"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, December 31, 2003

Chechen Women: A Threat to U.S.? New federal intelligence report warns of al-Qaida using non-Arab terrorists
by Paul Sperry
As the nation ramps up security for New Year's Eve festivities, the Department of Homeland Security is warning law enforcement that al-Qaida may have recruited non-Arabs, including Chechen women, to carry out terrorist attacks on America, according to a new U.S. intelligence report obtained by WorldNetDaily...Al-Qaida has trained up to 120,000 terrorists around the world, and some of them – possibly as many as 5,000 – are inside the U.S., according to U.S. intelligence.
Mexican Diplomat Charged With Helping Smuggle Arabs Into U.S.
by Terence P. Jeffrey
The real life horror story that began eighteen months ago when an Arab illegal alien named Youseff Balaghi showed up at a San Diego hospital, dying from what the Border Patrol initially—and erroneously—feared was radiation sickness, has now reached high into Mexico's foreign service...In congressional testimony in 2002, then-Assistant Immigration and Naturalization Service Commissioner Joseph Greene said: "Information available to the INS indicates terrorist organizations often use human smuggling operations to move around the globe." According to a Library of Congress study, "Organized Crime and Terrorist Activity in Mexico, 1999-2002," former Mexican national security adviser Adolfo Aguilar Zinser said in May 2001: "Spanish and Islamic terrorist groups are using Mexico as a refuge"...

Saturday, December 27, 2003

Created for the Transcendent: The Hardwired to Connect Study
by Marcia Segelstein
...We are witnessing high and rising rates of depression, anxiety, attention deficit, conduct disorders, thoughts of suicide, and other serious mental, emotional, and behavioral problems among U.S.children and adolescents... In large measure, what’s causing this crisis of American childhood is a lack of connectedness. We mean two kinds of connectedness -- close connections to other people, and deep connections to moral and spiritual meaning...

Thursday, December 25, 2003

Christmas in a War Zone
by Wendy McElroy
...Christmas has become a political battle from which you should shield your family. How? Laws take time to change; arguing consumes time. But a powerful weapon can be wielded easily and immediately. It is something that everyone wants from you: your consumer dollar...

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

A Holiday Greeting to My Readers
Offered festively, yet sardonically, reflecting the deChristianized and litigiously aggressive age in which we find ourselves.
Reflections of a Prodigal Texan
by John Nixon
...Socialist Europe and its devotees in the United States want to sanitize history books and the consciousness of the people from dominant cultural history and religious values in forging their new order, and they’re succeeding. But in places like Fort Worth, Texas, where people have a strong regional identity and tradition, I think they’ll succeed a bit less. Thank God.
On the Interrogation List
by Deroy Murdock
As U.S. intelligence officers interrogate Saddam Hussein, they should ask the freshly nabbed ex-dictator about an article in yesterday's London Sunday Telegraph. Coinciding with Operation Red Dawn, the respected British paper published a dispatch by correspondent Con Coughlin titled: "Does this link Saddam to 9/11?"...
The Democratic Memos: Does Anybody Care?
by Byron York
Imagine this: A liberal publication obtains copies of secret internal memos by members of Vice President Dick Cheney’s energy task force. The documents reveal that Cheney and his aides not only consulted big energy companies but actually took orders from those companies in crafting national policy...Of course, none of that has happened. But something quite similar is going on right now, concerning not the president’s energy policies but his judicial nominations...
Stuck on Calypso’s Island
by Victor Davis Hanson
... For all their professed enjoyment of food, shelter, and lovemaking, the Europeans are bored silly with their listless routine and are increasingly timid — this from a great people who should not, but really do, live in terror of their own past. Like Odysseus in his comfy subservience to Calypso, these mesmerized and complacent sensualists sometimes contemplate leaving the comfort of their fairyland atoll and in boredom weep nightly, gazing out at the seashore. But as yet they lack the hero's courage to finally build a raft and sail rough seas to confront suitors who are trying to crash their civilization...
The Campaign of Hate and Fear
by Orson Scott Card
...We are being lied to and "spun," and not in a trivial way. The kind of dishonest vitriolic hate campaign that in 2000 was conducted only before African-American audiences is now being played on the national stage; and the national media, instead of holding the liars' and haters' feet to the fire (as they do when the liars and haters are Republicans or conservatives), are cooperating in building up a false image of a failing economy and a lost war, when the truth is more nearly the exact opposite. And in all the campaign rhetoric, I keep looking, as a Democrat, for a single candidate who is actually offering a significant improvement over the Republican policies that in fact don't work, while supporting or improving upon the American policies that will help make us and our children secure against terrorists...

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Christian References a No-No at Public Schools
Fox News
A New York City school allowed a Hanukkah menorah and the star and crescent of Islam to be displayed on school property as historic symbols, but banned a nativity scene because it was deemed religious...
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How I found God at Columbia University
by Dennis Prager
...Most people come to believe in God through what I call the front door of faith. Something leads them to believe in God. Since that day at Columbia, however, I regularly renew my faith through the back door – I see the confusion and nihilism that godless ideas produce and my faith is restored. The consequences of secularism have been at least as powerful a force for faith in my life as religion...
Religious Restrictions or Religious Censorship?
Fox News
...Burning the flag is considered free speech; erecting crosses as roadside memorials is not. The FCC allows the "F-word" on television, but thanking God at a high school graduation is a no-no. And some schools freely dispense condoms to kids, but pencils that read "Jesus loves little children" were confiscated from a first-grade class in Virginia...

Saturday, December 20, 2003

Liberalism's Obituary
by Dennis Prager
...As a New York-born and raised Jewish liberal, when I am asked when I left liberalism, I answer that I never left it. It left me -- first and foremost over the issue of communism. At one time, to be a liberal meant being anti-communist as well as anti-fascist. Shortly after the death of John F. Kennedy, however, liberalism ceased being anti-communist. Instead it became anti-anti-communist...
Vulgarity Makes the Radio Star
by Eric Burns
...As a result, polls show that many Americans now favor restrictions of some sort on free speech. It might happen. Perhaps it should. Perhaps restrictions are a price we deserve to pay. Perhaps the Founders would even approve. They gave us the First Amendment that we might rise to intellectual heights. Today, we invoke it that we may slop through gutters.

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

The Conservative Cookie Rebellion
by Wendy McElroy
Want to buy a cookie? If you are a white male, that'll be $1; for white females, 75 cents; blacks, 25 cents. The price structure is the message. Through Affirmative Action Bake Sales, conservative groups on campuses across America are satirically and peacefully spotlighting the injustice of AA programs that penalize or benefit students based solely on gender and race. The cookie rebels are being slammed by such a backlash that the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) -- dreaded by many university administrators -- just shot "an opening salvo" in the rebels' defense...
Joy to the World
by Peggy Noonan
...What do we learn [from the capture of Saddam Hussain]?...That human agency works and is an active force in history. You don't have to sit back and accept; you don't have to continue to turn a blind eye; you don't have to sit and do nothing, because all action involves choice and all choice invites repercussion. You can move forward. You can take action. You can go in and remove a threat to the world. You can make the world safer. You can help people. Just because they live in Iraq and we don't bump into them every day doesn't mean they don't merit assistance and even sacrifice...

Sunday, December 14, 2003

In Celebration of Renewed Hope in Iraq
Suitable for framing!
Back Where We Started: An Examination of Trends in Immigrant Welfare Use Since Welfare Reform
Center for Immigration Studies
...Consistent with previous research, this study finds that use of welfare programs does not decline significantly the longer immigrants live in the country. In 2001, households headed by immigrants who had been in the country for more than 20 years continued to use the welfare system at significantly higher rates than natives...
Social Security Checks Could Go South of Border
Gannett News Service
U.S. and Mexican officials are discussing an agreement that would allow millions of Mexicans to return home and still collect U.S. Social Security benefits..."Talk about an incentive for illegal immigration," said GOP Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. "How many more would break the law to come to this country if promised U.S. government paychecks for life?"...
White House Verifies Immigration Review
The Washington Times
...Confirmation of the review came during a White House briefing, just two days after Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said during a town hall meeting in Miami that the government had to "afford some kind of legal status" to the 8 million to 12 million illegal aliens in the country....Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican and chairman of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus, said Mr. Ridge should resign if he is unable or unwilling to enforce existing immigration laws. He said the secretary's comments would "open a floodgate" of illegal aliens "trying to sneak into the United States in order to be first in line for amnesty."...

Saturday, December 13, 2003

Illegal Aliens Eligible for Social Security Benefits
Fox News
...SSI is funded through the payroll taxes of Americans. But you don't have to be an American to receive SSI payments. Like food stamps, Medicaid and almost every other form of social insurance that America has developed to help its citizens, SSI is targeted by people from other countries as a tool to materially improve their lives without work...The Bush administration has reportedly completed a draft of a treaty between the U.S. and Mexico that will give the Mexican government at least $345 billion in Social Security payments for Mexicans who have worked in the U.S. legally and illegally. The treaty, which is unique in that it provides a foreign government Social Security money even for those of its citizens who have worked illegally in America, may be timed to coincide with the 2004 elections...
UCLA Study Supports Voting Rights for Illegal Aliens
Los Angeles Daily News
A study from UCLA's Chicano Studies Research Center called Wednesday for giving California's 4.6 million noncitizen adults, including illegal immigrants, the right to vote in local elections...

Thursday, December 11, 2003

Eco-Imperialism's Deadly Consequences
By Steven Milloy
...“Our family and community are suffering and dying from [malaria], and too many Europeans and environmentalists only talk about protecting the environment,” says 34-year old Ugandan businesswoman with malaria. “But what about the people? The mosquitoes are everywhere. You think you’re safe, and you’re not. Europeans and Americans can afford to deceive themselves about malaria and pesticides. But we can’t,” she added...
Presidents Remade by War
by Thomas L. Friedman
..."It often happens," argues Michael Sandel, the Harvard political theorist, "that presidents, under the pressure of events, especially during war, find themselves needing to articulate new and more persuasive rationales for their policies — especially when great sacrifices are involved. This happened to Lincoln during the Civil War...

Monday, December 08, 2003

Sudan's Slaves
by Michael Coren
Women and children abducted in slave raids are roped by the neck or strapped to animals and then marched north. Along the way, many women and girls are repeatedly gang-raped. Children who will not be silent are shot on the spot. In the north, slaves are either kept by individual militia soldiers or sold in markets. Boys work as livestock herders, forced to sleep with the animals they care for...

Saturday, December 06, 2003

The Skeptical Environmentalist
BBC Four
...He calls the Kyoto agreement to cut carbon emissions a "tragic waste of resources". And his most explosive charge is that some environmentalists suppress good news about the state of the earth to maintain a political culture of fear, and ensure their own continued funding...

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

Sentencing of "Shoe Bomber" Richard Reid
U.S. District Court Judge William Young
...It seems to me you [Richard Reid] hate the one thing that is most precious. You hate our freedom. Our individual freedom. Our individual freedom to live as we choose, to come and go as we choose, to believe or not believe as we individually choose...