God’s will, it doesn’t matter how many people I execute,” he told Okaz newspaper in an interview....

Wednesday, June 04, 2003

Among Wealthy Nations …U.S. Stands Alone in its Embrace of Religion
Pew Research Center
...Six-in-ten people in the U.S. say religion plays a very important role in their lives. This is roughly twice the percentage of self-avowed religious people in Canada, and an even higher proportion when compared with Japan and Western Europe. Americans’ views are closer to people in developing nations than to the publics of developed nations...