"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

Friday, January 30, 2004

Freedom of Choice Act
Religious Freedom Coalition
...This misnamed bill, the Freedom of Choice Act (S-2020), actually takes away choice from parents and the individual states, because it destroys all family, state and federal authority with regard to abortion...
The Islamists' Cleric-Driven Terrorism
by Robert Spencer
...Day after day, all around the world, evidence mounts that Islamic radicalism is a cleric-driven phenomenon. The radical Islam that inspired the destruction of the World Trade Center and innumerable other terrorist attacks around the world is born in the theological arguments used by Islamic teachers in mosques and madrassas. All this is yet more evidence of the hollowness of the still-prevailing view that Islamic radicals are a tiny minority that has "hijacked" the religion...
Care to Weigh In? Dr Phil Weighs In on Sexual Orientation
by Dr. Warren Throckmorton
...I think Dr. Phil wants to have his sugar free cake and eat it too. He says homosexuality is inherited and unlearned but the evidence points to a weak genetic influence. However, he promotes "The Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge" complete with a book, food guide and online “booty camp” to aggressively change a trait that is highly related to genetic factors. Why the difference?...

Thursday, January 29, 2004

ATRA Cites 13 'Judicial Hellholes' in New 2003 Report Identifies Courts Where 'Equal Justice Under Law' is Elusive
PR Newswire Association
The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) is the only national organization dedicated exclusively to tort and liability reform through public education and the enactment of legislation. ATRA's membership includes nonprofits, small and large companies, as well as state and national trade, business, and professional associations.
Fear of (Commercial) Flying
by Jane Chastain
...The threat of being hijacked has been reduced. However, this nation's commercial fleet still must be considered a major target of opportunity for terrorists who want to blow themselves up while aboard, plant bombs in luggage, ship them in packages or shoot airliners down with surface-to-air missiles. This should be a major issue in the presidential campaign, but the Democrat candidates aren't talking about it – nor are Democrat members of Congress. Republicans, who control Congress and the White House, certainly aren't going to bring it up – and neither is the mainstream media. Why?...
Just a Gigolo
by Ann Coulter
...Kerry is like some character in a Balzac novel, an adventurer twirling the end of his mustache and preying on rich women. This low-born poseur with his threadbare pseudo-Brahmin family bought a political career with one rich woman's money, dumped her, and made off with another heiress to enable him to run for president. If Democrats want to talk about middle-class tax cuts, couldn't they nominate someone who hasn't been a poodle to rich women for the past 33 years?

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

David Kay's Report
by Bill O'Reilly
...The most disturbing thing about Kay's report is the mistake by the CIA. That agency was clueless to prevent 9-11, and now Kay believes it botched WMDs as well. President Bush has to address this entire issue with special emphasis on the Central Intelligence Agency. Why is George Tenet still in charge there? It might not be his direct fault, but clearly the CIA has made at least two drastic errors. A change is needed...
Sanctuaries for Crime
The Washington Times
...Illegal immigrants are responsible for much of the violent crime in large cities like New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Houston and Austin. However, immigrant advocacy groups have barred police departments and other government agencies from reporting violations of immigration law to federal authorities in those areas...
Underachievers' Parents Deny Honor Students
By Matt Gouras
The school honor roll, a time-honored system for rewarding "A" students, has become an apparent source of embarrassment for some underachievers. As a result, all Nashville schools have stopped posting honor rolls, and some are considering a ban on hanging good work in the hallways — at the advice of school lawyers...

Friday, January 23, 2004

The Bloody Struggle for Islam's Soul
by Salim Mansur
...The reduction of faith into a political ideology by Muslim fundamentalists was a deliberate program of wrecking Islam's message of peace and coexistence, and out of that wreckage, to shape a weapon of hate and war...

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Why Democrats use the F-word
by Dennis Prager
The differences between Democratic and Republican positions on almost all subjects of major importance are growing so great that it is fair to say that we are experiencing a second American civil war. These areas include the American role in the world, the role of God and religion in American society, abortion, capital punishment, the war in Iraq, and much more. But four recent actions by Democrats illustrate that the divide is even greater than many of us had imagined. It has to do with the preservation of our civilization...
Are Your Medical Records Safe?
by David Lazarus
Pakistani threatened UCSF to get paid, she says. Medical transcription services to The University of California at San Francisco Medical Center was outsourced several times. One Pakistani woman was a provider, who threatened to release records on the Internet when payments stopped.

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

El Norte
by Victor Davis Hansen
President Bush's recent proposal to grant legal status to thousands of Mexican citizens currently working in the U.S. under illegal auspices seems at first glance to be a good start -- splitting the difference between open and closed borders, and between amnesty and deportation...Yet the proposed legislation, even if it should pass in Congress, will create more problems than it might solve...
The Buildings that Aren't Burning in Iraq
By Mark Davis
...I expect the dominant media culture to nitpick Bush, and Democrats to blast him with reckless abandon. But when that leads to the willful exclusion of facts that would shine truthful light on the great work of the American armed forces, that level of malice plumbs new depths.
The Odd Couple
by Kiron K. Skinner
...Perhaps it was President Reagan's final statement about Dr. King at his October 1983 press conference that best helps explain why he signed the bill. "I believe the symbolism of that day," the president said. In the president's mind, the values Dr. King championed trumped political differences...

Sunday, January 18, 2004

Battle for the FSU: Cold War in Miniature
The Stratror Weekly
Russia's attempt to resurrect itself as a world power and U.S. plans to spread influence into Moscow's very neighborhood inevitably will lead to a serious conflict. Soviet successor states will be the main battlefield in this geopolitical clash. The results will be mixed, at least in 2004...

Saturday, January 17, 2004

The Hyphen
by John Wayne
In honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's dream

Friday, January 16, 2004

On a Rock In Rural Iowa
Reportedly there is a huge rock near a gravel pit on Hwy 25 in rural Iowa. For generations, kids have painted slogans, names, and obscenities on this rock, changing its character many times. A few months back, the rock received its latest paint job, and since then it has been left completely undisturbed. It's an impressive sight.
The Marketing of Evil
Part 1: Selling Sex and Corruption to Your Kids
Part 2: Why Today's Youth Culture has Gone Insane
by David Kupelian
Part 1 exposes the cynical and soulless marketing of corruption to the "MTV generation" by Viacom, Disney, AOL/Time Warner and other companies. Part 2 takes readers on a guided tour of the psychological and even spiritual devastation being wrought in today's youth, and points to the way out.
Raw Rage at Bush During MoveOn.org Awards
by Matt Drudge
...Celebrity activists unleashed a torrent of obscenity-laced insults...The DRUDGE REPORT can now present a partial transcript of the event...Margaret Cho (comedian): "...You know, you cannot impose your God on other people. And ah, George W. Bush is coming out with the weirdest stance on same-sex marriage as well. What he says about it is, well, 'well, we're all sinners.' No we're not! Just because somebody ate an apple one time does not make us all sinners. And if it was from the tree of knowledge, I think she should have eaten more than one. (laughter) Possibly even baked a pie" (applause)...

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Immigration, Part 2: American Culture
by David Limbaugh
With the firestorm of debate over President Bush's immigration plan, we've heard very little public airing of a factor that concerns many opponents of relaxed immigration policies: the changes to our culture they are certain to bring about...
Spinning into Control
by William Safire
The strategic reason for crushing Saddam was to reverse the tide of global terror that incubated in the Middle East. Is our pre-emptive policy working? Was the message sent by ousting the Baathists as well as the Taliban worth the cost? Set aside the tens of thousands of lives saved each year by ending Saddam's sustained murder of Iraqi Shia and Kurds, which is of little concern to human rights inactivists. Consider only self-defense: the practical impact of American action on the spread of dangerous weaponry in antidemocratic hands...
Trial Lawyers Question Jurors' 'Strong Religious Beliefs'
by Jeff Johnson
A new guide for trial lawyers advises them to be wary of Americans with "extreme attitudes about personal responsibility" when selecting jurors in personal injury lawsuits. The author of the guide says such jurors typically "espouse traditional family values" and often "have strong religious beliefs"...

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Court Upholds Public Schools Teaching Islam
by Jim Brown
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the very court that held that the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional because it contains the phrase "one nation under God," has upheld the constitutionality of an intensive three-week course in California public schools that teaches students how to follow Islam.

Monday, January 12, 2004

The Illegal-Alien Crime Wave
by Heather Mac Donald
Some of the most violent criminals at large today are illegal aliens. Yet in cities where the crime these aliens commit is highest, the police cannot use the most obvious tool to apprehend them: their immigration status. In Los Angeles, for example, dozens of members of a ruthless Salvadoran prison gang have sneaked back into town after having been deported for such crimes as murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and drug trafficking. Police officers know who they are and know that their mere presence in the country is a felony. Yet should a cop arrest an illegal gangbanger for felonious reentry, it is he who will be treated as a criminal, for violating the LAPD’s rule against enforcing immigration law...

Saturday, January 10, 2004

U.S. Soldiers Lack Best Protective gear
by Jonathan Turley
...Despite requests from a few members of Congress, there appears to be little movement to investigate the shortage of what seems to be a basic protective item for our troops...

Friday, January 09, 2004

Hillary Clinton Regrets Gandhi Joke
Associated Press
...The New York Democrat made the remark at a fund-raiser Saturday. During an event here for Senate candidate Nancy Farmer, Clinton introduced a quote from Gandhi by saying, "He ran a gas station down in St. Louis"...The director of a U.S. center devoted to Gandhi's teachings said the remarks amounted to stereotyping and were insensitive...
Lawmakers Lawbreakers
by Gene Edward Veith
Even though churches have lost significant influence over society, they do at least retain authority over their own members. A look at churches that are considering the exercise of discipline over pro-abortion politicians...
Syria: The Last 'Rogue' Standing
by Strategic Forecasting
Reports have surfaced in Israeli and U.S. media that Syria has invited an Israeli legislator from the right-wing Likud Party to Damascus, and that a Syrian company was found to have been shipping weapons to Iraq over a three-year period. These two apparently unrelated developments actually reveal the approach Washington is taking toward effecting a change in the behavior of the Syrian leadership...
Bin Laden Tape: Honesty and Gloom
Stratfor Weekly
...Osama bin Laden released a new audio tape during the week of Jan. 5. It was different in tone and focus than prior tapes. The focus was less on the United States, Israel or Kashmir than on the Arab world in general and the Arabian Peninsula in particular. The tone was bleak and filled with anger at betrayal by Arab rulers. It represents an honest assessment of the war from al Qaeda's view, and it reveals the war is not going well for them...

Thursday, January 08, 2004

The Administration Quarantines Dissent
by James Bovard
...When Bush travels around the United States, the Secret Service visits the location ahead of time and orders local police to set up “free speech zones” or “protest zones” where people opposed to Bush policies (and sometimes sign-carrying supporters) are quarantined. These zones routinely succeed in keeping protesters out of presidential sight and outside the view of media covering the event...
States Pay $7.4 Billion to Educate Illegals
by Stephen Dinan
..."Illegal immigration is no free lunch," said Dan Stein, executive director of FAIR. "It's about shifting burdens--lowering labor costs at a tremendous cost not only to American taxpayers but to American kids"...
Bush’s Hispandering Hit On Social Security
by Michelle Malkin
...Unbelievably, the White House is trying to convince us to embrace this global ripoff because it "rewards work." No, it rewards criminal behavior. The [Bush] plan will siphon off the hard-earned tax dollars of American workers who may never see a dime of their confiscated earnings and fork it over to foreigners guilty of at least four acts of federal law-breaking: crossing the border illegally, working illegally, engaging in tax fraud and using bogus documents...

Tuesday, January 06, 2004

Conservative Congressmen Decry Homeland Security's Hint at Illegal Alien Amnesty
by The Leader-Chicago Bureau
...Since 1986, Congress has passed seven amnesties for illegal aliens. Clearly this is a short-term "fix" to a long-term problem. Rewarding people who violate our immigration laws sends the wrong message, and encourages more illegal aliens to violate our borders and enter the United States illegally. This influx places a strain on essential homeland security resources. If an illegal alien is permitted to become a legal worker and obtain a green card by working in the United States for a certain period of time, this is sufficient enticement for millions upon millions more illegal aliens to flood this country. We have learned the lesson of the IRCA in 1986. At the time it was hoped that an amnesty would make it easier to enforce immigration laws by legalizing the illegal alien population. However, the legalization of 3 million aliens backfired and the illegal alien population was quickly doubled in a decade-- and is estimated to have tripled it in less than a decade and a half...
NJ Governor Under Fire for 'Cloning' Bill
CNSNews.com
...The new law would authorize New Jersey's large biotech industry to actually clone a human embryo, implant that embryo into a woman's womb, develop the embryo to the fetal stage and then kill it for 'research purposes'...
Senate Democrats Wary of Those with 'Deeply Held Beliefs'
By Bill Fancher
...the code "deeply held beliefs" is being used by Senate Democrats in their filibustering sessions to prove that some judicial nominees are unfit to serve on the federal bench...It is becoming more and more apparent that the Democrats do not want anybody on the circuit court...who has 'deeply held' religious beliefs...
Contrast this litmus test for fitness with Article VI, Clause 3 of the U. S. Constitution which states, "...no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

Monday, January 05, 2004

Tropical Oceans Were Overheated During Prehistoric Greenhouse Effect
ScienceDaily.com
Another study which reminds us that cyclic warming and cooling of the Earth is a natural process. Global warming theories continue to be eroded by factual evidence to the contrary.

Thursday, January 01, 2004

Look into Your Crystal Ball... George Will and the Amazing Kreskin share strange visions of 2004 with a newspaper reporter who thinks he's Johnny Carson
by Tim Madigan
George Will: "I have an almost unblemished record of failure in prophesy. That's why I now subscribe to the Zeke Bonura theory of prophecy. Zeke was a first baseman of amazing immobility, but he understood the first rule of baseball, which is: You cannot be charged with an error if you do not touch the ball."
Amazing Kreskin: "I think there will be another terrorist attack. I don't know where, and it might not even get the same amount of attention as the other big story, which I think will be the finding of weapons of mass destruction...I think that in June 2004, the stock market will hit 11,000. It will be less than that at the end of the year..."